Unique Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm

Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm | Nant

Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom self catering 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.

Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm | Nant

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 unskilled but backbreaking work of fetching the stones from the fields)

The cottage comprises a ground floor twin bedroom in addition to a kingsize 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 completely 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 romantic atmosphere.

We’ve tried to buy 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 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 neighbours.

Nant is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir. There are lots of advantages to staying 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.


Property Details

Sleeps  4 (family of 4 or max. 3 adults)

Pets  No

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Provided on request

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

Bathrooms  1 with power shower

Facilities  Welcome pack, Linen, Towels, Central Heating, Farm Stay, HD TV, Dishwasher, Combination Oven, Log Burner, Underfloor Heating, WIFI, Hot Tub, Electric Car Charging Point, Shared Garden, BBQ, Bike Storage, Off street parking, Near Beach, Cot and Highchair available on request.


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 Blaenau 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.


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  1. Gemma & James says:

    This is our second stay at Nant and it was every bit as enchanting as the first!
    The property is lovely and the views are fabulous! You always get a very warm welcome! We will definately be coming back again!

  2. Kirstin and Mario, Bremen, Germany says:

    We very much enjoyed our week in the cottage – a real home away from home! Nant has everything you need and even more for a relaxing holiday. Sitting in front of the fire in the evening was quite cosy.

    The weather could have been a bit better – but hey, that’s Wales (the rainbows we saw were beautiful though).

    We will definitely be back at some stage and we can recommend Byrdir to anyone who looks for a quiet location a bit away from the crowds.


    Kirstin & Mario

  3. Ian and Jo Black Country says:

    What a gem of a place!
    Just got back from our short break at Nant.
    It is very relaxing, set in one of the most scenic parts of the world.
    The hosts are friendly and have it set up well.
    We will be definitely heading back for another stay!

  4. The Banks family, Bury St Edmunds says:

    Our recent stay at Byrdir was one of the most memorable holidays we have ever had. This was our first adventure in Wales and it surpassed our expectations. The scenery was breathtaking, the cottage was charming and comfortable and we felt at home the whole time. We had breakfast in the farmhouse and Louise really knows how to cook! We all loved playing with Dell and our girls wanted to bring her home. We are already planning our next trip to Wales and will be staying at Byrdir again!

  5. Jayne, Paul, Sophie & Michael from Leighton Buzzard says:

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Nant cottage on Byrdir. We had a very warm welcome from Gwion and Louise and the accommodation was extremely comfortable with beautiful views. It was so peaceful and quiet. We started our mornings with a wonderful hearty breakfast (not forgetting Gwion’s superb bread toasting skills). My highlight each morning was feeding kitchen scraps to the 2 pigs kept on the farm. Such wonderful characters. I would certainly recommend staying at Byrdir to everyone.

  6. Gertrud, Copenhagen, Denmark says:

    We enjoyed our stay very much. Great place for both parents and children (age 2 and 4) with lots of things to do on th farm and nearby. We have already recommended it to friends.
    Thank you!

  7. Andrei, St Albans says:

    Lovely to spend a week away in Wales.
    Our stay at Nant on the grounds of the family farm at Byrdir was made all the more memorable for both the excellent hospitality offered by Gwion and Louise and for the memorable setting of the converted barn.
    If you are looking to remove yourself from the madding crowd where family, stillness and beauty are in abundance then this is a lovely spot.
    Our days were filled with quiet beaches, walks, castles and lots of evening dinners at the barn which in turn proved to have it all and a great shower!
    Spot on holiday which we all loved and will remember.

  8. Janet, Bolton says:

    We had an amazing time at Nant. The welcome goodies were much appreciated, the cheese in particular was yummy. Louise and Gwion were both lovely on the couple of occasions we spoke to them, most of the time we were out and about though. Hope to come back sometime soon as still so much to explore around the area!

  9. Anthony walsh, widnes says:

    We had a lovely time in Nant Cottage, its done to a very high standard with great decor. Thank you for the very kind welcome and the lovely touch of the cider, cheese, biscuits, cake etc. I think the highlight of our stay was meeting your gorgeous dog, could have spent hours playing with her, she’s amazing. You have a fantastic location with stunning views , would recommend to friends & family , would visit again.

  10. Jason, Helena, Mali and Sonny - Henley on Thames says:

    Despite some typically British weather our stay in Nant was perfect. Amazing location (the silence truely was golden), fantastic accomodation (especially the log burner and under floor heating) and brilliant service (the welcome pack was very welcome).
    Thank you both.

  11. Jude, Reading says:

    We recently spent a fabulous week at Byrdir staying in Nant. The self-catering cottage was so comfortable and homely, and everything was to a high standard. Both Gwion and Louise made us feel incredibly welcome all week, and they were very knowledgeable about the area, happily recommending lovely walks for us to try – Gwion’s walking instructions are the best I have ever encountered. Being able to go over to the farmhouse for a delicious breakfast every morning was a fabulous way to start the day.
    Although we packed a lot into our week, there is still plenty for us to do/explore in future in the area, so I really hope we can return soon.
    Highly recommended!!

  12. Donna Leeds says:

    We have just returned from a lovely week in Nant cottage. We were made to feel very welcome, there is a very homely atmosphere. The breakfasts are yummy and everything in the cottage is to a very high standard. Our one year old son loved it here, all the animals kept him entertained for hours, he happily wandered around chasing the ducks and chickens and feeding the pigs. Would definetly recommend this cottage.

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