Bryn Hyfryd means pleasant hill and is a late Victorian period chapel manse (pictured), perched above the Mawddach Estuary in the small village of Bontddu in the Snowdonia National Park. We are about 200 metres away from the estuary but there is a route down to it via Bontddu and over the A496. Bontddu (pronounced "bont-the") is halfway between the seaside town of Barmouth and Dolgellau. The village is famous for gold mines which lie in the hills to the rear of the property. Bryn Hyfryd ("brin huf-rid") was built as accommodation for the adjoining chapel's minister. The chapel was constructed for the gold miners in the late 19th century. There are spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary and the Cadair Idris range from the front of the property (see the home page). Woodland and riverside walks and cycle rides start from nearby. View the rooms and read about the facilities below.
The property is decorated to a high standard and has stripped pine floorboards/quarry tiles.
Click here to see in 3D.
It has a full range of equipment including, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, oil fired central heating TV/DVD, cot. All bed linen and towels are provided. There is parking at the front for at least one car, extra parking is available on the street just below . The turn into the property is a tricky one - reversing in is often the best option
Cosy Living Room - mountain and estuary views, TV and DVD, wood burning stove. Kitchen/Dining Room - well equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher. Dining room table seats up to 8. Utility Room - automatic washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer, microwave. Shower Room - power shower, hand basin, w.c.
Bedroom 2 (Double) - mountain and estuary views. Bedroom 4 (Single) - mountain and estuary views. Bedroom 3 (Twin Beds) - rear yard view. Bathroom - bath with power shower, hand basin, w.c.
Bedroom 1 (Double) - hand basin.
Fantastic beaches at Barmouth (pic above) and shell beach (between Barmouth and Harlech).
See www.barmouth.com, www.barmouth-wales.co.uk and www.barmouth.org.uk
Three Peaks Race starts from Barmouth in June each year. The wide and long local beaches make this one of the best places to try kite surfing. For sailing enquiries contact Merioneth Yacht Club or the Barmouth harbour master.
Some start from the house and you look out onto the dramatic Cadair Idris ridge.
For great views try the Panorama Walk which starts above Barmouth and New Precipice Walk from Llanelltyd (pic above).
New Precipice walk has also been designed for easy access for the not so mobile.
The Mawddach Estuary is a superb place to watch wading birds and gulls.
There are two RSPB reserves nearby Arthog Bog and Coed Garth Gell
The Mawddach Cycle Trail on the other side of the estuary goes from Dolgellau to Barmouth and is suitable for children. You can access it at the George III pub/toll bridge (you need to drive 2 miles to avoid cycling on the busy A496).
The area is full of serious mountain bike territory including the world famous Coed-y-Brenin (pic above) single track routes (Coed also has a great cafe and family friendly cycling and walking) .
You can hire bikes at Coed-y-Brenin and in Dolgellau at www.dolgellaucycles.co.uk
Barmouth Slabs are 3 miles away and are a great place to learn to rock climb. Snowdonia has some of the best rock climbing in the country. Harlech climbing wall and swimming pool is great if it is raining. Snowdon (pic above) is about an hour away. For advice and equipment visit the the Cadar Idris climbing shop in Dolgellau.
Our favourite (pic above) is at Dolgellau/LLanelltyd
www.mawddach.com. Also great food at
Parliament House Coffee Shop and at Barmouth Ebeneezers and
The local pub, the Halfway House, has closed but there are some great pubs in Dolgellau and Barmouth (try the Last Inn)
Fairbourne & Barmouth Railway
Welsh Highland Railway
Llanberis Mountain Railway
Snowdonia Mountain Railway
Bwlch Gwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre
Selection of others things to do
Bounce Below and Zip World at Blaenau Ffestiniog are two new attractions for anyone who likes a little bit of adventure.
Bendi-Gedig, Barmouth's inside soft play area.
Portmerion Village (pic above).
Dolgellau Golf Club
Welsh Slate Museum
Electric Mountain (Power Station)
Sygun Copper Mine
King Arthur's Labyrinth
etc etc etc