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Stunning Edwardian Villa And Private Gardens With Beautiful Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Portmeirion, Nr. Porthmadog, Wales - Peaceful And Private Location With Attractions Nearby

Hafod Cae Maen is a beautiful Edwardian Villa that has been refurbished to a high standard. It is set on a headland and its beautiful gardens are very private. The views from the property are wonderful. It is a lovely place to relax in, whether in front of a real fire or while gazing at the view from the garden. Alternatively it is an ideal base for exploring the many attractions of North Wales - the sweeping beaches, the Ffestinniog and Welsh Highland Railways, the Italianate Village of Portmeirion, historic castles and plenty more besides.

Please note that we can generally only offer changeover days on Fridays (and Mondays out of high season) but unfortunately are not able to show this properly on Owners Direct.

Our cancellation policy is nowhere near as strict as suggested on our listing but unfortunately we cannot shoe-horn our policies into Owners Direct's options. Full details are provided on our booking form/terms and conditions.

More Details

Paul and Claire
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Paul and Claire

Having spent many childhood holidays in North Wales with my grandparents, I (Paul) fell in love with the area and became a volunteer on the Ffestinniog Railway. I stumbled across Hafod Cae Maen a few years ago, befriended Kitty the owner and expressed an interest in buying the beautiful house and gardens should she ever wish to sell. I was working in Botswana when Kitty and her family asked whether I was still interested, and jumped at the chance (and onto a plane). I bought Hafod Cae Maen in 2006 and undertook an extensive refurbishment. It was great fun but a mammoth task. I learned first hand how not to manage budgets! I have since married and my wife, Claire, and our little boy Matthew and black labrador Charlie visit as often as we can. We are delighted to share our lovely home.

Paul and Claire purchased this house in 2006

Why Paul and Claire chose Porthmadog

My father's parents lived in Minffordd and when I was a small boy we spent every summer here with my grandfather. My parents and four boys somehow squeezed into my grandfather's tiny cottage and saluted the trains from the Ffestinniog Railway as they passed, only inches away. We had the most fantastic summers, spending many hours on the beautiful and deserted beaches. For a while I thought we had our own beach!

Hafod Cae Maen is very private but is close to many attractions including the Ffestinniog and Welsh Highland Railway, the Italianate Village of Portmeirion, stunning castles, beautiful beaches, Snowdonia National Park and plenty more besides. There is something for everyone!

What makes this house unique

The historic house is absolutely beautiful, as are the gardens. The property is extremely private and children can amuse themselves in the garden, playhouse or snug as they (or you) prefer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Porthmadog in Talsarnau

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom has a loo and a bath with a shower attachment. The shower room also contains a loo. There is a separate loo downstairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The Rhinog and Portmeirion Rooms are large with king size beds. The Moel Y Guest and Cnicht Rooms are cosy and can be made up as either two singles or one king sized bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Notes on accommodation: The house has been lovingly refurbished to a high standard and has great character. A wide variety of pictures adorn the walls. Outside: There is a large mature private garden of approximately two acres. It contains a playhouse for children, a barbecue, and two garden tables with chairs. There are also a few deckchairs. Utility Room: The utility room contains a washing machine, tumble dryer and a small table top freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding are included. As well as routine cleaning between guests and housekeeping on Fridays for guests staying more than a week, additional housekeeping can be provided for an additional charge. Other: There is a small office area adjacent to the library with a writing desk. There is also a porch where coats and boots can be stored. Finally there is a snug adjacent to the kitchen which has a TV and a CD/radio.


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Stunning Edwardian Villa And Private Gardens With Beautiful Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

A Stunning beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Located in beautiful surroundings with stunning views across the estuary, situated off a private road with tranquil privacy and all that can be heard is the sound of the birds and the bees. All you need is here believe me.

Great for family and kids, with lots of places to visit including the lovey Italian Village of Portmeirion, The beaches of Black Rock Sands In nearby Borth-y-Guest and Harlech Castle is but a short drive away and well worth a visit.

Plenty of shops and a Large Tesco in Porthmadog are just a 5 minute drive away.

Gwen welcomed us with a warm charming smile and tasty welcome pack, She also took delivery of our supplies from Tesco which made our settling down and relaxing so much easier. She has great local knowledge and makes you feel very welcome.

We chose the perfect weekend with glorious weather to entertain our extended family for my mother’s 75th gathering.

Would we recommend this beautiful home, Hell no, we want it all for ourselves:-)

On a serious note though we are definitely booking again for another 4 stays next year, we have stayed in Portmeirion village for many years but this home has won our hearts from now on.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Philip Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are really pleased that you loved the house as much as we do and so pleased you want to return - and not just once! We look forward to welcoming you again soon, Claire
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Glorious hidden gem in Wales

  • 5 of 5

“Top-class facilities, complete privacy, heaven for London escapees”

5 of 5 stars

This beautiful house in the perfect get-away for stressed-out urbanites. It combines complete privacy from the outside world, and breath-taking views, with all the comforts and furnishings of an elegant and smart family home. Drinks, in the library, before dinner on a freezing night with a roaring fire was heaven.

If you're heading to North Wales and looking for luxury, seclusion and scenery, it has to be Hafod Cae Maen.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Escapee from London - thank you so much for your review. We are really delighted that you loved the place so much. We love it too, and wish we could escape there from London more often ourselves! Please come and visit us again at some point. Best wishes, Claire
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Hafod Cae Maen - what a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house in an idyllic location. Kids played endless hours of hide and seek in the amazing garden, toys in playhouse all great. Steam train rides another hit, also going to the underground slate mines. Beautiful beaches walking distance from the house. The house itself is very specious, loved the library where we escaped at times from the kids, who were more than happy in the family room with the board games provided. The weather was kind to us, so we felt rested and relaxed at the end of our stay. We hope very much to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nicola - thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed the house and its surroundings. Please come again! Best wishes, Claire
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There are a number of beaches nearby. Particular favourites are Harlech and Black Rock Sands. You can even walk to a beach from the house if you have sturdy shoes and a sense of adventure!


Use of car is essential to take your luggage and provisions to the property but once you are there you may not need to use it for the rest of your holiday. It depends on the type of holiday you wish to have.


Portmeirion, the Italianate Village is a few hundred yards away as the crow flies. You can either drive or walk there. Porthmadog, a terminus for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, is about 3 miles away.

Further Details:

Porthmadog is the nearest town and contains a few shops including a large Tesco (many guests arrange a Tesco shop to be delivered on the day of their arrival). There is an excellent butchers in Penryhndeudraeth, a couple of miles away - D G Davies, 01766 770 239. At the time of writing there is a farmers' market in Porthmadog on the last Saturday of each month. Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is more of a trek being in Conwy, but it gets very good reviews so may be worth it if you are real foodies!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Porthmadog, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Jun/Jul 18
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct half term 2018
12 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct other half term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018
9 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Please contact Claire and Paul, the owners.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Fridays. Outside peak season weekend and midweek breaks are also possible, with Monday being an additional changeover day. Arrival is from 4pm and departure by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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