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Talsarnau, Harlech
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A characterful cottage nestled between the beaches along the east coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Ideal for a diverse holiday.

Hillside is located in the small village of Talsarnau, which sits between Harlech and Porthmadog and is a great location to discover the beauty of North Wales. The village has a pub, bistro serving food, train station and beautiful estuary walks. Formerly two cottages, Hillside now offers 3 bedroom accommodation, as well as a well-equipped kitchen, separate dining room and living room with an open fire for cosy nights in. As a former slate miners cottage, Hillside retains some of the old charm of times gone by, including an open fire, exposed floor boards and slate floor. Electric radiators throughout provide guests with instant heat for colder evenings. Guests can access the terraced garden from the rear bedroom, as well as from the kitchen downstairs. The garden terrace with garden furniture provides a sunny spot to relax and unwind after a long day walking, sightseeing or at one of the local beaches or tourist attractions. Local amenities including cash point machine, convenience store, cafes, takeaways, fish and chip shop, antique shops and post office are only a 5-minute drive to Harlech. Hillside is well-located for many visitor attractions, the famous Portmeirion Italian style village is a short drive and has been the location for many films, as well as the hit 1960’s television show ’The Prisoner’. The famous Ffestiniog Railway will take you on a spectacular journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, whilst the Snowdon Mountain Railway is the easy way of getting to the summit of Mount Snowdon, or you can explore the ruins of Harlech Castle, a World Heritage site. Talsarnau Estuary is easily accessible by foot from the property, where you can take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Travel a little further and go hiking in the mountains of Snowdonia or fishing at Lake Trawsfynydd. There are many beaches near to Hillside including Harlech and Black Rock Sands by the town of Porthmadog, where further amenities including larger supermarket, petrol station independent cafes and shops can be found. Shop 4½ miles and pub 25 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. 1 step to dining room. 1 step to kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library. Board games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Terraced garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: 12 steps from the back door to the terraced garden.

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  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • StairgateStairgate
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2016
    Great cottage in all aspects apart from a road side location would not be good for some.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 24/06/2016
    The cottage was comfortable, well equipped and in a great location.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 30/05/2016
    There should be a warning about the very steep and narrow stairs, particularly for people with walking difficulties, this would have been a big problem. No garden as such and steps up to an area with table and chairs very steep. The shower was either hot or cold. No shops nearby, just a pub which served great food. On our 3 night stay were only able to park in front of cottage on one occasion, had to park a good way down the road other 2 days. Other than the above it was a pleasant cottage to stay in with plenty of crockery and cutlery.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Guests looking to stay in a characterful old miners cottage will enjoy the quirky features of Hillside. The rear terrace is well positioned for sunny days, and can be accessed via the external steps with hand rail or through the rear bedroom patio door. Inside stairway has handrails on both sides to assist guests who may need it, with a small landing after the first few steps to catch your breath if required. Faults and breakages will happen, contacting the housekeeper by phone during your stay is the quickest way to resolve them. This also gives us the opportunity to put things right before you leave and gives you our guests the best chance of enjoying your holiday at Hillside. As owners we can't unbreak what has been broken, but we will do what we can to repair it. Once unpacked at Hillside, some guests take the bus or the train and leave their car where it is. Train and bus stops are both within walking distance from the cottage and will give you a great vantage point from which to sit back, relax and enjoy this area of natural beauty.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2016
    Kitchen didn't have a tin opener that worked or oven clothes - little things but improvisation was tricky. We didn't realise until our last day but a neighbours dog had been entering the garden - it had messed in the gravel seating area 14 times over 3 days! It was disgusting - not blaming anyone but the dog MUST be kept out in future

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/07/2015
    The cottage was wonderfully fitted out with lovely furniture and it had a washing machine which we took full advantage of. We spent many evenings playing table games with our children after exploring the Harlech area. We have a special needs daughter and usually she starts crying to go home by day two and by day three we give in and go home, something about the cottage let us stay the whole seven days. Our youngest son celebrated his birthday there and had a lot of fun playing around in the dining room. The only down side is sometimes there was not immediate parking outside the cottage there was bad wi-fi reception but we knew that was due to the area not the house and finally my son brought his PS3 and could not connect it to the TV even with the correct cables. Overall a great holiday in a fantastic location

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 24/07/2015
    The downstairs area of Hillside was great. It had a large dining area and a comfy, modern sitting room, with new carpets and lots of comfy seating. The kitchen was well equipped but some of the pans and pots in the cupboards were dirty and so were some of the insides of the cupboards. The downstairs loo needed a door and smelled awful. The upstairs was disappointing as every bed had animal hairs all over the blankets and in the beds. The fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms were unusable as they were full of cobwebs and dirt. The drawers were dirty inside and a few were broken, as was the wardrobe in one of the bedrooms. Having a dirty, blocked vacuum cleaner in the wardrobe was horrible too. The toilets made a terrible noise when they were flushed. The shower needed a good scrub, and, ideally, needed replacing. I know the place is old, but there was a distinct smell of damp which lingered on our clothing. The location wasn't ideal either in terms of children as there was nowhere for the children to go beyond the cottage. It was more suited for walkers. On the surface it looked good but it was a big disappointment and we wouldn't stay again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: As owners we welcome all feedback on Hillside, especially where the information enables us to improve the service and standards we provide. With regard to the points raised, the subsequent guests actually contacted us immediately after their departure, to advise that there was an issue with the toilet, once we were aware of this, the toilet was quickly assessed and a replacement Saniflo unit installed as the previous system had been broken. With regard to cleanliness, we take this very seriously with regular spring cleans being undertaken, which includes having to re wash pans etc, after guest use. Re the location, most visitors like to take walks around the local area and take in the views from the road behind the cottage. The area itself is one of the most stunning in Wales and forms part of Snowdonia with many walks available. I appreciate this doesn't suit all visitors, so when booking please keep in mind, having a car may help you achieve the best out of this property and the area. As will a good pair of walking shoes. As owners, we work on timely notification results in a timely response. We thank all guests who choose to book Hillside.

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