Self-catering holiday cottages in the village of Beddgelert, Snowdonia

Snowdonia cottages , take a self-catering holiday in stunning Snowdonia, north WalesBeddgelert is thought by many to be the one of the prettiest villages in Snowdonia; surrounded as it is by mountains, lakes and wooded valleys, the scenery is truly  magnificent.  Visitors have been coming here to enjoy walking, climbing and the hospitality for hundreds of years. 

A traditional stone-built village; Beddgelert has hotels, B &Bs, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions which will cater to your needs when not walking, cycling or sightseeing.

According to local legend, Gelert was Llewelyn the Great's (a medieval Welsh prince's) dog.  The relationship between man and dog is well understood; man's best friend, loyal companion. 

On arriving home one day, Llewelyn discovered his dog Gelert covered in blood.  Thinking that he had killed his child, Llewelyn drew his sword and in a dreadful anguish slew his dog.  He discovered later  the corpse of a  large wolf near his cottage, and that Gelert had fought and killed the wolf  in defending the child, who was actually alive and well.  Overcome with remorse, Llewelyn buried the dog and erected a memorial stone, which can still be seen  in the south of the village to this day.  The name Beddgelert literally means the 'grave of Gelert'. 



Brackenbury Ccottage in Beddgelert, Snowdonia - 2 bedrooms, pet-friendly

A Welsh country cottage for a home from home surrounded by mountain sceneryBrackenbury Cottage in Beddgelert, Snowdonia sleeps 2-4 people in a two bedroom stone-built traditional terraced cottage on the banks of the River Glaslyn.  

There are wonderful views from the cottage.  Walks start from the front door and cater for all abilities - in the valley for  less serious walkers. 

There's a conservatory and a patio in the garden for those warm summer evenings. If you don't feel like cooking, there are several pubs in the village itself.   New Year's Eve goes with a bang.  A firework display helps get the celebrations off to an exciting start.  And you won't be cold even during winter - an open fire in the sitting room helps add that warm glow, although the house is also centrally heated.

Click on the photograph to view details of this holiday cottage in Beddgelert, Snowdonia.


Famous inhabitant:

  • The author and illustrator of the Rupert Bear stories, Sir Alfred Edmeades Bestall M.B.E. lived in his cottage 'Penlan' in Beddgelert.

Places to visit and things to do

  • Hire a mountain bike and cycle through the Beddgelet Forest which has miles of way-marked trails. Telephone Beddgelert Bikes on 01766 890 434

  • Get to the summit of Snowdon, either by walking or the rack and pinion railway.

  • Visit Gelert's grave.

  • Discover the history of mining in the area at Sygun Copper Mine.  The tours are multilingual and self-guided so that you can walk through the mine at your own pace, viewing stalactites and stalagmites and veins with traces of gold, silver and copper.  When you finish the tour, you will surface 45 metres above the valley floor and be greeted by views of Dinas Emrys, the legendary birthplace of the red dragon and the Gwynant Valley. There is a visitor shop, snacks.  Closed December to January.  Telephone:  01766 510101

  • Take lots of short walks to admire the scenery and chat to the locals. Spoil yourself in the tea shops and pubs.

  • Pay a visit to the seaside which is only 7 miles away at Porthmadoc and Criccieth


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