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Stunning, Country house Set In Beautiful, Extensive Grounds

Bedrooms 8
Separate WC's2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Country house in Dolgellau, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales - Secluded Location, Yet Near Market Town, Beaches And Mountains

Bryn Adda is a very special, relaxing retreat for families, groups of friends or colleagues, and perfect for celebrations. The farmhouse has recently been carefully restored blending tradition with ultimate modern comfort. Each room has been individually designed in colours and textures that reflect the landscape, history and surroundings complimented by antiques and beautiful British handcrafted furniture. The house largely runs on green energy and we work on very environmentally ethical principles. There is an honesty freezer with our own organic, grass fed meat from our farm, plus a selection of award winning Trealy Farm Charcuterie alongside the gourmet welcome gift. The kitchen is a cook's delight, well equipped with breadmaker and Aga, for instance. Enjoy meals at the kitchen table or around the bespoke hand crafted table which seats 18 in the dining room. There are three spaces for relaxation, the more formal, spacious sitting room with open fire and beautiful antique furniture which looks out onto the gardens, a lounge complete with comfy sofas, television and wood burner, plus access to the garden and our separate games room with home cinema. Children are well catered for with cots and highchairs and plenty of space to roam in safety. Ideally situated within easy reach of the beach (Fairbourne and Barmouth are the nearest), the mountains (Cadair Idris) and the amazing Mawddach Trail, the house is secluded and set in stunning grounds yet within a mile of the thriving market town of Dolgellau. The grounds are huge, the garden is beautiful; expansive lawns and plenty of shady space to explore plus an outdoor barbecue and seating space for eating outdoors. There is a wood fired sauna with shower. We also have table tennis plus a good selection of outdoor and indoor games, DVDs, magazines, local maps and our own suggestions for itineraries.

Sarah Watkins
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 November, 2017

About Sarah Watkins

My name is Ruth and I own Bryn Adda and Y Felin. I grew up in the area and have a deep love of the land and locality and the diversity it offers and a wish to help others to enjoy this. Sarah Watkins, part of my great team, will manage your booking from start to finish and she is only too happy to answer any questions you have about my houses or about the local area.

Why Sarah Watkins chose Dolgellau

Bryn Adda was my childhood home and was the central hub of our traditional Snowdonian hill farm. I lived there with my father who was a vet and farmer and my mother who was a midwife. In 2009, when the farm was passed to me, I made the decision to restore this grand Welsh farmhouse retaining some of the traditional features of a working farmhouse whilst adding some real luxury, using some of my treasured family antiques and supplementing them with British handcrafted pieces. The result is stunning and my family and I regularly enjoy holidaying there and having the opportunity to offer others the possibility of using this as a luxurious haven. The house is still surrounded by working farmland which is managed by our farm manager as we now have a smaller farm near Monmouth.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"What a fantastic place to create happy birthday memories. We were truly able to spoil our family and friends in a beautiful setting. Ruth, your taste is exquisite and you have made Bryn Adda a truly comfortable and luxurious stay, thank you." Forshaw party (July 14)

"What an absolutely stunning house in beautiful surroundings. The perfect setting to celebrate 30th birthdays! We've had a wonderful time giggling around the fire pit, relaxing in the sauna and going on plenty of walks. Ready to come again soon!"

Young, O Connor, Shaw, Lambert families (July 14)

"Lovely house. We will miss this place. Rode 6 mountain bike trails in 6 days. Sauna excellent!" 5 guys from Essex (June 14)

"Thank you for providing such great accommodation for a family get away. It felt like a home away from home. We're all leaving with amazing memories that we will have forever. This hidden gem of a retreat will become well known back home as we cannot stop talking about it!" Cunliffe, Gosal & Nijhar families (May 2014)

“What a great place! I had no idea North Wales was like this - beautiful beaches, amazing scenery. Great cycling from house to beach. Loved the house - especially the sauna, home cinema and really really comfy bed.”

Michael Benson (aged 18)

“What a calm, beautiful house. I have been truly nourished here. Thank you.”

Ann Worrall
Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Dolgellau in Llanelltyd

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are six bath / shower rooms in total plus three toilets. Ground floor bedroom has easy access to wet room, 2 bathrooms have free standing claw foot baths one of which is ensuite and attached to a shower room. There is also a shower unit in sauna.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 18 (8 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 7 double beds 3 of which can be twins, 1 sofa bed in games room as optional double and 2 children shorty bunks. All rooms individually designed and luxuriously furnished blending tradition, comfort and modernity. 4 additional single beds also possible.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Wifi available, fires laid with our own wood, plus extra basket - further wood available at cost of £10/sack, honesty freezer with our own grass fed, organic meat, some luxurious & quality essentials (tea, coffee, spices, oils, balsamic, sugar) supplied alongside warm welcome gift. Outside: The grounds are huge, secluded and made up of many secret spaces & outlooks. The neat, expansive lawns are perfect for playing games, resting or alfresco dining. There is a woodfired oven/BBQ, plenty of outdoor furniture and a designated campfire pit with log stools. There is plenty of magical woodland to explore with a wealth or interesting wildlife, flora and fauna. Guests are welcome to explore the farm land which incorporates wild meadows, hilly terrain, grazing land and ancient woodland. The Mawddach trail and estuary are within walking distance. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble drier. Ironing board & iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury towels and linen included. Property cleaned and linen changed on a weekly basis if requested. Property manager and owner on hand to answer any questions during stay, although they do not live on site. Other: There is a separate annex with a large games and home cinema room which could also double as a meeting room. We also have a wood fired sauna with shower. There is a table tennis board and plenty of games, itineraries and books to entertain all ages.


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Great house and our early Christmas dinner

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house that fitted us all in for a early Christmas dinner. The kitchen excellently stocked with everything to do this, and great table that fitted everyone around it. Great location for local beaches, mawddach trail and lovely walks. Time went so quickly while there!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning location, high quality house

  • 5 of 5

Party of 13 friends with two dogs - everyone loved the house. The kitchen had everything we needed plus a huge welcome cake. Everyone's bedrooms were well furnished and the beds described as very comfy. We spent a lot of our time outdoors, using the grounds with the fire pit and pizza oven, looking over fields where the farmer and his dog rounded up the sheep. The table tennis was a bonus!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

We were all absolutely stunned with this property and grounds. There were 17 of us and we all like to get together before Xmas as we cant all be together on the day. We stayed in one last year and thought that was good but this one well it was amazing. Such a beautifull house every room was huge it went on for ever. We even had family visit from Barmouth for the day and the house was still big enough for us all. It was so well equipped and everything was well made and really thought out. Dining table was brilliant.The grounds (estate) were fantastic, loved the fire pit and BBq area. The kids spent time climbing trees, making dens and just loving the woodland walks (no roads nearby). It really was spectacular. Will definetly return. Cant stop telling people how amazing it was. Only 1 niggle was that we thought the ground floor bedroom was leval but you had to go up 5 stairs or go outside to get in. Its a seperate annex but not disabled friendly to get in or out. Big congratulations to the owners for making this a lovely home. We have all taken back some lovely memories. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing building, great location, lovely grounds

  • 5 of 5

Even before we arrived the team were more than helpful. Driving up the private road and seeing the building and hearing everyone say wow said it all! This was the perfect place for 4 families to stay for a long weekend.

The grounds were kept very nicely, log fires inside and in the garden, sheep in the nearby fields. Perfect.

The building was amazing, lots of rooms, spread out well enough that you got some piece and quiet from the kids!! And the adults could stay up without waking them. The sauna building, games room, dining room, lounges provided us with plenty of room.

We loved our stay and a big thanks to the team for making it a great 40th surprise weekend, they even baked us a cake!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. We are delighted that everyone had such a great time. It is a special house and we are glad that you were able to celebrate a special birthday weekend there. We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Bryn Adda at some future date.
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Wonderful cottage wonderful welcome

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to Bryn Adda, was it as great as the first time, YES it was. Very welcoming the cottage is like a huge hug. For our family something for everyone and all ages. Loved it and the sun shone as a bonus

The Castree family

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted you all had another great stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Bryn Adda at some future date.
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Stunning house and gardens and fabulous weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The 14 of us had an absolutely fantastic weekend at Bryn Adda. The house itself and its setting is stunning with very comfortable accommodation for all. The cake left for us was excellent and enormous and everything about the house and grounds was exactly as described on the website if not better. We had a couple of great meals with all 14 of us round the table in the dining room and finished with a barbecue on the Sunday. The weather could not have been better either with wall to wall sunshine for the entire time we were there. It just started to spot with some rain as we were leaving on Monday morning. If you recall the whole purpose of the weekend was for the whole family to be together to celebrate my Mum & Dad’s 60th weeding anniversary and they enjoyed it so much that they are still talking about it to the wider family and their friends. They are already asking if we can do the same thing next year so how’s that for a couple of very positive and active 84 year olds!

To conclude then, an excellent weekend at a beautiful house in a stunning part of Wales and 14 happy punters!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful for us to hear. Thank you very much for taking the time to review and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Ruth
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Special interest holidays:

Therapy and well being retreats for small groups / couples / families can be provided on a bespoke basis. Contact the owner.


Beautiful Fairbourne beach and the expansive sands of Barmouth are within easy drive of approximately 8 miles - a 15 minute drive. The sand dune beach of Aberdovey is 20 miles away.


Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon 59 miles

Nearest train station: Barmouth 9 miles / Machynlleth 16 miles

Car hire or use of car is advised, although there is a bus stop at the end of the drive.


Market towns: 1 mile to Dolgellau, 16 miles to Machynlleth.

Seaside towns: 8-9 miles to Fairbourne and Barmouth, 20 miles to Aberdovey

Places of interest: 13 miles to Centre for Alternative Technology, 15 miles to Dolgoch Falls, 12 miles to TalyLlyn Steam Railway, 25 miles to Ffestiniog Steam Railway.

Further Details:

Dolgellau is a thriving market town with a wealth of shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of amenities including bike hire. A cycle or walk along the Mawddach trail to Fairbourne or Barmouth is unforgettable. Nearby is the Centre for Alternative Technology, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre and various steam railways. Sarah is very happy to advise you further on local activities and recommend good restaurants and food shops.

The house is ideal for running courses at or even holding a wedding celebration, although it is not licensed - please speak to Sarah for help in arranging this.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Dolgellau, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
End Oct to Christmas
30 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 17
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 17/18
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email Sarah for a quote or to book, also feel free to give her a ring, she is very happy to discuss your booking. Full payment or 30% non refundable deposit with balance due 60 days prior to arrival - you will be invoiced for this directly from Sarah. Discounts are available for smaller groups or individuals using only part of the house subject to availability.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change over day is Friday and / Monday in 2015 but we offer flexibility according to availability.

Notes on prices:
Please note, our prices are based on a maximum of 14 adults and 2 children. There is an additional double sofa bed and 4 camp beds at an additional cost of £65 per person.
We offer a 7 night rate usually running from Friday and / Monday (2015) 4.30pm to Friday / Monday 10.30am; a very preferable weekday rate running from Monday 4.30pm to Friday 10.30am and a weekend rate running from 4.30pm on Friday to 10.30am on Monday. Please email or call Sarah for a tailored quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.