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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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58 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second visit to this large, light, well maintained bungalow which sits in an elevated position with views over the mountains and sea."

    A spacious kitchen with breakfast bar and also dining area, and very comfortable large lounge. We found it well stocked with everything we needed. We had a lovely time and the weather was pretty good. Not to be missed, the walk to Harlech Castle icecream shop returning along the beach. Many thanks to Jamie. We plan to return. Many thanks to Jamie, we hope to return. (The weather was good too).

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jun 2024

  • "Another lovely stay at merrydown."

    Third visit.

    Reviewed by Reg5.0May 2024

  • "This was our second stay at Merrydown and it did not disappoint!"

    This is a wonderful cottage in a beautiful location. The views are stunning and it is so peaceful and quiet. The cottage is in a very convenient location, with walks nearby and towns only a quick drive away. It is much bigger than it looks on the outside, and is incredibly well equipped. We loved our holiday here. Thank you once again, Jamie!

    Reviewed by Scott5.0May 2024

  • "We found the bungalow was dusty under the armchairs and sofa in the lounge."

    There were cobwebs in the bedroom right at the end, behind the door. There were a few spiders and cobwebs in the bathroom and one silverfish appeared. The sink in the bathroom could be a little bigger otherwise I would have a shower everyday. The oven we were unable to use due to it being dirty. No green scourer to clean in the kitchen. Owner had to bring us dishwasher tablets as none was provided. The recycled bin was put out on Tuesday for collection on Wednesday and it still wasn't emptied by Friday. But we found the property very spacious and comfortable. And the log burner was working either. (Do we get a reduction for not using the log burner)

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8May 2024

  • "Lovely spot."

    Great views across bay. Everything we needed. Great Host and good communications.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Apr 2024

  • "Clean, warm and well equipped cottage"

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Oct 2023

  • "Defiantly the best cottage that suits are needs."

    Best location,best views,best beach. So quiet and peaceful. So all in all simply the best! Thank you Jamie.

    Reviewed by Reg5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really lovely stay lovely property and would stay again clean and tidy plus had everything we needed and more."

    Nice view of coast in the distance and a very quiet location.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thanks Jamie, we very much enjoyed our stay at your lovely, clean and comfortable Bungalow."

    The views were good, it was quiet and peaceful and it was very handy for visiting the attractions of the area, we enjoyed walking down the zig zag path to the amazing wonderful beach. Weather was pretty good too.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.4Sep 2023

  • "The bungalow was lovely with a beautiful view in a very peaceful place."

    It had everything we needed. I would highly recommend it and we will be returning! It is the perfect place to get away from it all. The owner Jamie was very kind and helpful and we send him our greetings.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Merry down and would be very happy to rebook at sometime in the future."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2023

  • "Thanks for a lovely holiday, everything provided."

    A rug in the bedrooms would be nice

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great place for a family holiday."

    .. everything we needed and good communication with owner.. thank you

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful property, amazing area & scenery very comfortable with everything needed for a great stay ,second visit would definitely go again."

    Reviewed by Jill5.0May 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Merrydown, lovely clean property with views of the sea."

    Comfortable beds, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and plenty of space. It’s a great place to stay. Very quiet and calming. It’s only a short walk to a gorgeous beach if you take the zig zag steps path but you can also drive or walk to another beach about a mile away where there are toilets and a little cafe. Lovely area and plenty of places to visit by car.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Often we have booked holiday accommodation after looking at the reviews and more often than not we have been at least somewhat disappointed."

    This bungalow is an exception. It is very spacious inside and the sea views are much better than we expected. Two small terraces that face the view. One note, if you can sit outside we would suggest taking some folding chairs as the metal patio furniture is not very comfortable. Would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely bungalow with 3 good size bedrooms."

    Fabulous views across to the sea from comfortable sitting room or sitting in well maintained, quiet, front garden. Slightly dated in parts, but excellent Bosch fridge freezer, and white goods. Lovely hot shower over bath. A few minor points: Some issues with sitting room windows opening, which owner wasn't aware of and was fixing. Tempered glass worktop protectors, that grate on your knife, but no ordinary chopping boards. If you cook from scratch there was no large casserole or saute pan for "one-pot" meals. Only a few mismatched wine glasses, mostly small ones, which owner said he would sort. None of these are big problems unless you book for 6 adult size people and want eat in.

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Jun 2022

  • "We loved staying at Merrydown, it’s in a lovely location with great views and was very comfortable."

    We had a very relaxing time . It’s a great base to stay for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "For us (2) it was a great location as we know the area well and enjoy the pleasures of mountain biking & walking."

    Hoping to revisit later in the year. Very clean & comfortable. Thank you Jamie.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was our fourth visit so we obviously like the property very much."

    It has everything we need for a great holiday. The location is perfect with easy access to many wonderful places. Jamie, the owner is very attentive and helpful. We can't really think of anything he hasn't provided.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Beautifully situation with access to the coast and mountains.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Merrydown is a fantastic place to stay, the views are fantastic, the Bungalow is like a Tardis all rooms are of a great size, you have everything you need, even in March we sat outside in the sun to see the beautiful scenery that is around the bungalow, it is just well thought out you have ever thing you need, its great to watch the rabbits in the back garden, and listen to the birds singing we saw so different birds, we will defiantly go back again, it was just a fantastic week."

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely bungalow in a beautiful area, had a lovely 5 days and would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2022

  • "The pictures don't do it justice, it's bigger then it looks!"

    Lovely and clean. Really well equipped kitchen. Wonderful views from the front room and 2 double bedrooms, we enjoyed watching the birds from the kitchen window too! Good wifi! Loved the log burner! Nice walk down to either Harlech beach or llandanwg beach, so great location! Will book again and we can highly recommend, Jamie the owner was in touch before arrival and available at the end of the phone if needed! Thanks for a great stay!

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Feb 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Merrydown."

    It’s in a beautiful location with some stunning views. The property itself was very cosy but much bigger on the inside than you’d expect! It was very easy to get comfy and felt like home away from home. It is ideally located, with towns only a short drive away and some lovely walks close by. We would have no hesitations about recommending a stay here, and very much hope to come back again in future. Jamie was incredibly helpful and gave us some information about the property before our stay. Thank you so much for letting us stay in this beautiful home - we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Nov 2021

  • "Clean, spacious, comfortable, well equipped, great location."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2021

  • "Just as a suggestion, supply lighter duvets in the summer"

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Aug 2021

  • "What a beautiful place."

    the views were stunning and the bungalow was really comfortable. It had everything we needed and more. We loved this area of Wales and will probably go back there and hopefully stay in the same place.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage has everything you need for a great holiday."

    The location is brilliant, with sea views and easy access to the beach. This was our third visit to Merrydown and we hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "Merrydown is like the TARDIS, bigger on the inside than it is on the out!"

    When we first arrived we couldn't get in as (unbeknownst to us) the key safe is behind the double doors on the side of the cottage. A quick ring to the owner put us on the right track and from there on in it was all wonderful. All the rooms were spacious and impeccably clean. There were lots of little features that raised the property to above average. Mum's disabled and spends more time in the cottage than my sister and I, so the Sky TV and Amazon Firestick were particularly appreciated. The FOUR piece suite in the living room was extremely comfortable and the beds were just right for us (not too soft, I get back ache in a soft bed.) We used Merrydown as a base of operations and visited as far north as Bangor and as far south as Dolgellau. we had wall to wall sunshine for the first half of the week but the second half was more overcast. we got a bit of rain but it didn't dampen our experience. Just half a mile down the road from Merrydown there's a slate mine (Llanfair Slate Caverns) and, from the carpark you get the most spectacular view over Shell Island. You feel like a god looking down on creation! Although no newbies to Wales, this is the first time we'd been this far south but it won't be the last. It's a beautiful part of the world full of friendly people and jaw-dropping scenery and Merrydown was the icing on the cake. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Jun 2021

  • "The property was ideal in itself and handily situated for walking to the coast and inland along footpaths (some remoter paths were on the OS map but hard to find when we got there, sometimes because of fallen trees, or no indication of where to go)."

    There was only one food shop, a long walk involved! No free cash machine!! The café next to the beach preferred cash. Awesome views of Snowdonia, Llyn, Llandanwg and Mochras beaches, also Rhinog mountains. Heartily recommended.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0May 2021

  • "Bungalow was everything we needed."

    The owner Jamie was available if we needed him.We did find the location a little out of the way for shops etc but the owner had left lots of information for us.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0May 2021

  • "This was our second holiday to Merrydown and it was just as good as the first."

    The cottage has everything we need and the location is excellent. Its either a very short two minute drive to the beach or a 10-15 minute walk. Most of North Wales is accessible from here and we make frequent trips into mid Wales also. We already have another trip booked for later in the year.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2021

  • "The location is fabulous with spectacular views across the bay."

    The bungalow is very well appointed and equipped.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Mary5.0Apr 2021

  • "We couldn't have wished for a more comfortable stay, the interior was modern, clean, bright and tastefully decorated and had everything we needed."

    The accommodation suited us and particularly my 90 year old mum perfectly. The view across the bay and to Shell Island were fabulous. It was an ideal base to explore the area from.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2020

  • "Was all we needed had to contact owner over a couple of minor issues had prompt reply & an over to come & look but it was not required ."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our week at the bungalow, very comfortable 6 people would have no problems with it."

    The views over Shell Island are lovely, the beaches in area are great . The drive entrance is a bit narrow, we had no problems but I'd you had a very large car you would have to be careful. The owner Jamie was great , we couldn't understand Sky tv and he came straight round to us and explained everything .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent property, in a good location."

    All facilities in the property were very good.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2020

  • "Some parts of cottage not cleaned properly."

    No up to date leaflets in cottage (those there appear to be from 2018). No local shops so on arrival after a long journey would have been nice to find some milk in the fridge to have a cup of tea. On occasions felt cold in property but not able to control central heating if required without phoning owner. Information sheet needs to be laminated and cleaned for each new let or new paper sheet provided for each new let. Lovely views from the cottage and vey peaceful and tranquil there.

    Reviewed by Brian3.4Aug 2020

  • "Great spacious and well furnished property."

    Great views. Very close to the best part of Harlech beach.

    Reviewed by Thierry5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful location couldn’t ask for more"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "Merrydown is a lovely bungalow with great views, it was very clean and comfortable."

    Loved it.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Oct 2019

  • "Third time in this cottage."

    Very comfy and close to the beach. Would suit anyone of all ages. Thanks for the treats Jamie. Will come again.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Sep 2019

  • "North wales is a beautiful area to take a holiday, we found the people friendly and helpful where ever we went, so many places to visit and things to do."

    We could'nt believe the amount of narrow gauge railways still in use from the mine works, all have been changed to take passengers on trips to beautiful area's of outstanding natural beauty or a seaside town with a castle to visit.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Aug 2019

  • "Sykes website is so easy to use and the way Sykes kept me up to date on payments was really reassuring."

    I didn't have to contact Sykes once all information was sent to me promptly with detailed instructions and directions. The holiday at merrydown in llanfair was perfect. The bungalow was very clean and provided everything we needed. Merrydown is also in a perfect location, the beach and mountains on your doorstep. I would definitely book again as it is the cleanest holiday home I have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Aug 2019

  • "Merrydown is a real home from home and very well appointed."

    It has spectactular views over Shell Island and the hills towards Barmouth. The beach 'across' the road has a fab little cafe and very clean toilets and the Spar towards Barmouth has a great butchers. This bungalow was ideal for our needs and made an ideal base for a weeks touring to let my very elderly parents revisit the places we spent many a happy family holiday, and the massive dictionary and thesaurus was put to good use in our nightly cutthroat games of scrabble.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2019

  • "As far a the facilities and condition of the cottage it was immaculate."

    My Feedback which would have improved it: The driveway proved quite difficult to navigate as it was a bit narrow which made it a challenge to reverse the car out of. Driving into it was OK though. In the main bedroom a king size bed would have improved things as far as sleeping was concerned. Not keen on laminate floor in bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Roger4.4May 2019

  • "No it was a beautiful bungalow lots of peace and tranquillity and a joy to stay there."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2019

  • "We are very experienced self catering cottagers, and we would rate Merrydown as one of our favorites."

    The cottage is in a great location and everything works properly. We were very comfortable, everything was clean, and the cottage has everything we needed. There are some lovely walks right from the door and some great places to visit within just a few miles. We would love to return soon.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "Fab cottage, owner very helpful and responsive, great location"

    Reviewed by Rominy5.0Apr 2019

  • "Merrydown was a very comfortable, warm and clean house with a well equipped kitchen."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in a very peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fabulous location, stunning views with all the facilities required."


    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2019

  • "We have been in Jamie's cottage before and still find it to be the same as ever, clean, comfortable and very warm."

    Lovely views and a good area for places to visit. So nice that we are booked again for September. Thanks again Jamie.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2019

  • "This is one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in."

    Modernized throughout. Lovely and clean, fantastic views. A lovely quiet spot. Many places to visit in the area. Enjoyed watching the wildlife through the kitchen window. The cottage was so nice we have booked it again for next year. Cannot wait to return.Thank you Jamie.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2018

  • "Merrydown is in a lovely position ,it is in a quiet cul de sac,and has a lovely view over the bay between Porthmadoc and Barmouth."

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Oct 2018

  • "We spent a wonderful week at " Merrydown", the bungalow was more than we'd hope for, spacious, would highly recommend this property."

    will definitely be returning early next. year

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2018

  • "Such a lovely place to stay for North Wales, plenty of places to visit and explore."

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Sep 2018

  • "No as always it was super thankyou"

    Reviewed by Siama4.7Aug 2018

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  • All ground floor: Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open plan kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 4) and dining room
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and sea views.
  • Air source heat pump central heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer in garage
  • Smart TV with Freeview, Wifi, DAB Radio and a small selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for wood burning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned garden with raised seating patio areas and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs, and restaurants 1.2 miles
  • Beach 20 mins walk
  • Railway station 10 mins walk
  • Note: Unsecured drop from patio areas to garden at the front of the bungalow

The property

Harlech 1.2 miles.

A wonderful detached bungalow, benefiting from an elevated position overlooking Shell Island and the Cardigan Bay coastline in the pretty Welsh village of Llanfair, just over a mile from the historic castle town of Harlech in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

This superb cottage has been fully-refurbished to a high standard throughout and offers stylish accommodation, providing an excellent holiday home for couples, friends and being arranged all on one level is great for those who perhaps would otherwise struggle with stairs.

This quality cottage has a spacious sitting room with some wonderful views, comfy seating and a heart-warming wood burning stove, perfect for those cosy nights in watching your favourite films.

The superb well-equipped kitchen is spacious and open up to the dining room, creating a great space to prepare meals together and enjoy.

All three bedrooms are airy and fresh, with comfy beds to make sure you get a good nights sleep, all serviced by a bathroom, and there is an additional cloakroom for added convenience.

There is ample parking to the front and a garage providing secure storage for bikes and kayaks.

Enjoy this surprisingly mild climate, and wander out into the front garden, where a choice of sitting areas display wonderful vistas to sit and admire with a chilled drink.

The Zig Zag path takes you down to the peaceful and virtually unused southern end of the beach.

There is something to suit everybody in the local area; the unspoilt beaches at Llandanwg, with rock pools and miles of sandy beach at Harlech are within easy walking distance.

You can visit the majestic castle in Harlech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and indulge at one of the towns many shops and restaurants.

You could use the pool or climbing wall at the leisure centre or have a round of golf at the Royal St David’s Golf Course next to the sand dunes.

Alternatively, visit the popular seaside resort of Barmouth for a fun-packed day at the beach as well as visiting Porthmadog, Portmeirion and Criccieth which are all within easy reach.

A superb location from which to explore this delightful area anytime of the year.

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About the location


Harlech 1.4 miles; Barmouth 11 miles; Porthmadog 13 miles.

The pretty village of Llanfair has an impressive location, quietly nestling between the foothills of the Rhinog mountains and the stunning golden beach of Harlech, whilst also providing panoramic views over Shell Island and Cardigan Bay. Boasting its own mild climate due to its unusual positioning, and an exciting array of wildlife and birds including soaring buzzards, this traditional village is an ideal base for wonderful scenic walks in the surrounding countryside. The small town of Harlech, which is a World Heritage Site is only 1.4 miles away and is dominated by its majestic 13th Century castle. Popular with golfers due to its famous Royal St. David's course, Harlech also boasts an excellent variety of amenities, including some good quality restaurants. Located within the Snowdonia National Park and on the beautiful Cardigan Bay, this is a fantastic holiday location at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter