It feels remote here but you’re actually not far from good pubs, restaurants and fabulous outdoor stuff inland or on the coast. This is one of five cottages on the Wern Estate; inside is irresistibly warm and tasteful with a big fire for chilly days, plenty of seating for four and good books about the area, so it’s comfortable to spend time planning what you’d like to do next.
The small galley kitchen is spanking new and well thought out – in fact everything here is, with space in bathrooms for sponge bags, full-length mirrors on the backs of wardrobes – nothing has been done on the cheap. You’ll find milk in the fridge, fresh flowers, unlimited logs, homemade cake, Welsh cakes, good coffee and all the basics for cooking in the cupboard.
Bring bikes – there’s a cycle path down to Criccieth (1.5 miles) and the 1930s building designed by Clough Williams Ellis now a super restaurant called Dylans that faces the sea. Explore the castles here or drive to Harlech for a bigger one. You are inside the Snowdonia National Park for white-water rafting, zip wires, fishing and mountain biking. There’s outdoor seating and a barbecue for mild evenings and you can watch the stars come out.