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Ddol Helyg Barn

Llanrug near Llanberis, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 2250)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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78 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic short break ."

    The property was a lot larger than we expected. The owner was very,very helpful and generous. Gave us extra logs on request and the Piggery Pottery painting session was a fantastic experience enjoyed by all. Wed come back again. Thank you Barbara .

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2021

  • "A really nice property which is ideal for a large group."

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2021

  • "Beautiful barn, in a peaceful area with a pub and shop within walking distance."

    Caernarfon is only 10 mins drive, Llanberis is only 5 mins away. As this is part of a working pottery, there is a wonderful shop selling Barbara's works of art, and allows you to paint a pot on the premises, or take 1 home to paint with the free paint kit. Everything in the barn was in great order, and the lit wood fire really made the evenings, even more special. I would like to thank Barbara for her help, and do really recommend this property for a true family get away. Thanks.

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2021

  • "Return visit to our favourite place."

    The owner is lovely and most helpful and we love meeting back up from time to time. Will be back for sure, just looking for an excuse to celebrate something else.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2021

  • "Excellent break for three couples held over from 2020 owing to Covid."

    Despite the rain we walked every day, visited the Slate Museum, had a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway and explored Llanberis, Caernarfon and beyond. A walk to the steak & quiz night in the local pub on Thursday was entertaining, as was the Curry in Llanberis on the first night - although in a very different way! All in all a very good week - many thanks for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by JerryOct 2021

  • "Accommodation is good, well presented, ideal for a large family gathering and dog friendly."

    Barbara the owner , was at hand if we needed anything and came to our rescue ,providing us with a shower seat for our elderly mother .Things that would improve the property would be larger screen TVs, especially in main lounge area, a radio in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by DebraSep 2021

  • "Although the place met the description, there were failings."

    One of the two ovens did not work. The shower in the main bedroom leaked through to the utility room. The kitchen utensils were nearly useless and needed urgent replacement. We tried to contact the owner, but got no reply. Generally the place gave the impression of being grubby, and in need of a complete refresh. We would not go back unless these points were addressed.

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2021

  • "No very good all round"

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "Great location, great scenery."

    Property well equipped. Barbara the owner was just lovely.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2021

  • "The property was amazing."

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "Great cottage to stay in."

    The living room and kitchen are huge and would suit 1 large or 2 small families. 5 bedrooms with 3 doubles , 2 singles in another room and a room with 4 bunks. The area is fabulous but I would imagine in summer it would be too busy for some. Owner lives on site but leaves you alone. The barn is on a main road but you can't really hear the traffic. We took 2 dogs who loved it though we did have to drive a couple of miles for their morning walk but this was on the side of a lake ! Fabulous.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2020

  • "The owner, Barbara, was delightful and ready to help."

    The house is very spacious and perfect for a large family group. Particular care had been taken to comply with Covid-19 regulations and instructions were easy to follow. The pottery on-site was an added bonus on a wet day. We can also highly recommend Wavell's butchers/deli a short walk away in Llanrug - fresh bread for breakfast, local Bara Brith, amazing sausage rolls and pies and a fine meat counter.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2020

  • "The cottage was awesome."

    Great value for money.

    Reviewed by ChristopherMar 2020

  • "The break was to celebrate my birthday with a group of friends."

    The barn is lovely with a huge lounge and kitchen diner. It was a shame the logs were damp so couldn't get fire going for 3 nights. Looked for other logs but all outdoors in the wet.

    Reviewed by JoMar 2020

  • "14 of us stayed at the barn over the weekend, it was really beautiful."

    plenty of space for everyone, the pottery to do next door is a really good idea especially if you have children with you! would definitely recommend staying if you have a large family.

    Reviewed by GaryFeb 2020

  • "Came here to stay for my boyfriend surprise 30th birthday with a party of 14 people, 3 dogs and a young infant."

    Property was bigger than the pictures gave credit for, the whole place was very clean and ideal for what we needed for the weekend. Barbara was more than accommodating to us offering early and late check outs, and a late night session at the pottery if we wished too. All bedrooms well equipped with en suite bathrooms, lounge was plenty big enough for party games and as a communal area for guests. Went for a lovely 3 hour walk round Llanberis lake which was only a mile away from the house and other attractions close by too. All in all a fantastic stay, welcoming and friendly owner, would recommend highly for birthdays and family gatherings for a weekend or longer escape to the country. 10/10! :)

    Reviewed by StephanieNov 2019

  • "We had a lovely weekend in the barn ."

    . perfect for our friends get together, everything was fantastic and what a beautiful place ..plenty of room for 14 adults . Barbara our host was lovely and nothing was too much trouble .. brilliant hope to be back soon.

    Many thanks for this lovely feedback and we are glad you had a good time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulaOct 2019

  • "Five couples, friends for 40 years, spent a holiday at Ddol Helyg Barn."

    We appreciated an en-suite to each bedroom, the spacious sitting and kitchen areas. We were very comfortable, the stove warmed up the house and us quickly after a wet day in the mountains! There is plenty to do in the area and we received a warm welcome from Barbara. An excellent base for a Snowdonia holiday!

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our group as it has a couple of rooms on the ground floor, they were all very independent, they have one for a family and all have en-suites!"

    the area is great for all the touristic things in Snowdonia and a short walk to shops and a local pub. excellent place for a large group! a hen do arrived the night before we left but didn’t make much noise, though this would put some people off.

    Reviewed by AlejandraAug 2019

  • "We had a very warm welcome from Barbara who was eager to make our holiday enjoyable and was at hand to answer any questions throughout the week."

    The barn was ideal for a large group which spanned three generations (including young children, a baby and 2 dogs), We had everything we needed in the very well-equipped kitchen and the small enclosed garden was great for the dogs and had a washing line with pegs. All the rooms (including the bedrooms) were spacious and comfortable. There was enough seating (including a high-chair) in the kitchen to enable our large group to dine together and five comfortable sofas in the living room. We had a very enjoyable week!

    Reviewed by BethAug 2019

  • "Great location with everything you need on your doorstep."

    Friendly owner that made you free very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for her.

    Reviewed by EvelynJun 2019

  • "Beautiful barn, in beautiful surroundings."

    Really clean & comfortable. Nice welcome from the owner,who gave us information on where to eat locally. Would certainly recommend this stay to anyone & will book again . 13 of us aged from 30-50+ stayed for my daughters 40th celebrations & everyone had a fabulous time .

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2019

  • "As a group of ladies who regularly meet up to do outdoor activities together, we have used a number of different facilities over the last few years."

    We ALL agreed that this was the best ever!! The barn is beautiful and very well appointed. It has all mod cons and is spotless. Such a luxury to have en-suite in every room( the lucky people with the Jacuzzi bath were very impressed!) Plenty of lounge space to all sit comfortably and a well appointed kitchen with a great table for shared meals. Our hostess was really kind, leaving us cakes and milk for when we arrived. Nothing was too much trouble and we loved the pot painting session that we did on Saturday night ...with our wine!! We don't make a habit of returning to the same place twice, but this time will be an exception's just too nice not to do again! Very many thanks.

    Reviewed by LeighMar 2019

  • "As much as this is a stunning house, the cleanliness far out weight it for me."

    Bathrooms were very dirty and we has to sweep up the whole of down stairs the day we Got there. also, the bed were a nightmare Even putting 2 mattresses on top of eachother felt like laying on rocks, not comfortable at all. Nearly £600 for the 3 nights, not worth it at all.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry that you felt the cleanliness of the property was lacking, the house has just had a full professional deep clean two days before check in to get ready for the new season. We take on board your comments regarding the mattresses, though this can be subjective and hasn't been mentioned previously. Thank you for saying we have a stunning property and we hope you managed to enjoy your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CherylMar 2019

  • "Barbara, the owner, could not have been more helpful."

    A great venue for a family gathering. Would return without hesitation .

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2019

  • "The spacious house enabled the family to have quality time together but our own space too ."

    It is in a wonderful part of beautiful Wales . Not too far for driving to lagoons, Snowdonia, Caernafon. The Electric Mountain visit was amazing . Our hostess and host were extremely helpful , attentive when needed and we ran out of time for all the things we could have done including the Piggery Pottery . We had coffee and a quick visit on the morning we left but it is worth going to !

    Reviewed by TeresaAug 2018

  • "Fabulous place."

    This was our second time visiting the barn and will be going back again! Barbara the lady that looks after you cannot do enough for you while you are there, the rooms are fantastic and obviously the location is perfect! The only negative thing I could say is some of the sofas are getting ready to be replaced but that would really be looking for something. Fab place and fab host! Thanks Barbara we will be seeing you again!

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2018

  • "We have stayed at this cottage before about 5 years ago when it was relatively new."

    There are a couple of minor issues with the showers - some regrouting needed.We found the control of water temperature erratic in the shower in room number 1. There are not enough glasses for the capacity of 14 although there is plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment. It is a great space for large parties and having ensuite rooms a bonus. Wood burner warmed main sitting room, plentiful supply of logs. Everyone loved Piggery Pottery and came away with souvenirs of their stay. With a little t l c this house could be wonderful again. Represents good value for money for large parties.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2017

  • "Due to the location of this property, many people arrive at night."

    The signage and driveway to the barn isn't lit up at all which makes finding it at night very difficult. I also take a dog with me as this property is pet friendly. I take the dog for walks late at night and early in the morning, and with the driveway not lit up, it makes walking quite difficult. The property is absolutely splendid and kept to a reasonably high standard, if I was to complain it would be the heating of the bedrooms and water isn't good. But I've stayed here before and knew what to expect. The owner Barbara is a very pleasant lady who wants to make sure you have a good stay. I have stayed at this property twice and would do so again. Which speaks volumes.

    Reviewed by AnthonyNov 2017

  • "Fantastic holiday home, was perfect for a group of 4 families to get together to celebrate a birthday, Barbara the owner was very helpful and the kids enjoyed painting a pot in piggery pottery."

    Fabulous area and the local pub is great and serves good pub grub at reasonable prices (portions are large though!!). All in all a great weekend was had and I would definitely recommend & visit again.

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2017

  • "Great location friendly owner good little shop next door for wet days great base for visiting places plenty of room"

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2017

  • "Beautiful accommodation, excellent standard, much better than expected"

    Reviewed by MarionDec 2016

  • "The whole family had a fabulous time."

    The owner and proprietor of the pottery next door was lovely and very accommodating. Beautiful spacious house with breathtaking views. Only downside if it can be counted as such is the lack of a family bathroom. We slept on the futon in the lounge as our whole party was adults requiring their own room so in the night it was tricky as there was no bathroom that isn't through someone elses bedroom. Other than that minor point 10/10

    Reviewed by ElaineNov 2016

  • "The owner Barbara was wonderful."

    Many thanks for the treats left for us. It didn't take the children long to demolish them. Lovely area to visit down by the lakes walking the dogs and watching the world go by very relaxing. The Welsh Slate mines is definitely worth a visit.Plenty to do and see. We were fortunate to see "The weeping window of Poppies" at Canearfon Castle very moving. Overall we had a lovely holiday in an area of great beauty. Would love to go again and the bonus of such a large property ideal for large and extended families. We also found the local pub for food, another hidden gem.

    Reviewed by VanessaOct 2016

  • "Amazing house with loads of space."

    Fab location and lovely helpful owners. Highly recommend for family gathering. Kitchen us amazing and well equipped. Wouldn't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2016

  • "Great accommodation for a large group."

    Pictures on website don't do justice to the size of the rooms. We all loved it. We also had a great time at the pottery next door. The owner is a lovely host.

    Reviewed by SteveApr 2016

  • "A lovely barn conversion that was well suited to our large family group."

    Reviewed by PatriciaFeb 2016

  • "Absolutely loved it, have recommended it to friends & family and definitely want to come back!"

    It was a perfect place for us 14 friends, we had so much fun.

    Reviewed by KatherineNov 2015

  • "The cottage was perfect for us, there was lots of space for a number of families and it was very well equipped."

    The log fire was perfect on a wet and windy weekend and the owner was very helpful with anything we needed.

    Reviewed by StephanieNov 2015

  • "A wonderful stay, lovely cottage, lovely owner and very comfortable beds!"

    The bathroom in each bedroom was a lovely surprise. Thank you for a perfect weekend.

    Reviewed by SigalMar 2015

  • "What a wonderful place to stay!"

    We recently stayed here as part of a family holiday and we fell in love with the place. The owner was the perfect host, nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by ColinFeb 2015

  • "Owner was always friendly and helpful but never intrusive."

    Owner a very talented artist too and was happy to help encourage our attempts at painting pottery.

    Reviewed by SylviaAug 2014

  • "Plenty of space for the family to be together but still have own space if they wanted it."

    Location was excellent with plenty on offer in the surrounding area. Friendliness of the owner who was more than willing to accommodate our requests, eg grandchildren visiting animals on farm. Great idea having pottery available as well. Children had great time painting pigs!

    Reviewed by RobertNov 2013

  • "The property was very spacious, and the kitchen had a big table to accommodate a large party."

    The property was warm and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by SylviaOct 2013

  • "A really good place for a family holiday and a very helpful and friendly owner who was only too willing to sort anything out."

    Plenty of space in the house, and well set out. An ideal location.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2013

  • "The owner was very helpful and we couldn't have asked for a better host."

    Brilliant holiday and accommodation, nothing lacking at all.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2013

  • "The accommodation was the best part."

    Location great.

    Reviewed by HaroonJan 2013

  • "Size of cottage for family 60th birthday!"

    Reviewed by RobDec 2012

  • "Nice modern layout, worked well with a large family group."

    Landlord on site to assist with anything your require.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2012

  • "We liked that we had a huge house, and the position of it also, the view."

    The spacious rooms and the proprietors friendlessness!!

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2012

  • "Very close to everything."

    The owner was very helpful and friendly. Lovely setting. Large property ideal for family gatherings.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2012

  • "The helpfulness of the owner was appreciated."

    She agreed to accommodating our 6 dogs, in addition to our party of 9, and couldn't have been more helpful.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2012

  • "Location good for access to many different attractions in the area."

    Very spacious property with plenty of room for the children to play indoors. Pleasant and accommodating owner.

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2012

  • "Warm welcome by owners and felt well looked after by them."

    The barn is in a fabulous location and the pottery next door was a real bonus.

    Reviewed by RuthMar 2012

  • "The property has the 'WOW' factor!"

    The space, light and layout lends itself well to family living. The owner and potter, was extremely helpful and we had many happy hours in the workshop and enjoyed the personal tour. It's location is a great launch pad to other locations with just a short journey to the coast or mountains. Having the option of creative recreation and refreshment on site makes this a unique option, one we would choose again!

    Reviewed by JulietNov 2011

  • "Good location, the facilities were exactly what we wanted."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2011

  • "The house was lovely and in a good location."

    The owner couldn't have been more helpful and there was plenty of room for all 13 of us.

    Reviewed by BarryAug 2011

  • "Comfortable accommodation."

    Excellent communication with the property owner, who helped us settle in, and also allowed us out of hours access to the pottery. Well situated for lots of attractions for adults and children.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2011

  • "Fantastic, spacious accommodation close to Snowdonia."

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2011

  • "The property we stayed in was in an excellent location."

    The house was very clean and had everything required for a brilliant weekend away.

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2011

  • "I only wish we could have stayed longer."

    Perfect holiday - couldn't have asked for more. We will definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2010

  • "The Barn was amazing!"

    Very comfortable for 14 adults; plenty of space. A lovely location for walks, easy parking, we took the dogs with us for their first holiday and the Barn is great and dog friendly; an enclosed area at the back to let them out last thing at night. The owner was also very helpful. The Farmhouse is next door and with the Barn could easily take 28 members; superb to get together with family and friends.

    Mrs RawsonSep 2010

  • "The barn was perfect for three family groups to share (6 adults and 6 children between us)."

    The owner also runs Piggery Pottery and was wonderful with the children, making sure they each got the most out of their artistic efforts.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2010

  • "The owner was most helpful and accommodation."

    We enjoyed 'The Pottery'. Overall - great!

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2010

  • "The views were stunning, the house accommodated our large family very well, whilst still allowing us privacy between rooms."

    Reviewed by RuthMar 2010

  • "The owner was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble."

    We are looking at booking this property again.

    Reviewed by TarynaDec 2009

  • "Lovely area, so much to see and do we did not have time to do it all."

    Reviewed by FelicityOct 2009

  • "Lovely accommodation - very spacious and well thought out."

    Owner was extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend the property to large groups and families.

    Reviewed by MelindaSep 2009

  • "The house was lovely, very spacious with a big lounge that was great for the children to play in."

    The local pub was lovely and in walking distance which was great.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2009

  • "The cottage was lovely - beautifully presented and very clean."

    The owner, was absolutely wonderful - very accommodating and helpful. We had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by AndreaAug 2009

  • "Lovely house, great size for the number of people and children, great kitchen ..."

    Lovely house, great size for the number of people and children, great kitchen and lounge area, and the bedrooms were all really good sizes

    Reviewed by MandyJul 2009

  • "Property was very spacious and we enjoyed our stay."

    We will definitely return there to stay.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2009

  • "Great facilities for a large family group - all rooms ensuite with TV and DVD player."

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2009

  • "Excellent party room!"

    Mrs EllisFeb 2009

  • "Lots of space for everyone."

    We were there over the New Year period and found the sitting room an excellent size for playing games! The kitchen was a lovely place to sit and eat at the end of each day and discuss our activities. The location was excellent and the owners were very helpful without being intrusive. I would also advise anyone staying at Ddol Helyg to have a go at painting a pig! We would love to return.

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2008

  • "The property was clean, spacious, comfortable and very well fitted."

    We loved the Piggery Pottery facility (especially when it rained!). The proprietor was very friendly and helpful and also gave us tips regarding local places of interest to visit.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2008

  • "Really spacious and lovely property - ideal for a large group ."

    .. and also an excellent base for touring North Wales. The more artistic among us also enjoyed the onsite pottery. Wonderful break and friendly, helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by GwynethJul 2008

  • "The size of property was good for large family groups."

    Piggy Pottery on site was very good for children and adults alike.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2008

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Ddol Helyg Farm

Two superb, stone-built, detached properties, situated in the grounds of the owners' 30-acre livery yard, on the edge of the village of Llanrug, just 2 miles from the Snowdonian town of Llanberis. Providing quality accommodation for large groups of friends and families alike, these lovely holiday homes offer mountain views to the front, five bedrooms, all of which are en-suite, and patio garden areas, ideal for alfresco dining. Visitors can spend time at the onsite Piggery Pottery Workshop, providing hours of creative fun for all the family, whilst the whole of Snowdonia National Park is available from the doorstep. With many historic castles lining the nearby North Wales coast and the beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coastlines of the Llyn Peninsula and the Isle of Anglesey within easy driving distance, these lovely retreats are ideal at any time of year!

The property

A delightful, stone-built barn conversion with eco-friendly solar powered underfloor heating, five en-suite bedrooms, each with a TV and a large sitting room with woodburner and charming picture window with views over the courtyard.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1576 to accommodate up to 28 people.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x King size bed with en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x King size bed with 2 x additional double sofabeds & en-suite bath, separate shower, basin & WC, 1 x ground floor King size bed with en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x ground floor family with 2 x adult bunk & en-suite shower, basin, WC
  • Large fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Utility room
  • Large sitting room with woodburner.
  • Underfloor heating powered by both solar panels & auto feed woodburning system, woodburner in sitting room
  • 2 x electric range style ovens, electric hob, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer in nearby workshop shared with owner, dishwasher, flat screen TV, basic Sky, DVD, 5 x TVs
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair & stairgate available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars in Pottery car park near barn (can load & unload outside barn)
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed garden with patio area, furniture & BBQ
  • Use of other grassed areas on site
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 4 mins walk
  • Please note: This property is suitable for a maximum of 14
  • Please note: No stag, hen or similar without owners prior consent
  • Please note: The owner respectfully asks guests to be considerate of other holiday makers/ residents and keep noise after 10pm to a minimum

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Llanberis 2 miles; Caernarfon 4 miles; Betws-y-Coed 15 miles.

Llanrug is a small village with two pubs, two shops, a Post Office, a hotel with indoor swimming pool and fitness room, and a 9 hole golf course is nearby. The village is situated in the foothills of the Snowdonia Mountain Range, only 3 miles from famous Llanberis. Dominated by the grandeur of the Snowdon Massif, Llanberis is flanked by two lakes, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, and is one of the most popular mountain tourist centres in the Snowdonia National Park. Llanberis is something of a 'mecca' for walkers and climbers, being the starting point for the ascent of Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales. The ascent can be made either by train, on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway, or on foot along one of the many routes to the summit. Llanberis boasts excellent places to eat and drink and a great choice of shopping. Just 4 miles from Llanrug, on the coast, is Caernarfon with its magnificent 13th century castle and town walls and close by are National Trust properties at Penrhyn and Plas Newydd and many wonderful beaches.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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