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Llys Madoc

(Ref. 980708)

Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • sarah (19)

67 Customer Reviews

  • "What a beautiful property ever thing we needed and very clean."

    People were friendly and welcoming. Porthmadog is a great choice for a holiday especially when you’re just opposite the harbour! Thank you to our host Sarah. XRachael and Andrew

    Reviewed by Mr5.0Dec 2023

  • "Everything was perfect, the smoke alarm in the kitchen was very sensitive when using the oven."

    Beautiful location looking over the harbour. Would highly recommend 10/10

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Nov 2023

  • "This was our 4th time time at Llys Madoc."

    Lovely and clean, warm, and perfectly placed on the edge of the harbour, with beautiful views. Everything you need for a lovely week away, and the basket of goodies was a welcome surprise. We had an amazing week away.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2023

  • "One or two small things that could easily have been attended to as follows 1."

    . the toilet seat on the upstairs bathroom did not fit properly and was lose. 2 the front door did not open without a big kick because it was sticking badly. 3 there was no plug in the bathroom to either charge a razor or an electric toothbrush. 4 no downward hose in the shower and also some kind of handle to cling onto would have been helpful 5 the stairs were pretty steep and rather dangerous being the only fire escape from the first floor. They would benefit from an additional rail possibly at the bottom. 6 the table is a bit small and flimsy.

    Reviewed by Daphne3.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and the welcome pack was really generous and all good quality, as was everything else about the cottage."

    We were fortunate to briefly meet the owner who was a lovely, pleasant lady. Everything was well thought out and such a really comfortable bed!

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent location, Thoughtful and friendly owner, very clean and comfortable, a slight problem for us (70 year olds) was the steep staircase with only a partial bannister."

    Love Porthmadog and Nth Wales in general.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2023

  • "An ok place for 2, but found the stairs a challenge!"

    Reviewed by John3.8Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous week at Llys Madoc."

    Property had everything you could wish for and the little extras left by Sarah were a lovely thought. Position of the property was just brilliant: from the outlook, proximity to bars and restaurants and for getting out an about around North Wales. We would definitely not hesitate to stay again or to recommend to others x Thank you x

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "In June we had a great time in Llys Madoc during 2 weeks."

    Port Madoc is a lovely place with pubs, restaurants, the steamtrain and shops. Not to big, not to small, friendly people, lovely walks and the beach nearby. Llyas Madoc is an nice cottage and clean place to stay. Big kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The owner is friendly and easy to contact. Arie en Tonny

    Reviewed by Arie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Llys Madoc was a wonderful cottage."

    Excellently situated, very well appointed and extremely comfortable. It lacked for nothing and we would recommend it without reservation.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2023

  • "A very comfortable and well-equipped flat in a great location."

    Would love to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Perfect location for a 7 nights stay in late February."

    The cottage was warm and welcoming, in a perfect location for exploring the surrounding towns and countryside.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2023

  • "We love Porthmadog and this property, which is beautifully situated and has everything you need for a comfortable and happy stay."

    This was our second visit and we're especially grateful to the owners for their friendly welcome and their promptness in sorting out a couple of minor problems.

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay and Sarah was very welcoming when we arrived and throughout our stay."

    We weren't sure what to do with our recycling, as all the bins at the rear of property were full when we arrived and weren't emptied during our stay.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely superb cottage, with everything we needed."

    Brilliant location to the town and some lovely walks. An appreciated welcome pack provided by the owner which was well received. Would highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cosy property, really clean and well presented."

    Beautiful views and plenty to do in the area, including some amazing walks. We really appreciated that the owner was so lovely, really easy to communicate with and really made us feel welcome, will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Oct 2022

  • "My score of 8 re."

    recommending Llys Madoc is only because of hesitancy to recommend anywhere to others on account of differing tastes / standards etc. It would otherwise be a straight 10. The cottage was at least as good as our highest hopes, and we had a thoroughly pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Roderick5.0Oct 2022

  • "Llys Madoc was a lovely cottage very well fitted out and extremely comfortable, clean and tidy, in a fantastic location on the harbour at Porthmadog."

    Parking was not an issue, although this was October and there maybe more pressure during the summer months. Porthmadog is great base for exploring the Llyn peninsula and Snowdonia, with good bus and train services. The cottage had immediate access onto the Wales Coastal path. Great cottage, great area.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2022

  • "It was like home from home, great location, beautiful scenery , Sarah the owner left bread, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, fruit cake and Welsh cakes for our arrival which was so lovely to do and much appreciated."

    Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Throughly enjoyed our stay there. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Leeanne5.0Sep 2022

  • "We were highly delighted with the accommodation, and it was a nice surprise to have the extra goodies we weren’t expecting, thank you."

    We had an excellent holiday, there were so many interesting places to visit, a short distance away, either by car or within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2022

  • "What a lovely place to stay."

    Great location and ideal for exploring the local area.The property has all you need for your stay. Super host.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had Llys Madoc saved to my favourites for ages and it didn't disappoint."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped. Sarah was really helpful on arrival and kindly left some Welsh produce. Ideally located for beautiful walks to Criccieth, a steam train trip into Snowdonian and a morning in Portmeirion. There's plenty of parking and a public bench outside to enjoy views over the harbour on a sunny evening.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved the cottage it was well equipped well furnished comfortable bed spotlessly clean easy parking However had problems with Wi-Fi dropping out also with water being contained in shower tray."

    Partner fixed handle on downstairs toilet and sorted front door sticking.Excellent location would probably return thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Jul 2022

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the cottage."

    The welcome pack was a thoughtful touch. The facilities were excellent and of a very high standard and the cottage spotless. It was a very enjoyable and peaceful break . So handy for the steam railway and other lovely places to visit conveniently. Anne Birkett.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage is situated in a great location, and has everything to make your stay pleasant , I would have no problem recommending this property ."

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely time staying at Llys Madoc."

    The cottage was exactly as described - clean, well-equipped and well-located. Sarah was really helpful and accommodating, and the welcome basket was also much appreciated. The only real negatives were that there is no washing machine which can prove difficult for a weeks stay, as well as the stairs being particularly steep but this had already been mentioned. We also didn’t realise that there is an apartment above the cottage, so there was a fair bit of noise above the bedroom late in the evenings. Aside from these small points, we had a great stay and would return! Thank you, Sarah.

    Reviewed by Eve4.4May 2022

  • "Cosy, clean and comfortable in harbour side location."

    The property and Porthmadog had all we needed for pleasent stay. The owner was particularly helpful with lots of tips to get the most out of our visit. Would recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7May 2022

  • "Amazing cottage, it was very clean, comfortable and cosy!"

    Sarah, the owner, was very responsive. We loved our stay there!

    Reviewed by Alexandre5.0Apr 2022

  • "Llys Madoc was lovely, comfortable, well-equipped and exactly as described."

    The location, looking out on the harbour, was fabulous. The owner, Sarah, was very helpful. The provision of a gluten-free welcome basket was particularly appreciated. I would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely fabulous little cottage."

    Extras on arrival were exceptional and not expected. Bedroom, great Size and really comfortable bed. Ensuit bathroom, exceptional size and really nice. Only thing missing was a hand hose attachment in the shower which would have been helpful with my slight disability, otherwise perfect. Stairs were steep, but that was clearly explained in the house description so was not a problem for us. Downstairs toilet very convenient. Kitchen excellent. Really good layout and everything you need of good quality. But we found the hotplate difficult to use. Lounge lovely, good layout. Nice tv. Although for us we found the settee not comfortable, but that is just down to our personal choice and the slight disabilities we have and no reflection on the quality of them. Loads of info in the information log on how to use all the equipment and what to do locally. Views from upstairs and living room were a treat and just to walk over the road to the harbour was an added extra for us. Really quiet and peacefull location. But close to all local facilities, eateries and railway. Exceptionally clean and well kept. Owner, really helpful, nothing to much bother and so helpfull with local information before we arrived and help when I left an item behind after we left. Would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was Excellent it was clean and tidy with excellent facilities."

    It was in a great location overlooking the harbour. Would definitely be using this cottage again..

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2022

  • "A perfect cottage for a couple looking to immerse themselves in wonderful North Wales ."

    .. warm, cosy, comfortable, well equipped and in an excellent location. Porthmadog is a lovely town with many good places to eat within walking distance or a very short drive. Particularly ideal for anybody who likes walking, with great coastal and mountain walks almost right on the doorstep. Also lots of fascinating castles for those interested in heritage and history. We had a brilliant week!

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2021

  • "Delightful, comfortable, highly recommend."

    Great location too.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Nov 2021

  • "Llys Madoc is a comfortable cosy cottage right in front of the harbour and steps away from everything Porthmadog has to offer."

    The cottage is very well equipped, lovely comfortable bed, fabulous view from the bedroom window, large rain shower, great towels & bedlinen. Inside it is larger than expected. Sarah, the owner, was very easy to deal with. We would recommend this cottage and definately intend to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was in an excellent location, parking outside the door, very well equipped and comfortable with much appreciated provision of milk, butter, bread and cake."

    Porthmadog is a superb centre for exploring both mountains and coast of North Wales. It also has good local shops and a supermarket. Thoroughly enjoyable visit.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2021

  • "Positives: Very good position for all the amenities in Porthmadog."

    Good view over the harbour. Fairly easy to get to the beach in Borth Y Gest. House is excellent and very well equipped to a high, modern standard. Negatives: As there is no outside area (which we knew when booking) it was hard to dry anything. Could do with a airier rack to use to dry things in the bathroom.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Jul 2021

  • "The location was excellent, much quieter than expected."

    The harbour was charming with a grassed area with benches to sit on and watch the world go by. The cottage was ideal for 2

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful location."

    Easy walking to shops, attractions and beaches. Very clean and well provided Really comfortable mattress though duvet was a bit hot for really warm weather.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely loved staying in this cottage."

    Couldn’t fault anything. It’s location is great for all the attractions in the area.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0May 2021

  • "The most enjoyable experience of our holiday was the location and notwithstanding the accommodation which was first class."

    The cottage was comfortable, stylish also extremely well equipped it was evident that Sarah the owner had invested a lot of effort into making the cottage presentable. We also very much appreciated the provisions that Sarah had provided it was most welcome and enjoyable. We would definitely stay here again and would also recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2021

  • "Sarah the owner of the cottage was very welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage was clean, nicely decorated and in a lovely position next to the harbour. Just one point I should make is that the stairs are quite steep so anyone with mobility issues might struggle with them. Otherwise all was good.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Apr 2021

  • "There was a nice welcome pack waiting for me on arrival."

    Had some problems getting internet connection but The owner was very quick to resolve the problem. My phone signal was bad inside the house but worked outside. This was probably due to the location by a mountain side. All in all the location was fantastic and even though the parking directly outside the house is on a first come, first served basis, I could park there each day.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a brilliant week."

    The location was perfect and we were able to get out everyday to different wonderful places. The cottage was brilliant, it was clean and very comfy. Sarah was brilliant and came to see us when we arrived. We were grateful for the bread and milk as it meant we didn’t need to rush to the supermarket. Waking up to the views of the harbour are just perfect. Recommend walking to Borth-y-Gest and watching the sun go down that was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Everything was lovely."

    Sarah the owner was so welcoming. She made us feel at home.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2020

  • "It was a delightful holiday at Llys Madoc."

    The accommodation was superb, the location was great by the old port and parking was easy. We had a welcome pack on arrival which was much appreciated. Thank you Sarah.

    Reviewed by Bj5.0Jul 2020

  • "Perfect location for exploring this part of the coast."

    The cottage had free parking which was usually right outside and super friendly hosts who went out of their way to make sure everything was ok for us. The welcome pack from Sarah was delicious to

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2020

  • "Excellent holiday and a wonderful host who made our stay very comfortable - the food hamper was well received!"

    Thanks to Sarah - location was first class

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely and clean and modern."

    everything you require is available. Lovely helpful friendly host. Lots to do and see all on your doorstep. Excellent.

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Dec 2019

  • "Our second time in this amazing little cottage, everything about it from its situation on the harbour to its comfort inside is fabulous."

    Hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Sep 2019

  • "An extremely comfortable and delightful property in a very good location for the heritage railways to Caernarfon and Blaenau Ffestiniog and the coast path."

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Llys Madoc was better then we expected so clean like home from home lovely walks ..."

    Llys Madoc was better then we expected so clean like home from home lovely walks beautiful views Sarah the owner goes out of her way to help

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Aug 2019

  • "As usual our Sykes holiday was both relaxing and adventurous."

    We will be returning to the cottage and booking again with Sykes. I would also like to say the owner was charming and very helpful the cottage was very well decorated and tasteful.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2019

  • "Only thing that was missing that would be handy was a microwave oven ."

    Apart from that perfect. Thanks

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is set in a stunning location and was a perfect break to get away and just enjoy our week without distractions."

    The landlady is super helpful and if anything was needed then she was there to help! We would definitely think of rebooking to go back here next year!

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage overlooking the harbour."

    We loved our stay here and the place was immaculate. We really enjoyed the basket of goodies that were left for us which made it even more special. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Apr 2019

  • "On arrival we met the owner Sarah, and she was so very welcoming."

    The property was very pleasent on the eye, and Sarah's welcome pack was so thoughtful and generous. This lovely Cottage ticket all the boxes, and we had an excellent much needed break. To put things into perspective, we met Sarah again on the Monday morning, and I mentioned that the Toilet seat would need attention, and within just a few hours Sarah had replaced the Toilet seat with a new one. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. We are an older couple, Den and I, we found the stairs a little steep but nothing over challenging and it would certainly not prevent us from recommending the Cottage or indeed renting from Sarah again.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic location and accommodation."

    Little extras left by owner were a nice touch. Could not have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Mar 2019

  • "We were really lucky with the week we picked, hottest February on record!"

    But the best thing was the lovely Llys Madoc harbour cottage, a beautiful home from home. Everything was just about perfect would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage is nearly perfect."

    The proximity to all services and public transport is a bonus. I think the steepness of the stairs should be mentioned,as they would not suit someone with a mobility issue.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4Jan 2019

  • "The cottage promoted WiFi but the service was poor to the point of not being functional."

    Improving this one thing would have improved the experience. Otherwise a lovely cottage and a relaxing break. We will book again.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Oct 2018

  • "Llys Madog is ideally situated ."

    Close to quality restaurants & tourist attractions. We will be returning next year! Thank you Sarah for a very warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Oct 2018

  • "Excellent cottage, modern and comfortable."

    Lovely welcome . Ideal

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Oct 2018

  • "Loved this little cottage did not want to leave,perfect in every way."

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Sep 2018

  • "The house was very comfortable and little extras to welcome us after traveling all day were much appreciated."

    The property was well situated either to relax and enjoy the beautiful walk along the coast and it’s lovely beaches or take a drive and visit historic castles. I would thoroughly recommend a visit and a stay in this cosy little house on the harbour.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage exceeded expectations and did exactly as it said on the box!"

    Porthmadog is a lovely town and its people warm and welcoming. The majesty of Snowdon reminded one's soul to unfold, awaken and bow to the Devine.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely setting we were made to feel very welcome by the owner,responded quickly to any problems"

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jul 2018

  • "Perfect for our needs."

    Really well thought out renovation & stylish, high quality decor. Lovely welcome food basket. Would like to return.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jul 2018

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  • One double bedroom with harbour views and en-suite shower room with walk in double shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and electric woodburning effect stove.
  • Gas central heating and electric wood burning effect stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and 2 ring Induction hob, fridge, mini freezer,slim line dishwasher, coffee maker, Smart TV with Freeview, WiFi, DAB Radio, Bluetooth speaker, iPod docking station, selection of games and books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking close by, on a first come, first served basis
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 mins walk
  • Harbour/marina opposite
  • Beach 15 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the age and nature of the cottage the internal stairs are narrow and steeper than normal. Note: Internal step between kitchen and cloakroom
  • Note: Adults only.

The property

This beautiful appointed cosy cottage is situated in a Grade II listed building in the old harbour part of Porthmadog.

This charming place offers wonderful views over the harbour and towards the mountainous scenery beyond and provides first-class accommodation for couples who want a romantic, coastal break away.

Although compact, Llys Madoc is surprising spacious once inside and is arranged over two floors.

You will immediately be impressed by the wonderful styling and attention to detail, the owner has combined the charm and character features in the property with fresh modern attributes.

The sitting room is warm and welcoming with a sumptuous sofa, Smart TV and warming electric wood burning effect fire, all the ingredients for a cosy night in, snuggled up and an intimate dining area is perfect for a leisurely breakfast or romantic meal for two.

The kitchen is fresh and modern with integrated appliances and a bit of uptown funk catering for all your needs.

For your convenience there is also an additional cloakroom on the ground floor as well as a very useful boot and coat room.

Upstairs is a light and spacious double bedroom, with a lovely accent wall, decorated in warm, calming tones and with wonderful views of the harbour.

A wonderful en-suite shower room with walk in shower with drencher head, floating vanity unit, basin and WC completes this little gem. Being so close to the harbour, it’s the perfect setting to sit out on the wall or one of the benches, enjoy a glass of something while soaking up the atmosphere.

Everything is close by, the town’s eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, along with some of North Wales’ best attractions.

The world famous Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland steam railways are on your doorstep, and just a couple of miles away the Italianate village and gardens of Portmeirion.

A gentle stroll along the coast will take you to Black Rock Sands beach or the pretty little village of Borth-y-Gest.

With historic castles and stunning landscapes to explore this well-located property is an ideal base whatever you choose to do, anytime of the year.

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About the location


Harlech 5 miles; Caernarfon 19 miles.

The bustling harbour town of Porthmadog lies on the Glaslyn Estuary and enjoys a stunning setting. The gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog is full of individual shops and restaurants, and home to the Ffestiniog Railway, where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery, to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The pretty village of Borth Y Gest, with its cliffs and coves, is a short walk or drive from the town. The well known and unique Italianate village of Portmeirion is just down the coast. Situated on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula, Portmeirion, famous as the location of the TV show The Prisoner and the final episode of Cold Feet, is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and woodlands. The area also boasts castles at Criccieth and Harlech, and superb unspoilt beaches such as Black Rock Sands, where the sands stretch as far as the eye can see. An ideal location for the attractions of Snowdonia and the The Lleyn Peninsula.

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Note: Adults only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas