Hafod Cae Maen | Self-catering house in Gwynedd | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Hafod Cae Maen - Self-catering house in Gwynedd

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Minffordd, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Wales, United Kingdom

Claire Bookings

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+44 (0)7525 487295(mobile)

Luxurious Edwardian villa with stunning views, polished floors, cosy fire and child-friendly garden a short walk from lovely Portmeirion.

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You approach from the back, down the bumpy track, over the cattle grid... but the glory of the house is the front and the view. Overlooking estuary and hills, this handsome villa sits above the Italianate fantasy village Portmeirion. Hafod Cae Maen was built in 1919 for the botanist who planted the estate's subtropical woodlands, and it is within easy reach of the village (restaurants, cafés, a deserted beach). The house's terraced gardens, part-overrun, are heaven for children to hide in, while adults have long lawns and a barbecue for dining. Inside, all is as luxurious as it is possible to be. Edwardian windows and polished oak floors, wood-burners in fireplaces, local art on white walls. Toys, games and DVDs invite children to settle in, there's a panelled library with an open fire, a hamper waits on the slate worktop, warm towel rails gleam, and bedrooms – heritage colours, seagrass floors – are enticing. The master room flourishes a balcony for sunsets and champagne, and well-behaved pets will be happy to sleep downstairs. Best of all, you could spend two weeks here and leave the car untouched.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Claire Bookings:

Local points of interest from
Claire Bookings:

  • A ten minute walk through woods to Portmeirion village. A truly unique place where there is plenty to look at and lovely woodland walks. Also two good restaurants and a fantastic ice-cream shop!
  • Take a picnic and walk through the sub-tropical woodlands of Portmeirion to a deserted beach.
  • Beddgelert, Harlech and Capel Curig are within easy reach and wonderful places to visit
  • Boston Lodge halt for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland narrow-gauge steam railways is ten minutes by footpath. Steam enthusiasts can also book to go on Snowdon Mountain Railway.
  • Ideal base for walking in the Snowdonia National Park and visiting stunning local beaches including Harlech and Morfa Nevyn.
  • Adrenaline junkies can experience an extreme zip wire ride or bounce on a gigantic underground trampoline at Llechwedd Slate Caverns while their non-adrenaline junkie friends visit the historic slate mines!
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Guest feedback
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"Beautiful house in a very tranquil spot. Had everything you need to keep a toddler happy, and there are lots of places to visit nearby for toddlers and older children. The large garden was very well fenced so it kept our rascally dog in- a bonus! We especially liked having a piano and the big library and log fires, and that it was only a short drive to a great dog walking beach. All in all a lovely holiday home."

Caroline - Worcester, United Kingdom

July 2017
"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 will ever need is here believe me. Great for family and kids, with lots of places to visit including the lovley 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 our host welcomed us with a warm charming smile"

Philip - Kings Norton, United Kingdom

June 2017
"Hafod Cae Maen surpassed our (high) expectations. It has so much character and has been lovingly put together to feel like a home from home- but a luxury version. Staying here was a real treat. We loved sunning ourselves in the garden by day and sitting in the cosy library in the evening. Our 4 year old son was thrilled to discover the play cabin in the garden and games in the sitting room, the house has something for everyone! There was loads to do on the doorstep- walks along stunning coastline, Ffestiniog railway and an ice cream in Portmerion! Hope to come again soon!"

Elizabeth - London, United Kingdom

June 2017
"A beautiful house in a beautiful setting. The house is very well equipped, attention to detail is outstanding, comfortable home from home. The garden is lovely and the views are stunning. Lots to do locally and Portmeirion is only a walk away for cafes or fine dining. The beach is also only a few minutes walk. "

Jenny - Glandford, United Kingdom

May 2017
"Hafod Cae Maen is absolutely stunning - everything you could possibly need is there and a fair bit more. The house itself is beautiful and very well equipped and the views are amazing from the front over the water. Gwen and the owners were so helpful from start to finish. Highly recommended...."

Owain - London, United Kingdom

October 2016
"Truly stunning property with an impressive exterior and equally beautiful interior. The views were magnificent and utterly uninterrupted. Inside the house we found the spec to be of a high standard with all amenities in check and beautiful furnishings. Our favourite room was the library where we enjoyed a warming log fire after a lovely long walk. Overall we would highly recommend this property and will be returning next year! "

Victoria - London, United Kingdom

September 2016
"A wonderful welcoming house. Lovely period detail everywhere and everything of the highest quality. We had a truly relaxing week and the scenery is magnificent! Thank you so much, and would certainly come back again. Virginia and Brian September 2016"

Virginia - Worthing, United Kingdom

September 2016
"The house is absolutely lovely, just the right size, tastefully decorated, with a corner to suit every mood and every time of day. It sits on top of a hill, above Port Merion, with superb views to the coast and to the hills when the weather played ball. The gardens are a child's delight and an adult gardener's unadulterated envy. There was plenty to do up and down the coast. A glass of port in front of a log fire in the panelled lounge made for a perfect evening. "

Roderick - London, United Kingdom

June 2016
"Absolutely perfect country house in an idyllic location. We were a party of eight adults looking for somewhere better than usual to relax for four days and go walking. An excellent blend of original character (Edwardian?) and modern comforts. Very well equipped kitchen (even a coffee machine) with plenty of space and a lovely dining room next door. We barely needed this as the weather allowed us to eat out at the high quality garden table on the front lawn each night. Then as dusk came on - to the cosy sitting room with its log fires and bookshelves worthy of Miss Marple. Fantastic views."

Andrew - London, United Kingdom

May 2016
"A really lovely characterful and cosy house. Truly secluded, quiet, spacious gardens and very safe for our two young children. We will visit again. (they also have wifi)"

Paul - Staffordshire, United Kingdom

April 2016
"A superb place to stay- a beautiful house in a spectacular location! Wonderful views from the house and garden with so many places to visit locally. The house has everything you could wish for (and more) with lovely extra touches which made it a very special holiday home. We enjoyed relaxing in front of a roaring fire in the library or playing games in the elegant sitting room. With its well appointed kitchen, large dining area, child-friendly garden, very comfortable beds, spotless bathroom and separate shower room, this is a perfect place for a large gathering. Very highly recommended! "

Sara - Wells, United Kingdom

October 2015
"It's difficult to put into words how amazing this house is! It's in an area of breathtaking scenery and the house is as comfortable as you could wish for, with every mod con catered for. I went in October but it was extremely cosy and the perfect place to return to after a long walk in the neighbouring countryside or nearby beaches. The house itself is set in extraordinary grounds and although not too far from the local shops and landmarks, it's also nicely isolated so you can relax comfortably and enjoy the peace and quiet. I can guarantee that if you go you'll want to return!"

Tony - London, United Kingdom

October 2015
"I'm just back from the most amazing holiday in Hafod Cae Maen. The house is just fantastic - it felt just like home (except nicer!); everything you could possibly need was there. Every room was beautifully decorated, the kitchen was amazingly kitted out, the playroom and the outdoor playroom (!) were full of toys and games for children (and adults!) and the garden was the perfect location for the children to explore and run freely. And I can't begin to describe how spectacular the view from the house is. If you have the chance to visit, just GO!"


July 2015
"Hafoed Cae Maen is all you could want from a country house - and the photographs don't do it justice. Beautifully decorated, with 5-star bedrooms and bathrooms, the villa is a perfect hide-away retreat in the Snowdonia mountains but yet is also only a short walk into Portmeirion, to the delightful steam railway, and to the coast. I cannot wait to return!"
October 2014
"Fabulous house, great location and beautiful views. The whole family including the dog loved the place. The library is something very special and the house has everything you can wish for. a fabulous choice if visiting Portmerion and Snowdonia."
October 2014
"Hafod Cae Maen is a real discovery. Arrive off the beaten track, through rutted roads, across sheep clipped fields and you are apparently in the middle of nowhere. But with Coast walks, Portmerion, a restored castle, the Ffestiniog Railway all only a walk away - you need never use your car until you leave. There is nothing better than lighting the log fire, opening a bottle of fine wine, selecting a book from the excellent library and relaxing with good company. "
October 2014
"“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. "
October 2014
"Unbelievable place, been back three times! Remote, in the sense of being well away from everybody/everything, with fabulous views, but a top class home-from-home, convenient for neighbouring local attractions Portmeirion and the Ffestiniog Railway, and peaceful dream beaches on the beautiful estuary below. Wonderfully roomy and well-appointed house, with big rooms (lovely library!) and terrific garden - so restful, so private, great for kids to do their own thing! Loads of parking space, but why use your car when you’ve got everything in the house, or within healthy walking distance?"
September 2014
"Hafod Cae Maen was an inspired choice for our stay in Wales, easily accommodating 3 generations of our family with space for everyone to enjoy their own company whilst allowing us to be together to enjoy each other's company too. The garden was a haven, the children able to run around whilst the adults could relax and drink in the stunning views. The property is so well equipped, sharp knives in a kitchen that's a pleasure to cook in, lots of fluffy towels and comfortable beds. A wonderful place to base yourself to explore a great part of the country - so much to do we will be back."
July 2014
"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."
April 2014
"What a beautiful house in a stunning location! The house has a lovely warm feel and is stocked with everything you need to have a relaxing stay. The housekeeper was really helpful and overall could not have made the stay any more enjoyable. We will be back and would strongly recommend to anyone "
October 2013

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Price:(i) £1300 to£2800 per week

Special Offer: November and December discounts - 25% off full weeks and 20% off short breaks from 10 Nov - 8 Dec. 15% off full weeks and 10% off short breaks from 8 - 22 Dec. Also we are available for New Year: 29 Dec - 3 Jan for £2050.

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Short breaks available. Pets welcome (downstairs only).




Minffordd, Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Self-catering Hafod Cae Maen (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles & 2 twins sharing 1 bath/shower room, 1 shower room, 1 separate wc
Price: (i) £ 1300 to £ 2800 per week

Claire Bookings

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+44 (0)7525 487295(mobile)