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Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill

Member since: 2015
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Speaks english, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh

North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms

19 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Caernarfon holiday house

4 Bedroom, 3 bathroom, Sleeps 8, Victorian Townhouse within Caernarfon Town Wall

'IN SEASON' DISCOUNT: ANY BOOKING OF A WEEK OR MORE IS AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE

'LOW SEASON' DISCOUNT: ANY BOOKING FROM 5 TO 7 NIGHTS IS AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE

Hafan Mor (Sea Haven) is a large, charming Victorian townhouse, nestled within the atmospheric medieval castle walls of Royal Caernarfon. Perfectly situated to enjoy the splendours of this bustling harbour town overlooking the beautiful Menai Straits and explore all that Snowdonia National Park and North Wales have to offer. An ideal base for groups, families or friends to celebrate re-unions or special events. Hafan Mor is exactly what you’ll experience during your stay in this delightful town house. A perfect retreat, ideal for those who want to relax and indulge in a little escapism and use this memorable base to explore the historic and enchanting landscapes of Snowdonia.

Experience all that North Wales and Snowdonia National Park has to offer in this wonderful traditionally decorated period townhouse, combining elegance with contemporary comfort. This welcoming, bright and spacious, well-equipped house is beautifully furnished. The Entrance vestibule leads into a high ceilinged hall, from which you can gaze up through the banistered stairs to the further three floors, containing 4 lovely bedrooms (2 en-suite with 2 further bath/shower rooms), with wonderful Four Poster Beds sleeping 8. In the front of the house is a large drawing room, with a big bay window, next door is the quiet sitting/reading room overlooking the back courtyard. Downstairs you will find the contemporary & well-stocked kitchen, with adjacent large bright and airy dining room with French doors at either end to a small french style courtyard out front & a larger walled garden out back.

This character house is ideally situated in a quiet street by the harbour, yet minutes from the bustling square, with Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage Site, begun in 1273 just at the end of the street. There are also wonderful walks/rides along the coastal/cycle path straight from the front door. Here you will discover there is far more to Snowdonia than just the mountains – and your stay here will ensure you are cosy and cosseted not matter what the season.

Free parking outside the property on a first come first served basis; you can also unload outside the front door and plenty of car parking space is available nearby, within a 5-minute walk . We provide two Free Parking permits for the car park. There is a lockable shed to store your bikes or other equipment in the walled garden, with additional rear access to the lane at the rear of the property.

From the moment you walk through the front door taking in the fresh sea breeze, you will sense the tranquility and calm as well as a sense of anticipation in exploring all this stylish house has to offer.

Imagine relaxing in the drawing room after the days adventure, then gathering there together to plan the evening activities.

The well-stocked sitting room invites you to curl up and read a book, play some games or the peace to take that well earned knap. We have maps of the many walking and cycling trails in the area, as well as information about local art galleries and events.

Catch the morning sun with a coffee or late breakfast in the enclosed courtyard garden or lounge back with alfresco cocktails on warm summer evenings.

Enjoy conversation whilst sharing the cooking in the modern well-equipped kitchen, with beech block worktops and large Range double oven gas cooker.

Then share great food, wine and company whilst you go over the days exploits in the bright dining hall, with roaring fire and traditional welsh dresser.

Finally slumber down in comfort into the crisp, natural bed linen in the four-poster beds, recalling all the days’ adventures, before dreaming of tomorrow’s discoveries. Combining this with the fresh sea air and you may want to stay snuggled down awaiting tea in bed!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Call Owner
Speaks english, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh

About Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill

Snowdonia captivated us on our Summer Holiday 2009, when visiting friends and retracing geography fieldtrips! On the way home we realised we wanted to create a new life in this stunning part of the country. So we left our senior management roles to live a better quality, slower life in one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of the UK.

As part of this transition, we imagined, created and now run a successful personal development business –To enable people to create the life they have imagined. As part of the business we offered accommodation to enable clients to really experience something different.

We had such great client feedback, and soon realised how much are clients enjoyed their stay and that we had a natural talent for creating great holiday experiences. This has inspired us to extend our offer, in line with our principles, and provide authentic high quality and distinctive holiday home experiences here in Snowdonia. Our aim is to ensure our guests have a wonderful holiday and for us this starts with special touches, such as our welcome hampers, so we provide the experience we would like when we go away ourselves.

Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill purchased this house in 2015

Why Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill chose Gwynedd - Snowdonia

We discovered this amazing Victorian Townhouse whilst on one of our regular cycling sojourns to Caernarfon from our home along the cycle path on the Menai Straits. We fell in love with it on our first visit, this charming and peaceful house felt like coming home - having owned, restored and lived in wonderful Victorian townhouse in Cardiff for 8 years.

Indeed a criterion for such a property was creating a beautiful home we could live in ourselves (which we intend to do one day!); as we believe we know what makes a special place offering an authentic and aesthetic experience.

What makes this house unique

We know this lovingly refurbished Victorian Townhouse, with original features is a joy to live in – an experience in itself. A treasure trove of antiques and art, decorated and equipped with attention to detail, with the four-poster beds being the icing on the cake!

We are perfect for groups of extended family, or friends, reunions, or special celebrations and you will receive a warm Welsh welcome (Croeso) with a 'hamper' to get things going!

Combine this with the opportunity to explore and discover this stunning and dramatic part of North Wales makes it a very special place, where memories are made, that you’ll want to come back to!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Text Message from Guest:



Many thanks Martin and Kim. We had a lovely time thank you, and yes the weather was great. We were very lucky, and the house was fabulous thank you. It was my Mum's birthday present and we had a great celebration.
Aug 2016
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Reviews

4.8
based on 19 traveller reviews

North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 25 reviews
5

Excelent place!

  • 5 of 5

We been with 7 friends and is a amazing place. Martin and Kim are very polite, everithing was perfect how we accord. The rooms and bathrooms are very confortable, the kitchen is perfect for 8 guests. The house is inside the wall of the castle and everything is very close (supermarkets and bars). If you go to explore north Wales this home is perfect for your trip!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trip to Wales

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in Wales and in Caernarfon, the accomadations where great, beds were very comfortable. The kitchen is excellent with any cooking item you need provided. Also the fresh eggs, bread and wine was very much appreciated. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal location, excellent kitchen and comfortable rooms

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed it being right in the centre of town. Bedrooms were warm and comfortable, bathrooms clean and in good working order, basement kitchen and dining area really spacious and well kitted-out if a little chilly. The outside area was compact but tidy. The parking permits are valid for the long-stay car parks which are about a 4-5 minute walk away, but unloading from the street outside is fine.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alex, Thanks very much for your review, and feedback. We are sorry to hear that you found the kitchen and dining area a little chilly. The gas coal effect stove in the room complements the central heating, and is very effective indeed at heating the room. We highlight its use in the guest folder. Perhaps we should add further instructions by the fire.
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Lovely suprise in the middle of beautiful coast scenes

  • 5 of 5

Booked this property for six nights, 2 adults and 3 children. First class communication immediately after booking much appreciated. The travel, instructions for getting the key and parking very well thought through. Huge house for five people. No guarantees for children but my three kids loved it. Bathrooms are modernised, kitchen excellently equipped. Located next to all major supermarkets where I could walk within 5 to 10 minutes. Certainly the key to North wales. Thanks Kim and Martin. Home away from home for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Blaisr, Thanks very much for your review of our Holiday Home. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and especially as your three children also loved it. We appreciate your comments regarding communication. As well as providing a well-furnished, excellently equipped, and warm home from home, we also feel that it is very important to provide all necessary and helpful information in a clear and timely manner. We wish to make it easy as possible for our guests, enabling a smooth experience for you.
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The ideal holiday destination and 'Hafan Mor' the perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Hafan Mor has been everything we'd hoped for and was perfectly placed for exploring many of the immediate area's attractions on foot. The house itself was extremely well appointed and had absolutely everything we needed. It was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and had a feel of luxury throughout. All 7 of us ate most meals at the house and there was an abundance of crockery and cooking wares to suit every style of dining. Also the quality of all the kitchen ware was much better than in most holiday lets we've encountered and the overall feel of the house was that of a home and not at all like a rental property. The only slight difficulty we found while on our holiday was that the on street parking was very limited and with 2 little ones in tow the 5 min walk to the (permit provided) car park made setting off for the day a bit of a task for loading the car for a day out. However, that did not stop us all having a wonderful time exploring north Wales. There was so much to do that suited all our three generation of ages and with such a variety of attractions we will definitely be coming back to Wales again because there's just not enough time to fit everything in, in only a week. We will without doubt be recommending north Wales to our friends and family as the ideal holiday destination and would direct them to Hafan Mor as the perfect place to stay. Our thanks too to Martin & Kim for keeping in touch and making sure everything went smoothly. We've had a wonderful time and hope to visit Hafan Mor again another year 😊

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heidi, Thank you so much for your review and feedback. We are pleased to hear that you all had such a good time, and that there was plenty of room for three generations of your family to spend time together. Your comments reflect our model of providing high quality, luxurious, well-equipped, warm, comfortable, and spacious accommodation. Indeed, as you said, a home rather than a holiday let! Yes, as you said, on street parking can be sometimes limited. Therefore we provide the 2 free parking permits for 2 nearby carparks. Seeing as it is a very quiet one-way street, all residents in the street just stop outside their houses to load/unload. Everyone understands and is patient. Thanks for recommending us to your friends and family, and we hope that you come and stay at 'Hafan Mor' again.
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Style and affordable comfort in Caernarfon

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house a little while ago two accommodate 4 adults ( two couples) from the UK and the USA. We take it in turn each year to choose a destination on either side of the pond. This year our friends, wanted to visit Wales. I will admit to being a bit apprehensive. We have had such fantastic accommodation in the states, and as Welsh girl I really wanted this to be a success. It was everything I wanted and more. A beautiful house, elegant and tastefully and sympathetically furnished. The owners have really tried to anticipate every need. I have never been to a house that was so well equipped and so thoughtfully put together. We were all blown away. I would not hesitate to recommend to others... Or return...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul, Jayne, We are so pleased that we exceeded your expectations, and that you and your guests from the USA enjoyed yourselves. Your comments support our goal of providing high-quality, luxurious, warm, and comfortable holiday accommodation in North Wales. Thanks for recommending us to others, and we hope that you will come and visit us again.
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Manchester
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Black Boy Inn
Nearest Golf
2.8 Miles
Caernarfon Royal Town Golf Club
Nearest Train
9.5 Miles
Bangor
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Blas
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Caernarfon Water Front; Menai Straits
Car: recommended

Royal Caernarfon is one of the major towns in North Wales; the magnificent castle dominates the harbour and waterfront, towering over the gleaming swell of the Menai Straits, set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop. The castle is arguably the best in Wales, with history showing it was one of the best defended. This bustling, enchanting Royal town has plenty of independent shops and a nearby supermarket. There are plenty authentic eateries, where you could dine out somewhere different every night, as well as find favourite spots for a lazy breakfast or alfresco afternoon tea. Mooch around the arts centre, maritime museum and Roman Fort or spend a night out at the theatre or cinema.

You’ll get to know the intimate walled town by strolling through the passages and walkways. Find the steps down to the harbour to while away a few peaceful hours crabbing or sea fishing. Relax at the end of a days excursions, sitting on the harbour wall, smelling the fresh salty air, listening to the gentle lapping of the waves against the wall and watching the boats glide by, silhouetted in the setting sun.

Excellent road networks with easy access to local beauty spots, mountains, coastline and numerous coves and sandy beaches.

Excellent walking, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, watersports, bird watching and golf courses. Llanberis and the base of Mount Snowdon is just a 15 minute drive away.

Caernarfon is the ideal place to use as a base for exploring the wonders of North Wales. Visit the castle and other historic buildings nearby, including National Trust Penrhyn Castle, Conwy Castle, Plas Newydd and Beaumaris Castle on nearby Anglesey. From Caernarfon you can take a boat cruise on the Menai Straits, take the historic Welsh Highland Steam Railway through the mountains, visit the villages in Snowdonia National Park, and, if you’re up to it, climb a mountain or two, including Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales. If you’re not up to the climb, you can take the mountain railway to the top instead.

The Isle of Anglesey with its ancient standing stones, beautiful beaches and little coves with old fishing villages is just across the water, easily accessible by two bridges. Wales has a magnificent coast walk which follows the entire coast around the country, including around Anglesey.

Distances:

Located inside the old walls of Caernarfon.

Nearest shops, restaurants and theatre - 2 min walk

Marina 1 minute walk

Supermarket - 5 min walk

Town centre - 3 mins walk

Coastal cycle path 1minute walk

Sandy beaches 10 minutes drive

Bangor - 10 mins drive

Llanberis - 10 mins drive

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2016
7 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$262
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,183
 
 
(1) Xmas-New Year 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$271
From
A$288
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
4 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$262
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,183
 
 
Feb Half Term 2017
10 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$203
From
A$245
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$262
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,183
 
 
Easter 2107
31 Mar 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$288
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
May Day BH 2017
24 Apr 2017 - 7 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$195
From
A$237
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
8 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$211
From
A$245
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Spring Break 2017
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$288
From
A$313
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
5 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$211
From
A$245
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$288
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Summer Holidays 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$288
From
A$313
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
6 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$211
From
A$245
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
6 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$271
From
A$288
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,352
 
 
Oct Half Term 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$245
From
A$288
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
2017
30 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$254
From
A$271
Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,284
 
 
Xmas-New Year 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$288
From
A$313
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$254

'IN SEASON' DISCOUNT: ANY BOOKING OF A WEEK OR MORE IS AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE
'LOW SEASON' DISCOUNT: ANY BOOKING FROM 5 TO 7 NIGHTS IS AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED AT A DISCOUNTED RATE

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking. The balance of the booking is to be paid 60 days in advance of the actual stay.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible regarding changeover days.

Arrival & Departure:
Arrival time is after 4.30 pm and departure time is by 11.30 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 216 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 1st Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    2nd Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    2nd Floor Front Bedroom ensuite - toilet , shower enclosure
    Utility Room - toilet , Toilet & washbasin, including washer and dryer
    1st Floor Front Bedroom ensuite - toilet , Ensuite Toilet and Washbasin
  • Four bathroom facilities, 2 of which are ensuite.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 2nd Floor Bedroom overlooking garden courtyard - 2 single bed , Large bedroom, period metal-frame beds - bathroom opposite
    1st Floor Bedroom overlooking garden courtyard - 1 double bed , Period metal Four Poster Bed - large bathroom opposite
    2nd Floor Front Bedroom - 1 double bed , Pine Four Poster Bed; Ensuite Bathroom
    1st Floor Front Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Period Four Poster Bed, bay window, Ensuite WC w/ washbasin
  • Four beautifully appointed Bedrooms. Three bedrooms have a large four-poster bed, and one bedroom has two single beds, providing some flexibility. Two bedrooms have ensuite facilities, and the other two have a bathroom each opposite in the hallways.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming