Bear of Amsterdam

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Bear of Amsterdam Apartment
Aberdovey / Aberdyfi
LL35 0EF

Change over day - Saturday

Sleeps 4

Pets - Yes*

Short breaks - Yes*

One free car pass

Visit Wales - 4 Star


This beautiful apartment over looks Church Bay where the local fishing boats are moored. With its stunning views over the Dovey Estuary and the Plynlimon mountain range beyond, this apartment is the ideal location to sit and watch the world go by whatever the weather. 

A superb beach side location, with the sea only a stone’s throw away.  In the early morning you can watch the sunrise over the Plynlimon mountain range shimmering off the beautiful Dovey estuary. Miles of sandy beaches are only a minute walk away, with all local amenities within easy reach.

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey beach from above, filmed by Stefano Russello in May 2017: Aberdyfi Beach

The apartment has been modernised to a high standard and comprises of 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, two separate shower rooms, open plan kitchen/dining room and a rear decked area which is accessed from the kitchen.  A 10% discount is available for all food and drink from George and Anna in the restaurant below the apartment.

First Floor

Entrance Hall - Apartment door opens to stairs leading to first floor with shower room, open plan living/dining/kitchen area and stairs to second floor

Shower Room - Enclosed compact shower room, wash basin and toilet

Living/Dining Room - With a large leather settee, small dining table with seating for four people overlooking the harbour, LCD TV with freeview and DVD player

Kitchen - Fully fitted, with dishwasher, under counter fridge with small freezer compartment, built-under electric oven and electric hob, microwave and washer/dryer. French wooden doors lead out to a decked area with seating.

Outside Space - Rear decked area with a small bench

Second Floor

Bedroom 1 - Front double bedroom overlooking the Dovey estuary, chest of drawers and small built in wardrobe
Bedroom 2 - Rear twin bedroom with chest of drawers
Shower Room - Compact shower room with enclosed shower, wash basin and toilet

Infant facilities - Sorry none available. Guests are very welcome to bring their own travel cot

Parking - You may off load your car outside the Bear. There is one free car pass provided in the apartment for the Aberdyfi ‘pay & display' car park (200m next to the beach)

Note to Guests - The road outside the Bear can get quite busy, please be mindful of cars appearing suddenly and be especially cautious when children are exiting the property.

Access - Please contact us immediately if there are any specific needs you may have, including disability needs. It is essential that we are given as much information as possible about your requirements to avoid booking an unsuitable property. Some locations do not lend themselves to easy access and facilities, so please ask first to avoid disappointment. The choice is ultimately the responsibility of the person booking the property, and we cannot be held responsible should a property be booked that is unsuitable or inappropriate.

The apartment is named after The Bear of Amsterdam, a 120 ton Spanish galleon that had escaped Drake’s fleet. The Bear of Amsterdam had staggered up the North sea and around Scotland through the Irish sea, and found safety anchored mid-river in front of where the apartment is now located.  The militia of Merionethshire and Cardiganshire assembled and waited for the opportunity to take or destroy the Spanish vessel. There were no boats available and certainly no cannons to hole her.  So there she swung at anchor with the forces of two countries helplessly standing by, unable to do more than fire the odd musket shot.

With the prevailing winds on this coast being Westerly it was difficult for the galleon to leave the estuary, but after several days of waiting and watching  the winds changed and the Spanish ship was able to sail away over the bar and into open sea, where one of Drake’s ships was waiting to pounce and capture her.

Bits 'n' Bobs

Saturday change over
Arrival time is from 3PM - Departure time is no later than 10AM
Electric & heating included
Close to the beach & sea
Close to shops, pubs and restaurants
10% discount in the Bear of Amsterdam Restaurant
2 Shower rooms
Bed linen & towels provided
Halogen hob, electric oven, dish washer, fridge with small freezer compartment, washer/dryer
Microwave, toaster, kettle, cafetiere, iron & ironing board
LCD TV with freeview & DVD Player
Central heating
Rear decked area
One free car pass provided for the Aberdyfi 'pay & display' car parks (spaces are subject to availability)
*Short breaks available out of season (excluding holidays)
*Up to 2 small well behaved pets welcome at an additional charge of £20 each

For more information and photographs please click on the link to our new website: Dyfi Cottages 
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Comments from the visitors book

An excellent apartment, Anna & George you have thought of everything.  We have had a most enjoyable holiday and look forward to repeating very soon.  Thank you both. 

Thanks for all the great food, we’ve had a lovely week. Hope to see you soon.  

Wow!!! Modern, clean and warm with an exquisite postcard view from every window.  We had a brilliant time in your gorgeous apartment and will be back for sure.

Yet another fabulous break in Aberdyfi made all the better by Anna’s hospitality, George’s Fish and Chips and glorious long hot sunny days on the beach.  See you all again next year!

Thank you for a lovely holiday, apartment has been very comfortable and tea downstairs on Friday was delicious. October 2013

Lovely stay, beautiful place. October 2013

Lovely relaxing week-end - good weather - enjoyed this lovely little apartment. We could look at the view all day!! November 2013

Weeks of relaxation and fabulous views, everything one could wish for. Anna, a wonderful person, nothing too much trouble and her food top class. Thanks for everything. February 2014

Aberdovey is a very special place and being able to stay in a lovely flat on the sea front has made our visit so enjoyable. We have had some wonderful weather for long walks and snuggled up in the flat of  a night. Thank you for a lovely stay! March 2014

We have enjoyed a relaxing short break in our favourite place.......Aberdovey. Anna your apartment is perfect, spotlessly clean and has everything you could need. Thoroughly enjoyed my fish & chips - nobody does fish quite like you. Looking forward to our next visit. March 2014

We all had an absolutely wonderful time. The views from the apartment are just amazing. The apartment is absolutely perfect, spotlessly clean!! Anna's fish & chips were an absolute hit and the best fish & chips we have had in many, many years!! Thank you Anna for everything - w would love to come back again. Easter 2014

Lovely accommodation, fantastic views and great food locally. April 2014

Thank you for another lovely break in your flat, we don't want to go home! I'm sure we will be seeing you again soon as we love Aberdovey. May 2014

Thanks for a lovely stay in your beautiful flat. Great to return to Aberdovey with our 2 year olds and introduce them to our favourite seaside place x. June 2014

Very good week. Weather good. Lovely flat and nice fish & chip. Thank you. June 2014

Great stay with excellent weather. Sandwiches downstairs were lovely. Thanks x. July 2014

We had a wonderful stay with my two children(under 2). Very accommodating for us all. Lots of space to play. Absolutely fantastic accommodation with wonderful location. Thank you so much. July 2014

A lovely surprise - such a great view, clean, pretty and just the place for a week by the seaside! We've had a wonderful holiday! August 2014

We have been very happy here. The apartment is perfectly situated with fantastic views. August 2014

Superb accommodation, fab views, mostly good weather an Anna's lovely food! we have never found such a clean, modern apartment that accepts dogs too, we'll definitely be back again!! August 2014

Another fabulous stay. Weather was mixed but Aberdovey is still a fantastic place to be whatever the weather. Long walks on the beach, finished off with Anna's fabulous food! (all staff lovely & friendly) August 2014

Another lovely week here in Aberdovey. Nothing has changed, all the fantastic scenery and long walks really makes for a good holiday. Hop to come back again. September 2014

We have enjoyed a wonderful week in Aberdovey  - lovely beaches and a fantastic coastal walk! We have been really delighted with the lovely apartment with it's gorgeous view over the bay. Thank you vey much! We hope to visit again. September 2014

What a great place. We will be back soon. October 2014

Superb relaxing 10 days. Cresco loved his first holiday on the beach. Very comfortable accommodation with spectacular views whatever the weather. Everything in the apartment we could possibly need - brilliant time - Thank you. Excellent service and fully agree with the locals that the Bear of Amsterdam provides the best fish & chips in Aberdyfi!! October 2014

I would love to take the view home with me but it won't fit in the car. Lovely flat, good kitchen to cook the excellent meat from Martin the butcher, and pub next door is rather useful. I hop to come back soon. December 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful stay. Accommodation very clean & "homely". Lovely views to wake up to every morning. Would love to return. Thank you. December 2014

So glad to be back again. A wonderful flat, what more could one wish for. My love and thanks, see you soon - hopefully in September but definitely next February. February 2015


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