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Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

As you round the bend of a quiet leafy lane guests are greeted by a real fairytale cottage. Described as a semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style lodge, this outstanding and unique self-catering property stands guard over the deer park on the famous Nannau estate and provides secluded deluxe accommodation for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of Snowdonia.

Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

..fairytale accommodation..
..bursting with history..
..famous Nannau estate..

As you can imagine, Hywel Sele Lodge is bursting with history. Hywel Sele famously attempted to assassinate his rebellious cousin Owain Glyndwr during a hunting expedition. Glyndwr, already wary of his royalist relative, was protected from Hywel’s deadly arrow however by the chain mail he wore hidden under his tunic. Glyndwr immediately turned to slay his cousin later hiding his body in a hollow oak tree within the Nannau deer park.

An impressive front door set within a pointed arched doorcase opens into the entrance hallway. From here, a turned staircase runs up to the bedrooms, a door to the left leads to the lounge but we’ll go straight ahead into the kitchen diner first.

Oak panelled kitchen units sit on a quarry-tiled floor and are topped by a marble work surface. A more modern oven and gas hob sits in one corner complimented by a pretty dinning table and chairs.

Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau

We can walk round through another door into the lounge. This generous space comes complete with log fire, flat screen TV and sumptuous leather sofas. Wooden mullioned windows with arched heads form the shallow canted bay to the front of the cottage. Also on the ground floor is the shower room and WC. This room is small but perfectly formed. The age and listed status of the building means it’s impossible to have a bathroom upstairs.

If we go round again we can head up the winding staircase to the two adjoining bedrooms. More high arched windows inset with leaded glass shine a patterned light onto a beautiful king sized bed complete with luxurious linen. Oak flooring and exposed stone walls support a high vaulted ceiling. A second bedroom has a smaller double bed within a fascinating oak panelled recess and a window that overlooks the deer park and the forests beyond.
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From the driveway, the amazing façade of the cottage is possibly only surpassed by the outstanding views over the Cader Idris mountain range to the south. The grand stone archway next to the cottage leads us east into the walled deer park. Approximately 100 deer live in the park but they are amazingly difficult to spot in what is a varying landscape of hills and deciduous forest.

Mullioned windows

..mullioned windows..
..log fire..
..sumptuous leather sofas..

This ancient deer park was incorporated into the famous landscape park at Nannau in the late eighteenth-century and remains one of the largest and highest areas of designed landscape in Wales. The lodge also has the privilege of being situated within a Site of Specific Scientific Intrest (SSSI) due to the rare foliage and fauna that can be fount at this spot. An extensive system of paths and bridleways criss crosses the park, the most popular of which is The Precipice walk. Easily accessible from the lodge, this circular walk will take guests around the lower slopes of Foel Cynwch and provides superb views over the Mawddach valley and sea beyond.

The market town of Dolgellau is a five minute drive down the hill and boasts a selection of interesting cafes, restaurants and shops. The internationally renowned Coed Y Brennin mountain biking centre is a five minute drive down the other side of the hill. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 30 mins to the West and the market town of Bala, famous for its water adventure sports, is 30 mins to the east.

Precipice Walk on the Nannau Estate

..Precipice walk..
..Coed Y Brennin mountain biking..
..interesting cafes and shops..

Property Details

Bedrooms:  2 Bedrooms. One spacious bedroom with king sized bed and one smaller adjoined bedroom with 4' bed.

Bathrooms:  1 with shower cubicle

Facilities:  Welcome pack, log fire, internet / WiFi, central heating, cooker, gas hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, flatscreen tv, DVD player, Washer Dryer (in shed outside), BBQ, private off street parking, private garden, bike storage

Sleeps:  3 +cot

Pets:  Yes (£25 supplement)

Smoking:  No

Bed Linen:  Provided

Towels:  Provided

Cot and High Chair:  Yes

Location:  This outstanding and unique self-catering cottage stands guard at the entrance to the deer park on the famous Nannau estate in southern Snowdonia.

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21 Responses to “Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge”
  1. Edward & Liz Morgan, Pontypridd says:

    We were the first guests in Hywel Sele Lodge near Dolgellau. Just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to experience the delights of this beautiful, unusual property. We had a lovely time … It’s a wildlife haven … The furnishings and accessories were lovely. Thank you again, we shall return!!

  2. Anna Stevenson, Manchester says:

    What a beautiful building and a stunning location. It’s well equipped and very comfortable.

    It’s not possible to explain in words how magical it is. The views were inspiring and it was great to be away from light and noise pollution. Sheep, frogs and we were woken by owls!

    Not far from Barmouth and Fairbourne. If you are going in peak season and you have a dog then head for Fairbourne as its not so restricited but also check out the Forestry Commission areas which are very close to the Lodge. As the temperatures increased, it was much better for the dogs to walk them in the shade of the woods.

    We really didn’t want to come home.

  3. Jackie & Nick, Cumbria says:

    Great property, real get away from it all & switch off.
    Would definitely recommend

  4. Claire & Andrew Cheshire says:

    Thank you, the little touches left for our dog were very thoughtful. We loved Barmouth, a little gem of beautiful beaches along with gorgeous weather. The Precipice Walk was great too- fabulous views along with the tranquility of water.
    Sadly, we have to leave and would love to revisit this little “chateau” in Snowdonia in the future.

  5. Claudia & Trevor, Essex says:

    The lodge fulfilled all our expectations and more. Wonderful ambience and character and in a memorable setting….our own private mountain for a week!
    So special we spent many of our mornings and evenings here rather than out and about.
    The local area in general is stunning and the Precipice Walk an experience in itself. Also check out the Forest Garden Walk with waterfalls five minutes further down the lane.
    All in all we had a wonderful stay….but sshhhh! Don’t tell too many about it. There are only 52 weeks a year and we want to come back.

  6. Sarah & Russell, London says:

    What a magical place to stay…. Felt like we could relax and sleep peacefully in the blissful quiet.
    There is so much to do here and the location is amazing.
    It’s a joy to be able to come back after a long days walking and settle down in front of a blazing stove with a nice glass of wine.
    Lovely things to do: Arthog Walk, Snowdon, Precipice Walk, and the Panorama Walk.

  7. Sam & Jason, Northampton says:

    We couldn’t believe our eyes when we arrived here….this place is absolutely amazing! Everything you could possibly need has been thought of and provided. We really didn’t want to go home!
    Great location for our dogs too, who have never had so much fun as they have this week. The welcome pack for us and the dogs was a lovely thought, much appreciated by us all!
    All in all we had a thoroughly wonderful week and will definitely be coming back again!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful house with us! Stunning in every way!

  8. Veronica & Phillip, Coventry says:

    What a wonderful place to stay , so quiet
    Wonderful views,great walks
    We didn’t want to leave

  9. Mary and Dave, Manchester says:

    A perfect cottage in a beautiful location. Well equipped. Would have appreciated some firelighters and more wood/ coal for the stove rather than the bottle of wine and after dinner mints, but that’s just personal preference.
    For those interested in local history; Hywel Sele, 6th Lord of Nannau was murdered by Owain Glyndwr 1402-04 ( some history in cottage folder) If you walk through the arch ,and gate on right you will see a house below. The walled garden( now just a field) was once part of the Nannau estate. On the back wall is a standing stone ( you may need binoculars to see it) There, once stood an oak tree where Owain hid Hywel’s body ( not discovered for many years) Hywel was buried at Cymer abbey ( a local attraction)The oak fell down in 1813.
    On the hill above the cottage are 3-4 ancient mounds, apparently warrens built to farm rabbits! From there a view of Nannau Hall ( now empty), and fabulous veiws of the Cader Idris range.

  10. Claire, John & Murphy, Wakefield says:

    Fantastic location, very peaceful. The welcome pack of wine, mints and a bone for Murphy was a nice touch. The lodge was very cosy and well equipped – loved the wood burner and the wooden shutters, nice to close in windy weather (and it was very windy!). Barmouth beach was excellent, the Precipice walk was also great, very peaceful. We would have liked to stay longer and explore a bit more – great weekend break.

  11. Pat & Paul, Kippax says:

    Location, location, location. Peace & quiet, great views, great walks.
    Our only regret is that we didn’t stay for longer. That could possibly be rectified in the future.
    Would we recommend this to others? Already have.

  12. Sally & Dave, Saltash, Cornwall says:

    Sally & I chose to get away to a relatively remote and isolated location for our Ruby wedding, 15th December 2013, Hywel Sele Lodge fully met our requirements, it was Quaint, Quirky, Quiet, loved our time there.

  13. Sally & Dave, Saltash, Cornwall says:

    Sally & I decided to get away for our Ruby wedding anniversary(15th December 2013), luckily we found Dioni and Hywel Sele Lodge at Dolgellau, Quaint,Quirky, Quiet the perfect recipe; we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and would recommend you try it!

  14. Briony, West Midlands says:

    The Lodge was a delightful place to stay and despite the rain we managed to get out and do a selection of walks using the helpful maps that were available. It was a nice surprise to have a fire already laid for our use with a plentiful supply of coal and logs.
    The Lodge was remote and just what we needed to get away from it all. It was comfortable, clean and exactly as described. A beautiful setting and a place we would love to return to. I would highly recommend it for a romantic break for 2…

  15. Michelle Howard, Conwy says:

    The Lodge was everything that we expected and more ! The furnishings and facilities are top class, the icing on the cake being the log fire. We had some lovely walks in the hope of spotting a deer but never mind, maybe next time !! Its a really comfortable and homely place to stay if you need to get away from it all for a while. Would thoroughly recommend staying here.

  16. Sue & Dave, South Wales says:

    What a wonderful relaxing place. Beautiful surroundings, plenty to do and the house itself is just stunning. The main bedroom windows overlooking the view were a lovely touch and the whole break left us feeling relaxed and chilled. Definitely want to book again.

    There was one problem though…. we just didn’t want to leave!

    Thank you for the opportunity to stay in a place with so much history and beauty.
    Sue and Dave

  17. Anonymous says:

    Lovely location, stunning accommodation – and the weather was perfect too! We will definitely return and are looking forward to it already.
    Thank you for providing such an amazing place.
    Silvie & Ric

  18. Suzy & Janice, Essex says:

    Our little bit of heaven … What an amazing cottage.
    Great walks, fantastic views and the weather was kind to us too.
    We would recommend the Precipice Walk, the lakes are lovely
    Thank you for the opportunity to explore this special part of the country, we hope to come back soon
    Suzy & Janice

  19. Thomas & Marija, CH-Hüttikon says:

    We drove the forrest way up and … wow! What an amazing location we picked for our rest of the spring holiday up in Scotland, where we stayed 10 days before.
    It’s not the first time in GB we stayed, neither the first time in Wales. But … it truly was the most amazing house we rented ever! Just the right size for the two of us and our Alsatian Dog called Wanko. He indeed loved it as we did.
    If we will come back – and only be the two of us – we surely will book again if it’s free.
    It was the non-plus-ultra!!!
    Thank you for having us let stay there.

    Thomas, Marija and Wanko

  20. Nesta and Martin, Cumbria says:

    I found this cottage quite by chance and booked to stay to celebrate a milestone birthday! It could not have been better and the reality of the lodge, the setting and even the weather fulfilled all expectations. it was fantastic and we left wanting more and to come back again!
    My husband went off cycling and I explored lake Vrynwy and the Precipice walk with the dogs – they loved it!
    It truly was a wonderful place in a lovely area, we’ll have to stop telling everyone about it though as we’ll never be able to book again!
    Thank you
    Nesta, Martin, Ludo and Merley

  21. stuart barratt, leicestershire says:

    Our holiday was amazing and we had the most wonderful time. my husband walked up caeder idris with our dog ellie and thought it was amazing.
    We would definately love to come back and do more of the walks that we didnt get done this time. So many things to do and not enough time.
    Thank you very much,
    Stuart, Karen and Ellie xx

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