(near Barmouth) The Gatehouse of Cors Y Gedol Hall is a truly unique property, sleeping up to 7. Built by the Vaughan family in the 14th century this imposing building now provides self catering accommodation in one of the nicest parts of the Snowdonia national park.
Having driven up the mile long drive from the coast road you cant help but be impressed by the gothic symmetry of the building. It stands of course as the welcome entrance to the great hall behind. Carved granite finials flank the central arch where lords and ladies in horse drawn carriages would pass through. And the arched windows with their sandstone mullions and a central cusp create a real fairytale look.
The kitchen has a country cottage feel and includes a dishwasher and washing machine as well as all the other essentials. The lounge is beautifully furnished. Original features such as old oak beams and arched windows are complimented by Laura Ashley curtains and tasteful antique ornaments. As I say, three bedrooms in total. One family room with a double bed and a single bed plus two more double rooms. All the bedrooms have a fantastic view over the surrounding grounds. Both sides of the building have a wc each. Which is a relief. One bathroom has a shower, the other a bath.
As part of the Cors Y Gedol estate the cottage is set within impressive grounds. The manicured lawns, lake and the hall itself are further complimented by the surrounding ancient woodland. Beyond the trees the mountains of the national park rise up to the west. To the east miles of sandy beaches stretch out along the Cambrian coast. There are a couple of pubs in the village, a small grocery store, a post office and an excellent local butchers. The popular seaside town of Barmouth is a 10 minute drive to the south whilst the town of Harlech with its famous castle and links golf course is 10 minutes to the North. This entire stretch of coastline boasts some wonderful clean and sandy beaches. Whilst walking in the mountains provides the perfect escape from the daily bustle. Too many adventure activities to list but drop me an email if you need pointing in the right direction.
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms. One family room with double bed plus single bed. Two more double rooms.
Bathrooms: 2 bathrooms. One with shower and one with bath.
Facilities: Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Microwave, Digital TV, DVD
Sleeps: 7 +cot
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: On Request
Location: Built in the 14th century this imposing and truly unique property now provides self catering accommodation in one of the nicest parts of Snowdonia.
"Our stay the the Gatehouse was very pleasant and comfortable. The property is in a beautiful location and near stunning beaches and historical points of interest. The only slight draw back was very poorly working shower. Other than this, I would whole heartedly recommend this property to others."
Vineta Cable, Devon
"My friends from Swansea and I stayed at the Gatehouse for a weekend in late May and absolutely loved it. The kitchen and sitting room were both large with plenty of room for 3 adults and 2 children. It was clean and suited all of our needs. We didn’t mind the split accommodation at all, and in fact the archway provided a nice place to sit outside but still under cover. While we would have been pleased to have met the owners, we had no need to contact them as the facility was easy to navigate and provided everything we needed. Being from the USA, the novelty of staying in a place built in 1630 was fun for me, and the kids thought we were staying in our own “mini castle”. There were opportunities for several different walks right from the doorstep, and the location between Barmouth and Harlech and proximity to Snowdonia National Park were great. The owners provided brochures of local attractions, books about Snowdonia, and some of the history of the estate for visitors to browse through, which was a nice touch. We would love to come back for a longer period of time in the future. I would highly recommend this accommodation. Thanks!"
Molly McKnight, Oregon USA
"Just returned from a weekend break at The Gatehouse.
We chose The Gatehouse because on the brochure the place looked cosy, quirky, and full of character, and in an ideal location. Very atmospheric!
We were made aware that people would be around if you need them, but you are also left in privacy to enjoy your holiday.
We took our two dogs to stay, and they loved the location, grounds, and gardens…..also the sounds of the local wildlife.
We found the kitchen fully equipped with everything you need for a stay, and a few extras including a lovely Apple-pie…thanks!
Was great to have the linen and extra blankets provided should you need.
Would love to return again in the summer maybe, i would recommend a stay there, an ideal retreat.
Infact if i won the lottery would love to buy the place!"
Hope to return soon!
Christine Hill Manchester