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

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


Half Baths
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!

More Details

Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.857143 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful, versatile house in central Caernarfon

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, querky house but with all modcons made for a very comfortable stay. Very clean and well maintained. Lots of space for everyone to spread out. Owners very helpful and informative. Spent Christmas here with the family but hope to go back in the future and have a chance to explore the area further.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just had a great stay at Hafan mor. Martin and Kim really made us welcome and allowed us to use the cottage as if it was our own. It's in a great central location in Caernarfon and close to lots of other locations around north Wales. Will certainly be returning for another stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Allan, We are pleased to hear that you all had a great stay over New Year at our place. Our aim is to provide a home from home for our guests - glad to hear that you felt that way. Hope that you all return soon - perhaps this summer!
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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!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paloma, Thanks very much for your review. We are pleased to hear that you found the house very comfortable. Like yourselves, many of our guests have been a group of friends or family, and have found more than enough room for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. 'Hafan Mor' makes a great warm comfortable and well-appointed base from which to explore Snowdonia. We hope that you visit us again, the next time you are touring from Patagonia.
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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!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary Lou, Thanks for your review and kind comments. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at 'Hafan Mor' during your few weeks over here from the USA. Your comments about the kitchen confirm our aim of providing our guests with a very well equipped kitchen. We also like to provide a special start for guests, especially as the eggs are from our own free range hens, and Kim makes the home-made organic bread fresh on the day our guests arrive. We hope that you will visit us again on your next tour of the UK!
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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.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: 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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Caernarfon Castle
"test review just to try Gogobot out"
Pontio Arts Centre
"Testing out gogobot"
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
Refundable damage deposit $185


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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Caernarfon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 216 m²
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 ...
  • 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 , combination tub/shower
    2nd Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Floor Front Bedroom ensuite - toilet , shower
    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 twin/ single , Large bedroom, period metal-frame beds - bathroom opposite
    1st Floor Bedroom overlooking garden courtyard - 1 double , Period metal Four Poster Bed - large bathroom opposite
    2nd Floor Front Bedroom - 1 double , Pine Four Poster Bed; Ensuite Bathroom
    1st Floor Front Bedroom - 1 queen , 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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback 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
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming

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