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The Captain's Bank

Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1018983)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice place and location."

    I enjoyed it a lot. Two points for consideration. Key safe very hit and miss on working, the numbers keep sticking, took me 10mins on arrival and leaving to sort, needs replacing. Greater clarity on parking situation, as not clear if a designated space or not and where to park if its in use. Arriving late at night with lots of gear parking was important to me. That said, really cool interesting property to stay

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2021

  • "Apartment was very good but badly spoilt by poor sound insulation to apartment above; could hear every footstep and conversation."

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2021

  • "It appears that some minor repairs have not been dealt with as they were listed in the guest book two months ago e."

    G. Light out in the "cave" wet room. If the other had failed then it would have been impossible to use it . Other lets have spare bulbs .

    Reviewed by Philip HarryAug 2021

  • "Our two little girls thought they were royalty in their own bedroom with en-suite, tv, and dressing room!"

    Being able to go crabbing literally 20 yards from the front door also went down very well

    Reviewed by DarrenAug 2021

  • "Great location, good accommodation, had children in the apartment above us, which was extremely noisy."

    You also have to duck to get to the vault shower, the fridge didn't work well and lacked shelves etc, needs replacing. The one thing that stops five star is the lack of information on the apartment and local area. It felt that the owners just let it out and not care about your stay or the local area which is a shame. Stunning views especially through the stable door from the dining table.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "I have provided extensive feedback to yourself and trip advisor about the accommodation"

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "Really lovely holiday rental."

    Enjoyed our stay. Location was brilliant.

    Reviewed by EleanorJul 2021

  • "It was in an ideal position, close to the town of Porthmadog, by the harbour and close to several walks."

    I went with a friend and it was lovely having our own shower rooms

    Reviewed by GlenJun 2021

  • "Nice clean apartment with lovely period features."

    Location is good as well.

    Reviewed by NaeemMay 2021

  • "Excellent location - well appointed."

    It’s marketed as having its own parking space - which it does - but it is constantly parked in by other people. A sign in the window would help here. Wet room is great ( watch your head). Would definitely benefit from air conditioning as gets very warm at night with few windows to open. Lovely kitchen/ diner area. Trying to get Netflix to work meant a constant battle with WiFi/ wired settings in TV - gave up in the end. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2021

  • "The apartment is in a picturesque location and even on a rainy day the view from the lounge is lovely, looking over the harbour to the Ffestiniog railway (well worth a visit)."

    It is cosy, comfortable (apart from the bedding) and the overall layout is good and well thought out, incorporating some original features. Just 2 of us stayed from the original 4 that had booked and we used the larger bedroom. The wet room which serves this front facing bedroom is quirky and stylish however, the rear bedroom is very compact with just enough room to shuffle around the bed avoiding the wall mounted television. The dressing room area attached to the rear bedroom really is just a lean to with a corrugated plastic roof and gives the impression of a cheap solution. The grass turtles on the wall are damp and mouldy – this seems to be an ongoing problem with this particular room. When we first walked into the apartment, there was a strong unpleasant odour; something like a mixture of fried food and curry which seemed to permeate every room. We managed to get rid of this by day 2 by opening the back door, ventilating well and buying a strong air freshener (the automatic one provided in the apartment was empty). Other reviewers have mentioned damp/fusty smells but to be honest, I could not detect this. I think the problem may be that the apartment is so well insulated (as stated in the guest information book) with inadequate ventilation. The chimney is sealed and the cooker hood is not actually vented out and has no filter. When you turn the cooker extractor on past the first setting, the upright cover blows off under the pressure of the fan, so any strong cooking smells have nowhere to go. To bring this accommodation up to the ‘stunning description’ it boasts, whoever undertakes the maintenance really needs to up their game. The freezer compartment door lock was broken so water constantly drips into the fridge and we couldn’t keep food frozen, only one light worked in the wet room, one was out in the cooker hood, and of the recessed ceiling lights – one in the dining area either constantly flickered or was out and it seems that when these lights are changed they don’t bother replacing them with the same type. Instead, cool white were replaced with warm white so you have a mix of white and yellow lighting which just smacks of laziness and lack of attention to detail. We found the bed itself comfortable but one thing they absolutely must do is to replace the cheap and nasty bedding with a good quality range that better reflects the price charged and the website description. The bedding provided was scratchy, the duvet cover was either faded or scorched – overall rubbish. We did not have any complaints about the general cleanliness of the apartment – overall was pretty good. Parking is provided outside but judging from the car dealership sticker, it looked like some thoughtful local had dumped their car in the middle of the 2 bay parking – it remained where it was all throughout our stay. The courtyard parking is only suitable for a midsized car but we were able to park in the area outside the café bar close by with no problem, although this might not be possible during busy times. The apartment is close to local shops and supermarkets with access to some truly stunning scenery – even when the weather is overcast. If you take a right out of the front door, you eventually end up at Borty Y Gest, a lovely walk along the coastline to an unspoilt seaside village. The apartment is in a very picturesque part of Porthmadog – just needs a bit of attention to bring it up to a stunning standard.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2020

  • "Food stuck to microwave, Oven really in need of a clean ( it smoked so much that it set the fire alarm off ), Ice-box so iced up that the door would not close, Drink spills not cleaned off bedside cabinet."

    Floors not swept properly leaving plenty of dust and previous occupants hair, Shower floor really grubby. All of the above really does make one wonder if all that was done was to provide clean bedding and not do any extra cleaning that one might hope for given the current need for cleanliness. Lean-to annexed to second bedroom to use as a wardrobe so damp that raffia wall-ornaments are mouldy, The plastic roof of the above so noisy that any rainfall during the night made sleeping impossible. Having booked through Sykes several times in the past and been delighted with all aspects of the properties, I was really disappointed to discover the level of thought and effort that had gone in to making us feel welcome. Very poor.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2020

  • "You have to have a car to get to a proper beach eg."

    Black Rock Sands. The apartment was clean & had most things one needs on holiday, but the beds (which are doubles, not king), are very hard & noisy. The pillows were horrible. Duvets hardly covered the beds.The bedding lets down the apartment. It can get noisy with passing traffic & people in flat above. Shops nice & close. Good walks around the estuary. Be aware that they charge £5 a car to access Black Rock Sands. Good location to stay if you are not fussed about not having beach. There is a small shingle/silt beach at Boh-Y-Gest, which you can walk to from the apartment. Nice cafe there breakfast. Take a run out to Criccrieff, it has a shingle beach that dogs are allowed on. Parking £1 for 4 hours. Dylons has outside seats along the beach front, & take away truck has good sea food.

    Reviewed by MaureenSep 2020

  • "Accommodation much smaller than depicted in photographs ."

    Beds extremely old & uncomfortable & 2nd bedroom exceptionally small with no room to move around the room . 2nd bedroom made up of lean to extension with plastic roof which was incredibly noisy when raining . Lean to extension damp & consisted of a rail to hang clothes on as wardrobe . Dining table & 4 chairs too big for dining area making it difficult to use . 2 chesterfield sofas very dated & uncomfortable. Parking very difficult Constantly hear people above walking around their apartment Only positive regarding this accommodation is the location in the harbour .

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "This was our first visit to Porthmadog and we were very impressed with how much there was to do for a family."

    It's a great base to explore the mountain bike trails of Coed-y-brenin and Betwys-y-coed along with the Heritage steam train, Zip World, Portmerion and lovely beaches. We also went to mini theme parks and go-karting and paddle boarding. The Captain's Bank is a superb quirky apartment complete with wet room with great views of Mount Snowdon from the stable style door. It is literally over the road from the Harbour which features a lovely square to sit out and have a drink. We even had a busker one evening. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "A super cottage on the Harbour side ; great base to explore North Wales"

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2020

  • "Pros: The Captain’s Bank was in a great location facing the marina."

    Within reach of some great attractions including Portmeirion (which we visited) and well stocked (generally). It was a convenient place to stay. Cons: The property was in need of some maintenance. A number of the lights were not working or flickered horribly (lounge, kitchen, second bedroom), the extractor fan hood was loose, and there were no binbags provided. Overall: A nice property in need of a bit of work to bring it back up to the standard shown in the photos.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2020

  • "This is my 3rd visit, every minor issue that has ever been raised by others have all been addressed , Particularly impressed by the new personalised bedding!"

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2020

  • "Very good and quick booking process despite a last minute request."

    Even when unfortunately builders arrived to do some drilling / maintenance on the wider block Sykes went out their way to sort / resolve ASAP.

    Reviewed by AdamOct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with walk in dressing area and en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine
  • 3 x Smart TVs with Freeview, WiFi, Netflix and Amazon (use your own account), selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Limited Off road parking for 1 car in communal parking area on first come, first served basis, additional roadside parking close by
  • Use of the shared decked area (accessed by 41 stone steps) with table and chairs
  • Two well-behaved small dog's welcome, please bring your own dog beds, towels and blankets
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.1 miles
  • Harbour/marina opposite
  • Short walk to the beach
  • Note: Although this apartment is on the ground floor there are some internal steps
  • Note: A low doorway leads into the Captain's Bank main en-suite shower room
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Please note: No Stag or Hen Parties

The property

This stunning ground floor apartment is situated in a Grade II listed building in the old harbour part of Porthmadog, in North Wales.

Part of an old corn mill this apartment offers first-class accommodation for couples, a small family or friends looking to enjoy a coastal break away.

Step back in time as you enter The Captain's Bank, appropriately named, as this apartment was once the old smugglers bank and is steeped in maritime history.

Beautifully renovated to a high standard you can't help but be impressed with the fusion of the modern and contemporary interior with character attributes such as exposed stonework.

The open-plan living area offers a well-equipped kitchen, together with a contemporary dining area which are raised above the sitting area which is comfortably furnished with cream coloured custom-made Chesterfield leather sofas; the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring.

The two bedrooms are well-appointed and both have their own TVs and an en-suite shower room.

The double bedroom also has a walk in dressing area and the main master bedroom boasts a king-size bed and its shower room boasts whitewashed exposed stone walls with a fantastic accent wall of 3D slate and arched vault ceiling accommodating the large shower rain head and in a smaller separate section you'll find the WC and basin with the old wall safe as a feature.

The Captain's Bank is entitled to use the shared decked courtyard which is accessed via 41 steps, the view over the harbour is well worth the climb!

The decked garden has some wonderful elevated views and there are sun loungers and a barbecue area for you to enjoy.

The apartment is superbly placed to enjoy the town's eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, along with some of North Wales' best attractions on the doorstep, the world famous Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland steam railways, and just a couple of miles away the Italianate village and gardens of Portmeirion.

A gentle stroll along the coast will take you to Black Rock Sands beach or the pretty little village of Borth-y-Gest.

With historic castles and stunning landscapes to explore this well-located property is an ideal base whatever you choose to do.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Harlech 5 miles; Caernarfon 19 miles.

The bustling harbour town of Porthmadog lies on the Glaslyn Estuary and enjoys a stunning setting. The gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, Porthmadog is full of individual shops and restaurants, and home to the Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland railway where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery, to Blaenau Ffestiniog or Caerforn . The pretty village of Borth Y Gest, with its cliffs and coves, is a short walk or drive from the town. The well known and unique Italianate village of Portmeirion is just down the coast. Situated on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula, Portmeirion, famous as the location of the TV show The Prisoner and the final episode of Cold Feet, is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and woodlands. The area also boasts castles at Criccieth and Harlech, and superb unspoilt beaches such as Black Rock Sands, where the sands stretch as far as the eye can see. Also within reach is the famous Zip World Slate Caverns and Bounce Below where you can get involved with a variety of activities including the thrilling zip wires and underground caverns to explore; there is something here to suit the whole family. An ideal location for the attractions of Snowdonia and the The Lleyn Peninsula.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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