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5 Star Luxury House With Stunning Sea Views. Ideal for couples or large families

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 star Large family house in Criccieth over looking the sea, North Wales - 60 Seconds From The Beach. The High Street Offers Grocery Shops, Restuarants, Pubs And Bars

Ardro is situated with a stunning south facing aspect overlooking the sea cliff in Criccieth. The house has three floors and all rooms are packed with style and character. The dining room and lounge have the original wood floors combined with well chosen antiques with modern touches. These rooms and the master bedroom all overlook the sea and mountains. The large kitchen is open plan, has a lovely wood burning stove, and is perfect for family get-togethers. All four bedrooms are tastefully decorated, comfortable, and ready to provide a wonderful nights sleep. The front terrace is the ideal place to be sitting with your morning coffee watching the dolphins or in the evening with your wine while marvelling at the views and sunsets over the Llyn Penninsula. At the rear of the property is a lovely courtyard with lots of potted plants and outdoor furniture; a real sun trap and perfect for al-fresco dining. And as the day draws to an end you can listen to the rolling waves that will gently send you to sleep. In short - here is everything you need for a wonderful getaway. If you haven't done so already may we suggest that you visit our tripadvisor site to check us out.

Jane Pinnington
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Jane Pinnington

I live in Cheshire with my husband Mark. We have 8 children between us and a scruffy little dog called kitty. Mark works as a lecturer at Liverpool university and I am a full time mum and wife.

Jane Pinnington purchased this house in 2012

Why Jane Pinnington chose Gwynedd - Snowdonia

Our families have always holidayed in Criccieth; our parents, and us as parents with our children. Mark & I married here in Criccieth, and when Ardro came up for sale, we knew it was the home for us. Mark's parents honeymooned 3 doors away from Ardro in 1947. Criccieth and it's way of life is in our blood. If your still in any doubt please check out our trip advisor reports.

What makes this house unique

We benefit from the peace & tranquillity that comes with being by the sea in a town that has essentially remained unchanged for decades. Walking (or just sitting) on the beach replenishes the soul. Fishing from our sea kayak while dolphin watching cannot be beaten.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Awesome location + beautifully furbished home = best vacation ever!”

The Gibson family Medford, New Jersey

This was my fourth visit to Ardro, my husband's first - and it never loses its charm. What a truly wonderful time. You couldn't be closer to the castle, or the beach, and everything else is in walking distance. Ardro is the perfect family vacation home - well appointed throughout and lovingly decorated. The owners, Mark and Jane, ensure everything is tip top before your arrival. A fully equipped kitchen, fabulous ocean views, a private courtyard to the rear, leisurely walks into the village - we have stayed at a hotel in Criccieth before but would always choose Ardro in the future. Prepare to be wowed - the memories linger for weeks after your visit and you'll want to rebook as soon as you get home. Recommended it to our son and fiancee, too. They went in July and loved it. We're hooked!

Review 2

Johnson family

“A wonderful property with owners that go out of their way to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

This was our second visit to Ardro. Once again we received a lovely, friendly welcome. I didn't think Jane and Mark could improve things last year but they have managed to! A lovely patio at the front of the property is wonderful for sitting out in the sunshine, people (or dolphin if lucky) watching. Ideal for lazing away those moments when others are still getting ready or you're just feeling lazy. We were lucky with the weather and were also able to eat out in the pretty courtyard at the back several times.

We found lots of new places to visit, as well as revisiting some favourites from last year. Ardro is ideally placed for lazing on the beach, long coastal walks, gentle country rambles or more strenuous mountain climbs. The Lleyn peninsular and Anglesey have loads to offer too. For those odd rainy days, and evening fun there are plenty of games and dvd's to enjoy.

Jane gave us the opportunity to try our hands at mackerel fishing; fishing rods available already hooked, but we ran out of time! Once again we had a wonderful holiday, and I have no hesitation in recommending this lovely property.

Review 3

Special touch - evidence of the love poured into this property”

Lesley Cox and family

Lovely home, special touches to make you feel very welcome and nothing too much trouble, fantastic views from downstairs dining room, with chairs in bay, ideal for people watching -(when you can take your eyes of the sea view). Lounge is lovely, again with breathtaking views across the whole bay and over to Llyn Peninsular.

This is a house to love, and with new owners, the visitors book says it all. 'great'.

Bedrooms & bathrooms are lovingly furnished, even the back bedroom has a sea view.

Would recommend this house to all who appreciate good taste and comfort.
Oct 2014
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Criccieth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Toilet 2 - toilet
  • Ground floor toilet near to bedroom 1 En suite bathroom with toilet and bath to bedroom 2 First floor toilet and bath/shower next to bedroom 3 large family bath/shower room next to bedroom 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: On the ground floor bedroom 1 a twin bedroom First floor bedroom 2 double bedroom and a side view of the sea. First floor bedroom 3 twin bedroom. Second floor bedroom 4 master bedroom with super king bed with sea view
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Ardro has been accredited 5* stars self-catering by visit Wales. The views are stunning from the front terrace this is the ideal place for watching the dolphins. The dining room, lounge and master bedroom all look over to the sea and mountains. On the ground floor there is a twin bedroom and close by a downstairs toilet. The First floor bedroom has a double bedroom and a side view of the sea. Also on the First floor is a twin bedroom. Second floor is the master bedroom with super king bed with sea view. There are 3 bathrooms in Ardro. The kitchen is ideal for a large family with an added bonus of a wood burning stove. (By the way the house has full central heating but we thought it would add extra coziness to the house) Outside: The front terrace is the ideal place to be sitting with your morning coffee or in the evening with your wine while marvelling at the views and sunsets. At the rear of the property is a lovely little courtyard with ceramic pots and outdoor furniture; a real sun trap and perfect for al-fresco dining. And as the day draws to an end you can listen to the rolling waves that will gently send you to sleep Utility Room: The Utility room has washing machine and coin operated dryer. Coat rack, a clothes air. The utility room leads to the down stairs toilet. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Ardro will have been professionally cleaned for your arrival and all linen, towels are provided. We also provide a welcome pack. If it would help you we would be happy to receive a grocery order from either Tesco or Asda.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

5 Star Luxury House With Stunning Sea Views. Ideal for couples or large families
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Great location, wonderful house and amazing service

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in driving rain, but were very welcomed by the owners. We have stayed in many VRBO's, but this was the best experience. The hosts met us on site, provided us with a welcome pack and even had the kettle on. The house is fantastic, plenty of room and very well maintained. It was perfect for our group of 8, 6 adults and 2 children. If the weather is nice, you can sit out front and watch for dolphins. We wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello the Epps family many thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your break and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Jane and Mark P
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Ardro - the house is lovely with beautiful sea and castle views, ideally placed for beaches and town centre.

Jane is extremely organised and welcoming and the house is spacious and very well furnished.

The town has several restaurants, pubs and cafes along with an excellent fish and chip shop and ice-cream parlour.

I would recommend the property to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kate for a lovely view, we are so pleased you had a relaxing break and hope to see you all again soon.
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Wonderful New Year break

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house , clean , comfy , with great views of the sea & beach

Had fab break with family , for New Year with fireworks on the beach.

The owners made us feel so welcome , and thought of everything you need for a really relaxing time . Would certainly recommend

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your break and the house. Thank you and we hope that we'll welcome you and your lovely family back for a future holiday. Best wishes Jane and Mark P
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Fabulous place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous weeks holiday in Ardro.... lovely home with everything you could need. Great hosts that make you feel really welcome - nothing too much trouble. First class position in Criccieth, close to castle with fab sea views from dining room, lounge and master bedroom. Lots of great places to eat nearby as well as takeaways if you want... icing on cake was seeing dolphins in the sea while enjoying morning coffee in the lounge. Would love to stay again if we return to the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. Glad you all had a wonderful family time at Ardro, Its so unusual to see the Dolphins this time of year, obviously the mild weather kept them performing in the bay. Love to welcome you all back soon. Jane and Mark P
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Holiday 'Dream Home'

  • 5 of 5

We had literally walked in through the door and our grandson pleaded, "Can we come back here next year?" Jane and Mark have a fabulous family home and are such gracious owners. Ardro has been beautifully refurbished and offers top notch comfort. Everything we needed was at our finger tips and Jane and Mark were only a phone call way had we needed them.

We had various family staying with us throughout the week and all of them fell in love with Ardro - as seasoned self caterers in Criccieth that is quite a recommendation!

Our only concern is that Mark and Jane will take early retirement and permanent residence, then we wouldn't be able to go back!

There is so much to do in and around the area, but a highlight this year was Llama Trekking near Black Rock Sands - you need to book in advance.

The house details on the website are accurate but they can't convey the ambience of this warm and welcoming holiday home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lynda We're delighted that you enjoyed your break and the house. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in May next year.
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Very impressive

  • 5 of 5

House very well equipped. Lovely views onto north Sea don't think pictures do total justice for this House! We had 7 people stay here very roomy and also very clean. Very impressed. Also lovely places to eat, castle Inn, Dylan'so and also spice bank takeaway. Very well placed for many places to visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

This is the ideal base for exploring the mountains and beaches of Snowdonia. Criccieth town is a 5 minute walk down the hill. Porthmadog marina and Pwllheli are a short drive. The Italiante Village of Portmeirion is a 15 minute drive away from Ardro. Fishing can be organised on your behalf if you require. Why not try the biggest fastest zip wire based in Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda which is 20 minutes away from Criccieth. If that's a bit on the wild side you could try go karting at Glasfryn a 15 minutes drive from Criccieth.


50 m walk from our front door is a sandy beach, or Black Rock Beach with it's huge sandy bay is a 5 minute drive away from Ardro. The stunning beaches of the LLlyn Peninsula are on your doorstep. Abersoch, Nefyn are within easy reach of Criccieth.


The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester. The nearest ferry port is at Holyhead on the island of Anglesey. Criccieth train station is a 5 minute walk form the property.


Portmadog is a short drive approx. 10 minutes

Pwllheli 15 minutes

Further Details:

You wont have to travel far. Shop local we have a lovely selection of shops including, bakery, fruit and veg shop, post office, office licence, florist. If you like eating out we have a large selection of restaurants and pubs to tingle any taste bud! If you need you need a large supermarket we have Tescos at Portmadog, Aldi in Portmadog and Asda in Pwllhel.


Rates & Availability

Criccieth House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
July holidays
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer holidays
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Bank holiday break
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September break
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn School holidays
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter breaks
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $258.72

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the balance payable eight weeks prior to arrival. We ask for a cautionary £200.00 deposit against breakages and additional cleaning charges. Please note the service fee is paid to Owners direct and not to the owners. IF YOU WISH NOT TO PAY OWNERS DIRECT A SERVICE FEE PLEASE PHONE THE OWNERS BEFORE BOOKING.
The service fee is paid by the traveller when booking through the HomeAway websites. This fee covers the cost of providing 24/7 customer support. So if you don't want to pay this please delete from your booking fee. you can contact the owners anytime on 01928 590450 or email

Changeover Day:
Change over is normally Saturday to Saturday. Arrive 3.30 and leave the following Saturday at 10.00 am. We are flexible on change over days and times so please ask.

Notes on prices:
We offer mid week breaks( Sunday - Thursday) and weekend breaks. For 2 people to 8. Please feel free to call for more information. Our weekend breaks are generally £300- £350.00 per night depending on the season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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