Ty Nain, the perfect base to explore the very best of the Llŷn
Published: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Many visitors to the Llŷn Peninsula flock to the popular seaside villages of Abersoch, Nefyn, Aberdaron and Llanbedrog and whilst they will drive to Pwllheli (meaning salt-water pool) for a supermarket trip or a visit to the weekly market at Y Maes (market square), many never explore the nooks and crannies of this fabulous little town. Ty Nain in Pwllheli is a luxury hideaway, a property to enjoy and a great central base to enjoy not just this town, but also the rest of Llŷn.
The first surprise to many guests is the location of Ty Nain. Arriving at the 'Pulrose' roundabout on the A499 you either go straight ahead for Nefyn and the rugged north coast of the peninsula or left towards Abersoch and the sheltered south coast. There is a third exit off this roundabout that many will never have noticed; a delightful driveway leads to the stunning Penmaen Estate. Penmaen, meaning head of the hill, is the perfect description as the vast manor house sits on top of the hill surrounded by 100 acres of well-maintained land and gardens.
Inside, Ty Nain is the ultimate retreat for rest and relaxation. Exquisite throughout, with luxury touches, a feature wood burner, a mezzanine bedroom with opulent wet room and separate sauna. This really could be a contender for Grand Designs. Ty Nain offers the stylish delights of a top quality boutique hotel but with the decadence of having it all to yourself.
Enjoy breakfast on the large sunny patio or stroll into town for breakfast or brunch in one of the independent Cafés in the area or in one of the larger chains. For an authentic taste of local life, try Taro Deg with its fresh offerings from a healthy poached egg on toast to a more hearty start to the morning with a Full Welsh Breakfast. The Welsh language is at the heart of Pwllheli so why not try a 'Bore Da' ('Good morning') or a 'Diolch' (Thank you). It's always appreciated!
The traditional seaside holiday still lives on in Pwllheli. There is a small funfair and arcade with penny slot machines, bumper cars and a ghost train. Fish and chips are available from three outlets and there are just as many ice cream shops: traditional in every way apart from some of the more inventive ice-cream flavours! If you like traditions, then take a trip to Pwllheli cinema. Previously known as the The Town Hall, it started showing films in 1911, in the main auditorium. Now known as Neuadd Dwyfor, it has retained much of its original character whilst offering the latest films.
After a wonderful day out, return to Ty Nain to cook dinner in its stunning kitchen. There are local independent shops to buy your food as well as larger supermarkets. You can buy local on the maes, the village centre: fresh fish, a butcher and a Spar which is well stocked with local produce. There is also the Farmers Wife on the high street for freshly picked fruit and vegetables. After a busy day exploring the area and enjoying a leisurely meal, there is nothing more relaxing that winding down in the sauna, lighting up the feature wood burner, opening up a bottle of wine and enjoying the evening sunshine.
Whilst staying at Ty Nain you can stroll along the Welsh Coastal Path from the sea front in Pwllheli, following the old tramline path to Llanbedrog. Take in the panoramic views of Tremadog Bay and over Cardigan Bay towards the Snowdonia mountain range on your way, before dropping down onto Llanbedrog beach. Whilst there, take in a light lunch at Aqua beach bar or the Café at Plas Glyn y Weddw, before heading back to base.
On another day walk east, passing the architecturally acclaimed Pwllheli Sailing Club, to the long fine stretch of sand at Abererch beach. On your way, you can watch the dinghies racing, keelboats working the westerly winds or power boats with water skiers and wakeboarders riding the waves.
For those wanting a less active holiday, sit back and let the train take the strain on the mainline Cambrian Coast Railway. For a great day out, take the train from Pwllheli to Harlech, Barmouth or Machynlleth (or further afield if you wish), stopping off at some of the historic towns and villages on the way or just enjoy the spectacular views as the train hugs the glorious coastline.
Whatever season you choose and whatever type of holiday you are looking for, Ty Nain is in the perfect location.