Hafod-y-Nant and Bryn Celyn Bellaf are both located in one of Lleyn’s most beautiful areas, with its sandy beaches, rugged coastline, remote headlands and fantastic wildlife, yet within easy reach of popular Abersoch’s varied amenities, and with the larger town of Pwllheli just a short drive away. The area is part of the larger Llyn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a fitting designation for this beautiful part of Wales.
Abersoch’s several award-winning beaches are extremely popular and offer full amenities for all the family, while those seeking quieter and more remote bathing will find Porth Ceiriad - just a short walk from Bryn Celyn Bellaf - ideal. Hafod-y-Nant is located right on the edge of Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth Bay), a four-mile-long surfer’s dream beach.
This part of Lleyn is popular, too, for other watersports including sailing, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, water-skiing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, powerboating and windsurfing. There are local training schools which offer instruction in many of these activities and also hire out watersports equipment.
Walking and the Wales Coastal Path
This part of Lleyn really is a walker’s paradise. The long-distance Wales Coastal Path passes within easy reach of both properties, and this part of the path is particularly exciting as it follows the wild and rugged headlands of Cilan and Trwyn-y-Wylfa, giving beautiful and far-reaching sea views westwards to the very tip of Lleyn at Bardsey Island, and eastwards to the cloud-capped mountains of Snowdonia. The area is also blessed with a fine network of well-tended public footpaths and byways criss-crossing the area.
Both cottages are ideal for those who enjoy watching wildlife, as they are set in natural surroundings which encourage wildflowers, birdlife, butterflies and mammals. Dolphin, seals and porpoise are frequently seen from the coast in the seas off this part of Lleyn.
Heritage and history
The Lleyn is an ancient place, and its beautiful and interesting old villages, churches, cottages, wells and many other aspects of the area’s past tell a long and rich story. Even the fascinating place-names give a colourful insight into the life and times of ancient Lleyn. It makes an ideal area for those who love to explore our ancient past.
Bardsey Island - Ynys Enlli
The mysterious, beautiful and holy island of Bardsey - seen from Hafod-y-Nant - sits in the sea beyond Aberdaron at the extreme western tip of Lleyn, a short drive from Cilan. This place of ancient pilgrimage, with its monastic site and saintly associations, has long been the destination for those seeking spiritual fulfilment. It is also a popular place for bird-watchers, and for those who simply want to get away for a while from mainland life. Regular boat-trips carry passengers and pilgrims across the Sound for a day on the island, and can be booked in advance.
Abersoch boasts an excellent variety of both independent and high street shops, and is especially well regarded for its many clothes-shops specialising in summer wear and beach wear for all tastes. Summer beach accessories are also provided for, and especially all those items needed for ‘a day by the sea’. There are also many craft shops, gift shops, and of course those selling basic holiday essentials. Larger stores can be found just a short drive away in nearby Pwllheli.
The area has a wonderful range of cafes, pubs and restaurants offering variety to suit every taste and for every occasion. Abersoch itself offers Thai, Mexican, Indian, Tapas, Italian and of course
traditional British restaurants, while local pubs are popular for all. Takeaways are popular for an ‘instant bite’, and there are beachfront cafes for those who need refreshments while spending a
day on the sands or in the water.