STAY : NOOK, BEDDGELERT IN SNOWDONIA

The best films, books or pieces of music are often so special that they render you unable to explain why they are so good. The same can be said for Nook in Snowdonia. But, a wordless guide is of no use to anyone.

WINDOW IN A COTTAGE WITH WHITE WASHED WALLS

Nook lies on the outskirts of Beddgelert and the drive to the property takes you down a beautifully winding lane, flanked by Cnicht on one side and Snowdon on the other.

LEAFY COUNTRY LANE

ABOUT NOOK

The house lies in a valley, surrounded by woodland, the mountains and streams and we were greeted by birds of prey circling above and a rolling road block of sheep. Nook is owned by Nick and Charlotte and they as a family and their story are equally as special as the place itself. Having wanted to give their first son a childhood ‘full of slow adventures, where less is more and they gathered experiences instead of things’ they moved from East London and made this former cattle and sheep farm their new home. As a family, they have an exceptional warmth, calm and kindness and they have made Nook a truly magical place to stay.

WHITE WASHED FARM COTTAGE IN SNOWDONIA

WHITE WASHED FARM COTTAGE IN SNOWDONIA

NEW BALANCE HIKING BOOTS AND WELLIES ON DOORMAT

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING AND I MUST GO FRAMED PRINT

TREE PRINT AND POLER STUFF BACKPACK

WELSH BLANKET

FERNS GROWING AGAINST DRY STONE WALL

DRY STONE WALLED GARDEN

FARMHOUSE COTTAGE IN MOUNTAINS NEAR BEDDGELERT SNOWDONIA

FACILITIES AT NOOK

Nook is a perfect base in the centre of Snowdonia for those looking to explore the area. In our case, it was somewhere to slow down and live simply for a few days. Or as simply and as slowly as you can do with two boys under 2.

Nook has three bedrooms and sleeps 6 (1 double / 1 twin room / 1 bunkbed) and has everything you would need, especially a young family.

TREE PRINTS AND WELSH WOOL BLANKETS

OLD SASH WINDOWS AND WHITE WASHED WALLS IN FARMHOUSE COTTAGE

WOODEN BUNKBEDS

ROALD DAHL BOOKS ON BOOKSHELF

OLD SASH WINDOWS AND WHITE WASHED WALLS IN FARMHOUSE COTTAGE

As our youngest is still a baby, it’s always a worry whether places we visit have facilities such as a bath, microwave and dishwasher for bottles but Nook had everything we needed and more. They had even supplied child friendly plates, cups and cutlery and a highchair in advance of our arrival. It has a kitchen full of character that looks out on to the woodland. Nick and Charlotte had also kindly installed a baby gate for Arthur’s room and put a travel cot up in case we needed it. For the adults, a couple of locally made ale and Welsh cakes on arrival was a really thoughtful touch.

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN WITH FLAGSTONE FLOOR

WILD HORSE BREWING COMPANY BEER AND MWS PIWS BEER

WOOD BURNING STOVE IN FARMHOUSE KICTHEN

OLD TYME BULLDOG ASLEEP

The living room was a welcoming space with a log burner, a thick Welsh blanket and a library of books and films suitable for everyone. While there was WIFI available, I made the decision to put my phone on airplane mode for the whole two days; something I don’t think I’ve ever done before. It was strange but liberating to be cut off and to read books and wander with notifications and emails taking my attention.

COTTAGE WITH WHITE WASHED WALLS AND LOG BURNER

JOURNAL MAGAZINE WITH ERNEST MAGAZINE AND CONSOLATIONS OF THE FOREST BOOK BY SYLVAIN TESSON

There are 2 bathrooms too so if you’re part of a group you can avoid those early morning shower disagreements.

FARMHOUSE BATHROOM

FARMHOUSE COTTAGE BATHROOM

OUTSIDE OF NOOK

Nook sits in 90 acres of land and the outside space provides a magical playground, not just for children but adults too. A walled orchard at the back of the kitchen is a perfect space for kids or dogs to roam and run safely while you cook, whilst outside the front of the property there is a climbing frame with swings and down at the river’s edge is a fire pit and den; a perfect hideout for the children or late night speakeasy for adults!

WALLED GARDEN WITH ORCHARD

WOODEN DEN NEAR RIVER WITH CHILD PLAYING

WOODEN DEN NEAR RIVER WITH CHILD PLAYING

WOODEN DEN NEAR RIVER WITH CHILD PLAYING

At the back of the cottage there is even a secret hot-tub hidden away in the Orchard Room that’s perfect after a day out climbing in the mountains.

HOT TUB IN FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

The outside space at the back of the house made for a perfect spot for lunch or exploring before bed. Arthur and I went hunting for bugs in the grass and one evening sat listening to the hoots of owls and watched the bats circling above us. Having read about these in books, seeing his face as he experienced these things at first hand was wonderful.

NOOK SNOWDONIA COTTAGE

NOOK SNOWDONIA COTTAGE

We decided to take it very easy during our stay but there are endless opportunities to explore and some amazing places to eat.

Nook is an incredible place, owned by a couple who have taken the brave leap of changing their family’s lives. However, they are also passionate about sharing it with others. In their own words, ‘This is our adventure but the cottage means we can offer others this amazing place as a basecamp for their own adventures too.’

Can I tell you exactly what it was that I loved about Nook? I honesty wouldn’t know how to. What I do know is that it had a profound impact on all of us as a family and it was with sadness that we left but also with a certainty that we would return. Maybe next weekend. And the weekend after that.

To find out more and to book, please visit their website here or their Instagram account @nooksnowdonia

For more suggestions of places to STAY, please see our suggestions here

1 Comment

  1. Niall
    02/06/2018 / 6:17 am

    This place looks amazing. I love the interior and it’s in a wonderful location.

    Great words Huw, makes me want to visit.

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