Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

As you round the bend of a quiet leafy lane guests are greeted by a real fairytale cottage. Described as a semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style lodge, this outstanding self-catering cottage stands guard over the deer park on the famous Nannau estate providing a unique and secluded accommodation for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of Snowdonia.


As you can imagine, Hywel Sele Lodge is bursting with history. Hywel Sele famously attempted to assassinate his rebellious cousin Owain Glyndwr during a hunting expedition. Glyndwr, already wary of his royalist relative, was protected from Hywel’s deadly arrow however by the chain mail he wore hidden under his tunic. Glyndwr immediately turned to slay his cousin later hiding his body in a hollow oak tree within the Nannau deer park.

An impressive front door set within a pointed arched doorcase opens into the entrance hallway. From here, a turned staircase runs up to the bedrooms, a door to the left leads to the lounge but we’ll go straight ahead into the kitchen diner first.

Oak panelled kitchen units sit on a quarry-tiled floor and are topped by a marble work surface. A more modern oven and gas hob sits in one corner complimented by a pretty dinning table and chairs.

We can walk round through another door into the lounge. This generous space comes complete with log fire, flat screen TV and sumptuous leather sofas. Wooden mullioned windows with arched heads form the shallow canted bay to the front of the cottage. Also on the ground floor is the shower room and WC. This room is small but perfectly formed. The age and listed status of the building means it’s impossible to have a bathroom upstairs.

If we go round again we can head up the winding staircase to the two adjoining bedrooms. More high arched windows inset with leaded glass shine a patterned light onto a beautiful king sized bed complete with luxurious linen. Oak flooring and exposed stone walls support a high vaulted ceiling. A second bedroom has a smaller double bed within a fascinating oak panelled recess and a window that overlooks the deer park and the forests beyond.

Hywel Sele Lodge

Property Details

Sleeps  3 +cot

Pets  2 Max (£30 per pet)

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Yes

Bedrooms  2 Bedrooms. One spacious bedroom with king sized bed and one smaller adjoined bedroom with 4' bed.

Bathrooms  1 with shower cubicle

Facilities  Welcome hamper, Wifi/Internet, log fire, central heating, cooker, gas hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, flatscreen tv, DVD player, BBQ, private off street parking, private garden, bike storage



This ancient deer park was incorporated into the famous landscape park at Nannau in the late eighteenth-century and remains one of the largest and highest areas of designed landscape in Wales. The lodge also has the privilege of being situated within a Site of Specific Scientific Intrest (SSSI) due to the rare foliage and fauna that can be fount at this spot. An extensive system of paths and bridleways criss crosses the park, the most popular of which is The Precipice walk. Easily accessible from the lodge, this circular walk will take guests around the lower slopes of Foel Cynwch and provides superb views over the Mawddach valley and sea beyond.

The market town of Dolgellau is a five minute drive down the hill and boasts a selection of interesting cafes, restaurants and shops. The internationally renowned Coed Y Brennin mountain biking centre is a five minute drive down the other side of the hill. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 30 mins to the West and the market town of Bala, famous for its water adventure sports, is 30 mins to the east.


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  1. Amanda Pattenden says:

    This was our 3rd stay at Hywel Sele Lodge and it just NEVER disappoints ! We love it here, it’s a second home. Everything you could possibly need and more to enjoy a wonderful holiday. Great location, wonderfully romantic, great walks from the door, including the Precipice Walk. You can pop down into town and enjoy a wander around all the little shops and enjoy artisan coffee & cake at T.H Roberts. Great choices for groceries at the award winning Euro Spar at the bottom of the hill if you want to cook ( I cooked a full Christmas dinner here one year, so the lodge has all you could need to DIY ! )
    Perfectly positioned to enjoy the beach at Barmouth and the sunsets, just wow !
    I could go on but you really need to find out for yourselves !

  2. Ellen says:

    What a beautiful lodge, amazing in every way and steeped with history. Maintained to a high standard. We had a great time. Beautiful walks on the doorstep and Barney our dog loved looking over the wall and through the gates at the scenary and the sheep! The town of Dolgellau is also great, just a short drive away with pubs and shops, really dog friendly. The only down side for us was the bathroom being downstairs, but we knew this before we booked and it didn’t stop us from having a good time. Lots of info provided at the lodge, in relation to walks etc… Chocolates and wine on arrival was nice too.

  3. Elisabeth Davies says:

    We had an absolutely fantastic week at the lodge. It’s a beautiful, homely and well equipped accommodation, with amazing scenery and walks right outside.
    The welcome hamper was a lovely and welcomed touch. We were glad to be able to light the fire on the first night with the provided fuel and enjoy the wine you left us. Thank you
    The garden is totally secure so we were able to let our small dog out and know she was safe.
    We really could have stayed more than the week we were there so will definitely be back!

  4. Andre says:

    Located at the end of a private driveway, this is the perfect getaway location for anyone seeking a quiet and peaceful break away.

    The building itself is an interesting conversion of an old lodge built between 1794 and 1818 and now tastefully furnished. The location is handy for Dolgellau (being only a short ride away, or even walked to) and other nearby attractions such as the Precipice Walk and the Mawddach Trail, Barmouth and Fairbourne etc. The view from the front windows is truly spectacular and ever changing with different weather and cloud patterns – in fact, on a rainy and windy day, it would be a delight just to sit in the front room by the window with the log burner on and a good book (there is a sizable collection to hand if needed).

    Mobile phone coverage was good (EE) – a mast can be seen in the distant valley which is possibly multi operator, and in house wi-fi adequate for checking e-mails etc.

    All in all, thoroughly recommended.

    PS – in the unlikely event of any problems, phone Steve (whose number is in the guest book) – nothing is too much trouble for him.

  5. steven hawkins says:

    Our stay at the lodge was perfect,so many places to go not to far away,so peaceful and the scenery is beautiful,the lodge its self was amazing.

  6. Nina Donohoe says:

    As beautiful as we expected.Tastefully restored historic lodge with the best views possible. We had not expected the best quality cookware in the kitchen, the logs and coal ready for us to start a fire on arrival and the good quality books and music cds. Local walks are really lovely and the lodge is really peaceful and secluded. The beds are very comfortable with extra blankets if needed. Our only criticism was that in the second bedroom the bedding felt a tiny bit damp despite us trying to air it.But everything else was perfect.

  7. Terry Fox says:

    Our 3rd visit. Again a wonderful stay. Have fallen in love with this place and already booked for next year! A beautiful quiet location and property is well equipped. So much to do in the area – wonderful walks, local attractions, steam railways, etc.

  8. Sarah Neave says:

    Ahhh what an amazing place. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lodge is stunning with all the home comforts you could wish for, log fire, comfy sofas and comfy bed after a hard days walking. The area for walking is amazing with the local town nearby within driving distance. The lodge itself down a track and has an enclosed garden if you have dogs. Our dogs absolutely loved their stay too.
    We loved our stay and wouldn’t change a thing. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed.

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