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Cefn Bryn Bach

Criccieth, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 952319)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The location is ideal for those who want to enjoy Criccieth without having to use the car - as we did. The small garden area was ideal for our Spaniel who then got longer walks along the beaches - although there are some restrictions at certain times of the year. We tend to cook for ourselves and there was everythig that we required without having to use the microwave. There's a TV and WiFi should you need it. The property does back on to a car park and beyond that there is a, not very busy, railway line. Neither of these caused us any problems during our weeks stay. Would have no concern about booking another week away at this property - indeed, once we have looked at our calendar, that's exactly what we will do.

    Reviewed by IanMar 2022

  • "Lovely set up - great location - we parked up the car and didn't leave the immediate are for the whole stay."

    Facilities were excellent - kitchen and bathroom being both quite modern. The comfort issues were minor - would prefer a harder mattress and bigger sofas...overall we were really pleased and look to make a further booking.

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2021

  • "Overall satisfied with the accommodation."

    Provided everything we required and ideal base to view the area. Good access to the town and the local beaches. However would have to say some of the facilities were basic. Surprised to find things such as toilet/kitchen rolls not provided and that there were no air fresheners in the rooms. Moreover there were no cleaning items so just as well we brought some of our own. Invariably previous guests have left items/condiments etc but there was nothing provided. Minor issues but does create an unfavourable impression.

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay in Criccieth."

    The property is well placed for getting to other places. The railway line was not an issue neither was the pub. The Barn itself was attractive quiet and within walking distance of the shops. Ideal for our dogs as fully fenced in. There was no welcome pack so be aware you need to take milk tea and sugar and the basics ie salt pepper, if you arrive after the shops close. In all a great week.

    Reviewed by GillJun 2021

  • "Very helpful pleasant owner & nicely kept property, Would be even better if it had a dishwasher & a hairdryer."

    ( the first year I have forgotten mine but have always had one in our holiday property previously) Lovely French doors but they would benefit from cleaning. Sofas are very solid so we sat on a pillow to make them more comfortable, We would have given 5 stars ⭐️ if these little points were addressed. We would be happy to return. The location is behind a pub with a beer garden & even though the Euro games were on the noise wasn’t intrusive.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at cefyn bryn Bach , the cottage is in the most perfect position very central for everywhere , it is situated at the back of the pub and at the side of the railway so throughout the day there is background noise that didn’t bother us at all , we never had sleepless nights the bed was quite comfortable , and under the covid rules you have to remove the covers when you leave , something I was dreading cause you never know what the mattress is like but it was really good , the bathroom was nice apart from the long black hair that was left in the sink I wasn’t too keen on , bedrooms were nice and the lounge kitchen area was very spacious ."

    The sofas were rock hard I had to use my bedroom pillow to get a little comfort . The main door is dodgy to lock but once you have the knack it’s pretty simple . My main problem was the cleanliness, on arrival I had to wash all the cutlery , crockery and glasses , coffee stained cups , and the glasses were dirty , there is no dishwasher so they should be using fairy liquid , and the windows need cleaning . These are minor problems which are so easy to rectify , people shouldn’t be put off . Criccieth is a beautiful town and I’m sure I will return.

    Reviewed by AnitaApr 2021

  • "Great accommodation."

    Warm cosy Excellent for a dog Fantastic location Struggled with the door. Particularly from inside. Spent one night with an unlocked door.

    Reviewed by KathleenOct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage situated in a ideal place with a short walk to the sea or a short drive to the mountains of snowdonia if your more adventurous."

    The host/owner was friendly and welcoming on arrival an spoke when briefly bumped into during the week .The cottage is nicely decorated with a big bathroom and open kitchen lounge. The main Bedroom is beautiful and very cozy. Only 1 bad point there was a strange smell off garlic/sulphur in the small bedroom, but no doubt is easily sorted other then that i highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by RyanSep 2020

  • "This cottage was brilliant, ideal for us and our dog Murphy."

    The location was amazing and we have fallen in love with Cricceith. We are already planning on booking again sometime if possible. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Charles ScottAug 2020

  • "We we’re very happy with our holiday cottage and intend to book again."

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2020

  • "Excellent cottage in an ideal location."

    Very tidy and clean, good layout and ample room in all areas. Good parking adjacent to the cottage. Met by the owner on arrival who explained how the stiff door handle worked to avoid issues. I’m sure it would not be difficult to rectify as many people have commented about the door handle before.

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 2020

  • "The place is not well equipped."

    The pots etc need to be replaced. Mattress in main bedroom is totally warn out, well past its time.... does not contribute to well rested nights. There are a need of more bathroom rails and bath towels!! The TV is small, not suitable for the sitting area. There was a panty in the washing machine, shows it was not properly inspected previously. It is very difficult to figure out how to lock the door from inside and outside. Generally this cottage is below the standard and should be rated lower. It is a pity to report negatively as the location is very central for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by J JNov 2019

  • "Just home from a lovely week away."

    A spacious very clean & comfortable cottage. Well equipped with everything you’ll need. Perfectly situated in Criccieth with a short walk to the beach and castle also a great spot for exploring Snowdonia. Would definitely return.”

    Reviewed by AnthonyOct 2019

  • "On first impression cottage is lovely however, hadn’t been cleaned well prior to our arrival, alsorts under sofa, cobwebs on ceiling, dust behind doors in corners etc."

    Kitchen minimally kitted out for 4 people, no decent sized pans had to buy one. The bed in double room is listed as a king size which I always look for as myself and husband are quite tall. Bed frame is king size but the dreadful well past its best mattress is a double sat in the frame!!! Garden untidy, which didn’t matter too much to us due to time of year and not sitting out but could do with some tlc. This cottage could be so much better with a few little touches and attention to detail i.e shelf/cabinet in bathroom, loo roll holder, new mattresses, broken hook on bedroom door replacing, few more pots & utensils in kitchen & a decent clean between guests. I wouldn’t currently list this as 4 tick rating, but it could easily be. All this said we had a nice week, location for visiting wales is brilliant and the village is lovely, just don’t expect a warm welcome in the pub.... unless u speak welsh.

    Reviewed by VickyOct 2019

  • "The bad - mattresses were very uncomfortable."

    Bed sheets were bobbly and rough. Towels smelt as though they hadn't been properly laundered. No cabinet, shelf or storage for toiletries in bathroom. No shaver point for charging electric toothbrush. All these things could be fixed with a little more attention to detail. Cottage is in a pub car park next to the town's public carpark and a railway line, so there's noise. The good - clean, spacious and open plan living area. Powerful, hot shower and separate bath. Reasonable cooking and dining facilities. Central town location. Free Netflix. Dog friendly.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2019

  • "This is the second time we stay here, would go back again."

    We had a nice relaxing week weather not great but still enjoy the area, lovely walk`s with the Dog`s

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2019

  • "The barn conversion is lovely but it is so minimalist it’s as if the owners couldn’t be bothered."

    I echo many of the negative comments found in other reviews and I would urge others to read them fully before booking this property. Firstly the noise. I knew the property was at the back of a pub and fully expected the noise associated with a beer garden. What we didn’t anticipate was music so loud we couldn’t hear the television or ourselves speak. There was a live band on Saturday night, and I understand this is a weekly event throughout the summer. Even our daughter complained she couldn’t listen to her own music through her earphones. On Sunday there was a disco that started at 4.00pm and went on until 10.30pm. Again, it was so loud, we could clearly recognise all the songs over the volume of the television. I did note during the week that the listing for the property was updated to reflect the live music but it still does not impress just how loud it is. Secondly, the private court yard is essentially a car park / building site. There is another property being converted opposite this which means there are builders there most days. On the one day it was sunny enough to sit outside (Sunday), the builders were working and the noise forced us inside. It should also be mentioned that the property is side on to the town car park where coaches park so you have them running their engines and reversing frequently. Other issues have been mentioned in other reviews: The sofa is past its best, there is no dishwasher (and there is plenty of room in the kitchen, there was one cupboard that just contained a high chair), there is a minimum amount of crockery etc, the mattress on the double bed is atrocious and there is no storage in the bathroom. The mattress was so soft that my husband and I felt like we would roll out the bed every time we turned on our sides. That said, we both slept well during the week. There wasn’t even a saucepan big enough to cook spaghetti for two people without breaking it (the spaghetti) in half. There were other little niggles too such as there only being one bedside lamp in both bedrooms, and in the twin room, this not even being next to the beds. There was one tall mirror in the double room but not anywhere practical so that I could do my hair etc. Also, the blind in the twin room and the hook on the back of the double room door were broken. It was really difficult to dry clothes. There was no washing line due to the building works and the airier didn’t cut it. The washing machine was loud. It’s a shame a small utility room wasn’t incorporated in the conversion. Like other people have said, the door was a pain to lock. It did require brute force. I have to say that I don’t think I have ever written such a poor review of somewhere. The property was clean, although the hoover had not been emptied. It was warm and on the whole comfortable. It was really good having parking and it was conveniently placed for shops and food outlets. We did have a really good holiday in terms of everything we did but after the first two nights, we were always on tenterhooks regarding possible noise. We didn’t have over the top expectations of the accommodation as we deliberately went for somewhere cheaper but it was still £750 and I don’t think it was worth the money.

    Reviewed by RachelMay 2019

  • "Great holiday home in an excellent location."

    Plenty of space including secure outdoor space which meant peace of mind with a 3 year old running about. Nice bathroom and kitchen and comfortable beds. Check in and out all very easy. Only negative points were that the front door was very difficult to figure out how to lock, we spent half an hour fiddling with it until we realised brute force was the only way to do it. It would be great if there was a dishwasher, and bigger towels.

    Reviewed by AliceApr 2019

  • "Didn't realise that they still have a on going barn conversion , patio door nearly impossible to lock ."

    Patio windows needed to be cleaned . living area very nice , & bedrooms good , along with the bathroom . Living area , sofa needed a good clean , under seats very dirty needed hovering . kitchen area , needs a dish washer , oven needed cleaning , still had tin foil with fat in from previous guests on grill tray . Double bedroom , mattress had no protector cover , pillows stained , along with tea / coffee stains on duvet , ( all visible when I stripped bed on leaving , not good . Bathroom very spacious but short on shelves & towel rail . sink started to block up , on inspection plug hole full of hairs ( disgusting ) , along with toilet brush . Overall this property needed a good overall cleaning , maybe start of the season it also needed to be freshened up with a coat of emulsion .

    Reviewed by FlorenceApr 2019

  • "The cottage was great, location ideal, was not bothered in slightest it was near a rail line as its so well sound proofed and besides trains were few and far between."

    The view of the castle was fantastic especially at night. The cottage was very comfortable and cosy. Criccieth was a nice place and a good base for exploring Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2019

  • "Fantastic location, lovely cottage, could do with a new lounge and more kitchen utensils."

    Would definitely recommend it and would go back.

    Reviewed by LynneOct 2018

  • "There were two things wrong with the property."

    The settee is very lumpy and the winder to the blind in the bedroom wouldn't work. Not a problem due to the lack of daylight. but could be very annoying during the summer months. The cottage itself is very well presented.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2018

  • "Lovely Cottage, comfortable, private parking next to cottage."

    Warned that would be noise on Saturday night from nearby pub that was not a problem. The only negative of this property it was difficult to always be able to lock door from outside. Would like to come back again, would recomend.

    Reviewed by CherylSep 2018

  • "The accommodation was nice and roomy, it was a good place to stay but there are issues with an uncomfortable mattress and minor things like cracks in all of the drinking glasses."

    We also found pieces of broken glass next to our bed on the floor. The big problem for us was the extremely high levels of music coming from the pub next to us. I have never experienced anything like it before and feel it should be highlighted more to potential customers especially for families with young children like ourselves. We had four nights of uncomfortable loud music that went on until midnight. On the first night I wanted to pack up and leave and on the last Friday night it was awful. We visited so many nice places and enjoyed North Wales but these issues darkened our holiday really and meant that we where tired in the mornings from lack of sleep. We had to witness men urinating against cars out of our kitchen window on the car park also. The barn is great and spacious with all that you need really but we felt that we couldn't leave our windows open for air as it didn't feel safe due to the location next to the car park. If I spend £800 on a weeks accommodation I don't expect to have these issues.

    Reviewed by MatthewAug 2018

  • "A lovely property in a good location."

    The decoration and amount of space is great. The bedrooms and bathrooms are great and there is lots of space to spread out. The downsides are a difficult to use front door (instructions would improve this), the hob is not level making cooking difficult, the cutlery and crockery are very sparse, there is no vacuum cleaner only a mop, no guest book, and the pub next door plays loud music on a Saturday night outside until very late. The key collection arrangements are inadequate, our key was given to someone else. Having said that we really enjoyed the town, location and the property. With some minor alterations the mark would be higher.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2018

  • "Holiday accommodation light and bright plenty of room for our 2 dogs to run around in."

    Lots of plenty of places to eat and drink in walking distance,and you can take your dogs in. could do with new sofa, has it is a bit tired . Could do with some with some more cups and plates. The door to lock is very stiff and only my husband could lock it , hopefully it should be sorted for the next holiday maker's, has reported it to the owner twice now , over all a very pleasant stay thankyou.

    Reviewed by TraceyJul 2018

  • "The outlook from the cottage is uninspiring, looking out over 2 car parks."

    The outside door is very difficult to lock, my wife couldn't do it.. The settee is very tired, cushions are very squashy making it very low. Overall the cottage is very nice, we had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2018

  • "Location was a dispointment, we were aware it was in the town, but not aware there was a large car park and a railway right behind us."

    They could do with simple things like milk jug and sugar bowl, bread in and ironing board although there was an iron. Lovely inside and very clean. I must say a good base for travelling around.

    Reviewed by WilfredJun 2018

  • "Great barn conversion, plenty of room for my two dog`s (which are two large boarder collie."

    We our thinking about booking it again for 2019/

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2018

  • "Place was a bit grubby and the bed was awful, if you sleep on the right hand side prepare to fall off the sloping mattress ( before you ask I'm only 10 stone)."

    Accommodation is light and airy and the rain on the skylights is magical. We didn't notice any noise from the pub and the trains going past we're very loud. If they get a new mattress we would stay again.

    Reviewed by BelleNov 2017



    Reviewed by KeithAug 2017

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  • All ground floor: Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer ,washing machine, TV/DVD with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent (please bring own beach towels)
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front patio and side garden with furniture
  • Two small well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pubs, restaurants and shops 3 mins walk
  • Castle and beach 10 min walk
  • Note: Although situated off the high street, the cottage is located behind a pub, with a car park and railway nearby, some associated noise may be heard during busier periods

The property

Cefn Bryn Bach is a wonderful semi-detached barn conversion, one of two in a small courtyard position.

The smaller of the two, sleeping up to 4 people and arranged all on one level, so would suit guests who find stairs a little challenging.

This delightful cottage is spacious and offers light and airy holiday accommodation enhanced by modern spotlighting and high ceilings with exposed purlins and beams.

Enter through double patio doors into open plan living accommodation with a modern, well-appointed kitchen area, a lovely dining area and the sitting area is welcoming with a large corner sofa. Two comfy bedrooms, a king-size double and a twin bedroom, ideal for the children and family bathroom with bath and separate shower complete this lovely cottage.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 952320, together they sleep 10.

Cefyn Bryn Cottages

Centrally located in the seaside village of Criccieth, these two delightful barn conversions are situated in a ‘tucked away’ courtyard location just off the main high street, behind the Brynhir Arms public house. These wonderful barn conversions are less than 20 yards from the vibrant and eclectic high street with an array of shops, pubs, tearooms and restaurants, with the wonderful sandy and pebbled beach and Medieval Castle just a 10 minute walk away. Both successfully converted to combine original features and character with modern décor and furnishings these lovely cottages are an ideal base for a gathering of friends, family or couples alike. Book individually or together for those special occasions when the whole family can get together and celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Great care has been taken to ensure there is everything you need for a comfortable stay and a wonderful holiday. There is ample off road, private parking outside and each cottage has an enclosed courtyard and patio area with furniture for you to enjoy, sit out and simply relax and enjoy the fresh sea air. Perfectly located for exploring this beautiful coastline of North Wales, with the Coastal Path close by its great for some wonderful walks and the popular resorts of Abersoch and Pwllheli are easily reached, both are well worth exploring, with many miles of sandy beach and watersport opportunities. Within driving distance is the Italianate village of Portmeirion, the wonderful Snowdonia National Park, the harbour town of Porthmadog, home of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Steam Railways, and further afield is the Isle of Anglesey. There really is something for everyone in North Wales and these wonderful cottages can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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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 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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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