Cefn Coch Isaf

Cwmystradllyn near Porthmadog, Wales (Ref. 1242)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Sky TV
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The property

Porthmadog 4 miles. A 17th century stone-built cottage, in a quiet location adjoining the owners' home and set in four acres of garden and woodland just three miles from the little village of Tremadog. Well furnished throughout, with an abundance of oak beams and rafters, a lovely exposed chimney breast, fantastic slate floor and the original, steep and narrow wooden staircase with a 180-degree bend, this cottage is full of character. An ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts and close to a Sustrans cycle route, this is the perfect location for a romantic holiday, surrounded by wonderful mountains, valleys and lakes, and just 3 miles from the Welsh Highland Railway.


One charming double bedroom with exposed oak beams and wooden floor. Ground floor shower room with basin, WC and open walk-in shower (please note this room is small). Modern galley-style kitchen. Cosy sitting room with dining area, slate flooring and exposed beams.


  • Oil central heating with radiators in bedroom and underfloor heating on ground floor
  • Electric hob, combination microwave (inc. oven and grill), fridge, TV with Sky FreeSat, DVD player, stereo/CD player
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • On-site parking for 2 cars
  • Secure, covered area for bikes
  • Gravelled sitting area at front of cottage with garden furniture, shared use of owner's lawn
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £20 per week (dogs must be kept on a lead at all times)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: In keeping with a 400-year old cottage, please note the bedroom is accessed by a steep spiral staircase
  • Note: This cottage does not accept infants.

Note: This cottage does not accept infants.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Idyllic Retreat”
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    • “This beautifully decorated 16th century cottage is set in the most tranquil setting in the Cwmystrallyn countryside. The cottage adjoins the owners property but with several feet of stone wall separating you the only noise you can hear is birdsong, and if you are very lucky an owl at night. The lounge is very spacious and incorporates dining table and chairs. The kitchen is well stocked with good quality equipment and everything you need to enjoy your break there. There is no oven but there are full simple instructions booklet for the convection/microwave there and we cooked a roast dinner successfully and used it frequently, so please don't let it put you off. The hob heats up really quickly and we have had a few cooked breakfasts during our stay! The bathroom was adequate and yes it is a wet room as such, but soon dries out, with a little ventilation. We sat outside where bistro table and chairs provided, and just enjoyed the lovely weather and a well earned drink, all in a totally private and peaceful garden. The upstairs again is very spacious, providing you with a comfortable bed and all the storage needed to enjoy your stay. Yes the stairs are steep but you do have solid supports to help you up the stairs. Throughout the property there are rustic beams which enhance your stay at this beautiful quaint cottage. So basically, if you are wanting to away from it all for a while, why not give it a go? We have come back feeling very refreshed. Thanks to the owners for giving so much detailed thought to the set up of this gem.”

    Ann M, North Wales, September 2015

    • “Lovely cottage set in a beautiful garden”
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    • “This lovely cottage is well set up with great attention to the comfort of those renting it. There is ample room for 2 couples and a single with a large lounge area, large kitchen dining and everything needed to cook your own meals – or not as you so desire. There is two bathrooms provided. To the rear is a lovely garden which on a warm day would just entice you to sit and reflect, or read, or enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea with friends. The welcome pack had everything in it you needed for immediate use, including a lovely cake, milk in the fridge and of course the tea and coffee essentials. We used this as a base for seeing around the area and also for riding in the Little Trains of Wales, most of these being within and hour and a half travel by car from the cottage.”

    Janbee23, Perth, Australia, May 2015

    • “simply perfect”
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    • “one of our favourite places to stay, the cottage is beautiful and so are the gardens surrounding it, the location is ideal too 10 minutes from porthmadog, 20 from beddgelert, and 25 from criccieth and abersoch, some great walks to be had and cymstraddlyn a very close wal from the cottage, the owners are lovely and managed a chat the first night whilst walking the dog. we have stayed here twice and another visit is needed soon, beautiful place”

    Simul68, Manchester, United Kingdom, November 2014

    • “A magical place”
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    • “The cottage was gorgeous & is in a truely beautiful setting. Everything you could need & more is provided & the owners were there to meet me despite it being dark & thrashing down with rain! I was more than surprised by how clean the cottage was & despite going on my own with just my dog I felt very safe throughout my stay. The owners didn't keep popping in on me although I knew they were nearby if I did need anything. A really lovely holiday which I plan to repeat, thank you!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Milton Keynes, January 2011

    • “private and peacefull”
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    • “location was ideal for what we wanted which was a quiet place to take dixie (our dog)away from the fireworks,the cottage was a lot more than we expected,this being the first time in a holiday cottage,the cottage was exceptionaly clean we would definitly go back at some time in the future, thank you sykes”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Liverpool, December 2009

    • “superp holiday-vacation”
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    • “we spend a wounderful holiday in wales and enyoéd every day. The cottage is great and the costumers are very friendly and helpful. So we are coming back to wales next year.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Brandenburg-Germany, December 2009

    • “Charming and Peaceful”
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    • “We arrived on sat 1st August and were very impressed with the cottage, the size of the rooms didn't disappoint with plenty of room for us and our puppy. although small, the kitchen was well equipped with plenty of good quality utensils pots pans etc however the down side was no oven there was a 2 ring hob and a convection microwave but having not used a microwave for years it was a struggle ,the shower room was of a good size ,the huge attic bedroom was accessed but a spiral staircase ,very quaint ! but with deep steps which on occasion were not easy to negotiate ,we had a lovely stay and enjoyed our trips out the only criticism was the cooker and the amount of over grown trees and bushes around the property which would benefit from being cut back ,if you are staying here we would recommend a visit to Black Rock Sands beach it was fab ,but hard to find, not very well sign posted ,but follow the signs for the golf club in town and its not far past that ,amazing for walking or just chilling”

    Janet J, Otley, United Kingdom, August 2015

    • “Charming hide-away”
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    • “A cracking little place, full of rustic charm and hidden away in rural seclusion (nearest pubs, shops, etc 8-10 minute drive). This is an ideal couples venue and very well placed for exploring North Wales. Spotlessly clean, well-equipped and tastefully decorated indoors, it was truly a rustic idyll - no noise just birdsong and baa-ing to be heard! Would benefit from having a mop at hand for the wet-room after showers but that's the only "criticism" as such and very minor at that. If you want to "get away from it all" and fancy something really different, definitely try here.”

    Fauconberg, Leeds, United Kingdom, May 2015

    • “great location ...”
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    • “Lovely little cottage well kitted out - doesnt feel like the owner has just put leftover utensils etc there Great little wood and garden for dog to roam in first thing in morning and last thing at night. Car picked up a rodent though which ate through some wires one night!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Somerset, December 2011

    • “Relaxing Break”
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    • “A lovely little cottage in a really nice location. A very friendly, informative welcome by the owner. Equipment basic but adequate.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Barwell, January 2011

    • “Comfortable cottage in a superb location.”
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    • “Comfortable cottage Good walking area Godd coast line”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Nottingham, July 2010

    • “Enjoyable stay”
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    • “We had a great time,cottage was lovely,one issue,The seating could have been more comfortable. Everything else lovely,but first place we have not had a welcome tray,and we didn't see anyone all holiday.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leicestershire, December 2009

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    • “This was a really good place to stay to explore the area of north Wales. The atmosphere of the stone cottage set in the countryside really appealed to us, and the scenery is awesome.”

    Mr Don, Narre Warren, June 2015

    • “We loved our holiday because of the peace and quiet. The cottage was just that, all you could hear was the birds singing, it was so lovely. There is so much to do in Wales, a week wasn't long enough. The cottage was so quaint we just felt so at home there, we will be going again for sure.”

    Mrs Ashworth, Northampton, May 2015

    • “The cottage was in a gorgeous location within beautiful surroundings. It had an old feel and was very authentic. The garden was perfect for our dog.”

    Ms Burton, Leeds, April 2015

    • “"The area was quiet and the cottage had lots of character. The property was in good condition and the heating was great. Owners were very friendly."”

    Miss Gaskell, Bolton, February 2015

    • “This was the perfect getaway retreat, lovely character of the building and the gardens were fabulous. The Owners are very friendly. The Cottage was super warm and cosy, for getting away from it all. Will look forward to booking again.”

    Mr Fairhurst, Abergele, February 2015

    • “The area is great with everything nearby.”

    Mrs Waine, Romford, January 2015

    • “Peaceful and quiet. Enjoyed feeling secluded and undisturbed, being out of the way yet near a town big enough to stock up on food and DVDs. Felt out of the way, yet near lots of good walks and places to visit.”

    Ms Skeels, Newbury, December 2014

    • “The cottage was beautiful and was close to lots of great places to visit. We definitely want to return next year.”

    Ms Ashworth, Rochdale, December 2014

    • “A big thanks to the owner, who obviously went to great pains getting the cottage clean and ready to receive us. It was spotless! The cottage is quiet, private and there are literally hundreds of options at your doorstep! Some care has been taken with the finishing and equipment in the cottage. You get the impression that things were bought specifically for the cottage, and are not just cast-offs or second-hand cheap purchases. We will definitely be back!”

    Mr Foster, Bracknell, November 2014

    • “A lovely peaceful location with plenty of real welsh charm, ideal for returning to after walking in the nearby mountains. The renovation of an original old cottage has been done superbly and with real sensitivity, preserving the character of the building whilst providing all necessary facilities. The underfloor heating was a wonderful bonus. Warm, welcoming and very private, with helpful owners next door but never intrusive.”

    Mrs Wilson, Halesworth, October 2014

    • “Nice friendly owners who were very helpful. Good location close to Porthmadog and Cricceth but tucked away in quiet location that feels like your miles from anywhere. Fantastic grounds and garden.”

    Mr Adams, Hayling Island, August 2014

    • “Great location, gorgeous mature garden with lots of wildlife, beautiful beamed bedroom, characterful property.”

    Mrs Singleton, Stamford, July 2014

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About the location


Harlech 5 miles; Caernarfon 19 miles.

The bustling harbour town of Porthmadog lies on the Glaslyn Estuary and enjoys a stunning setting. The gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog is full of individual shops and restaurants, and home to the Ffestiniog Railway, where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery, to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The pretty village of Borth Y Gest, with its cliffs and coves, is a short walk or drive from the town. The well known and unique Italianate village of Portmeirion is just down the coast. Situated on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula, Portmeirion, famous as the location of the TV show The Prisoner and the final episode of Cold Feet, 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. An ideal location for the attractions of Snowdonia and the The Lleyn Peninsula.

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