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. Emma Compton says:

    Just back from 2 nights in Nant with our 10 and 11 year old boys. Absolutely loved it – stunning location, luxurious and friendly. Can’t wait to go back. Really glad we found it.

  2. Emma says:

    Back home now after a fantastic break. Your cottage is amazing. Hopefully we will be back

    Emma x

  3. Olivia Johnson says:

    I have fallen in love with Nant and it’s beautiful wild surroundings. It’s a perfect “get away” with underfloor heating, a wood burner and a well functioning kitchen. I really appreciated the 100% cotton bedding. We only found the DVD player on the last day, but it was actually really nice to have a detox from screens for the week.
    The views are stunning. The walk around the waterfalls is a good walk with smaller children as they don’t take too long but you can while the time away exploring the riverside or the magical old moss covered woods.
    And the dogs were a great hit with my son, who entertained himself with them for hours.
    All in all, a wonderful stay and I hope to be back.

  4. Judy and Mark Rogers says:

    Wonderful! We’ve just had the most peaceful, beautiful “get away from it all” break imaginable. Excellent quality accommodation and glorious scenery. Bike rides, walks (including snow topped Carair Idris) and seaside are all on the doorstep of this hidden gem in Wales!

  5. Emma & James says:

    We stayed at Nant over New Years with our two children and we had a wonderful time. The animals were a huge hit with the children, they fed them every morning. The barn is beautiful and so to the location, country walks, a choice of beaches and my son loved the castles. Thank you for a lovely relaxing stay x

  6. Tobias Lee says:

    A wonderful place, a really nicely converted barn with a good balance between modern and traditional styles. Beautiful setting too, couldn’t be better.

  7. Dianne & Andrew Moore & girls says:

    We had a lovely stay at Nant, the barn was beautiful, just as perfect as the pictures on the website. Our daughters loved playing with Del and Cariad, and would quite happily have brought them home. A superb base for relaxing or touring around as we did, and a great day out at the beach in Llanfair. Many thanks for a lovely break.

  8. Martina Imhäuser says:

    Wir haben die Zeit in Byrdir sehr genossen, die kleinen aber sehr feinen und geschmackvoll eingerichteten Ferienhäuser beinhalten alles, was man für einen schönen Urlaub braucht. An den Tieren auf der Farm hatten wir ganz besonderen Spaß. Die Farm liegt abseits und ruhig und trotzdem strategisch sehr günstig für Ausflüge oder Wanderungen im den Snowdonia Nationalpark und auf die Halbinseln LLynn und Anglesi, sowie für Strand- Küsten- und Meer-liebhaber.Ausserdem sind wir sehr freundlich in Wales aufgenommen worden und hatten Spaß daran etwas Walisisch zu lernen, wobei uns Ifan denn Zugang zu dieser für uns sehr fremden Sprache erleichtert hat. Am schönsten aber fanden wir den welsh Coast Path, ein Traum. Viele Grüße von Martina und Rainer aus Deutschland

  9. Nicole, Germany says:

    We really enjoyed our stay at beautiful Nant Cottage. Everything was perfect. Carolina really enjoyed playing with the dogs and watching the animals around. We were very said when the vacation was over. Would have loved to stay longer. Thanks for having created such a beautiful place and being such welcoming hosts.

  10. Patrick says:

    It was a lovely time we had at your cottage. We especially appreciated all the wonderful walks which you have developed for your guests. The walk to the dunes and beach right from the cottage was really gorgeous.

    A fabuluous place if you want to relax for a couple of days.

  11. Julia, Chris, Amy & Jon says:

    We had a lovely stay at Nant. It was very peaceful and a good base for our holiday. Would recommend, Amy our little girl loved the dogs that greeted us and never tired of playing fetch!

  12. Chris & Donna, Birmingham says:

    A really great location and we’re happy to recommend this to anyone. Thanks to the people at Byrdir (we stayed in Nant) for creating such an enjoyable place to come home to after a day mountain biking. And a shout out to Dell the dog for being a welcoming host too.

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