Idyllic holiday home in Snowdonia, Wales

Bryn Hyfryd is a beautifully restored Chapel Manse available for holiday lets. It sleeps up to 7 and is ideal for families and couples. It has stunning views over Cadair Idris and the Mawddach Estuary in coastal Snowdonia, Wales. You are in easy reach of the fantastic beaches of Barmouth and endless great walking, climbing, cycling, bird watching and pony trekking opportunities; or you can just sit outside and marvel at the lovely scenery.

Bryn Hyfryd means pleasant hill and is a late Victorian period chapel manse (pictured), perched above the Mawddach Estuary in the small village of Bontddu in the Snowdonia National Park. We are about 200 metres away from the estuary but there is a route down to it via Bontddu and over the A496. Bontddu (pronounced "bont-the") is halfway between the seaside town of Barmouth and Dolgellau. The village is famous for gold mines which lie in the hills to the rear of the property. Bryn Hyfryd ("brin huf-rid") was built as accommodation for the adjoining chapel's minister. The chapel was constructed for the gold miners in the late 19th century. There are spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary and the Cadair Idris range from the front of the property (see the home page). Woodland and riverside walks and cycle rides start from nearby. View the rooms and read about the facilities below

The property is decorated to a high standard and has stripped pine floorboards/quarry tiles.
Click here to see in 3D.
It has a full range of equipment including, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, oil fired central heating TV/DVD, cot. All bed linen and towels are provided. There is parking at the front for at least one car, extra parking is available on the street just below . The turn into the property is a tricky one - reversing in is often the best option

Ground floor
Cosy Living Room - mountain and estuary views, TV and DVD, wood burning stove. Kitchen/Dining Room - well equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher. Dining room table seats up to 8. Utility Room - automatic washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer, microwave. Shower Room - power shower, hand basin, w.c.

Bedroom 2 (Double) - mountain and estuary views. Bedroom 4 (Single) - mountain and estuary views. Bedroom 3 (Twin Beds) - rear yard view. Bathroom - bath with power shower, hand basin, w.c.
Bedroom 1 (Double) - hand basin.

What to do

Barmouth Beach


Fantastic beaches at Barmouth (pic above) and shell beach (between Barmouth and Harlech). 
See, and
Three Peaks Race starts from Barmouth in June each year. The wide and long local beaches make this one of the best places to try kite surfing. For sailing enquiries contact Merioneth Yacht Club or the Barmouth harbour master.

Mawddach Estruary from Precipice Walk


Some start from the house and you look out onto the dramatic Cadair Idris ridge.   
For great views try the Panorama Walk which starts above Barmouth and New Precipice Walk from Llanelltyd (pic above).
New Precipice walk has also been designed for easy access for the not so mobile.  

 Bird Watching
The Mawddach Estuary is a superb place to watch wading birds and gulls.  
There are two RSPB reserves nearby Arthog Bog and Coed Garth Gell

Coed Y Benin


The Mawddach Cycle Trail on the other side of the estuary goes from Dolgellau to Barmouth and is suitable for children. You can access it at the George III pub/toll bridge (you need to drive 2 miles to avoid cycling on the busy A496).

The area is full of serious mountain bike territory including the world famous Coed-y-Brenin (pic above) single track routes  (Coed also has a great cafe and family friendly cycling and walking) . 

You can hire bikes at Coed-y-Brenin and in Dolgellau at


Barmouth Slabs are 3 miles away and are a great place to learn to rock climb.  Snowdonia has some of the best rock climbing in the country. Harlech climbing wall and swimming pool is great if it is raining. Snowdon (pic above)  is about an hour away. For advice and equipment visit the the Cadar Idris climbing shop in Dolgellau.

Mawddach Restaurent


Our favourite (pic above) is at Dolgellau/LLanelltyd  Also great food at
Parliament House Coffee Shop  and at Barmouth Ebeneezers and
The local pub, the Halfway House, has closed but there are some great pubs in Dolgellau and Barmouth (try the Last Inn)


the rest

Fairbourne & Barmouth Railway
Welsh Highland Railway
Llanberis Mountain Railway
Snowdonia Mountain Railway
Talyllyn Railway
Pony Trekking
Bwlch Gwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre
Selection of others things to do 
Bounce Below and Zip World at Blaenau Ffestiniog are two new attractions for anyone who likes a little bit of adventure.
Bendi-Gedig, Barmouth's inside soft play area.
Portmerion Village (pic above).
Dolgellau Golf Club 
Welsh Slate Museum
Electric Mountain (Power Station)
Sygun Copper Mine
King Arthur's Labyrinth 
etc etc etc

How to find us


Please check availability and contact us at or +44 (0)1789 298897 / 07855 804709
Bookings run from Saturday 4pm until Saturday 10am, except Christmas and New Year.  Departure is required by 10am to ensure the property can be cleaned. Guests are required to leave the property in a clean and tidy state. Payment: one-third on booking with the balance 8 weeks before your holiday.  Deposit: £100 breakage deposit refunded after your stay if there are no breakages/damage. Sorry no pets.

Three night short breaks are available in the off and low season and at short notice in mid and high season.  Short breaks are charged at two-thirds of the weekly rate with a further 25% discount for parties of two in the low and off season.

Low Season

£ 650/week
  • 19 - 26 Feb
  • 2 - 9 April
  • 23 April - 28 May
  • 24 Sept - 29 Oct

Mid Season

£ 850/week
  • 9 - 23 April,  
  • 6 - 25 June
  • 3 - 24 Sept

High Season

£ 1000/week
  • 28 May - 6 June
  • 25 June - 3 Sept
  • 19 Dec - 5 Jan

Off Season

£ 550/week
  • 5 Jan - 19 Feb
  • 26 Feb - 2 April
  • 29 Oct - 19 Dec