Nant, a fabulous newly converted barn in Snowdonia


Nant is a two bedroom barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy with a small brook running past the cottage

Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Its difficult for me to be objective when describing Nant as its the larger of the two self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here on the farm. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated.

Using local craftsmen to completly 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 structrual work including laying the natural slate tiles on our heated floor. Mike, a carpenter from the village, hand carved the oak trussees 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 unskilled but backbreaking work of fetching the stones from the fields)

The cottage comprises a ground floor twin bedroom in addition to a kingzize double in the ‘grogloft’ or eves of the barn. The living area downstairs has a small kitchen where we’ve tried to include everything you’ll need including a combination oven, hob and dishwasher. The oak folding doors which span the south facing gable end of the cottage can be opened up completly to make the most of the view of the fields and mountains on the far side of the brook. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romatic atmosphere.

We’ve tried to by the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture and real leather sofas. The bathroom too has been kitted out with a powerfull 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, makeing the curtains by hand, restoring some old furniture bought at our local auction and buying some nice ornaments made by friends and neighbours.

On the Farm
Nant 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 a lot of our guest. 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.

The Accommodation

Bedrooms:  1 double bedroom in the eaves of the barn, 1 twin room on the ground floor

Bathrooms:  1 with power shower

Facilities:  HD TV, Dishwasher, Combination Oven, Log Burner, Underfloor Heating

Sleeps:  4

Pets:  No

Smoking:  No

Bed Linen:  Provided

Towels:  Provided

Cot and High Chair:  Provided on request

Location:  Newly converted barn on a traditional working welsh hill farm


"We had a lovely week on the farm in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Our kids loved playing with the animals and we had a packed week of activities ranging from walks in Coed y Brenin and a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway to tours of Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Electric Mountain. It’s a great location for a holiday and the scenery and welcome are outstanding. We’re looking forward to our next holiday in North Wales already!"

Dan Allsobrook

The BEST breakfasts
Friendly welcome
Feeding the pigs
Playing with Dell the Dog
Blue sky days on the Beach
Blue sky days in Coed Y Brenin
Food at the George after cycling the Estuary
Knickerbocker Glories in Barmouth in the sun
Comfortable beds and a stream to play in.
Safe to say we loved every minute of it!!

Family Marsbar, Sheffield

"We have just returned home from a week at Byrdir with our 1 year old son Max. We stayed in Nant. The accommodation is finished to a very high standard, it is very comfortable and the views are stunning. We enjoyed a log fire most night (useful given the changeable weather we had!). Gwion and Louise were very welcoming and made our stay very relaxed and enjoyable, pointing us in the right direction to the best attractions and serving a tasty breakfast every morning. Byrdir is in the perfect position for all the best Snowdonia has to offer, we were a short drive from so many great places. The farm setting was also perfect for us, it is very peaceful and Max loved the animals, especially feeding the pigs and watching Dell (the dog) herd ducks.
We would recommend the nearby Bistro Bermo in Barmouth for exceptional food in the evening. The farm park in Criccieth is very good for little ones and Criccieth itself is also very nice for a wander. The beach in Barmouth is stunning. There is also a swimming pool and a very impressive castle in Harlech. The waterfall just up the road is also great, good spot for a picnic if the weather is right.
We will visit again."

Emma, Chris and Baby Max from Manchester

"Our second visit to Bydir. We stayed in Nant, a superb setting for a family with 2 young kids. Having parents next door in the adjacent Molfre cottage worked perfectly to suit our stay. Gwion and Louise are a fantastic couple with lots of time and enthusiasm for their guests and Wales. Clearly, they are dedicated to very high standards throughout Bydir which are immediately obvious when you arrive. The setting is unbeatable, tranquil, nestled on a hill, surrounded by open fields with magnificent sea views and the imposing mountain of Molfre on your doorstep. We will no doubt be back and hopefully a lot sooner next time. Thanks again for a fantastic stay."

Ben & Anoushka , West Midlands

For various reasons Julie and I were really in need of a holiday,and our stay at Nant proved to be perfect. The accommodation was to a very high standard,the barn had been converted by people that cared. The breakfasts were of course outstanding,but even more important was that the traditional warm Welsh welcome was very much evident,we will be back.

Dave Williams Ampthill Bedford



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Dyffryn Ardudwy
LL44 2EA
T: 01341 247 200