The Village

The village of Clynnog Fawr lies on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, near Caernarfon in Gwynedd. 'Clynnog' means 'the place of the holly-trees'. It is close by to Eryri (Snowdonia National Park), so is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding mountains, historic homes and further down the peninsula to Abersoch and Llanbedrog. More information on the village can be found here.

The cottage lies next door to the large parish church which was founded by St Beuno, who was descended from the princes of Powys. Originally it was a place of prayer, teaching, ministry and mission, acting as both monastery and college. It soon became a stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Bardsey Island (known as the ‘Island of 20,000 Saints’). As such St Beuno also became a place of pilgrimage, with the close by well thought to have healing powers.

A few hundred metres from the cottage is a stony beach which is great for beachcombers and dog walkers a like. Alternatively you can head further afield to Aberdesach, Dinas Dinlle, Nefyn, Pwllheli and Abersoch.

The Local Area

This area of Wales is really beautiful, it has wonderful views with the sun setting over the sea and creating shadows on the mountains. The house is on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, so there are opportunities for walks where you can see the mountains in all their beauty and their different colours at all times of the year. A short walk down to the local village of Gyrn Goch leaves you at the foot of the mountain with the same name. You can also join the many footpaths and cycle routes exploring the Llŷn Coastal Path down to Bardsey Island at the tip.

There is plenty of history to be seen in the area, with castles at Caernarfon, Criccieth and Conwy. Within an easy drive the National Trust buildings at Plas yn Rhiw and Plas Newydd are great places to visit. Glynllifon Park is nearby, where everybody will find something to do, with a steam engine, Regency house, gardens and children's grove.

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