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Harlech Apartments - Branwen

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Heating was not working so had to come home after 2 nights."

    Quilt had a large coffee stain on it . Bedding generally is looking tired.

    Reviewed by Jill2.8Dec 2023

  • "This holiday apartment was lovely."

    The bed was extremely comfortable, the lounge was fine for relaxing, the apartment was warm and the shower was great. And of course, the view is stunning, especially if you sit with the curtains open after it's gone dark, looking at the castle. There were quite a few niggly maintenance issues, many of which had been raised by previous reviewers and not attended to. I complained whilst we were there and two maintenance men came out over two days, so a swift response but they only seemed to change a couple of bulbs. My message to the owners is to inspect this for yourselves and sort the issues out because they will only get worse and increase in number. However, my message for anyone considering whether or not to book this, is DO. The niggly issues don't really detract from the stunning location and the comfort of the apartment.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Oct 2023

  • "I have stayed at this property many times (in all of the 5 apartments)."

    On the last several occasions we have had significant problems with the heating. This time it also failed and was not fixed despite promises to do so. As the weather was unseasonably warm after the first couple of days, it was not a significant problem, but it was disappointing that it was not fixed. On the facilities side, there is a significant damp patch over the top of the shower and the walls of the front of the lounge are also showing significant damp and water ingress. These are very nice apartments with wonderful views, but you should really fix the heating problem which is clearly structural and keep up the repairs better.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.4Sep 2023

  • "Ceiling in shower obviously has had a bad leak from above."

    Freezer draw in fridge completely iced up so fridge door could not shut properly, we had to spend 30 minutes chipping this off to use the fridge! The fridge is not correctly fitted into the kitchen unit causing the door to foul when closing. Light over sink in bathroom flickering and going off and light over kitchen table flickers all the time. No light in either oven. Only casserole dishes in kitchen, no saucepans.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to send feedback following your stay. It is a real pity you didn't let us know about the issues as soon as you arrived as we would have sent someone straight across to resolve them. These things will be raised now with the owners and put right straight away. We hope to be able to welcome you back to Harlech soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon3.1Sep 2023

  • "The fridge freezer box was frozen solid (photographs avaiable if required."

    ) This resulted in the freezer being of no use whatsoever, with temperatures of 28° and 29° this was extremely annoying to say the least! There was a drawer front in the fridge with no drawer, it was just left on a shelf in the fridge (photographs avaiable if required) The shower detached from the outlet on many occasions whilst a temporary fix was achieved by pushing back into place this inevitably failed on next use. The ceiling in the shower room showed signs water ingress, brown staining. These issues, particularly the first 3 fell well below the standards one would expect for an Appartment of this alleged standard. Most disappointing.

    Reviewed by Garry2.5Sep 2023

  • "Excellent all round."

    Hi specification, position and cleanliness. Would be very happy to recommend to any business or holiday traveller.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Aug 2023

  • "The quality of this apartment - building, furnishings, location - is exceptional."

    There is only one small improvement I would suggest - twice as much cutlery would save people from having to wash up all the time! Just 4 teaspoons, for example, is a nuisance. For an outlay of, say, £20 on some additional knives and forks, this apartment would be truly perfect!

    Reviewed by Marcus5.0Jul 2023

  • "OMG what a great location & views to end all views."

    The Branwen flat was lovely and would stay again. The local shops & restaurants are so friendly 10 out of 10 fir everything.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "I was very impressed with the quality and cleanliness of the apartment."

    The actual layout, quality of all furnishings and appliances was just as depicted in the advertising material. Wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and the outstanding castle. First rate; it has been a long time that I have been so impressed with a holiday let. Also, cafe facilities and welcome center were a great plus. CADW have done a great job!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2023

  • "Time to replace glasses and crockery and provide a bottle owner - but these are only small points."

    Had a problem with heating that was rectified promptly during Christmas- many thanks

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Dec 2022

  • "Have previously stayed at this property and I continue to rate it as excellent."

    I do have a couple of issues - bedroom door from living room does not close properly. Also have an issue with the microwave - despite choosing the highest power setting cooking took far longer than normal.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the apartment."

    It was everything it said in the brochure. Only a few comments to make: one, the shower needs a proper attachment so you can stand under it, not have to hold it with one hand and try and soap up with the other hand! maybe reseal the screen as water did leak under it, minor point. Two, a couple of extra bath towels would be good as extras, as the use of one for a whole week is a challenge. Three, extra bin liner for the large bin would be good, again, its a challenge especially in the hot weather stopping some smells coming up from the bin even when the lid is firmly shut. Very happy overall, will be booking again.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2022

  • "Our stay at Branwen was second to none."

    An apartment furnished to the highest standards, with everything you could possibly need provided. There are incredible views in every direction, at night we sat in enjoying the setting sun ovet Harlech Castle, a memeory that will live with us for a long time. A perfect base from where we explored North West Wales and the Llyn Peninsular. The welcome pack on arival, reserved parking and free access to the Castle, (the visitor center and restaurant are well worth visiting), all added to a wonderful stay. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful apartment, excellent views out of every window."

    Small but we'll equipped kitchen. The apartment was lovely and warm in March. Lots of walks from the door and loads to do in area. We always go on self-catering holidays and do several a year, for us (at the discounted price) it is in our top bunch. Thank you

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2022

  • "Apartment location was absolutely stunning and interior was well appointed and clean."

    A few issues in getting the keys (they weren't in the wall safe - the apartment was actually unlocked with the keys on the table) and a really disappointing microwave (very low powered despite finding the instructions for use online - took almost 10 mins to heat a can of beans). Otherwise really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Tanya4.7Feb 2022

  • "Another excellent stay at Branwen."

    As ever the Menai Cottages experience was first class. Thank you very much we will return.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jan 2022

  • "The apartment was lovely, with very comfy sofas and great views and the best shower I've ever used."

    Overall I'd recommend it and would return but with some extra things in my luggage... The bed was comfy but the pillows were really not and resulted in quite broken sleep and a very sore neck There wasn't much crockery or cutlery and the kitchen was missing quite a few usual items including some basics like a grater and a measuring jug (though there was a gravy boat and a nut cracker! ) There is referred noise from the apartment above, most of which could be resolved by adding felt pads to the legs on the furniture That sounds like a lot of negatives but really it's a great location and a lovely apartment just missing some home comforts

    Reviewed by Lizzie4.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely apartment, in beautiful location."

    This one bedroom apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Clean, spacious living area, dishwasher and fully functioning cooker and separate combination oven/grill/microwave. Four lots of crockery/cutlery which meant we had to put the dishwasher on regularly. Wet room was functional, although not a fan of these. We would definitely use this apartment again, and recommend that and Sykescottages.

    Reviewed by Claudia5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great apartment - very stylish, very clean, modern appliances, well stocked with kitchen utensils etc, very comfortable bed."

    Enough space for us to feel at home for a week. The flat was a little cold at times. There were a couple of items broken on arrival; (the tray in the shower, a chair in the bedroom) but I guess these had just not been reported by a previous occupier. The welcome goodies were a real treat - thank you so much. The location was fabulous in terms of the castle. We struggled with finding a shop to buy basic food when we arrived as the shop on the high street ahs closed and we didn't think to explore the area down by the campsite until a day later. It is certainly not essential but would be a really nice thought if you could email clients before their stay to remind them where the nearest shops are and to recommend that they book meals in advance, perhaps even with a list of nearby restaurants (though this may be too changeable to accomplish with the current situation). Especially with COVID-related restrictions currently, we were at a loss as to where to buy food or eat out initially, which detracted from the experience a little (everywhere local was booked up over a week in advance and we ended up driving around for a couple of hours searching for food the first night). One of the nicest perks was having free access to the castle and other CADW sites during our stay - this could be made even more of a selling point on your site, I think. The staff at Harlech Castle (and indeed at Conwy and Caernarfon Castles) were superb - so friendly, helpful and enthusiastic, while going out of their way to help. The cafe at Harlech Castle was also great - we used it a lot. Thank you for a luxurious and memorable stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful apartment with unbeatable views of the sea, the mountains and, of course, Harlech Castle."

    Had most things you need for a week away, although the limited workspace in the kitchen was a bit frustrating! Luckily we were happy to eat out most evenings, with a number of excellent restaurants in walking distance. The complimentary Cadw Explorer Pass was not available during our visit due to Covid-19 restrictions but staff were really helpful and we visited Harlech Castle for free - they would have arranged other visits too had we wanted. A power cut knocked out our heating but this was sorted quickly by staff - it was otherwise a cosy and comfortable apartment.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Oct 2020

  • "We felt very safe as the very comfortable apartment was cleaned to a very high standard and cushions etc had been removed."

    The view from the apartment is spectacular. The parking and key arrangements were excellent. The castle staff were also very helpful in answering any questions. We struggled at first to make toast but did work it out eventually but a toaster would have been better. There were fewer information leaflets available than usual, but if like us, you like to visit places for a nice stroll and a coffee with adequate parking we recommend Criccieth and Llandanwg beach and reserve. We thoroughly enjoyed our short break and would recommend the property and company to friends.

    Reviewed by Madeline5.0Sep 2020

  • "A fantastic apartment and a superb location."

    Disappointed however when checking all drawers on departure, to find another person’s pyjamas. There was also a part used soap dispenser on the bathroom sink which we removed at the start of our break. With a 6pm check in and 9am checkout with all towels, bedding and protectors bagged and bins emptied, I did not expect this. Am now glad that my NHS working hubby did not let me in until he had used super strength anti-bac wipes on all surfaces.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.1Aug 2020

  • "We arrived at the appartment at 19:30 (10."

    08.2020) after a 7 hour journey to discover the key was not in the key safe. A call to your office was promptly answered and the local agent was contacted. I was told a key would be delivered with in the hour and I would be called. No call came. I called your office again after 75 minutes to be told a key would now be in the key safe, not the way you expect to begin your holiday. We finally accessed the apartment at 20:45. A parking permit for the public car park was also supposed to be in the apartment but wasn’t. A disappointing experience

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2020

  • "From the description."

    pictures and location of the apartment I expected a comfortable, well presented property in an excellent location and that is exactly what I got! The apartment fully met my expectations and I was delighted.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great location."

    Excellent eateries in Harlech. Accommodation was of a high standard.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2019

  • "The unit is not what I would class as luxurious."

    Nice yes but not luxury. Cutlery seriously lacking only 2 knives. 4 plates, bowls etc meaning that it needs washing up all the time. No bottle opener. Also the recycling instructions were appalling. Each council is different around the country with what they recycle. No instructions on what to recycle, where or how. Not impressed. Towels also had makeup on them and so weren’t clean. Disappointed but with a bit of thought and investment could be luxurious

    Reviewed by Steve3.1Sep 2019

  • "No welcome pack so no housekeeping book to report slips."

    The shower was powerful enough but water was everywhere.The rack in the shower was small and coming away from the wall.No shaver point and no room at the sink for toiletries.Far too many cushions in the bedroom where on earth do you put them when you go to bed.As we have been to the apartments before we knew about the cooking difficulties so we were prepared.However we were disappointed to find that there a distinct drop in standards.Crockery ,cutlery and glasses were mismatched especially the mugs and cereal bowls (one of which was badly chipped).The toaster is too small and needs a good clean.Whilst at the apartment we used the frying pan once and sad to say it looked like it should be replaced.It would be nice if you could supply a washing up bowl for the kitchen sink and also a tea cosy.We were also puzzled that in the bathroom there was an almost empty bottle of hand wash,and in the kitchen there was an empty bottle of hobrite along with a box of foil with no foil.The sugar bowl was empty but dirty as was the tea canister.This begs the question do you usually supply these items and failed to replace them or whether a previous guest had left them but no one had bothered to dispose of them.We felt that that this particular apartment could do with a bit of a facelift to return the wow and claim of sophistication as described on line.

    Reviewed by Janet3.1May 2019

  • "A perfect place to escape!"

    Wonderful apartment and views. We will be back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sonya5.0May 2019

  • "Wonderful views, clean and spacious apartment, well equipped kitchen."

    It was perfect.

    Catherine EckersleySep 2018

  • "This is a stunning apartment in a perfect location right by Harlech Castle."

    The views are amazing! The fittings are of a very high standard and the overall presentation and cleanliness was very good. We did have some specific negatives though: - The lack of worktop space in the kitchen to prepare any food/set hot things down when taking out of oven was difficult. - There was a distinct lack of china - on some occasions we had to wash up part way through a meal. This could be easily rectified. - A continual clicking sound in the shower room, which was disturbing at night. - The shower is very impressive and powerful but could not be used at full capacity as immediately water leaked out from under the shower screen - maybe this needs to be resealed? - We found a number of hairs in the bed which was rather unpleasant. They did not seem to originate from one source as were all different. We concluded that they had most likely got on the sheets during the bed being made up and had come off the throw which was across the foot of the bed as this also had a collection of hairs on it. We removed the throw to the top of the wardrobe for our stay, but perhaps it would be better to dispense with this and any potential problem? Finding other people's hair in a supposedly clean bed we found quite distasteful and at 10pm on a Friday night there was little we could do about it other than turn the linen over and remake the bed. - The wall mounted TV in the bedroom is awkward as it sticks out from the wall just where you need to walk past the end of the bed. - The blinds in the kitchen/dining area were a nightmare to raise and lower. We understand H&S and young children getting caught in the plastic chains, but these had been fixed to the frame so high up they were impossible to open/close unless you are about 6ft tall or standing on something. - We couldn't find a DVD player in the sitting room which was disappointing. - Although the instructions said we could control the heat using the radiator thermostats (the heating was supposed to be on from Sept) in fact mostly the radiators remained cold apart from two occasions during the middle of the night when the heating came on for a while. Suggest heating timers need to be checked? - The final point is down to personal taste - but the bedside lamps were so huge we were afraid of knocking them off the bedside tables. We chose to remove them to avoid accidental damage - although they look impressive, for us they didn't feel very practical. These things apart we had a really lovely stay and enjoyed the apartment, the location and North Wales generally. If the points above could be addressed then we would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment and giving it 5 stars. We only share these points as otherwise why ask for feedback?

    Sep 2018

  • "Nothing to complain about"

    Aug 2018

  • "Five star, superb views, excellent accomadation."

    Jul 2018

  • "Great apartment very well appointed"

    John BowyerJul 2018

  • "Mit dem Preis kann man nie wirklich völlig zufrieden sein!"


    Andreas StapelmannJul 2018

  • "Very comfortable and stylish apartment."

    Stunning views of castle, mountains, and sea. Some things lacking in the kitchen - a few more dining knives, forks and spoons would have been appreciated to avoid some washing up during the preparation of a meal! Also cereal bowls would have been useful - an average portion of, say, granola in a pasta bowl is not an appetising prospect☹️. Perhaps clean the windows,too......

    May 2018

  • "Easy to use web site."

    Process was extremely smooth

    Robert MaroneyMay 2018

  • "Lovely apartment."

    Would be improved by having: 1) a floor squeegee in the shower room. After 2 showers, we had water running all over the bathroom floor (from under the glass partition) - nothing other than the bathmat to wipe it up with. 2) a hand towel for use in the kitchen - nice tea towel, but don't like to use that for hands as well as drying dishes 3) a check on the fridge between lets. It was clean but being left on "6" meant that some of the food we put in on arrival was frozen the next morning & the ice compartment was thoroughly iced up.

    May 2018

  • "Very comfortible and well located"

    E BradshawMar 2018

  • "We have stayed a number of times at this apartment with no issues and it is a lovely apartment, however I think it needs some attention due to constant use."

    The microwave door was loose and kept coming of hinges, the shower was not very warm and I did report this to the cleaner but it was not resolved during our stay.

    Jan 2018

  • "The accommodation was extremely well appointed and comfortable, however the intermittent hot water for the shower was a problem."

    Two hot showers in a week and at best luke warm for the remainder was not ideal.

    Oct 2017

  • "Apartment was stunning, high standard of decoration, and furnishing, beautiful views, and prime location."

    Will definitely be going back

    Michelle MossOct 2017

  • "Beautiful apartment with superb views."

    Would stay again.

    Carole HemsleyAug 2017

  • "High standard accomodation"

    Jul 2016

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  • One bedroom: One en-suite king size bedroom
  • Wet-room with shower, loo, hand basin and heated towel rail
  • Open living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting room with iPod docking station, Smart TV & a telescope to make the most of the views
  • Ystafell wely efo gwely maint brenin. Ystafell wlyb gyda cawod, toiled, basn ymolchi a rheilen tywel wedi'i gynhesu
  • Ardal byw agored gyda chegin, ardal fwyta ac ystafell eistedd guda Smart TV, Gorsaf docio iPod a thelesgop i wneud y gorau o'r golygfeydd.
  • Smart TV, telescope and iPod docking station
  • Combination microwave/grill, Bosch oven, grill & hob, cafetiere, fridge with icebox compartment, dishwasher
  • Wifi
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Amenities within walking distance
  • Smart TV, Gorsaf docio iPod, telesgop
  • Microdon, popty Bosch, gril, hob & echdynnu, oergell gyda rhewgell fach
  • Wifi, Darperir llieiniau a thyweli.

The property

Branwen is a modern and delightful holiday apartment next to the majestic castle in Harlech!

Offering quality furnishings, stunning views of the castle with the sea and mountains beyond, this is a stylish first floor holiday apartment that has real comfort and a chic feel. The sitting room, kitchen and dining areas are all combined in one contemporary open plan living space.

The kitchen has all you’ll will need for rustling up tasty meals. The dining table boasts lovely sea views with the mountains behind and seats up to four people.

The sitting area faces the castle and the windows have an ideal outlook for people watching!

Here is an iPod docking station, Smart TV and a telescope for making the most of the views. The sumptuous bedroom has an ever-so-comfortable king size bed, quality bed linen and a wall hung TV. What a bathroom this holiday apartment has!

A large wet-room shower, loo, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. Branwen is just one five apartments set in this building.

They are situated above the visitor's centre in the grounds of the castle, which is open during the day, but won’t bother you come night time.

You can walk to the castle, of course, and also a few restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as, the gorgeous sandy beach.

Why not explore further afield with a day visit to bustling Barmouth or Porthmadog?

Snowdonia National Park is also within driving distance with its mountains and myriad attractions and activities to keep you busy.

However, for the less active you can also have a relaxing, romantic break here as a couple, without having to get in the car.

To enjoy a lovely break in North Wales, make sure to book now! In the event your chosen dates are booked, please check the other apartments on site for availability 1008865- Bendigeidfran, 1008866 - Efnisien, 1008867 - Gwern,1008868 - Matholwch Note: Special offer to guests: 20% off Cadw Membership Enjoy: Unlimited access to more than 100 historic sites in Wales 10% off Cadw gift shops 50% off entry to English Heritage and Historic Scotland sites FREE entry to English Heritage and Historic Scotland on renewal FREE entry to Manx National Heritage properties FREE membership pack including car sticker and full colour map To take advantage of this offer, please look for the instructions in your key collection details.

Note: We are unable to accept bookings with a Sunday arrival date.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250
Note: A parking space will be reserved for you. During your stay, you must display the sign provided in the apartment in your car. Further details regarding parking will be in your travel information.
Note: 10% discount for Cadw Members when booking your stay at any of the Harlech Apartments. You can request the discount code by contacting the Cadw membership team at cadwmemberships@golleyslater.co.uk ( telephone 02920786022) quoting your membership number. Then call our reservations team to make the booking quoting the discount code’.
Note: The load max for the lift is 400KG Maximum and capacity for the lift is 2 persons. Guests must not exceed the maximum capacity and any misuse of the lift by guests may incur repair costs.
Note: Baby equipment is NOT provided
Note: Access statement available on request
Note: Please be aware the lift only goes to the first floor and services Branwen, Bendigeidfran and Efnisien. There are stairs from the 1st floor to Matholwch and Gwern on the the 2nd floor.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Barmouth 11 miles; Porthmadog 10 miles.

Situated in a magnificent position between the mountains and the sea, the delightful small town of Harlech is dominated by its majestic 13th century castle. Harlech Castle is recognised as the most impressive of all those built in North Wales by Edward I and has World Heritage status. The town is very popular with golfers, who come to enjoy the famous Royal St. Davids course, whilst the beautiful sandy beach is wonderful for family fun and long walks. Harlech offers an excellent variety of amenities including some good quality restaurants, whilst the whole of the Snowdonia National Park, together with the sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay, are all within easy reach.

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