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Gyda'r Llif

(Ref. 1075367)

Llanystumdwy near Criccieth, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautifully refurbished stone terraced house."

    Great cosy home from home facilities. Ideally situated for riverside walks by the afon Dwyfor. Would definitely recommend and stay there again.

    Reviewed by Bleddyn5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Gyda’r Llif."

    The cottage was cosy & comfortable and in a great area for lots of activities. The log burner was a real plus point after a days walking. Paul was very communicative and helpful.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cosy, warm cottage with everything you need for a break in Wales."

    Great equipped kitchen, comfy beds and loved the log burner.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at Grda’r Llif , it was everything we wanted, cosy comfortable."

    Very tastefully decorated . The kitchen and Bathroom were very well equipped all the necessary things you needed. Perfect setting with the sound of the river opposite. Parking was easy.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Gyda’r Llif gave us everything we wanted."

    Soon after booking, the owner contacted us with offer of help and useful advice. The property is cosy, comfortable, clean and stylish and well equipped. We loved the feature open stone walls. The location was perfect with lovely walks right on the doorstep, beaches nearby and within easy travelling distance to other areas of interest. The village community pub has a friendly atmosphere and serves good beer. We would definitely like to return.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth Judith5.0Sep 2023

  • "Perfect cottage, home from home."

    Beautiful location. We will recommend and we hope to stay again

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Gyda’r Llif, we hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "The walk by the river was lovely."

    The local community run pub Tafarn Y Plu was very friendly, reasonably priced and served a great pint. Their little honesty shop was also very handy and reasonably priced. A welcome pack would of been a nice addition. The TV being a little larger and up to date would be good. The dishwasher was not emptied when we arrived and should of been as per the leaving guidance. Double bed mattress is too soft. The carpet gripper spikes on the stairs can be felt when walking on them in bear feet. Waste food recycling, is this possible in the area as there was no specific bin for this?

    Reviewed by Paul2.8Aug 2023

  • "Great cottage and a special location."

    Very well equipped - not often we find somewhere with so many sockets! We had a very relaxing and enjoyable week. Slight issue with the plumbing but we were in contact with the owner about that. There seems to be a trend post covid for cottages to be available at 4pm and depart 9 30 and no welcome pack. Is this how it is now? Thanks for info from company and v. Helpful contact from owner.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a really enjoyable stay in Gyda’r Llif."

    Everything was clean, tidy and very comfortable in this lovely cosy cottage. A beautiful bunch of roses awaited us and the cottage was packed with many extra essentials to aid our stay. There is a beautiful walk by the river straight across from the cottage ideal to cool the dog down on a warm sunny stay. The pub Tafarn y Plu is very friendly if you fancy it. We would highly recommend a stay here. A great base for exploring North Wales.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage our second stay here."

    There were lots of cobwebs in the front bedroom. The sink in the bathroom very slow draining, and the toilet sometimes when flushing the system took alot time to refill so had that running water sound. Some of the cups plates and bowls not clean but that was from the previous holiday people. But we had a lovely stay and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4May 2023

  • "Great cottage in an ideal location for exploring the area."

    Very friendly and helpful owner providing useful tips for our stay. Would definitely use it again.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2023

  • "Such a lovely house, it's nicely presented having a gentle mix of traditional old style build with modern fixtures and fittings."

    . nicely done. I would like to suggest a couple of things to be addressed.. coat hooks on the wall as you walk in as some of our coats were wet after rain, it didn't feel right to hang wet things in the cupboard underneath the stairs. Though we did go to watch TV but occasionally we did such as the coronation.. noticed the TV is very dark in display and couldn't adjust (think it's on its way out) .. annoyingly my wife stubbed her toe on the bed, I have so found this to be quite common bed's like these, though it was extremely comfortable the hard surround can be quite hazardous if not paying attention.. we also found the lounge area to be quite dark as the ceiling lights are lovely but almost impractical... The external key safe is extremely stiff to undo this could represent problem for those with arthritis etc.. The shower was excellent and everything in the bathroom was good though many times the wc had to be flushed again and again as not enough water passed.. we ever used the back bedroom though its was superbly presented.. As a builder I am I noticed your kitchen cupboard doors were all warped slightly and the front door has problems locking and unlocking, some adjustments would be needed on this.. Please don't be alarmed as all these things are what I see everyday in my work, your property is really very nice and my wife loved it too which means everything to me... hope this info helps.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.4May 2023

  • "One of the most relaxing places we have stayed, great location and lovely area."

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely comfy cottage, has everything you need for your holiday for you and your four legged friend, beautiful location."

    Loved the river on your doorstep. Our dog enjoyed her morning walk along there. Some gorgeous beaches nearby, especially Harlech . Really enjoyed coming back to this part of the world I used to visit as a child .

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a wonderful cottage to stay at - everything was absolutely spot on plus an owner who was incredibly helpful & responsive The heating was really goodand the log burner worked a treat."

    The shower was great & the kitchen was fully stocked plus being light & airy. The bed was sooo comfy!! There was no problem with parking & the walks all around the area were varied with great views - our muttie loved them The butchers & bakers in Criccieth are great & the local shops stock pretty well all you need for a weeks break altho there are supermarkets with 5 or 6 miles Would definitely return - one of the most chilled,relaxing weeks we've had. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Mar 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you could want or need."

    Located with lots of wonderful walking to hand including the Wales Coastal path. There was the added bonus of a small museum behind the houses dedicated to David Lloyd George (very interesting). The cottage is also within easy reach of Criccieth, Porthmadog, Portmeirion & Pwhelli. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by Jeannette5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a great time at this lovely cosy cottage."

    There is lots of attention to detail and this is a well kept comfortable cottage; the bed in the main bedroom was very comfortable, we didn't use the other bedroom so can't comment on that. The owner contacted us on our stay to make sure we had settled in which was a very nice gesture. We would definitely recommend it

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2022

  • "Thank you Paul for all the helpful information you sent us during the holiday."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped. It is situated in a lovely quiet area with numerous dog walks from the front door. We had a restful stay in the cottage and enjoyed getting to know the area.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a beautiful little cottage with lovely facilities."

    The walk opposite along the stream was wonderful and super for dog walking! As the weather was lovely, we even managed a swim. Plenty of lovely walks around and easy drives to nearby towns.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2022

  • "A wonderful week in an idyllic place!"

    hoping to come back soon to finish off all of the top 10 coastal walks :)

    Michael, Andrea And Barney!Aug 2022

  • "This was a delightful cottage in a lovely setting, opposite a river."

    It was cool in the hot weather due to its thick stone walls. We had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and the location was great for visiting many places on the Llyn Peninsular, and beyond. We can recommend the Swn-Y-Mor cafe in nearby Criccieth, along with Criccieth, for its little town and shops, coast with the wonderful backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains. The Lloyd George Museum in Llamystumdwy is worth a visit too, as is Lloyd George's grave, on the banks of the river, opposite the cottage. A lovely, welcoming cottage in a beautiful location. Thank you.

    Glad to hear you were able to remain cool in the cottage during that very hot spell and thank you for taking the time to leave such great feedback. We’re really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gyda’r Llif and had fun exploring the local area. Diolch yn Fawr. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, restored perfectly, very comfortable."

    Great location. Mabel, our cocker spaniel, loved her holiday. Lots of beautiful walks and people making a fuss of her in the towns. Thanks you so much.

    M & J DohertyJul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in the delightful cottage."

    It was a perfect base for visiting many wonderful places in the area. Many thanks.

    Andy, Fiona And SophieJul 2022

  • "Fabulous holiday cottage."

    We enjoyed our stay. A beautiful area to explore. Weather was exceptional, not a drop of rain. Holiday over too soon.

    J & P GriffithJul 2022

  • "A beautifully restored cottage very comfortable and a quiet area."

    Parking outside the cottage. Very conveniently located for visiting places in Lleyn, Snowdonia and also walking the coast path. Useful local shops in Criccieth and a Dylan’s restaurant. A very enjoyable holiday. Gill.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Jun 2022

  • "We have loved staying here and have visited some beautiful places – Portmadog, and Plas Newydd, as well as walking along the coast."

    Thank you for your lovely cottage.

    R & J KiddJun 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage, beautifully restored."

    The weather has been kind to us. Visited many interesting places:- NT Plas yn Rhiw, Abersoch, end of the peninsular at Mynydd Mawr, pub on the beach at Plas Brondanw, good café. Also Llanbedrog, fine sandy beach. Dillans Restaurant in Criccieth very good, and an excellent takeaway Fish & Chips by Criccieth Castle.

    G & J PriceJun 2022

  • "A lovely cottage for exploring the area."

    Beautiful landscape and coastline and its beautiful history. A great location by car, bike or foot. Portmeirion a must for all. A relaxing break, but changeable weather!

    A & S JarvisJun 2022

  • "A really lovely cottage in a great location."

    The cottage was extremely clean and has everything you need. The owner contacted us just after we arrived to ask if everything ok and to contact him if needed. Which we thought was really nice. The location is great for visiting all the beaches. And river and woodland walk just across the road was great for our dogs. We will come back.

    We’re really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Gyda’r Llif & appreciate you taking the time to share your positive review with potential future guests. The river walk just opposite the cottage is a favourite place of my dog too, Diolch yn fawr. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful place we loved it and we were so sad to leave."

    The location & facilities were perfect. Beautiful Walks enjoyed by us 50+ years old and our two grandchildren 8yrs & 4yrs just loved it. Definitely recommend going to rabbit farm and local chinese takeaway lovely. Local beaches beautiful whatever the weather and river walk so pretty.

    We’re pleased that you loved the cottage and enjoyed all that the local area has to offer. The river walk is one of our favourites too. Thank you for leaving such positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beutifully appointed cottage with first class facilities and the owner could not have been more helpful sorting our little difficulty."

    We have already recommendind it to friends.

    We’re pleased to hear that the cottage met with your expectations and thank you for your kind review Stephen. You and your friends will be welcome back anytime. Diolch yn Fawr. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Gyda'r Llif is a lovely cottage that i would have no hesitation in recommending."

    The cottage is warm, cosy and right opposite the river with a lovely woodland walk. The rear yard is enclosed and ideal for dog owners. Paul the owner was very helpful and prepared to answer any questions i had.

    We’re pleased that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to leave such positive feedback. Being dog owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to know our pup is safe at all times and we created the rear garden with that in mind. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daryl5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely, lovely cottage, a real home from home."

    Paul, the owner was extremely helpful and always available for any query. We loved the location and would not hesitate to recommend. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2022

  • "As regular cottage holiday bookers, this was one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    Great location, great cottage and perfect consideration of what the visitor needs. You can park right outside the property and be walking along the river in seconds. Great location to explore North Wales, Snowdonia and the LLyn peninsula. Cottage owners were super helpful, we'll certainly be back if we are staying in the area again.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wow! What a lovely little gem of a place!"

    a great base for lots of beaches. What a lovely rest we've had. Cottage spotless :)

    Mr And Mrs KettleFeb 2022

  • "Just returned from a 3 night stay at this stunning cottage (very envious)."

    Highly recommend this property for exploring the llyn peninsula, easy to get to, parking beautiful walks, pub near by, beaches near by and a comfy cozy cottage to return to after a day of exploring. very clean, very comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, enclosed garden for dogs. Will definitely return soon!

    Mrs GriffithsJan 2022

  • "We had a wonderfully relaxing stay in this cottage at October half term."

    The cottage itself was spotlessly clean on arrival. The décor is modern and fresh, with period features such as the interior stone walls and fireplace, and framed pictures of the area. The kitchen was well-equipped, there was plenty of space and the beds were comfy and generously sized. The woodburner created a cozy warm atmosphere in the evenings. I wish we could have stayed longer! The cottage is in a great location - the only sound at night is the river running by - you feel secluded but also within easy reach of the amenities of Criccieth and the attractions of Snowdonia. The David Lloyd George museum is 5 mins walk away and worth a visit. The cottage owner was extremely helpful with a couple of practical queries, and he also recommended some beautiful local walks, along the river (the leaves were stunning in October) and also a coastal walk that started from the front door. This area of North Wales is very dear to my heart, with a lot of family history. I would highly recommend this cottage as base to explore this wonderful part of the world.

    Reviewed by Rhiannon4.7Oct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Gyda'r Lliff, the cottage is newly renovated and more spacious than the photos suggest."

    We had our dog with us who loved the walk along the river opposite the front door. The courtyard garden is secure for the dog and we enjoyed sitting out there in the sunshine listening to the birds. Llanystumdwy itself is such a brilliant centre location for visiting the beaches of the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia mountains. It's easy to self-cater, the cotrage has all the cooking utensils you need and there are supermarkets in Porthmadog and Pwllheli. Plenty of takeaway options too, near enough for food to still be hot when you get it home. The beds are a little firm as another reviewer had mentioned, possibly because they are so new. Top marks to the housekeeper, the place was absolutely immaculate (I have very high standards and often have to clean a holiday let when we arrive). A note to the owner: the sealant in the shower is coming loose

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Sep 2021

  • "1) The main double bed was outragiously uncomfortable."

    ... To such a degree that we left a day early so that we could get a good night's sleep. A hard base with a thin inadequate matress. The worst bed I've ever experienced on any holiday..... Must be replaced. 2) Added to that discomfort was the uncomfortable lounge furniture and the metal chairs in the rear garden area (no cushions).... My back will take weeks to recover. 2) No corkscrew !!! 3) Should have a cafetiere Could be a brilliant cottage, some good points, but serious comfort neglect and lacks finishing touches.

    Thank you for your feedback. You’ll be delighted to know the soft memory foam mattress has been sent back to the manufacture and replaced with a luxury pocket sprung mattress to match those in the twin room, which we trust will fulfil the requirements for a wider range of guests comfort and back support needs. The garden chairs have cushions for guests to use as they require. They are of the high quality Hartman brand and match the garden furniture set. Whilst they are waterproof, we request that they aren’t left outside 24/7 in an effort to ensure they are in the best possible condition for guests and that’s why they are stored inside. I am sorry you could not locate these. Our sincere apologies regarding the mattress - all of our other guests have loved our recently restored Welsh cottage and enjoyed using it as a base exploring the beautiful setting near the river. This review is very disappointing for us. As owners it’s extremely important to us that the comfort and cleanliness of the accommodation is of the highest standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David2.5Sep 2021

  • "We had an absolutely amazing week in this little cottage."

    Cottage itself was clean, and everything was as good as we could have hoped for. Lovely location to go west or go into Snowdonia. A beautiful walk right outside the door along the river-our dog was so happy! The blu ray player was a bonus to entertain the kids a few evenings. A guest book to get ideas of where to go may have been helpful. Local pub under new ownership seemed better than reviews online suggest. Definitely hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in immaculate condition."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, cottage has been beautifully restored and is very comfortable. Some bigger pans and a wooden spoon would be useful when cooking for four! We always got parked outside . We can recommend the area having stayed in the same village last year.

    Reviewed by I4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay last week at Gyda'r Llif cottage."

    The beautiful thick stone walls meant the lounge remained cool despite the 30degC temperatures and was a sanctuary from the heatwave. The lighting of the back yard added to the ambience and we really enjoyed watching the bats flit around the trees in the evening. The front of the cottage faces the river and you can hear it when lying in bed. Across the road is a trail up the river with stunning walks and river beaches you can paddle into. All in all a stunningly restored character cottage in a wonderful location with walks on site and nicely located to nearby beaches.

    S TaylorJul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x King room, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate available
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: There is a Good Housekeeping bond of £300

The property

Criccieth 1.7 miles.

Nestled in the small village of Llanystumdwy, near the glorious seaside resort of Criccieth, is this charming stone-fronted terrace cottage, Gyda'r Llif.

Set over two storeys and sleeping up to four guests, Gyda'r Llif is an idyllic dwelling for a family or group of friends to explore the beautiful sites of North Wales, with easy access to Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park and the colourful village of Portmeirion.

As you approach the property, you will find roadside parking available, before unloading your bags and stepping into the delightful cottage.

Be welcomed into the homely lounge, with traditional exposed beams and stone walls adding character, and look forward to cosying up with loved ones beside the warmth of the woodburning stove whilst enjoying your favourite film.

Cater for the group in the fully-equipped kitchen, which also has a handy dishwasher and washing machine, and enjoy the fruits of your labour around the dining table as you toast to a wonderful holiday.

When night falls, guests can travel up to the first floor where there is the option to retire to a King or twin bedroom, each decorated in soothing blue tones reflecting the town's seaside heritage.

Completing the first floor is the contemporary shower room, where guests can look forward to freshening up for the day ahead in style.

Enjoy a morning coffee and your favourite book at the lovely dining table on the enclosed patio as your canine companion enjoys slumbering in the sun beside you.

Guests at Gyda'r Llif can look forward to a variety of things to see and do right on their doorstep in Llanystumdwy; from beautiful woodland walks, taking the children to visit the animals on the sweet Rabbit Farm, enjoying adrenaline-filled fun at the Dragon Raiders Activity Park where there is paintball, quad biking, and Segways on offer, or visiting the neighbouring town of Criccieth's landmark 13th century castle, which stands remarkably overlooking the town.

If you can tear yourself away from the seaside charm of Criccieth, just a short drive away you will find the coastal town of Porthmadog, home to a good selection of shops and attractions and a magnificent harbour.

Rail enthusiasts will have found their haven at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, an extensive all-weather interactive railway heritage center and miniature railway.

Venture further and make a stop at the charming village of Portmeirion, known for its stunning coastal views and its vibrant colours and architecture.

Wander through the Central Piazza explore the lush woodlands, purchase souvenirs and trinkets at the welcoming independent shops, and treat yourself to a delicious meal at Castell Deudraeth.

Gyda'r Llif is the perfect home away from home that will leave you wanting to return again and again!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Porthmadog 5 miles; Portmeirion 8 miles; Abersoch 15 miles.

Often described as the 'Pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia’, this delightful seaside town is situated just 5 miles from Porthmadog. The town’s 13th-century castle perches majestically on a rocky outcrop, dominating the skyline and offering superb views of Tremadog Bay and the Eryri (Snowdonia) mountains. Watersports enthusiasts will be delighted by the two beaches, whilst walkers and bikers are spoilt for choice by the proximity of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Stroll along the beaches, watch porpoises playing in the surf, or relax in the various pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, sampling the famous Cadwalader’s ice cream. Further afield, attractions such as Portmeirion’s wonderful Italianate gardens, the Ffestiniog railway in Porthmadog, Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle and the beautiful beaches and renowned golf courses of the Llyn Peninsula are all within an easy drive.

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Note : Please note there is a good house keeping bond of £150.

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