"I have just spent a weeks holiday at this stunning cottage with my family."
The cottage is truly stunning, incredibly spacious [the largest cottage I have even booked for a holiday], very well equipped, immaculate on arrival and the location is also unbelievably stunning. You can easily travel to all of the wonderful places in North Wales from the cottage location.
The information provided in the cottage was incredible, detailed numbered photos of stunning local walks, full information on medical services etc etc etc. The writer needs full praise.
Just a few observations, as others have mentioned the entrance to the drive down to the cottage is very difficult to locate, I believe a sign is needed and would be more then helpful.
There are other buildings by the cottage, one is the Farchynys farm house and the other two attached to the holiday cottage are as I understand it owned by a Trust who provide Educational stays for a school.
There wasn't any students staying whilst we were there but I doubt they any school visits would have any negative impact on the holiday cottage at all.
The one issue I did experience before our visit was confirming we would need parking for two vehicles.
Several messages from Sykes to the owners were initially ignored so I had to chase continually to confirm, a few days prior to our visit Sykes did receive two replies from two different people, slightly conflicting information.
Although the literature states, parking for one vehicle, negotiation required for second vehicle, it appeared from one reply second vehicle parking is not guaranteed, dependant on how many school vehicles are there I assume, on our particular visit dates second car parking would be ok
Having said this, personally I cannot see any problem whatsoever with parking for two vehicles, there is one allocated parking space adjacent to the cottage but as suggested to us in the second reply you can open the five bar gate and quite easily park a second car in the cottage gravelled garden. Anybody wanting two car parking shouldn't be put off at all
A little un-necessarily confusing .
A definite five star cottage that I would love to return to.
"Could not find instructions on how to work the central heating."
"Fantastic spacious cottage in an extremely peaceful location."
Fabulous walks through the adjoining woodlands with beautiful views overlooking the estuary. Perfect location for dogs with an enclosed courtyard.
"There are many positives to Farchynys Court Cottage but a few negatives."
The "Courtyard Garden" was not a garden - it was was a gravelled area with a few roses. "Fantastic views" - not so. Rural views yes, but that is all. The cottage we found quite dark inside during the days we stayed in, especially in the kitchen / diner and bedrooms. This was due to the rear of the cottage backing in close to the steep wooded hill behind it. There was evidence that the cottage was not cleaned that well - flaking paint on the carpet and parts of a childs toy under the window sill behind the coffee table - seen on the day we arrived and left there. There were only 3 mugs - not a problem for us as there were only two of us staying, but for a family of 4 there would have been a problem. With a dishwasher ideally, I would have expected more than 4 mugs.
Personal preference - we prefer cooking on electic and Farchynys was a gas oven, hob and grill. The grill was ineffective as it was hard to control so where we would normally grill food we had no choice but to fry it. We found the NEST central heating and hot water control alien to us. Although the manufacturers installation literature was in a kitchen drawer, a simple typewritten explanation of how to operate such a device manually, would have been appreciated. It took us until day 3 to work out that the silver ring on the outside of the NEST display unit could be rotated as a thermostat!
On positives, the cottage is spacious, the TV reception and WiFi was very good, the furnishings were of a good standard with comfy beds and there was ample car parking.
"We just wanted something quiet but within easy reach of places to go and this was perfect."
"There is no sign for the property on the road entrance,& even though I know the area we had difficulty identifying the turning & finding it!"
"This is probably the nicest cottage I have stayed in since I started using Sykes a few years ago."
The location is fantastic with wonderful walks straight from the doorstep. The cottage was spotless and very comfortable with some lovely added touches. It is far bigger than it looks in the pictures and whilst some reviewers complain at the lack of view, you only have to step outside to be in the middle of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, which is surely why people come here rather than to sit and look out the window? We also didn’t have the slightest problem from the activity centre next door and spent a very peaceful few days away. I would definitely be happy to return.
As for Sykes themselves that’s far more of a sorry story. Their levels of customer service get worse by the day. Promised loyalty vouchers don’t turn up and hours wasted on the phone trying to sort things out only to be fobbed off with the usual coronavirus excuses. Overall, the cottage was great and the holiday made up for the Sykes experience. Hopefully, more cottage owners will soon realise that Sykes are starting to lose them money and decide to switch booking agents and things will get a whole lot better.
"The cottage was in a great location and although the description mentions fantastic views, we were disappointed to find it looked out over the building next door and a field."
A short walk did provide great views of the estuary but nothing from the property itself.
Having read previous reviews, , the cottage was cleaner than expected although the kitchen cupboards and drawers could do with a good clean and the mop definitely needs changing! The living room also had a faint doggy odour.
The only other criticism is that the tv was mounted very high up on the wall and the kitchen knives need sharpening!
All that said we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the cottage. The cottage warden was also very helpful and quick to respond when we needed something.
"Very quite set in a secluded setting with some lovely walks and superb scenery"
"We absolutely loved our holiday in this cottage."
The cottage is lovely, very comfortable with the most beautiful views surrounding it. Has everything you may need, washing machine, dishwasher etc, good easy to use central heating controls. The little garden is secure should you take your dog. I loved it and will be booking again in the future
"Perfect base for the surrounding tourist areas plenty walking areas for the dogs"
"We rented the cottage because our westie is petrified of fireworks."
It was perfect in the midst of woodlands and off the main road. Bonfire night the only sound we heard was an owl. Thank you for the scones,jam,butter and milk that was waiting for us when we arrived.
"On arrival the house was at 10 degrees, no check had been conducted before we arrived to ensure that the heating was functioning."
The boiler had broken, resulting in us having no hot water or heating for the first 4 days of the holiday. We reported this on arrival, but it took until late Tuesday evening to be rectified. This meant that the house achieved daytime highs around the 10 degree mark making life quite uncomfortable in the house particularly as the house was not equipped with winter weight duvets or blankets. The children had to sleep fully clothed with woolly hats on and one morning we could even see our breath in front of our faces inside the house it was so cold. The solid fuel fire was not sufficient to heat the lounge.
We therefore lost 3 half days waiting for the plumber to turn up limiting our freedom of movement and restricting our daily plans on these days (which were sadly the nicest days for weather).
Additionally there were only 3 large plates making eating at the house difficult.
The rug and carpet in the lounge could do with a good hoover as despite us not taking our dog with us in the end we got covered in dog hair.
Having paid a premium to travel over the school half term I would have anticipated a better overall experience of the cottage, that said the location is good and if it were not for the issues with heating and water we could have had a very pleasant break.
"Had a lovely stay at cottage, it was totally ideal place with having dogs, facilities were great, safe and secure for dogs."
Will certainly be back and lovely touch having milk, scones, butter and jam on arrival. Some people have complained about a few things in past, but we could not of been happier, Julie & Ashley
"Our second visit to the cottage, and we were pleased to see some redecoration improvements."
Our only disappointment was that none of the three bedside lights worked (making getting in or out of bed in the night extremely awkward!), the living room wall lights and one hall light didn't work either. Such a shame as we love the location!
"This house is amazing!"
It is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable (although one of our party found the bed too soft and therefore not very comfortable)! The large shower was ideal for our disabled daughter. It is in a beautiful area, and our sat nav took us straight there. We had been a little concerned as we had read a few people couldn't find it! We would definitely stay there again.
"Once we managed to find it cottage was far better than some of the comments ..."
Once we managed to find it cottage was far better than some of the comments previously listed;it was clean and a home from home feel ,fresh towels and linen and even a welsh loaf welcomed us to the property,all facility's including sky tv but with limited viewing you did need a sky tv view card to enable more programs as the signal strength in the area was weak,the cottage is located in a forest area and is secluded the only drawback is the mozzys are not friendly so take precautions,barmouth approx four miles away and has co op and iceland if you want a bigger better shop you need to go to port maddock but well worth the trouble,we had a very good holiday and the cottage was a nice place to return to at the end of the day,,would recommend
"The cottage has been very nicely converted from a stone barn by a school as part of a outdoor centre."
I was very impressed by the quality of the work and the high level of equipment: dishwasher, washing machine as well as the usual cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave etc. I had been expecting some disturbance from the school children, but they were lovely and did not disturb us at all. The situation was very nice and quiet with just a few very nice neighbours who owned other parts of the buildings. We went for several walks in the forest, which was partly owned by the school. The cottage was a very good starting point for all sorts of interesting outings from heritage railways, to old castles to forest walks with stunning waterfalls.
"I really enjoyed staying here, my only criticism is the cleanliness."
I brought my own hoover as we had 2 dogs before we had even stepped foot in the place there were bits on the floor, so I vacuumed and it filled the whole vacuum. The dishwasher did not clean the dishes.
The place is a lovely place, we will definitely visit again but I would have to give it a good clean before I can enjoy my holiday break
"We went last year and the cottage was not really up to the standards we were used to."
This year it was so different. It had had an unbelievable makeover.
Freshly painted. Lots of flowers and little kick knacks that made it feel like home from home.
The cooker was in working order ( not like last year).
The vacuum cleaner was usable too.
The house was so cosy and warm as we entered.
Well done to whoever had been so busy and hard at work.
We are definitely booking next year.
The walks for the dogs are ideal and it also challenged us but we loved it.
"This was our second visit to this cottage."
Last year it was ok but rather basic. This year it had been newly painted and attempts had been made to make the cottage more homely, with little touches including a lovely welcome gift and milk (thank you!)
Last year no kitchen supplies were provided (cloths/brushes) so I had a dash to Barmouth to buy some. This year these were provided but the oven gloves were not provided and I had to resort to using tea towels to get dishes in and out of the oven, burning myself in the process.
Our biggest moan is the double bed mattress which is so cheap that it is impossible not to roll together and spend the night feeling like you are sleeping on the side of the mountain outside - and the bedding, as the double duvet is so thin and the blanket too small and thin. The one thing we wanted on our holdiday was a good nights sleep, but in order to get one, we had to configure a way to use the pillows as bolsters - which was far from ideal and use jumpers to try and keep ourselves warm. Similar mattresses are fine on the single beds. I did inform the owners by leaving a note to this effect last year, but no change has yet been made. It comes across to me that the cottage has been fitted with the cheapest furnishings possible.
This is a real shame as it could be a lovely cottage - and is getting better. We love: the spaciouness, not having to worry about coming home wet and muddy as the halllway is tiled and spacious; the choice of a bath or shower (most cottages only offer showers); the freedom to explore the adjoining woodland; the convenient position near Barmouth in one direction and Dolgellau in the other. Unlike others we have not noticed any noise from traffic. The warden is really helpful. We had an issue with the free wi-Fi this year and he responded promptly, resolving the problem.
Other small improvements that could be made:
This year we managed to succeed in working out how the heating worked - rather than it being on all night and and off in the evening when we wanted it on (helpful when it is snowing outside!) Some instructions would be helpful - the folder has an incomplete sentence at the crucial part of the instruction! Also it would be great if there were instuctions as to how to recycle paper/plastic, without having to go to the local tip.
The ability to play music on CD's/watch own DVD's would be helpful.
We did enjoy our holiday - and these things may seem small, but if improved would make sure we booked again as I see the price is slowly increasing but the cottage is still lacking in basic comforts.
"A lovely cottage, larger than we expected."
Great position. Had a very enjoyable mini break, despite the weather, and feel sure we’ll return.
"Lovely cottage, clean and spacious."
A great base to explore the mountains and coast. We had a wonderful break.
"Lovely well equiped spacious cottage."
.lovely walks from the door and the beautiful Welsh coastline and beaches a short drive away..Loved our stay there..hope to return.
"It was an holiday!"
"My impression of the property was that it was unclean, uncared for and unloved."
The smell of cooked bacon in the kitchen when I arrived lasted several days despite leave the front and back doors open (the Windows were not accessible to open).
I had to climb onto furniture to close the bedroom curtains.
Litter from the previous occupant was still in the bedroom wastepaper basket.
The whole of the kitchen table was sticky - after putting a book and a map down on it, there was a sound of sticking as I lifted them.
Three light bulbs were out, two in the kitchen and one in the lobby. There were no spare bulbs to be found.
I had to replace batteries in both tv remote controls within 24 hours of arriving. Again, no spares (this cost almost £10.)
No instructions of how to operate central heating.
No instructions on rubbish recycling. No shovel to clear ashes from fire, so didn't light one. I could continue...the place needs a deep clean and cleaners supported by changing arrival time to 4pm. and asking guests to strip beds before leaving .
May I apologise that the property was not to the standard either you or we expected on arrival. We have recently been having some problems with our cleaning service and have now changed to a new provider which will hopefully ensure our high expectations are met. Property Owner
"A delightful and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."
We had a splendid week, despite the damp weather (a pleasant change after the recent heatwave !). Issues raised in previous comments have been adressed - we found no cobwebs and the cracked toilet seat has been replaced. One suggestion - if coming in a party of 4 you may wish to bring extra towels as only one towel per person is provided.
Thank you for your comments regarding the cottage. As you may know from some of the recent comments we have been having a few problems with our contracted cleaning service. There should have been two towels per guest - both a hand towel and bath towel - my apologies if this was not the case during your stay. Property Owner
"It said good views of Barmouth rail bridge which you could not see and the walk in the woods was not very good viewing at all."
the cottage could do with a good clean and updating like a lick of Paint etc not pleased with the price we paid for the condition of the cottage otherwise enjoyed are stay even if it was a place to put our heads down for the night
regards Mr R L Davies
Thank you for your feedback and may we apologise that the property was not as you expected on arrival. We are working with our cleaners to improve the property and are looking into renovating some aspects of the property in the near future. Property Owner
"House does not have a view of Barmouth Bridge as stated, And there is constant road noise day and night, Cracked toilet seat and can see from previous feedbacks this has not been addressed, Shower tray is worn out and far to slippery, fitting missing on shower, windows are dirty and cobwebs everywhere, But after hearing from owner via Skye's he stated it an old property and it will have cobwebs, Not if the place was kept clean it won't."
beds are very hard, and we went out to buy new pillows as they are flat, Outside doors not secure, Windows are dirty and can't see out of if sun is shining, Would be a lovely place if it was kept clean.
Thank you for your feedback which we have acted upon in consultation with our cleaners. We have amended the property listing regarding views of Barmouth Bridge. The property is some distance from the road, but I apologise that with the windows open in the recent hot weather there may have been some traffic noise. We will be rejuvenating other aspects of the property over the quieter winter months. I am sorry that the property was not to the standard expected for your arrival. Property Owner
"The listing for this property is grossly incorrect ie: peaceful quiet location couldn't be further from the truth as there is intensive traffic noise!"
We were unable to sit outside or even inside unless windows were closed as you could here traffic! this defeated the object of our holiday, there is no view of Barmouth Bridge either, which was mentioned in listing, windows are extremely dirty with cobwebs & dead flies which look like they've been there months! We are extremely disappointed after having enjoyed a number of good holidays booked with Sykes.
This cottage should be de-rated and as far as we are concerned is worth no more than £300 per week, we anticipate good compensation from the price we paid, and look forward to your early response, yours sincerely James & Barbara Russell.
"First impressions were not good."
Windows hadn't been cleaned for what appeared to be many months, wooden toilet seat was cracked (unhygienic) curtain track in double bedroom was damaged, washing up bowl was damaged and a broken glass had been left on a kitchen window sill. Lounge furniture was very tired, double bed seemed small. But, accommodation was spacious, efficient and heating, water supply, towels etc were excellent.
The adjacent building was an education centre attached to a school in Walsall. Young lads abounded, but they were well behaved and didn't bother us, but it came as a surprise.
Location was excellent, local scenery stunning. Some info about eating out would have been helpful but we found all we needed easily. In the end we had a really excellent holiday.
We are sorry your first impressions were not what you expected. We apologise for the faults you mentioned which have now been addressed.
The property listing does mention the nearby outdoor centre which is run by the same organisation as the cottage. I am glad they were well behaved and expect nothing less from our pupils! Property Owner
"We were quite disappointed that the 'Great views to Barmouth Bridge' were not visible from the living room window as stated in the product description."
However we enjoyed the surrounding woodland and the peaceful location. Overall a lovely holiday. Thank you!
We apologise that the property was inaccurately listed regarding views to Barmouth Bridge. It is possible to see down to the Mawddach Estuary from outside the property and from points in the woodland, but the views to the bridge itself are limited. We have now had the property description amended by Sykes.
"Fantastic location, lovely cosy cottage, well equipped and very quiet."
"The house was fantastic, clean towels provided, comfortable beds and woodland to explore just outside the front door."
Really enjoyed ourselves and will be coming back soon.
"We took two grandchildren aged 9 & 5."
Plenty of room for them to play both inside and out. Facilities good, beds comfortable. Children enjoyed the few toys left there.
Plenty of places to visit although parking very expensive.
"Left comment at cottage about
Left comment at cottage about
tv not working properly
warning sign needed for hot towel rail immediately outside shower
bath mat needed in bathroom-floor slippery when wet
otherwise a very comfortable cottage with everything we needed
"Weather not suitable had to moan about something but everything else fine like to go back later in the year"