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Bear of Amsterdam

Aberdovey | Aberdyfi | Self Catering Holiday Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | Sleeps 4



Bear of Amsterdam - Aberdovey / Aberdyfi

A beautiful apartment overlooking Church Bay in the centre of Aberdyfi / Aberdovey

Self-catering accommodation | Pet-friendly | Sleeps 4

This pet-friendly self-catering apartment overlooks Church Bay in Aberdovey / Aberdyfi where the local fishing boats are moored. With its stunning views over the Dovey Estuary and the Plynlimon mountain range beyond, this apartment is in an ideal location to sit and watch the world go by whatever the weather!

A superb beachside 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.

Further afield you can explore the Ynys-Hir RSPB Reserve which is a wildlife haven in the heart of Wales, made famous by the BBC Spring Watch programme, The Dyfi Osprey Project (please follow the link to watch live:, The Ceredigion Heritage Coast along Cardigan Bay, the Caber Idris mountain range and not forgetting the lakes, small towns and villages, picturesque resorts and harbours.

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.

Sleeps 4 guests in 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom. 

Gas central heating - no double glazing.

First Floor

Entrance Hall - Apartment door opens to stairs up to the first floor (stairs are curved and angled at the top) shower room, open plan living/dining/kitchen area and stairs to the second floor.

Shower Room - Compact shower room (at the top of the stairs) with shower, washbasin & toilet.

Living/Dining Room - 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 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 (beds are 3ft), chest of drawers.

Shower Room - Compact shower room with enclosed shower, washbasin and toilet.

Booking Terms & Conditions



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Aberdyfi / Aberdovey

The picturesque harbour village of Aberdyfi / Aberdovey is renowned for its mild climate, sandy beaches, sailing and a championship 18-hole links golf course (rated in the UK's top 100). The village is often referred to as “an artist's paradise” with its pastel-coloured cottages, small shops, inns and excellent restaurants which specialise in local seafood, all helping to create a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Aberdyfi / Aberdovey boasts some of the finest beaches in Britain, with four miles of golden sand-dune backed shoreline running north to Tywyn, home of the world-famous Talyllyn narrow gauge Steam Railway, crab fishing and the famous Dyfi Donkeys. The beaches are popular with sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and fishermen while the estuary attracts a wide range of water sports enthusiasts.

The peaks of the Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy ranges are within easy reach and are complemented by the charm of the Dyfi, Dysynni and Tal y Llyn valleys nearby. An ideal area for walkers, climbers and wildlife watchers, and a wonderful all-year-round location.


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Information about your holiday accommodation

Booking and Payment

Dyfi Cottages & Aberdyfi Holidays is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the accommodation listed on our websites. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement between you and the property owner. 

For bookings made more than 8 weeks before arrival a 30% deposit (plus the £24 non-refundable booking fee) is required at the time of booking. The balance is then due 8 weeks before the holiday commences.

For bookings made less than 8 weeks before arrival, the total amount is payable (plus the £24 non-refundable booking fee) at the time of booking.

Security Deposits 

Security deposits are not normally required. Please note that guests are still liable for any damage, breakages or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions.

Arrival & Departure times

Arrival time is from 3 pm/ Departure time is no later than 10 am.

Short Breaks

Short breaks are available out of season and can be booked for a minimum of 3 nights from the following days:

  • Saturday to Tuesday for 3 nights
  • Tuesday to Saturday for 4 nights

During November to February, arrival days may be more flexible for last-minute bookings, although these exclude Sundays and any holidays.

Bed Linen & Towels 

Bed linen and towels are provided.

Heating & Electric 

Gas central heating and electric are included in the accommodation price.

Infant facilities 

Sorry, there are no infant facilities available. Guests are very welcome to bring their own travel cot, there is room in the front double bedroom. 


A maximum of two small well-behaved pets are welcome at an additional cost of £20 each. 


There is one free car pass provided in the apartment for the Aberdyfi pay & display car parks. The nearest one is 200m away next to the beach (spaces are subject to availability). The car pass can also be used in the pay & display car park at Penhelig. Sorry, the owner is unable to provide additional car passes.


The Bear of Amsterdam is situated on the seafront near the local pubs, therefore, there can be some associated noise during busier times.

Access, Health and Safety

The maximum occupancy is 4 guests (this does not include an infant in a travel cot).

The main road can get extremely busy, please be mindful of the traffic and be especially cautious when children and pets are exiting the property.

The apartment has steep and curved stairs to the first floor and may be difficult for guests with limited mobility.

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.


To provide you with as much detail of the properties as possible, we sometimes use wide-angle photography, which can make certain rooms or spaces appear larger than they actually are. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Bits & Bobs

  • Saturday change over
  • Short walk to the beach, sea & car park
  • Walking distance to the shops, pubs and restaurants
  • 10% discount in the Bear of Amsterdam Cafe
  • 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)
  • 2 small well behaved pets welcome at a cost of £20 each



Main appliances, furniture and facilities
 Large Leather settee      Halogen Hob  Cafetiere         
 Dining Table & 4 chairs  Dishwasher  Iron & Ironing Board    
 1 Double Bed  Fridge - small freezer compartment  Bed linen & Towels
 2 Single Beds (3ft)  Washer/Dryer  Gas central heating included 
 1 LCD TV  Microwave  Electric included
 1 DVD Player  Toaster  1 x car pass
 Electric Oven  Kettle   2Shower rooms


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, the apartment has been very comfortable and tea downstairs on Friday was delicious. 

Lovely stay, beautiful place. 

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

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. 

Aberdovey is a very special place and being able to stay in a lovely flat on the seafront 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! 

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. 

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. 

Lovely accommodation, fantastic views and great food locally. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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 a wonderful location. Thank you so much. 

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! 

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

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

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) 

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

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 its gorgeous view over the bay. Thank you very much! We hope to visit again. 

What a great place. We will be back soon. 

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!! 

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 hope to come back soon. 

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

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. 

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