The house divides naturally into the three parts, the vertical divisions coming exactly where the additions were made over the years. Starting a floor up, yet with nobody living below, Flats 2 and 3 enjoy great views; and with their entrances opposite each other off the same landing, the two flats can easily be run together as one for a large group or an extended family.
The House (photo 1):
Brynygwin Isaf, Flat 2 (photos 2 and 3)
This whole central section of the country house, with its large rooms and sleeping capacity, is ideal for groups, extended families or two families together. Its bedrooms are i) a double plus 1 or 2 singles if needed (photo 2), ii) a double plus single (plus 1 or 2 singles if needed), iii) a 4 singles (semi-divided), plus iv) living-room settee converts to a double. In addition it can let with Flat 3 across the landing, and that sleeps another two or three. The living room has a comfortable 3-piece suite, large dining table, TV, centrally-heated radiator and option of open log fire.
On the same first floor as the living room there are i) the kitchen, light and large, with electric cooker, microwave oven, 2 freezer/fridges, table in centre with 4 chairs, and view (photo 3) down onto terrace and over garden; ii) bathroom (twin-grip cast-iron bath with choice of mixer shower at one end or electric shower at the other); and iii) the large centrally-heated double bedroom (photo 2).
Under this first floor there are only the boiler/drying room, utility rooms and passageways useful for safe and carefree parking of outdoor gear and bikes. No need to worry about noise travelling to or from anyone living below. The top double plus single bedroom looks down onto the garden, about which "ideal for children" is the frequent comment.
Brynygwin Isaf, Flat 3 (photo 4)
Flat 3, which sleeps 2/3, has a kitchen with electric cooker and microwave oven, and its bathroom has a cast iron bath with electric shower. An oil fired boiler heats two very large radiators in the main room (photo 4), which also has an open log fire for a cosy fireside evening.
The Cottages: (photos 5 and 6)
Next door to each other, but separated by thick Welsh stone walling, the two cottages work equally well whether taken separately or together.
Ty Clyd (photo 6)
Ty Clyd, which sleeps up to 5 or 6, is Welsh for cosy house. It lives up to its name with two large storage heaters in its modest-sized living room (last photo), oil-filled electric radiators and fan heaters in each of the three bedrooms (a double, a twin and a single), and a 9 kW fully independent electric shower as well as a bath, the cottage lives up to its name. The living room with its two deep-seated and high-backed settees leads into the conservatory and into the small secure garden which in turn leads into the 5 acre garden, there for all to use and enjoy.
The cottage has a fitted kitchen with a Neff oven and hob and an ample fridge with 3 star freezer compartment.
The double bedroom with its revealed oak beams and its 4' circular butterfly window was part of the hayloft whose only access then was by the outside stone steps.
The twin-bedded ground-floor bedroom is linked to the living-room by the conservatory. It is spacious, cool and light with plenty of room for an additional 2'6" pull-out bed if needed.
The Mews (first gallery photos)
The living room with Welsh Dresser, 3-piece suite, television and choice of electric or open log fire as well as its two night storage heaters is plenty big enough for the 2'6" folding bed to be permanently out in one corner if the bedroom's double bed is not sufficient.
All ground floor, and all electric, the Mews is a convenient and easy cottage to stay in. The bathroom with twin-grip cast-iron bath, electric shower and matching suite is fully tiled. The floors in the living room and bedroom are warm cork. The rooms are light with living room and bedroom spanning the full width of the cottage and therefore windowed on both sides.
The fitted kitchen has a Neff oven and hob, and you can step out of it into the walled and surprisingly spacious garden.
Brynygwin Cottages and Flats are set in truly beautiful surroundings as you can see from the pictures. Ideal too for birds: over 70 species have been spotted in it since record-keeping began in 1990, with goshawks and hawfinches numbered among them. The garden is full of colourful azaleas, magnolias, bluebells and rhododendrons in spring, while the the wide variety of trees, shrubs and ferns provide year round beauty.
North Wales has abundant activities to offer: great beaches, castles, boat trips, great for walking and climbing too but you might be tempted just to stay by a fire with a glass or two and enjoy this stunning spot.
Holiday Cottage at:
Gwynedd LL40 1YA