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Harlech Apartments - Gwern

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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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50 Customer Reviews

  • "The apartment was very clean, warm and welcoming."

    We have stayed in several of the Harlech apartments and have always enjoyed them. This time was as good as any previous stay. Some reviews mentioned drain smell from shower which we certainly did not, so presumably that issue was fixed. Heating was great and there were several electric heaters just in case there were problems - we didn't need these. Only comment is if you have visited in the past be aware that you do not get any milk supplied now.

    Reviewed by William5.0Feb 2024

  • "Generally excellent, obvious problem with damp or leak on ceiling and wall."

    Could do with more cutlery. Toaster was dangerous as scalding hot to touch and burns tips of fingers. Would be nice for salt and pepper to be provided as its a basic condiment.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Oct 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay in Gwern."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped apartment with wonderful views of mountains, coast and castle! Heating and ventilation were good, after working out how to open secondary glazing units to access sash windows! Car park very busy in day, so problematic if returning before 5 pm, even in mid October. Lift is a waste of space, only goes to first floor, this is not made clear in description. We tried using lift to take bags to first floor, it kept stopping, took about 5 minutes, our total weight including bags was under 200 kg, limit is shown as 400 kg. Good area to visit with many attractions

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Oct 2023

  • "It was a really really nice apartment, well equipped and with lovely furnishings and all the mod cons and in a good location with great views and with parking."

    However, the weather was changing and the heating didn’t seem to work. We checked and followed the instructions in the folder but the radiators didn’t come on. We resorted to using the electric heater in the end but it didn’t really heat the apartment sufficiently. There was a sign saying that the heat pump takes a while to get going but in the three days that we were there it didn’t seem to manage it. The internet was almost non existent, luckily we had lots of data on our phones.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic apartment."

    Great views, clean and bright. Only criticism would be a slight drain smell in the bathroom and the tv had the wrong cable so didn’t work. We swapped it with the one in the bedroom so it worked, but others may have struggled as the remote needed new batteries also. Other than that, it was the perfect location and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Liz4.1Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay beautiful apartment and beautiful views wished we could have stayed longer"

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved this little apartment apart from two things."

    The suds is well overdue for boards underneath the seats and for the seats to be refilled. We ended up using our pillows to sit on to get comfortable. The bathroom has a musty drain smell which filters into the bedroom, we overcame this by putting the bath mat over the shower drain and buying a reef diffuser which soon made everything a while lot more pleasant. The only other comment would be we we unsure what was left by the previous occupants and what we had to replace I.E. toilet roll, kitchen roll, cooking foil. 10 out 10 for the plant based soaps, washing up liquid and cleaning products, so lovely to see a business being environmentally friendly. The welcome pack was a lovely touch too. This is a great base for exploring the northwest coast of Wales and such amazing views. Would come back again

    Reviewed by Jayne3.1Aug 2023

  • "Our stay at Gwern apartment was lovely the views are spectacular and it has great little shops close by, at night it is so quiet you could hear a pin drop."

    but we had no WiFi for the first five day for some reason.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Aug 2023

  • "Unfortunately WiFi wasn't working for the duration of are stay."

    Lovely apartment but sofa was a little tired and uncomfortable. The pictures on the website are a bit misleading as it shows a picture of toiletries which didn't materialise. Overal,l lovely stay incredible views.

    Reviewed by Gerwyn4.1Aug 2023

  • "Three issues: - suggest you replace some of the plug sockets with joint plus/usb sockets."

    I was not able to charge up my phone. - more plug sockets all round, only 2 available in the lounge area - there are red flashing lights operating all night outside the castle cafe. These are visible in the apartment despite closing the curtains. This was so intrusive it prevented us sleeping

    Reviewed by Steven4.1Jul 2023

  • "The apartment was clean, comfortable with fantastic views of Snowdonia."

    The kitchen was well equipped once we overcame the child lock on the hob (good phone reception to access the web for guidance), the fridge did need defrosting. The location was outstanding so close to the castle but harlech appears to have struggled and dies after 18:00.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2023

  • "The apartment is lovely."

    A mirror near a socket for drying hair as the lead is very short. Sofa seat was uncomfortable as the stuffing appeared to have seen better days, so it felt like you were sitting on the frame. The outside lights from the cafe flickered at night ( i believe this may be a fault), this impacted on the quality of sleep, even with the curtains closed it came through the side and also flickered on the ceiling. The shower head/hose leaks. Parking is a problem as people do not take notice of the designated parking area whether this be the 3 set aside or those allocated in the public car park. We had to park in the disabled parking because of this, which I know upset at least one couple.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Jun 2023

  • "The apartment was light, bright, airy and very comfortable and we would stay again."

    However, the showerhead is still leaking with more water coming out of the joint with the hose than out of the showerhead itself. This issue has been highlighted on many previous reviews but the problem persists. The lightbulb in the cooker hood needs replacing. We did email Menai Holidays about these issues. You need to specify in your marketing material that the lift only goes to the first floor. This was not an issue for us but the stairs to the second floor apartments are a problem for anyone with limited mobility.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Jun 2023

  • "The apartment was a little smaller than we anticipated but well appointed, the biggest issue is or was the constant smell of drains in the bedroom."

    We spoke to your team on Saturday morning following a poor night The Cadw maintenance team responded immediately( on your behalf I assume ) with some strong disinfectant for the bathroom shower and wash basin. This provided some relief but this was the beginning of disinfectant applications throughout the week as the only method of relieving the hideous odour This definitely cast a shadow on our stay and would I recommend the apartment- unfortunately not though the local staff were really helpful These facilities need to be constantly flushed if the smell is to be reduced and I am sure I am not the first guest to comment as I have Unfortunately being a Past Chairman and Captain at Royal St Davids I have been asked how my stay in the apartments went so I had to be somewhat circumspect with my response

    Reviewed by Norman3.1May 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment with everything you could need ."

    We had a lovely weeks stay . The place was really clean , the bed was really comfortable and the welcome package was gratefully received and delicious . Only slight criticism is the Wi-Fi is very weak and sometimes didn’t work at all which effected the smart tv , but as we were out most of the time this wasn’t the biggest deal for us .

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Apr 2023

  • "We have stayed in this apartment and other apartments at the Castle."

    On numerous occasions we have had to speak up about the bedding. The first time we stayed when we had to strip the bed because of covid there was a large urine stain on the mattress. Second stay at Gwern there were hairs in the bed and had cleaners come to change them and the last straw taking the bedding off again another yellow patch on the mattress protector. Thinking no-one was listening and the thought of sleeping on it again put shudders down our spine and therefore cancelled two further bookings. Also I agree with the settee is not at all comfortable like sitting on the frame. So sad because we loved the views and peace. Nothing ever seems to be addressed so the leaking shower also continues.

    Reviewed by Andrea1.6Apr 2023

  • "We had a nice week the apt is on the top floor the lift only goes up 1 floor , ..."

    We had a nice week the apt is on the top floor the lift only goes up 1 floor , great views , but not as big as the pictures suggest , very clean , kitchen has every thing you will need, Not a fan of the toilet being in the bedroom , Building work in the castle started early and noisy , but beyond owners control, Nice place for a quiet break

    Reviewed by Bryan4.4Mar 2023

  • "My only criticism is the lack of a mirror and socket together for doing hair."

    Other than that it was perfect!!

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.4Jul 2022

  • "Repeat problems from previous visitors."

    Shower is not correct. Towel rack in bathroom still doesn’t work. The feedbacks are at least 6 months old and haven’t been resolved.

    Reviewed by David3.4Mar 2022

  • "Dead flies trapped in window space."

    Secondary glazing windows either locked or won't open beyond an inch so no way of opening the windows to allow for ventilation. Shower head does not adjust, looks like a cheap replacement to the original fitting. Rug in lounge is grubby. Sofa is past its best . Standard lamp still won't work months after being reported by a previous guest. All PAT stickers out of date by two months. Tiny worktop space for food preparation. On frying pan still had food residue on it and both were wafer thin. Hot water takes an age to arrive so very wasteful on water. There is a telescope which is very stylish but useless for star -gazing due to floodlights on the castle. All in all a triumph of style over substance and the style is showing its age.

    Reviewed by Frank1.9Dec 2021

  • "THe apartment is fantastic."

    Really good quality, great location and views. There was a problem with the heating on the first night. Although the heating was fixed about 4pm the apartment didn’t become comfortable until 11pm or so, even with the extra heaters provided. Hot water takes a long time to arrive, several minutes before shower is useable. The shower room heater does not work.

    Reviewed by David4.4Nov 2021

  • "I would have no problem with booking the apartment again but have some constructive comments."

    The towel rail was not working and it would be useful to have instructions for the microwave. Both problems easily solved. The main bone of contention was the shower. By pointing outward rather than down meant having to stand at the back of the cubicle ensuring that the floor was covered in water.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2021

  • "The apartment was nice and the location loverly however the WiFi was very poor we could only get a very limited service."

    The parking at times was problematic, as people ignored the signs for residents parking especially the two spaces in the main car park even if a cone was used,

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Aug 2021

  • "First of all I would like to say we had a lovely holiday in Harlech."

    The accommodation was very well situated with stunning views. The castle staff were very friendly and helpful when we were booking Conway Castle. . However we had several issues with the apartment, firstly our arrival time was put back to 6pm, thus reducing our holiday due to extra cleaning! Our holiday with you in Yorkshire this year was spotless and we arrived at 3pm. The radiator in the bathroom that acts as a heated towel rail didn't work. So we had wet towels and bath mat all week. Not a pleasant experience. The large floor lamp in the lounge didn't work, when we investigated found a bulb that needed replacing. No spare bulbs in the apartment. Also noticed thick dust all over the shade. I felt the whole apartment needed a deep clean, Next, when making our first brew, went for the mugs only to find one didn't have a handle it was in the mug, and another was very badly chipped, not good with Covid. There was no cereal bowls at all only large pasta bowls. The glasses were a real mish mash, nothing matched, rather poor really. Over all very minimal cutlery. Our first evening we came across a couple having just arrived stuck in the lift. They had been there for 2 hours... We rang the number you had given us in an e mail only to find it was out of hours! A friend telephoned the fire brigade just as an engineer arrived. He couldn't get in as he didn't know the code, and no one could hear him knock. Obviously he didn't know anything about the apartments. He had to travel for hours to get to this emergency. Fire brigade was cancelled. So in all our experience in Harlech was somewhat spoiled. Not what we are used to with Sykes. I'm sure extra cleaning time could be put to good use, and a thorough check of equipment needed.

    Reviewed by June2.8Jun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and felt very much at home."

    We were a little concerned because entrance to Harlech was on the groundwork but we are pleased to say there was nothing to worry about. The only concerns were that the shower head was fixed so that the water came out horizontally and soaked the bathroom floor after every shower. Need a laminate sheet with basic instructions in how to use the cooker and microwave No mirror in the bedroom near a plug point when drying hair

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic apartment directly opposite Harlech Castle."

    Very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Apr 2021

  • "The apartment was warm and comfortable and so well equipped to a high standard with everything we could possibly need including maps and tourist leaflets and information on places to go."

    And the little goody bag of Welsh treats was a lovely touch. Being high up near Harlech Castle, and with so many windows in the property, we had magnificent views over the Castle opposite, but mainly of Snowdonia. There were many walks in the area, both on the beach and up into the hills, but we were within a short drive of many beautiful places. The best walk we did was up the Roman Steps right to the cairn at the top, looking over in the next valley. It was 1.7 miles up from the car park by Cwm Bychan. The best view we saw was from Good God Corner after climbing up the footpath from the southern end of Harlech Beach. The place seemed Covid safe. There was antibacterial hand gel and spray in the apartment and all seemed to be very clean when we arrived. There should have been a three day Cadw pass but this was suspended because of Covid 19 but they did give us free entry into Harlech Castle. It is a lovely apartment and we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2020

  • "There was a segregated bin for recycling, but no instructions on how this particular area conducts recycling."

    Where I live all recycling goes in a single bin not 3!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had problems with heating as it went off at 5:30 on the first night, no one could fix that evening but when the visitor centre was open "Tony" increased the boiler temp to stop it tripping."

    Saturday night came and the heating when off yet again. had to put the oven on for heat. Contacted Sykes again but little could be done. We were supposed to say Sunday night but left in the day as we did not want another night without heating. Very disappointed and unacceptable.

    Reviewed by Andrew2.5Aug 2020

  • "A few extra towels would have been useful as we were there for 4 nights and couldn't get the heated towel rail to work."

    Otherwise lovely apartment with stunning views!

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Aug 2020

  • "Cawsom amser gwych yn y fflat."

    Ond roeddwn yn hynod siomedig fod y gwyboadeth am y fflat a'r atyniadau lleol i gyd yn Saesneg! Loved the flat and had a great time.But I was extremely shocked and disappointed that the information regarding the apartment and surrounding attractions was only in English. I felt like a stranger in my own country! That this location and accomodation was for the pleasure of people from outside Wales only. This upset me as a native Welsh speaker but it is also vital that visitors from other countries realise that Welsh is a living language and used locally in Harlech. If problems suchs COVID continue, more people from Wales will want to holiday in their own country and will want their language and culture reflected in their accomadation of choice. I look forward to hearing from you that this problem has been resolevd. Diolch.

    Reviewed by Anwen5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our three night stay, and having stayed in a similar apartment in 2016, we knew that we would enjoy it."

    However, one small blot - the tv reception was very intermittent. The message "Weak signal or check the cable connection" was a constant feature, and given the importance of keeping up-to-date with information regarding the Covid-19 restrictions, it was a good job that I had bought my laptop. My partner was also disappointed that the small package of toiletries, which was given as a free gift in 2016, was no longer available. However, the biscuits and gin marmalade were delicious! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Mar 2020

  • "A lovely flat with fantastic views across the Snowdonia mountain range; Snowdonia is breathtaking."

    A lovely touch was the welcome pack of Welsh cakes, fudge and jam on arrival. Amid what has been a very difficult time with the rapid spread of the Corona virus whilst we were in Wales the people and community of Harlech were so welcoming and helpful, especially as the main tourist attractions were closed and they pointed us to other local places to visit. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Liza5.0Mar 2020

  • "This was our third visit to the castle apartments so we knew what we were to expect."

    Gorgeous apartment with stunning views. Could do with a cafetiere as we had to make coffee in the teapot!

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Feb 2020


    Reviewed by Diane4.7Sep 2019

  • "Lovely furnishings"

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Aug 2019

  • "Lovely apartment, overlooking the beautiful castle at Harlech."

    The apartment had everything you needed for a holiday break. Very clean and well maintained, luxurious furnishings and a very comfy bed. Great location with lots of fabulous restaurants on the doorstep. Lots of great walks from the apartment, we went up into the hills to visit the 'crown of thrones' amazing scenery. Definitely recommend this holiday for a couple.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2019

  • "Nice apartment ."


    David WalkerJan 2019

  • "Excellent apartment, well equipped."

    Unfortunately the smart TV's promised, but didn't deliver as the Wifi was poor.

    Nov 2018

  • "Very clean, modern, comfortable and with the most amazing views especially of Harlech Castle, Tremadog Bay and superb sunsets."

    Both my wife and I hope to return at some time in the future. The accommodation was also ideally placed for exploring the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia.

    Lionel KayOct 2018

  • "The apartment was beautifully appointed and very clean, with beautiful views over to the mountains."

    Very quiet and peaceful despite the tourists visiting the castle!

    Sue HoltJul 2018

  • "The outside of building was immaculate."

    The entrance hall and stairs were of high standard, clean and tidy. The apartment was very clean with high quality fixtures and fittings. The bed was extremely comfortable, and we slept well. The only negative points were the en-suite door with lack of privacy, and the poor wifi signal, which would benefit from a boaster within apartment.

    Richard JordanJun 2018

  • "Quality very good."

    Excellent views to add to experience. Some maintenance needed to make it 5 stars

    Janet GriffithJun 2018

  • "Welcome pack of welsh cakes was rather minimal, most places leave enough tea/coffee and milk for a welcome drink ."

    not enough glasses etc and no cork screw. Looks like things had not been replaced when broken, some things there 6 of, others just 3

    Apr 2018

  • "Quality apartment."

    Comfortable and stylish. Unfortunately the plates and saucepans were not clean and I had to wash them before use, but this did not impede our stay.

    Nov 2017

  • "A beautifully appointed self-catering apartment, with breath-taking views towards Snowdonia, the Llyn and the sea with an even better view of Harlech Castle!"

    This was our second stay at this apartment and we came away totally relaxed.

    Nicola HoltSep 2017

  • "The apartment was great, good location, well furnished & maintained & the explorer pass was a bonus."

    The only downside we found to the apartment was the lack of basics (no washing up liquid / teabags / cooking oil / kitchen roll / tin foil / cling film etc) on arriving, we arrived around 7pm & found the local Spar closed at 8pm we stocked up on the basics but I get the feeling these may be removed on cleaning. Regarding Harlech the town is quaint, be warned it's a steep hill climb from the beach back up to the apartment & the only downside was availability of restaurants in the evening - most were either fully booked days in advance or didn't seat people after 8pm (closing at 9-9.30). The highlight of our stay was a Tapas meal in the Harlech Castle Cafe / Restaurant (only serves Wed-Sat & worth booking), the food was amazing, service by the staff was fantastic & the view of the castle by night was stunning. The Castle Bistro was also good food, service was a little slow but mainly due to onboarding of new staff but very polite

    Susan TapsonAug 2017

  • "Prime location opposite Harlech Castle."

    Amazing views out onto the Snowdonia Mountains. Cosy and comfortable inside. Perfect base for any holiday. Just book it!

    Jul 2016

  • "Well furnished and comfortable"

    JohnJul 2016

  • "Good"

    Jul 2016

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  • One bedroom: 1 x en-suite kigsize
  • 1 x shower room with shower, heated towel rail, wash hand basin and loo
  • Open living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting room. Un ystafell wely: 1 x maint brenin ensuite
  • 1 x ystafell gawod gyda chawod, rheilen dyweli wedi'i gynhesu, basn golchi dwylo a thoiled
  • Ardal fyw agored gyda chegin, ardal fwyta ac ystafell eistedd.
  • iPod docking station, Smart TV
  • Microwave, Bosch oven, hob & grill, fridge with freezer compartment
  • Wifi
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Amenities within walking distance
  • Gorsaf docio iPod, Teledu Clyfar
  • Microdon, popty Bosch, hob a gril, oergell gyda rhan rhewgell
  • Wifi
  • Darperir llieiniau a thywelion
  • Cyfleusterau o fewn pellter cerdded.

The property

Gwern is one of five luxury holiday apartments in the lovely coastal town of Harlech in Snowdonia.

This is a second floor contemporary apartment that is filled with the highest quality furnishings.

There is an impressive castle, shops, cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance, and there is also a Blue Flag beach and golf course nearby. The open plan living spaces encompasses the sitting room, kitchen and dining areas.

A sofa faces the TV and iPod docking station with another chair set in the gorgeous arched window which offers views of the castle. The kitchen makes self catering holidays easy and includes a microwave, Bosch oven, hob & grill, fridge with icebox compartment.

The dining table seats up to four people, ideal if you do invite friends over for supper! The double bedroom is delightful with a gorgeous mattress to ensure a quality nights sleep.

There's also a wall hung TV to catch up on your favourite programme. Just off the bedroom is a modern shower room with shower, heated towel rail, wash hand basin and loo. Gwern is located in a building set within the grounds of glorious Harlech Castle.

Whilst the visitors centre, castle and cafe are open in the daytime, they won’t disturb you at night as they are close.

You can see the castle out of the windows and with places to eat and drink nearby, you don’t have to jump in the car again if you’d like to fully relax.

Alternatively, if exploring North Wales is something you’re keen to do, Snowdonia offers a great variety of attractions, villages and towns, walks and activities.

Whatever you choose to do, this holiday apartment in Harlech is the ideal base for your adventure in North Wales. In the event your chosen dates are booked, please check the other apartments on site for availability 1008864- Branwen, 1008865 - Bendigeidfran, 1008866 - Efnisien, 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 ( 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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This property offers the following short breaks:

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