Arosfa | Harlech Self Catering cottage with views over historic castle

Arosfa | Harlech Self catering Cottage
Arosfa is a cute 2 bedroom mid terraced house in Harlech. Harlech is most famous for its medieval castle of course. And Arosfa is in a prime position perched up on a hill overlooking this world heritage sight and the Llyn Peninsula beyond.

The front door opens onto an open plan ground floor. The welcoming lounge is comfortably furnished and retains its original slate floor, beamed ceiling and stone inglenook. A large log burner in the inglenook helps create a romantic and cosy atmosphere. Digital TV and DVD player sit to one side.

The kitchen diner is small but well equipped. All the basics are naturally included as well as a dishwasher and plenty of storage space. An outside utility room houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and additional freezer space.

Two bedrooms upstairs. A double room where that view over the castle and the cambrian coast line is even more spectacular. And a twin room which overlooks the rear garden. A central bathroom comprises a top of the range electric shower over a bath. Everything is spotlessly clean and well maintained.

Arosfa, like a lot of the houses in Harlech, is on a steep hill. As a result, the terrace garden provides great views across the bay and the mountains of Snowdonia. It does mean however, that the cottage probably isn’t suitable for anybody with any mobility problems. Sorry.



Harlech is probably my favorite little town along this coastline. The 13th century castle built high on the rock naturally dominates. The town is designated as a World Heritage site due to the castles historical significance and remarkable state of preservation. The narrow winding streets surrounding the castle only add to the character and a sense of mystery of this charming seaside town.

The house is close to a couple of pubs, cafes, restaurants and a one really nice ice cream shop. The famous Royal St Davids Links Golf course is at the bottom of the hill. Miles of sandy beaches stretch down to Barmouth in the south and up to Portmeirion in the north.

If you continue to climb the hill up behind the house you’ll get to Cwm Bychan, a beautiful valley and a gateway onto some of Snowdonia’s most stunning mountains. A license to fish in the lake at the bottom of the cwm can be obtained in the village post office.

The larger towns of Porthmadog and Barmouth are 10 miles to the north and south respectively. There’s a lot of adventure activity options in the area. Drop me an email if you need pointing in the right direction.

Edward I 's 13th century castle

..13th Century Castle..
..Royal St Davids Golf Course..
..miles of sandy beaches..

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Moelwyn | 3 Bedroom House Spectacular Views over Cardigan Bay

Moelwyn | Spectacular views over Cardigan Bay
Moelwyn is a spacious 3 bedroom house above Harlech. I know I’m always going on about how nice the views are with a lot of our cottages. But this one has to be the best yet. Sitting high above Harlech and it’s medieval castle, the house has spectacular views over Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia. Every window is like a picture postcard.

First your eye is drawn to the manicured greens of Royal St Davids links golf course. These are framed by the rolling sand dunes synonymous with this part of Snowdonia. The dunes in turn dissolve down to the flat golden planes of sand that stretch out for miles to the north and south. A crystal blue sea is divided from the blue sky by the mountains of the Llyn Peninsula, stretching out along the horizon like a jagged sword. A view I would argue that’s difficult to better on any continent.

The house itself is very comfortable and is a relatively new build. A large well equipped kitchen with has all the modern conveniences you would expect. Including a large gas hob, oven, dishwasher and microwave. The adjoining utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer as well as a convenient Belfast sink.

The lounge is also very spacious and well furnished and includes a gas fire and large flat screen TV. The most spectacular feature however is of course the large patio door that overlook the bay below. The dining room next door sits six quite comfortably. There’s also a ground floor wc.

A spectacular stained glass window dominates the hallway and stairs which leads up to 3 bedrooms in total. One twin room, one double room and one master bedroom with a king sized bed and an en-suite shower room. (I’m trying not to mention the views again.) But all the bedrooms are spotlessly clean as you’d expect and have all the fixtures you’d expect with a five star home. Finally, a large bathroom has a shower as well as a big corner bath.



Harlech is famous for its castle, men of Harlech and the film Zulu, but it’s a surprisingly small little town. Little cottages cling on to the hill which rises up from the bay and surround a crowded crossroads of narrow streets. There’s a small but selective collection of shops, pubs and restaurants to choose from. A short 20 minute drive will take you tot he larger towns of Porthmadog and Barmouth.

There are many walking options from the house itself. And I would recommend exploring places like Cwm Bychan and Moel Ysgafarnogod before heading off to Snowdon perhaps. I understand the desire of many guests to tick that one off the list but the more remote peaks just behind the house offer a truer reflection of the mountainous region. The beaches are also a natural attraction in the summer as are all the outdoor pursuits that can be done in the area. But again, a winter break away from the crowds does have it’s appeal.

Grandfather Clock

spectacular views
Harlech and it’s medieval castle
spacious 3 bedroom house

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Hengaeau | Self Catering Cottage Sea Views Rural Location | Llanfair Harlech

Hengaeau Farm Cottage

Another hidden gem nestling among the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. This two bedroom ground floor cottage is a perfect retreat for people looking to get away from it all.

It’s quite a new build so all the essentials are well taken care of. Efficient central heating, unlimited hot water, a fully fitted kitchen and immaculate décor throughout. The lounge is comfortably furnished and include a very traditional and handsome welsh dresser. We spent a lot of time with the large patio doors thrown open so as to make the most of the view. The cottage looks out onto the northern slopes of Moelfre and the Llawlech mountain range which stretch out towards Barmouth and the Mawddach Estuary. And cow watching is much more fun than people watching.

There’s separate dining area which sits five or more quite comfortably. Next is the kitchen, quite small but it has everything you’d need including a dishwasher and washing machine. There’s a large bathroom with shower over bath. One twin bedroom room and finally, a large family bedroom with double bed and an extra single bed if required. Opening the curtains in this south facing bedroom every morning was one of my favorite bits of the holiday.



I say this about a lot of our cottages. But the location really couldn’t be much better. Hengaeau sits above the pretty little seaside village of Llanfair on the Cambrian coast. You climb up a small lane out of the village before winding your way back down a private driveway to the farm. The nearest beach, Llandanwg, is one of our favorites, with its little rock pools to one side and sandy dunes on the other. The historic castle town of Harlech is about 2 miles to the north. There are three or four pubs in the town as well as a selection of restaurants. There’s also the castle of course and the famous St David’s links golf course.

If you decide to stay at Hengaeau you must also find the time to drive a little further up the lane to Cwm Bychan and the magical lake up there. It’s a beautiful spot and offers some fantastic wild trout fishing. Other popular activities in the area include mountain biking and walking of course.

Wine Glass

on a traditional working farm
among the mountains of Snowdonia
two bedroom ground floor cottage

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