We were bowled over by the beauty of the scenery in Beddgelert. Not everywhere is it possible to draw the curtains and see amazing hills and mountains with a stream flowing a few metres away! The cottage was lovely and cosy. If you want to be close to nature and do some fantastic hill walking/Trekking/Hiking, then this is for you. We managed a bit of sight seeing in the afternoons after a morning walk, and took in Porthmadog, Criccieth, Llanberis, Harlech amongst others. The Copper mine is not far from the cottage and is well worth a visit. Although we had one or two days of rain, we also had some lovely sunny ones. The view from nearby Snowdonia Park is exhilarating! The kitchen is well laid out and stocked with utensils and cookers, etc. Sitting room was nice with lots of Sky TV, Stereo system, and WiFi was overall good,(maybe the odd dropout, but nothing much) The bedrooms are snug, the beds were truly sumptuous, a necessity after a hard day of Hill walking. There is a Tesco Superstore in Porthmadog, a seven mile drive away. Only one down side was the parking. It's on a first come first served basis, and although you can usually find a space, you may have to walk a bit down the road! The cottage is hidden in a passageway between houses but if you want total silence and tranquillity, like we did, it's a blessing! On the whole very pleased with everything, and really enjoyed our stay. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet/nature/activity/sightseeing experience.
Having visited Is-Y-Graig before I decided it would make a great treat for my partner and her mother at the mothers day weekend. They arrived on the Friday for a 2 night stay and felt at home straight away.
Alix as always was very helpful and responsive when it came to booking the property, giving all the information needed to get up settled in nicely.
The weather did its best to spoil the fun, but with a nice warm comfortable cottage to stay in, my partners mother was more than happy to sit it out and relax away the time.
Beddgelert is a lovely characterful village and we can't stop going back time after time and this is one of the first places we always think of booking.
Had a lovely xmas week , very central ideal for what we were looking for . Would definatley book again
We made a very last minute booking to stay at this property over the bank holiday weekend, and it did not disappoint. The cottage is beautiful and very spacious with comfortable furnishings and a well-stocked kitchen. The new sun-room was a lovely light space to relax in. The cottage is well-located, a 2 minute walk to the shops, pubs and cafes of Beddgelert and perfectly positioned for walks and hikes in the area. We spent a very enjoyable 2 days walking in the surrounding hills and enjoying good pub food back at the village. Alix was a great host, with detailed information about the cottage, facilities and local area all supplied before departure, and was very responsive to our queries. Very highly recommended - we would love to stay again!
We know the area very well, having stayed in many cottages throughout Snowdonia for the past 30 years. Beddgelert is perfect for a walking base. We would recommend the Saracens Head and The Royal Goat Hotel - both serve excellent food, if a little pricey. The village has an excellent food shop/post office with very friendly and helpful staff.
We have three renting properties of our own, so we are familiar with the potential problems with guests but the 'pack' of instructions we received prior to arriving at Is-y-Graig was a great deal larger than we have ever seen and took some time to wade through. We still had to refer to it several times, even after reading it through as there are so many things to remember! I spent all week without power to the shaver point in the lower bathroom, simply because I forgot to push the light in a particular way to get it going again! The bedroom TV was never used as I understood one had to go downstairs after watching it to turn of the set in the lounge. The boiler gave us half an hour of panic when the needle rose above it's apparent safety point and the tap we were told to turn would not budge!
However, despite the 'glitches', the cottage was comfortable and warm. The biggest downside is being located at the back of other cottages, which was a little claustrophobic and parking was definitely a problem. 4 out of our 5 nights we had to park some way along the road and carrying shopping/walking kit in the rain was not easy! The alleyway is very dark until the security light comes on when one is almost at the door of the cottage.
For the price, the cottage is not 'high spec' and could benefit from some TLC. For example, there has been some work on the front door but the installers neglected to remove the printed protective tape all around the surround before painting - a simple task that would so improve the entrance way?
It is typically 'cluttered' which is fine for a 200 year old cottage, but little space has been left for the utility/downstairs bathroom - we had to remove the ironing board and broom, just to get into the room! This is preferable however, to the upstairs toilet, which is no more than a small, windowless cupboard - frankly unnerving!
Much work has gone into the the 'sun room' but I am afraid we found it cold and unwelcoming. High ceiling, high windows with the only view being of the recycling bins and the wall to the rear of the cottage was not inviting.
This is, of course, mostly a matter of taste and having read other reviews we accept this - it did not spoil our week in our 'second home' but given the amount of work we were expected to do before leaving the cottage (we have never been told to clean out the fire, clean the kitchen, strip the beds and put a wash on before!), the least we should receive for our investment is a clean environment. We found hairs in the downstairs bath which had clearly not been cleaned, and the hob had food caked on the surface. Cobwebs are inevitable but blackened with dust would indicate a long time since they were disturbed - not acceptable I'm afraid.
I am sorry to give a less than positive review but we booked on the strength of others, so the least we can do for future residents is describe what we experienced.