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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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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Shop less than 1 mile
  • Pub less than 1 mile


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10 Customer Review(s)

  • Miss Banks

    “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 ...

    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.

    - Miss Banks, October 2020

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!

This is shared with the apartment owner's three other holiday apartments.

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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • One well-behaved dog 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

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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, where you can travel by steam through spectacular Snowdonia scenery, to Blaenau Ffestiniog. 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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