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Brynkir Tower

Garndolbenmaen, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1008721)

4.5

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Dishwasher

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Brynkir tower was amazing."

    Comfortable clean and well equipped. Kids loved it too. Stairs were hard but we expected it as was stated in the description. So made up we could get to the top and the views were stunning. We will be back alot. Absolutely loved it, please please I implore people to stay at this beautiful tower you won't be dissapointed.

    Reviewed by StephanieAug 2022

  • "Overall we had a very enjoyable stay."

    We knew the property was going to be querky and isolated and this is what first attracted us to it and is the sole reason we booked with you originally. It did not disappoint at all in this respect. That said, if we are being picky we would make the following suggestions so future customers are not disappointed in their selection: 1. We knew there would be no WiFi but the owner should be more open that there is virtually no mobile signal on any floor. We had both Vodafone and O2 and we had zero data connectivity on any floor meaning that important family WhatsApps did not get through to us and without a landline either we were rather cut off; 2. The driveway would have been largely impassable to a low clearance vehicle and was unkind even to our SUV tyres. At the least we think an effort could have been made to clear loose stones and cut back the brambles from the driveway. Even walking out from the property was somewhat hazardous; 3. There was no warning that the neighbouring farm kept a large pack of hounds or refreshed their sheep stock during the week. The tranquility of the spot was frequently disrupted at all hours by loud barking and an unexpected level of sheep noise even overnight after a large number of sheep were brought in midweek; 4. The welcome pack is a little inadequate, being out of date and omitting useful information such as nearest store, pub/restaurant booking info (given that we had no data to look anything up on site). Particularly lacking was any information about walks and trails from the property. We had to buy an OS map and soon discovered public rights of way towards the mountains had been either deliberately blocked or were not maintained, which was an important loss of amenity given the location; 5. Whilst the overall cleanliness was very good, the cleaning team had missed about 100 cobwebs and spiders. We spent an hour with the Henry Hoover making the rooms and ceilings in particular habitable before we could unpack. The beds were comfy but extremely squeaky! Maybe the bed frames need tightening up and/or oiling? 6. Finally, we think a scale photo of the stairs would be sensible for would be guests. We expected the stairs to be steep and numerous but they are also narrow and uneven and the headroom on the upper floors is low, requiring people over 6 foot to almost have to go up on hands and feet.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2022

  • "We loved the property and the location, the tower we thought was fabulous in it's uniqueness and the beautiful views from the lounge windows."

    Our stay was comfortable and we had everything we needed. A good base for touring around Snowdonia National Park and close to fabulous Portmeirion Village.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2022

  • "A very quirky property."

    Beautiful views and location. Ideal for spending time away from every day life.

    Reviewed by LucyApr 2022

  • "Massively overpriced."

    So little care had been taken with the property to equip it properly and keep the internal furnishings in keeping with the beautiful, majestic building. The main living spaces; the living room & kitchen in particular were awful. At £600 per night for our stay, it was ludicrous. We had expected too to be able to go to the top of the tower to enjoy the views. Not happy at all. In detail, there was hardly any crockery, not enough mugs or cups. A cheap kettle that burned you with each and every use, spewing boiling water all over you. The upper bathroom was beautiful, in keeping with the property and the bedrooms were pleasant. I would have been happy to pay half of what we paid, around £300 per night, but any more was shocking. My daughters were so unset not to be able to stargaze from the roof. At that price, not a lot to ask.. Overall, exceptionally disappointing and left feeling swindled. But, the towers itself could be utterly magical if care was taken to make it so..,

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2022

  • "We absolutely LOVED this property."

    Exactly as described in the listing. Gorgeous property, beautiful surroundings and tons of things to do in the area. Thank you so much, we have all had such a wonderful time. See you again!

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2022

  • "Great property in a great location."

    Very peaceful. Full of character. Very comfortable and cosy.

    Reviewed by TomMar 2022

  • "Such a unique property but still very comfortable to stay in and in a brilliant location"

    Reviewed by RebeccaJan 2022

  • "Very unique property, wanted something different for my husbands surprise 60th & it certainly was that."

    Photos don't do it justice, lovely views & very comfortable & cosy. Relaxing & chilled week . Recommend if you want something different. Great location for Snowdonia .

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2021

  • "It was certainly an enjoyable experience."

    Quirky and delightfully different from normal holiday lets. The views were outstanding and we certainly were amused by the antics of the sheep, especially the one who everyday jumped the fence and trotted off down the drive. The stairs are somewhat of a challenge and you soon learn to take everything you could possibly want with you when you head to the living room, trudging back down to the kitchen becomes arduous as well as tedious very quickly. Absolutely loved the Welsh people who couldn’t have been more warm and welcoming. The dog was pampered and fussed over everywhere we went. No WiFi turned out to be an unexpected bonus. A glass of wine and a good book was much more pleasurable

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2021

  • "The tower was amazing and very secluded."

    We really enjoyed our time away here but found the stairs a little difficult. However we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by NicolaNov 2021

  • "Check out time of 9am was a little early!"

    Everything else was amazing!

    Reviewed by MariaNov 2021

  • "Lovely location."

    Very unique!

    Reviewed by VickiOct 2021

  • "It’s a magical place and very very comfortable."

    Delightful place. The stairs are challenging but if you stay in a tower you would expect that - But elderly dogs Etc wouldn’t manage them ! There were a Issues with facilities that we pointed out to the owner.

    Reviewed by MichaelaOct 2021

  • "Brynkir Tower is a remarkable building, and a very memorable place to stay."

    The rooms are well equipped and very comfortable, and the views are spectacular. It's very well situated for exploring some of North Wales' best locations.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Lovely position farm animals all around but this property would not be a good choice with anyone with children under 11 Stairs are quite steep ( to be expected in a tower ) There is a handrail but kids don’t use handrails !"

    or any one with hip knee or breathing problems as lounge is at the top of the tower. But a beautiful position 30 minutes from all the best snowdonia locations I

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2021

  • "A lovely holiday."

    Gorgeous location and views. Beds very comfy. Towels super fluffy! Kids were sad not to have WiFi. Grown ups loved it!! . Very peaceful though occasional barking from pack of hounds in neighbouring farm. We went over to say hello and the dogs were super friendly, as was their keeper. Great if you like dogs and puppies!. Thanks to Richard the owner who was super quick to help when there were a couple of little glitches. He drove over instantly from Anglesey and brought us a new fridge! Wonderful if you want something very different though you need to embrace the stairs!! A big feature of the property and it gives you some great exercise!!

    Reviewed by NinaJul 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful and tranquil location."

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "Living in the Tower for a week was an amazing experience ."

    It wouldn’t be suitable for everyone as it is quite “ physical “ just getting from room to room but a wonderful historic building in a great setting .

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2021

  • "What an absolutely fantastic property."

    We arrived at night with the tower lit up in lights which looked magical. The 6 floors are not for the faint hearted though. Had everything you could have needed including a washing machine. Would definitely recommend to anyone who would like an adventure.

    Reviewed by GemmaMay 2021

  • "I booked this as a surprise for my husbands birthday and boy was he surprised when I pointed it out from the lane below!"

    The owners have made the most of the quirky building with each room feeling spacious for their size and containing everything you need for a comfortable stay. The views and sounds of nature from the tower were beautiful and so relaxing. The stairs which form part of the character of the building are not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties but we quickly learnt that a cool bag is a very handy tool for taking the gin, tonic and snacks from the first floor kitchen to the top floor lounge for the evening : ). Thank you for the complimentary cake and milk.

    Reviewed by JustinMay 2021

  • "The location was fantastic and the tower was very comfortable, nicely decorated and with good facilities."

    The slate window sills and kitchen tops were gorgeous. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cleanliness was good but could have done with high dusting for cobwebs and the occasional spider in the rooms. The surfaces were well cleaned. There was enough hot water for one bath a day so we shared! The stairs are very steep and I wouldn’t recommend it for smaller children ( my youngest is nine). It was a bit weird going to the loo without curtains but we got used to it! Two of the lights in the stairs had blown and didn’t get fixed while we were there but luckily not by the bedrooms. They beds were So comfy!

    Reviewed by MaggieApr 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Brynkir Tower."

    Our holiday was booked as a special birthday treat for my little girl and her face lit up when she saw the tower (even in the pitch black dark when we arrived) she felt like a real princess for the weekend. The views are amazing and waking up the next morning and looking out of the windows was just wonderful. The local pub (Goat Inn) serves delicious food and the staff are really helpful. We would love to stay in the tower again and definitely recommend. There was a problem with the hot water and we text the contact numbers left available who were in touch to investigate straight away.

    Reviewed by GaynorJan 2020

  • "The views were spectacular."

    Very comfortable beds and seats. Easy to get to and central to our holiday plans. Once we'd figured out we needed to turn the large metal door handle to get in everything else was very good. Thanks for the milk and cake. There is a series of laminated cards now explaining where everything is, how to work the fire and central heating etc. You need to move your own rubbish to the bin on the farm at the end of the lane so definitely take some bin bags. The steps inside are steep in places as they say but what else do you expect in such a building. There was mobile service in the lounge at the top but as you expect in such a secluded spot it's not great. TV is good and there are a few dvds for you to watch. To watch the sunset through the top windows was a sight I won't forget. The contact information is in the welcome pack but we didn't need to use it. No curtains was a bit strange at first but there really isn't any chance of people seeing in. Having a nice hot bath is one of the best ways to relax. If you are fit enough to climb the 5 flights of stairs, looking for a peaceful break in a beautiful area with the ability to switch off from the outside world then this is an ideal place to stay. When we reform to the area in the future we would definitely stay again and recommend it for other people. Thank you for a lovely time.

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2019

  • "Would be great to have instructions like how to cope with the rubbish, how heating is working, maps for walking routs, etc."

    Furthermore a guest book would be good to write down experiences from guests. All in all a great stay in a wonderful tower.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2019

  • "A very interesting property."

    Very quiet and peaceful. Lovely views from all sides.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x Twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath
  • Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, dining table and chairs
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV, DVD player and splendid views.
  • Off road parking, wood burning stove, DVD player, TV, bed linen and towels provided, dishwasher, microwave, bath, central heating, off road parking
  • Two dogs welcome

The property

Located in the Snowdonia National Park, this gothic folly is perfect for a romantic getaway.

An internal spiral stone staircase leads you to each of the six rooms, with the sitting room at the top.

Situated right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park there is so much variety here.

Make sure you’ve packed your walking boots to tackle a walk up Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales) or take the easier option of the train!

The park has so much to offer everyone from stunning mountain walks, picturesque villages such as Beddgelert and an easy drive to lovely seaside towns like Criccieth.

This is a unique property in a great location! Located on the top floor, the sitting room has a wood-burning stove, a TV and DVD player, and 270-degree views. The well equipped kitchen/dining room has an electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher, as well as a pine dining table and chairs. There is a double bedroom with a splendid brass bed is followed by a twin-bedded room. The bathroom is located on the fifth floor and is complete with a cast iron roll-top bath where you can lie back, relax and watch the tree tops - sheer bliss! 2 dogs are allowed at this property *IMPORTANT* this property does not have a garden and is in a rural location, which can mean the occasional visiting sheep.

Please ensure for your own dog’s safety it is kept on a lead especially at lambing time.

The steps from floor to floor are steep and concrete so are not suitable for people with mobility issues.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location

GARNDOLBENMAEN

Pretty little hamlet known locally as Garn, on the outskirts of Porthmadog, a short drive away. Enjoy lovely views over the mountains and Cwm Pennant. At Porthmadog enjoy a good selection of shops and cafes or take a ride on the Highland Steam Train. Or pop along to Criccieth and enjoy its lovely beaches and castle.

Region Information

Note: The Tower does not have a garden and is in a rural location which can mean the odd visiting sheep, please ensure any dogs are kept on a lead.
Note: The stone steps from floor to floor are quite steep
Note: Good House keeping bond of £100

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas