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Annest

(Ref. 1053808)

Bethesda, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map

3.0

Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • only (4)
  • place (4)
  • kitchen (4)
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  • bed (3)

6 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay , lovely place based in the mountains a short journey to Llanberis ."

    Would definitely stay again .

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "We would like to share this feedback with your so that you can improve your service."

    Cleanliness: - On our arrival, the downstairs toilet was unflushed and there remained faeces in the bowl. - Although the surfaces in the kitchen were wiped down, other surfaces throughout the property were not and remained dusty and had flies on them - windowsills, skirting, etc. There were cobwebs in the corners of the rooms, and the place had not been adequately vacuumed as there were dust and hairballs under the side tables and sofa in the lounge. There was also some scum marks left in the shower. The 'clean' between guests had clearly been a swift one. - There was no toilet roll in downstairs toilet. - The towels that were left for three of the five guests were hand towels and were therefore too small. Customer Service: - It was disappointing that there was no feeling of welcome or follow up as to how our stay was going at any point during our week long holiday. Although there was tea/coffee/sugar/milk as a 'see you in pack', the biscuits that were in the box were not a new pack (one set was missing). - It was unclear about who to contact when there was an issue. (The water to the property stopped mid-way through our stay. We eventually found a number by googling Sykes Cottages on the internet and calling them that way.) - The water to the property is likely to be an ongoing problem - as mentioned above, we had no water at one point in our stay. This was influenced to a combination of factors, including use by ourselves (family of 4) and the guests in the house next door (who share the water tank) which was at full occupancy throughout our stay. The tank is too small for the demand when the properties are at full occupancy. - As a result of the water issue, we were drinking water with sediment in for about 24hours until the filter and water levels were resolved. The swift resolution was mostly due to a kind builder (Terry Jones) who happened to be working next door, and who is known to the owner. They should get special thanks as they were able to identify the issue and advise the maintenance man what was the issue later on that day. Other: - We think the danger of the road needs to be highlighted in the listing. It is a very difficult exit from the property either by foot or by car in either direction. The mirror helps, however, the property location is not advisable for families with young children. - The layout of the property is awkward, particularly the configuration at the rear. Despite the weather being amenable to using the outside area, it did not feel appropriate with only one bench. Perhaps if there was a second bench or outdoor furniture in the separated spaces, it might feel better to use. - The wheelie bin set up out the front was confusing, as it did not match the description in the welcome guide to the property (no blue food waste bin, for example) and the majority of the bins were removed part way through the stay, leaving us no where to put any recycling or rubbish for the last three days of our stay. - A washing machine would enhance the property facilities no end. This could be plumbed in at the back of the downstairs toilet, especially if the shelter was made more weather-proof. - The property would also be improved with hooks for coats, both inside the house and out the back of the property. We hope you and the owner find this feedback useful and feel able to act on some of it.

    Reviewed by Ged2.2Aug 2022

  • "Great place in fabulous location."

    I was unsure to book based on previous bad reviews about cleanliness but I called Sykes and they assure me a new cleaning company was employed and the place was spotless. Comfy beds, warm. Lovely log burner. Location amazing and easy parking in shared driveway. Beautiful river walk straight from cottage. Agree with previous reviews the kitchen is not well stocked, only 2 small cooking hobs. Take everything salt, pepper, etc. Would definitely stay there again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Bryony4.4Oct 2021

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay in this cottage which is wonderfully situated for walking up Snowdon and many fabulous walks and 5 minutes from the Velocity2 zipwire, as well as easy drive to Anglesea and Caernarvon Castle etc."

    The cottage had been very nicely renovated though the kitchen equipment is a bit sparse and it would make life easier with to cook for a family of 5 with more equipment but we were greeted with Welsh biscuits and some jams which were much appreciated. Overall we had a fantastic holiday with great weather and a very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Aug 2021

  • "Where do we start!"

    It was very clear from meeting the cleaners on the day we departed that they knew the downstairs toilet door was broken and unusable and not cleaned but failed to actually notify us! Secondly we went 24 hours without having a shower because the property ran out of gas. How can this happen in peak holiday season when they knew that 5 people were staying at this property for a week?? Thirdly, after seeing a complaint about towels, lack of hygeine as well as other things, and messaging property maintenance company with concerns, we found upon arrival, that there were only three bath towels for 5 people!! We left a message immediately on our day of arrival and 4 days later we still hadn't received a return call. Finally and most importantly, the state of the property was disgusting! To the naked eye, it looks as if they only thing that had been done was that bedding had been changed and the towels that we did have were clean. Floors were dirty, surfaces were dirty, the fridge hadn't been wiped over, fingermarks all over mirrors and kitchen door handles. The Bin was black at the bottom where it had never been cleaned out. Cobwebs were hanging from ceilings, the fire place and the front room window which also had dead insects all over the inside window sill. We can appreciate this property is not one of your high end rentals but we had no option, as we were late bookers, to take it as it was close to where our parents live. However, there are absolutely no excuses for the house to be so unhygienic, especially as Covid is still a national isssue. Our first hour of our holiday in Wales was spent cleaning the house which I'm sure you can appreciate, somebody was already paid to do before our arrival. At this point we would like to inform you that we abandoned our holiday on Monday the 16th August due to a positive lateral flow test result (we all tested negative prior to leaving home). One of our sons began to be very unwell on Sunday the 15th August. Since then two other members of our family have contracted Covid which have been confirmed with PCR tests. It is coincidental, especially as none of our friends, family or work colleagues have shown any symptoms of covid or tested positive as we've had to trace our whereabouts with the government and the NHS. To sauy we are disappointed and angry is an understatement. We await your comments.

    Reviewed by Sarah1.3Aug 2021

  • "A really disappointing stay!"

    The cottage lacked a lot of things on a very basic level and it’s description and rating is not accurate! It’s a 3 tick/star at best! Not worth the money charged. 1st disappointment nothing at all to welcome you not even a pint of milk, no towels, no dishwasher tablets and absolutely nothing to light the fire! Yes it’s June but this cottage is in the mountains and it was12 degrees. The cottage is old and cold so does need heating. There wasn’t even any toilet roll in the downstairs toilet. The cupboards still had the last guests finger prints all over them (glass cupboards)! It’s not an enclosed property there is no gate on the front nor back so not safe for dogs given your on the main road. There is a gate to the main land the two properties are on but it’s dangerous to close this for the other cottage needs access and it’s on a sharp bend of a fast road so you need to turn in quickly. Parts of the cottage remain unfinished with skirting boards dirty and not even painted. It lacks warmth in its general appearance, a rug in the living room would help. The basic appliances were minimalistic (a 2 ring cooker) and what utensils it had were lacking (no scissors) or poor quality (tin opener that doesn’t open tins). Biggest disappointment was the garden because it was shared with the neighbours (not advertised as such) and only has one large bench so if they are out you can’t use it. Even if they are not out you have to have your dogs on a lead at all times (and there is no grassed area for them)! We didn’t even get a dog bowl! I could go on. A very disappointing stay and poor response from Sykes customer service. We finally got towels, a bath/shower floor mat and dishwasher tablets. It’s such a shame because a few little things That would not cost much to do could Make a huge difference to the customer service. A welcome pack for owners and dogs, a rug, a starter kit for the fire, an iron, a hairdryer, a dustpan & brush and painting it properly could make a difference! Value your guests they are paying a lot of money! The cottage is in a beautiful area just a shame it’s not that great to stay in it!

    Reviewed by Janine1.3Jun 2021

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area, and sitting area with sofa bed and woodburning stove
  • Calor gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Shared rear garden with patio, decking and seating
  • No smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.7 miles
  • Note: If you require the sofa beds these are on request only.Note: two well behaved pets allowed downstairs
  • Please note: water supply is from a local stream; please be mindful of use in dry seasons.

The property

Boasting astonishing views of the Nant Ffrancon Valley and its mountains is this gorgeous cottage, Annest, Perfect for a family getaway right on the corner of Snowdonia National Park.

The large gravel driveway is shared with the property next door, with ample parking space overlooking the lush countryside landscape.

Rustle up a tasty home-cooked meal for you and your family in the well-equipped kitchen area, fitted with a oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and a dishwasher.

Resting behind is an intimate dining table with room for all the family, here you can relish in quality time over a fantastic meal at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The sitting area welcomes you with a snug wood burning stove sat in front of traditional stone walling, as well as two sofas and a TV for a perfect family evening, one of the sofas even pulls out into a delightful sofa bed.

Rest your head in one of the lovely bedrooms, all decorated with beautiful blue specs and each boasting their own unique view of the surrounding mountains, this cottage holds a double, a twin, and a single room.

Start your day the right way with a glorious morning shower in the family bathroom, you can also make use of the cloakroom downstairs to avoid morning queues.

On a sunny day, make sure to find your way outside to the enclosed garden, where you can sit on the decking as you sip on your morning coffee, or enjoy your lunch on the wooden picnic bench.

Annest is a fabulous cottage, mixing traditional features with contemporary fittings, alongside sensational views of the surrounding valley.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref.1053805, together they can sleep 12 people.

Pengarreg Cottages

Enveloped by rolling green hills and the mountains of the Nant Ffrancon Pass valley are these two renovated, semi-detached cottages. The Pengarreg Cottages are a fantastic base for a large extended family looking for a holiday split between two spacious homes with their own spot of privacy. Found within Snowdonia National Park, both cottages boast three bedrooms, a family bathroom, a cloakroom, kitchen/diner, sitting room, and decked outdoor area. Sitting at the foot of spectacular landscape mountains, there are a range of walking trails with breath-taking views of Wales, as well as handy shops in Bethesda for your self-catered stay and country pubs where you can sample local ales. Zip World Penrhyn Quarry is a riveting and unique adventure situated right next to the properties, here you can experience the world's fastest zip line where you can fly 500m above the bright blue quarry lake, go-karting down the Penrhyn Quarry mountains, tree-top nets, and much more! Bangor is close-by if you're fancying a bustling city environment with even more retail, bars, restaurants, and even clubs, as well as the Menai Strait and Menai Suspension Bridge, and the National Trust-owned Penrhyn Castle. Explore the stunning nature in this magnificent corner of Snowdonia National Park, hike around Aber Falls Nature Reserve, attempt a climb up Carnedd Llewelyn mountain, or enjoy a day at the seaside at Llanfairfechan Beach. Pengarreg Cottages are a fantastic base for families to explore the striking area of Gwynedd, with prime access to Zip World, and Snowdonia National Park.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location

BETHESDA

Bangor 6 miles; Caernarfon 10 miles.

Bethesda is a small town settled beside the River Ogwen in North Wales. Situated on the A5 between Bangor and the Snowdonia National Park, Bethesda was once a busy slate quarrying town and nowadays offers a good selection of shops and other amenities, in particular a number of chapels and pubs. The beautiful mountainous scenery of Snowdonia borders Bethesda, with the Lôn Las Ogwen cycling and walking paths skirting past. For the more adventurous, why not visit Zip World in Bethesda which is known for having Europe’s fastest and longest zip line. Capel Curig, just ten miles away, is a popular centre for walking, climbing and mountain biking, whilst Llanberis is situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon and is home to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the National Slate Museum. Cwm Idwal is also a wonderful spot to visit, situated in northern Snowdonia – Darwin came to study the area and found tiny fossils of oceanic plant life and sea creatures in the boulders and rocks. The coastal town of Caernarfon is just a short drive away as is the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and the Anglesey Coastal Path. Visitors to the area can also explore the castles of Caernarfon and Beaumaris and the NT stately homes of Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens. Spend the day at one of the many traditional seaside resorts, or discover the isolated, hidden beaches on Anglesey, much of which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With spectacular scenery on the doorstep, wonderful wildlife with buzzards soaring overhead and the occasional Peregrine Falcon to be seen, and many exciting outdoor adventures to discover nearby, Bethesda is superbly located for enjoying both the coast and the countryside of stunning North Wales.

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Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £350 for this property

Notes: This property will be pet friendly from the 07/06/2021

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas