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Holiday let near Porthmadog, cosy all year round.A newly renovated self contained holiday let with 2 bedrooms, 1 x double, 1 x king (will split into 2 x singles). Kitchen and spacious lounge/dining room. Bathroom with shower. Outside private decking area, and car parking spaces. Adjacent to Porthmadog Golf Club and only 10mins walk from Black Rock Sands beach. 2 miles from Porthmadog town centre with its scenic harbour, steam railway, and numerous shops and restaurants. Close to Portmeirion and the attractions of Snowdonia Nat. Park.
The Little Seaside House - Beaches & MountainsThe Little Seaside House is in the perfect Welsh village of Borth-y-Gest. Sleeping five in three bedrooms, it is a delightful coastal cottage, bursting with happiness! With a view of the harbour, boats and hills beyond, you can watch the sunrise or the comings and goings of the village. On the edge of Snowdonia for walks and outdoor adventures, it also has lots of sandy coves, along the Wales Coast Path. Dog-friendly. WiFi. Short-stays available. "Happiness is a house by the sea"
Borth-y-Gest, quirky cottage close to coastal pathHen Gegin is a recently renovated 18th century “out kitchen” to our main farmhouse. The cottage is ideal for a couple and is separate from our house and completely self contained with a space for parking right outside. The area is quiet and very beautiful with only a short walk to the beautiful beaches of Borth-y-Gest and Morfa Bychan. Situated between Snowdonia and the Llyn peninsula there is so much to explore in the area.
A tiny harbour town crisscrossed with narrow-gauge railways, Porthmadog is a pretty coastal hub in Snowdonia National Park. Two rivers, the Afon Glaslyn and Afon Dwyryd, meet in its striking square bay, formed by the building of the Cob, a Victorian dam and embankment. Cars and steam locomotives still roll by on top of it today. Three heritage train journeys begin here. The first is on the dramatic Ffestiniog Railway, travelling 13.5 miles from the harbour to the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The second is on the Welsh Highland service to Caernarfon with its huge medieval fortress. The third, on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, is only a mile to Pen-y-Mount, but stops at a lovely visitor centre and museum at Gelert’s Farm Halt, with a miniature railway for kids if you haven’t had enough rail.
Lots of cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants pepper the high street, and there are also great beaches nearby. Porthmadog is also within 10 minutes’ drive of the striking towns of Criccieth and Portmeirion, and 15 from the castle town of Harlech.
Porthmadog isn’t just well connected by steam locomotives. The town’s station is on the incredibly scenic Cambrian Line, from which modern trains travel west to Pwllheli and east to destinations much further afield. Three direct trains a day go to Birmingham International (BHX) – and if you don’t mind slowly winding through breathtaking countryside after a flight, this nearly five-hour train journey is one of Britain’s best. By car, the nearest airports are Liverpool John Lennon (LPL) and Manchester (MAN), each around 2 hours away. As far as travelling around Porthmadog itself, lots of buses stop here on short and long routes, including the Snowdon Sherpa, connecting towns and villages in the mountains, and bigger towns such as Aberystwyth on the west coast and Colwyn Bay in the north.
Porthmadog is often one of the hottest places in Wales in the summer, so no wonder it becomes busy. This is because of its harbour position, which protects it from any chilly northeastern winds, as well as sea breezes from Cardigan Bay. If you’re in town for the heritage trains, come to town between March and October, although check the railway websites for up-to-date departure details. Spring and autumn are also good seasons to come here if you’re up for adventurous walks in the national park. If you’re keen on exploring the lovely, surrounding towns by car or by train (the Cambrian Line has many stops on this part of the route) this will work all year round, but do remember your warmest coats and wet weather gear.
If you can manage the time, take the 25-mile journey from Porthmadog Harbour to Caernarfon, passing through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Wales. It stops at the pretty village of Beddgelert, famous for its folk tale about the faithful dog of the last prince of Wales, and runs along the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and the edge of the beautiful Llyn Cwellyn reservoir.
In summer, you couldn’t get any better than Black Rock Sands, although the name is confusing. A broad, golden beach greets you here, with multicoloured rocks on the headland. You can bring your car straight onto the beach here, an atypical opportunity, which makes these sands popular with watersports lovers and motorboat fans. Families will also love the convenience and the amount of space here to spread out, as well as small caves and rockpools to explore, which emerge at low tide.
Just across the harbour and only three miles away is this magical, Italianate-style village, built in the mid-20th century by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis. Based on the fishing village of Portofino, it’s an extraordinary place, with older structures incorporated into brightly coloured, flamboyant buildings.