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. Melinda Pemberton says:

    We have been staying at Byrdir for years but this was the first time in Moelfre. This didn’t disappoint. As always Gwion and Louise are brilliant hosts and always helpful. Looking forward our next visit.

  2. Matthew Ferguson says:

    We loved our stay. So peaceful and in such a wonderful setting. We had all the amenities you could need. Amazing walks right on your doorstep and some breathtaking views. The whole of North Wales is easily accessible from here too. Thanks for a great week

  3. Pamela Atkin Chris Little says:

    It was our second , but certainly not our last, stay in the beautiful Moelfre. It’s peaceful and a perfect place to unwind. The interior is gorgeous with the Welsh oak staircase and beams and the underfloor heating is welcome if you don’t want to light the log burner. Louise and Gwion are so welcoming and helpful. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

  4. Kerstin says:

    We had a great week in Wales and the cottage was lovely and clean. The stay on the farm is very peaceful, with beaches and interesting places in easy reach. Just a few things that would make the stay even better: somewhere to put wet towels and swim suits (an airer for outside and a pull out drying rack in the bathroom for example) and comfortable seating – the kitchen and garden chairs were very uncomfortable, and the sofa is something one lies on rather than to sit. But we would definitely come again – thank you!

  5. Gemma says:

    Had a lovely stay at Moelfre in January- we had everything we needed, the cottage was immaculate and perfect just for us two! As I’ve seen in a couple of comments the stairs are a bit steep, and my partner did slip once, but after that he was very careful, haha!! We also couldn’t get the log fire to stay lit at all, but i think that may be just inexperience on our part!
    We followed the sat nav instead of the owners directions, and as a result got very lost over rainy Welsh mountains, so make sure you follow their instructions!
    Great base to explore Harlech which i love :).

  6. Christina and Robin Brown, Somerset says:

    Just back from a relaxing week at this cottage. A great location and, one thing that many cottages lack, a really good hot shower! Lots of good walks from the cottage with no need to drive was a bonus. The only small negative was that the cooking utensils were a bit limited for self-catering (e.g. a small omlet pan but nothing big enough to easily cook a full breakfast on the hob). The eggs and cake in the welcome pack were much appreciated and there was plenty of space to store our sea kayak on the days it wasn’t in use.

  7. Jacky Watts/Joe Lynch says:

    We had a really lovely time here accommodation was perfect, fresh eggs and lemon cake was a lovely touch and very tasty,
    thank you. Would highly recommend, as long as you are able to do the stairs, we didn’t have a problem but they won’t be for everyone.

  8. colin says:

    lovely quiet snug apartment, stairs to bedroom look harder than they are. plenty of visits from dogs and chickens. everything you need for bit of peace and quiet. excellent for walking, I was lucky 3 days in wales without rain in November. will definitely recommend to friends and family

  9. Jamie and Louise says:

    We are sat at home tonight back in East Yorkshire with heavy hearts. We really didn’t want to leave our peaceful haven for the week that was Moelfre cottage. It was a great place to just sit and be quiet, take a walk in the hills or walk down the hill, into the village and onto the fabulous beach. The cottage was clean, cosy and well equipped.
    Daily entertainment was provided by the chickens, ducks, a snoring pig and the friendly dogs who were always pleased to see us after we returned from a day out.
    On the strength of this pleasant week, we would not hesitate to stay here again or at any other of the Dioni cottages.

  10. Karen Taylor says:

    We had a lovely relaxing time, shame it was only 2nights,didn’t like the steep loft stairs,& bit small, so would stay in a different barn next time,Dioni are of a high standard it’s our 2nd cotragex

  11. Karen Taylor says:

    We only had 2nights stay,enjoyed it very much,found the loft stairs too steep,would stay in a different barn next time, with we’d of known about a breakfast in the farm!? DIONI are of a very high standard x

  12. Nathaniel and Kristie - Near Birmingham says:

    Stayed at Moelfre for a few nights in July and feel like we’ve found a bit of a gem! Greeted with a little hamper of goodies and there was everything inside that we could have wanted. We were lucky with the weather and it was the perfect base to explore Snowdonia and recharge the batteries.

    Will definitely go back again – we’re thinking of returning in cooler weather to try out the log burner!

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