If you want tarmac to the door, matching Ikea furniture and an absence of wildlife then eschew this place! Nature lovers and peace seekers however will be in heaven – it’s a wildly romantic spot down a long winding road and completely remote. Walk in to find deep window sills for gazing at the Rhinog mountains and swirling ravens, wind-blasted buzzards, sometimes a mountain goat. Antique Welsh furniture is dotted about – a lovely old dresser, a grandfather clock – and the sitting room has a fireplace at each end (electric heaters too), plus interesting paintings, local maps, hefty beams and large rugs over ancient tiled floors – not for minimalist fusspots. The kitchen, once home to the carthorse, has original slate tops and an old farmhouse table. Sleep soundly in bedrooms with heavenly views. The bathroom has a roll top, and free range children will adore the hayloft, with its own extra outside stair; there’s also a playhouse outside. Llanbedr village is five miles down the winding road; the beautiful beaches of Shell Island offer safe swimming.