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Big House

(Ref. 1008887)

Llandecwyn, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second stay and did not disappoint."

    great location and amazing views. comfortable and very dog friendly. house is well maintained and clean and comfortable and we will be back with the fur babies again. many thanks jenny

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Oct 2023

  • "Loved the Big House, we will be booking again in 2024, one minor improvement as dog owners we would like to see, is a gate installing at the left side side of the property to allow the front/side garden to be fully enclosed."

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay."

    The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable only the duvet felt too small for the bed. There was plenty of room and utensils for our self catering holiday. The views were great too. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your house.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2023

  • "Very satisfied with our stay at Big House."

    Property clean and well presented. Kitchen facilities excellent. Bedrooms comfortable and bathrooms ok. Inclement weather meant we couldn’t make full use of the garden but lovely views over estuary. Driveway not the easiest to exist and beware the two very low doorways!!

    Reviewed by Loraine5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property has a lovely view."

    We were a bit disappointed that the gardens weren’t secure with very low and poorly maintained fencing meaning that we had to keep dogs tied up and couldn’t really relax. In addition to this there was another cottage right next door which meant that the privacy we were looking for wasn't there either.

    Reviewed by Jenifer4.4Jul 2023

  • "The dishwasher was broken so we had to wash up after seven people,we would not have booked a cottage without a dishwasher for this reason,there were only 5 dining chairs for seven people so we had to bring the patio chairs in."

    Only one light out of three working in en-suite bathroom. The oven baking trays were rusty and non stick had deteriorated,they are so cheap that they should be replaced each season.

    Reviewed by Ann3.8Jun 2023

  • "What 3 words is incorrect - should be calm not class."

    Tumble dryer socket faulty. Not clear in listing how many bathrooms and showers there are. The en-suite description implies shower as well as bath

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7May 2023

  • "The big house was the perfect place for me, my husband and our three dogs."

    The location was perfect, the house had everything we needed (little touches like cleaning supplies and salt/pepper that you don't usually get in a holiday let were really appreciated) and the views were stunning. We had the perfect getaway and hope to return soon!

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Mar 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our week!"

    The Big House was exactly as described, in a fantastic position for exploring the west of Snowdonia. Lots of beaches and wooded walks for our dogs to be kept happy too! Comfortable accommodation, great for extended families, I particularly loved sitting in the Annex watching the view changing with the weather (the weather gods were very kind for February), and must say the sunsets were glorious! One improvement I would suggest is to have a traffic mirror on the post at the bottom of the very steep drive - at times it was a close miss creeping out into the road due to ack of visibility. Thanks for a restful, relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Karon4.4Feb 2023

  • "Amazing!Beautiful!"

    Tranquil!Relaxing! We have had the most chilled weekend at the big house, absolutely fabulous. Perfect little getaway. The children loved the safe space & hidden doorway! Teenagers happy with phones working!The adults loved the separate lounge! Fires lit, rugby on Tv & beers, super chilled! Fully equipped kitchen, everything & anything you need. Just over 10mins to Tesco in Porthmadog if you need anything, dogs loved the run on the estuary, I sat & enjoyed the views, spectacular! The clear skies, the wildlife- owls calling to each other & birds of prey, fantastic! We caravan in this area so know it well, but to stay in the Big house was a treat- and a fabulous treat at that. Only thing I'd possibly mention is a sign at the bottom of the drive? We didn't arrive until 8pm, very dark & ended up on the loggers property a bit lower down! Don't use postcode use what 3 words & you won't go wrong! Will definitely recommend & Hope to return again. Thankyou for a much needed & well deserved Relaxing weekend :-)

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had the most amazing time, we loved it, if anything the photos didnt do it justice ."

    The garden has amazing views over mountains, estuary and Portmeirion. The garden was safe and enclosed for our 2 smallish dogs. Its location is perfect for exploring North Wales or you could just sit in front of the beautiful log burner and enjoy the view. The facilities were all excellent and everything we could have asked for was provided.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jan 2023

  • "Absolutely disappointed in the beautiful big house."

    Stated they had wi-fi, which they clearly never and no phone tariff either was extremely difficult when taking children plus contacting relatives over Christmas. Also in the middle of nowhere. The house was fantastic but so difficult for any sort of reception. Plus you do have to travel far to go to any shops. If you want of grid its ideal but as for wifi it's none! They need to change the description of the house.

    Reviewed by Zoe3.1Dec 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, property was clean with a great layout, cosy with everything we needed."

    This property is quirky. Really good location central for lovely Beaches and great walks. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fantastic house for family get together with dogs!"

    Beautiful home and setting for the perfect ‘get away’ and the cheese n wine supper was much appreciated on our arrival (thanks Ivor). Stunning views from the gardens, every evening spent watching the sunset over the hills and coast line. We were so lucky with the weather, but come rain or shine I would definitely be returning to this part of the world

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Aug 2022

  • "The house was perfect for our stay."

    The rooms were spacious and well furnished and we were able to choose to be all together or to seek a little privacy and quiet. The location was great for exploring different parts of the countryside and the views were stunning. Our grandchildren agreed it was the best holiday they've had.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Big House is lovely with great views of the estuary."

    We had a very enjoyable stay, only let down by the rain, which seemed relentless!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Jun 2022

  • "The Big House was perfectly positioned for exploring Snowdonia, the coast to the south and the Llyn peninsula."

    The house was very comfortable with great views of the estuary. Pretty garden to sit in when weather allowed. Perfect for family or group of friends with delightful annexe.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely property a week away with the family also lovely weather will be back The jenner family"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Ivor was very kind, and generous ( plenty of free wood supplied ) and nice welcome hamper and flowers."

    He was very considerate about the dogs needs and set up a hose for me as requested. The house, garden and view were all tip top ! The view from the annexe was my personal favourite. Couldn’t have asked for more !

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved the house and the spectacular views and sunsets each evening over the estuary."

    The kitchen had a large fridge freezer and range oven allowing us to self cater easily for the week. The annex was a great overspill space for some of our group and although we had great sunny weather in March the wood burners were a great bonus to light in the evenings. An ideal location to walk Snowdon,visit Portmeirion and take a ride on the zip wire. Walk along the estuary to Harlech and take the train back as a treat. I made the right decision booking this property for a family get together.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Mar 2022

  • "The property was great every thing we needed, it was great having the extra plates and cutlery, only one downside at the time was enough sockets in the property up stairs for hairdryer extra, but we know that the property was being renovated after our visits, so hopefully some extra ones being put in, but the cottage was a beautiful place, loved the quirky little bits and pieces within the property , would definitely go back."

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jan 2022

  • "Brilliant cottage, great location."

    Lovely Christmas decorations. The only drawback was the beds. The annex bed was like concrete and the other double was so soft my friends thought they were drowning. It it did not spoil the holiday, a good time was had by all.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Dec 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable week, beautiful area and views from the house."

    The house was very comfortable and felt really homely, well equipped and very clean. Gorgeous towels, comfy beds and log burners! Perfect location for visiting Snowdonia with walks on the door step! I would happily return for another visit as there’s so much we didn’t have time to do and see.

    Reviewed by Sara4.7Dec 2021

  • "A very well equipped , tastefully decorated and welcoming spacious holiday cottage."

    Situated in a position with outstanding views of the ocean and the mountains . Conveniently located near multiple tourist attractions and with local amenities only 1 mile away .

    Reviewed by Niky5.0Nov 2021

  • "A really lovely stay, we really appreciated the basket of goodies and fresh flowers."

    Just one small point we found the shower in the main bathroom upstairs was difficult to achieve a good temperature and the flow was disappointing. Apart from that everything was lovely .

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house is great, clean tidy and well appointed."

    The lighting in the kitchen is poor, the 2 main lights would go off or flash for no reason. There are other lights not working in the annex There was no key for the annex patio door. Apart from these quirks we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and owner was very kind and helpful."

    The views are just amazing. A clear night sat in the front garden watching the sun set and stars come out was so perfect. Even seeing the Milky Way. The field at the back is an enclosed area which we could use for the dogs, very helpful. The cottage was very nice, it is possible to see the section that was the old long house. Warning, an old cottage means low door frames so take care when walking through, I had a few head bumps. There is access straight from the cottage to the Welsh coastal path which can be walked to Harlech or to Porthmadog. Both towns are very close, with lovely restaurants, cafes and places to visit. It is just a wonderful area. We will return.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location with amazing views."

    House had everything you needed and the detail in the decor enhanced the experience.

    Reviewed by Mic5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fab holiday, weather was amazing and the view are lovely."

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2021

  • "Both houses were brilliant."

    The view from them was exceptional

    Reviewed by June4.7Jun 2021

  • "This is a beautiful large house, in a lovely location."

    The owner was really helpful. The house was clean, very well equipped, spacious and comfortable. The only improvement would be to fence off the garden for dogs, however the owner did mention he plans to do this. I’d highly recommend this house for a relaxing break in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely holiday cottage, well equipped, comfortable and with stunning views."

    There is so much to see in the area if you love walking, beautiful scenery, ancient castles and huge beaches. It’s a great area for dogs as well. We’d love to go again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2021

  • "This is our third time at Big House, Menai."

    We absolutely adore the location, the cottage, the space and all the comforts one would expect at a holiday cottage that is provided in abundance. It has the best view from the Mr & Mrs Apartment and that is where we tended to spend all our time when not out exploring or walking the dogs. We look forward to returning soon! Gail, Ed, Wez, Phil and all the pooches xoxox

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The views from the annexe especially were amazing. The house itself was clean and spacious. Also, use of the grounds and fields with rope swing were well used!! The owner was so friendly and helpful. He went out of his way to assist us. Thank you! The only thing I would suggest if possible, is to change the electric shower in the main bathroom as it was not the most powerful. But a minor issue, and overall, the Big House was a great house.

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Sep 2020

  • "The property was a lovely place to stop very peaceful and clean with plenty of ..."

    The property was a lovely place to stop very peaceful and clean with plenty of parking everything you need to have a good time we went the first week it was open after lock down due to Covid so we had to do most of the cooking which was fine as there was everything we needed for three generations, the size and lay out worked for us as the attached annex meant that great gran had her own space when she needed a break from the great grandchildren, the garden and the parking were great plenty to do around from walks to travel and beaches we had a really relaxing time and would go back and do it again we wished we had booked a longer stay the host had left everything we needed from bbq high chairs travel cots garden furniture and lots more thanks for a welcome and great stay

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage and annexe were perfect, very cozy, comfortable and had all home comforts you'd need, excellent base for walks and activities, Mount Snowdon which we walked is about 49 minutes away, would highly recommend this cottage."


    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2019

  • "A beautiful house in a peaceful location which served our needs perfectly with the three dogs."

    The garden is not enclosed and next to a field with livestock so you would need to keep them on leads around the property. There was plenty of room and the little annexe with ensuite bedroom was a bonus but note the stairs are quiet steep so wouldn't suit anyone with mobility issues. The kitchen was very well equipped and the views from all four bedrooms overlooked the estuary. We were about 10-15 minutes from a range of stunning beaches including the huge wide sweeping Black Rock beach which we'd recommend visiting. The only thing to mention is that the driving directions aren't great, however if you enter 'Awel Y Mynydd' into Satnav, that will take you directly to the narrow road leading to the house.

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Sep 2019

  • "Enjoyed a fantastic holiday at the 'Big House'."

    The house suited the needs of our extended family with well equipped kitchen and seating for everyone. Amazing views across the estuary, and a good setting for exploring Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely house."

    Lots of space for 7 of us and the dog. Home from home with everything you need to make our stay very comfortable. The additional bedroom up steep steps would be unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues as steps are steep and narrow. Gardens and a view to die for in a quiet private location but no more than 10minutes drive to towns and beaches.

    Jun 2018

  • "What a wonderful cottage, well equipped, clean, beautifully furnished and the log burner was a wow!"

    Anthea SteedNov 2017

  • "Very clean and spacious cottage, with great views, and would book the same again if we return to this part of Wales."

    Oct 2017

  • "Excellent accommodation, comfortable beds, fluffy towels,deep hot baths all you need after a day on the hills in beautiful although damp North Wales."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything you needed, plenty of space to relax and a lovely table for family meals looking out onto fantastic views.

    Sep 2017

  • "Ideal house in hood location."

    Only negative was we couldn't find it ! Maybe a sign at the bottom of the drive would be helpful .

    Jane MorrisAug 2017

  • "Beautiful large house."

    Very clean and wonderful little stylish touches.

    M MayAug 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • 1 x ground floor cloakroom with wash hand basin & loo
  • 1 x bathroom with loo, wash hand basin, bath with shower over
  • 1 x ensuite with loo, wash hand basin, bath & shower
  • Kitchen with electric range cooker, American fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV, DVD and CD players and radio
  • Second sitting room with TV, DVD player, and kitchenette.
  • Electric range cooker, American fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Wood burning stove, TV, DVD player, CD player, radio
  • Superfast WiFi
  • Linen and towels provided
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Off road parking
  • Fabulous views
  • Lovely garden
  • Amenities approx 5 miles
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs and are not to be left unattended in the house
  • Note: The property has been redecorated and is awaiting new photos
  • Note: Due to the traditional features of the property, this may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility

The property

Big House is ideal for a family getaway in Snowdonia and is perfectly placed for exploring some of the best parts of North Wales, too.

The interior styling is wonderfully quirky and there are gorgeous views - you’ll be sure to make happy holiday memories here.

As you’ll see from the photographs of Big House, there’s a larger ‘main house’ and a smaller ‘annexe’.

There is also Little House next door which can be booked separately, or together if you’d like to have extra space. Main house There’s a cosy sitting room with comfy sofas and three easy chairs arranged around a wood burning stove which is in a large inglenook, a TV with DVD player, and a CD player with radio. The contemporary galley kitchen has an electric range cooker, American fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryer.

Just off the kitchen there’s a ground floor cloakroom with loo & wash hand basin. Leading off the kitchen is a bright dining room with a large table & chairs, ideal for family meals. There are three brilliant bedrooms.

One with a double bed & an ensuite overflowing with character owing to it’s wooden beams and dressing area!

In here there’s a loo, wash hand basin, bath & shower.

A further two bedrooms include a twin room with two single beds and a bedroom with a single bed. The family bathroom is on the first floor and has a loo, wash hand basin and a bath with shower over.

Annexe The sitting room in the annexe is on the ground floor and is an open plan space.

A sofa is placed close to the cosy wood burning stove, there’s a TV with DVD player & wall to wall bi-folding doors - open them and let the fresh air flow through! The dining table is in the kitchenette which has a sink, two-ring ceramic hob, microwave/grill/oven and fridge with ice box. The bedroom has a double bed and ensuite bathroom with loo, wash hand basin & shower. Big House offers the luxury of a holiday house which is nestled in lovely lawned gardens - it even has fields where guests (and your furry friends!) are free to wander.

You can sit outside on the garden furniture and soak up the Snowdonia countryside.

The paved area has seating and has a border of beautiful flowers. There is also a sizeable grassy area with seating from which you can take in views of the sandy estuary.

There is ample parking to the side of the house.

Big House is in a great position for exploring Snowdonia and wider North Wales.

Portmeirion isn’t far away and other attractions are close by too.

You’re just a five minute stroll from jumping on the Cambrian Coast Railway where you can sit, relax and enjoy some of North Wales’ finest scenery.

There are incredible walks and cycle routes, as well as places to eat and drink.

You really will be spoilt for choice - an ideal holiday house for either action-packed adventures, or a relaxing getaway. Big house sleeps seven guests in total, due to the layout the self-contained annex sleeping two provides an ideal property for families or groups of friends requiring extra privacy.

Bigger family?

No problem- why not book Little House 1008888 alongside to accommodate an extra two guests!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Harlech 5 miles; Porthmadog 5 miles.

Llandecwyn is a scattered rural hamlet in North Wales, which stands amidst farmland, hills with lakes and mountains, which are all perfect for scenic walks and mountain biking. Llandecwyn is set on the National Cycle Route 8, plus birdwatching can be enjoyed on the red kite waymarked trail, which passes through the hamlet. There are also birdwatching opportunities along the coast and at the RSPB Osprey project, which is nearby. Only 5 miles away is historic Harlech, which is situated in a magnificent position between the mountains and the sea. Harlech is dominated by its majestic 13th century castle, which enjoys World Heritage status. The town is very popular with golfers, who come to enjoy the famous Royal St. David's course, whilst the beautiful 6 mile long sandy beach is wonderful for family fun and long walks. Harlech offers an excellent variety of amenities including some good quality restaurants and a leisure centre, whilst the whole of the Snowdonia National Park, together with the sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay, are all within easy reach. Other attractions in the area include the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Light Railway, the secluded beaches at Borth y Guest and the Black Rock sands and the Italianate village of Portmeirion. A really beautiful part of North Wales.

Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs, and please do not leave them unsupervised in the house.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250
Note: Big House sleeps 7 guests: 5 in the main area and 2 in a self contained annex; ideal for families or groups of friends requiring extra privacy.
Note: Due to the traditional features of the property, this may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility

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