You approach from the back, down the bumpy track, over the cattle grid… but the glory of this handsome villa is the front and the view. Overlooking the Dwyryd estuary and rolling Welsh hills you’re a ten-minute wander into the Italianate fantasy village of Portmeirion where you’ll find restaurants, cafés and a deserted beach.
The estate is covered in subtropical woodlands and the house’s terraced gardens, part-overrun, are heaven for children to hide-and-seek in. Adults have long lawns and a barbecue for al fresco dining. Inside is comfortable: Edwardian windows and polished oak floors, wood-burners in fireplaces, book-filled shelves. Toys, games and DVDs invite children to settle in, there’s a panelled library with an open fire and calming bedrooms. The master room opens onto a balcony with views over the estuary.
A generous hamper filled with lovely local stuff waits in the kitchen. The best of North Wales is at your feet: Black Rock Sands beach is a 15-minute drive, Porthmadog a 20-minute stroll, Snowdonia not much further.