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Cefn Isaf

Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1008768)


(24 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AnthonyJun 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 DylanMay 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 AbigayleMar 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 BenjaminFeb 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 JudithSep 2021

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

    Reviewed by SarahSep 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 KristenAug 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 ValerieJul 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 RobJul 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 WendyJun 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 MelvynJun 2021

  • "Every aspect of our accommodation was perfect"

    Reviewed by AdrianJun 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 ScottJun 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 JudithSep 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 JillSep 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 RichardSep 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 RebeccaFeb 2020

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

    Spacious, private hideaway, we all loved our stay.

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 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 MichaelSep 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 KateAug 2019

  • "All good"

    Reviewed by OliverJul 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 ElizabethJun 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 GemmaMay 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
  • 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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Region Information

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