Byrdir Farmhouse & Studio Cottages
(near Barmouth) - Byrdir, a traditional working welsh hill farm, is set at the foot of Moelfre and the Rhinog mountains in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The 17th century stone farmhouse overlooks the beautiful Cardigan Bay coastline and out towards the Llyn peninsula.
Byrdir is set at the foot of Moelfre and the Rhinog mountains in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The 17th century stone farmhouse overlooks the beautiful cardigan bay coastline and out towards the Llyn peninsula. Byrdir is a typical working Welsh hill farm of approximately 200 acres. The rural and varied landscape is home to many wild animals including wild mountain goats, badgers and birds of prey.
We have endeavored to retain the character of the house and combine its original features with modern amenities. The impressive stone walls and inglenook fireplace together with the original wooden beams and antique doors provide a real homely feel. All main bedrooms in the farm house are en-suite, have tea and coffee making facilities and colour TV. There is a cosy sitting room as well as the main lounge for the use of the house guests.
The stables and hay barns have been converted to provide a new way to spend your holiday in the lovely old county of Gwynedd. Each small studio has a little gallery in the roof space, reached by either a ladder or a small staircase, making a charming and unusual sleeping space. (If preferred extra bed space is available on the ground floor on request). Each have their own shower room and toilet facility, small kitchenette area and sitting area complete with living flame gas fire.
We’re surrounded by green fields on all sides and hopefully you’ll agree that our accommodation provides a peaceful retreat from modern life. Snowdon and her gang are just an hour to the north of us and a natural draw for a lot of our guests. We’d argue however that the mountains just behind the farmhouse offer a more undiscovered alternative. Mountains like the Rhinogs, Llethr and Diffwys are steeped in ancient history and every bit as rugged and beautiful as they’re more famous cousins.
There are plenty of things to do in the area. Restaurants, theatres, mines, castles, narrow gauge railways, Port Meirion the famous Italian Village, technology centre, craft centres, gardens and bird sanctuaries all within easy reach. For the energetic there’s pony trekking at Fairbourne, golf on the Royal St Davids 18hole links course, all terrain biking at the award winning Coed Y Brenin centre and sea and fresh water fishing. All the alternative sports are also becoming more and more popular, white water rafting on the famous Tryweryn river, sea kayaking, kite surfing and gorge walking. All a bit nuts if you ask me. There is, of course, a bus service in the area which will take you to most places, and a train services, that must run on one of the prettiest tracks in the country. However, unless you are a very keen walker staying at Byrdir means that a car is essential.
My name’s Gwion Llwyd. My wife, Louise, and I run a small bed and breakfast on a working Welsh hill farm in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Snowdonia. We have two daughters Lowri and Seren, two cats, Oscar and Mog, two ducks, Will and Martha, and a dog called Del. Oh, and about 200 welsh mountain sheep and 40 or so welsh black cows.
Louise and I both gave up our office jobs in 2005 and moved back to Byrdir, my childhood home, to have a go at running a B&B. It’s seems to be going ok at the moment and a lot of our guests seem to come back so we can’t be doing too badly. We hope you like this website (see link), have a look at our blog and please feel free to add comments. And of course, if you’re planning a trip to North Wales we’d be very happy to have you stay at our friendly guesthouse.