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A 5* graded home from home with stunning sea views near the centre of Criccieth

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom with sea views. Ideal for couples of families.

Croeso! Welcome to Tirwyddan, which has recently been refurnished and awarded a 5 Star rating by Visit Wales. Tirwyddan is set in a tranquil location near the golf course but is a mere 500 yards from the centre of the pretty, flower-filled town of Criccieth, a regular winner in Wales in Bloom. The house has stunning views of Criccieth Castle and the sea from most rooms.

Tirwyddan is one of 6 detached properties in a small cul-de-sac. It is in a lovely, sunny position with most of the rooms facing south and looking over the well-kept rear garden to Cardigan Bay beyond. The master bedroom boasts a stylish en-suite and has French doors leading to a balcony with a small table and chairs to help you make the most of the view of the castle and the coastline beyond – an amazing way to start the day whilst sipping a morning coffee!

The house offers a high degree of privacy. It is set back from the road and there is very little passing traffic. The most frequently heard sounds are birdsong and the noises of the sheep and hens in the fields behind the house. The atmosphere in our light-filled rooms is warm and welcoming. The house is ideal for families (including those with young children). Many of our visitors return year after year – and some come twice a year!

Well-served by local amenities, this lovely cottage is well placed for all of the fantastic activities and attractions that North Wales has to offer....or simply to relax and unwind in whilst taking in the wonderful views.

The property offers:

- Master en-suite with Balcony & king-size bed, Bedroom 2 with king-size bed, Twin Room (2 singles); 4th bedroom with Bunk Beds. All bedrooms other than the bunk bed room have sea views.

- 4-piece bathroom upstairs, Shower room & Wc downstairs, master en-suite shower room

- Modern well-equipped kitchen with island and granite surfaces offers plenty of preparation space

- Separate Utility/Boot Room with own access (ideal for those seeking outdoor pursuits!)

- Lounge and Kitchen/Diner have sea views

- French windows lead from the dining area and Lounge to the outdoor decking, which has a further table and chairs for al fresco eating (we have a charcoal Weber BBQ on site)

- Parking for up to 3 vehicles on the drive

- Enclosed garden is ideal for children and is tended to weekly by our gardeners

- The town with its shops and restaurants is a 500 yard walk down a hill. The town offers numerous excellent restaurants including Dylan's, Tir a Mor, Poachers and The Moelwyn Hotel as well as an Indian and a new Chinese restaurant. Shops in the town include greengrocer, baker, butcher, delicatessen, mini-market, post office, newsagent, coffee/tea shops and four pubs.

- The beach is a further 200 yards downhill from the town

- The house is well-equipped for babies/toddlers with travel cot, highchair and stair gate all on site.


Criccieth is a magical place and once you fall under its spell, either as an inhabitant or visitor, you find yourself being drawn back time and time again – we once lived there ourselves and were hooked, hence Tirwyddan, our much loved holiday home! Traditionally called the’ pearl of the North Wales coast’, the original mediaeval town grew in the shadow of the 13th castle, developed as a Victorian seaside town and has now blossomed into a thriving seaside town with a wide range of shops and excellent restaurants while remaining largely unspoiled. Despite its sleepy, tranquil air, Criccieth is a vibrant, outward looking community. It has an annual festival in June, and has won numerous awards in Wales and Britain in Bloom. Local groups, and societies flourish. The volunteer lifeboat station is well supported by the community and saves many lives each year. The sound of the maroons going off and the launching of the lifeboat is a regular occurrence, especially in the summer months. It used to be said one could buy anything in Criccieth, and it is still almost true today. Alongside the gift shops you expect to find in a tourist resort, there is a florist, super delicatessen, well stocked Spar, newsagent, excellent greengrocery and fish shop, good butchery, bakery, shoe shop, numerous hair-dressers, beautician, antique shops, art shop and picture framer, and post-office - all in a compact little town. There are great restaurants, cafés, pubs, hotels, a traditional Welsh tea-room, good fish and chip shop and Criccieth’s renowned locally-made ice-cream parlour– Cadwaladr’s. Criccieth has retained much of its Welsh character. You will frequently hear Welsh being spoken and all signs are bilingual so you can have fun trying to get your tongue around some of our place names and perhaps learning a few words– we have left a pronunciation guide and list of useful words and phrases in Tirwyddan to assist you. Criccieth has a long tradition of welcoming visitors young and old, which, continues to today. Let us extend a warm welsh welcome to you too, but be warned, you will probably have to come back again soon, when you will be greeted with “Croeso nol!” – “Welcome back!”

More Details

Jon Morgan
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french, Welsh
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Jon Morgan

I grew up in Criccieth and my father was the local Rector. Work saw my parents move away from the area but they loved it so much that they bought this house so they could visit regularly. Over the years they have extended and totally renovated the house to become the very comfortable holiday home that it is today.

I now have a young family of my own and we have all enjoyed visiting the house regularly and have many friends still in the area from my childhood. So, when my parents decided to sell the house a couple of years ago I couldn't stand the thought of losing it and bought it from them!

We live in Bristol so we don't get the chance to visit as often as we would like, so we rent out the property so that others can hopefully get as much enjoyment out of the house as we do.

Jon Morgan purchased this house in 2014

Why Jon Morgan chose Criccieth

Tirwyddan is a real home from home. It offers all the home comforts you would expect and it is a very relaxing and tranquil place to spend time - in between exploring the local area and all of its many activities and attractions.

Whilst being close to the centre of Criccieth (just a 400 yard walk) the house is in a very peaceful setting on a private road. All the main rooms are south-facing, as is the garden and sun terrace, making it a very light and airy house. Additionally, almost all rooms benefit from fantastic sea views and most also have a view of the Castle too.


Criccieth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Family Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Downstairs Shower Room - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom Ensuite - 1 queen , Master bedroom with ensuite shower room and private balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Room
    Bedroom 4 - 2 child bed , Bunk Beds, best used by children
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming


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A 5* graded home from home with stunning sea views near the centre of Criccieth
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

10/10 fabulous well equipped large house, a short walk from a beautiful town, beach and castle!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay! High spec, immaculately clean and full of provisions in a very peaceful, friendly area! A short walk away from a fabulous town and coast (the butchers and bakers became a daily favourite!) There is so much to do without travelling too far to suit all ages and all well priced. Having never been to Wales before we can positively say that we will be back! We were lucky with great visibility on our snowdon climb but the constant glorious scenery everywhere you go is just as pleasing! We were a family with a 4yr old 8month old and grandparents in their mid 60s and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the house and your first time in Wales! We look forward to welcoming you back some day. Best wishes Jon & Sian Morgan
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A wonderful property in an exceptional location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Tirwyddan with our children and friends. We were very impressed with the property. The house is well maintained and it is furnished and decorated to a high standard. We believe that the location is superb. Everything is within walking distance and the property is positioned in a lovely elevated spot that allowed us to benefit from the stunning sea views. There are pretty gardens to the front and rear of the property which allows the children ample space to run around. The master bedroom, with its own balcony, provides the perfect quiet spot to enjoy a book and the view. We ate outside most evenings, taking advantage of the BBQ and generous decked area. This property certainly feels spacious. We were two families of four and it never felt cramped. I would totally recommend this property and we will certainly be visiting again soon. It really is a home from home and it is well presented with a lovely feel about it.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your very kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Jon & Sian Morgan
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Nearest Airport
185 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Ferry
73 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
400 Metres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: necessary

North Wales boasts a beautiful coastline, the magnificent Snowdonia which is excellent for walking and climbing expeditions, and the Lleyn Peninsula which provides plenty of sailing and water sports opportunities as well as safe sandy beaches to relax on.

The Lleyn Peninsula, locally referred to as The Lleyn, has a very different landscape to the rest of North Wales. The mountains of The Lleyn fall sheer into the sea, but they are broken by wide bays and rocky coves. There are charming little fishing villages and white-washed farms with small, protected fields. The Lleyn is a very beautiful place.

Criccieth sits at the beginning of the Lleyn Peninsula, has a mild climate and is fantastically positioned to take advantage of all that the area has to offer.

Below is some information on Criccieth and some of the other villages on the Lleyn Peninsula.


The town dates back to mediaeval times.  The first castle was built in the 13th century, and the town received its charter as a borough in 1284.  The parish church was also built at the end of the 13th century. 

The town grew slowly until the 19th century, when Porthmadog was developed as a port for exporting slate from the local mines all over the world. Many of the ships that plied their trade there were owned, commanded and manned by men from Criccieth.  With the development of Porthmadog came the new turnpike road, followed in 1867 by the Cambrian railway.  The improved road and rail links led in turn to the development of Criccieth as a Victorian seaside resort.  It still has that air today and is largely unspoilt by modern development


Almost at the end of the Lleyn Peninsula, though you can get further west by following the National Trust's two mile track to Uwchmynydd, a superbly wild headland with views to Bardsey Island off The Lleyn. In fact Aberdaron was once the port for the pilgrims going to Bardsey. Today it is a very pleasant village, with narrow winding streets and a pub worth a stop at for lunch.


Known foremost for sailing, Abersoch's harbour and estuary on the south side of the Lleyn Peninsula are choc a bloc with sailing craft of all shapes and sizes. If you want to sail, then there are plenty of sandy beaches, or try a spot of mackerel fishing off the St Tudwal Islands - the sea off The Lleyn is rich in fish. The St Tudwal Islands themselves are privately owned, but there are regular trips from Abersoch to view the caves and seabirds round the islands. The next bay, Hells Mouth Bay (Porth Neigwl) occupies the south facing cusp at the end of The Lleyn. It is known for its strong rip tides that grind the boulders on the beaches.


David Lloyd George was born in Llanystumdwy and lived just outside Criccieth. He is buried in the village where you will find the Lloyd George museum. The Lleyn is a mecca for those researching Lloyd George.


The town has a long history, dating from Saxon times, continuing with a visit by Edward I in 1284. While 4 miles away is the old smuggling town of Porth Dinllaen on the North Lleyn coast. And four miles north of the town there is a magnificent walk up to the Iron Age encampment, the Town of the Giants (Tre'r Ceiri), from where you get panoramic views.


Porthmadog is your entry point to the Lleyn Peninsula, to the East is the county of Eifionydd. At the mouth of the River Glaslyn, the twin towns of Porthmadog and Tremadog, were built on reclaimed land by a local MP in the 19th century. Today there is a picturesque harbour and sandy bathing beaches. Shelly, the poet, was a regular visitor here, and is said to have written "Queen Mab" in the area.


Portmeirion is close to Porthmadog at the base of The Lleyn, and part of the county of Eifionydd. Built by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is something altogether different. Started in 1926, its design is based on Portofino in Italy. Gardens were planted with exotic plants (which grow well in the mild climate of The Lleyn), an Italian campanile, castle and lighthouse were built. The hotel is today the centre of the village life, and many of the buildings are available for rent. Film makers have naturally been interested in Portmeirion, particularly The Prisoner, the cult Series of the 1960s. Noel Coward wrote Blythe Spirit at Portmeirion.


Pwllheli is the largest resort on the Lleyn Peninsula. The five mile sweep of the South Beach has led to the development of a modern seaside resort at Pwllheli. The town's harbour is a good base for fishing in the seas off the Lleyn Peninsula - mackerel, bass and pollack in particular.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $276.97

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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