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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,325 sq. ft.
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!

More Details

Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 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: All good Martin, thanks. We had a great time. Snowdon was beautiful and we all enjoyed the Castles. Thank you again.
May 2017
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Caernarfon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2325 sq. ft.
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 , 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
  • 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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North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.892857 based on 37 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 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

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very lovely house

  • 5 of 5

Wales and our house was perfect. Lots to see and do.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Only superlatives to describe it

  • 5 of 5

The property was absolutely perfect. We cannot think of a single detracting issue. It was beautiful, spotless, had everything we needed, and was in an ideal location. Definitely recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic, comfortable stay in Caernarfon

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying that Martin was a fantastic host! Communication was great and he provided a ton of useful information before arrival. We also found fresh eggs, bread and wine in the kitchen waiting for us which were much appreciated. The house is large and comfortable. It is spread over 4 levels which I did not realize originally and presented a little challenge as we were traveling with my older in-laws and my mom, all of which cannot manage stairs so easily. There are three full bathrooms and a half bath, which were great, clean and updated. The kitchen is large and had everything we needed and the washer and dryer worked great.

It is an older house and the furniture and carpeting are dated. We found the bed on the top floor to be very uncomfortable after a couple of nights but all the other beds were great. Having said that, while furnishings are dated they are also CLEAN. Overall, we had an extremely comfortable stay made easier by a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Claudia, Thanks for your review and comments. We are pleased to hear that you and your family had a lovely comfortable stay. As well as providing a fabulous place to stay, we also aim to provide a great service for our guests. Hence the information pack we send out a couple of weeks prior to arrival, containing suggestions of places to visit, things to do, and places to eat. Also the bottle of wine, eggs from our own free-range hens, and Kim's homemade organic bread, baked on the day of arrival. The house is a classic Victorian 4-floor Town Home. With this in mind, it is decorated with beautiful period-style wallpapers and curtains, along with 4-poster beds, and other furniture in keeping with the house. Having said that, the kitchen and bathrooms are modern and well-equipped, and of course central heating! Thanks for bringing the top-floor bed to our attention. We have ordered a new mattress, indeed also one for another of the 4-poster beds. We hope that you and your family come and stay with us again for another holiday in Snowdonia.
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Great multilevel town house- close to restaurants, the harbor and sights

  • 5 of 5

I would definitely recommend this property for a group - family or couples - as a pleasant alternative to a B&B or hotel. The space is wonderful - plenty of room to spread out, including the terrace in the backyard. The separate TV room and sitting room worked well - a quiet retreat for those who prefer it, but who don't want to be completely removed from the action. There are 3 full bathrooms and 1 half bath that is ensuite with the master bedroom. No queuing for the shower!!! The kitchen- dining level also has a toilet in the laundry room. Everything was fully functional and as described. The kitchen is very well equipped. The house has lots of charm and has been lovingly decorated. It is like being in someone's home, not just a sterile rental. And, although it is in town, you can still hear the birds and seagulls. Grocery store and parking are just a 5 minute walk; The Black Boy Inn is a two minute walk - above average pub food and no cooking required. The place has something for everyone. We really hated to leave.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ann, Thanks very much for your review and kind comments. As you say, our place provides plenty of space - great for family get-togethers - and enough bathroom facilities for all! Seeing as the house was built in the late 1800's, it is appropriately furnished with beautiful William Morris style wallpapers and curtains, with 4-poster beds in 3 of the 4 bedrooms, as well as other furniture in keeping with the building. We appreciate your comment regarding our place being more like a home. That was our objective all along, indeed for both our holiday rental properties, to provide a home from home, not some sterile rental. Glad to hear that you managed to sample some of the golf courses in North Wales! We hope that you are able to come and stay at 'Hafan More' again.
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $193.08


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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