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Cefn Isaf

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Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, warm, cozy and well equiped."

    Very comfortable beds. Kitchen facilities very good. Great location for visiting the Llyn Peninsular. We visited in the winter so didn't make much use of the outside facilities but everything we used inside the house was very good. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your nice comments. I am delighted you liked the house Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in a beautiful location."

    It was clean and welcoming. Communication from the caretakers was excellent and they were really helpful. We met the owners and they were lovely and friendly. We really enjoyed walks around the cottage with our dog and had such a lovely time with our family. We would definitely love to return another time. Thanks for helping us have such a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Belinda4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic house, wonderful location"

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have stayed at Cefn Isaf nine times now."

    It’s a beautiful cottage and the housekeepers do a fantastic job. It’s super clean. Really comfortable and excellent facilities. They are always willing to help if we have had a problem

    Thank you for your very positive feedback. Comments such as yours make it all seem worthwhile. Please do keep coming back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2023

  • "Now we are settled back home after our lovely stay at Cefn Isaf we felt it was right to send a review."

    Our stay in such a beautiful home was much more than described. We wanted for nothing as the stone cottage had every thing we needed. Comfort all round inside and out. Fresh and sparkling clean throughout. It was such a gem. Jon was kind and helpful. Would not hesitate to highly recommended. This beautiful property in such a prime location. Thank you from all of us. Regards Anne & John Anderson and family.

    We are delighted that you were so happy with the house. Jon and Sharon, our housekeepers are amazing. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week, despite the weather."

    Heavy rain most days but some spells of not! All amenities within the property were there as described. We couldn’t enjoy the outdoor space due to the weather - maybe upgrading the shed to a summerhouse (with log burner), would be a massive bonus, but we did utilise the indoor fire with provided logs ( that’s a British Summer for you)! Easy access to the hills behind the property which have fantastic views and easy drives to villages/towns/the coast. Thank you Cefn Isaf.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2023

  • "This was by far the best cottage I have booked for our annual family holiday."

    we were a party of 6 over 3 generations. all of the very generous sized bedrooms were extreemly comfortable....the bathrooms were spotless and loads of hot water. kitchen had everything we needed...and the location was perfect. a countryside setting yet minutes drive to shops. we have been home less than 24hrs and are already talking of booking Cefn Isaf for next year.

    Delighted you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your positive feedback it is much appreciated especially by our hardworking housekeepers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2023

  • "Clean, well equipped and comfortable cottage in a good location for both the sea and the mountains."

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely amazing ."

    Gorgeous location ,views were to die for . Not far from shops . We packed a lot in , visiting Portmerian. went on the highland railway . and to caernarfon for the day . Plenty of places to eat out although facilities at the cottage were great . Would definitely highly recommend this place to go to.6 of us went and had an amazing time .

    Delighted you had such a good time. The state of the house is due to the hard work of our housekeepers. Please do come again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous property."

    Amazing sunset views. Easy strolls from front door. Great amenities and beach within short drive. Within 20mins of Snowdonian mountains and many holiday activities. We have only one suggestion, perhaps an electric fan could be provided. Porthmadog turned out to be the hottest place in England during our one week stay!!! Thank you for a wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great house in a great relaxed and quiet location."

    Close to Porthmadog and Snowdonia National Park for exploring. The house was clean and tidy while the facilities were very good. Spacious, lovely house.

    So glad you were happy with the house. Jon and Sharon work very hard to keep up the high standard. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darryl5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely, luxurious cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Very warm and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Mark G5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really lovely stay."

    Property was beautiful, clean and had everything we wanted. Booking process was smooth and information sent in timely manner (very detailed) we had a great couple of days away! Thanks

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely location."

    Really enjoyed our stay. We all found the pillows a little firm and could not find the cooker manual so grilled rather than baked jacket potatoes!!!! Would have been useful to have the DVD player set up as TV has very few channels if you don't have your own log-ins to other channels. But minor issues when compared to the beautiful home. A wonderful holiday, thankyou to the owners, housekeepers and Sykes.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 2022

  • "Very lovely cottage tucked away but a very short drive to amenities."

    The pictures of the outside don't do justice to the inside or location. Perfect for Snowden and beach walks. Fantastic that the owners of such a lovely building allow dogs. A real treat.

    Reviewed by R5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very warm and comfortable. The only negative is that, we didn't realise that the sloping ceilings upstairs would be so low. Bumped heads for a couple of days, until we got used to the space. This however, would not stop us booking this cottage again, as everything else was fine.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous, the house is in a beautiful setting and so peaceful."

    Ideally situated for north Wales and llynn peninsula exploring . Very spacious, comfortable and everything provided in facilities you would need. I was concerned about the access after reading reviews but need not have worried, yes it is narrow and winding but very easy to manoeuvre and as we are from Yorkshire we are used to country tracks. The walk to the beach is 2 miles either over the hills or by countryside road , both very enjoyable. We would definitely recommend and return again.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Sep 2022

  • "The holiday cottage is a great out of the way but near enough place to be in ..."

    The holiday cottage is a great out of the way but near enough place to be in location, beach hill walking fitness running every thing you need It was our family annual get together this place just suited us it's a hidden gem Would we stay here again you bet we would

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Aug 2022

  • "Amazing place to stay !"

    Well explained how to get there ( road will be fun in snow) cottage was out of this world !! Fully stocked down to washing up liquid! Will definitely stay again if going to north wales!!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Better than the pictures do it justice."

    It feels like a luxury getaway that quickly feels like home. Reviews about track access are ridiculous: easy to drive if you have a driving licence! :-) Wonderful waking up among sheep every morning!

    Reviewed by Dylan5.0May 2022

  • "The property was lovely although the access was less than ideal."

    My main annoyance was the check in time of 5pm and the check out time of 9am! When you have small children who need to be in bed by 7pm it certainly makes the start to holiday hectic and stressful. I certainly would not book anywhere with that check in time again. Then to have the cheek to expect you to strip all the beds and sort the bins and be out by 9am!!! Given the ridiculous times, I would expect all this ‘housekeeping’ to be done for me, so not only was the start of the holiday stressful but then I had concern myself with stripping beds and loading bags of rubbish into my car with all my luggage and of course being out by 9am with 2 small children. Never again!! Totally spoilt it for me and if those times are general for Skyes Cottages then I’ll be telling all my friends with children to steer clear.

    I’m sorry you had a problem with check in time. We have taken your comments on board. Our house keepers make considerable effort to ensure the house is spotless before the arrival of the next guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Abigayle3.8Mar 2022

  • "The pictures and description of the property on the website were very accurate which is hugely helpful."

    The layout of the house was really modern with enough space for everyone to relax. We loved our stay here and will definitely be booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Feb 2022

  • "We have visited Cefn Isaf eight times and each time it’s perfect."

    We love the Cottage The peace and tranquility and the housekeepers keep it spotless

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2021

  • "Have always found the properties we have rented through you excellent"

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Sep 2021

  • "This is a magical place, well presented , well situated."

    We had a great time had, in a very sunny week. The only thing is the parking is a bit tricky if you have four vans/cars like we did, you have to reverse up or down a single track hill.... all added to the great experience though of being in remote north Wales.

    Reviewed by Kristen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Cefn Isaf is a beautiful, clean, well-maintained property which I am sure we would have enjoyed even more if it had not been for the restrictions posed on everyone by the Covid pandemic."

    The necessary removal of comfortable cushions and soft furnishings etc and even more so, the maps, guides and suggestions of places to visit during our stay which, I understand are usually provided, did make a slight difference. However that is in no way the fault of the owners or housekeepers! The warm welcome which awaited us at the cottage was a lovely start to our holiday and was very much appreciated by all. Our 3 grandchildren aged 14,16 and 20 loved the sheep and the cows in particular which came to visit them over the garden gate on most mornings! Would love to visit again in 'normal' times.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is set in a beautiful location, was extremely clean on arrival and has facilities that far exceeded our expectations such as super fast broadband and smart TV which kept the younger ones entertained."

    Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a great cottage, had everything we wanted."

    Great views from the top of the hill.Isolated, but fitted our requirements. Local beach, Black Rock sands,was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic property, very quiet and peaceful setting."

    Ideal for visiting Snowdonia. Did find the access a little daunting for the first time, but soon got used to it. To find fresh flowers and lights on is a very welcoming touch. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Melvyn4.7Jun 2021

  • "Every aspect of our accommodation was perfect"

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is the second time we stayed here, beautiful location and a lovely property."

    Thanks to Sharon for kindly posting out a few items we left behind.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Jun 2021

  • "As a family we have used Cefn Isaf cottage in Porthmadog seven times."

    It truly lovely which is why we keep coming back

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic location as a base to explore and the cottage was beautiful, comfortable, warm and had everything we needed."

    A couple of things though it might be worth having in the details. The driveway to the cottage was very steep and quite difficult to manoeuvre, a warning about that would be useful, originally we were having three couple travel and one driver who has some mobility issues would not have been able to negotiate the driveway. Also the master bedroom upstairs with the sloping ceiling and beams did cause a couple of problems on the first day and a bruised head, would be worth mentioning this as well so guests are forewarned. However it is a beautiful property and just the escape we needed from the world for a few days. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Sep 2020

  • "We found the property to be below standard in the kitchen equipment."

    The notices were unfriendly about not touching things. We had a problem with hot water and heating but were not really given an apology. Also check in time and check out time . I understand they have to be aired but this was too much. I live in Cornwall and deal with turn around but nowhere here is later than a 5 o’clock check in.

    Thank you for your feedback it means a lot to us, the owner is reviewing the kitchen items and notices at Cefyn Isaf, the boiler was fixed as soon as possible. We are sorry you felt an apology was not given. The check in and out times are essential to allow for housekeeping during the current pandemic. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Sep 2020

  • "We absolutely loved this cottage, so much so we are booking for next year."

    There was 5 adults (mum dad husband brother), my nephew (9) and springer spaniel, Calle. It was perfect. The cottage was absolutely spotless... beautiful location and grounds, nice and secure for Calle. Lovely fresh roses on the dining table we’re waiting for us. We’ve stayed in quite a lot of cottages including chipping campden , but this was our favourite. We can’t wait to come back!! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2020

  • "Simply wonderful, spotless, three generations stayed, bedroom / bathrooms worked perfectly."

    Spacious, private hideaway, we all loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2020

  • "In our opinion the track to the cottage was not listed honestly it was far worse and two gates not just one."

    For just two people we would expected to have a discount offered when booking. For the cost per week it should have had a selection DVDs available and a larger more modern TV and DVD player which had not been set up properly on arrival. As you probably can guess we will not be returning to this property.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Sep 2019

  • "We find that your cottages are always modern and homely."

    We have visited several in that area and will definitely be booking somewhere again for next year. The caretakers are so lovely and helpful too! Thanks for an amazing stay.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Aug 2019

  • "All good"

    Reviewed by Oliver4.7Jul 2019

  • "What a beautiful place, so much space."

    The views were exceptional. It was so peaceful and quiet. The little things like flowers left, lamps on in each room when we arrived gave it such a homely feel. We made use of the garden andBBQ. Only advisory I would add is even though the instructions say the lane is bumpy it doesn’t warn you about steep gradient down to house and if your car is low down to the ground it is a bit of a struggle to get in and out of the property. Did not spoil our holiday though. The whole holiday was wonderful and would recommend it to people.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2019

  • "Fabulous family holiday."

    The youngest in our party is 2 the oldest 88, all we’re very comfortable and catered for. Would certainly recommend as a great base to explore.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage and great company to deal with, housekeepers Sharon and John so friendly and on hand if we needed anything including g lovely fresh eggs!"

    , superb

    Jeanette GannonOct 2018

  • "A fabulous barn conversion in an idyllic and peaceful setting."

    A real home-from-home. Tastefully decorated with real attention to detail.

    May 2018

  • "A beautiful barn conversion with very comfortable furnishings and extras in a fantastic location, rural and quiet but close enough to the main road and routes to a wide range of places and sites."

    The house keepers were quickly available when asked about a couple of items. The kitchen could have been better equipped in terms of number of mugs and cooking pans, however a small detail in relation to the barn as a whole.

    Susan StockmanApr 2018

  • "Lovely property, well kept, spotlessly clean, home from home, wonderful central location"

    Zoe PinchOct 2017

  • "Great property with everything you need"

    Jul 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x king, 2 x twin
  • 1 x shower room with loo and wash hand basin, under-floor heating and heated towel rail
  • 1 x small bathroom with bath, loo and wash hand basin
  • 1 x ensuite bathroom with loo, bath and wash hand basin
  • Sitting room with TV, CD and DVD players
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Lovely garden with BBQ.
  • TV, CD and DVD players
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave
  • Wifi
  • Lovely garden with BBQ
  • Central heating
  • Open fire
  • iPod dock
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars outside Cefn Isaf, extra parking available for 1 car on grass verge above property
  • 1 Dog welcome; sorry no puppies or pets in season
  • Note: track to the house is rough and bumpy and there is two gates by the road which must be closed at all times.

The property

Cefn Isaf is a stunning holiday house in a tranquil location on the Llyn Peninsula.

From here you will have gorgeous views of the countryside with the added bonus of being only a short stroll from the beach.

The interior of this holiday house is just fabulous and so very calming!

You will spend the entire time discovering new and delightful items that the owner’s have carefully sourced.

A truly stunning family holiday house is what you’ll find in Cefn Isaf. The sitting room is just divine!

It has a Venetian glass light suspended above wonderfully comfortable sofas and chairs set around the double-sided fireplace.

This is a really warm and cosy space in the winter months.

French doors from this space open out onto the terrace. On the other side of the fireplace is the dining area which has a table and seating for up to eight people.

This is the ideal space for family meals whilst discussing the fun-filled day you just had! From the dining area, head into the lovely kitchen which boasts countryside views.

Tiles behind the cooker were painted by Bronwyn Williams Ellis and this adds to the extra little touches throughout Cefn Isaf.

The kitchen has a dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.

In the utility room you will find the washing machine, tumble dryer and a second sink. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms: one bedroom with a king sized bed, and the other is a twin room with French windows that open out onto a small terrace.

There’s a ground floor shower room with loo and wash hand basin, under-floor heating and heated towel rail.

On the first floor there is a double bedroom with a king size bed, more stunning views and dressing room.

It also has an ensuite with loo, bath and wash hand basin.There is also a twin room on this floor. Also on the first floor is a small bathroom with bath, loo and wash hand basin.

Outside is a very pretty space with borders of flowers bursting with colour during certain months of the year.

There are sun loungers and directors chairs and a BBQ.

This is a real suntrap!

On the terraced area is a wooden table and chairs.

Off road parking for 2 cars outside the Cefn Isaf, extra parking available for 1 car on grass verge area above property Cefn Isaf is a holiday house in a truly wonderful location on the Llyn Peninsula.

The sandy beach of Black Rock is a mile away, accessed via a quiet country lane.

Jump in the car and then onto a steam train at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

To see some more interesting architecture head to Portmeirion which was designed by the owner's great-uncle, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. There is so much to do in this part of North Wales.

Attractions, walks, cycle routes and activities.

But you might struggle to tear yourself away from the relaxing haven that is Cefn Isaf.

With its bright rooms, colourful furnishings and beamed ceilings, it really is a delight to spend family time here.

A year-round family family friendly holiday house!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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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Note: There is a fairly steep rough track leading to house with two gates at each end which must be closed at all times.
Note: £150 Good Housekeeping Bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas