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Gilar House, stands beautifully since 1600AD
Gilar's 1623 Gatehouse, one of the last remaining in Wales
The open fire-place provides a fantastic setting for your meal
Sink into a warm bubble bath the huge cast-iron rolltop tub
Curl up next to the open fire and read more about the history of Gilar
Feel the history in this oak panelled lounge
Beautiful kitchen with Belfast sink and double oven
Creatively designed and well equipped kitchen
Rustle up some home made cooking
The master bedroom boasts a super-king size4-poster bed
Substantial master bedroom finished with antique furniture and tapestries
Treat yourself to breakfast in bed
Master bedrooms antique dressing table and mirror
Character wherever you go
Wallow in this beautiful large cast iron bath
Exposed oak floorboards and wood panelling
The Pheasant bedroom offers a super king-size bed
Double room over-looking the garden
Large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
En-suite bathroom
A characterful twin room with exposed beams
Fantastic views towards the gate house
A cosy and compact twin room found in Gilar's gatehouse
Enjoy the warmth from the electric log-burner standing within an original fireplace
Look out from the Gatehouse towards Gilar
Store your wellies and hang your coats, hats and dog leads
Gilar welcomes two dogs to enjoy the vast walking routes
Take a stroll up the farm track with your four-legged friend
Take a stroll to the lakes for a picnic
Fantastic views of Snowdon from the top of Gilar
1 / 30  Gilar House, stands beautifully since 1600AD
2 / 30  Gilar's 1623 Gatehouse, one of the last remaining in Wales
3 / 30  The open fire-place provides a fantastic setting for your meal
4 / 30  Sink into a warm bubble bath the huge cast-iron rolltop tub
5 / 30  Curl up next to the open fire and read more about the history of Gilar
6 / 30  Feel the history in this oak panelled lounge
7 / 30  Beautiful kitchen with Belfast sink and double oven
8 / 30  Creatively designed and well equipped kitchen
9 / 30  Rustle up some home made cooking
10 / 30  The master bedroom boasts a super-king size4-poster bed
11 / 30  Substantial master bedroom finished with antique furniture and tapestries
12 / 30  Treat yourself to breakfast in bed
13 / 30  Master bedrooms antique dressing table and mirror
14 / 30  Character wherever you go
15 / 30  Wallow in this beautiful large cast iron bath
16 / 30  Exposed oak floorboards and wood panelling
17 / 30  The Pheasant bedroom offers a super king-size bed
18 / 30  Double room over-looking the garden
19 / 30  Large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
20 / 30  En-suite bathroom
21 / 30  A characterful twin room with exposed beams
22 / 30  Fantastic views towards the gate house
23 / 30  A cosy and compact twin room found in Gilar's gatehouse
24 / 30  Enjoy the warmth from the electric log-burner standing within an original fireplace
25 / 30  Look out from the Gatehouse towards Gilar
26 / 30  Store your wellies and hang your coats, hats and dog leads
27 / 30  Gilar welcomes two dogs to enjoy the vast walking routes
28 / 30  Take a stroll up the farm track with your four-legged friend
29 / 30  Take a stroll to the lakes for a picnic
30 / 30  Fantastic views of Snowdon from the top of Gilar

Gilar House

Betws-y-Coed (7 mls SE), North Wales
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Family friendly
Quirky
Towels included
Cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Idyllic countryside location with 500 acres of farmland, ancient woodlands, Garn Prys Mountain and lakes for you to explore
  • As featured in The Times 50 Coolest Holiday Cottages, on BBC Holiday Programme and in Food and Travel Magazine
  • Historic 17th century Grade II property, full of original period features and contemporary twists

 

Property code: 55987

Unique 17th Century property with contemporary twists, set in 500 acre farm. Close to Betws-y-Coed. Idyllic spot for friends and family to relax, enjoy activities and discover the best in North Wales.

As featured in 'The Times', this stylish 1600s farmhouse, part Tudor, part Elizabethan, offers exceptional interiors, nestling in 500 acres of farmland with ancient woodlands, mountain, lakes and unrivalled views. The old oak beams, ancient panelling, slate floors and the massive open fires, allows you to take a step back in history and appreciate the period character of this historic building. In Pentrefoelas close to Betws-y-coed. The gateway to Snowdonia National Park, where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries, boasting outdoor activities, craft, shops, galleries, pubs and historic bridges over rivers and streams. Discover waterfalls, river pools and hill top lakes alongside majestic mountains and dense woodland. Enjoy walking, climbing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking and fishing in breath-taking scenery. Climb Snowdon’s Summit, visit Bala Lake, Surf Snowdonia, ZipWorld and Go Below for adventures. Take a trip to Conwy Castle, Ruthin Gaol and the National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens. An all year round destination for an active or relaxing holiday.

An historic treat awaits you in this fascinating historic 'Landmark Trust' style house, with twists and turns exuding period charm with oak panelled rooms, plaster armorial shields, feature fireplaces, exposed beams, stone and wooden floors, steep and quirky staircases and even the original beam-door-lock from the 1600s. Perch on the oak seat in the porch, take off your boots and enter the oak panelled hallway. To your left is the spacious lounge with impressive stone fireplace, relax on the comfy sofas, light the fire, listen to music or watch a film on TV. Back in to the slate-flag floor hallway take a step down to the bespoke kitchen with all the equipment you need to rustle up a meal, including electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. If you decide to stay in after supper you can gather round the refectory table in the dining room, light the fire in the huge open fireplace, peruse the local maps and plan your adventures or enjoy a game of cards. The ground floor bathroom has a roll top bath with shower over and WC. On the first floor you can relax in the freestanding bath or take an invigorating shower in the large monsoon shower cubicle. There is also a WC. Further along the corridor you will discover the bedrooms with antique furniture, historic tapestries, oak panelling, uneven floors and historic clues to times gone by. The master bedroom with exposed beams and fine late 16th century ceiling offers a gigantic four-poster super-king-size bed, next door is a superb double bedroom with lovely views and at the end of the corridor is the spacious king-size bedroom with en suite shower room and WC. Back towards the bathroom and up the narrow stair case to the attic room, you will find the charming twin bedroom. Along the cobbled garden path, the beautiful 1623 Gatehouse, offers the unique opportunity to sleep in one of the last remaining gatehouses in Wales. This fifth bedroom has two comfy single beds, oak window seats and an impressive feature fireplace. All have splendid views across the grounds towards the rolling countryside.

Along the cobbled garden path, the beautiful 1623 Gatehouse, offers the unique opportunity to sleep in one of the last remaining gatehouses in Wales. This fifth bedroom has two comfy single beds, oak window seats and an impressive feature fireplace. All have splendid views across the grounds towards the rolling countryside.

Outside you have 500 acres to explore across the working sheep farm with ancient woodlands, Garn Prys Mountain, lakes and enclosed walled garden accessed from the porch. The walled garden is perfect for alfresco dining with table, chairs and BBQ or take a picnic on the lawn. Relish the wind on your face, enjoy walks around the working farm and soak up the history of this unique house. Ample private parking at the property. If you are bringing your bikes there is a covered store and an outside tap to hose your bikes down. Please note the caretakers are on site though privacy is assured.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 5 bedrooms – 1 four poster super-king-size, 1 double, 1 king-size, 1 twin and 1 twin in the outside Gatehouse
  • 2 bathrooms (1 to ground floor) and 1 en-suite shower room. No bathroom facilities in the Gatehouse
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave
  • Outside utility area with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • 500 acre farm with lakes
  • 2 open fires (logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Ample private parking
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dog welcome
  • Beach 18 miles, shop 3 miles and pub within walking distance
  • Covered bike store
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Charcoal BBQ available
  • Please note that the main staircase is steep and uneven
  • N.B. Check in time is strictly 5pm (to allow for cleaning)

When you aren't exploring the property's impressive 500 acres, you will find something for everyone in the area. This is the gateway to Snowdonia National Park, where you can enjoy walking, climbing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking and fishing amongst breathtaking scenery. Discover waterfalls, river pools and hilltop lakes. Betws-y-Coed lies just 7 miles away, with its shops, pubs and galleries awaiting you. The more active among your group should climb Snowdon's summit or visit Surf Snowdonia (17.5 miles), thrill-seekers will love Zip World Velocity 2 – the world's fastest zip line (24 miles), or for a more relaxing day head to the National Trust's wonderful Bodnant Gardens (21 miles).

Kathryn McKenzie

This property is personally managed by Kathryn.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 16 guest ratings

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Reviewed by David 11th September 2020

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Beautiful remote location, with the added charm of being at the heart of a working sheep farm. House has many ancient original features.

Reviewed by Nigel 4th September 2020

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A very quiet and peaceful area and a wonderful location for visiting all the sights of North Wales. Lovely to have the private farm track walk to the top of the adjacent mountain all to ourselves.

Reviewed by Teresa 7th August 2020

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The cottage is stunning insidand the surrounding area magical. Our grou if 6 adults and 2 children had the most wonderful time walking around the farm, sitting by the massive fireplace and exploring surrounding area. I hope to come back.

Reviewed by Rachel 24th July 2020

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What a fabulous cottage! The owners have managed to keep the charm and authenticity of a 400 year old cottage yet it was very well equipped with everything you could need. The showers were fantastic. Lots of low doorways so watch your head if you are tall. Possibly not suitable for families with younger children due to the layout/steep stairs but wRead moree were fine with a 7 and 9 year old. Great to be able to walk up Gilar Mountain straight from the door. Hide

Reviewed by Julie 6th March 2020

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Just come back from a fantastic weekend at Gilar House. House had everything we could have wished for, and more! Was spotlessly clean and in a fabulous location. Plenty of room for 10 of us, and loads to keep everybody busy. The house is very interesting, and very quirky, we noticed different things every day. Thank you for an excellent stay, well Read moredefinitely be back! Hide

Reviewed by Andrii 6th February 2020

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Reviewed by Rhiannon 7th November 2019

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Absolutely stunning property! It was like going back in time, but with all the facilities you would want today! Perfect size for 10 adults and variety of room types. Its in a perfect location, gorgeous countryside all around and Ideal for heading to zip world or other adventure activities nearby! Would definitely recommend as a place to stay if youRead morer visiting north wales Hide

Reviewed by Kay 6th September 2019

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We loved the irregular shapes of Gilar House; its uneven floors, and the wooden walls, beams and panels. Even the old front door key seemed to hold the memories of all those who had lived there. The contemporary high end shower was a luxury and the giant bath was a dream come true. We loved the security of the long enclosed garden for the dog who hRead moread such great holiday. We didn't leave the farm site as there were such lovely walks and we had our own mountain for a week in the lovely weather. Hide

Reviewed by Amanda 23rd August 2019

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Reviewed by Ilona 16th August 2019

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Reviewed by Sarah 9th August 2019

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A stunning period property with a host of original features, comfortable furnishings and open fireplaces in a beautiful location. Really well equipped and welcoming with an enclosed garden. What a wonderful place!

Reviewed by Richard 7th June 2019

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Very comfortable and and well equipped The beds are also very good A bit of improvement on the fire wound help as it smokes s little but we still enjoyed using it

Reviewed by Kelly 10th May 2019

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Fantastic location, surrounded by beautiful hills, lambs and fields. The house was amazing with everything you could need for a break away. Fires were set up on our arrival with a warm welcome. The 16th century house has been fitted with the modern cons what managing to keep its original charm. Highly recommend

Reviewed by Kathryn 26th April 2019

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Reviewed by Howard 5th April 2019

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Brilliant old farmhouse with wonderful log fires and an attractive ambience.

Reviewed by Kerry 16th February 2019

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Gilar House, stands beautifully since 1600AD
Gilar's 1623 Gatehouse, one of the last remaining in Wales
The open fire-place provides a fantastic setting for your meal
Sink into a warm bubble bath the huge cast-iron rolltop tub
Curl up next to the open fire and read more about the history of Gilar
Feel the history in this oak panelled lounge
Beautiful kitchen with Belfast sink and double oven
Creatively designed and well equipped kitchen
Rustle up some home made cooking
The master bedroom boasts a super-king size4-poster bed
Substantial master bedroom finished with antique furniture and tapestries
Show 18 moreTreat yourself to breakfast in bed

Location

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