This stone built house had been unoccupied for 30 years when we took it over in 1987 and, while habitable now with all reasonable mod cons, it is not in the luxury class. We did not want a house where you were always worried about children or dogs making a mess that could not be easily cleaned up
However it is dry, can be warm (full gas central heating + a multi-fuel stove), and is livable in all year round.
Do not expect the Ritz, and realise that houses built in 1711 (when this was) need allowances making for them.
It is a house of great charm and is built into the side of the mountain (which is the very first National Trust property) and as a result has an external door on three levels! A cottage extension was added at the back late 19th century which can provide a peaceful area or grandparents sitting room!.
Mobility warning: stairs are steep with only a half handrail to the first floor and no handrail to the attic floor (there is no room, very narrow stairs). Guests with limited mobility have found this a problem.
There is NO parking provided - but free on-street parking 5 minutes walk away is available.
There is a paved patio at the rear which gets a lot of sun later in the day and is suitable for BBQs and a rear store under the cottage extension where the fuel is kept and is also suitable for bike storage. There is a kettle BBQ which will either be in the back store or in the former outside toilet in the yard.
There are open beam ceilings throughout and all external walls in the main house are stone, some of considerable thickness.
An attractive feature in the main living room is the large multi-fuel stove (Nursery fireguard if needed also in the room somewhere!) which provides a cheerful focus on cooler days - coal and wood in back store. There is also full gas central heating.
There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
Bedroom 1 King size double bed
Bedroom 2 single bed - a small room
Bedroom 3 a bunk bed - 2 beds
Bathroom WC, washbasin and bath.
On the attic floor there are two twin bed bedrooms and access to the attached late 19th century cottage extension.
In the cottage extension is a pleasant 2nd sitting room (often gets the sun), a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer and a second washroom with WC, basin and electric shower.
Maximum capacity: 9 using existing beds although 6 is very much more comfortable! We will not accpet more than 8 without prior clearence. The house also works well for smaller numbers. You can accommodate two adults, three children and a baby without having to use the second floor. Extras have to use the 2nd floor that is not very suitable for young children or the elderly owing to steep stairwell. Babies need a carry cot or similar providing.
There is free WiFi installed (code on rear of front door).
The kitchen and dining area will seat six with two on the window seat and there is crockery and cooking utensils to cope with up to nine. The kitchen has a cooker with a double oven, a microwave, fridge freezer. There is a child seat (attatch to the table-type) available. The kitchen sink is at the underground end of the kitchen and so is emptied by a (automatic) pump. Care is needed not to block it.
The house is 5 minutes from one of the best beaches in North Wales, 5 minutes from the shops and 5 minutes from the rail station - and less from mountain hillside. You have easy access to Snowdonia and Cader Idris, historic railways and fascinating slate caverns. There is an inflatable dingy in the back store, with oars which can be used with suitable care and the back store is also suitable to park bikes. Bikes can be hired from the garage by the harbour and there are variour providers of boat trips (see notices at the harbour).
We do not provide bed linen. There are duvets and pillows on each bed with covers on. You must use your own covers, bottom sheet & pillowcases on top of the existing under-covers. You must provide your own towels, but there is a supply of tea towels in the kitchen.
We also DO NOT have a cleaner - to keep the costs low we rely on everyone to clean up thoroughly before they go. This is the first year we are letting it (previously it was only family & friends). If this works OK we can keep the price low. It's up to you!
During the main school holiday periods we only take bookings from Saturday to Saturday. Other perios there is a two night minimum and any days.