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North Wales Holiday Cottage, Y Felinheli, Snowdonia, Sleeps 4, 3 Bedrooms

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

3 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Private Annex, former Victorian Laundry in the Vaynol Park



This rural hidden gem is a private, self -contained annexe of a former Victorian laundry, situated in the 1100 acres of glorious woodlands and fields that comprise the historic Faenol Park. Faenol Park occupies a unique position on the banks of the Menai Straits halfway between the University town of Bangor and Royal Caernarfon. The Escape presides over open fields, indigenous trees, with a magnificent mountainous backdrop of Snowdonia.

This unique bright and airy space retains many of its original features; high vaulted paneled ceilings, fantastic wooden beams, and five vaulted floor to ceiling picture windows. The essence and integrity of this light spacious atmosphere has been enhanced by the empathetic refurbishment using natural paints, colours and furnishings that make this wonderful space feel part of the surrounding landscape.

This private, centrally heated Self- contained annexe of a former Victorian laundry has plenty of free adjacent parking, as well as a covered area where you could store bikes.

The Escape is truly a space for comfortable and easy living, yet stylish in its simplicity. Here you will never be cold or uncomfortable, a fully central heated space, with on demand hot water; as well as a design that gives all the feel and benefits of living in a conservatory!

The large slate entrance hall provides plenty of space for equipment, outdoor clothes and shoes and even the dog bed!

The bright well-equipped kitchen is a joy to use and facilitates social interaction. The intimate, modern dining area and airy light lounge provide space for separate activities.

The two single bedrooms provide privacy and snugness, both are welcoming and comfortable. One is excitingly situated in a crog loft, the other self contained and ideal for those with limited mobility. Up in the roof, from the galleried king bedroom, you experience not only the views, but also an expansive sense of space, as if in an eerie.

Once here you will find you sleep deeply and wake refreshed to the sounds of birdsong, the fresh sea air and for early risers a glimpse of the sun colouring the mountains or the roe deer grazing below your window.

Enjoy a summer breakfast in the garden, with private, uninterrupted views.

Right from the front door, within minutes, you can stroll leisurely or with purpose on numerous local walks along the coastal path on the Menai Straits.

After a day of discovery or adventure, take time to relax outside in your own private, fenced, garden enjoying afternoon tea; or as dusk approaches chill with a glass of wine awaiting the numerous bats and start of the owls anthem. Here you are perfectly placed to identify constellations and the Milky Way (Snowdonia has 'Dark Sky' status).

More Details

Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, A little German, Dutch, French, Spanish, & Welsh
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

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 cottage in 2010

Why Kim Bernard & Martin Powdrill chose Y Felinheli

A chance holiday with friends brought us to Snowdonia and we re-acquainted ourselves with the dramatic splendour and charm of this special area of north Wales. Our wonderful eclectic home here, a former Victorian Laundry found us. It not only provided us with the ideal space to live the life we desired, but also to create a successful Personal development and training business.

The unique setting and unusual building also enabled us to provide this amazing experience for guests.

Initially we were so taken with the annexe, the former boiler room, (now The Escape) we colonised it ourselves, and made it our living area. However, as our business has developed, and we have now renovated the front Victorian house, we decided to upgrade this wonderful space and provide this opportunity for our guests to enjoy this special place.

What makes this cottage unique

The Escape is a perfect retreat, for those in search of a tranquil, rural haven, with uninterrupted views, as well as a warm, comfortable and sociable open-plan space with every facility for easy living and ample room for four people to enjoy their week together!

A truly unique space to stay, an experience in itself, created for those who yearn for time out in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. From the moment you arrive, you will receive a warm Welsh welcome (Croeso) with a hamper to get things going, and feel the strains and pressures of everyday life float away……

Here you can really get away from it all, and yet it is readily accessible and well placed to begin all sorts of adventures! Be advised however, once you have discovered this hidden gem, you will want to come back again!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have all had a wonderful time at ' The Escape ' and want to thank you so much for your hospitality. We have felt right at home and everything we have needed has been here. I will definitely be recommending 'The​ Escape' to all my friends. If we don't see you in the morning, thank you so much for everything and it was lovely to meet you both.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Y Felinheli in Llanddaniel Fab

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 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 ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Slate-tiled wet room with shower
  • The bathroom is slate-tiled, with open walk-in shower, washbasin, and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Galleried main bedroom with King-Size bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Crog-Loft Bedroom with Single Bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Bedroom with Single Bed
  • 3 bedrooms. The main bedroom is galleried, with a king-size bed. The other 2 bedrooms, one of which is a crog-loft, are single beds. Please note that the single crog-loft bedroom is accessed via reasonably steep steps with handrails.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The property was refurbished in early Spring 2016. Very bright, airy, and spacious living space. Views from the living area and main bedroom across the fields and the hills in the distance.


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North Wales Holiday Cottage, Y Felinheli, Snowdonia, Sleeps 4, 3 Bedrooms
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 27 reviews

Cottage holiday at its best!

  • 5 of 5

The Escape’s location is scenic, secluded and idyllic yet with easy access to all that the surrounding area has to offer. And if you prefer to leave your car at home, there’s a bus stop at the end of the lane with regular service to Bangor and Caernarfon, both of which are beautiful towns in their own right but through which you can link to other destinations.

The cottage is inviting, comfortable, and fully furnished and equipped. If you want or need something, you will most likely find it. Martin and Kim have thought of everything, right down to the most ingenious measuring cup we have ever seen. And the audio system produces some of the finest sound we have every heard.

The town of Y Felinheli is an easy walk via footpaths within the estate and along the Coastal Path. Your payoff is great views along the paths, a charming harbor as you enter town, and some great cafes, restaurants and lively pubs. There is also a gym in the town that offers inexpensive day passes.

If you’re looking for a cottage in this area and The Escape is available, stop your search. Book your visit before someone beats you to it. You won’t find anything else like it. And Kim and Martin will make certain your stay is comfortable and worry free.

Jan and Katie

Pennsylvania and Indiana, USA

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable Welsh Rare Bit

  • 4 of 5

This is indeed a rare bit of Wales !

The "Escape" is a well furnished recently renovated property overlooking the countryside just next to the Menai Straights. I had lots of sheep for neighbours or should that be baaabours.

The hosts were excellent communicators and left me free wine, fresh eggs and a homemade loaf - all consumed.

The only downside was an extremely scary cactus that resembled the medusa's head of snakes that I was convinced grew an inch nearer me each day.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful escape

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at "The Escape". The location is ideal and "The Escape" is truly a home away from home. Beautifully done and very cosy. It also has everything you need in terms of cooking utensils, dishwasher, etc (this is quite rare). We highly recommend it.

And thank you so much Kim and Martin for helping us out with our little "predicament" :-)

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a lovely quirky quiet cottage with everything you could need for an Escape.

  • 5 of 5

Restful and quiet. Able to walk and cycle from the cottage. Good sleeps. Lovely kitchen to cook in and lovely views across the fields and lots of pheasants to watch. Really enjoyed our stay here. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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totally relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

1 week wasn't long enough. Lovely location, a home-from-home property. Historic castles, lofty mountains, beautiful strolls from the house, good beer and food!

Property beautifully clean and comfortable, missing nothing. Owners were there if you needed anything. It's a pity we're elsewhere for Christmas! Certain to come back, the most ideal location for accessing North Wales and the three main mountain ranges.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great 5 days away

  • 4 of 5

wonderful reception from a lovely couple kim and martin who were really helpful with any advice we needed. Homely accommodation and great location for day trips to snowdonia

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Gardfon Inn , Y Felinheli
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Bangor Station
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
The Gardfon Inn , Y Felinheli
Car: necessary

Situated on the north wales Coast, in the pretty harbour village of Y Felinheli, with direct access to the All Wales Coastal Path. An ideal holiday location, offering something for all ages. Spend your time exploring, touring, walking, biking, bird watching in the dramatic splendour of Snowdonia; as well as sampling local food and enjoying harbour towns, beaches, countryside and castles, all on your doorstep.

Y Felinheli itself is of significant historic interest, formerly Port Dinorwic, one of the busiest slate export businesses in Britain in its time. Remnants of this past history remain, in its design and infrastructure; and photographs and pictures adorn the local Tafarn Y Garddfon, where you can spend time on the seafront. There is also a main post office, restaurant and a popular cafe. The nature inspired theme park, The Greenwood centre is just up the road, as is the National Water Sports Centre for Wales – Plas Menai. The historic Telford’s suspension bridge at Menai Bridge is a few miles up the road by car or bike; or a couple of hours walk along the coastal path, from the front door.

The former railway line, now a national cycle/walking path, passes through Y Felinheli and from here you can cycle off road not only to Bangor, but nearly down to Porthmadog.

Y Felinheli is halfway between Royal Caernarfon with its famous castle and bustling walled town, offering activities as diverse as cruising along the Straits, crabbing in the harbour, the theatre or award wining dining out. From here you can take The Welsh Highland railway and experience the incredible scenery and bygone days of steam. Just outside Caernarfon you can find Snowdonia riding stables, and Dinas Dinlle offers a long sandy beach. The University City of Bangor offers an impressive cathedral, a grand university, a pier spanning halfway across the Straits and a brand new Arts complex.

A short 15-minute drive will take you to the foot of Snowdonia in Llanberis; from here you can walk or take the train. Or re-live the history of the Slate Industry at the Museum or experience the amazing electric mountain.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Damage Deposit £150


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 3.00 pm and departure time is by 10.00 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.