The Glasfryn estate, a minor wend off the main road down the LLyn Peninsula, has all the right credentials for this Area of truly Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nothing here jars, least of all Pantymoeliad, one of several sturdy local stone estate cottages, in acres of greenery, backed by woodland… it’s a joy to wander out on dewy evening grass to listen to the settling countryside. Owners Jonathan and Helen are passionate about the place – once the family home of architect Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of nearby Portmeirion – and have taken the utmost care refurbishing the cottage. There’s plenty of space for everyone by the fire in the sitting room (and underfloor heating); the chef-friendly kitchen has most gadgets imaginable, a refectory table under high wooden ceilings and French windows onto the garden. Bedrooms are super comfortable. The downstairs en-suite double opens straight outdoors and the three first floor rooms, one bunk-bedded, have green views to Cardigan Bay, and share a family bathroom; there’s a wet room downstairs too. Close to great Welsh castles, Snowdonia and lovely Llŷnn beaches.