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Llithfaen near Nefyn, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic owners, met me at the property with a roaring wood fire, chilled wine, doggy treats, tea, milk and coffee."

    Every room had fresh flowers. There was easy parking opposite the cottage. The location is stunning, very quiet and beautiful views. The area is incredible, the local beaches are clean, sandy and dog friendly. I come to this area every year and Merlin did not dissapoint. Will defiantly be back Vicky

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and warm and the owners kindly extended their stay to meet and greet us."

    The views from the upstairs main bedroom window are lovely.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.7Oct 2023

  • "Had a lovely week staying at Merlin cottage."

    We were welcomed by the owner's who had left some milk,dog treats and other bits which was very thoughtful. The views from the cottage on a clear day were amazing......and we had sunshine

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was my second visit, as enjoyed it so much last time."

    Great location to get around the Llyn Peninsula with plenty of walks for me and the dog. Will be booking again for next year as this is now one of my go to cottages to get away

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2023

  • "Everything you needed but kitchen was freezing ."

    Curtains were drab. But upstairs was lovely. It was lovely scenery and quiet. Hasn't put us off from going again.

    We are so sorry you found the kitchen cold. There is an electric radiator and we apologise for not pointing this out to you. February was very cold this year. The downstairs matching curtains are brown with a swirly pattern, to contrast with the cream coloured walls. They are good quality and from a well known high street store. In the end, we suppose, it all boils down to a matter of personal taste. We are glad it hasn't put you off. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda3.4Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Comfortable bed. Kitchen had everything needed. Coal fire which even we managed to light. Shower difficult to adjust for decent flow with warm water (bathroom was the only little negative). Perfect secure outdoor space for the dogs. Fabulously views on a clear day. Excellent location for coast and mountain walking.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Dec 2022

  • "Lovely welcome by the owners."

    ..fire prepared and milk and wine on the fridge. Great views nice quaint cottage...quite cold though but it was minus 2 outside...would definitely book again

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We look forward to seeing you again. We were a bit concerned at you being cold as you used the back bedroom but did not seem to have turned on the night storage heater in that room. The heater was on in the front bedroom for your arrival. Also the heater in the lounge was still set at number 2 ( out of 9) when we came to do the changeover and we wonder whether you had not realised that it could be turned up. We note that the coal fire was well used and hope that you were not too inconvenienced during one of the coldest weeks of the year so far. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4Dec 2022

  • "Warm welcome on arrival and we appreciated the milk, wine, dog treats and flowers and the fire being lit."

    Dogs thoroughly enjoyed their walks in the mountains. Cottage situated in a quiet rural location that was well located for sight seeing.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and great value."

    We go twice a year to catch up with family who live in Trefor.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a wonderful break at Merlin."

    Lovely welcome from the owners on arrival, and perfect location for getting to see the area. My dog and I haven’t walked so much in ages and thoroughly enjoyed the break. Cottage provided us what we needed for our week away, and lovely views of the sea in the distance. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely location."

    Did not like bathroom in lounge. Kitchen and bedrooms lovely. Bathroom and lounge shabby.Sofa and chair in lounge had obviously been damaged by a previous guests dog and not replaced. Bathroom shabby in need of updating and in the lounge so not private.

    It's always difficult when guests damage our property and do not tell us. We only have changeover day to put things right. With the whole day spent cleaning we had to wait for a week with no guests to arrange for a new sofa and chair to be delivered. In the meantime we covered the scratch marks with new throws. Also large items like this cost a lot of money and we do not currently ask guests for a returnable bond to cover damage. This is something we will discuss with our booking agent. We are sorry you were unhappy with the location of the bathroom. We understand completely, however we do not have the funds to reconfigure the whole house and hope that you were not too inconvenienced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn3.1Sep 2022

  • "A very cosy place with everything you need in the kitchen and bedrooms for your stay ."

    Cosy open fire and soft seating with fast wifi. Welcome pack was very nice and thoughtful plus extra coal and wood for the fire. The cottage is a very central place for all the walks plus great little garden that our dogs loved. Plenty of places to visit and explore. Recommend a trip over the hill to see some brilliant views and a lovely village and restaurant. We will book again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Merlin cottage is the perfect place to get out and explore North Wales - the cottage was really well equipped, particularly the kitchen!"

    It has a rustic charm that we loved, it felt like a home away from home which was perfect! The garden and views were exceptional and it was great to wake up on a clear morning to near 180° sea views. Thank you for a wonderful week!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very comfortable."

    Sufficient garden for the dog. Useful parking for the car. Well positioned to visit all the places we wanted in the area. Milk and wine in the fridge on arrival.

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Nice little terraced house on the hillside overlooking the valley and sea in the distance ."

    Good base to explore the local area with the nearest beach a 5 min drive. Local shop at the bottom of the hill along with a nice welcoming pub. House has garden and small yard to the rear, however there are no large areas for pet owners to let there dogs off in the village . The one football pitch and park area is no dogs allowed so you'd have to drive to the local beaches to give them a run which to be honest is quite nice on an evening or early morning. For the taller amongst us watch your head as you go upstairs bumped head daily much to the amusement of the other half. All in all a great week spent at Merlin , amazing area , friendly people stunning views and central to all attractions , highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had everything we needed easy access to various places no problems whatsoever would stay there again."

    my apologies to Mr & Mrs Charles forgot to leave a review in the visitors book but really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by A4.4Jun 2022

  • "Wonderfully homely, beautiful views a real home from home"

    Reviewed by Hirshule4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Very warm and cosy. Great location. Thoughtful owners.

    Reviewed by Owen5.0May 2022

  • "If you’re looking for a nice peaceful break hardly any cars about lovely walks ..."

    If you’re looking for a nice peaceful break hardly any cars about lovely walks with your dog scenic views nice clean air to breathe then this is the place for you would highly recommend this location and property

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2022

  • "Enjoyable peaceful holiday , facilities at the cottage was first class, and the open fire certainly made for comfy romantic evenings."

    The flowers, the wine and milk left in the fridge was a lovely touch by the cottages owners and the dog treats were greatly appreciated by my dog.

    Reviewed by Geraint5.0Feb 2022

  • "A perfect place to retreat and get away from it all."

    Lovely cottage, sea views across the Lleyn peninsula from your bed!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great value for money."

    Cottage had everything we needed. As described by the owners, its not 5 star but was clean and well loved. Some of the furniture, especially the sofa was tired and uncomfortable. The location is brilliant, plenty of dog walks. Recommend it out of season, we had many places to ourselves, quiet beaches are perfect for us and our dog.

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Jan 2022

  • "Merlin cottage is truely lovely, tucked away along a row of 5 properties."

    This is the second time we've been to Merlin cottage and again we enjoyed our time there. There is a coal fire and a dog friendly gated area at the front of the property along with front and back gardens. The cottage is warm and welcoming and although it is due a bit of TLC in some areas we would recommend it for a cozy break away. As last time, there were fresh cut flowers along with coffee, tea, milk, and biscuits (not forgetting the dog treats). Well done Merlin cottage!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a smashing stay at Merlin."

    Cottage is well equipped and in a very good location, especially if you enjoying fantastic walks on your doorstep. The village shop was very handy for bits that we had forgot. I found the settee and chair a bit low but was happy sitting on the dining chairs instead. Complementary flowers, milk and biscuits were a nice touch

    Reviewed by Bev4.4Dec 2021

  • "A beautiful quirky,comfortable and cosy cottage."

    Set in a perfect location for exploring north Wales. Picturesque views of the sea to the front and mountains to the rear. Excellent holiday!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely quirky, rustic little cottage."

    We were very comfortable there for the week , everything we needed was supplied in the cottage. The area is stunning, we usually go to Scotland with our dogs but decided to give the area a go , glad we did ! Days out at the beaches (the weather was kind to us ) and cosy evenings in front of fire after a pint in the local pub. Many thanks to the owners for sharing their lovely little cottage. Great value for money .

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Oct 2021

  • "The owners were very solicitous;they really wanted us to be comfortable."

    Reviewed by Melissa4.7Aug 2021

  • "Lovely spot, photos don't do justice to the wonderful views."

    A comfortable and well equipped cottage.

    Reviewed by Rosie4.4Jul 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    Small but cosy. Had everything we needed. Had great holiday exploring area. Weather excellent which helped.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is in need of some improvement and modernization."

    In the owned own words ," this is not a 5 star accommodation" we agree and would rate it about 2 star. Accommodation failed to meet the good standard we have had previously from Sykes.

    Thank you for your feedback. A comprehensive scheme of decoration and modernisation was planned for winter 2019/20. Covid put paid to that. Unfortunately, the Welsh government did not allow us to visit the cottage during either lockdown. During the latest 7 month lockdown the lack of heating caused paint on the walls to flake and some rust to appear, in particular on the front of the fridge. There were also some unexpected repairs to make. We have been reluctant to cancel anyone's holiday, post lockdown as many bookings this summer have been rescheduled from last year. All essential repairs were made in April and there is a comprehensive cleaning scheme, as ever. We explain to all guests that the cottage is waiting for a "good decorate" at the end of the season and hope that this does not affect the quality of their holiday. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony2.5Jun 2021

  • "We had a really great time walking around the local countryside, even in the misty weather!"

    An enjoyable stay as ever, and I hope to be back. The addition of some milk in the fridge for a cup of tea on arrival was particularly appreciated!

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very well equipped."

    Lovely location. Owners were very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Linda4.1May 2021

  • "Lovely old little cottage the owners have tried to make sure most of your needs are catered for and are very helpful."

    This was my third stay so guess I must enjoy the cottage and area.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    We hadn't been away for a long time and this was a perfect break. The open fire and supply of coal made it a cozy stay. We will be going again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2020

  • "Cosy, well equipped cottage with beautiful views across the peninsular to the sea."

    Great base for exploring all the the lovely beaches Llyn has to offer.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Sep 2020

  • "Although small this is a lovely cottage, full of character, and in an amazing location."

    Wonderful views.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jul 2020

  • "This was a late booking on my behalf, but was well worth it, I couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome from my hosts, the cottage is beautiful, lots of little things that most people wouldn't maybe notice, but it was appreciated very much, thank you x, lots of useful information about the area in the cottage, and a cosy homely place to explore from, and lovely warm welcome to come to back to after a day out, a real home from home, my big furry friend loved his time on the beaches and snuggled in front of the fire in the evening."

    can't wait to make another booking xx Kim

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was small but it had everything required for a very memorable holiday."

    The kitchen as there were plenty of utensils for being able to make some nice meals after a long days walk. The area around the cottage was lovely but not for the faint hearted as the village is very hilly. Had a wonderful stay and hope to go again next year

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, lots of facilities."

    Fantastic area. Unable to make use of garden due to length of grass but otherwise 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2019

  • "It was a delightful cottage to stay in, the view alone was worth the money, ..."

    It was a delightful cottage to stay in, the view alone was worth the money, would stay here again if we were to stay anywhere

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Aug 2019

  • "Quirky, well laid out, comfortable and the most stunning location!"

    Excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Jun 2019

  • "My second visit to Merlin the cottage had since my last visit had some decorating in the bathroom and the garden had been nicely tended."

    I found items well up to expectation and for me the location is very good I hope maybe i will visit again in the future

    Reviewed by Allan5.0May 2019

  • "Super cottage with great views ."

    Ideal base for walking . Great to have a local pub and shop 5 mins walk away .

    Reviewed by Bev4.7Dec 2018

  • "Very cosy but it needs a electric fire because it was hard to make when weather ..."

    Very cosy but it needs a electric fire because it was hard to make when weather is bad the coal was outside so found it cold at night

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Nov 2018

  • "We had a lovely time staying in this cosy cottage."

    Used it as a base for sightseeing. Really enjoyed the amazing beaches. We found the information provided in the cottage really useful. Our dog loved his holiday.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Oct 2018

  • "Nice little cottage with good parking situated at the highest spot on LLeyn, which meant the cottage was often in the clouds."

    When the mists cleared, there was a wonderful view. We were made to feel welcome. The garden was well fenced and dog proof. Many lovely dog friendly beaches on LLeyn.

    Reviewed by Meriel4.7Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful and welcoming."

    The views were stunning and there was everything we could need at the cottage. It felt like a well loved home in which we could relax and recharge after a hard day's mountain climbing. Would recommend to anyone that doesn't mind being high off the beaten track but still close to places.

    Reviewed by Leonie5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage is in a lovely setting, beautiful views and a nice place to sit out."

    The kitchen is well equipped and the beds comfortable.I did find the stairs quite steep but that is my fault for not reading the listing properly.It has WiFi a television and lots of board games and jigsaws, so if it had rained we would have been fine.

    Reviewed by Irene4.1Jul 2018

  • "Wonderful views, very quiet, lovely place to stay to just relax."

    We enjoyed hiking the area and visiting local attractions. The perfect place to stay for a few days or a week or more to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is well equipped in fact even on the last day i was still finding things i had missed."

    The location is really good if you have dogs, good beaches and hill walks near by.

    Reviewed by Allan4.7May 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage in a peaceful, lovely area."

    Would definitely return!

    Reviewed by Chris4.4May 2017

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  • Two double bedrooms
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Electric night storage heaters with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front patio with garden and furniture and back yard
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog beds, blankets and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There is one internal step between the sitting room and kitchen
  • Note: Due to the nature and age of the cottage the stairs are steep and narrow
  • Note: The cottage is accessed via two external steps
  • Note: Maximum 3 guests
  • Note: Property only accepts children over 12 years.

The property

A pretty, whitewashed, stone, terraced cottage, set on the outskirts of the village of Llithfaen, one of the highest villages on the Llyn Peninsula, enjoys some wonderful views and is just four miles from the delightful coastal resort of Nefyn and eight miles from the market town of Pwllheli, North Wales.

This pretty cottage provides a cosy base, ideal for exploring this wonderful part of North Wales for a couple, two friends or a small family.

A homely little place with a coastal theme, the cottage is full of quirkiness and character features such as the exposed beams in the sitting room and the open fire is a lovely addition, especially during those cooler months.

The sitting room offers comfortable seating and a dining area, and a cosy bathroom has been neatly tucked away, off the living accommodation.

A well-equipped kitchen and two double bedrooms upstairs, one enjoying wonderful countryside and distant sea views, complete this lovely cottage.

Outside there is a front garden with furniture, accessed down some steps from the paved patio area.

Take in the sea breeze and enjoy those wonderful views after a busy day out and about, walking on the mountains.

Benefiting from a sunny aspect it’s an ideal spot to sit and relax, enjoy a drink or even some alfresco dining perhaps?

On the doorstep, and within walking distance of the cottage, are the abandoned slate village of Nant Gwrtheyrn (now a popular Welsh language centre), miles of relaxing, rolling countryside, with spectacular views over the whole of Tremadog and Caernarfon Bays and the incredible prehistoric remains of Tre'r Ceiri, a hill fort, with stunning views, made up of 150 dry stone hut circles.

The area is an ideal base for either an active walking holiday or a relaxing, sightseeing tour, full of history, spectacular scenery and award-winning beaches.

Discover deserted coves and enjoy miles of sandy beaches which this coastline is famed for.

Just a few miles away are the sailing centres at Abersoch and Pwllheli, and the beautiful village of Aberdaron with a National Trust visitor centre.

Slightly further afield is the stunning Snowdonia National Park, the Italianate village and gardens of Portmeirion, definitely worth a visit and for history lovers there are many historic castles, including Criccieth, Caernarfon and Harlech.

This lovely cottage offers a great holiday base for a relaxing break, all year round.

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About the location


  • Nefyn 4 miles
  • Abersoch 12 miles

The small village of Llithfaen is one of the highest villages on the Llyn Peninsula, enjoying some of the best views around due to its location on the slopes of the Yr Eifl mountain range. The village boasts its own community-run village shop and local pub, which was established in 1988 and offers a friendly welcome. Llithfaen is very proud of its Welsh heritage with the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre and restaurant located just up the road at Nant Gwrtheyrn, which also has a pebble beach. The pretty coastal town of Nefyn lies 4 miles away, sitting atop sweeping cliffs, and is home to a fine, two-mile stretch of sandy beach, popular with families, along with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The village is also within reach of the amenities of the popular towns of Pwllheli, Abersoch and Caernarfon. In nearby Porth Dinllaen is the Ty Coch pub, voted 3rd best 'beach bar' in the world in an online feature in June 2013. The coastline around this region is dotted with castles and coves, while fishing, sailing and water sports are all available. The Snowdonia National Park is 25 miles away, with its dramatic scenery and abundance of superb walks. With its proximity to such a wide range of destinations, this area makes a superb base for a break in North Wales.

Note: Maximum 3 guests.
Note: Property only accepts children over 12 years of age.