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Isfryn

Caernarfon, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1233)

3.9

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 22

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 7

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "There were a few issues we found while we stayed at the Isfryn."

    Two of the bathrooms had shower holders broken. Another bathroom had spider webs with a big spider in. Dusty TV stand and some head boards as well The property had a stale smell downstairs even after opening all the windows specially the dining room. Cold tap not working in 2 bedrooms. Sauna room had no drainage on the floor. Another bathroom had a non working exhaust. No keys available for any bedrooms. No TV remotes provided Lounge sofas were really worn out and lumpy. Nevertheless we really enjoyed the stay at a lovely location with beautiful views and excessive storage for n each bedroom with a well equipped kitchen. A lovely and clean property. Specially appreciated a welcoming cake provided. Thank you for providing us with a lovely holiday break it was a great experience!

    Reviewed by NafisMay 2022

  • "We have just returned from a fabulous 4 days in Caernarfon."

    In our party were 8 adults, 5 children and 2 dogs. The house was a great size. It is very tired in places, could do with decorating throughout although it did look like the kitchen new doors fitted. The dining room was ideal for family mealtimes. The house in general wasn’t that clean, highchair that we didn’t use had crumbs in and the grill on kitchen counter was very dirty. Beds were clean and comfortable and kitchen quite well equipped. Down side is the parking, we had 4 cars between us but in this fabulous location we felt a small price to pay. The viewing platform is fantastic. This is a very unique property inside the castle wall in Caernarfon. Overall we felt the pros outweighed the cons but broadly agree with most of the earlier feedback.

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2022

  • "Isfry was a fantastic place to stay."

    The house had plenty of space for our large group of friends (15 in total including the kids) - the kids loved playing hide and seek. The location was great - such a lovely view over the water and so convenient for the town centre. Would definitely recommend and would love to come back.

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2022

  • "Massive property over 3 floors Would be a struggle to fit 22 people as advertised would have to all share rooms."

    Well equipped bedding was all fresh and had everything we needed the xmas tree was pretty and the lovely cakes which had been provoded. Very Safe garden for the dog. The top floor 2 bedrooms have been renovated and was lovely with an amazing view but very chilly The icing on the cake was the amazing town which we hadnt quite expected. Would stay again as ticked the box for a larger party

    Reviewed by CarolineDec 2021

  • "It was lovely to have milk, tea and coffee to make a cuppa to have with the brack left for us."

    The view from the third floor back bedroom was amazing as is the view from viewing platform. The location was great with shops and places to eat close to hand. It's also close to many attractions. The only thing we were unable to do was wild swimming nearby as the water nearby is not safe even for staying close to land. We had a fabulous time otherwise.

    Reviewed by JuliaOct 2021

  • "This is the second time we've stayed at Isfryn and it is a very comfortable house for a large group."

    The location is excellent and being on the raised platform and looking out across the estuary is the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by AndySep 2021

  • "Great location and the house is ideal for a large family or group to have a lovely holiday in a lovely location."

    Few teething issues with house but still fabulous base to enjoy a break.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "It would be great if nearby parking facilities are highlighted."

    It was easy to find the options despite busy tourist season.

    Reviewed by NehalAug 2021

  • "This house is beyong amazing."

    the location, the layout, the facilities. Everyone loved the view from the nalcony and enjoyed the sauna which were a big plus. So there’s no parking spaces but we dropped our luggage off then left the cars at a mearby car cark which there are plenty of for a reasonable price. The house is right by the sea and we had a lovely walk around. good access to supermarkets and take aways nearby. The only thing that we would suggest is a bit more cleaning in the kitchen (oven in particular) and the bathrooms. It would have been nice to have at least a few handwashes. and the decor could be updated a but as the house has so much potential. Otherwise, absolutely cannot fault the place!

    Reviewed by UmarJun 2021

  • "Wifi deffinetly need upgrading it's like 10 year old router and very slow."

    Lighting could get better as house look bit dark in night even with lights on.new smart tele would be great addition as old one is on his way out and not much you can watch on it. Other than that good experience.

    Reviewed by MuhammadAug 2020

  • "Fabulous location in gorgeous town and great property size, but needs some TLC."

    Tired decor and many things not functioning (TV restricted to 3 channels, light bulbs blown, curtains falling from poles) Kitchen not suitable for catering for large groups and disproportionate in size to the amount of bedrooms. Would benefit from a little investment (which would justify an increase in rent) - lots of potential! Beds however very comfy and bathrooms look fairly new. Should add a few pictures of outdoor space and gorgeous sunset views from raised garden terrace - a definite easy sell. Car parking tricky but free at marina if you get lucky with a spot, or £4 a day at the estuary car park. Situated in the perfect spot for exploring northern Wales which is full of things to do, places to visit and stunning scenery, regardless of weather.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2019

  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Isfryn with our friends and children."

    The house was a fantastic size (it's like the tardis!). We had a lovely afternoon sat in the sun on the terrace until we watched the sunset - the photos on the Sykes website don't really show the terrace so it was a nice surprise to find this outdoor space. In the evening, all 20 of us sat round the enormous dining table to have a meal. Caernarfon is an interesting town, with the fantastic Castle, quirky shops and loads of places to eat and drink. We'll definitely be back! The owners were also really helpful when we'd realised we'd left something at the property.

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2019

  • "I found it very disappointing that a property in that condition was on your list of properties to let as it was actually a health hazard."

    My wife and I stayed in another property as did other members of our group. My daughters only stayed because it was to late to find anywhere else as there was 22of us and some had small children. We were treated very poorly and compensation offered was an insult to stay in this disgusting property (isfryn) we all paid to stay on a caravan site rather than stay another night.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2019

  • "Although this house is advertised as basic, for £2000 we still expected clean and this was grubby!"

    the upstairs toilet did not flush without my husband removing the top and fiddling with it! the shower in the room with the sauna leaked through to the living room and we have this on video! the tvs did not work and we called out mrs wilson who was very nice and got them going but it did not always work. the fridge door did not close properly so food was cool not cold and milk went off. the router was at least 20 years old so wifi did not always work. lots of lights without bulbs. generally not very clean. one chair cushion on a green couch was shredded at the back as if it had been chewed by an animal. pillows in one room were old, yellow and lumpy. the glass kitchen door looked as if it had been chewed by a n animal that was kept in a kitchen. carpets dirty so that our feet were black when walking about. no general waste bin.we would not go back and the only positive was the position as the sea view was lovely. first family holiday with all of us for many years so disappointing.

    Reviewed by MAug 2019

  • "We had a great time, the property was well equipped everything worked the beds were comfy."

    As we had 4 young children with us we were happy that it was ‘lived in’ and did not have to worry about kids touching things. There were puzzles games etc supplied and the place was clean and a brilliant location so we couldn’t have asked for more.

    Reviewed by LynneApr 2019

  • "The house was great and pretty much exactly as described."

    A couple of things to consider if you’re going to stay here: This house is right in the middle of town and is great for getting out on foot. We had a relatively easy time parking three cars on the street over the week. The WiFi only supports a certain number of devices so there’s no way all guests can be on it at once and it only really works downstairs. The heating was on a timer and came on at very peculiar times with no instructions as to how to adjust it. The instructions for recycling and bins were very unclear and as a result we ended up making several trips to the bottle bank and even taking a load of recycling home with us. We had a great time here and will definitely consider going again but it won’t be for you if you’re expecting ‘all mod cons’.

    Reviewed by MikeFeb 2019

  • "Great location for a family holiday."

    House well equipped. Dishwasher not working when arrived but fixed by Thursday. Fridge needs replacing not working correctly food all wet. House was always lovely and warm when returning from a day out. Home great forca large family with children you don’t feel you can’t touch anything. Would go again. Hosts responded quickly if a problemn

    Reviewed by AngelaNov 2018

  • "Fifteen of us rented this cottage for 3 nights."

    The first thing we found was poor kerb appeal, weeds, windows needed some repair and the first thing that met us when we walked in was a musty smell. Seeing as the house had recently been occupied 6th-13th July there's no reason it should have smelled musty. As the days went on the smell never went and we realised it was the soft furnishings and carpets that must have emitted the odour. Outside the back door was rubbish in bags which had been torn open by seagulls. There was a blue bin which we worked out was for recycling and not nearly large enough for a house of that size. In the alleyway where a green bin was kept stank to high heaven, the bin bags had been torn open and rotting food everywhere. A pair of socks was found in a bedroom drawer, and a box of 4 stale (June 10) apple tarts were found in another. I found a miniature empty bottle of whiskey under the radiator in our room. I phoned the owner and had to leave a voicemail. They never returned my call. We found the house wasn't very clean. Most of the bedding had yellow stains. The unkempt back garden was full of weeds including dead plants, mess everywhere and the BBQ could not be used as it was unclean and rusty. I think I'll leave it at that. None of us would ever recommend this house to anyone. On the plus side there were lots of toilet rolls. And we loved the location.

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2018

  • "Isfryn provided us with an excellent base for a family holiday."

    16 of us managed to stay, without being under each others feet. The location was excellent for a short stroll into the town centre. The only real issue was parking, or the lack of, especially if you arrive after 7pm. There is limited free parking, in front of the property, & on the small mariner car park, a short walk away. There is a larger car park in the other direction, where you can leave your car overnight, but you cannot enter this car park after 7pm. Other than this, it was a brilliant place to stay. The roof terrace proved to be good as a viewing platform for the sea and the birds. The owners were very pleasant, when providing information about gaining entry to the property, and providing parking information.

    Reviewed by ZoeJun 2018

  • "This is a fantastic house with lots of space and lots of beds."

    It is clean and tidy but a little dated. We were a party of 16 who stayed at the house over Christmas and the large table is fantastic for seating everyone. We have also stayed in this house over bonfire night and the mezzanine floor in the garden is great for watching the fireworks and enjoying the views of the straights. The house is well placed for walks into town and is only a short drive from the mountains and Anglesey. This is a great house for the price paid. Dont go expecting luxury go expecting clean and tidy. Some updating would be beneficial but that would also be reflected in the price. There could do with a floor plan to help bookers understand the diversity of the house. It sleeps a lot of people but sharing is likely. There are four double rooms but one is very small with the bed pushed up against the wall so is quite claustrophobic. One is a straight double tucked away and shares the bathroom with the sauna which is a great addition. There is also a jacuzzi bath but the hot water supply means the hot water has run out before the bath is full or there is not enough for two baths in a close space of time. The other three doubles and the room with 5 singles in are all en suite but the showers need a bit of attention to improve the water supply / temperature stability. All in all a great basic house that takes large groups for a reasonable price.

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2017

  • "The property is in an excellent location."

    We were walking 100 miles of North Wales coast and used it as a base. Loads of room, good facilities.

    Reviewed by KerrySep 2017

  • "There was a big group of us travelling up for the Man Vs Mountain running event, the house location was perfect for this as it was a short walk to the start line and a short drive to the finish."

    Very close to the town centre for shops, bars and restaurants! Excellent house with plenty of room and the views from the terrace where absolutely amazing. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by JemaSep 2017

  • "We had an excellent stay in Caernarfon."

    Isfryn was the perfect location for us ( a group of 11) as a base for our planned trip to Mount Snowdon. It had everything we needed, plenty of space and was very conveniently located. We would definitely consider coming back again. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2017

  • "The furniture and fixtures where somewhat dated but the location was first class ."

    It was very good value for money . We went as a family of twenty , ageing from two to eighty and the accommodation met our needs. One highlight was the viewing platform/ decking in the garden with a view of the Menai straits over the castle walls ... Stunning !

    Reviewed by JuliaSep 2016

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Summary

  • Seven bedrooms: First floor: 1 x family room with double, single with pull-out stacker bed and en-suite (shower, basin & WC), 1 x family room with double & single bed with en-suite (shower, basin & WC), 1 x double with en-suite (sauna with walk-in shower, basin & WC), 1 x double with basin
  • Second floor: 1 x family room with 3 single beds, one with pull-out stacker bed & room off with single bed & en-suite (shower, basin & WC), 1 x family room with double & single bed with additional pull-out stacker bed, walk through dressing room & en-suite (shower, basin & WC), 1 x adult bunk with basin
  • First floor bathroom with whirlpool bath, WC & basin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin & WC
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Dining room with hostess trolley & mini-fridge
  • Large sitting room (seats 12) with folding breakfast table & entry to kitchen
  • Second sitting room (seats 9) with sofa bed.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Large 4 oven & 6-ring electric cooking range, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview in sitting rooms, 5 x TV/DVD in bedrooms (no reception, for DVD use only)
  • DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgates available
  • Small enclosed sitting area with patio, BBQ & raised, decked viewing area
  • Limited roadside parking, small free car park 200 yards away and a further pay and display car park (free overnight parking) 500 yards away
  • 2 well-behaved pets welcome
  • Shops/pubs & sea front 2 mins walk
  • Note: One of the double rooms has a bed that's accessed from one side only
  • Note: Check-in time is 5PM

The property

This Grade II listed Georgian townhouse (c.1823), stands in an attractive cobbled street 400 yards from Caernarfon town square.

Isfryn offers bright and spacious accommodation in a traditional style.

Boasting a majestic dining table seating 20, large sauna and whirlpool bath, Isfryn is ideally suited to groups of family or friends!

A particular feature of the patio is the raised viewing platform, which provides access to its own section of the 13th century town walls and commands stunning sea views over the Straits, towards Anglesey.

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About the location

CAERNARFON

Llanberis 8 miles; Bangor 9 miles.

Caernarfon (county town of Gwynedd) has much historic and cultural importance in North Wales. It is a popular tourist spot with its impressive 13th Century castle, well preserved town walls and delightful water front. During the season there are guided tours of the castle and special events including historic pageants. There is also a station for the Welsh Highland Railway, which passes through dramatic scenery, the village of Beddgelert and onto Porthmadog. Fishing trips are available from the harbour and another attraction within walking distance of the town centre is Segontium, a Roman fort and museum, housing many important finds. Caernarfon offers a wide selection of shops and places to eat and is close to the lovely beaches of the Isle of Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula as well as the mountains and rivers of Snowdonia, including the renowned mountaineering town of Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas