Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy in Snowdonia | Moelfre

Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy | Moelfre

Moelfre, Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy, named after the mountain behind the cottage, is a one bedroom barn conversion on a working welsh hill farm. It’s difficult for me to be objective when describing Moelfre as it’s one of the self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here at Byrdir. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated. We’re certainly very proud with the way they’ve turned out.

View from the hills above Dyffryn Ardudwy

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

We’ve designed the barn with a ‘grogloft’ or sleeping deck up in the eaves of the barn. The velux window up there has a brilliant view over the farm, Moelfre and the Rhinog Mountains. The living area downstairs has an open kitchen. We’ve tried to include everything you’ll need such as a combination oven, hob and dishwasher. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romantic atmosphere. The french doors open to a fantastic view of the Cambrian coast line and the Llyn Peninsula beyond.

We’ve tried to buy the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture and real leather sofas. The bathroom 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.


Property Details

Sleeps  2

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

Bathrooms  1 with power shower

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


Moelfre Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir. There are lots of advantages to staying here 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 favourite pastime of most of our guest however.

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.

The other attractions associated with Snowdonia are all close by. The 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. Steve and Caroline says:

    This was our second time staying at Moelfre and we had another wonderful time. The accomodation perfectly suited our needs and we loved having so many anilmals wandering around. The location is ideal for exploring the local area. We would recommend staying here to anyone.

  2. Tracey & Chris says:

    Lovingly restored, well appointed and spotlessly clean accommodation…great underfloor heating, powerful shower. We spent a restorative short break at Moelfre prior to Easter, very peaceful even with other cottages occupied you would hardly know. Farm fresh eggs, local cider and lemon drizzle cake greeted us on arrival..a basketful of logs made sure we could use the burner and snuggle in. Kitchen kitted out well, good wi-fi & TV signal even though we were down in a valley. Everything you need so that you can explore the local area… National slate interesting, living history demonstrations.Anglesey, Harlech,lots of fabulous beaches…virtually deserted…fresh air and big skies.
    The only item I would have liked was a good reading lamp downstairs by the sofa…but the lack of didn’t spoil the stay. A fabulous retreat!

  3. Peter Williams says:

    I can only agree with previous reviewers. Moelfre was everything I needed in holiday getaway accommodation. There is no phone signal – at least on Vodaphone – but the wifi was good and enabled me to keep in touch with those I needed to during my break. The stairs are steep, and unusual, but I soon got used to them. It was a great place to base myself for a photographic holiday, being within easy reach of all the places I had on my list to visit. And the chickens were amusing….

  4. Julie Watson says:

    Another brilliant stay… Our second visit this year, Moelfre is a cosy place we loved the log burner,spent a couple of great days on the hills rhinog Fach this time and Cnicht at croeser… Lovely evenings at the Norbar again… Hope to be back again next year…

  5. Ian and Angie Ankers says:

    We had a great time at the Moelfre, during Barmouth Walking Week. Fantastic views, wonderful walks and we experienced six seasons worth of weather!! The pace of life around the farm was peaceful and calming and the collies invitation to play ball was always irresistible.To cap it all the sunsets were some of the best we’ve seen anywhere on our travels. Thanks again to the Dioni team!!

  6. Ben and Alison Jones says:

    We were looking for that perfect hide-away, surrounded by the timeless sights and sounds of the countryside in this beautiful part of Wales – and this is exactly what we found at Byrdir Farm !
    Moelfre, a compact little cottage for two, suited us perfectly. Minimalistic, but everything well chosen – uncluttered, but with everything essential to our needs.
    The patio doors looked out onto a little private garden enclosed by a natural dry stone wall … all in keeping with the rest of the farm buildings which are so carefully placed among planted areas, grassy verges and well kept lawns.
    We so enjoyed the lovely homemade cake and fresh eggs Louise had left for us (among other things) and, I have to say that meeting all the family – Nain and Taid as well – made us feel that we would really love to come back to Byrdir again…. and again! Thank you so much for providing such a lovely holiday experience…. Diolch yn fawr iawn!…I think I’ve got that right?!

    1. Simon Smith says:

      Thanks for a lovely time at Byrdir. Very peaceful and the weather was a bonus. The barn had all you would need. And thank you for the delicious cake & eggs. I’ll certainly book through Dioni next time I stay in Wales.

      And I’ve never met such nosy chickens!

  7. Les Wynn says:

    This is our 3rd visit to Byrdir and the best weather so far, the countryside in this part of Wales is stunning especially when the sun is on it.
    Accomodation is excellent of a very high standard.
    Chickens gave us good welcome all lined up on the doorstep peering in at us, very comical.
    Probably wont be our last visit

  8. Hala and David Pickles says:

    Another terrific break at Byrdir. We know that we will never be disappointed coming here. We have been in all the properties on the farm; each one is wonderful.
    Louise and Gwion are fantastic hosts.
    We will be back for another stay at the end of summer; we may even get another week in before then!
    We’d recommend coming here to anyone.

  9. Kornelia says:

    This was our third stay at one of the cottages in Byrdir since December last year, and it says it all. We just love it here! Sorry Marvin (resident pig), we still love you too but this time we made friends with the four lovely chicken. They visited us every morning. (We are now thinking of getting some ourselves) My husband went straight for the Lemon Drizzle as we got through the door. A huge bonus was the beautiful sunset which we enjoyed from the sofa. Thank you so much for having us again.

  10. Lisa says:

    Fabulous time had in a Beautiful barn. This was brought as a present. Fully enjoyed and will return soon. X

  11. Erica says:

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Moelfre in November and were blessed were 3 days of sunshine and no rain! The property is in a great location and is of a very high standard. It was warm and cosy, clean and well equipped. The wifi worked exceptionally well too. Those with mobility issues may struggle with the steep stairs and you have to be careful not to bump your head in the bedroom, however, this was not an issue for us. I would highly recommend staying at this property and would love to return.

  12. Kim Hare says:

    Many thanks for a lovely stay in your wonderful cottage!
    Beautifully presented cottage in a fabulous location!

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