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Garreg Wen Isaf Bach

(Ref. 925687)

Penygroes near Caernarfon, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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58 Customer Reviews

  • "We were there for three weeks between house moves so inevitably felt a bit small, but wouldn’t be a problem for short stay."

    Boiler was a bit noisy but very efficient during a cold smell.

    Reviewed by Malcolm3.8Dec 2023

  • "The stay was a good break and for the autumnal time of the year."

    It was based in the surrounding countryside and the cottage was able to be kept warm and comfortable. An ace place in which to write stories with the wild surroundings and with which to take outside exercise. Anglesey was close and worth a visit and there is much to discover about the area.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Nov 2023

  • "Had a lovely week."

    Cottage had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Clean and cosy cottage for two ,hospitable owners and their dog living on site."

    Very centrally located for north Wales attractions ,good take-aways and Co -Op store in the village, near to Caernarfon for larger supermarkets and restaurants. We would stay again if holidaying in this area.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our second visit this year, the other being for the week commencing 5th August 2023."

    Once again, we found the cottage to be of an excellent standard. We were welcomed back by Gareth, Denise and their dog Molly and enjoyed their company. For more details of our stay please read our previous submission. It was good to know we would be staying in an excellent place with good hosts.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and comfortable friendly owners lovely location"

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very good cottage that fully met our expectations and requirements."

    The cottage has all you need for your stay. Parking for the car is good. The view from the cottage, especially at sunset is excellent. The location will suit anyone wishing to visit the many attractions. Shopping in Pennygroes can be achieved by walking up the public footpath alongside the cottage. The village has a large Co-op; Spa shop; Pharmacy; community cafe; fish and chip shop; two take away food outlets; a general store and collector's shop. Staff speak both Welsh and English and welcome visitors. There is a community garden, garage for car repairs but not fuel and a police station. There are many walks to suit all people within a few minutes. Gareth, Denise and their dog Molly are all very helpful to visitors. We have family in the village and have visited for the last 16 years and have stayed in many other places. We wish we had found it before. We are looking forward to our return visit on 19th August 2023 for our second visi

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2023

  • "The perfect place for a couple to tour the area: whether you are a great walker or not, there is a lot to do around You really feel in a seconf home!"

    And both owners and dog are ever so friendly (thanks for the milk and cake on our arrival) We will definitely recommend it to friends and family :)

    Reviewed by Sylvie5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was ideal for the break I had intended, it was very well situated, close to Snowdonia, Anglesey and not far from the beach and the sea."

    The owners were helpful and the comfort more than adequate for a quiet rest.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful property everything spotless."

    Information on heating and recycling would have been good. We switched the boiler on but couldn't find the recycling boxes so brought that home. This didn't detract from our stay.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2022

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage, ideally located to visit Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Garreg Wen Isaf Bach."

    The location is great with many things to see/visit. The host was very friendly.

    Reviewed by Klaas4.4Sep 2022

  • "Had a great holiday."

    The cottage and gardens were immaculately clean with everything you would need plus wonderful views. Denise and Gareth were so welcoming and so very friendly. A perfect base for visiting many places on the coast. We went somewhere different everyday over our week there. We fell in love with Molly, their black Labrador, she was wonderful. We would certainly go there again and recommend it to our family and friends.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2022

  • "The only complaint we have is about the bed."

    The size is to small to our opinion. When you turn round in the bed it makes a lot of noise and the matrass is not thick enough. I told it the owners and they said they had not have complaints about the bed until now. After two night of bad sleep, we bought an airbed and than the problem was solved. The owners are very friendly and kind.

    Reviewed by Karolien5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great time,hosts Gareth and Denise and Molly the lab very welcoming,even got views of the sea."

    Brilliant base to see lots of things felt sad to leave ,would definitely book again

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2022

  • "Made us feel very welcome right from the start to the end , being on the end of ..."

    Made us feel very welcome right from the start to the end , being on the end of the property meant we could park right by our door ,and every time we went and returned had 2 dogs Molly and Meg to greet us

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2022

  • "A lovely location!"

    We received a warm welcome from the owners and their two lovely dogs. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything we could need. Good location for ease of travel to many locations. We enjoy Caernarfon Castle ane Portmeirion especially. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was very clean and cosy the owners made us feel very welcome their ..."

    The cottage was very clean and cosy the owners made us feel very welcome their dogs were very friendly all together a very enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Sep 2021

  • "We felt that the description of the cottage as a ‘perfect for a couple seeking a romantic break away’ was a bit far fetched."

    The bed was uncomfortable and the mattress creaked loudly when you turned over. At 5’4” I had to mind my head in several places in the bedroom - my 6’2” husband hit his head several times. The bathroom had the potential to be romantic, with its free standing bath tub, but the shower tiling needed redoing. Some reading lights in the living room would have given it more of a softer atmosphere. Having said all that, the owner was friendly and helpful, the cottage was in a good position for travel and it was well stocked with basic groceries, such as tea, coffee, salt and pepper, milk and washing up liquid. The instructions for getting there need to include instructions from Caernarfon too. If you’re thinking of staying there this year, be aware that there is a bypass being constructed on the way to Caernarfon and that impacts on trips to the north coast and towns. If you are going next year, it should be completed and will make a big difference.

    Reviewed by Sue3.1Sep 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation, comfortable and well located to explore North Wales and Snowdonia."

    Hosts Gareth and Denise very welcoming, friendly and helpful will ensure an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "Please can you give better instructions to get to the property."

    The post code takes you through the village to a track not suitable for cars which is at the rear of the property. The real way to get to the property is from the A487

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Jun 2021

  • "The only shortcomings were limited headroom in the bedroom and the downstairs ..."

    The only shortcomings were limited headroom in the bedroom and the downstairs bathroom but these did not make the stay much less enjoyable We would go back if we wanted to visit the area again

    Reviewed by Terence4.7May 2021

  • "A very good size for a couple without feeling squished in."

    Very nice location with friendly, easily contactable hosts. Would definitely stay again ☺️

    Reviewed by Sophie4.7May 2021

  • "The owners were very friendly and accommodating, the location was perfect for exploring North Wales."

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Apr 2021

  • "2nd time we have stayed there, owners very friendly, very convenient for Snowdonia and Llyn peninsula, everything we needed,will go again God willing."

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2021

  • "The property was as published."

    Well presented and furnished, with everything working. There was milk in the fridge, tea, coffee and sugar and even some welsh cakes which was all very welcome. The views were wonderful and the property warm and cosy so thank you to Gareth and Denise and the two dogs, Meg and Molly. Three things to note. We needed to put the boiler on and there were no instructions. I figured it out but instructions would have been helpful, the bedroom upstairs is quite a way from the downstairs toilet if you're in a hurry, the bedroom beams and ceiling may be an issue for anyone above 5 10 in height. Overall a very nice property and hosts.

    Reviewed by Dean4.4Sep 2020

  • "The accommodation is absolutely brilliant every thing you could need milk tea and loads of other items supplied."

    The owners and family really helpful and friendly do anything for you, their 2 dogs were a pleasure to be near. Looking forward to a return visit in better times

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is by far the worst holiday that we have ever had."

    On arrival we found the toilet was blocked. We tried to contact the owners and they apologised but said that they had gone away for the weekend and there wasn't anything they could do, There was no toilet brush supplied so I had to search round and found a mop, I was able to clear the blockage, but the system was taking approx twenty minutes to fill between flushes. I mentioned this to the owners late afternoon on Sunday, they assured me that a plumber would be out first thing Monday. We had to wait until Thursday before the toilet was fixed. There was hardly any communication from the owners, I felt that I had to do all of the chasing. This is by far the worst cottage that we have stayed in and couldn't get home quick enough. We have stayed in a number of cottages, we have never experienced anything like this before. It is by far the most disappointing one of all. I am sorry to leave such a negative review but this is how I feel. We feel that the owners could have done more than they did. I hope this review is of some help to you. Kind regards Mick Hopperton

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Sep 2020

  • "Had a fantastic time staying at Garreg Wen Isaf Bach."

    Denise and Gareth were very welcoming and friendly yet unintrusive. The cottage itself was excellent and was far more than I could have wished for. It's very well equipped and the views on a fine day are stunning. On arrival from Leeds there were some sachets of coffee, a two pinter of milk and some delicious Welsh cakes. Not only was this a thoughtful touch but also a Godsend after my journey. Thanks again for those x. Garreg Wen Isaf Bach is directley off the A487 main road so there can be traffic noise at certain times but as I'm from one of outlying villages of Leeds it was nothing more than I'm used too. The bonus to this means that you are in the ideal location for most of the places you'll visit. Am planning a walking holiday of North Wales either next year or the year after and Garreg Wen Isaf Bach will be my first and only choice. Thanks again to Denise and Gareth for a truely wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2020

  • "This was a lovely cottage, very well finished and in a good location to explore the North of Wales."

    Denise was also very welcoming and friendly and the Welsh cakes and milk, tea and coffee left for us were a really nice touch too. Would definitely book again - we really enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for easy access to Snowdonia and Anglesey."

    Reviewed by Ginny4.4Dec 2019

  • "Brilliant location for the main coastal routes with hills close by to climb up."

    The small town has a good range of take aways with chemist and post office.we're hoping to get back next year.many thanks for the stay.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very nice cottage, and Denise and Gareth are wonderful hosts, be prepared to be greeted by 2 wonderful friendly dogs."

    The only slight problem we found was that the staircase is a little tight, and mind your head upstairs in the bedroom, as there are 2 beams running the length of the room. The kitchen is well equipped, and the bathroom also.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, owner very friendly and in a brilliant location."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jul 2019

  • "“Denise & Gareth made us feel very welcome and were very friendly."

    We and the two dogs would highly recommend this property as it is great for walking and exploring, beach,town or mountains

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is an ideal place to stay in order to visit much of North Wales."

    Very clean and warm with owners who were very eager to ensure we had all we needed.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7May 2019

  • "The holiday location is central to a number of North Wales tourist attractions and is in a quiet place with outstanding views all around."

    An ideal getaway!

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2019

  • "Was a great place and just right for being able to explore north wales and Anglesey"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2019

  • "The hosts were absaloutely fantastic and were a perfect balance between attentiveness and letting us to our own devices."

    Very comfy stay and will definitely be using Sykes again soon.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Feb 2019

  • "We were in the area to view houses in the village, the cottage was an ideal base."

    It was warm, comfortable, nicely fitted out, and had everything we needed. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming (as were their dogs); we could not fault anything.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2019

  • "The owners are lovely people Highly recommend this cottage As Arnie says i will be back"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean, everything thought of for your needs."

    Maybe bread knife/bread board would be useful

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Dec 2018

  • "Beautiful location with plenty to see and do nearby."

    Well equipped kitchen. A perfect base to sit back and relax after a day out exploring.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Sep 2018

  • "There is no infomation of what to do with the refuse, as wee were unsure about the recycling rules."

    Each county has its own rules. There no bins for the cottage which we aware. Some information about the cottage would have been useful. Another but small niggle there was no breadknife as we like to have the fresh uncut bread. There was plenty of info to read about where to go which was nice. The owners were fantastic and such a lovely welcome. It really is a nice place to stay to visit places around nearby and not far to travel to them. It was a brilliant holiday as we love visiting Wales. We look forward to visiting Wales again.

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Sep 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    The hosts are very friendly and welcoming and we had a brillant holiday.

    Reviewed by Neville5.0Jul 2018

  • "Helpful couple - always willing to assist"

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jun 2018

  • "Superb location first class cottage owners very accomadating"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a great week here the cottage was lovely as was the surrounding area."

    We will definitely book again in the future as we didn't see everything North Wales had to offer!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable time!"

    Would definitely recommend to anybody. Perfect getaway for couples.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Mar 2018

  • "Friendly welcome from the owners to their spotlessly clean cottage helped to make our holiday a real pleasure."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2017

  • "Denise & Gareth made us feel very welcome and were very friendly ."

    We would highly recommend this property.Very well situated for beach,town or mountains.Perfect position.

    Reviewed by William5.0Aug 2017

  • "Very comfortable clean and lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Owners were very friendly and very helpful. We had a brilliant week with amazing weather.

    Reviewed by Eliane5.0May 2017

  • "Very friendly and helpful couple we had everything we needed beautifull cottage ..."

    Very friendly and helpful couple we had everything we needed beautifull cottage good parking great location we did lots of activities would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2017

  • "Friendly and helpful owner."

    Reviewed by Mark4.2Oct 2016

  • "Great location."

    On-site owners were extremely helpful & friendly but not intrusive. The cottage was extremely clean & comfortable. I will be looking for this one again in future years.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2016

  • "Ideal situation for exploring North Wales and Angelsey with easy drive to most places."

    The cottage was very clean and well appointed - the owners very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Sep 2016

  • "The cottage was beautifully presented, ideally located and so very peaceful."

    The hosts truly made us feel welcome and could not do enough for us during our 14 day stay. We have stayed in many cottages over the years in several different areas, but this was by far the very best. We shall absolutely be returning to Garreg Wen Isaf. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2016

  • "Just further to my previous comments, I think Garreg Wen Isaf could be graded a 4 star, the owners have made every effort to create a pleasant cottage and lovely place to stay."

    Denise and Gareth were very helpful and the cottage was well equipped.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Aug 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • One first floor double bedroom
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with basic Sky, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Cot and highchair
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Beach 4 miles
  • Note: Slightly restricted headroom in bedroom. Please note from 07.09.2020 this property is now pet free - all bookings made before this date will be honored

The property

This lovely barn conversion adjoining the owner’s home is set within well-kept grounds on the edge of Penygroes, bordering the beautiful Snowdownia National Park.

A delightful cottage, Garreg Wen Isaf Bach is perfect for a couple seeking a romantic break away, as well as being an excellent base for exploring all North Wales has to offer.

Tastefully furnished to a good standard throughout, you’ll feel welcomed the minute you arrive at this property.

The well-appointed sitting room is spacious and bright, with a large and comfortable sofa and a splendid dining area, equally ideal for a romantic supper or a leisurely breakfast, both of which can be prepared in the fabulous handcrafted oak kitchen.

Located off the sitting room, the stylish bathroom comes equipped with a delightful freestanding Victorian-style roll-top bath, perfect to indulge in a relaxing soak after cycling the nearby Lon Eifion Cycleway or climbing up Mount Snowdon.

An open oak staircase leads up to a spacious and peaceful bedroom, complemented by exposed beams and wooden floorboards, as well as Velux windows providing lots of natural light during the day and views of the starry night sky once the sun has set.

Venture outside and enjoy a glass of something cool whilst you admire the truly spectacular views of the Yr Eifl mountain range, Cardigan Bay and Anglesey in the distance.

For those who love walking, there are some excellent routes from the cottage, not to mention the beautiful Blue Flag beach at Dinas Dinlle, offering a sloping shoreline, sand dunes and rock pools, just four miles away.

The historic, medieval walled town of Caernarfon, dominated by its majestic mediaeval castle and boasting an array of shops and restaurants, is only a short drive away, whilst Llanberis, the starting points for many routes up Mount Snowdon is also within easy reach.

For a more leisurely way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the highest peak in Wales, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway almost to the summit and marvel at the stunning views from the rooftop of Wales.

Beautiful natural attractions such as Llyn Nantlle Uchaf and Nantlle Valley are also easily accessible by car, so there’s no end to the abundance of great days out to be had from your doorstep.

With the rugged beauty of Wales’s lush green hills, rocky peaks and sandy shores just waiting to be discovered, this cosy cottage is the perfect base for a memorable holiday at any time of year.

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About the location


Llanberis 8 miles; Caernarfon 6.5 miles.

The lovely quiet village of Penygroes is situated around six miles from the historic castle town of Caernarfon, bordering the Snowdonia National Park with beautiful scenic walks and mountain views easily accessible. A good selection of shops, cafes and pubs are available in the village and the wider local area is full of restaurants and activities such as golfing, swimming, tennis, surfing and horse riding to name but a few. Plas Dinas Country House is also nearby, which is home to some great history as well as The Gun Room restaurant. The beaches on Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula can be reached in about half an hour, while the beach at Dinas Dinlle is just a 10-minute drive away. Nearby, Caernarfon is home to Caernarfon Castle, which is well worth a visit, with further shops and cafes available, as well as steam train trips. Portmeirion is also a short distance away, featured in the TV series ‘The Prisoner’. Just 8 miles away is the Welsh Heritage centre which has a licensed cafe at Nant Nwrtheyrn with magnificent sea views from it's decked dining area. Beddgelert is a very attractive village, surrounded by the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, with a fabulous arts and craft shop, and several pubs. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Note: Babes-in-arms only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas