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. Brendan O'Sullivan says:

    We had a delightful holiday mid-June. With the weather at 2 extremes across the weak-cool, wet and damp to begin and hot and sunny later-being so close to both wonderful beaches and various other sites was ideal. The location is far from the only advantage; the accommodation is lovely. As with so many other reviewers, we all loved being close to the animals (particularly the lovely dogs) and in all our dealings with Louise and the family everyone was so nice. We’ve been visiting this part of Wales for 10 years but still discovered a new, wonderful beach thanks to a tip off. Thank you so much for having us.

  2. Hazel Partridge says:

    We have just returned from two idyllic weeks at ‘Nant’. The farm is beautifully placed away from the hustle and bustle of life, but close enough to be able to accomodate all needs, beach/walking/historic interests/chilling. We loved the tranquility of the farm and the animals were a delight. ‘Nant’ itself is a beautiful conversion, very well eqipped, cosy and comfortable. Highly recommended. We loved the daily visits from Del who we would have happily played with forever!!
    Thank you Louise and Gwion for your hospitality.
    Hazel, Jon and Nathan – Liverpool

  3. Pat witherspoon says:

    Just back from a week in Nant with my daughter and grandson. Beautifully kept gardens/grounds in glorious countryside; a very peaceful setting. Nant is clean, charming and unusual, we really enjoyed staying there especially with the dogs, the pig, chickens and ducks. The TV reception was sometimes poor but the WIFI is excellent – mobile phone only worked outdoors.Thank you to Louise and Gwion for everything and particularly for the welcome basket, the lemon drizzle cake and fresh eggs were delicious. We mostly ate out and enjoyed the food at the Norbay and Nineteen.57. I have visited Barmouth for 45 years but have only recently discovered the dionni website – this is my second booking with them and they have some super properties so we will be back.

  4. Chris & Sue Blanchard & Sue Brown says:

    Our first visit was 1987 and we are still coming,
    we had a great holiday, Nant is perfect for the three of us so long as you don’t mind be hovering by your back door to get my mobile phone signal !!!
    All things being equal will see you all next year

  5. Paul and Eirlys Carmarthenshire says:

    Had a lovely week at Nant cottage, we were blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather. Cadwaledars ice cream is a must at Cricieth, Llanberis slate museum was very interesting and worth a visit with stunning views on the way at llanberis pass. Enjoyed our chats with Gwion’s father and were entertained by Del rounding up the ducks.

  6. Ian and Sara Hamilton says:

    Beautiful conversion. So peaceful. Just the brook, the birds and the sheep. Wonderful. Lovely views. Accommodation great. Spotlessly clean. All one could wish for. We had a fabulous week. Thank you.

  7. Don and Lesley, Lincolnshire says:

    Lovely cottage, ideal for walking from the door step and amazing views. Due to the weather forecast we managed to arrive a day early and got a full days walking in the sunshine, thank you Louise. Stunning and varied scenery on the walk, would love to go back. The chickens were very entertaining and visited us every night also thank you for the fresh eggs and lemon cake. Would definitely recommend this property.

  8. Victoria says:

    Lovely weekend. Accommodation was very comfortable and we found it very entertaining being observed through the French windows by inquisitive chickens! Lemon drizzle cake was excellent. Thanks.

  9. Michelle, Jessica & Richard says:

    An unexpected stay but we were so happy we did. Problems at another cottage left us homeless. A recommendatIon from Elaine at ‘The Big Rock’ cafe (try it their good) in Porthmadog led us to Byrdia. Within 60 minutes they had the cottage ready and we had arrived. On a cold, foggy dark night in November and six hours from home in Newmarket it was so welcome. We expect our holiday cottages to be clean, warm, well maintained and tasteful, this was. We did our exploring and had a great 5 days way. Thanks Gwion, sorry we didn’t meet you Louise. Will recommend you if any friends are coming your way

  10. Kerrie & Mark Owen says:

    Only one problem…….

    We didn’t stay long enough! Absolutely fantastic place, secluded, beautiful views, very very homely, the fire! The Lemon Drizzle cake! Cannot find a single fault with it… We will definitely return as soon as we can find a free weekend and will stay at least an extra night next time :). Thank you!

  11. r pell says:

    R0b and alice alison and casey. 18/10 to the 21/10/2016. we had a fantastic stay in nant the cottage was beautiful. our grandson loved playing with the dogs and feeding the pig. I would recommend this cottage to anybody 10 out of 10 thanks

  12. Samantha Gell says:

    We had the most lovely holiday! Our daughter Evie age 2 absolutely loved Del and Cariad she keeps asking for Cariad and to go back to the holiday house!! It’s safe to say she really enjoyed it! From the off it was a holiday that was just that bit more special than others. The welcome basket was a real touch with that divine homemade lemon drizzle cake made by Louise (you have a serious talent there)!!! And freshly laid eggs from the hens!! Nant was just beautiful and had a real homely feel. Everything was provided that we could have needed and more! The location was perfect for beaches, snowdon, miniature railways I could go on there’s so much to do in this area! The view were breathtaking and a definate change from Essex (our home) !! The animals on Bydir where Nant is located were so friendly we love the pig we went and spoke to him/ her everyday!!! The hens were hilarious so tame and friendly they even had a tiny protest when we tried to get back up to Nant in our car! You should have seen me trying to herd them to one side definitely hilarious and a unique moment and some amusement for the husband! So be aware you are driving into a farm be aware of animals it’s their home and a real experience to live with them so respect them. Our stay really was magic for our 2 year old we found she adores dogs especially Cariad! And she loved throwing those famous sticks for Del!! We felt as though we was on another planet on the farm and surrounding area it really was one of the best holidays we’ve ever been on. We stayed a whole week and explored so much but still need to return to explore more! The weather was on our side (16-23 Sep) but I feel this place could be just as good in any weather!!! It’d make for a very special Christmas lodge break with its very own log burner it was so cosy! Try NANT you will not regret it. We are so glad and lucky that we discovered this little gem and we are so thankful to Louise and her family for accommodating us on their farm! We will be back!!! If Evie had her way we’d be heading off the M25 and turning round to come back in a heartbeat! Again thank you so much for a very special much needed family holiday! We will really miss Cariad and Del and Nant with its idillic beautiful location. Many thanks from The Gell’s x

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