Cae Mab Dafydd is an architectural gem and a wonderful rural retreat, perfect for walkers and explorers. This beautiful period holiday cottage is tucked away on a Victorian estate at the edge of the village of Llanfairfechan near Conwy. The spectacular North Wales coast is close by with superb views over to Anglesey, all with a backdrop of the Carneddau mountains.
Surrounding this lovely holiday cottage is a huge garden with stone bridges, a mountain stream, terraces and soaring giant redwood trees. And if you want to explore further, keep walking into the private fifty-acre woodland beyond and you'll discover all sorts of delights, including a medieval folly. Keep walking up the hillside and you'll come out onto the Carneddau mountains, with incredible views over the North Wales coastline and forests below.
This truly is a walkers' paradise with a myriad of routes to explore straight from your front door. If you do ever want to leave Cae Mab Dafydd, then sandy Llanfairfechan beach is less than a ten-minute drive, the whole of Snowdonia is on your doorstep and the island of Anglesey is just fifteen minutes away.
The Wales coastal path winds its way along the coast here from Bangor, passing the Morfa Madryn Nature Reserve at Abergwyngregyn and Glan y Mor Elias and onto the promenade at Llanfairfechan. You can continue on towards Conwy and beyond if you so choose. The beach here is sandy - huge at low tide - and popular with families and water sports enthusiasts alike with two popular beach cafes for pit stops.
Once you decide to return to this peaceful holiday cottage to rest your weary legs, you'll find a spacious and welcoming Hideaway from which to plan the next day's adventures. Step into the cosy sitting room where you'll find a large wood-burning stove and comfortable armchairs in which to relax with a book or perhaps play a game of chess or two. The well-equipped utility room beyond is perfect for storing and sorting outdoor gear.
Through to the central lobby where you will find a shower room, a separate bathroom and a beautiful king size bedroom. Opposite this, is a large dressing room or second bedroom for one.
The welcoming, airy open plan living area has a well-equipped kitchen and dining area and a sitting area with a sofa and chairs. Vaulted ceilings and windows on three sides of this large room add to the lofty feeling of space. Doors lead out to the veranda and a balcony which wraps around the cottage, providing a sheltered vantage point to enjoy beautiful views over the gardens.
The sense of space and privacy at Cae Mab Dafydd combined with luxurious touches such as fluffy bathrobes and extra towels make this a perfect quiet retreat any time of the year.
The village of Llanfairfechan is a short drive away where you will find well-stocked Co-op and Nisa (plus Post Office) stores, an excellent local butcher and a super little zero-waste shop. There are three cafes - The Seagrass Beach Cafe, the Beach Pavillion and The Riverside Cafe (the Seagrass also offers an evening service at the weekend). There is also a good Fish and Chip shop and Chinese and Indian takeaways. All useful options should you prefer not to cook.
Further afield, to the west lies Abergwyngregyn home to the Aber Falls Distillery and to the beautiful cascading Aber Falls. To the east lies Conwy, a medieval walled town with a superb castle built for Edward I in just four years between 1283 and 1287. A little further on is the Victorian town of Llandudno and the Great Orme. The Conwy Valley runs inland from Conwy and is home to Bodnant Garden, a must for any horticultural enthusiast, the Welsh Food Centre and Zip World Fforest. And with Anglesey being within easy reach and the whole of Snowdonia on your doorstep, this is perhaps the perfect location and base from which to explore North Wales.
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