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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 216 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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



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!

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 216 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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


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North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.882353 based on 44 reviews

Very pleasant

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with two other couples for five nights 28 December-2 January so each couple had a double bedroom and their own bathroom, en-suite in the case of the top floor double. One of the first floor bedrooms had an en-suite toilet and wash-basin. The house was in a central location in Caernarfon, close to castle, pubs and shops. We also managed to park two of our cars outside the house on the road, but two permits are supplied for car park a few minutes walkaway. We spent most of our time in the basement kitchen/diner as this provided a spacious area to eat, drink and chat and, if required, cook as the kitchen area was kitted out with everything you'd need. The two "living" rooms on the ground floor were little used by us save for a final night’s TV watching, but both were comfortable and warm. There is a bookcase in the rear of these two rooms with a decent choice of reading matter and there are OS maps of the area in the front room. The time of year we stayed precluded use of the decking area to the rear, but this would be a useful facility in warmer weather. All together a great stay, we all really enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: 15/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoy exploring beautiful Northern Wales staying in a historic house!

  • 5 of 5

Hafan Mor is the perfect setting for a visit to beautiful Northern Wales and Snowdonia National Park. This house was so charming for the 5 of us, we loved all the antiques and period pieces. There was plenty of room, more than enough bathrooms, and comfortable beds. Our favorite space was the cozy kitchen and dinning room. We enjoyed breakfast there everyday before setting out and had several wonderful meals in the evening. The kitchen was fully equipped with anything you would need. We loved being inside the castle walls with the many choices of restaurants. The walk to the car park was easy and quick, and conveniently located next to a great supermarket. The owner quickly fixed an issue with one shower while we there.

We hated to leave, there was so much more to explore in this area, charming seaside towns, so many castles (we visited 5) and the spectacular Snowdonia Park. The scenery was breathtaking driving through the Park. We took the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin to finish our trip, but all agreed Caernarfon and Wales was our favorite time. Would definitely rent from Martin and Kim again !

  • Review Submitted: 06/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply amazing. The photos do not do it justice

  • 5 of 5

An effortless booking of a simply stunning property. We couldn't have asked for a better home to stay in for our holiday. The little touches added by the home owner really made our stay so much easier.

We couldn't recommend this property enough and will definitely be back again.

Thank you both for renting us your home. It was a little slice of paradise :)

  • Review Submitted: 14/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Townhouse Inside the Walls

  • 4 of 5

This 4-bedroom townhouse was a great location for exploring Caernarfon and North Wales. The castle is three blocks away and many restaurants are in walking distance. The two spacious parlors on the first floor and two bedrooms each on the second and third floors were more than we needed! The basement kitchen has all the updated appliances and a large dining table. Although on-street parking was unavailable, 2 passes to a long-term parking lot (1/4 mile away) were provided. We would come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing period property in unique location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with 5 family members for a week in August. The house has been wonderfully renovated in the original Victorian Style but with modern upgrades (ensuites) and a lovely modern kitchen. The house is laid out over 4 floors with the kitchen and dining area in the basement - the kitchen was real home from home as it had ALL the equipment you would wish for and a huge fridge freezer. The back yard was great for afternoon drinks and the shed was handy to store our bikes in. The location was great, within the walls of Caernafon old city. There was no parking outside but the nearby parking was fine, and you can "hover" outside to unload etc.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent location and lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location in centre of Caernarfon. Lovely spacious property with everything you could need. Information, map, directions etc provided by Kim and Martin were extremely detailed and helpful. Would recommend to large families. Loads to do in local area for families and children

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

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 Caernarfon

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 From Katie in Arrival:

Your home is everything we dreamed of and so much more. Thank you for our home away from home for the next few days.

Text From Katie on Departure:

Hi both, We have had a simply amazing time. We knew the delights of N. Wales but to have such a beautiful and well equipped house to base from made it perfect. We're sad to go but we will be back!!
Aug 2017
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Black Boy Inn
Nearest Golf
2.8 Miles
Caernarfon Royal Town Golf Club
Nearest Train
9.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
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.


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


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit AU$266.27


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 cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.