Llanbedr, Gwynedd

A wildly romantic spot close to Shell Island's beautiful beaches. A rustic retreat with a hayloft for children, antiques and heavenly views


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7


If you want tarmac to the door, matching Ikea furniture and an absence of wildlife then eschew this place! Nature lovers and peace seekers however will be in heaven – it’s a wildly romantic spot down a long winding road and completely remote. Walk in to find deep window sills for gazing at the Rhinog mountains and swirling ravens, wind-blasted buzzards, sometimes a mountain goat. Antique Welsh furniture is dotted about – a lovely old dresser, a grandfather clock – and the sitting room has a fireplace at each end (electric heaters too), plus interesting paintings, local maps, hefty beams and large rugs over ancient tiled floors – not for minimalist fusspots. The kitchen, once home to the carthorse, has original slate tops and an old farmhouse table. Sleep soundly in bedrooms with heavenly views. The bathroom has a roll top, and free range children will adore the hayloft, with its own extra outside stair; there’s also a playhouse outside. Llanbedr village is five miles down the winding road; the beautiful beaches of Shell Island offer safe swimming.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights July & August. Please see owner’s website for availability.
1 January - 28 February.

Bonios and tap in downstairs loo for washing off muddy dogs.

£10 per dog per week. Max. usually 2.

Perfect walking from the door for dogs of all ages and sizes. Sheep country so be aware!


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £500
Low season short breaks available, 3-night stay from £300.
1 Cottage for 7
From £713 bedrooms


I returned to Nantcol with my grandchildren for the first time since the 1950s. I had such fond memories of this delightful Welsh longhouse that the Grants have lovingly cared for over the past 70 years and it was just as I remembered with some mod cons including a luxury electric Aga in the kitchen. Wonderful beds. I had memories of a caste iron roll top bath-still there but now replaced with an acrylic roll top. The views remain the same and are breathtaking. What a heavenly peaceful place in this topsy turvey world. Thank you Grants for keeping Nantcol so special.

Jane, Grosmont, monmouthshire

We have had the pleasure of staying in this special place several times now. It has become a retreat for the whole family when we need to escape city life and make time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us. Our children love the adventure of getting there up the mountain road and we all love the sense of freedom and peace that just emanates from the house and the setting it sits in. It's not a place for the faint hearted or for people who need the heating on high at all times ....but for us it's one of the finest places we've found.

Cal, Nottingham

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Stephanie & John Grant

  • One hour from Snowdon.
  • Bodnant Gardens and Food Centre, a one and a half-hour drive.
  • Festiniog Railway or Portmeirion Italianate Village are both half an hour away.
  • Famous Roman steps, Rhinog mountains - all a walk from Nantcol front door..
  • Harlech Castle, six miles. Also award winning Ice Cream Parlour.
  • World's longest Tripwire ride and underground trampoline at Blaneau Festiniog. 1 hour away.