“This property is really lovely and perfectly situated to explore many of the sights of Snowdonia.”
Perfect mix of sea and mountain view with the added plus of being within 2 minutes walk of Harlech castle. The house is set mid way up a very steep winding road that leads up to the castle and is easy reach of the small town where you’ll find lovely independent shops, a new deli/bakery very recently opened where you will be able to get fresh bread and pastries daily- be quick though! There is also a coffee shop/cafe which serves takeaway pizzas until 4. It’s a quiet town and so those used ...
Perfect mix of sea and mountain view with the added plus of being within 2 minutes walk of Harlech castle. The house is set mid way up a very steep winding road that leads up to the castle and is easy reach of the small town where you’ll find lovely independent shops, a new deli/bakery very recently opened where you will be able to get fresh bread and pastries daily- be quick though! There is also a coffee shop/cafe which serves takeaway pizzas until 4. It’s a quiet town and so those used to 24 hours convenience may have a shock. Eating out needs to be planned ahead! There’s a Chinese and Indian takeaway in the town which we did not try so cannot comment on but may be useful for others to know. There are fish and chips to takeaway, and ‘As is’ bistro opposite the castle is highly recommended for excellent food but pre book as it is small and gets booked up for days. Lovely atmosphere, views of the castle and excellent food and service. The Plas cafe/bar off the high street offers wonderful views of the beach and castle but serves food only until 2pm (basic lunches/ sandwiches/baguettes etc) so schedule into your plans!
There is a small park at the foot of the castle with great views and can be accessed whenever for children to play whilst adults can sit with a takeaway coffee from the castle cafe, perfect! Or ice creams from the shop in the high street. The castle obviously is a must and we were relieved to have been staying just around the corner as the car park for the castle is very small. Just down from the house there a set of steps to the left of the bend which takes you down to the main road, cross this road and opposite is the footpath that takes you across the golf course, over the sandunes and to the most amazing Sandy beach. We visited over Easter and it was very quiet with enough room for everyone to enjoy. The dogs looked like they were having a fabulous time! The trek across the dunes is fun but takes a good 10/15 minutes from the house. There is also a leisure centre across the road. The swimming pool was closed when we visited but as the weather was so good we wouldn’t have used it anyway, looked good though with a viewing cafe. Next door is an amazing climbing wall which my children loved! We paid for a 1:1 session with Ed who was brilliant. My children want to return to Harlech for that reason alone! You can either use the car park or the path that takes you to the beach, veers off to the right shortly after the railway line and this takes you straight there.
Lovely surprise to have some beers and Prosecco to arrive to! The beds are very comfortable although duvets are very thick for the warm weather we had and I’d say the twin room only suitable for children due to head height. Perfect for dogs (although we do not have one!) as it is wooden floors throughout - if I did I might worry the garden isn’t all that secure for those that are prone to wandering as the back leads round to the front where the wall is low. Just something to consider. Wouldn’t have been a problem for our old dog when we still had him.
The water tank is quite noisy but wasn’t a major issue, even with the boost button we struggled to get enough hot water for us all to shower on a couple of occasions. The Wi-Fi (as you’d expected in wales) isn’t great. The TV has built in Netflix and Disney plus but the signal did keep dipping out even in the free view channels. Only one TV - again wasnt a major issue for us but worth noting when planning what additional entertainment you might need to bring for children.
The parking space is to the right of the house in front of the garage. It was fine for our Tiguan although is a bit of a squeeze when the other house is occupied as it is a shared driveway. It’s fun negotiating the bends of the hill with oncoming traffic! Best to approach the house from coming down the hill rather than up.
The kitchen had almost everything we needed and well equipped with enough dishwasher tablets for the week. Could have done with an extra toilet roll and some soap in the bathroom but realise this is probably a covid related measure.
There was no advice about the bins and when to put them out which I have suggested ought to be added to the guest information. We arrived to a jam packed (outside) waste and recycling bin from the previous occupants and we added to this over the week we were there. I think the bin men might have come about 6am on Tuesday but without knowing, we missed it.
Lovely view from the garden but to enjoy it you feel you are imposing on the neighbours a little bit. Might be better laid to lawn.
We visited snowdon (50mins) and took the train up and walked down. For this season unfortunately the train is only going 3/4 of the way up but I understand this will be back to normal in 2023. Great day out though! We love Betwys Coed and so took a detour here in the way back and stopped for dinner - worth a visit if you’ve not before!
Aswell as Harlech we visited Caernarfon (40mins) which is much larger and really worth the trip. We did Porthmadog (15mins) on the same day and took the little steam train ride to the museum- this is the short journey and not the main train line to festinog or other locations- we will do this next time!
We had a great time and the house was really comfortable. Will definitely be booking with Sykes again, was our first time.