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. Haley McCartney says:

    The barn was great for the 2 nights that we stayed, but we all agreed that it was too small for 4 people to stay longer in. In particular the kitchen table was very small. The lack of privacy in the upstairs bedroom was also a little awkward.

  2. Andrea Adamson says:

    We had a wonderful holiday at Nant cottage. Nant was spotless and had lots of characte and the location is truly magnificent.
    The children loved playing With Cariad and Del and were made to feel at home by Louise and family. There was so much for them to see and do on the farm.
    It was great that you could walk to a good pub with views and play area.
    The fantastic beach was not far away and there were many walks and attractions nearby.
    We could not have been luckier with the weather which topped off a perfect holiday.
    Thank you!

  3. Gemma kelly says:

    Absolutely loved our stay at Nant. From the WOW when we arrived, the meet and greet from the chickens, the gorgeous,friendly doggies and my fave, Pauly the pig..
    The cottage was spotless and cosey with everything you need and more… beds were so comfortable. Water for showers was hot… .the kids loved the animals and swings….the cake I’d read about……loved it!!!
    Beautiful and peaceful place… loved it.

  4. Chris Blanchard says:

    Next year will be the 30th year since we first visited Byrdir, so I think you know how we feel about the place.
    Nant was comfy and had everything we could possibly need and we are pleased we booked that particular cottage.
    All things being equal hope to book it again next year.

  5. Paul, Carrie & Bethan Pemberton says:

    We had a great weekend staying at your lovely barn conversion Nant. Location was perfect and just what the doctor ordered. Dell payed us several visits and true to the other reviews fetched sticks galore for us to throw. The chickens were also quite friendly and we enjoyed visiting Raphael the pig, who would always run up and greet us. The barn was very clean and had everything that you needed. The welcome basket was a great touch, the lemon drizzle cake was out of this world, the freshly laid eggs were perfect and the hot chocolate sachets were delicious. Ann and Louise were very friendly and welcoming.

    We would highly recommend staying at Nant and have already tried to book again, but there was no availability. So if you are thinking about staying book fast as it is very popular.

  6. Helen varley says:

    We have just come back from a lovely stay at Nant cottage . The cottage was perfect views where beautiful, the location was great for exploring Snowdonia . My daughters loved Dell and the animals. Dell brought Lucy her stick every day to throw for her and Lucy enjoyed this very much ,they became good friends during our stay. The cottage was very clean and well stock with every thing you needed , the welcome basket and folder with info in was a great touch ,. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, I would recommend a stay in these cottages for anyone (but the stairs to loft bedroom are steep ) I’m sure we will be back. Lemon drizzle cake was soooo moorish. I would love the recipe
    The last Inn in Barnmouth is great for dinner. Slate mine and copper mines worth a visit and Snowdons a must even if your just going for the views. We fell in love with Wales about 2 years ago so this holiday has just made us fall deeper. Thank you for making a great holiday dis bite the weather

  7. Dan says:

    Nant is an absolutely beautiful barn conversion. Love the oak, the log burner, the views, and the sound of the babbling brook just outside.

    It’s perfect for a family of four, and a great base to explore the local countryside and coast.

    My kids loved the selection of DVDs supplied and the wifi is really fast.

    Loved it!

  8. Paul and Ruth, Wangen, Germany says:

    We’ve stayed at Nant over the last few years.
    It’s a great cottage in a very tranquil location, but still within easy reach of the beaches, or the mountains of Snowdonia, and not forgetting Moelfre and the Rhinogs within walking distance of the cottage.
    The home made lemon drizzle cake was delicious. We will definitely be back.

  9. Gemma says:

    We have just returned from another long weekend at Nant, it’s just the most lovely relaxing place we have ever been. The barn still has the same wow factor as the first time we stopped there. The amazingly comfy sofa and the log burner just make for a nice cosy weekend. You are always guaranteed a warm welcome from Louise, the dogs and chickens.
    We will be returning again soon.

  10. Hayes Family says:

    Perfect! Great accommodation, great hosts, great location.

  11. Gemma & Andy says:

    Had an amazing stay over the bank holiday weekend. We loved the daily stick throwing for Del and also the occasional visit from Cariad. Mr Pig was also great. On arrival we met Louise who is lovely and her lemon drizzle cake was to die for. We went on a trip to Snowdon and also checked out Barmouth and the areas around Snowdon. Each night we spent with the log burner going and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. An amazing place to stay. One note just be careful coming down the stairs as socks and slippy floor nearly led to me ending the holiday early 🙂 Overall amazing and can’t wait to return.

  12. Helen Hever says:

    A wonderful few days based at Nant in North Wales. We would suggest a visit to the near waterfalls, really beautiful as well as the castle in Harlech. Our visit was to climb Snowdon which I am proud to say was accomplished. The Last Inn in Barmouth is well worth a visit for a pub meal, wonderful staff. Cottage lovely and many a lazy late evening spent in a very peaceful setting – although the steps to the loft bedroom certainly worked our calf muscles after the Snowdon adventure. We even had a go at Welsh (not that good though). Would definitely visit again.

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