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18thC Snowdonia Farmhouse w/ Views of Estuary & Sea to Snowdon & Llyn peninsula

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Harlech, Snowdonia, Wales - Peaceful, Rural Location - Sea and River Views, 1/2m From Nearest Neighbour; Beach - 1.5m

This fabulous, mid-18th century, traditional farmhouse commands superb views over Harlech to the sea, over the beautiful Dwyryd Estuary to Portmeirion and over rolling countryside to the mountains of Snowdonia. Standing detached, it is beautifully decorated, double glazed and oil centrally heated throughout. Outside there is a lovely large front garden with patio area and fabulous views. The house is approached to the front or rear via steps. To the rear is a garden with patio area, as well as a wood store. The holiday property is approximately 1 mile from Harlech village and castle and is approached via a paved part gravel drive (unsuitable for low riding sports cars) over farmland, and the nearest neighbour is probably half a mile away.

Graham Spalding
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Graham Spalding

We live in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, with our 4 children aged 12, 10, 8 and 6. I used to holiday around the Harlech area or up at Nefyn when I was a child and when our children came along, we started to explore the UK once again. We love Snowdonia and had dreamed of buying a holiday home that would give us access to Nefyn and the Lleyn Peninsular; Snowdonia and also the beach. Garth Mawr provides all this as well as great views over the estuary to Snowdon and over the sea and a large garden and neighbouring land to explore which we don't have at home.

Graham Spalding purchased this farmhouse in 2012

Why Graham Spalding chose Harlech

We love Garth Mawr for:- its age - it was built around 1750 and in places the walls are 4 or 5 feet thick;- its character - it has lots of nooks and crannies as well as a huge fireplace in the large lounge;- its remoteness - the nearest neighbour is around half a mile;- its size - our family of 6 often stays with friends and their children, so we might have 10 or 11 with the children sharing together. We love Harlech and Snowdonia for:- the walks at Snowdon, the Glyders or on one of the paths that pass near the house;- the beaches at Harlech, Borth-y-gest, Barmouth, Llandanwg;- the day trips to Nefyn and the Ty Coch (pub) on the beach; Caernarfon; Betsw-y-Coed; the cycle centre and tree ropes in Coed-y-Brenin;- golf at Royal St Davids (a mile from the house) and Nefyn

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love the remoteness of Garth Mawr - at home we live on a main road and wake to the sounds of the rush hour; at Garth Mawr we wake to silence or the sounds of the country - sheep and cattle. Last year my then 11 year old walked the mile to Harlech with his cousin without us knowing - but it was mostly on tracks across fields and a little on a small lane. We love letting the kids off the leash - they play football or hide and seek in the garden or explore the neighbouring fields and make dens. My wife loves the view from the bed in the main downstairs double bedroom - across the Dwyryd Estuary to Portmeirion and Snowdon beyond. We love dozing in front of the log fire after a day out walking or exploring.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A well appointed and tastefully restored old farmhouse with jaw dropping views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Harlech only a short, although steep drive, or walk away, with its fabulous castle and fantastic beaches nearby. We had an amazing and rejuvenating break!
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Harlech in Llanfair

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • The family bathroom has bath, sink and toilet. The 2 ensuite bathrooms have showers and sinks and one also has a sink in the bedroom. In addition there is a further downstairs toilet with shower off.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - bunkbeds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Downstairs there is an ensuite double with sun room and lovely views over estuary to Snowdon; upstairs there is a second ensuite double plus twin room and room with bunk beds, served by a family bathroom. The drop down sofa bed provides the +2 if needed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Notes on accommodation: Garth Mawr is wonderfully tranquil - the nearest house that can be seen is 1/2 a mile across a valley and there are no other houses nearby. The house is very warm when heated due to the thickness of the walls, and retains a lot of character for example an old bread oven off the fireplace; thick wooden beams etc. Outside: Outside there is a large lawned garden to the front - great for hide and seek, football and cricket. Outside the boundary walls are fields to roam and explore and a lovely walk to the top of the hill across the valley which commands superb views. There are 2 barbecues - a gas one and a charcoal one (for the purists). And there's an 8 seater wooden patio set with 2 recliner chairs and parasol. To the rear is a patio area with seated fire pit and log store with wood that can be chopped and used in the fire. Utility Room: The utility has fridge freezer and 2 washing machines and 2 dryers. It also has a downstairs toilet and shower off. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels and linen are provided other than for the sofa bed, for which own linen/sleeping bags will be needed (if used). Other: The dining room has large old pine table and seating for 8, together with 2 easy chairs (to escape TV)


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18thC Snowdonia Farmhouse w/ Views of Estuary & Sea to Snowdon & Llyn peninsula
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 17 reviews

Great house, spacious and well equipped

  • 4 of 5

We stayed over new year, when the weather was particularly wet and windy! If rain is forecast, don't forget your wellies.The drive to the house is not for the faint hearted, but we all agreed that this added to the experience and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. The kitchen is well equipped, the open fire was great, but do buy logs from the house on the main road to Porthmadog and not from Tesco.

A great location with plenty to do and see, although you must book early if wanting to go on the longest/fastest zip wire.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Sarah. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Graham
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I wish I lived here!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Garth Mawr for a group of 30-somethings as a long overdue 10 year reunion of friends.

The setting is absolutely beautiful. Amazing views from the house. Sheep just outside the backdoor and a fantastic garden. The layout of the house and the separate dining room, snug and utility room along with the amount of toilets and showers made the house feel very big and there was plenty of space to get away from each other if we needed it! The kitchen was really well equipped with cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, etc and the big dining room table can sit 8 people.

There are lots of books, videos and board games in the house. You wouldn't need to leave the house if you didn't want to! Whilst in the area we visited Harlech Castle & Beach, Portmerrion, Zipworld Slate Caverns. The rest of the time we spent just enjoying the surroundings of the house and enjoying the lovely open fire in the evenings.

I ordered a Tesco delivery to the house. The driver called me to say they were a little lost so I walked down the lane to meet them and they managed to drive the whole way up to the house. The lane is the only thing to mention, if you have a large car or aren't a confident driver then it may feel a bit tight but we managed to get a Hyundai i800 8-person minivan up & down it over 4 days with just a little guidance from the passengers sticking their heads out the window to direct so it can be done!

I would definitely recommend Garth Mawr as a wonderful place to holiday and would be more than happy to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4 night break away to Snowdonia

  • 4 of 5

Property is great and set in amazing surroundings.

We were a party of 7 (including 3 children), so much space and the facilities were better than advertised.

The owner provided an awesome and very prompt service when booking and throughout the whole process - still is very approachable.

We were there with a plan to walk up Snowdon - which we did, but the weather was so kind. We also visited Harlech Castle, the beach and waterfalls - all within 15-20 mins drive from the house.

Would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

The only negative is that the two double beds could do with having new mattresses (but this didn't stop us all sleeping very soundly every night)

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review! Graham
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Absolutely stunning - better than we imagine!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for Christmas 2016, for 5 nights and had the most amazing time. The cottage was more beautiful than we imagined, remote and had views to die for! It was very well equipped and would comfortably sleep 10 (we had 9, one person slept in the double sofa bed in the snug).

I would suggest arriving before dark as the drive up there is rather hairy in places!! But do not let that put you off, just get your shopping before you arrive so you have everything you need. Not really the sort of place where you can pop out for milk and bread if you have forgotten it! Once there it is the perfect base for for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. We hope to return in the Summer.

If in doubt - BOOK this place! You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the review Jo and glad you enjoyed yourself. Graham
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  • 5 of 5

As you travel to the cottage, up the single track lane, you do wonder where you will end up. The cottage comes into view at the last minute, the setting is breath taking. We were 8 adults, the cottage was very spacious, we never felt cramped or in each other's way. The sitting room, with fire which we lit each evening, had enough space for all of us comfortably. The kitchen was very well stocked. One review that we had read stated Tesco deliver to the door. We put our order in. However, we were contacted by the driver, who felt he could not get up the lane, we went to meet him and carried groceries back. It may be a case of how daring is your driver!

Local attractions, within half hour drive, are excellent. We zip wired at Blaenau Ffestiniog, then lunched at Castell Deudreth (if you have a 2 course lunch, you get free entry to Portmeirion, a saving of £11 each). We also walked up Snowdon, a must if the weather permits. So much that we could have done, if only we'd had the time. We would definitely recommend Garth Mawr, sitting in the garden, bbq going on Sunday evening, was sheer bliss

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning surroundings

  • 4 of 5

This is an ideal family/group retreat for those wanting to get away from it all yet within an area with many beauty spots to visit/experience. The house is set amongst fields of wonderful farm land with the neighbours being cows and sheep, hares and rabbits.

The views are breathtaking overlooking the estuary in one direction and Snowdon in the other.

The house is has many original rustic features with effective heating and hot water. The sheets and towel were immaculate and the beds were very comfortable.

The owner was quick to respond to any queries and always helpful and kind.

Do take the recommended route up to the house rather than any Sat. Nav. directions as the ascent is even more steep and narrow on alternative routes.

We LOVED our stay at Garth Mawr and would gladly return again.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review - we are glad you enjoyed your stay! Graham
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Royal St Davids
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Harlech Train Station
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Harlech Beach


The coast from Barmouth up to Harlech is mostly beach, but our favourites are:

Harlech - 1 mile from Garth Mawr and golden sand and dunes; Borth–y-Gest – a harbour with great covey beaches with pools, crabbing and golden sand; Barmouth – massive sandy beach with a spit for crabbing, dunes to get lost in, cafes and amusements near the town; Llandanwg Beach – just down from Harlech, take the road signed Llandanwg opposite the sign for Llanfair. Beach, rocks for crabbing, cafe.


Garth Mawr is around 2 hours 15 minutes from Liverpool; 2 hours 30 minutes from Manchester and 2 hours 45 minutes from Birmingham. Harlech is also served by the coastal train.


Harlech with its magnificent castle, award winning ice cream parlour, tea shops and antiques is 1 mile from Garth Mawr - a walk across fields and down a country lane, or a drive. Other local places of interest are: Barmouth (20 mins) – traditional seaside resort with large beach, amusements, shops. Portmeirion (30 mins) - Italianate village, made famous by the Prisoner series in the 1960’s; Morfa Nefyn (45 mins) – walk along beach to Ty Coch pub; Coed-y-Brenin (30 mins) – cycling.

Further Details:

Harlech has banks, grocers, sweet shop, tea shops.

For restaurants, for more expensive try the Castle Cottage or Plas in Harlech or Maes-y-Neuadd in Talsarnau (15 minutes); for medium try the Harlech Tandoori or Castle Restaurant (Caribbean) in Harlech or the Victoria Inn in Llanbedr or Ysgethin Inn in Talybont (both 20 mins)

Other things to do nearby: steam train or pony-trekking at Fairborne (20 minutes); swimming at Nantcol Falls (15 minutes); white water rafting at the National White Water Rafting Centre at Bala (45 minutes); day trips to Caernarfon or beautiful Betws-y-Coed (45 mins)


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To make a booking contact or raise an enquiry contact or call (and leave message if not answered). A £200 deposit is taken at the time of booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before holiday date.

Changeover Day:
Changeovers are Fridays for 7 night stay and 3 night stays and Mondays for 4 night stays, though we can be flexible

Notes on prices:
Pricing varies throughout the year of course. Our starting point is to take the Cottages4you price and discount from there, generally by 25%. This gives a weekly range throughout the year of around £500 per week to £1,400 per week. We can discuss pricing if you are interested in booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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