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Is Y Deri

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Harlech, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


  • 10 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (8)
  • clean (5)
  • out (4)
  • bath (4)
  • great (4)
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10 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a lovely property in a great location and we would return BUT we found it dirty and in need of some attention."

    The property smelt generally musty. There was dust, cobwebs and dirt throughout. Tables were marked and sticky. Duvet covers had buttons missing, mould was evident in various places, there were light bulbs out (we replaced a few from the kitchen drawer), ill fitting doors, a missing lamp shade, no pillow protectors used at all. Spare pillows provided without pillow cases. Light pull cords were black and disgusting. There were cigarette butts outside the back door. One velux window appears to have a piece of snooker cue attached by a jubilee clip hanging from it by way of an opener. One ceiling rose was hanging off. One of the living room curtains was hanging off the rail. Things future guests need to know! There were no non-slip areas or mats in any of the baths or showers and the tiled floors were very slippery when wet too so take your own non-slip mats. The towels supplied were too small and suitable only for children. We used our beach towels for showering. The bottom bunk in the family room was very close to the top one and our tiny 4 year old struggled to sit up without banging her head so may not be suitable for older children. The garden picnic table seated 6 adults at best and was tired, wonky and listed dreadfully when anyone stood up. We used our own chairs and the children sat on picnic blankets to allow us all to sit together to eat outside. The heating can’t be turned off only down and coupled with the thick quilts it was too hot for august and made sleeping difficult even with all the windows open. There is only 1 wardrobe in the property for 10 people. Two bedrooms have makeshift hanging rails which aren’t really fit for purpose and one had nothing. There were no bin bags supplied and you’ll need to take the large swing bin size. The info in the folder regarding rubbish collection is wrong. Both bins were emptied on Monday not one Monday and one Thursday. The wifi is patchy at best with 10 people in the house and doesn’t seem to reach upstairs. Despite all of the negatives this house is a great holiday home, there’s virtually no passing traffic, the location is wonderful and the garden is gorgeous. The indoor furniture, mattresses and carpets were nice quality and it was lovely to get all 10 of us round one table! The three large sofas provide comfortable seating for everyone. There’s a great washer-dryer and a good size dishwasher. Two fridges are a great idea. There’s evidence of some recent decoration so we presumed that it is a work in progress and the real issue lies with a poor cleaning and maintenance service and before being asked, the reason we didn’t contact the owners during our stay is that we didn’t want to waste precious family time dealing with this or face a confrontation. We simply cleaned and tidied what we could and lived with the rest. We would all stay again and hopefully most of the issues would have been resolved. This isn’t the first review highlighting problems with cleanliness but I really hope it’s the last. We paid a lot of money and this was a very important milestone holiday for our family and it was a shame the same issues from a review in aug 2022 are ongoing.

    Thank you Dawn for your feedback. Great to hear you would come back again dispite some of the comments raised. We would have welcomed a call from you during your stay as we could have resolved the majority of these issues during your stay, to make it more comfortable. For future guests reading this feedback, I would like the opportunity to comment on our setup: - We provide a hand towel and bath towel per guest. Standard size towels. We don't provide bath sheets. - Duvets are 12 tog rated for all seasons. We won't change them to a lower tog in the summer months as the weather in Wales can be changeable. - We don't provide pillow protectors, only mattress protectors. Additional pillow cases can be found in the airing cupboard. - Heating is set to a comfortable 19oC. The heating is programmed to only come on if the temperature falls below this level. Heating can be manually adjusted to suit, and every radiator in every room have a thermostat control. Alternatively, I could have adjusted the programme remotely. - The picnic bench seats up to 8 people and with second bench provides additional outdoor seating for a further 3/4 people. We have plenty of room for a group up to 10 guests. - The "snooker" cue bracket in the Chapel bathroom allows guests to open the window easily, to allow for extra ventilation when necessary. Without this bracket some guests would find it hard to release the window. - We have a triple wardrobe in the family room. Unfortunately, due to the sloping ceilings in many of the bedrooms, it's impossible to have a full-sized wardrobe. We provide "contemporary" style rails with additional coat hangers instead, should guests require them. This is visible in the pictures. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned between guests, with a deep clean arranged every 6 weeks. This doesn't stop spiders from reappearing, especially as we are located next to a wood, but it helps. Hopefully this covers the majority of comments mentioned, and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind regards, Gary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn2.5Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is in desperate need of a deep clean and some much needed TLC and updating."

    So disappointed to be writing this but here are some of the issues...... Cobwebs, thick dust, mould (especially in upstairs bathroom) dishwasher dirty, the radiator beside the kitchen bin covered in food and dirt, wiped the dining room table down and the cloth was black, sofas need replacing as so uncomfortable and broken we had to use some wood to prop the middle sections up, garden furniture not adequate, mattress on one of the beds in the family room needs replacing, not sure the last time the windows were cleaned, the list could easily go on but think I have covered the major issues and don’t want to come across as being picky!! When we arrived we went straight out to buy cleaning products. We were very fortunate to have amazing weather so luckily we did not have to spend a lot of time at cottage. No excuse really for the cottage not to be spotless.

    Hi there, thank you for you feedback, we do wished you would have contacted us during your booking as we would have happily re-attended to help rectify any issues. We now have a new furniture and have also replaced some mattresses'. We had a previous issue where a child was jumping on the sofa and caused some damage, we have now reinforced the sofas as they are quite expensive for us to replace. We thank you for highlighting these issues to us, we have now discussed these with hour housekeeping team. Our garden has a picnic bench for 10 and also an additional bench, we hope this is sufficient as our property does only hold 10 guests. We hope you visit us again so you can see what improvements we've made. Kind regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon2.2Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was wonderful and an excellent place to stay to relax and to discover more about the beautiful North Wales countryside."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2020

  • "The bins were left outside not in the bins provided therefore were strewn around by the wildlife."

    Not such a welcoming site. We did clean them up into the bins for council collection on the Monday morning. The beds were comfy although it was questioned by some in the party if they had been clean on. The oven certainly could have been cleaned before we arrived. As could the clothing found behind the couch in the lounge. The number of glasses which had been put away with a crack in them was shocking I took out 4 and put them aside. There was the benefit of many more There was an abundance of utensils. Which was very useful. A reminder to bring some tinfoil would be good. The dishwasher was good to go after we cleaned the filter and filled the salt. Something I didn't expect to have to do. The use of the two fridges for such a large party was very useful. The cottage was very well laid out.

    Reviewed by Sheila3.4May 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and homely."

    Bit disappointed to learn that one of the bathrooms was out of bounds the day before we were due to arrive but didn't hinder our trip. Location was ideal. Overall we were really happy with the accomodation and had a lovely time. Would definitely consider returning. Gary (the home owner) was lovely and extremely helpful when we locked ourselves out! Apparently we were not the first haha.

    Reviewed by Stacey3.8Oct 2018

  • "Generally very pleased with accommodation at Is Y Deri, but felt that there was room for improvement in cleanliness in some areas, e."

    G. floors, especially downstairs. Bathrooms however were very clean. Fridge space is rather limited for a cottage for up to 10 people. That said, we had a great week and would be happy to book again if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Edward3.8Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was listed accurately and there was lots of local info available when we arrived."

    Perfectly situated to visit Zip World and we all had a great weekend.

    Reviewed by Antonia4.7Apr 2018

  • "For a group of girls heading to Zip world this was perfect!"

    Very clean on arrival, very cold when the heating turned off at night but the log fire was great! Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Amy4.8Oct 2017

  • "A fantastic weekend in a beautiful cottage enjoyed by the whole family."

    Excellent facilities and very thoughtful owners. Have already recommended to friends and will definitely visit again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.6Oct 2016



    Reviewed by GEOF5.0Sep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with 2 singles and 2'6" bunk
  • Two bathrooms with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner included in rent
  • One well behaved dog is welcome
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • High chair, booster seat, stairgate and travel cot
  • CD player with DAB radio, Internet radio and Bluetooth speaker
  • Landline for incoming calls and emergency out-going calls only
  • Very limited mobile signal
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed front lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: This is a roadside property, children to be supervised when in the car parking area

The property

Harlech 1.6 miles.

A well-presented, detached stone-built cottage, less than two miles from Harlech in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

Is Y Deri provides spacious holiday accommodation, perfect for large groups of families and friends to enjoy time together in this beautiful part of Wales.

The sitting room offers a character stone fireplace with a woodburner, adding to the welcoming, cosy atmosphere, and the large kitchen/diner is a wonderful place for everyone to gather together and share holiday plans.

The first floor is divided into two independent sleeping accommodation areas, one with a double and twin bedroom complemented by a family bathroom in one section, and the other offering a double bedroom, a family bedroom and a second bathroom.

Outside this Harlech cottage, the enclosed garden is the ideal spot for spending afternoons together, with the backdrop of the southern Snowdonia mountain range setting the scene for a memorable summer’s barbecue or a friendly kick-about.

A private gate leads you into the ancient woodland immediately behind the cottage.

The area surrounding the cottage is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with wonderful walking and cycling trails, and mountain biking facilities to be found close by.

Harlech's amenities are less than two miles away, including the World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle, whilst one mile further is the stunning golden sandy beach and the famous St. David’s links golf course.

This is a perfect location for touring the whole of the National Park, with its magnificent snow-capped mountains, wonderful woodlands, waterfalls and pristine beaches.

This is a charming Harlech cottage in a vibrant and varied region of Wales.

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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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas