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As anyone who lives here already knows, there are so many beautiful things about Snowdonia and North Wales that residing here can never be taken for granted.

The area is popular with visitors not only due to the spectacular scenery but because it provides an escape from the bustle of metropolitan towns and cities. As this area caters so well for tourists, the leisure and entertainment facilities also benefit our local community so there is lots to do both indoors and out for all ages and abilities.

We live amongst an area of magnificent unspoiled natural scenery that extends all around Snowdonia. There is an abundance of wildlife and landscape encompassing lakes, rivers, woodland, mountains and the wide range of outdoor recreational activities available means North Wales is fast being established as the Adventure Capital of the UK.

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The western coastline has some small sheltered harbours and miles of wonderful beaches many holding Blue Flag status and offering views of spectacular sunsets. When the water is calm you may even be lucky enough to see some of the dolphins as they leisurely make their way through the waters of Cardigan Bay.

Inland there are hamlets, villages and market towns nestling amongst the mountainous terrain. This is an area where community spirit thrives in close knit neighbourhoods. North Wales is a heartland of the Welsh language and Welsh culture can be seen and heard every day. You can’t go anywhere without bumping into a rugby fan and local teams have plenty of support within the community. Passions run high and the national sport is a hot topic especially when games are broadcast in local pubs and inns.

Our area has particularly low crime and very little traffic congestion. Nonetheless, however protected and unspoilt things are here it’s impossible to hold back progress and good improvements are propelling the area into the future. With a whopping £57 million pounds of UK Government funding in the Superfast Cymru project to deliver superfast broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Wales by the end of 2015, we are one of the lucky areas to be at the front of the queue.

If you are looking to raise a family in this safe and friendly area, we have some great schools, rated from Good to Outstanding. Our amenity data feature, which is linked to each property on our website will tell which ones are closest to any property you are interested in, including their OFSTED report.

Our road and rail links are improving year by year and we are within easy reach of larger towns and cities. The Cambrian Coast Railway Line which runs south to Machynlleth with connecting services to Birmingham and London and north through Porthmadog to Pwllheli provides travellers with breath taking views along the route. The stunning Barmouth bridge which crosses the estuary is one of the railways many highlights and there is also a new bridge crossing the Dwyryd estuary near Porthmadog.

With Snowdonia National Park as our backdrop, hiking, biking, walking, climbing and fell running are a few of the year round activities enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike. Blaenau Ffestiniog has a thrilling zip wire and downhill bike track, Bala offers white water kayaking and sailing. Barmouth wouldn’t be a traditional seaside town without a fish and chip shop and there are several, including The Mermaid which was recently voted the best in the whole of North Wales. Barmouths’ heritage trail unveils the rich seafaring origins and ship building history of the town. The autumn walking festival is another weeklong event not to be missed. Further north, Harlech castle looks out over the splendid Royal St David’s links golf course. Going up the coast slightly, Portmeirion, the setting for “The Prisoner” is so famous it’s always high on the to do list and Festival Number 6 held there is a fast growing end of season music attraction.

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Dolgellau with its high density of over 200 listed buildings is not only an ideal base in the foothills of Cader Idris but also very handy for visiting nearby Coed y Brenin and the miles of forestry mountain bike trails suitable for all abilities. Not far north of Coed y Brenin, Trawsfynydd Lake is another of the latest attractions for fishing and boating and now offers a new cycle trail, visitor centre and cafe. The harbour town of Porthmadog is particularly special for steam railway enthusiasts. It’s home to both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Further along the coast towards the Lleyn Peninsula there is more superb coastline and the Wales Coast Path takes you to picturesque Criccieth and its historic castle, long beach and the original Cadwaladers ice cream shop.

We know that moving house can be an extremely daunting prospect but all of our friendly and helpful staff have lived and worked in the area for many years and can give you lots of advice and recommend many local businesses that can help you if you need them. We’ve used a lot of them ourselves so we know we can trust them!