Bryn Adda

Dolgellau, Gwynedd
+44 (0)7952 712104

A fine old house full of character, with smart inviting bedrooms spread over 2 floors and a games room in the barn. Perfect for a party


12 beds


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 16

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

High up on private land, down the driveway, through the natural garden, and there it is, Bryn Adda – a rambing L-shaped stone building that dates from the 16th century. It’s a fine house in anyone’s book. Landscaped gardens drop away in all directions and you can walk to Dolgellau. Find a warren of little stairways and landings in the old part, larger rooms in the new and a low-ceilinged farmhouse kitchen right in the middle, with Belfast sinks and a big old Aga. You get a dining room for 18, two sitting rooms opening to terraces – one big and sunny, with a dog-dozy fire and an old-fashioned charm, the other with nut-brown sofas and gleaming parquet floor. There’s a bedroom on the ground floor and seven more above, all comfy, all delightful, with various modern takes on traditional design. Bathrooms are new with a retro feel; antiques, pictures and books abound. Play hide-and-seek in the rhododendrons, table tennis in the barns, surf at Barmouth, hike in the forest, fish on their own stretch of river. Return to a blissful sauna – and toast your good fortune!


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Advice on walks and 7 acres of garden to play in.

Secure garden including woodland, within even bigger wild space. Dogs not allowed to chase sheep.


Nightly price
from £180
Weekly price
from £1260
Extra double & 4 camp beds available.
1 House for 16
From £18012 beds8 bedrooms


Stayed at Bryn Adda for my 50th , with family and friends 16 of us all with a double room per couple . And a dining table to fit us all around very impressive , the kitchen with double AGA was just the ticket to cook for us all . The grounds were extensive not overlooked by anyone, only a few sheep . With the games room and wood burning Sauna also included in the stay, made the experience a little more special. Would have loved to see the massive Rhododendrons in bloom . Great place for large group . ..

timothy, Manchester

Week what can I say, we have just returned from a long weekend celebrating my mums 80th birthday with all her family . We had a truly magical time made all the more special by the beautiful house and facilities . The house was perfect and gardens stunning , we would love to return.

Liza, Nottingham

We were a family of 13 & Brynn Adda gave us all the opportunity to relax, share & have fun. The spacious & well equipped kitchen is a joy to cook in & the abundance of comfortable & well appointed rooms meant that there was somewhere for everyone on every occasion. The sauna & wood burner were well used as well as the lovely gardens. It is an inspiring & very beautiful part of Wales. Thank you for the special time we spent in your special house.

Jeanette & Mike, Long Compton

The feeling of this wonderfully atmospheric 16C property is not only within its walls but outside, too. Set in its own 'island' of gardens and woodland, it extends beyond to the fields. While it is a relaxing and beautifully secluded location, there are several pathways you can explore that will take you along routes used for centuries. Hard to resist heading off along them.

Karen, Sawday's inspector

The perfect retreat and location to host heartwarming reunions. My school friends and I return biannually to this unique, rural gem. The large and magnificent historic country house really can’t be beaten in terms of value, luxury, space (both indoors and outdoors), breathtaking views and those little extras that make all the difference such as being greeted by a home baked cake and fresh coffee! The children in particular relish the freedom of being outdoors and they enjoyed their recent stay so much that they want to return every year...and we may just do that!

Elin, Y Felinheli

As a group of ten adults and four children, we greatly enjoyed staying in the Bryn Adda house. For my part, I thought that it was even better than expectations - it was a beautiful 16th Century farmhouse and the extension in the early 20th Century was built very sympathetically. The heating worked superbly, the floors were bizarrely uneven, the kitchen was well-equipped with an electric oven and an Aga, and the bathroom, sauna facilities and play-rooms were excellent. The country all round was lovely and great for walking.

Bridget, Glasgow

Wonderful old homely house, perfect for our family get together of 16 to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. Beautiful grounds in a very scenic part of the world would love to see it in the summer. Very tasty welcome cake waiting for us on arrival. The bay window a perfect place to sit quietly and watch nature. My mother didn't want to leave. Thank you to everyone involved in making the stay a memorable one!

P, Abergavenny

My extended family and I had an absolutely fantastic stay here. It was better than we all expected. Lovely setting and area. The house was just huge and the younger ones in the family especially loved it. I would definitely recommend it and would happily stay again. The walks around the house are also worth a try. Thank you for a fab holiday!

Anastasia, Eastbourne

This lovely house is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday or just for a family get together. Fabulous dining room with its huge table. Great cake there for us when we arrived. The bedrooms are lovely and very comfortable. Everywhere clean and tidy. The BBQ/Oven is brilliant - we used this even though it was raining. The following day we had lunch outside at the long bench table next to the BBQ. There is also a firepit nearby. We had a lovely time exploring the woods and garden too. Sarah is a great communicator and kept us well informed, thank you Sarah!

Val, Weymouth

Wonderful house and gardens. Plenty of space to suit all ages. Would certainly recommend. My family and I have been for the past consecutive 4 years so we can speak from experience!!!

Miranda, Nantwich

Brilliant house for our walking group of 13, with a well equipped kitchen, lovely bedrooms with comfy beds and plenty of space to relax. We spent most of our time outside, either sitting in the gardens in the sunshine or eating and drinking by the fire pit and oven watching the stars come out.

Nicki, Stockport

Absolutely stunning house & grounds. Well equipped and spacious. Lots of lovely touches. Disabled annex is great once in, getting in and out is a bit of a problem but the house itself is so beautifull. Had an amazing stay with some lovely memories. Will definatly return.

Jean, Tamworth

Arranged for a surprise 40th Birthday the team at Bryn Adda went out of their way to help. We even had a Cake baked for us on arrival! The house was very clean and amazing, the grounds were lovely and well kept, we spent every night outside with fires and marshmallows! We had 12 people in our group and there was plenty of room with a couple of rooms left unused! Plenty of parking, plenty of room in the house and even a separate Sauna and Games building!


We had an absolutely fantastic weekend at Bryn Adda. The house and its setting is stunning with very comfortable accommodation for all. Everything about it 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. The purpose of the weekend was for the family to be together to celebrate Mum & Dad’s 60th wedding anniversary and they enjoyed it so much that they are still talking about it to the wider family and their friends.

Martin, Stockport

We (five couples) thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Bryn Adda. The house is lovely - clean, spacious and character-full - and the grounds absolutely gorgeous. The rhododendrons were in full bloom and provided a glorious backdrop, whether seen through one of the windows looking out at the garden or closer from a garden chair. The lemon cake that greeted us on our arrival was heavenly.

Liz, Oxford

We stayed at Bryn Adda for a week over Easter for a family celebration. Our party was 15 people ranging from 3 to 70 and there was something for everyone. The grounds are fantastic and my two children spend most of their time outdoors climbing trees, making dens, playing games in the large garden, and the adults had some great evenings around the fire pit at night, stargazing and cooking pizza in the outdoor wood burning oven. Easy access to walks and cycle trails, and the scenery was fantastic. Celebrating my mums 70th birthday with all the family, she said there was nowhere she's rather be.


We had a wonderful weekend at Bryn Adda. The house is absolutely gorgeous; we especially loved the sumptuous furnishings and comfortable beds. It is also very well equipped in every respect and the welcome pack much appreciated. Thanks for a lovely weekend. It is very generous of the owner to let us share her beautiful house which is full of so many precious things.


We needed to find a place in my beloved Wales to spend a week celebrating my 70th with our twelve very best friends from all over the World. We selected Bryn Adda after a 5-day tour of Wales - and were NOT disappointed. The very best place possible - and ideal for the purpose. Bryn Adda is absolutely an experience of a lifetime. No one wanted to leave after a week - and they are now asking "can we go back there for your 80th?"!


Exquiste place. We felt privileged to be able to be here over Christmas. The house is warm and cosy, and has a feeling of timeless beauty. Lots of space for our group of 16, we never felt cramped, just codddled and spoiled to be in the midst of such comfort and beautiful surroundings. All I can do is plot to come back as soon as possible. We had a larger group with ages from 85 to 6 and we all felt happy here. The photos on the Sawday website do not do BrynAdda justice


The whole, extended family had an excellent time exploring the house, the surroundings and the brilliant walks directly from the house. All very comfortable with a dining room big enough to feed 22 people at once. Great.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ruth Tudor

  • Just over seven miles and fifteen minutes away – Fairbourne beach has 2 magical miles of sand. Take a ride on the coastal Fairbourne Railway, the smallest of Wales’ narrow gauge railways) with a ferry link to Barmouth !
  • The Mawddach Trail is literally a few minutes away. Run, walk or cycle along the disused railway line 9.5 (15 km) to Barmouth. Follow the estuary’s ebb and flow. Where else takes in 2 RSPB sites and Cader Idris; pretty impressive at 893meters/2930ft !
  • Imagine a small market town with quirky streets, 200 listed buildings, a weekly livestock and country market, small shops, a tourist information centre and Quaker museum – it’s all here in Dolgellau, 2 miles and five minutes away from Brynadda.
  • It is just 15 minutes to the foot of Cader Idris mountain for natural beauty, a beautiful walk and dramatic views.
  • Morning coffee, lunch or dinner out? T.H. Roberts in Dolgellau, Plas Penmaenuchaf, Bwyty Mawddach restaurant, Dylanwad Da, Y Meirionnydd
  • A steamy, wood-fired sauna complete with shower and relaxation area provides the perfect health and relaxation option for guests.