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Historic house with large garden in beautiful rural setting near beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse


About the property

4 bedroomed house sleeps 10-12, near Criccieth, ideal for family groups

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.

Hilary Dent /Homfray
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017


Criccieth Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There are also two toilets, one with washbasin, on the ground floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large rrom with space for additional zed bed or cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed is double bed size. Room for zed beds if necessary
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds and cot in this room
  • There are three very spacious bedroms and one single room. There is ample room for the two extra zed beds in any of the three large rooms.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Please note that we do not provide bed linen or towels. Each bed has a duvet and pillow for which you will need to provide covers. There is an aga in the kitchen which is supplemented by a full size electric oven for those who are not familiar with aga cooking. The living room has a wood burning stove and the drawing room has an open fire. Wood is provided for these. There is also central heating available. Please note there are two reception rooms. This is an old property so the elderly may find the floors uneven, and there are steps between rooms on the ground floor. Children will find this old house fascinating, but care must be taken to supervise them in the house and on the stairs as with any other house. The garden is also great fun to explore but has the usual hazards, so children should be supervised. Please note there are two living rooms, with ample seating for all. There are tables to seat everyone in the kitchen and also in the dining area of the living room.


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Historic house with large garden in beautiful rural setting near beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Bright and beautiful historic house

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding house and location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It's great when visitors enjoy our house as much as we do. We are very pleased you had such a good holiday at Ystumllyn.
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Gorgeous old property in scenic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

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!


  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I am very happy that you had such an enjoyable time in our family house. We love the spaciousness of the house (particularly when it's wet)...And exploring the garden and it's wild corners too so it's nice to share that with visitors.
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Spacious accommodation in land-scaped grounds.

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you have returned to Ystumllyn so many times - 8 in total I think! It is great to think that it is so enjoyed by you, your children and grandchildren. It's a great place for getting the generations together, with loads to do locally. My own children always loved to explore the house and gardens, and it's handy being so close to the sea. Thank you for all your kind comments. I have noted your comments about the cobwebs... but as you say its difficult with such a large 16th Century house!
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Manchester Airport
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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