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Manod View

Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1027175)

4.1

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Sykes rating

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  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was in a great location and it was easy to park right outside at all times."

    The WiFi worked well and the cottage was well equipped for our needs. Sadly, the cleanliness and attention to detail lets it down. We arrived just after dark and put the hall light on to find that the bulb had gone. Putting on the stairs light just shows how filthy the stairs carpet is. There was some very old moldy coffee in the coffee jar on the kitchen unit along with some very old lumpy sugar. I should say that a welcome tray was provided with coffee and sugar sachets so why not just get rid of the old jars or at least wash them out? The outdoor terrace area is pretty grim. No attempt had been made to clear the rotting leaves from the steps or to clean the outside furniture. Again, when putting on the outside light we found the bulb had gone. There are some solar lights but these were never seen working. There is a notice advising guests that the steps may be slippery but I feel the lack of maintenance and lighting will be far more important factors in the claim for damages that is surely going to occur if the steps are left in this appalling condition. In the information folder it tells you where to find spare light bulbs and a torch but alas they don’t actually exist. Other issues we found included the freezer box in the fridge is so iced up it is impossible to get anything in it. We spent ages chiseling out space for some ice cream! The shower curtain was covered in long hairs that washed off all over the place when showering. Thinking it may be better to have a bath was also a bad idea as the water pressure is so poor it takes over 30 minutes to fill and the drainage so bad, pretty much the same time to empty it afterwards. The bins are still a problem. I get that they may only be emptied every 3 weeks but they were already pretty full when we arrived and smell horrible. Finally, we tried to track down an odd smell in the kitchen to no avail. On departure when we took out the bin bag from the bin we found the rotting food remnants from a previous guest that the cleaner had obviously just left behind and covered up with a new bag. All in all, these are all easily solvable problems (probably with new cleaners) They wern`t enough to make me want to complain but neither could I recommend anyone to stay here. I do feel that Sykes and the owners need to get a grip on this before standards slip any further.

    Thank you for leaving these comments. I have not been able to get to the cottage for a few weeks, so I was not aware of the bulbs going, as the last time I was there was in the day and I had not put the lights on. The bulbs must have been used under the sink and I have not been informed, so I will sort this out as a matter of urgency, and replace them and I can only apologize for this. I have put my faith in the cleaner, as i cant get up every week and i am looking at changing cleaner. As some of these issues, as you say, could be easily fixed if due care was taken by them. In terms of leaves on the steps, i do brush them when I am there and next door trees blow on to them, and as it Autumn it is hard to keep on top of, as no sooner have you brush them more drop. Thank you for pointing these out and I'm sorry that you had to but I will do my utmost to put right what I can control. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2021

  • "Loved it!"

    Reviewed by BenedickAug 2021

  • "Was a lovely and cosy holiday cottage in an excellent location for walking with the dog and exploring the local attractions."

    The house was superbly clean and had every we needed to make our stay hassle free. The information on the local area left for us was excellent and helped us discover local walks and places to eat. The terrace outside was perfect for a morning coffee - but as described the steps are quite steep and slippery so wouldn't be suitable for older dogs or humans! We loved our stay and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by EmilyJul 2021

  • "After reading some reports on manod view we were not sure what to expect."

    We found the cottage to be extremely clean and tidy with everything you would require for a wonderful holiday. Very nicely located in the village for supermarket and take away food and local pub. We enjoyed our stay at manod view thank you very much.

    Reviewed by JaniceJul 2021

  • "Our arrival was delayed as there was work being done on the drains."

    Only an hour but after a long journey not welcome. Had to wash the sheets ourselves as they were stained. The bins in the back yard were already full from previous occupants and were attracting flies and midges. This got increasingly worse and we couldn't open doors and windows to allow fresh air in without them coming in. We cut came home 2 days early as we were both bitten several times. The cottage takes dogs but is not dog friendly. The outside yard is tiny and fhe steps are extremely steep. All in all not a good experience. We did ring the owner Mrs love to inform her of the fly problem but we were told that the flies were to be expected and the dirty sheets were down to the cleaners.

    Thank you for your feedback. I do apologise for the delay on your arrival day and for the stains on the sheets - I agree that this is not good, and have taken this up with my cleaner - I can only apologise for this. In relation to the bins - these can fill quicker during busier periods, however if I had been made aware of the issue I could have looked to resolve it during your stay. The property is pet friendly, and we do welcome dogs, and we have included the following information in it our description: Note: Whilst the front patio and rear terraced areas are enclosed they are not entirely secure, so dogs would need to be supervised • Note: Terraced garden is on three levels and accessed via steep slate steps, children must be supervised at all times and care should be taken. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SianJun 2021

  • "I have given the above stars for the reasons below (photos available if required) Mould on Shower Curtain Mould on Bathroom Curtain Mould on wall around Window Frame in Bathroom Mould on wall around Bedroom Window Mould on wall in Bedroom near plug."

    Holes in cushions in Living Room Only one light bulb working out of three on main light fitting TV didn't work Drainage Pipe was blocked in backyard so every time we used bathroom yard flooded. only 2 can openers, one didn't work other very rusty. I rang owner and expressed my concerns as this is the first time myself and my wife have been away since covid and we expected the house to be checked. As we don't have any mould at home you can imagine our disappointment to have it in a 4 ticks rated holiday home which we had paid good money for. My wife rang the owner on Friday and the owner explained she lived 40 miles away and couldn't get over to deal with it till Monday. I was able to fix TV myself on Saturday morning and owner did visit while we were out to change Shower Curtain, wipe the mould from the wall and cleared the blockage in the back yard. I hadn't mentioned the cushions, the light bulbs or the can openers as I was fed up of having to get in touch with her about things that should have been dealt with before we arrived.

    Thank you for your feedback. I do apologise for the issues reported during your stay, and I did attend to the property as quickly as I could after the issues had been raised. We thank you again for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Beautiful and cozy house with stunning views."

    We really loved having breakfast out on the terrace looking out at the view. Look forward to coming back!

    Reviewed by MoniqueMay 2021

  • "The photos of the back yard are a little misleading."

    While this didn’t take away from the quality inside the house, because we have 2 dogs we wanted a property with an area for the dogs to use while we were indoors. And we found the outside area to be unsuitable, as firstly, the area directly outside the back door is tiny, and secondly the steps were too steep to allow access for our dogs, who are both elderly. The photos show a lovely gravelled area, which looked like it was directly outside the back entrance overlooking a neighbouring property but in reality it was overlooking its own property and was at the top of 2 sets of very steep ( and due to wet conditions) and slippery slate steps. I feel the area outside the back door and also the steps should be shown as part of the properties photos, as this could be an issue for some people due to dog age etc, and also client age etc. Other than this issue the house is beautifully maintained, and very clean, and good value for money. A great base for exploring Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by HayleyAug 2020

  • "Cottage was well equipped and really homely."

    Lovely welcome pack on arrival. Great location to visit beaches, lakes and Snowdonia. Blaenau is quiet but friendly. Great walk just opposite. Our dog was also very settled and welcomed!

    Reviewed by KathAug 2020

  • "Lovely slate mining village, Cody cottage with all amenities and very close to ..."

    Lovely slate mining village, Cody cottage with all amenities and very close to such beautiful places we visited: Bala lake/steam train/portmeirion

    Reviewed by PaulineJul 2020

  • "A beautiful property within walking distance to town."

    The property was very cold on entering, so would have been nice to have heating on on arrival but I did book last min & the gas fire and having gas central heating got the house warm soon enough :) Everything was needed home from home, clean property with a beautiful kitchen. I loved the bath.. best so far! had one most of the days I stayed. A variety of books & DVDs were much appreciated and I loved to sit in silence, reading one of the books :) I didnt want to leave and did try to extend my stay through Sykes.. who told me I would need to book afresh rather than be able to just add more days to me already being at the property! The property is worth another week and next time will book more than a week so make the most of being in the area.. I am from the area so was visiting family and friends in the area having moved into the city years ago.. so was nice to come back to the countryside again :)

    Reviewed by RhiannonJan 2020

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The property

A lovely, stone-built, end-terrace cottage, situated on the edge of the popular town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

An ideal cottage for a couple or small family looking to enjoy a relaxing break in this beautiful part of North Wales, Manod View provides a great base and offers comfortable and spacious accommodation.

Enhanced by high ceilings, it is decorated and furnished with taste and flair offering a warm and welcoming ambiance.

A tastefully furnished sitting room offering leather sofas and a warming real flame gas fire is ideal to relax in front of after a busy day exploring the area, along with French doors which lead through to a separate dining room and onto a fully fitted kitchen with modern, oak block worktops; it's well-equipped for all your needs.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, with a stylish and chic king-size bedroom and a snug single, as well as a spacious, modern bathroom with double-ended bath, perfect for a soak after a long day on the mountains.

On a warm summer's evening, why not sit outside in the enclosed terraced garden and enjoy a relaxing drink, whilst taking in the craggy hillside views and natural waterfall as the sun goes down behind the Moelwyn Mountains.

Or get the early morning sun at the front and enjoy a cup of coffee before venturing out for the day.

The old slate mill, Melin Pant yr Ynn is a short walk from the cottage and is the earliest surviving slate mill in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Since its closure the mill has been converted into a private house, the home of Falcon Hildred, a renowned local artist.

Nowadays the mill, which is Grade II listed, is open to the public and contains an interesting collection of industrial artefacts and an exhibition of water colour drawings recording the historic town, quarries and dramatic landscape of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The waterwheel can also be seen working, except in very dry conditions; it's well worth a visit.

The town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is only 1 mile away, a lovely slate mining town which is steeped in history and is proud of its heritage of slate and steam.

The town offers an array of shops, eating establishments and public houses.

The rugged craggy landscape is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by the Moelwyn and Manod mountain ranges.

Attractions in the area include the world-famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway, the Llechwedd slate caverns, which is now also the home of Antur Stiniog’s downhill mountain bike centre with world class downhill tracks and trails, Zip World Titan (the largest zip zone in Europe) and Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below (deep mine zip wires and the largest underground system of trampolines in the world!).

There are many more fantastic walks, lakes and waterfalls from the cottage, and the area is great for fishing, golfing and mountain biking, with Cadw sites, castles, the world-famous Italianate village and gardens of Portmeirion and many miles of sandy beaches are all within easy access.

Manod View is a superb base for exploring the Snowdonia National Park and the North Wales coast at any time of year.

Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with coal-effect gas fire
  • Gas central heating with coal-effect living flame gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV with FreeSat, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free roadside parking outside cottage
  • Front patio and rear enclosed terraced garden with furniture and chiminea
  • One well-behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog blankets and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Village shop and pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Whilst the front patio and rear terraced areas are enclosed they are not entirely secure, so dogs would need to be supervised
  • Note: Terraced garden is on three levels and accessed via steep slate steps, children must be supervised at all times and care should be taken

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About the location

BLAENAU FFESTINIOG

Porthmadog 11 miles.

The fascinating old slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is situated in a superb position for exploring the Snowdonia National Park. There is a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat. The main local attractions include Zip World Slate caverns, the longest zip line in Europe and fastest in the world, this is a great underground adventure. The slate mines - where visitors can take enthralling underground trips to see mining as it was done in days gone by - and the famous narrow gauge Ffestiniog mountain railway which runs for 13 miles through the Snowdonia National Park to the harbour town of Porthmadog. Nearby is Portmeirion village, famous for its architecture and the film set of the cult TV series The Prisoner, plus local beaches, suitable for children, are within easy driving distance.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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