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Cefn Isaf

(Ref. 956401)

Betws yn Rhos near Abergele, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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58 Customer Reviews

  • "What a lovely quite lovely relaxing stay no neighbours just stunning views, not complaining the door going outside to garden its raining in the hinge is loose thought property owner should know."

    will definitely be back next year thankyou

    Thank you for your feedback, we’re glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. The Jones Family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2024

  • "No WiFi connection had to buy 02 sim card to be able to use mobile."

    We had to take daughter in law to hospital and had no way of ringing the hospital. Caused us real issues as we couldn't keep in touch with family. The metal cannisters in cupboard had mouldy coffee and sticky sugar in them obviously not checked as tea bags left were dated 2020! The fridge was too small for a family couldn't get all baby milk and food in it. We are a family which cook and eat together so important. Had to buy camping fridge and use ice packs to help. A large freezer in utility doesn't compensate for a small fridge, the owners response was they'd had no complaints in 4 years rather than take on board our issues. Woodlice and cockroaches in property which wasn't nice especially with 2 young children. We chose property for family holiday as there were 4 adults and 2 young children. Bedrooms were good size, parking 2 cars side by side outside was tricky because sloping drive with steps so we had to park in front of each other. Its a shame owners didn't want to know you as it helps address issues directly, believe in honest approach. Dolwen farm shop nearby which also has holiday lets, spoke to one of the owners face to face and they were very helpful. Plan to visit area again as lovely. This was an expensive week with it being in school holidays so you expect better. As long as you are aware of these issues you then can adapt to situation, we bought camping fridge, vacuumed daily where cockroaches were and parked cars safely. Can't fault the views and location. Would come back to the area.

    Reviewed by Lizzie3.8May 2023

  • "We had a great week at Cefn Isaf , we were 4 and a 14 month toddler and small dog."

    There are steps in the house but we soon trained the toddler. She loved sitting in the pink car. We had trips into the Vale of Clwyd, Prestatyn beach, Llandudno and Conwy. A great location and very quiet and peaceful. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful extremely well equipped cottage in an idyllic location."

    Would highly recommend and love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the scenery was amazing and it was a great location to go for some great days out to local beaches and a short drive from Llandudno."

    The only thing that could be improved is stronger Wi-Fi but that’s the only minor thing.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing stay , beautiful fully equipped cottage with the most stunning views , would love to visit again."

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "An amazing rural cottage with stunning views and incredible space both inside and out."

    The area is excellent for places to visit and we were particularly pleased with the variety of places which allowed dogs in ( Tram at great Orme, Bodafon farm park, Gwrych castle and Llangollen railway ). Brilliant amenities and a lovely selection of toys for our young children. We were a bit apprehensive about the steps between rooms with an 18month old, but we need not have worried. She just coped going down them or we shut the doors. The owners are really helpful and could answer all our questions. Definitely a holiday to remember.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.7Jul 2022

  • "Our second stay at Cefn Isaf."

    Beautiful views and great family sized property. Wi-Fi a little temperamental, and also no btmobile signal, but it didn't detract from a great stay. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful setting."

    Waking up to the view of the hills and the baaing of the "woolly neighbours" was a joy. As some reviews have stated wi-fi was intermittent but still useable, and anyway your on holiday, put the mobiles and laptops away for a few days and enjoy the surroundings and the peace and quiet of the countryside.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday home!"

    I hope we get to come back here again soon, the house is perfect, it has everything you need, is very spacious and comfortable and is in a prime location for days out. Lots if stuff to do within 30mins drive of the house, we recommend ‘greenwood forest’ for a day out with the kids. The garden was perfect for our family dog and 7 year old, we managed a bbq in the sun too! Massive thanks to the owners for showing our son the tractor and how it operates, he really loved that and for leaving my mum a birthday present knowing we were there to celebrate her 60th. I would 100% recommend and use this house again.

    Reviewed by Tamara5.0May 2022

  • "The house is lovely and the view is wonderful."

    We were impressed with how well equipped it is and the comfort of the mattresses.

    Reviewed by Pam4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a fabulous family holiday."

    The property was beautiful, surrounded by stunning scenery. We had absolutely everything provided you could think of aswell as lots of little extras, plenty of space and very comfortable beds. My children loved the garden and football table. The wifi is not great but luckily we went away to get away from everything. Overall 10/10 and we will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great place to stay"

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Mar 2022

  • "All great. Lovely cottage with all we needed but not cluttered, amazing views."

    Wifi bit pants so no streaming. In a lovely spot for things to do. We'll be back for sure!

    Reviewed by Lynette5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Cefn Isaf and it was as enjoyable as our first visit in 2019."

    The house is very comfortable and has a very efficient heating system. We always enjoy having breakfast in the kitchen and watching the sheep grazing outside (or are they watching us?). Although in the Welsh countryside, it is only a short drive to the coast and the golden sands of Colwyn Bay and Rhos on Sea. An ideal location for a family holiday. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Oct 2021

  • "Really nice property."

    Very quiet and peaceful. Within reach of plenty of local attractions.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2021

  • "What we most enjoyed about the holiday was the accomadation"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely stay - as usual."

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was lovely, spacious and in a beautiful setting."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. The garden was beautiful and very secure for the dog.

    Reviewed by Leanne4.4Aug 2021

  • "Would liked the owners to let themselves be known would love to have booked for ..."

    Would liked the owners to let themselves be known would love to have booked for next year for the same time but the price hike is so much I think it’s abroad again

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very spacious house and garden in beautiful, peaceful surroundings with stunning views."

    Spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The Welsh mountain sheep were a great attraction and kept the children very interested!

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely, spacious cottage in beautiful surroundings"

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Jun 2021

  • "The house and garden was perfect secure and private."

    Very very peaceful apart from the animals. Outside toilet was great as you didn't have to go through the house. Watch the steps down into the living room which you get use to quickly. Wifi difficult to connect to but it is rural Wales. All in all a lovely peaceful setting Thank you Jones family

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful house in a fabulous setting but I feel it's been neglected while closed for Covid."

    Property was very damp in places, which meant wood lice were rife in every room. Air fresheners and the smell of fresh paint initially hid this on arrival but mould on the light fittings and the walls inside kitchen cupboards along with dried goods in the cupboards being solid were all evidence of damp. Showers were in need of a good clean to remove the mould and the main bathroom window was broken so didn't open. Crockery and towels were also very well used and in need of replacing. If you're planning to use the kitchen then take extra tea towels and hand towels as only one of each was provided. Throws on the sofas were dirty as was one of the sofas and there was a large stain on one bedroom carpet. All things easily remedied and if done so this will be a fabulous property to stay at. It just needs some TLC right now. All in all a disappointing stay as couldn't contact Sykes to discuss whilst there either.

    Reviewed by Louise3.4May 2021

  • "Lovely relaxing place with everything near loved every minute."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2020

  • "The holiday itself was great."

    But the nightmare that proceeded it was not. Due to your policy during lockdown of not issuing refunds I spent hours on the phone to yourself and my solicitor and travel insurance. Just as my solicitor was about to issue legal proceedings you issued a refund for my Cornwall holiday. That meant I went ahead with the Welsh holiday. Now the prices for your cottages are so high our friends can’t join us next year - but even then I probably would be very careful about booking with you again as I don’t think Sykes is trustworthy.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2020

  • "The size of the place and the Christmas decorations they put up"

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 2019

  • "No, everything was as we expected."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Nicole5.0Sep 2019

  • "The place was in a great position with fantastic views."

    As the weather was so bad we could have done with a tumble dryer. Especially having a large dog with us, we needed to dry her towels. Couldn’t always get a signal in the evenings so had to wait to go out next day. Overall a great place.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2019

  • "Perfect for a family, large enclosed garden was enclosed for dogs to play in."

    Inside cottage was really set out, nice large living room with spectacular view and large television. Kitchen got everything needed well set out. Outside BBQ area. Stairs no more difficult than the average staircase. 3 good size bedrooms. Ample parking outside away from road. In a good situation to visit lots of places. All in all we had a good comfortable holiday thanks to Mr & Mrs Jones.

    Reviewed by Mavis5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant."

    Lots of room for all 7 of us. Garden ideal for children, lots of running about space and lovely views for adults relaxing outdoors. All modern facilities and beautifully appointed. The pictures looked good, the reality was better. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Meg5.0Aug 2019

  • "One of the best for family holidays stunning location this was our second time ..."

    One of the best for family holidays stunning location this was our second time there it just gets better would recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2019

  • "The property was spotlessly clean, spacious and very comfortable."

    It was very quiet and we enjoyed the fantastic views across the countryside. The house is well located for visiting the coast - Llandudno, Rhos on Sea etc and the numerous castles in the area. We enjoyed the slate museum, the zoo, and historic houses and gardens - one on Angelsey which we reached in 50 minutes. We hope to return as there is so much more to see. The house was perfect for us and our adult son who has Down's Syndrome with some balance and perception problems had no dificulty at all on the stairs or anywhere else around the house.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jun 2019

  • "I did make three suggestions in the visitors book that we think would improve the holiday home."

    1. A notice "Mind The Step" between kitchen and living room. There were two near falls as did not notice step. 2. A shelf erected in the wardrobe in the smallest bedroom as there wasn't enough drawers to put items. They had to keep some of their belongings in their bags. 3. A stool would be good to have in bathroom as people with leg problems needed to sit down. We enjoyed our holiday. The holiday home is in a lovely situation with stunning views.

    Reviewed by Elspeth4.4Jun 2019

  • "A very enjoyable holiday home , plenty of room ,nice size garden for a medium size dog to enjoy, lovely views over open country side, not to far from shops and attractions, just the place to get away and relax."

    looking forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0May 2019

  • "This was our 2nd visit to this lovely farmhouse."

    Everything you could need. Views are stunning. Close enough to visit places along North Wales coast. Would definitely recommend :)

    Reviewed by Anne-Marie5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very disappointed in this accommodation."

    The property was very cold and unwelcoming. The stairs were narrow and steep, totally unsuitable for anyone with even mild mobility problems. There was food rubbish under the kitchen sink. According to the owner there is a downstairs toilet, it is an outside lavatory with a plastic roof a short door and no washhand basin. As I could not manage the stairs we did not stay. The owner was difficult and unsympathetic refusing us any compensation. Would not recommend.

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback, we are very disappointed that one of our properties has seemingly let us down and not provided you with the experienced that we had hoped for. We have contacted the owner of this property regarding the points you have raised. In the meantime If need to contact us then Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol2.5Mar 2019

  • "Cefn Isaf was an ideal property for the three generations of our family party."

    Comfortable for the grandparents, relaxing for the parents and a safe and fun environment for the grandchildren. The combination of being in the country but so close to the seaside was ideal. The layout of the house was quirky but great fun, especially the sheep looking in through the kitchen window. Facilities and ameneties were pentiful and well maintained and the decor was clean and fresh. For us, a great choice.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2019

  • "It was are first time going on a cottage holiday and using Sykes cottages and both experiences were absolutely amazing had an amazing time for the new year in north wales at a lovely farm house called cef isaf, dolwen, Colwyn it’s was only 10 mins to the old Colwyn beach which was dog friendly and another 10 minutes further down the coast to landudno and the great orm would highly recomend, in fact we loved that much as a family we’ve already stated looking for another cottage/ farm house for the summer."

    The Jessop family

    Reviewed by M5.0Dec 2018

  • "The Cottage was very very nice."

    The view to the landscape was wonderful, in the morning sheep looked through the kitchen window. The Garden was safely fenced in so that our dog could play there in peace. The Equipment was extensive, there were even toys. An excellent starting point for trips to the sea and Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by Katrin4.7Oct 2018

  • "The property made such a difference as it was so beautiful and located in the most stunning of areas."

    It was also perfectly located for getting out and about to see all the sights North Wales has to offer. We would love to return and will one day.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2018

  • "Cefn Isaf is the perfect family holiday home."

    Spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Superb location and fantastic scenery. So many of North Wales’ attractions and beaches within very easy travelling distance. Cannot think of any negatives.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Aug 2018

  • "Cefn Isaf is set in a peaceful location, but only a few minutes drive from the North Wales coast."

    The cottage itself is well equipped and very comfortable and the view from the garden across the valley is lovely. The garden is also very safe and secure for children and dogs. We really enjoyed our stay, and I'm sure we'll be returning before long.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely house, Lovely location, tranquil peacefull and private location, idyllic for a wonderful peaceful family break."

    Reviewed by Dewi5.0Jul 2018

  • "Fantastic house with incredible views."

    The house was very clean and has plenty of room with everything required for a great holiday. It also has a big, fully enclosed garden so was great for our lively corgi to run around in... as well as the rest of us playing badminton and swingball etc. The house is also well situated for exploring North Wales. All in all a great place to holiday if you want a peaceful, relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Jun 2018

  • "Beautifully quiet cottage with fantastic views over the fields and valley."

    Good location for visits to Conwy, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Snowdonia. All local roads to and from the Cottage are very narrow, hilly and twisty with poor forward visibility and are very daunting at first, but you get used to it after a while and most drivers seem to drive with care and use the passing points considetately.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location, close enough to the coast but we still felt that we were right in the middle of the countryside."

    The cottage was very clean and spacious with all the facilities/utilities that we needed. The views across the countryside are beautiful and we loved being able to see the sheep right next to the cottage and also the pheasant that came to be fed seed every day! Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Damian5.0May 2018

  • "Great cottage, great location."

    Out in the quiet countryside but within easy reach of coast and amenities if you want them. Best of both worlds.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect and the location was beautiful."

    We had a very relaxed holiday and look forward to returning there again in the future.

    Reviewed by J A5.0Mar 2018

  • "We spent a lovely Christmas at Cefn Isaf."

    Beautiful location and we really appreciated the sunrises and sunsets seen from the front windows. Accommodation was pristine and very well equipped and the real Christmas tree and other tasteful decorations gave a welcoming feel.We enjoyed a visit to Bodnant which even at this time of year was beautiful. Overall, our Christmas break was really magical.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Dec 2017

  • "The property was excellent."

    Clean, spacious and all facilities as described. A great base for visiting North Wales towns. Will definitely book again

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2017

  • "Really nice cottage with everything you needed,close to all the towns on the coast,family had a great holiday."

    Reviewed by George4.8Sep 2017

  • "Our family had a most enjoyable holiday in an immaculately appointed former farmhouse which was situated in an idyllic peaceful location."

    We loved the fantastic views and the great garden which was enjoyed by us all including Henry our dog.The property was comprehensively fitted out with nothing missing at all.Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2017

  • "Lovely house in a stunning location."

    Perfect for our family holiday. Only small niggle was lack of inside toilet and wash facility on ground floor. Otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.8Aug 2017

  • "Lovely house, beautiful setting and amazing back garden."

    Really enjoyed our week at Cefn Isaf. Only minor drawback was the very narrow country lanes you need to drive down to get to the nearby towns. Take care if you have a big car.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2017

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cefn Isaf, it was an amazing family holiday, the large garden was very much enjoyed by all, kids and grown ups alike."

    The house has been very tastefully decorated and the amenities are great. The owners were on hand to assist with a small unexpected issue (after a bout of heavy rain), and were more than helpful, mindful and kind. We hope to come back again next year.. the only negative thing I can say about the whole experience was, that at the end of the week we simply didn't want to go home.

    Reviewed by Dewi5.0Jul 2017

  • "Excellent cottage with all the relevant amenities."

    Extremely clean, well presented and warm. Fantastic garden for our dog and 2 small children. Location was good for nearby tourist locations of Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Conwy. Fabulous cottage with plenty of space.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.6Jun 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Dining room (seats 6) and sitting area (seats 3).
  • LPG gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Freezer, washing machine and table football in utility
  • 2 x TVs with Freeview (one Smart 55"), DVD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and start pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Double garage and additional outdoor storage for bikes and equipment
  • Enclosed lawned garden with paved area, furniture and BBQ
  • Enclosed courtyard.
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Internal steps between rooms
  • Note: Old style farmhouse which has steep steps and lower raised ceilings
  • Note: Stabling available by arrangement with the owner
  • Please Note: Only one well-behaved dog welcome

The property

Abergele 5 miles.

This spacious, detached holiday home is a former farmhouse, situated amongst beautiful Welsh countryside near Dolwen in the Welsh county of Conwy.

Following a complete refurbishment Cefn Isaf is bright and wonderfully-furnished, and is the perfect retreat for friends, families and couples exploring North Wales.

There is an abundance of parking on the driveway that wraps around half of the property, as well as a great amount of covered secure storage space for bikes, jet skis and other outdoor equipment.

Inside is a large hallway and boot store, divided by a bright, colourful stained glass feature window.

The sitting room overlooks the large garden with beautiful country views beyond, with a woodburning stove set inside a lovely, exposed stone fireplace.

Beside it, the dining room is a great space to enjoy dinner together and plan the day over breakfast.

Furnished in a contemporary Scandinavian theme, it has a dining table by the window and a second sitting area with a sofa, chair, TV and modern wall-mounted electric fire.

The well-equipped modern kitchen also has a small breakfast area of its own.

Upstairs are three fantastic bedrooms with lots of space and windows set in deep sills opening from the top, for that extra peace of mind for people with young children.

The master bedroom has a stylish en-suite shower room with power shower, heated towel rail and the largest room of the three has a double bed and single bed for complete flexibility.

There is also a bathroom on the first floor with a bath and separate shower cubicle.

Outside is a large wonderful lawned garden with an incredible view of fields and rolling hills.

Completely enclosed, it is a great space for the dogs and kids to run around in while you relax on the patio with a glass of wine or a bite to eat.

The nearest amenities can be found in Betws-yn-Rhos 1.5 miles away, where there is a lovely pub serving food and a local village shop.

The seaside resort of Colwyn Bay has a good selection of shops and places to eat, as well a lovely Blue Flag-awarded beach.

Abergele also has a good selection of amenities, as well as an 18-hole golf course with a beautiful backdrop of Gwrych Castle.

In addition to all this there lies Llandudno's immaculate seafront, gracefully framed by two headlands; a seaside classic with a pier, Punch and Judy, donkey rides and even Alice in Wonderland, plus modern and arty attractions for the perfect contemporary touch.

Visit the World Heritage town of Conwy with its castle and town walls.

For adventure seekers there is Zip World, or relax in the beauty at Bodnant Gardens.

The surrounding area will keep walkers and cyclists happy, with miles of stunning scenery and of course, the Snowdonia National Park which is just half an hour away.

An excellent choice for friends, families or couples exploring this friendly, picturesque area of North Wales.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Colwyn Bay 6 miles; Llandudno 12 miles; Conwy 12 miles.

The pleasant seaside town of Abergele stands on the lovely North Wales coastline and is ideally positioned between the stunning Vale of Clwyd and the lovely Conwy Valley. Renowned for the impressive Gwrych Castle which overlooks the town, and its enormous sandy beach, the whole area offers safe bathing waters and excellent watersports facilities. There is also a coastal cycle path which runs along the Abergele seafront, and for walking enthusiasts, the Offa's Dyke pathway, the Clwydian Hill Range and beautiful Betws-y-Coed known as the "Gateway to Snowdonia" are all nearby. The beautiful castles of Rhuddlan, Bodelwyddan, Conwy and Caernarfon are not to be missed, and the delightful award-winning Victorian town of Llandudno, offering quality shops, restaurants, a fantastic dry ski slope and exciting cable car rides over the Great Orme, is within easy driving distance. There is plenty to do in this wonderful region at any time of the year!

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Please note there is a pet charge £25 for bookings taken after 19th June 2019