Holiday home Cefn-Yr-Efail is a superb converted Smithy in the hamlet of Golan near to the harbour town of Porthmadog on the North West coast of Wales. It has been renovated to a very high standard and can sleep eight people in its four bedrooms that are made up of three doubles (one with ensuite) and one twin. The cottage also has a ground floor family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. There is a gorgeous, fitted farmhouse kitchen with a dining area as well as a spacious living room with a flame-effect electric fire. To the outside of the cottage is ample off road parking and a garden with decking, a gravelled area, a lawned area with outside furniture, all with stunning mountain views. Cefn-Yr-Efail is a lovely holiday cottage and is located in a wonderful part of North Wales making it the perfect location to spend a holiday exploring all that this region has to offer.
Area The harbour town of Porthmadog lies on the Glaslyn Estuary and enjoys a stunning setting and is known as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. Porthmadog is full of individual shops and restaurants, and is home to the Ffestiniog Railway, where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The well known Italienate villageof Portmeirion is just down the coast. Situated on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula, Portmeirion is famous as the location of the TV show The Prisoner and the final episode of Cold Feet, and is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and woodlands. The area also boasts castles at Criccieth and Harlech, and superb unspoilt beaches such as Black Rock Sands, where the sands stretch as far as the eye can see.
Region Famous for its choirs, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful valleys, this wonderful country has something for everyone. From Snowdonia in North Wales to the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast in the South.
Amenities Oil central heating with electric fire in sitting area. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs, 2 with Sky, 2 x DVD players, WiFi, books/games/DVDs. Fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair & stairgate. Off road parking for 4 cars. Garden with decking, gravelled area, lawned area, furniture, & mountain views. One well-behaved pet welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops & pubs 2.5 miles.
Ground floor spacious and excellent layout.. very well equipped kitchen. All fixtures and fittings were good quality. Upstairs unusual layout, 2 bedrooms have reduced head height.
Mrs Bowring, September 2020
Gwyn is a fantastic host and a really nice guy who made us feel at home as soon as we arrived.. The property is in wonderful surroundings within easy distance of Porthmadog, Criccieth, shops etc. The facilities are great, modern, spacious and of a high standard throughout. The deck area is a delight and we spent most evenings and every breakfast out there enjoying the wonderful views. Highly recommended, although the posting showed and mentioned a BBQ which wasn't there - it didn't in any way affect us but for those planning to come you should know
Mr Sherrington, August 2020
Very nice cottage and very warm and the owner was extremely nice guy to talk to would go again in fact we are next year
So, we booked the cottage for a party of seven, all family. The pictures are accurate but unfortunately we were disappointed by the small things which would have made this a fab holiday. I am only reviewing this way as I am hoping that these things will be improved by the owner and will help future guests!
The location is great and the views from the cottage are lovely!
The kitchen is well equipped and has all the mod cons, however the beds and bedding are very tired, the double in the attic room is especially worn out and my daughter and son in law said they could feel every spring.
The quilts and pillows are absolutely ancient and very worn out, (see pictures) there is a note in the cottage asking to strip the beds which were used and when I did I had to take the pictures which I'm posting! These things are not expensive to replace and for the cost of the cottage should be done immediately. The cleaning of the cottage also leaves something to be desired especially the En-suite bathroom (see pictures) The floors are very creaky and noisy and as soon as anyone steps out of bed the entire house hold is awake!
The cottage was exactly what we needed! It was comfortable and had everything we needed to relax - including a hot tub! We even got complementary fresh eggs! We loved our stay.
Beautiful location,plenty of room,good facilities,friendly owner,even had fresh eggs on arrival,will definitely book this cottage again..
The owner is a really nice man, makes you feel very welcome
Cefn yr Efail is a lovely, comfortable , spacious converted barn and is an excellent base for a trip to all of Snowdonia (take a trip a mile down the road to Ynyspandy Slate Mill! Only one thing to be aware of is that one of the upstairs bedrooms is a through route to the other (though Gwyn, the caretaker did inform me of this beforehand). This is OK with family and friends but i had a group of people unfamiliar with each other so this 'middle' room isn't ideal. The beds are noticably inferior in this room too - it seems that it's the one the owners forgot! But overall a great place and would gladly go back. The complementary eggs on arrival are nice too.
A wonderful week spent in Snowdonia for a special family celebration.. Cefn-Yr-Efail proved to be the perfect holiday home for this occasion - well located, spacious, modern with a brilliant sociable kitchen / dining room that served as the central hub of the house. Easy to book and good ongoing communication regarding our booking - I would definitely recommend and again use Sykes and Cefn-Yr-Efail.
Fantastic location and within easy reach of beaches, local pubs and attractions.
We were met by Gwyn who is lovely and very welcoming, and the cottage itself was superbly laid out and although we were only a party of 4 I think even 8 here would find the place very generously sized.
It is dog friendly and our collie was quite safely contained with the garden areas and could be left to look after himself with no concerns.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great place to stay in the area and we will definitely be back.
Beautiful cottage with wonderful views.. Cottage decorated to a high standard but could benefit from some rugs on the floors as makes it a little stark. Also was expecting linen which was provided to be changed during our stay as was for two weeks. Otherwise perfect.
All though the property was good overall a lot of the pots /pans etc are badly in need of replacement, fridge in kitchen is old and not fit for food (ok for bottles/tins) and should be replaced, a lick of paint would do wonders, also worth pointing out to people that the mobile phone signal is really poor.. Sky t.v signal very weak.
We had a lovely week.. Gwyn, the owner, is a pleasant chap who was very welcoming and we appreciated the dozen newly laid free range eggs he left for us. The building is very spacious and had everything we needed. With a 2 year old in tow, the enclosed garden & decking area was great, he could be left to run with no worries of him escaping.
The location is very quiet, the only noise was the occasional tractor and the views of the surrounding hills was superb. The weather certainly helped being hotter than usual for the week and this proved to be an ideal base from which to explore the many places of interest this area has to offer. All in all a good experience and would certainly recommend to anyone.
We have sadly just returned from a week at this property,we did not want to leave and I still wish I was back there!!
It is a beautiful big house in a stunning quiet location.
Gwyn who looks after the property is a true gentlemen, he brought us fresh eggs on our arrival day and was on hand if ever we needed anything even extending his kindness to picking up me and the husband when we got stranded in bedgellert after a walk went wrong.
The area is amazing, loads to do all around no matter what you want to do-we had 3 great days walking and spent then other 4 doing tourist things such as black rock sands, Harlech, bangor and criccieth and there is still plenty more we plan on returning to do.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and we very much plan on returning in the future. Highly recommend and once again thanks gwyn hope to see you again soon.
Great value for money and a perfect location.. We would recommend this property to anyone wanting to stay around the Snowdonia area. Great for both parties and families alike.
The actual building is really nice, however, 3 of the upstairs bedrooms have extremely restricted height, I'm 6ft 2 so don't expect to be jumping on pogo sticks in many rooms but the ceiling must be closer to 5ft 12 in the middle with a steep attic drop to both sides, leaving just a narrow 2 foot or so down the centre to walk.. Walking upstairs caused creaking in the floorboards so badly that it woke people down in the downstairs bedroom. Walking was inevitable if you needed the loo as besides the one en-suite the other two upstairs rooms had to walk the full length of the building to get to the stairs to go down to the downstairs loo.
The double bed upstairs in the end room had no cover on the mattress, luckily we had a blanket with us, I presume just an oversight on the cleaners behalf.
The downstairs bath wouldn't get warm and when the nozzles shot out when they were switched on, so the bath was abandoned in favour of the shower.
Overall the building is lovely, the guy who handled the key on arrival day was great, the location is great too.
I figured for the price paid it was overpriced to say the arrival time was so late and the departure time so early, however we DID have the whole family there and the place wasn't cramped so not all bad by all means.
Just superb - the cottage was excellent and all eight of us and the dog had a fabulous time exploring the countryside, mountains and coastline near Porthmadog! Highly recommend to everyone.
Lovely cottage.. Very helpful gentleman who lived across the road. Clean and spacious for a family. Lovely bathrooms. A washer and drier was really useful.
Very spacious cottage with great views.. Gwyn made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend it, we had a wonderful holiday here.
/01/17.This is the third time we have stopped in this beautifully equipped barn/cottage For my husbands Birthday weekends.
The Owners Father Gwyn is a true Gentleman brings you fresh eggs and some beautiful stories of the local area love chatting to him!
The c;ottage/Barn is always clean on arrival to the highest of standards! with lots of added extras.
Best nights sleep ever in this peaceful retreat just outside Porthmadog .
Very spacious living room dinning area in fact spacious throughout!
Best equipped kitchen in any Cottage /Barn rental we have ever stopped in throughout the U.K.
Amazing utility room washer dryer another fridge /freezer iron ironing board.mop brush hoover
Comfortable and relaxing just what we needed nice winter break after the mad rush of Christmas.
Off road parking. Safe enclosed garden area .
Even our dog loves it here lots of country lane walks!
Already booked for next year!
Highly recommended so what you waiting for for get booking!
Go for midnight walk and check out them star's!!
Thank you & See you again next year!
We have stayed at this cottage now for the 3rd time it is a amazing place couldnt fault it. The views are beautiful and the owners father is lovely and very helpful we had a fantastic christmas there the house was very luxurious and spacious. We are very much looking forward to another christmas this year.
Would recommend this highly to anyone was the perfect break just what we all needed
Me and my family visited this barn, and it was just what we were after.
Great location right near portmadog, criccieth but a in a nice secluded location in the hills offering a perfect retreat.
It has everything you'll need in a holiday home and is presented to a high standard.
The owners father lives opposite and is very welcoming, offering fresh eggs on arrival. A nice touch.
We enjoyed our stay and will defiantly be returning as in my opinion there is no better base to explore North Wales.
We booked this cottage as it was a special family birthday and the property description and visitor reviews suggested it was an exceptional place to stay. The owners father who lives next door is delightful and was very welcoming and presented us with a dozen fresh eggs on arrival. He did say that internally it needs some painting and that the dining chairs could do with replacing. Clearly when the property was first renovated it must have been beautiful and luxurious. However, we found it requiring quite a bit of TLC, the Jacuzzi, from what we could tell in the visitor book had not been working for several weeks and the toilet seat in en-suite was broken. The mattress covers on two of the the 3 double beds were stained as were a number of pillows which had no pillow protectors on them, my son in law had to sleep in a single bed for the duration of the holiday as he felt a spring coming through one of the upstairs double beds and the down stairs double bed mattress was worn and torn. Maybe our standards are too high, but as lovely as the location is and the welcome we received we would unfortunately not book this again or recommend it to friends unless it had some money spent on the property internally.
My family and my dog had a lovely stay in Cefn-Yr-Efail. The owner was so welcoming and kind, and the house was lovely and so big (the pictures do not show how large the rooms are). We had a lovely time exploring the surrounding area and would definitely recommend this cottage to everyone.
What a great place to stay. Well laid out inside with plenty of space and a really good heating system. Lovely views to the North. Only a couple of miles to two great pubs and a good chip shop all at Tremadog. Gwyn gave us a warm welcome............and even supplied some eggs, thank you. Good place to stay for Porthmadog (Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways), Ciccieth, Llyn Peninsula, Beddgelert and Snowdon. Would definitely stay again.
The cottage was one, if not the best we have rented, the group were delighted. Walking from the venue was easy with a lake/reservoir and an old slate mill to explore. Porthmadog is easy to reach only a couple of miles away. We will definitely be looking to come back again.
Loved this beautiful place, it exceeded our expectations. All rooms were huge, clean, very comfortable and we had an excellent stay.
Lovely quiet spot, just a few cottages close by. It was lovely to sit out on the decking in the evenings, with a glass of wine, enjoying the scenery and setting sun. Very comfortable, spacious and clean cottage.
The scenery around the cottage is stunning and is a great base for exploring the area. The cottage was very spacious, warm and comfortable. The jacuzzi bath was very relaxing after long walks with the dog. We will definitely be returning.
The house was more than perfect!
Went with friends for New Year. The cottage was spacious for 8 adults and because of this we ate in more than we had anticipated. The house was in a fab location with beautiful views all around but yet close enough to amenities.
Cottage was very spacious and comfortable and also in an excellent location for exploring the area. The owner was very helpful and amenable. All in all we had a fantastic holiday, weather was great and the kids loved the cottage too. We would recommend this cottage to our friends.
Beautiful setting, so spacious, plenty of off road parking, great for walking and not a long driving distance to the shops or beach. Having the lovely owner on hand to welcome you in and to help you with any questions. We went with our children and partners and grandchildren they all loved it and so did we. Thank you!
Lovely cottage with excellent views. Good location. Very peaceful. Enclosed garden was good for children. Would definitely stay there again.
The house was excellent, I could not fault it, the photos do not do it justice. Every room in the house is so spacious and comfortable. We also loved where the house was situated, with every town within reach.
The cottage is amazing, better than the pictures showed, didn't think that was possible! Lovely views from the cottage! Great location I would recommend this cottage to anyone!
We liked the tranquillity of the cottage, the sheep in the nearby field, the helpfulness of the owner, the space - both inside and out! It was close to Porthmadog and was the perfect location to visit Portmeirion, beaches, castles and Snowdon! Wonderful!
We loved the barn. It was close to all amenities. Cannot wait to go back.
Superb location. Excellent property. We loved it.
A pleasant property, quiet and peaceful, with lovely scenic views.
The house was amazing, the views were beautiful. We went with our children and their spouses it was the perfect getaway, nothing was too far away and you could do as much or as little as you wanted. The house was lovely and big so although there was eight of us it never seemed crowded. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful and just a couple of minutes in the car to Porthmadog for groceries, pub etc. Will be back.
Everything about this cottage was perfect. It was beautifully furnished and such a great size. We stayed here for a family get together with 8 adults. Kitchen and dining area very spacious and great for socialising. Utility room to wash and dry our hiking gear. A fabulous downstairs bathroom and a great living room with a huge TV. Lovely area outside - not warm enough for us to sit outside but can imagine how nice it would be in summer. I took so many things I simply didn't need so it was like being home from home. Very clean and tidy upon arrival. would definitely go again. Gwynn, the owners son was extremely friendly and informative. It was nice to see the photos of how the barn was developed.
Beautiful house, beautiful views, easy access to attractions. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful. This house is in the perfect location, no matter what type of holiday you're looking for, will be returning next year.
The owner was very friendly and helpful. The location was quite good, close to shops and beaches. Good for walking and cycling. We would certainly recommend it to anyone.
A warm "home from home" which was clean and welcoming on arrival.
We arrived in the dark (mid October) and found the property easily after receiving good directions from the property owner. The house was warm and inviting with lots of space for four adults and two teenage children.
We thoroughly enjoyed using the house as a base to explore mid Wales and found it very welcoming to return to after a long day out and about! The beds were clean and comfortable and the kitchen was equipped with all the usual items plus a few extras like a coffee maker. A short (10 mins approx) drive to Porthmadog provided a supermarket and lots of local businesses for food, gifts, local take aways and some interesting shops to browse through. Market day was Friday with approx 18 to 20 stalls.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cefn-yr-efail and would recommend the property to anyone who has a larger party of travellers!
The amount of space inside the house and the fantastic heating system. The owner was also very attentive and called round to make sure everything was to our liking. Only a 10 minute drive to the centre of Porthmadog.
Yet another fantastic stay at this wonderful cottage, it really did feel like coming home. Our host was brilliant and the eggs were a nice touch. A great time was had by all, great cottage, great location, great scenery!
We stayed at this house for a week with friends and children. We had typical welsh weather but this didn't seem to matter. We cooked, played games, snuggled up and watched films. Night times were so cosy. Once we'd put the kids to bed, we cracked open the wine, relaxed, chatted and popped the Pringles. One of the evenings we had a chinese takeaway from Portmafog town 5 minutes away. When the sun came out it was time to head to Black Rock sands with the buckets and spades. Harlech castle is 20 minutes away and Portmerion 10 minutes. Sometimes it was just nice to open the gate and walk up the quiet lanes outside the house. The views were beautiful, especially from the king sized bedroom. The kitchen is perfect for a larger group, it's modern and lush with a large table seating 6-8. We did our washing at the property so the suitcase was full of nice clean washing to take home. There is a double bedroom and a very large bathroom/shower/toilet on the ground floor should guests have disabilities.
A beautiful clean modern cottage.
We liked the friendliness and helpfulness of the property's caretaker, and the locality of the property to all of the major Snowdonia attractions. We also liked the overall quality and standard of the property itself, and the information given prior to the holiday.
The location of the property was just what we hoped for. The layout of the property was brilliant for us as there were 3 generations on holiday together. It was close to Porthmadog for the beaches, golf course and shopping but we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the countryside.
We had such an amazing week with our friends and small children. Our host was lovely and friendly. It felt like a home from home only better!
The space the cottage provided. The quality of the furniture and fittings.
The friendly welcome. A helpful and accommodating manager on hand.
This is a beautifully decorated and furnished large holiday home in a fantastic location. The help we got before arriving, and the welcome we received was excellent - there was a pint of milk waiting for us and the house was warm and welcoming. The younger members of the group really appreciated the huge t.v. and comfortable sofas,we loved the whirlpool bath. Lovely views all around, with good walking on the doorstep and if you're lucky with the weather, perfect for stargazing. Close to the beaches and attractions of North Wales including Portmeirion only 10 minutes drive away. We will definitely stay there again, there is so much more to see and do in the area and it's a great house to come home to after a busy day. As the building is old it did creak a bit during the night as it settled, but we think that this was because of the heating (we were there in January) and probably wouldn't be a problem in the summer.
Fantastic cottage in a brilliant location, with ruins, mountains and quarries all within walking distance.
The owner was extremely welcoming and helpful and we couldn't fault this holiday at all. The nicest place I've ever stayed by far.
We really enjoyed the secluded location, with easy access to some beautiful areas. The comfortable living room and enormous T.V. was a hit with the kids. The caretaker was on hand to help us, and came in to switch on the lights before we arrived. The bottle of milk which he provided in case we forgot was a particularly nice touch.
The six of us visited in October 2011. As soon as we opend the door we were all very suprised on how clean and modern the barn converion was.
We later met the owner and found him to be very helpfull.
I would not hesitate on reccommending this property to anyone!
A+++ all the way!!!
The Holiday provided a good opportunity to find out about North Wales which was unknown to several in our party i.e. Snowdon, Betsy-Coed, the Slate caverns, Ospreys, the beauty of North Wales and the excellence of the beaches. The Home wasm very good with great information and help from our Host.
First time using Sykes and it was a success. All of the children had a great time, there was plenty of space in the house and it had everything for a big family holiday home.
Cefn-Yr-Efail is a superb place to stay and we had a great time. The place was furnished to a high standard and had everything we needed.
We received a warm welcome from the owner's father. Lovely decor and attention to all comforts in the cottage. The cottage was stylish, warm and as good as home for our stay. The views and location were exceptional. Our two dogs were welcomed and the garden was safe and dog-proof so we had no worries of escape!
Our holiday was fantastic and we would love to stay there again.
The owner was very friendly and helpful. The property was very spacious, clean and beautifully situated. We will certainly use your company again and hopefully visit this property again.
Perfect house and location for a family get together. Owner was very friendly and helpful.
Our holiday was excellent, the cottage was absolutely immaculate. It's a brilliant location for seeing this part of Wales and even if you stayed indoors there are fantastic views of the countryside and mountains from the windows.
Fantastic house, really enjoyed our stay. It was perfect for our needs - we stayed in and cooked each night as we had an 18 month old toddler with us (who loved all the space). The landlord was very nice; left milk, fruit, etc for us which was appreciated. Overall, excellent standard.
Lovely location. Countryside walks from the door and beach about 5 mins in the car. Comfortable cottage with friendly owner.
This house is AMAZING! The photos do not do it justice. It is much bigger than it looks and much more luxurious! Great value too.
Excellent cottage, superb decor - very modern but very cosy and homely at the same time. Excellent location, away from it all but close enough to all amenities and attractions.
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