Tŷ Newydd

charming Llanystumdwy (near Criccieth), in north-west Wales between the mountains and the beach
Guests: 21       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

about the property

Between the mountains and the sea in rural north-west Wales, this fine country house for large groups is perfect for a coastal getaway for all the family in Snowdonia.

Situated in rural north Wales between mountains, sea, and the river Dwyfor - Tŷ Newydd is a historic grade II* listed house built in the fifteenth century. It was the last home of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George, who commissioned famous Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis to renovate the house and grounds with his notable magic touch.

Currently serving as Wales’ national writing centre, the house has been modernised with a mobility lift, central heating and Wi-Fi throughout. It’s perfect for a large family, with three spacious and homely reception rooms, lots of quirky stairs and halls, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a very large garden full of hidden spaces. It has plenty of flexible bedroom options to accommodate a range of different sized groups.

New! For groups bigger than 17 there are now 2 x extra double rooms (en suite) are available in the Old stables only 100 yards from the main house - therefore the property will now sleep 21 guests.

The house, situated at the end of its own drive, has amazing views over Cardigan Bay. Nature and wildlife is abundant here – expect to see owls, weasels, foxes, rabbits and buzzards.

A twenty minute walk will take you down to the beach and the nearby seaside town of Cricieth – home of the famous Cadwaladers’ ice cream parlour and majestic Cricieth castle.

The nearby village, Llanystumdwy, is a mere five minute walk down a leafy lane, and has a lovely family-friendly pub serving home-made meals. The village also boasts popular tourist attractions - a rabbit farm and animal park; and a paintballing and Bear Grylls survival academy.

Please note that a working office is situated at the centre, and staff members will be present during office hours (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm). There should be no distruption to your holiday, the staff members will be contained in one private room in the front of the house, away from the main communal areas and bedrooms.

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latest review

What a fantastically special place!!! We were here for a family celebration and were brilliantly looked after by Luesa and her team. The house is perfect for large groups, and all ages were catered fo...

Hilary stainsby , 5 June 2017

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good to know

arrival at
16:00
depart by
10:30
guests
21
7 nights from
£851.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£1516.00 (based on two staying)
pets
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Double, Double, Double, Twin, Twin, Single

facilities at Tŷ Newydd

bathroom
bath
internet
wifi broadband available
general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
pub nearby (walkable)
cleaning services
washing machine

map - location

in detail

Ground floor

Kitchen:

  • Large farmhouse kitchen and adjoining pantry: industrial sized gas oven with 6 gas hobs; dishwasher; microwave; toaster; three sinks; large fridge; chest freezer; herbs, spices, tea, coffee, cooking oil, and a wide range of cookbooks; mixer; scales; all the kitchen essentials you would need, as it’s an operating kitchen at the writing centre during residential courses. Note: A resident chef can be made available for an additional fee.

Literature Lounge:

  • With two wingback leather armchairs, and a modern library collection

Dining room:

  •  Seats 20 around solid oak tables, features original 16th century timber wall, leading out to the garden and a small sheltered seating area.

Conservatory:

  •  Spread across 4 floors: with seating area and patio doors opening out to the garden. The access lift is also situated here.

Bedroom 1:

  • Single bedroom: with a single bed, wardrobe and a desk.
  • Bathroom: with Welsh slate floors, a toilet, basin, bath and shower head.

First Floor

  • WC and basin

The Lloyd George Library and sitting room:

  • Featuring an original collection of Welsh literature; photos of Lloyd George’s time here, 4 comfy sofas and 2 armchairs; cushioned window seats overlooking the garden and on to Cardigan Bay; plush carpets; two original chandeliers; a 40inch TV screen with DVD player and a HDMI cable (not connected to terrestrial TV).

Bedroom 2:

  • Double loft bedroom: with double bed and desk; en suite toilet and basin, no shower.

Bedroom 3:

  • Large en suite bedrooms: formerly occupied by David Lloyd George's wife Frances. Includes king sized bed; plush carpets; bedside cabinets; wardrobes; desks; armchairs; Bathroom with basin, loo and a shower. Room for a travel cot if needed. One extra put-up bed can be placed in this bedroom.

Bedroom 4:

  • Large en suite bedroom: formerly occupied by David Lloyd George. Includes king sized bed; plush carpets; bedside cabinets; wardrobes; desks; armchairs; Bathroom with basin, loo  and a shower. Room for a travel cot if needed. One extra put-up bed can be placed in this bedroom.

Top Floor

Bedroom 5:

  • Large twin rooms: formerly the housekeepers’ quarters. Two single beds. With an en suite with a loo, basin and shower; wardrobe and bedside tables. Sea view. Two extra put-up beds can be placed in this bedroom.

Bedroom 6:

  • Large twin rooms: formerly the housekeepers’ quarters. Two single beds. With an en suite with a loo, basin and shower; wardrobe and bedside tables. Two extra put-up beds can be placed in this bedroom.

The Old Stables

There are two further (recently renovated) rooms in the old stables which provides extra satalite accomodation on site if needed (only 100 yards from the main house) they have a private veranda and views over the lovely gardens towards the sea these comprise of the following:-

  • Stable 1: Modern double bedroom with en suite - Double bed, bath with shower over, a loo, basin and tea station 
  • Stable 2: Modern double bedroom with en suite - Double bed, with shower room, a loo, basin and tea station 

Outside

  • Parking space for 10+ cars
  • Large lawn area with plenty of garden wooden chairs, benches and picnic tables
  • Herb patch
  • Bird houses that regularly attract woodpeckers, jays, and other notable birds
  • Hidden storytelling circle
  • Pathway leading down through a field to the main road, and onwards to the beach
  • Views of Cardigan Bay
  • Original art installations by local Welsh artists
     

local area

  • Porthmadog - harbourside town with shops and supermarket facilities - 6 miles - 10 minutes drive
  • Portmeirion - designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village - 9.8 miles - 20 mins drive
  • Harlech and Harlech Castle - 15 miles - 32 mins
  • Snowdon and the Snowdon Mountain Railway - 23 miles - 39 mins
  • Criccieth - Criccieth Castle, originally built by Llewelyn the Great and town shopping, restaurants, cafes  - 20 mins walk - 5 minute drive
  • Penarth Fawr Medieval house - 15th Century hall house, impressive timber roof and aisle-truss
  • Nefyn & Mofa Nefyn - lovely beaches - 8.5 miles -13 mins
  • Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen - traditional pub right on sandy beach - 18 miles - 26 mins

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customer reviews for Tŷ Newydd

What a fantastically special place!!! We were here for a family celebration and were brilliantly looked after by Luesa and her team. The house is perfect for large groups, and all ages were catered for from the toddlers to the grandparents. The location is great - we climbed Snowdon, splashed about on Harlech beach, visited castles, ate fish and chips, walked round Portmerion…there is stacks to do. We also enjoyed playing in the garden and sitting in the lounge looking out at the wonderful views. We can also highly recommend having a few catered meals by the wonderful and very friendly resident chef. There will be many cherished memories, and we would LOVE to come back.

- Hilary stainsby ,
5 June 2017
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