In the shadow of Cadair Idris, a cosy launch pad for exploring Snowdonia’s walking trails and cycle paths. Slightly set back from the estuary road, the small, light-filled cottage faces the craggy Rhinog Mountains. It’s one of four architect-designed buildings converted from 19th-century barns. Delightful owners Victoria and Sean live in the contemporary, timber-clad house opposite with Fintan, their friendly Golden Retriever. They’re full of enthusiasm for the local area so active adventurers can get advice about walking or cycling through the mountains. Step through the wooden door into a snug room with comfy sofas at one end and a slick glass dining table at the other; a red enamel wood-burner takes centre-stage. Exposed-stone walls are a striking feature in the neat, L-shaped kitchen; delicious welcome hampers await for longer-stay guests. Upstairs, both rooms have beds indulgently topped with wool duvets; fluffy towels are supplied in the spotless white bathroom. Enjoy a well-deserved snifter at the snazzy, red outdoor table after day-trips to Barmouth or Portmeirion.