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Cefn-Yr-Efail

Golan near Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 4018)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Best hoilday I've had in wales."

    Lovely property owner also made us feel very welcomed

    Reviewed by CentaineJul 2022

  • "Cefn-Yr-Efail is ideally placed for a wonderful visit to North Wales."

    . It is a beautiful hideaway in an stunning location surrounded by mountains and countryside. It is minutes away from Porthmadog so shopping is easy for supplies for your stay. The cottage is very spacious, clean and has everything you need for a calming stay. The kitchen has all you need and the whole place is beautiful. You get a warm welcome, who could ask for more.

    Reviewed by AldinaJun 2022

  • "Lovely property, in a beautiful area."

    Great central spot for visiting North Wales. The views were absolutely gorgeous. Lovely kitchen with all the utensils and cooking facilities you would need. Very spacious property. Ideal ground floor bedroom and bathroom if needed for someone who has problems walking upstairs. Great utility room. Three very spacious bedrooms upstairs one with en-suite. All very comfortable and clean. The owners dad, was lovely, very friendly and helpful. We would Highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by AmandaJun 2022

  • "The open plan kitchen dinner was a good size and a decent sized lounge with ample seating for a large family."

    Main bathroom is down stairs and on suit to master bathroom. Watch your head on the low sealing upstairs, there should be a sign through to the bedroom as it really hurts when you bash your head so be careful. The beds are a bit dated but all the bedding was new and clean. Nice rural quiet location and only 10 minute drive to Porthmadog.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Fabulous location and views."

    Sleeping arrangements upstairs far from ideal, unable to stand upright in two bedrooms and you have to walk through one to get to the other. The very creaky flooring ensured that everyone was woken if a night visit to the loo was necessary. Sofas downstairs uncomfortable and need replacing. Very difficult for my elderly parents to get down and back up. Minor issue- not enough cutlery.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "Lovely property well presented with very good facilities."

    Location is ideal for walking and visiting coast . Owner is a charming person with whom we had some delightful chats

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2022

  • "You couldn't get a more beautiful setting."

    Lovely cottage. And Gwyn a great host

    Reviewed by JenniferFeb 2022

  • "We had an amazing time here."

    Great location, very comfy and clean. We will be coming back. Thank you

    Reviewed by KeelyDec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay, the house was lovely and accommodated us all."

    We would most definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JessicaNov 2021

  • "From the website we were led to believe the property had a hot tub but in fact was a jacuzzi bath."

    This was misleading and disappointing, other than this the property was very good.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed that the property doesn't have a hot tub. Our property has never been advertised as having a hot tub but there is a corner jacuzzi bath in the ground floor bathroom. Regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AntonySep 2021

  • "Holiday home in very good position to travel around area."

    Accommodation was good but some parts need updating, which would make it a 5 star holiday home.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2021

  • "The cottage was no where near clean enough for us, lots of dog hairs, dust, dirt and mould with very tired and worn out appliances, no bulbs in microwave or ovens, broken furniture and some tv's not working."

    But we did enjoy are stay very much, the location was very quiet and we were warmly welcomed by the owners father who was very friendly. The building just needs a bit of money spending on it and a bit of tlc and then will be good value for money again.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2021

  • "Cottage was immaculately clean but when we changed the bedding we were very disappointed with stains on the quilt and pillows - wish we had checked beforehand."

    The en-suite could do with some upgrading. Thanks to Glyn for making us so welcome and even offering to give us a lift to a local restaurant so we could both have a drink on our wedding anniversary.

    Reviewed by CaroleMay 2021

  • "The cottage was so much nicer than shown in photos and the kitchen was so well equipped too, was a pleasure spending time there in the evenings, after our walks."

    The owner who lives very close was very nice and welcoming, making sure we have everything we need and didn’t rush us at all at checkout. Overall a great experience, totally recommend it!

    Reviewed by LaviniaMay 2021

  • "Well equipped and recently decorated property with modern features."

    Friendly and helpful owner. Loads of space - this property is huge, though a somewhat unusual layout. Lovely rural location, not too far from Porthmadog. Views of the hills around were beautiful.

    Reviewed by KatyNov 2020

  • "Ground floor spacious and excellent layout."

    very well equipped kitchen. All fixtures and fittings were good quality. Upstairs unusual layout, 2 bedrooms have reduced head height.

    Reviewed by MSep 2020

  • "Gwyn is a fantastic host and a really nice guy who made us feel at home as soon as we arrived."

    The property is in wonderful surroundings within easy distance of Porthmadog, Criccieth, shops etc. The facilities are great, modern, spacious and of a high standard throughout. The deck area is a delight and we spent most evenings and every breakfast out there enjoying the wonderful views. Highly recommended, although the posting showed and mentioned a BBQ which wasn't there - it didn't in any way affect us but for those planning to come you should know

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2020

  • "Very nice cottage and very warm and the owner was extremely nice guy to talk to would go again in fact we are next year"

    Reviewed by GordonNov 2019

  • "Cefn Yr Efail was well equipped, comfortable and large enough to accommodate our party with plenty of room."

    We had a very relaxing holiday, in beautiful surroundings. We particularly enjoyed our view of the coast as we crested the hill on our way down to the main road. We visit Snowdonia every year and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cefn Yr Efail.

    Reviewed by DebraSep 2019

  • "The ensuite would have benefitted from a light above the basin, a better place to store the spare WC rolls rather than the toilet brush."

    Soft close WC seats would have been good in both bathrooms give its description as luxury. The 3 extractor fans in the property didn't appear to work, unsure if they should have come on via the light switches. One of the electric sockets next to the bed in the main bedroom didn't work. 3 of the dining chairs had close legs, need tightening up. All of the above didn't spoil our holiday, they were minor details that weren't worth reporting during our stay. There were just the 4 of us staying so we all had plenty of room. Gwyn was a good bloke to have around and overall especially with the hot weather, we had a great family holiday.

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2019

  • "An ideal spacious and well equipped family home for our 3-generation family holiday, set in lovely rural surroundings."

    Convenient for walks, mountains, beaches and Snowdonia area. Gwyn was very welcoming. We had a very enjoyable stay. The only problem we had was finding the house and had to rely on asking the locals as the directions were only given from the Caernarfon westerly direction, whereas we approached from the east through Porthmadog. It would be helpful if it advised you to take the Golan/Cwn Ystradllyn turning off from that direction on the A497 which does not require you to pass the woollen mill and is just before the row of of cottages on the right signed Cwn Ystradllyn then immediately on the left. If it mentioned whether the woollen mill was on the right or left of the road we could have worked it out. The first part of our feedback can be published but the directional information is for the owner. We told Gwyn about the poor directions and he said he had asked his son (the actual owner) to alter it, but he has not done do. It seems that we are by no means the first people to struggle with the lack of information on finding the house.

    Reviewed by KathleenJul 2019

  • "The cottage was exactly what we needed!"

    It was comfortable and had everything we needed to relax - including a hot tub! We even got complementary fresh eggs! We loved our stay.

    Reviewed by ReyhanMar 2019

  • "Beautiful location,plenty of room,good facilities,friendly owner,even had fresh eggs on arrival,will definitely book this cottage again."

    Reviewed by DianeFeb 2019

  • "The owner is a really nice man, makes you feel very welcome"

    Reviewed by PeterJan 2019

  • "Cefn yr Efail is a lovely, comfortable , spacious converted barn and is an excellent base for a trip to all of Snowdonia (take a trip a mile down the road to Ynyspandy Slate Mill!"

    Only one thing to be aware of is that one of the upstairs bedrooms is a through route to the other (though Gwyn, the caretaker did inform me of this beforehand). This is OK with family and friends but i had a group of people unfamiliar with each other so this 'middle' room isn't ideal. The beds are noticably inferior in this room too - it seems that it's the one the owners forgot! But overall a great place and would gladly go back. The complementary eggs on arrival are nice too.

    Reviewed by NigelNov 2018

  • "A wonderful week spent in Snowdonia for a special family celebration."

    Cefn-Yr-Efail proved to be the perfect holiday home for this occasion - well located, spacious, modern with a brilliant sociable kitchen / dining room that served as the central hub of the house. Easy to book and good ongoing communication regarding our booking - I would definitely recommend and again use Sykes and Cefn-Yr-Efail.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage with wonderful views."

    Cottage decorated to a high standard but could benefit from some rugs on the floors as makes it a little stark. Also was expecting linen which was provided to be changed during our stay as was for two weeks. Otherwise perfect.

    Reviewed by HilarySep 2018

  • "All though the property was good overall a lot of the pots /pans etc are badly in need of replacement, fridge in kitchen is old and not fit for food (ok for bottles/tins) and should be replaced, a lick of paint would do wonders, also worth pointing out to people that the mobile phone signal is really poor."

    Sky t.v signal very weak.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2018

  • "We had a lovely week."

    Gwyn, the owner, is a pleasant chap who was very welcoming and we appreciated the dozen newly laid free range eggs he left for us. The building is very spacious and had everything we needed. With a 2 year old in tow, the enclosed garden & decking area was great, he could be left to run with no worries of him escaping. The location is very quiet, the only noise was the occasional tractor and the views of the surrounding hills was superb. The weather certainly helped being hotter than usual for the week and this proved to be an ideal base from which to explore the many places of interest this area has to offer. All in all a good experience and would certainly recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "Great value for money and a perfect location."

    We would recommend this property to anyone wanting to stay around the Snowdonia area. Great for both parties and families alike.

    Reviewed by JackMar 2018

  • "The actual building is really nice, however, 3 of the upstairs bedrooms have extremely restricted height, I'm 6ft 2 so don't expect to be jumping on pogo sticks in many rooms but the ceiling must be closer to 5ft 12 in the middle with a steep attic drop to both sides, leaving just a narrow 2 foot or so down the centre to walk."

    Walking upstairs caused creaking in the floorboards so badly that it woke people down in the downstairs bedroom. Walking was inevitable if you needed the loo as besides the one en-suite the other two upstairs rooms had to walk the full length of the building to get to the stairs to go down to the downstairs loo. The double bed upstairs in the end room had no cover on the mattress, luckily we had a blanket with us, I presume just an oversight on the cleaners behalf. The downstairs bath wouldn't get warm and when the nozzles shot out when they were switched on, so the bath was abandoned in favour of the shower. Overall the building is lovely, the guy who handled the key on arrival day was great, the location is great too. I figured for the price paid it was overpriced to say the arrival time was so late and the departure time so early, however we DID have the whole family there and the place wasn't cramped so not all bad by all means.

    Reviewed by ColinJan 2018

  • "Just superb - the cottage was excellent and all eight of us and the dog had a fabulous time exploring the countryside, mountains and coastline near Porthmadog!"

    Highly recommend to everyone.

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2017

  • "Very spacious cottage with great views."

    Gwyn made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend it, we had a wonderful holiday here.

    Reviewed by PamelaJul 2017

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very helpful gentleman who lived across the road. Clean and spacious for a family. Lovely bathrooms. A washer and drier was really useful.

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2017

  • "Prime location for walking, cycling or visiting the local area very friendly reception this was our 2nd visit everyone wants to go back next year."

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2017

  • "The cottage is a credit to gwyn and his son Steve."

    .beautiful in presentation, very clean and location and views astounding. GWYN was on hand for the stay an very helpful..The cottage is very big and ample for 8+ and if you have children is great for hide and seek..will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2016

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Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with doors to garden, 1 x spacious king-size double with views, Sky TV, DVD & en-suite shower, basin & WC, 1 x twin (sloping ceilings) leading to 1 x double (sloping ceilings)
  • Ground floor bathroom with Jacuzzi corner bath, shower cubicle, basin & WC
  • Farmhouse kitchen with breakfast bench & dining area with TV
  • Spacious sitting room with flame-effect electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire in sitting area
  • Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs, 2 with Sky, 2 x DVD players, WiFi, books/games/DVDs
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair & stairgate
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Garden with decking, gravelled area, lawned area, furniture, & mountain views
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops & pubs 2.5 miles.

The property

Porthmadog 4 miles. A superb converted smithy in the hamlet of Golan near Porthmadog.

Decorated and furnished to a very high standard, the accommodation at this Porthmadog cottage is quality and contemporary, including oak and slate flooring, spacious rooms, a Jacuzzi bath, en-suite to the large master bedroom and a farmhouse kitchen, sure to become the heart of your holiday home during your stay.

The outside space at this Porthmadog cottage is wonderful for relaxing, with a lawn and sitting area with some lovely views over the fields towards the mountains.

The amenities of Porthmadog are a few miles away, and attractions within easy reach of this Porthmadog cottage include Italianate Portmeirion village, Snowdon and its surrounds and castles at Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech, not to mention sandy beaches, superb walking and a variety of watersports.

A terrific Porthmadog cottage for a memorable stay.

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About the location

PORTHMADOG

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 and the Welsh Highland railway where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery, to Blaenau Ffestiniog or Caerforn . 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. Also within reach is the famous Zip World Slate Caverns and Bounce Below where you can get involved with a variety of activities including the thrilling zip wires and underground caverns to explore; there is something here to suit the whole family. An ideal location for the attractions of Snowdonia and the The Lleyn Peninsula.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas