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Holiday Rental House -
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Talsarnau, Gwynedd, North Wales, Wales

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Very good - based on 17 reviews
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lindasacr...
Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
“A little bit of heaven”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We received relevant directions to, and information regarding the property from the owner with contact numbers well in advance of our holiday . On arrival we received a warm welcome and time was given to answer the families questions on the facilities available.

A lovely home, the house exceeded our expectations, the space, quality and comfort in both living areas, bathrooms and bedrooms, and cleanliness was excellent. For poor weather the games room had lots of activities and books . We were 3 generations from toddler to oldies plus dogs: the gardens had something for all panoramic views, plants and the one accessed from the upstairs sitting room was safe for all and well used.
The weather was exceptional, we all swam in the lake everyday and it was great for our canoe . Walking from the door the choice was endless.
The road in was narrow but posed no problem and was as we expected looking at the map. We found lots of choice in places to visit, Portmeirion and Harlech including the beach our favourites.
All the family agree that having taken 2/3 self catering holidays a year for 30 years this property is one that we will remember. Thank you for lending us your home we hope to return soon.

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Liked best: location and facilities for both indoor and outdoor activities. Plenty of places to visit.
Liked least: having to leave, should have booked two weeks
Travelling group: Extended Family
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JohnGrosv...
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A truly lovely cottage”
Reviewed 24 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We all loved this cottage from the moment we arrived and agree wholeheartedly and completely with all the positive comments from earlier reviews.
The only negative from our point of view was the drive up from the main road on which some other reviews have also commented. Following it on Streetview somehow doesn't convey the narrowness of the road and steepness of some of the climbs. Having said that, it certainly got easier each time we drove it through the week. The passing places became imprinted and we began to realise that there were actually fewer stretches than we had thought where we could not see to the next one. Remoteness in Snowdonia comes at the price of such a drive and the loveliness of the cottage and its location makes it worthwhile.

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Liked best: The peaceful and beautiful setting.
Liked least: The drive up from the main road.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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nicola346...
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“If you like stunning mountain views this is for you”
Reviewed 7 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This cottage is a delight if quirky. It's very much up and down with a step here and a step there - literally. We took two teenagers and the split of the house with an upstairs sitting room, complete with snooker table and surround sound, meant we weren't living in each others shoes and was ideal. We did discover that downstairs we had to watch whatever they were watching on Sky upstairs though! The views are totally stunning with Snowdon in the distance. We loved the fact the sheep were looking at us through the gate and we could sit with our early morning cuppa in the conservatory looking at the hills. The cottage had everything we could want, though it took a day or two to discover the washing machine outside the patio door and in an outer utility room, but that was all part of the charm. The owners were delightful and very helpful - we will be going back.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: We had to watch the same TV as our boys upstairs
Travelling group: Teenagers
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DonnaNAnd...
Blackpool
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3 reviews
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“Idyllic get away location. Very friendly owners. Quirky place to stay!!”
Reviewed 12 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

The cottage is situated at the end of a very long, twisty and uphill stretch of country lane. It takes some getting to!! but its worth it once you do find it ;-) The location is remote, beautiful and ultimately peaceful. 360 degree views of mountains and rolling countryside. Usually the only other living beings for miles are sheep!! Its truly a private get away. The lake, while a little trek away, is a lovely addition to this property. We spent lots of out door time walking, boating, eating in the garden, sunbathing (we were very lucky with the weather) and generally relaxing. Stunning surroundings.

The house was quirky. Unlike any other holiday rental I have stayed in! It felt very much as if the family had moved out, left many of their belongings behind, then let the house for holidays without completing the move :-) I would also have to say it would certainly benefit from a deep clean and a little modernising in parts. That said, it was also the best equipped holiday home I have stayed in, we wanted for absolutely nothing! everything was provided, right down to dishwasher tablets and washing power. The kitchen had everything we needed and much much more. The second lounge upstairs, the games room, boasted a full sized pool table, nintendo wii, a library of books, games, jigsaws etc etc.

The owners were very very lovely people, they even offered us an extra night at the end of the stay as they had family arriving to stay in it and there was a night in between, they said we were very welcome to stay and stay we did!!

If you want a well equped, home from home, remote, comfortable, cozy cottage to stay in with superb surroundings and flexible owners, this is the place for you :-)

Donna Hartley

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Liked best: The views from every window, beautiful.
Liked least: Bit cluttered, could do with a little extra tlc.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
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mistycaro...
nottingham
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“spacious, very remote, could be improved in some areas”
Reviewed 14 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Hen Gapel is in a very remote location/lovely scenery; the drive is long, down a single-track winding lane, up to 20% gradient......quite tricky and deffinitely not for the feint hearted! Accommodation is spacious, if a little tired (particularly the main bathroom). The 2 lounges meant the children and adults could do their own thing. Quite quirky, with a mix of furniture; felt a little more like staying in someone's home rather than a holiday let, with lots of ornaments and drawers full of stuff. Not very clean and a bit musty downstairs.

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Liked best: space
Liked least: cleanliness/drive to accommodation
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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ed n
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Fantastic location, spacious, well kitted out house - perfect place to get away from it all”
Reviewed 12 July 2012 for a stay in April 2012

We stayed in April with a group of friends, arriving after dark (brilliantly clear starry sky - there was practically no light pollution) and choosing bedrooms at random. If you have a choice, go for the bedroom up the stairs to the left - we awoke to a beautiful scene of the sun warming the hills opposite.

The biggest asset of this property is the fantastic location: from the sitting room window you can see the snowy peak of Snowdon, stroll outside and there's a small lake within two minutes walk and hills close enough for a pre-breakfast stroll; or jump in the car and you've got the whole of Snowdonia on your doorstep! We ran out of time before even scratching the surface of the list of nearby walks.

The house itself was well furnished and equipped; plenty of room for a large party, big living areas, ample kitchen, a toasty wood burner, and a pool table and tv/home cinema set-up. Broadband was surprisingly quick for such a remote location and our dog loved the place too. A very comfortable placed to return and relax after a day on the hills, but also plenty to keep you entertained if it rains.

Overall, we had a brilliant and very relaxing break which left nothing but good memories. Would definitely visit again.

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Liked best: The location - Snowdonia on your doorstep!
Liked least: Well, the lake was too cold to swim in but it was April!
Travelling group: Friends
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Lisa P
Norwich
1 review
“Ideallic for familys in a very remote, safe, relaxing home”
Reviewed 6 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012

We had an amazing time here at Hen Gapel, the cottage was clean and very well kept. There is lots of space for the children with the games room featuring a wii, surround sound system (excellent for films), flat screen t.v, sky and also which our children loved a pool table. also an amazing mountain view. Bedrooms upstairs were a good size and very clean with the larger bedroom also having an amazing mountain view. There is also an upstairs bathroom which is well decorated and spacious.
Downstairs is a very well equip kitchen with all you could want to cook with. Lovely addition to this was the touch screen hob and oven. Dining area is large with a big table to accommodate all of us and was my favourite part of the house because it is a good social space even if you are cooking. The living area was lovely and spacious a beautiful woodburner. lovely french doors opening to the garden. There was also a bathroom with a bath and a adult bunk bed room which were all very nice and clean there is a bedroom with ensuite which also was a very nice area.
The garden was well kept and a bbq,benches and table and chairs could be used. Beautiful sunsets can also be seen from the top part of the garden.
Also there is a separate laundry room to do all your washing in ( very important for families)
Tranquil and relaxing this holiday home is something I would recommend. Beautiful mountain views and birds song in the morning and at dusk this holiday cottage is really something special to see.

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Liked best: The location and how spacious the house was
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Recommended for:
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