|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Ystumllyn is large Elizabethan house of historic importance in the area. Views from the house are spectacular. It is surrounded by extensive gardens and woodland, and also has a marshland area which is designated as a SSSI because of its plant and bird life, and is currently managed by the RSPB. The house is connected by a footpath to the beach at Criccieth, about 1 mile away. It is ideally situated for exploring the unspoilt Lleyn Peninsular and also Snowdonia and its mountains. The house has a large airy and well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room with aga, and a conventional electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is an impressive lounge with dining area, a wood burning stove, TV, CD, DVD and video players. The drawing room is more cosy with an open fire and TV. Upstairs the bedrooms are spacious three of them able to accommodate a whole family! The property is furnished in keeping with age of the house. We only let to family groups.
Three families had a wonderful, sunny October half term holiday in this house. We loved the fact it felt so rural and isolated yet was in easy reach of Criccieth and a lovely walk over fields (with castle view) to the beach. The children valued the fact they could go off for walks on their own to the nearby beaches or across the fields. We adored Criccieth town and ate at Dylans and a pretty tea shop one day. The sandy beach nearby is fantastic for dogs and energetic children. We did quad biking, hill walking and Portmerien during our stay. Thank you also to Hilary for sending some school work I had left behind. It was so thoughtful of you and characterised our dealings with the helpful and organised owner. We stayed in Anglesey this halfterm but were hoping for Criccieth again - maybe next year!
This is a really lovely old house in a magical setting. The descriptions do not do it justice somehow - particularly the setting which is a sort of secret landscape hidden away yet close to everything. The walk to the beach is beautiful and the LLeyn Peninsula is all very easily accessed as are the mountains the other way. The kitchen is particularly well equipped, and the house very tasteful and comfortable. It is very clean and everything works. It is very big and full of character. There is a strong sense of it being a family home and one feels very welcome. We would strongly recommend it and hope to stay there again. We have stayed in this part of Wales many times over decades and this was the best located property, and the most enjoyable in other ways.
We're on the last day of a thoroughly enjoyable stay at this lovely house. The many nooks and crannies of the old property are charming, yet it retains all the comforts of modernity and is wonderfully kept. It is very spacious, perfectly located, and the surroundings are stunning.
Thanks very much for having us!
We have not seen the description for many years as, after several holidays there, we know exactly what to expect. We like the comfortable accommodation which is home from home. The period features and fittings add to the ambiance. The grounds offer adventure for the children and stunning views for the adults. Close proximity to Black Rock Sands, Criccieth and Porthmadog are a major attraction. The area provides for good cycling (both on road and off-road); walking, bird-watching and surfing. The owner has always been helpful as have the local care-taker and gardener. Adequately clean with a few cobwebby corners over-looked but quite acceptable given the size and period of the building. We have not experienced any nearby restaurants as the kitchen is well equipped and the dining facilities are spacious and atmospheric.
The house is in a rural location near Criccieth and all its shops and amenities. Beautiful beaches such as Black Rock sands and Harlech are easily reached. The unspoilt Lleyn Peninsula can be explored, for even quieter beaches and coastline walks. The fantastic Snowdonia national park with its mountains and lakes is only a few miles away. There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities, such as fishing, mountain walking, rock climbing, canoeing and bird watching . The more adventurous can try canyoning, quad biking or coast-eering! The area is also famous for its quarries and mines and several former mines make an interesting visit, whatever the weather. Portmerion with its eclectic collection of architecture from around the world is also much visited, as is the shop where Portmerion pottery is available. For train enthusiasts, a trip on the Ffestiniog railway or Welsh Highland Railway is a must. There is wealth of historic sites to visit such as Caernarvon castle.
Other Activities: Canyoning, go-karting, quad biking, coasteering
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
You will need to pay 20% of the rental rate to secure the booking, and the rest of the sum 6 weeks before the booking starts. We only let to family groups.