Gazing wistfully out over Tremadog Bay towards Pwllheli, Llanfair Court is firmly planted right off the beach at Harlech with a background of soaring Snowdonian peaks. Sleeping 15, it’s beautiful inside and out, with its media room, state-of-the-art spa and feel of all-enveloping Edwardian homely luxury.
From the upper floor, watch the setting sun light up an extraordinary panorama, from the Irish Sea across the Llyn Peninsula to the rivers, forests and mountains of North Wales, along the footpath to the beach below. Gather in the lounge for games, put on a movie night, head to the log cabin for table tennis, pool, puzzles and games.
There are spaces to hang out alone here or be part of the gang. Light the fire, tap into the superfast broadband, play your sounds on the portable Bluetooth, eat out on the deck barbecue warmed by the firepit in the glow of a sensational sunset. Sleep deeply to the gentle wash of the waves and wake to another day of grand living.
The Snowdonian coast is the ultimate garden – the forests, rivers and jagged peaks of the mountains to the east and the soft sand of Harlech beach to the west. Hugging the house is a verdant mixture of two lawns, trails and woodlands, all dotted with picnic tables. Unfold the tablecloth and chill the wine.
Out among the greenery sits a little piece of Scandinavia, a log cabin complete with heating, lighting, cushions and games aplenty. Pick from ping-pong, pool, puzzles and board games and keep up to ten kids happy all at once.
Adult toys come in the form of the brand-new spa, hot tub and sauna that sits high above the bay, with the mountains rising as the backdrop. Chill, chat, chink your glasses. This is the life.
Follow the footpath west across the grounds to the quiet beach, arriving at the point where four miles of sand gives way to rocks. Swim, rummage in the rock pools, build castles, bury dad. Head east on foot to walk the hills where ravens and falcons fly and shaggy goats wander the wild slopes.
Gathered in the living room at dusk with family and friends, you’ll find it’s all about the view. Watch the sun kiss the horizon, lighting the sky crimson right across the Llyn Peninsula, from the peaks of Snowdonia to the footpath down to the beach below and out across Tremadog Bay.
Light the open fire, break out a book, dig out a DVD. Everything here is about being together. And if you suddenly get all Greta Garbo, well, there are spaces to be alone, too. And places to chill. Not least the brand-new spa and sauna complete with outdoor hot tub beneath the stars, over the bay, in the shadow of the mountains.
Out in the log cabin, you’ve fun aplenty to pick from. Play table football, pool or ping-pong. Or just raid the books, puzzles and games. Hit the media room for large-screen movies, or just pull back the curtains for the ultimate widescreen entertainment – the bay and mountain views.
Load up the big fridge/freezer with local mussels, Welsh black beef and salt-marsh lamb and turn it into something amazing on the electric, five-burner range cooker with induction hob and huge oven. For good measure, there’s a kitchenette upstairs and another in the spa.
Eat together around the dining table, with elbow room for 15, or out on the terrace. Fire up the coal barbecue and raise a glass to the views of the bay and Snowdon. Pile the dishwasher high and wrap things up with an espresso from the De’Longhi machine.
Prefer to put your feet up and feel pampered? Call Millie or Emma at The Outbuildings for a one-off celebration, fully catered break or drop-off meals. For a little local hospitality, try The Tilman at Barmouth, Ty Mawr in Llanbedr or Min y Mor in Barmouth.
There’s child-friendly fare on offer at Tony’s Pizza or the Ysgethin Inn, both in Talybont, or the Victoria Inn in Llanbedr. Try Nineteen.57 for fine dining and pub meals, the tasting menu at Harlech’s Castle Cottage, or the chippy supper or chicken jalfrezi at Castle Bistro.
Throw back your bedroom curtains and you might never make it downstairs. These are views of the bay, the beach and the mountains that demand you remember your binoculars.
Those views are never better than in the Red Room, a kingsize with en-suite bathroom and kitchenette shared with the Vaulted Room, which offers two singles. The Bossanyi Room is a sumptuous, elegant room with a kingsize bed and extraordinary work by the artist that gives the room its name. The Green Room offers two singles and a world of charm.
The Little Bedroom is a single-bed room that’ll have kids bouncing on the bed in delight, while the Yellow Room offers two singles and the best view of the morning sunrise. The Blue Room has two singles that can be zip-linked to make a superking, while the Bunk Room is a charming and warm room sleeping two.