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7 Ivy Terrace

(Ref. 6869)

Borth-y-Gest, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "I was really looking forward to the break over Christmas, but was disappointed."

    Firstly, no welcome pack, not even a pint of milk to make a hot drink on arrival. Secondly, the heating instructions were straight forward, except they did not work as given. I found the boiler, one I was familiar with, the heat settings were so low that at this time of year would have been useless. I reset everything and the the instructions were able to work. So went to make a hot drink and found that the kettle was leaking onto the base - not safe! Use a saucepan initially. Still decided to unpack, in the master bedroom there is shown 3 wardrobes / storage areas which all had locks. Only one was open for us to use, inside was an ironing board and extra bedding which meant at a push only one person could use it - not happy. I contacted the owner to advise of the kettle issue, owner eventually allowed us to purchase a new one on her behalf as there was no way she could replace it until after Christmas. I also enquired about the wardrobes, to be told that the others were full with laundry and cleaning products - there is no mention of this in your information. Then I was told that there was additional space in the other room that we should use. This was occupied by a female and would not have been a satisfactory arrangement. So once all these issues became apparent it coloured our view of the property so that all little irritants became even more noticeable including the condensation on the windows, which spoiled the outlook and had been mentioned by others. We had checked the visitors book, and most people appeared to be happy, but there was one entry that was critical, which is OK, but wrote PTO and the end of some comments - I did - only to find that a page appeared to have been removed? The area as always was fine and in general we enjoyed our activities, we also passed on an issue caused by the storm which swept through the are Wed/Thur and advised she got her property maintenance people to check it out as water gained access to the roof. Basically, the property needs TLC to get it up to standard, but I will not be considering it for further use. It has also coloured my view of using Sykes in the future, we'll have to see as I have not had this type of experience before.

    Thanks for your feedback and I am sorry to hear you were not as happy as others have been. I feel that I acted as soon as I could re the kettle - it was Christmas Eve, after all, and difficult to procure an Amazon delivery over that time period. There is a large wardrobe for use in both bedrooms - and a large chest of drawers in one - space has never been an issue before. Condensation has always been an issue in these homes - but with prudent use of opening a window fractionally when cooking, and turning on the air vent above the cooker, and also wiping down any early morning condensation that occurs, is never an overriding issue. We have just spent time at the property doing maintenance and it really is looking well loved for the season ahead. Our builders found that there was no issue with the roof. And no, we would never remove any pages from the visitors’ book - just not the way we are. Over the past ten or so years, there have been occasional negative comments made alongside many many positive ones - both are welcome to help us provide guests with a happy holiday experience! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth2.8Dec 2023

  • "A great place easy access to beach etc , we will be back ."

    A new TV would be a good idea

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very welcoming and the owner is helpful and informative."

    Views of the little bay are wonderful. Second time we’ve stayed at the cottage and hope to go back soon. Borth y Gest is beautiful, a hidden gem great walks an beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Jan4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely house in a good location."

    Nice big living room and master bedroom. Twin room was adequate size too. Bathroom with bath and shower. Plus downstairs toilet. Everything we needed for our stay. Stunning views - spent most evenings just looking at the tide come in and out! There was even a nice looking cafe a few doors up and a restaurant a few doors down. (Didn't visit in the end but looked lovely). Managed to park on the road every day, it was busy some days to parked further away, but never more than a 30 second walk!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2023

  • "Like other reviews have said, the photos don't actually do this place justice."

    It is a really lovely cottage with very spacious sleeping and living areas and everything is in very good order and is very clean. The location is lovely and we would happily stay in the cottage again. The communication in advance with the owner was clear and friendly and there was ample information available in the property to make the stay simple. I would say that the garden could do with some maintenance - it is rather overgrown and unkempt, which made it quite difficult to enjoy as an outside space. Also, there is quite the regime of bins and collection days and locations. We arrived Sunday evening in the dark and rain and immediately had to start putting bins out in the road and down the back alley. People with mobility issues might easily be able to use the narrow stone stairs up from the street for regular entry\exit but be quite unable to carry heavy bins up and down. I would suggest the caretaker managing this would be far better.

    Reviewed by Georgina4.7Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely delightful place to stay with the most amazing views."

    Usually on an internet booking site the photos are better than the reality but this was the opposite, the photos do not do this place justice. It’s very cosy and tranquil and only a 15 min walk into Porthmadog if you use the footpath at the opposite end of the bay. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage , lovely and bright and airy."

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Feb 2023



    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2022

  • "The holiday was great (with fabulous weather) and the cottage was lovely."

    There were a few things that would have made it greater, bearing in mind the standard/cost of the house: No washing machine or dish washer; No oven gloves provided - we had to buy some; The microwave was rather inconsistent In heat levels and a not too recent model. Overall though it was well equipped in general and very enjoyable, together with an excellent position/views etc.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2022

  • "Our stay at the property was excellent."

    Lovely house that overlooked the small harbour. Very well presented and comfortable. An excellent location in easy reach of Porthmadog, lovely beaches and snowdonia. We Would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "First impressions were very good."

    Light, bright living room and spacious main bedroom which had lovely views. Towels and bed linen were spotlessly clean. Second impression weren't as good. There were dusty cobwebs hanging from the living room ceiling. We thought about having a Sunday roast but found that the oven and roasting dishes etc. would have needed a thorough clean before we could use them - not something we wanted to spend our holiday doing. The look of the kitchen was spoiled by the fridge with the rusty door which didn't close properly without giving it a good push. The rotary drier in the garden was broken and the scatter cushions in the living room were grubby. The main bedroom was very big but the bed was very small for two adults. Overall we thought the house was pleasant, spoiled only by a few things that could be easily remedied. Eating out wasn't a problem although we had to travel a distance to find a variety of menu options - the only local place was small and very popular and was usually fully booked.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2022

  • "This is the third time we have stayed."

    We love the update you have given the property since we last stayed in 2018. We had a lovely holiday. Your house is comfy and relaxing and in a perfect spot. I've booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is the second time we have stayed here at Ivy Terrace and we would happily stay here again, it is a very relaxing place to be."

    The photos on the listing do not do the cottage justice, it is quite perfect. We had cause to contact the owner about a minor issue and this was addressed very promptly. Here’s to the next time!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Warm and welcoming cottage."

    I was very content here. Loved the early mornings when all was quiet and the sun streams in the very large windows to the front. The view from the bedroom....even while sitting in bed! was beautiful. If the village got busy...which it does, theres a pleasant terraced garden, (up steep steps) thats quiet, private and sunny. So you have it all!

    Reviewed by Stella4.7Mar 2022

  • "Simple booking procedure with direct and great communication with landlady."

    great location, perfect cottage with everything you need for a relaxing break. we hope to stay there again next year. many thanks

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful location; lovely cottage; everything we needed!"

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was utterly charming and well presented (far better than the listing description and photos led us to believe)."

    The village is chocolate box perfect and the cottage is very well located within it. Some areas within the cottage could be improved upon but nothing that effected our enjoyment. I would be very happy to stay at 7 Ivy Terrace again in the future.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Jun 2021

  • "I loved my stay in your cottage."

    It contained everything I could possibly have needed The beach walks are absolutely stunning, surrounded by sea on one side and mountains on the other. You have access to shops and other amenities within walking distance I had the comfort of a cosy cottage and nature on my doorstep. Everything I wanted and needed for a much deserved break after a long intense 18 months of nursing.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is nice and is in a lovely position, but the kitchen needs updating and the hot water isn't consistent."

    The front bedroom windows constantly run with water and the curtains are quite old.

    Reviewed by Gerald3.1Feb 2020

  • "The cottage is in a wonderful location with a great view."

    It is very comfortable. Sadly no freezer compartment in the fridge to make some ice for the G&Ts at the end of the day! I would stay there again if returning to Borth-y-Gest.

    Reviewed by Anthea4.4Sep 2019

  • "The photographs of the cottage on your website don't really do it justice - it is better than it looks."

    Borth-y-Gest is very scenic and conveniently located to enjoy all North Wales has to offer.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2019

  • "The lovely cottage is in an ideal location overlooking the bay and mountains."

    Borth-y-Gest is a friendly and relaxing village with lots of places to visit nearby and a great get away. It has two cafes and a bistro serving great food and friendly service. Being golfers we had several golf courses to choose from within a distance of half an hour in the car. Our favourite being Porthmadog GC a mile away. We felt very relaxed after our stay at the cottage.

    Reviewed by Eryl5.0Jun 2019

  • "The rubbish collection is an on going issue that needs to be worked out as there was at least two weeks worth of refuse to dispose of before our own ."

    Even the neighbours seemed to find it confusing

    Reviewed by Simon3.8Mar 2019

  • "My only criticism is the TV."

    It's very small. there are very few channels (though that may be down to local reception), the aerial cable needed frequent attention when reception broke up, and the handset didn't work well. On the plus side, it was a good base for discovering the area and the bed was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Aug 2018

  • "If anything I think the listing undersold the cottage."

    We had a great time, the cottage was lovely and brilliantly placed. I was a little concerned about the on street parking but it didn't present an issue and the car park across the road is free from 16:30-10:00 (overnight). We had a lovely week exploring.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2018

  • "We go for the fabulous view from the front of the cottage."

    The back of the cottage is hardly used. The kitchen could do with a makeover and the drains do smell. It is always clean and the bed is comfortable. A bit of sealant at the back of the basin in the bathroom would be good.

    Reviewed by Rosemary3.4Jul 2018

  • "Fantastic location lovely cottage but single bed needs new mattress."


    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Jun 2018

  • "Its a great cottage with a fantastic view."

    Its a great base as it is situated in snowdonia with lots of places and attractions to visit. this waqs our second visit and wont be our last. i would recommend this to all my freinds.Gary Humphreys

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cosy comfortable cottage,great views,lovely walks,hope to return."

    Reviewed by Nell4.4Feb 2018

  • "Parking can be a bit of a issue other than that a good spot"

    Reviewed by Arthur4.6Oct 2017

  • "The cottage felt very welcoming."

    It comes very well equipped. Should mention that this property has 2 toilets, very welcome for some people. The views from the bedroom are great if you can't get about and are a people watcher. We've already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2016

  • "The location was great, relaxing the village had its own rythum which was a delight and allowed us to relax in to the holiday mood."

    The cottage was clean and well appointed. You could enjoy the local area watching the ebb and flow of the tide to shops, boats, beaches, trains, all within walking distance. easy to access the mountains and the coast to the west.

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with coal-effect gas fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking in front of property, additional parking in public car park 50 yards away
  • Terraced garden to rear with garden furniture and BBQ with a paved terrace to the front of the property over looking the harbour with a table and chairs to enjoy the view Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop 5 minute drive, pub 1.5 miles
  • Restaurant 1 min walk
  • Note: Cottage is accessed via three steps, and rear garden is terraced with steep steps to reach it, steps from French windows off second bedroom and kitchen; may not be suitable for elderly/infirm and care should be taken with children.

The property

A Victorian mid-terrace cottage located on the bay of the pretty Welsh seaside village of Borth-y-Gest.

Full of character and charm, this Borth-y-Gest cottage has wonderful big windows to take advantage of the views over the bay, you have elevated views across to Portmeirion and the Snowdonia National Park beyond - what a way to start the day!

This Borth-y-Gest cottage is well presented and furnished in keeping with the style of the property including some lovely genuine pieces of antique furniture, and the bedroom arrangements mean it is an ideal coastal base for families or friends alike.

With excellent walking on the doorstep and birdwatching in abundance, this Borth-y-Gest cottage is a perfect property to unwind and get away from it all.

For a day trip you could visit the castle at Caernarfon, the Swallow Falls waterfall at Betws-y-Coed, Bodnant Gardens and the whole of the Llyn Peninsula then, after a day exploring, why not head back to this lovely Borth-y-Gest cottage and relax in the terraced garden with a glass of your favourite tipple?

Being only minutes from wonderful, secluded sandy beaches and close to plentiful activities and attractions, this Borth-y-Gest cottage has something for the whole family.

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About the location


Porthmadog 1.2 miles; Criccieth 6 miles.

Borth-y-Gest is a quiet Welsh seaside village of mainly Victorian houses retaining much charm and character. Located by the mouth of the River Glaslyn, and a short drive away from the Italian styled village of Portmeirion, this pretty Welsh village has stunning panoramic views over the sands and estuary to the historic Harlech Castle and the Snowdonia National Park beyond. This North Wales village has two bistros and a coffee lounge all located on the front overlooking the bay and all with dog-friendly outdoor seating areas; perfect places to while away the hours watching the comings and goings of the local boatmen. Borth-y-Gest, with its sheltered coves and sandy beaches, has walking in abundance; why not head up Moel-y-Gest or take a wander over the headland to the famous Black Rock Sands, or go a little further afield where the vast Snowdonia National Park awaits? For a day out you can take a trip on the famous Ffestiniog Steam Railway and Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog, only a 15 minutes' walk away, or for those with younger children why not visit the shorter but more child-focussed Welsh Highland Heritage Railway? For a day trip the entire Llyn Peninsula calls. With Anglesey within reach and the whole North Wales coast with the Wales Coast Path to be explored, Borth-y-Gest has it all: a quiet bolt hole but conveniently located for ease of access to this stunning area, a must at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas