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  • 6 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "The pillows were thin mattresses to soft for our liking, had a pipe burst on taps just due to ware and tare main bathroom could do with refresh."

    Was happy with property and in joyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Anthony3.4Jun 2024

  • "Our 5th stay in our Welsh home from home."

    The location is perfect for all the main areas of North Wales from Snowdon to Llandudno and beyond. The cottage is very comfortable very clean and has all the facilities you need from a well equipped kitchen to comfortable beds and two bathrooms. The owner lives next door and always makes sure you are happy with everything and if any problems he will be there in minutes. A delicious welcome pack always there on arrival. Trip number 6 already in the planning

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7May 2024

  • "The property is in an ideal location for snowdonia and is of good size and well equipped."

    However the property lacks attention to detail, is not of a clean standard. Crockery and oven need replacing as chipped and not functioning properly. There are no protectors on pillows or mattresses.

    Reviewed by Sue2.2Sep 2023

  • "Positives - the property is excellent value, spacious and mostly well equipped."

    It was clean and tidy and better equipped than many other properties I have stayed in. The wifi worked well. The garden is private, well kept, and ideal for eating outside. The owner Mr Hughes, is very friendly and approachable. The previous occupants didn’t leave when they should have and were uncontactable for several hours, but Mr Hughes went out of his way to keep me up to date with what was happening, and ensure that the property was still ready to move in that day. We finally got in just 5 hours later than planned, and Mr Hughes had left us extra goodies for the inconvenience. Yummy! Negatives with the listing description: Although it says ‘elevated position’ It doesn’t make it clear just how elevated! I didn’t know til I got there that it is such a steep incline that I could neither walk into town, nor use my mobility scooter. It was just too steep. So we had to drive even if I just needed a loaf of bread. It also states that you can see the action at zip world, but even If I used my binoculars, I could only just see a tiny portion of the zip wires, and even then I couldn’t be sure that was what I was looking at. The description says it is a 5 minute walk to Zip World. Not true. Even maps shows it as 15 minutes and that doesn’t take the steep hill into consideration. We didn’t go there anyway, but from these two comments I assumed I would be able to watch. Negatives with the property. The tv in the downstairs single bedroom didn’t work, but we never got round to saying anything. I’m sure if we had it would have been sorted straight away. The ensuite in the downstairs double was always damp - even when I got suspicious and thoroughly dried the floor before going to bed it was wet again the next day. There was a massive amount of drinking glasses in the kitchen, but not really enough plates, dishes and teaspoons. We had to keep washing up during the day, and there were no instructions for the main tv/dvd player. After several near falls and 1 fall down the step from the hall to the dining area, we ended up moving an armchair in front of the doorway to remind us to pause!. A handle on the wall, and a yellow strip on the floor may have been helpful there. These were all small property issues that didn’t really affect our enjoyment of the stay though. I would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Sep 2023

  • "This is a really beautiful property!"

    Spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. We were bowled over by it - and the generous welcome pack! We were only there for two nights but were lucky enough to witness beautiful sunsets from the back garden.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "A great house to stay for a family everything you would need very clean and ..."

    A great house to stay for a family everything you would need very clean and furnished well, And a very friendly owner who lives to the rear of property

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2023

  • "Snowing outside and a lovely wood fire burning."

    Very cosy .Very easy walk to village and the zip wire-we did not use the car all weekend.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2023

  • "The owner was so accommodating he was a star!"

    The property was really clean, spacious and located in a quiet location with easy access to local facilities as well as Anglesey, Snowdonia and Llanberis. We will be back very soon!!

    Reviewed by Llinos5.0Feb 2023

  • "4th time staying here."

    Excellent home from home vibe. Everything you need. Comfy beds and all mod cons. Location is great for visiting conwy, Bangor, zip world, betwsycoed, snowdonia and many other local places. Log fire came in handy on cold nights. Owner is a really nice person who lives locally and is on hand for any queries. Will definitely be returning in the near future

    Reviewed by Michaela4.7Feb 2023

  • "3rd stay here."

    Very clean and comfortable house. Lots to do in the area. The owner Mr Hughes is a lovely friendly man. Who is on hand if you have any questions. No complaints at all, and we've booked to go again.

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent location ideal for visiting Caenarvon, Bangor, Anglesey and Snowdonia national Park."

    Lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our 4th stay here."

    A beautiful location perfectly situated to visit all the main attractions of North Wales. With all the comfort of home. The owner lives next door a very very kind and helpful man. We will return again to our home from home

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful home with plenty of space, comfort and everything we needed to make our holiday great."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great house with lots of room."

    Highchair available. Shops a short walk away. Clean & tidy. Couldn’t find remote for DVD player plus upstairs double couldn’t get TV on. Rest worked great.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very comfortable accommodation with all that was needed home from home."

    Property owner was very pleasant and helpful suggesting a number of places to eat out on our first night

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and loved the convenience of the property!"


    Reviewed by Humphrey5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely place, everything you need provided, plus a little welcome gift."

    Clean, tidy and homely. Perfect location to see North Wales, Anglesey and especially Snowdonia. Will look to visit this property again in the future.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2022

  • "From the outside looked small but when you got in Wow like a tardis."

    Great stay near to a lot of beauty spots.

    Reviewed by Enid4.7Apr 2022

  • "We were really happy with out stay at Afryn!"

    It's a fabulous little cottage in a great area with loads of nearby activities to do. I think the only minor issues we encountered was that there were only 2 bowls in the kitchen and not enough towels for everyone. We were really pleased with what we got for the price and everyone had a fantastic holidays so we would definitely think about staying there again.

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic house great welcome and excellent base for the mountains"

    Reviewed by Morien5.0Feb 2022

  • "Our third trip back Our home from home We will be back for a fourth visit"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic, warm, clean, friendly owners."

    Had a great time in your property. Everything was great, ideal. Only issue we found was the ensuit shower mixer seemed very intermediate on temperature. this was such a small issue with us it wasnt worth worrying about as we all had the main bathroom. Once again everything was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Oct 2021

  • "I'd like to have more crockery and cutlery to save washing up twice a day."

    But the house is great.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage is on a narrow road with a lot of parked cars so the two off road parking spaces were very welcome."

    There's a step behind the garden gate, careful you don't trip down it! There's also a step down into the lounge, but our two year old grandson soon mastered it. Both bathrooms are downstairs, one in the ensuite double bedroom, one opposite the kitchen, with a huge corner bath and a shower cubicle. Loads of space in the lounge diner and a pretty little garden outside. One double and one single bedroom are upstairs, the second single is downstairs to the side of the stairs and is the smallest room. Easy to cook a meal in the kitchen, with enough pans, utensils etc. There wasn't really enough spare crockery to warrant running the dishwasher. We had a couple of takeaways from the yellow chip shop in Bethesda, tried their pizza, fish and chips and kebabs, all were good. There's a large Londis and a Tesco Express which meant we didn't need to go far for supplies. We had a great holiday, there are lots of places to visit nearby, and Zip World is a 5 minute drive on the other side of the main road.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Aug 2021

  • "It was a good cottage with spot-on facilities and a nice enclosed garden perfect for young children - we had two young grandchildren with us."

    Nice and clean too, parking for two cars which we had. By no stretch of the imagination is Bethesda a 'picturesque holiday village' but as a base for exploring Snowdonia, Anglesey and other parts of North Wales it was just the job. I can well recommend it.

    Reviewed by Phil4.1Jul 2021

  • "Very friendly host."

    Clean, tidy and all facilities we needed for a family of 6 spanning 4 generations. Great location for visiting a wide range of places within the area.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2021

  • "ARFRYN COTTAGE, we had a wonderful stay."

    Plenty of room for us ,wonderful views from the garden. Owner very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by valerie5.0Jun 2021

  • "A well appointed property with everything needed to enjoy a home away from home."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2021

  • "Yet again Afryn was the most loveliest of stays."

    The owner couldn’t be more helpful. Lovely spacious home, the pictures do not do it justice. Will be back ASAP!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2021

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, much larger than we'd expected which was a bonus!"

    It had everything we needed for our week away, the location is perfect - quiet, and close to both Snowdonia for outdoor activities and plenty of other things to do. The host was lovely too.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect place to explore north Wales."

    Local shops 1 minute drive and Bangor only 10 mins. Excellent walking routes 5 mins away at llyn ogwen and cwm idwal. Mr Hughes the owner was very welcoming approachable and wanted to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Excellent cottage.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Aug 2020

  • "An excellent option to explore North Wales, close to bangor and the Amazing island on Anglessey."

    The cottage is very well kept, TV in all rooms modern TV's in some that have Netflicks and Prime if the weather is very bad. kitchen has many appliances and it seems that if familys leave items that can be re-used ie Tea bags etc, the owner leaves for the next Family to use which is very nice. A welcome pack including with lovely Welsh Cakes. Would recommeded and stay again :-)

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2020

  • "Arfryn is a beautiful cottage our family really enjoyed spending time there, the owners are very friendly and we felt very welcome."

    The cottage has all mod cons that are easy to use, lots of little extras like family board games, Welsh cakes and wine. There are plenty of activities and shops close by and the cottage is the perfect base to visit all the sites of Snowdonia national park. I would definitely recommend staying at this cottage, we wished we had booked longer!!!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2020

  • "Great little holiday in a great cottage." plan dining area with a lovely open fire feature makes everything a bit more magical. Very clean Good size bedroom but the bed is on wheels?!! Inside is much bigger and nicer then outside. Lovely and helpful landlord leaving down the road give us extra biscuits for our little one.

    Reviewed by Monia4.4Jan 2020

  • "All fine, only thing missing was a Christmas Tree."

    Lovely property, nice garden, free wood for the log burner was excellent.

    Reviewed by Jamie3.8Dec 2019

  • "A dream from start to finish."

    The booking so easy and informative. The cottage a wonderful home from home

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2019

  • "We were delighted with this cottage."

    It was clean, bright and spacious, we were a family of five with three teenage boys, so having a room each was brilliant. The cottage was beautifully decorated with tasteful furnishings and the log fire perfect for those chilly evenings too. We would totally recommend it to anyone, we could not have wished for more. The location was perfect, just off the A5 which meant exploring what this fabulous part of the country has to offer was ideal. We climbed Snowdon, visited four of the Edward 1st castles, went to Bangor, Llandudno, the Snowdonia National Park and even Chester, it was so accessible. We were made very welcome by the owner and appreciated the wine and the scones after our long journey from the south of England. Thank you very much - we hope to be back in the near future.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Oct 2019

  • "Really lovely house."

    Very comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. The owners were very helpful and took the time to check that we had everything that we needed for our stay. They provided a really nice welcome pack. We would certainly recommend this property. This was our second stay!

    Reviewed by G M5.0Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was fantastic."

    It included two ground floor bedrooms and two ground floor bathrooms. This was perfect for my wife who has mobility issues. The kitchen was big and very well equipped. The dining area and lounge were huge and very comfy. The garden was a nice little sun trap. The owner also left us some cakes and wine to welcome us on arrival. I wish we had stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Sep 2019

  • "This property was exceptionally clean."

    It was well equipped and we had a very comfortable stay. There are some outstandingly beautiful walks very nearby. We found the walk up Snowden overcrowded so would not do that again. A visit to the hidden gardens on Anglesey was a highlight especially if you are there at 2pm for the gardener talk.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2019

  • "A warm welcome with wine and cake from the landlord."

    There was not a thing me and my family went without in this house ! They literally thought of everything. Very clean, tidy and well equipt holiday home with a gorgeous little garden tucked away at the back. We will definately come back.

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Jun 2019

  • "The facilities and comfort were outstanding."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage far exceeded our expectations, the cottage was very clean and well equipped."

    The owners had provided a welcome pack which was a very nice touch. I would highly recommend this cottage, a very comfortable base to explore the sights of North Wales.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely it was so cosy,."

    home from home.So much to see and do, not enough time, we are going to recommend it to our friends A BIG BIG thank you to Mr Hughes

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0May 2019

  • "Very well equipped and clean."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2019

  • "We had a lovely time, the cottage is so relaxing to curl up on the sofas with the fire blazing it was so cosy."

    We only went out twice in the week. If you want a home away from home this is the place, everything we needed was there, even a slow cooker great extra, thank you Mr Hughes.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2019

  • "This must be one if not the best holiday lets available for the price , if this let was on the coast you would be happy to pay double the asking price."

    We found a warm welcome , a lovely welcome pack and a very clean well maintained cottage with all could need and more. i would be happy to recommend this holiday home let to any one.

    Reviewed by Victor5.0Feb 2019

  • "The house was very well presented."

    Everywhere was clean and in good working order. The kitchen had all the utensils and appliances needed to make our self catering holiday successful. The owner very kindly stopped by to check we had the heating on and confirm that we knew how to use it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah Edwards5.0Feb 2019

  • "What a lovely home from home!"

    The cottage exceeded our expectations and the photos really do not do it justice. A generous welcome from the owner with wine biscuits and delicious Welsh cakes on arrival. He lives a few doors away if any issues. Well furnished with everything including books maps puzzles and games. We will return

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was excellent and would use this location again and recommend it to others."

    Plently of room for a family of 4 and great having 2 bathrooms in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2018

  • "Had a brilliant time ."

    The house had everything nice welcoming wine and biscuits.... would comeback and will recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2018

  • "We spend a really relaxing time at Arfryn."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful. The house was perfect for our group and had plenty of space and there was really everything you want. We hope to came back next year.

    Reviewed by Christian5.0Sep 2018

  • "Easy booking process,accurate information and a fantastic property enabled us to have a happy holiday"

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2018

  • "Cottage is cosy and well equipped."

    Everything you need is there. Loved the welcome gifts left. Parking was brilliant having 2 large cars was no problem. Cottage is well placed for exploring North Wales.

    Reviewed by Linsay5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely area, central to everywhere in Wales."

    Beautiful views. Shame about the fire right above us, the fire brigade did a fantastic job, we were closed off for a day, but at least we were safe. A walkers haven. Would highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was clean and comfortable and within easy reach of the places we wanted to see in the area."

    The owner was very helpful and friendly. We would certainly like to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Jun 2018

  • "This is a total gem of a property!"

    Clean, comfy and within a short distance if lots of great outdoor activities. Having a large family, we loved the amount of space we had and the enclosed rear garden was brilliant for the kids. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0May 2018

  • "Excellent holiday lovely cottage, location was very close to amenities and surrounding places to visit and would go back again."

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2018

  • "We loved it and it suited our purposes so we decided to book again in September."

    Mr Hughes was very helpful and called to see if we were ok on the first night. He left us a lot of wood for the fire so it was nice to be able to have fires at night because it was a bit chilly in March. He left us some wine and cakes and biscuits too.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2018

  • "Amazing location, confortable house and friendly owner."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Edison5.0Dec 2017

  • "Excellent fully equipped accommodation."

    Well located for Snowdonia and Zip World.

    Reviewed by Charles4.8Sep 2017

  • "We were looking for the property name, Arfryn, but in fact it said 44 Hughes."

    The property was very central for visiting Caernarfon, Bangor (and its pier), Llandudno and Llanberis

    Reviewed by Haulwen4.8Sep 2017

  • "Had a great week, the property location is great to explore beautiful Snowdonia."

    The quality of the furnishings was top class and a real home from home. I would highly recommend this holiday home for a lovely family holiday.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.8Aug 2017

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  • Four bedrooms with TV: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x ground floor single, 1 x single
  • Ground floor bathroom with corner bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 4)
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 5 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed courtyard garden with patio with furniture, lawned area and raised pergola
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 10 mins walk
  • Zip World 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are two steps down to the property from the road, one into the property and steps between rooms on the ground floor
  • No Stag/Hen parties or similar
  • Note: Please do not use your own fridges and/or gas hob everything you need is provided

The property

Enjoying an elevated position above Bethesda, with beautiful, rugged views of the surrounding landscape to Penrhyn Quarry, is this homely, semi-detached holiday cottage.

Just five minutes from Zip World, and 10 from the town centre, Arfryn is perfect for adrenaline junkies, friends, families or even couples exploring this beautiful area.

Situated on a residential street with parking for three cars, the cottage is deceptively spacious.

The kitchen is well-equipped with fresh, white-gloss cupboards and a breakfast area for four people.

The comfortable sitting room has a lovely red-brick fireplace and woodburner, along with a dining table and patio doors leading into the garden.

There is also a bathroom and two bedrooms on the ground floor, including a pretty double room with its own en-suite and a nice view over the garden.

Upstairs is the master bedroom and a second room with a single bed.

In the summer you can dine outside and watch the zip wire action, or bask in the sunshine which warms the garden for most of the day.

Zip World is just a five-minute walk away from the cottage, and the centre of Bethesda and all its amenities can be reached in about 10 minutes.

The town is a wonderful place to explore North Wales from; you can visit Bangor, Anglesey and Llanberis within half an hour in the car, visit the Ogwen Valley, or make your way to the top of Snowdon for a simply spectacular view!

With so much to see and do, you’ll be sure of a fun-filled, action-packed holiday!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Bangor 6 miles; Caernarfon 10 miles.

Bethesda is a small town settled beside the River Ogwen in North Wales. Situated on the A5 between Bangor and the Snowdonia National Park, Bethesda was once a busy slate quarrying town and nowadays offers a good selection of shops and other amenities, in particular a number of chapels and pubs. The beautiful mountainous scenery of Snowdonia borders Bethesda, with the Lôn Las Ogwen cycling and walking paths skirting past. For the more adventurous, why not visit Zip World in Bethesda which is known for having Europe’s fastest and longest zip line. Capel Curig, just ten miles away, is a popular centre for walking, climbing and mountain biking, whilst Llanberis is situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon and is home to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the National Slate Museum. Cwm Idwal is also a wonderful spot to visit, situated in northern Snowdonia – Darwin came to study the area and found tiny fossils of oceanic plant life and sea creatures in the boulders and rocks. The coastal town of Caernarfon is just a short drive away as is the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and the Anglesey Coastal Path. Visitors to the area can also explore the castles of Caernarfon and Beaumaris and the NT stately homes of Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens. Spend the day at one of the many traditional seaside resorts, or discover the isolated, hidden beaches on Anglesey, much of which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With spectacular scenery on the doorstep, wonderful wildlife with buzzards soaring overhead and the occasional Peregrine Falcon to be seen, and many exciting outdoor adventures to discover nearby, Bethesda is superbly located for enjoying both the coast and the countryside of stunning North Wales.

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No Stag/Hen parties or similar.
Please Note: This property accepts bookings with a minimum stay of 4 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas