Moelfre, named after the mountain behind the cottage, is a one bedroom newly converted barn conversion on a working Welsh hill farm.
It’s difficult for me to be objective when describing Moelfre as it’s one of the two self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here at Byrdir. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated. We’re certainly very proud with the way they’ve turned out.
Using local craftsmen to completely rebuild an old disused barn, has meant that we’ve been able to use as much natural and local material as possible. Nick and Adam did most of the structural work including laying the natural slate tiles on our heated floor. Mike, a carpenter from the village, hand carved the oak trusses and glazed gable end. Whilst stonemasons Charlie and Rich, two brothers and friends of ours, did a brilliant job of the external granite stone work. (I was allowed to help with the backbreaking but unskilled work of fetching the stones from the fields.)
We’ve designed the barn with a ‘grogloft’ or sleeping deck up in the eaves of the barn. The velux window up there has a brilliant view over the farm, Moelfre and the Rhinog Mountains. The living area downstairs has an open kitchen. We’ve tried to include everything you’ll need such as a combination oven, hob and dishwasher. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romantic atmosphere. The french doors open to a fantastic view of the Cambrian coast line and the Llyn Peninsula beyond.
We’ve tried to buy the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture and real leather sofas. The bathroom has been kitted out with a powerful thermostatic shower and expensive taps etc. But more importantly perhaps we’d like to think that we’ve invested some time and effort into smaller projects like renovating an old cast iron radiator for the bathroom, making the curtains by hand, restoring some old furniture bought at our local auction and buying some nice ornaments made by friends and neighbors.
Moelfre is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir where we also run a small B&B. During the summer months, when the B&B is open, we’ll try and persuade you to join us for a cooked breakfast in the main farmhouse. Although you’re naturally free to stay in bed and cater for yourselves if you prefer. There are lots of other advantages to staying here on the farm. It’ll give you a chance to get involved in things like feeding the pigs, collecting the chicken eggs and meeting the ducks. Throwing a stick for our border collie, Dell, seems to be the favorite pastime of most of our guest however. Great views in every direction. Views over the Cambrian Coastline and its sandy beaches a mile to the west, Snowdon and her friends are to the north and you are naturally encouraged to explore the rugged Rhinnog Mountains that climb up behind the cottage to the east.
The other attractions associated with Snowdonia are all close by. Historic castle and golf course in Harlech, narrow gauge steam railways in Porthmadog and Talyllyn, slate and copper mines in Bleuna and Beddgelert as well as more adventurous pursuits like kite surfing, white water rafting and mountain biking etc. Let me know what you fancy and I’ll point you in the right direction.
Bedrooms: 1 double bedroom in the eaves of the barn
Bathrooms: 1 with power shower
Facilities: HD TV, Dishwasher, Combination Oven, Log Burner, Underfloor Heating
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: Provided on request
Location: Newly converted barn on a traditional working welsh hill farm
"We couldn´t have asked for a better place to stay during the last week than Byrdir in general and Moelfre in particular. We loved the accommodation and your warm welcome.
We enjoyed so many things about it: tasting your delicious breakfast, playing with the dogs, doing some of the “local walks” (Barmouth, Harlech and Moelfre) recommended by Gwion, sunbathing on the beach or exploring the North West of Wales (incl. Snowdon, Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula)…
We had a really great time and would love to visit you again in the future.
Thanks and and kind regards!"
Maja & Dirk, Germany
"Arrived home yesterday after a wonderful long weekend in your cottage Moelfre. We couldnt believe how perfectly the cottage was situated in terms of sightseeing and managed to see so much despite the short stay.
The facilities in the cottage were fantastic and was very tastefully presented, we felt very comfortable with the log fire and heated floors great after a long day exploring.
The dogs provided great company and were great fun – one of my personal highlights!
Will be returning without a doubt."
See you very soon XX
Sarah & Matt - Sedgley
"Dear Gwion and Louise, we wanted to say what a fantastic time we had staying in your cottage. The facilities were spot on, we couldn’t have wished for better. We had a lot of fun sightseeing and found that your place was very near to everything we wanted to see. You were both so friendly and helpful and we’re both missing your scrumptious home made breakfasts! We would have no problem recommending your cottages to our family and friends. We will definitely be coming back to stay with you again, best regards Dawn and Ken. P.S. Please tell Gwion that we’re practicing the Welsh he taught us! Take care x x"
Ken and Dawn Cronin
Nikki and Martin Wiltshire
"Very comfortable and tasteful cottage.Great location. Very pleasant and relaxing grounds.
Entertaining animals and friendly,helpful owners.
comfortable lounge and breakfast room with brilliant breakfasts and service. Highly reccomended"
Colin & Joane Fisher,Bridgnorth
"We had a wonderful week at the end of May at Moelfre, couldn’t have asked for better weather and even better hosts in Louise and Gwion. From the great breakfast which set us up for the day to advice on places to eat at and see, they were the perfect hosts. And of course the supporting act of animals, Dell the sheep dog being the star attraction, who kept us smiling when the weather did finally turn for the worse."
Michael and Amanda, Liverpool
"It was not our first time in North Wales, but certainly one of our best. This was partly due to the sunny and in the end warm weather (for walking nearly too warm), although we must say that there is much talk about bad weather in Wales which is not true, especially not in the coastal region. But secondly our week’s holiday was so pleasant because Moelfre is a nice cottage in an wonderful setting. And with hosts as friendly and helpful as Louise and Gwion everything was perfect. The fresh and rich Welsh breakfast was one oft the highlights of the day and has forced us back home to start working hard in the garden to lose weight again. But this will not deter us from coming back one day."
Grete and Martin Muelller-Lorch, Marburg, Germany