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Tan Llan & The Coach House

8 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
16 guests
If you’re looking to get thoroughly lost in thought, then escape to Tan Llan. Lying on the edge of the small village of Llanelltyd, Tan Llan dissolves into the gently sloping hillside. This handsome, grey-stoned country house shelters within fifteen acres of landscaped grounds. A riot of daffodils in spring, fourteen varieties sing as proudly as the Welsh Male Voice Choir, statesmanlike trees whisper accompanied by the last giggles of a winterbourne stream and the River Mawddach as it laughs by.
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Set in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, among towering mountains and glorious valleys, it isn’t just the location that draws people to Tan Llan. The house is also treasure in itself: Grade II listed; set over three floors; sympathetically renovated to offer luxurious, spacious accommodation; built from hard grey stone – the unique product of local geology and local craftsmen – the architecture is bold and strong and relies more on proportions than ornament. Tan Llan has a quiet sense of belonging to the magnificent landscape that surrounds it. From the outside, it may look like a traditional country house, but the stylish interior tells a different story. The Main House offers an effortless blend of bright, contemporary accommodation, lavish furnishings and original 18th-century features including large sash windows and shutters, cast iron radiators and a bespoke slate fireplace (local of course).

There are eight bedrooms in total, six in the Main House, three with luxury en-suites, and two in the adjacent Coach House, both en-suite. Quality bedding and sumptuous mattresses provide pure comfort. Melin Tregwynt Welsh woollen blankets and throws adorn the beds; simple in spirit, satisfying in quality and timeless in design. The exceptional first-floor master bedroom slumbers in a separate wing, accessed by a private corridor. Its magnificent en-suite bathroom provides views across the grounds, to be enjoyed while taking a relaxing soak in the large freestanding roll-top bath.

A superbly equipped kitchen has a large island breakfast bar and a grand dining table, perfect for celebratory meals. The sitting room has a glorious open fire, which guests can gather beside at the close of the day. And the beautiful, light garden room opens out to the vast surrounding grounds.

Nestled beside the Main House is the Coach House. Originally a stable and later transformed into a coaching house, you’ll find wonderfully renovated accommodation ideal for members of your party seeking a peaceful hideaway. The wide, oak front door beckons guests into the open-plan living space, and large Welsh slate floor tiles run throughout the ground floor, of course. An almost impossible number of tongue-and-groove-clad walls and ceiling give this a Scandinavian cabin feel. But its Grade II listed status suggests that this is no pale imitation, but a proud Welsh tradition. Brushed, country-checked fabric and Welsh woollen blankets add to the warmth provided by the wood burner in the corner, as do the gnarled wooden beams and an exposed brick wall in the sitting area. There’s also a sociable, round dining table within the living space. The adjacent cosy snug provides a flat-screen TV and over-sized anglepoise-style lamp that add a slick, modern edge.

A handmade kitchen with breakfast-bar sits tastefully within wood-clad walls and ceiling. It’s equipped with all mod cons including a stainless-steel American-style fridge freezer.

Climb the neat wooden staircase, and there are two beautiful bedrooms within the eaves, both en-suite. It feels somewhat hayloft meets boutique hotel with its sloping walls and wonderfully wonky exposed beams.

There’s also an external games room housing a table tennis table, perfect for unpromising days; Wales is lush and green for a reason.

The grounds are what seems like a never-ending playground for the children, although if one were to be more precise, there are fifteen acres of spectacular landscaped grounds.

A spacious, Welsh-slate patio area, bathed in sunlight for most of the day, provides the ideal spot to relax with a glass of wine or local Cader Ale while watching the resident rabbits and red squirrels scamper through the woodland of established trees. As the summer sun drops its head and concedes to autumn, and only the tallest of evergreens stand sentinel holding their guard high, the bulky presence of Snowdon’s twin, Cader Idris, previously only a guarded stranger now bears down on the garden. Menacing yet magical.

*** From 1st January 2023 - we will accept a well trained dog (Maximum 1) over the age of 1 at Tan Llan & The Coach House.***
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Tan Llan is just two miles from the idyllic little market town of Dolgellau, with its air of unhurried importance. The town boasts the highest concentration of heritage-listed buildings in Wales, with more than two hundred. It was once a regional centre for Wales’ prosperous wool industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries and many of its finest buildings were built at that time. However, local mills failed to keep pace with mass mechanisation and decline set in, preserving the town centre much as it was then. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its fair share of delightful cafes, bars and independent shops. Even closer to home, a renowned restaurant, just over half a mile away from the house, offers local fare and beautiful views. An excellent location for walkers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the extensive sandy beaches of North Wales are a delight, with the popular seaside town of Barmouth easily reached. The bulky, menacing crags of Cader Idris loom large. It is said that the hounds of the underworld fly around its peaks. And that anyone who spends the night on the summit will awaken either mad or a poet. Choose not to stay at the Coach House and, alas, you may be crazy in the first place.
Dolgellau - 2.2 miles

Barmouth Beach - 8.3 miles
Cadair Idris - 13 miles
Portmeirion - 23 miles
Pwlheli - 36 miles
What our guests say

Absolutely amazing place.

We have just stayed here with the whole family and you couldn't stay anywhere more gorgeous. Thanks.

Miss Hopkins

Getaway for family and friends

An amazing stay at an amazing house.

We had the chance for a big group of friends and family to holiday together in a beautiful location. The house itself is reason enough to go but with mountains and seaside at close hand a truly unforgettable time was had by all.

Mr Sykes

A lovely week in the sun

We had the luck to hit a lovely hot week and the house was perfect for eating outside every night. There was 16 of us and the house is very spacious and appointed to a high standard. There is quite a few steps so elderly may struggle around the house. The grounds are stunning and pleasure to hang out in. There is a river frontage and we used the river to cool off. There is a foot path that leads to the river bridge which has some great swimming areas. We hiked Cedar Idris one day which is 10 mins away, amazing views and lots quieter than Snowdon. We went downhill mountain biking at Antur Stiniog 30 mins away, great morning then zip lined in the afternoon again a great experience. Dolgellau is a pretty town and has everything you'd need, easy to bike to without hitting major roads. The Mawddach trail is an old railway line nearby that is now a path and leads all the way to Barmouth so a great trip to do on the bikes and takes 45 minutes to Barmouth. There is a pizza restaurant in the village walking distance which is excellent and would highly recommend and also the tapas bar in Dolgellau was a real treat. All in all a great house in a good position for exploring the Coast and Snowdonia.

Mr Garland

Fabulous location and beautiful property with all that was required for a relaxing long weekend stay.

Really great supply of logs for the open fires and the beds were very comfortable.

Communication was fab from beginning to end. Would recommend this property.

Mrs Rogers

Delivering The Wow Factor

Another wonderful multi family holiday at Tan Llan and The Coach House. Perfect for all ages of children and adults alike. The house and gardens are simply stunning and the river at the back of the property offers both moments of reflection and adventure. We took our paddle board and enjoyed many hours on the river. The accommodation is beautifully appointed and come rain or shine, you will be comfortable. We shared drinks on the terrace when the sun shone (however briefly!) and enjoyed a lovely cosy sit in front of the fire having arrived home after a long walk. Being able to take our dog made the holiday for all of us. He definitely lived his best life. High recommended.

Ms Smythe
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