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The House at Tan Llan

6 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
12 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 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 six bedrooms—three with luxury en-suites. Quality bedding and sumptuous mattresses provide pure comfort. Melin Tregwynt Welsh woollen blankets and throws dress 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. Enjoy them 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 is warmed by 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.

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

Outside, 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.
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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
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