Through the impressive arched front door you are presented with a seemingly effortless design layout. It is simple yet so elegant, with a neutral colour palette throughout and fine furnishings. In the lounge there are cool slate floors, a welcoming log burner, and pretty shuttered windows. The spacious oak panelled kitchen diner has marble worktops and sits on rustic quarry tiles.
Upstairs, the two double bedrooms maintain the overall theme of distinguished tradition and modern luxury. The master bedroom boasts an impressive oak panelled recess and a window that overlooks the deer park and the forests beyond. Gwion Llwyd, proprietor of letting agent Dioni, says: “This is one of my favourite properties so far, I think. It’s got lots of character inside with some beautiful original features.”
Once you have explored the house and settled yourself in the comfort of the sumptuous leather sofas, spend time reflecting on the Lodge's fascinating history. Take the story of Hywel Sele himself, the cousin of Owain Glyndŵr who was the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. Owain led a fierce, long-running revolt against the English rule of Wales, in which cousin Hywel, Lord of Nannau, sided with the Crown. Legend has it that Hywel invited Owain to hunt in his deer park and to thrash out their differences.
What happened next is unclear, but we know that either by accident or design, Hywel shot an arrow at Owain. The Prince, though, had come prepared, and his chain mail stopped the deadly shot. The unforgiving Owain immediately took his revenge and ran his unlucky relative through with a broadsword. Hywel's body was placed - living or dead, accounts vary - in a hollow oak tree on the grounds, and legend has it that his screams were heard on dark nights thereafter...
Guests at Hywel-Sele-Lodge nowadays needn't worry about the ghost of its former inhabitant, though. Far more enticing are the amazing variety of flora and fauna surrounding the property, a sure sign you're in a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). An extensive system of paths and bridleways criss-cross the park, the most popular of which is The Precipice walk. Easily accessible from the Lodge, this circular walk leads guests around the lower slopes of Foel Cynwch, affording superb views over the Mawddach valley and sea beyond. Nearby Coed y Brenin, North Wales’ premier biking centre, offers a variety of cycling trails suitable for all ages and ability levels. The market town of Dolgellau has cosy cafes, quirky craft shops and a pretty town square.
Less than two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Manchester or Birmingham, Hywel-Sele-Lodge is where dreams come to life. It’s an unmissable chance for you to escape the hustle and bustle of 21st Century life, whilst still enjoying all of its sophistication.
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If you dream of a getaway with a glorious setting in beautiful parkland, with quirky architecture and a romantic backstory, then let us share a secret.
Hywel-Sele-Lodge is a superb holiday property in North Wales which fits the bill perfectly. It gives the feeling of being 'away from it all' whilst providing the luxury features that signify deluxe accommodation. It used to be the playground of princes – now it’s your chance to feel like royalty.
Set in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Hywel-Sele-Lodge guards the entrance to the deer park of the Nannau Estate, near Dolgellau. At first glimpse the Lodge seems lost in time, with its castellated facade, gothic mullions and fairytale turret. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were approaching an elaborate folly.
There's natural stonework, leaded arched windows and, beyond, stunning views over the Cader Idris mountain range. Adjacent to the main building, a grand stone archway frames the entrance to the deer park.
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View from the cottage!