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Cosy Secluded Holiday Cottage With Gardens And Enclosed Courtyard



Updated: 20-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

About the property

Holiday Cottage near Criccieth, Close To The Sea, Beaches And Snowdonia National Park

A recently refurbished Elizabethan stone cottage with a huge inglenook fireplace. It has its own private courtyard with a BBQ and a picnic table. The cottage has an enclosed garden which opens onto a large private estate. The grounds of the Trefan estate extend to 30 acres of parkland and woodland bordered by the river Dwyfor - ideal for 'wild' swimming and fishing. There are woodland walks, jogging routes and an abundance of wildlife, especially badgers. A pathway runs along the river all the way to the local village Llanystumdwy. Llanystumdwy is a small village just half a mile away from the holiday cottage. The village pub serves excellent food. Criccieth is a quaint seaside town and is just 1.5 miles away, with a great selection of restaurants, pubs, shops, cafes and a health centre. A trip to Criccieth Castle gives excellent views across the bay and surrounding countryside and a visit to the famous Cadwalader's ice cream shop is a must.

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About the Owner

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2017

About The Owner

Margaret Hackman

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1949

11 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


A fantastic find!

  • 5 of 5

By far and away the most well equipped holiday cottage we have ever stayed in (over the years we have rented many). We arrived to a wonderful welcome basket and our every need had been catered for in the cottage. The owners were incredibly accommodating but never intrusive. The grounds are stunning and both our children and dogs made full use of them and enjoyed them immensely. The cottage was an oasis of calm to return to after a busy day out. It was our first visit to Trefan Hall but I can safely say it will not be our last.

I rarely write reviews, however we were so pleased with the cottage and grounds, I felt I could not pass up the opportunity to pass on a gem. Having a changeable week weather wise, we were able to view it as both a sunny holiday home (wonderful for walks in the woods and down the river) and a snuggly winter get away (cosy log burner). We can safely say it is suitable for all seasons!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Super holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just arrived back from a wonderful weeks vacation in this beautiful cottage & amazing garden/park... The cottage itself is very cosy and very well equipped. The garden is wonderful, Margaret & Colin (the owners) very kindly allowed our three dogs open access to the grounds, they and us humans really didn't want to leave... So much to do in the area, but after being out all day exploring it was so nice to return to the cottage and have a nice drink out in the gardens.. Thank you Margaret & Colin for a wonderful week, we will return...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical Trefan Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed yet another [4th time] holiday at Trefan Cottage. It is more beautiful than ever. Near the sea near the shops and near the pubs. What more could you ask?!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Warm and cosy, fantastic location, stunning surroundings, so very peaceful, beautiful coastline, excellent friendly hosts............what more can I say JUST PERFECT.

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from our week in this stunning little cottage. The owners Margaret and Colin were so nice and welcoming...with a lovely welcome pack of eggs, wine, cake and milk. The location is perfect for visiting the whole Llyn Peninsular or Snowdonia . The weather was kind for this time of year and the log burner made for warm sleepy evenings. The grounds were perfect for our three cocker spaniels . We also took my 77 year old Mum for her birthday and she slept better than she has for a long while. We will be back.... when it is a bit warmer. We noticed in the visitors book that lots of guests have been back 3 or 4 times and I can see why .

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cottage heaven

  • 5 of 5

Sadly just returned from our 2 week holiday in this lovely cottage. The cottage itself is comfortable with everything you need for a great holiday away from the hectic pace of the city. The setting is fantastic with a enclosed courtyard garden full of shrubs and flowers and a new gas bbq. The courtyard is sheltered from any wind and we made use of this on several occasions. On the other side of the cottage you have a cottage garden with table and chairs then beyond this you have access to the pond and large grounds that really make your holiday. River swimming within 2 mins walk and 15 min walk down the river brings you to the village pub which serves lovely meals. The owners Colin and Margaret who live in the large hall adjoining the property are really friendly and welcomed us with a lovely welcome pack and fresh eggs in our second week. All in all a great holiday competitively priced and we will be returning for Christmas 2014.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : liverpool at 100 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : llanystumdwy at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : holyhead at 55 Kilometres Nearest Golf : criccieth at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : criccieth at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : criccieth at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : criccieth at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


Criccieth beach is just 1.5 miles from the holiday cottage. Porthmadog is located just 4 miles away with its bustling harbour and The Welsh Highland Railway Station. The world famous Pwllheli sailing facilities are also 4 miles away.


By train - Cambrian Coast line to Criccieth (connection from Shrewsbury) which is 2 miles from Llanystumdwy. The journey from Machynlleth to Criccieth is considered to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Through trains (and connections via Machynlleth or Dovey Junction) to Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Wolverhampton. Intercity to Bangor (London/Euston to Holyhead) which is 25 miles from Llanystumdwy.

By car - directions to Trefan Holiday Cottage are available on our website.


Portmeirion is a beautiful Italianate resort village located near Porthmadog, approx 5 miles from the cottage. Portmeirion is famous for the filming of The Prisoner and has been the setting for other film and television productions. It boasts an exquisite range of shops, restaurants, hotels and beautiful, scenic walks.

Further Details:

The History of Trefan - Trefan cottage was built in 1540 on foundations laid down in the fourteenth century. It is built in stone with immensley thick walls making it very cosy and warm.

The Hughes family which occupied the cottage became very wealthy and built Trefan Hall. When John Wynn Hughes died in 1792, his estate extended to two thousand acres.

The acrimonious legal battle following his death led to a change in the laws of inheritance such was the national scandal of his widow's eviction. The winner of that legal battle was the Priestley family from Yorkshire. It was their management of the Trefan estate which so antagonised the young David Lloyd George. His family home was on the periphery of the estate.

Lloyd George's attitude to the priviledge and dominance of the landlords was undoubtedly influenced by the power of the vast Trefan estate. In due course, his hostility led to his introduction of swingeing land taxes when he became Chancellor of the Exchequer.

It was said that his reforms "laid axe to the root of the tree of landlordism." The Trefan estate covered two thousand acres before Lloyd George, it is now a very beautiful thirty acre private park! His political reforms were very effective.

Castles - If you like castles, you'll love North Wales. Including Criccieth, Harlech and Caernarfon to name just a few.

Snowdon - Snowdonia National Park includes the world famous Snowdon Mountain. If you're not a mountain climber don't worry, you'll find the Snowdon Mountain Railway right up your street.

Sailing - The boating facilities are ideal from the nearby marinas of Felinheli, Caernarfon and Pwllheli. Construction of The National Sailing Academy, based in Pwllheli, is due to be completed in 2014. And of course, there are also the harbours of Porthmadog and Barmouth.

Other activities include: Climbing, White Water Rafting, Mountaing Biking, Horse Riding, Fishing and Birdwatching plus miles of Railways to explore!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit of 50% is due when booked and the remaining balance is due 7 days prior to arrival. Please ring Margaret Hackman on 01766 523443

Changeover Day:
Check in time 2.00pm and check out time 10.00am. If you require anything special please contact Margaret Hackman on 01766 523443.

Notes on prices:
There are no extra charges at all. Electricity, oil and logs are all included in the rental.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Updated: 20-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath and wc. Shower room with wc on the ground floor.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with two singles. Bed settee in sitting room. Cot available on request.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: Pets welcome. The Trefan Estate is ideal for both children and pets - a dogs paradise! The cottage enjoys total seclusion surrounded by its own 30 acre parkland ideal for: football, rugby, table tennis, jogging, birdwatching, walking, fishing or whatever. Outside: The cottage has an enclosed garden which opens onto a large private estate, an enclosed, private courtyard with BBQ area and picnic table. The grounds of the private estate extend to 30 acres of parkland and woodland, bordered by the Dwyfor river. There are secure, lockable gates making the holiday cottage child friendly. There is ample parking for cars and boats. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Household linen is provided. The cottage is fully equipped in every respect. There are no extra charges at all. Electricity, oil and logs are all included in the rental.