As you round the bend of a quiet leafy lane guests are greeted by a real fairytale cottage. Described as a semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style lodge, this outstanding and unique self-catering property stands guard over the deer park on the famous Nannau estate and provides secluded deluxe accommodation for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of Snowdonia.
As you can imagine, Hywel Sele Lodge is bursting with history. Hywel Sele famously attempted to assassinate his rebellious cousin Owain Glyndwr during a hunting expedition. Glyndwr, already wary of his royalist relative, was protected from Hywel's deadly arrow however by the chain mail he wore hidden under his tunic. Glyndwr immediately turned to slay his cousin later hiding his body in a hollow oak tree within the Nannau deer park.
An impressive front door set within a pointed arched doorcase opens into the entrance hallway. From here, a turned staircase runs up to the bedrooms, a door to the left leads to the lounge but we'll go straight ahead into the kitchen diner first.
Oak panelled kitchen units sit on a quarry-tiled floor and are topped by a marble work surface. A more modern oven and gas hob sits in one corner complimented by a pretty dinning table and chairs.
We can walk round through another door into the lounge. This generous space comes complete with log fire, flat screen TV and sumptuous leather sofas. Wooden mullioned windows with arched heads form the shallow canted bay to the front of the cottage. Also on the ground floor is the shower room and WC. This room is small but perfectly formed. The age and listed status of the building means it's impossible to have a bathroom upstairs.
If we go round again we can head up the winding staircase to the two adjoining bedrooms. More high arched windows inset with leaded glass shine a patterned light onto a beautiful king sized bed complete with luxurious linen. Oak flooring and exposed stone walls support a high vaulted ceiling. A second bedroom has a smaller double bed within a fascinating oak panelled recess and a window that overlooks the deer park and the forests beyond.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Barmouth 18 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon 135 km, Nearest railway: Barmouth 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
From the driveway, the amazing façade of the cottage is possibly only surpassed by the outstanding views over the Cader Idris mountain range to the south. The grand stone archway next to the cottage leads us east into the walled deer park. Approximately 100 deer live in the park but they are amazingly difficult to spot in what is a varying landscape of hills and deciduous forest.
This ancient deer park was incorporated into the famous landscape park at Nannau in the late eighteenth-century and remains one of the largest and highest areas of designed landscape in Wales. The lodge also has the privilege of being situated within a Site of Specific Scientific Intrest (SSSI) due to the rare foliage and fauna that can be fount at this spot. An extensive system of paths and bridleways criss crosses the park, the most popular of which is The Precipice walk. Easily accessible from the lodge, this circular walk will take guests around the lower slopes of Foel Cynwch and provides superb views over the Mawddach valley and sea beyond.
The market town of Dolgellau is a five minute drive down the hill and boasts a selection of interesting cafes, restaurants and shops. The internationally renowned Coed Y Brennin mountain biking centre is a five minute drive down the other side of the hill. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 30 mins to the West and the market town of Bala, famous for its water adventure sports, is 30 mins to the east.