Hafod Cae Maen

Portmeirion, Gwynedd
+44 (0)7525 487295
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An Edwardian villa with stunning views, polished floors, cosy fires and child-friendly garden a short walk from lovely Portmeirion


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You approach from the back, down the bumpy track, over the cattle grid… but the glory of this handsome villa is the front and the view. Overlooking the Dwyryd estuary and rolling Welsh hills you’re a ten-minute wander into the Italianate fantasy village of Portmeirion where you’ll find restaurants, cafés and a deserted beach.

The estate is covered in subtropical woodlands and the house’s terraced gardens, part-overrun, are heaven for children to hide-and-seek in. Adults have long lawns and a barbecue for al fresco dining. Inside is comfortable: Edwardian windows and polished oak floors, wood-burners in fireplaces, book-filled shelves. Toys, games and DVDs invite children to settle in, there’s a panelled library with an open fire and calming bedrooms. The master room opens onto a balcony with views over the estuary.

A generous hamper filled with lovely local stuff waits in the kitchen. The best of North Wales is at your feet: Black Rock Sands beach is a 15-minute drive, Porthmadog a 20-minute stroll, Snowdonia not much further.

Hafod Cae Maen - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Admiring the wonderful views from the terrace
  • Unwinding in the library by the fire
  • Strolling into Portmeirion
Hafod Cae Maen - Gallery

You should know

  • Dogs are welcome downstairs - not in the bedrooms
  • The four bedrooms share a bathroom and a separate shower room
  • The track won't suit sports cars


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: 15% off the high summer school holiday week - the only one we have left! - from 29 July until 5 August. Price reduced from £3450 to £2932.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets welcome (downstairs only).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1450
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £2006 beds4 bedrooms


Beautiful place to stay with plenty to do and see

Keith, Bristol

When I found this house online - I suspected that I had found a gem, my expecations were exceeded... Hafod Cae Maen is unbeatable - perfect for a group with kids! Stylish, authentic full of character with Quirky art work oozing personality dotted around the walls. If you are looking to explore N Wales - this home is the perfect base. However, I could equally have stayed hanging out there all day. The sunrises and sunsets are out of this world - clean, cosy and dreamy... When can I return?!

Jenni, London

We enjoyed our stay so much. Hafod Cae Maen is even more stunning in real life than it looks in the pictures. The views and sunsets were amazing and our children absolutely loved the garden. From a practical point of view, it was so helpful having 2 bathrooms and so many comfy sofas to relax on.

Laura, Sevenoaks

Fantastic location with lovely walk just outside front door. Very comfortable with very high quality interiors and equipment. Highly recommended.

Kate, Portsmouth

We felt completely relaxed and at peace as soon as we walked in the front door. It has the special quality of feeling completely isolated and private and yet also being well connected, to local beaches and attractions. The children in the party had a wonderful time exploring the garden and lovely selection of toys whist the adults enjoyed the comfy sofas and wood fire in the gorgeous sitting room. We very much hope we can come back again.

Jessica, Oxford

Hafod Cae Maen is a magical place. The house is very well appointed, our favourite bits were the library with the open fire and the elegant master bedroom with the veranda. We also enjoyed sitting on the sun filled porch and watching the sweeping views. The hosts have also thoughtfully placed a decking area for sundowners... Considerable efforts have been made to make the property as COVID secure as possible. Friendly and helpful team from booking to housekeeping. Would heartily recommend.

Esther, Leeds

Second stay in this beautifully appointed house in a stunning location. Huge thanks to the Hafod Cae Maen team for ensuring a safe stay for all. Just ‘spot on’ !

Julie, Welshpool

Thanks again for another lovely stay, our 10th and our first as a four! Had a lovely week, went on lots of walks and had fun on the beach. Hope to be back soon!

Simon, East Grinstead

Stayed at the beautiful Hafod once again, this time we stayed for 14 nights as we have so loved our 2 previous stays so much. Set in the most perfect tranquil setting you could imagine, lots of beautiful scenic walks to enjoy. It’s also well worth a walk to Porthmadog via one of the walks that Paul has mapped out in the visitors book, you can get the highland steam train to Caernarfon which is a must to do. Castle Deudraeth is only a short 10 min walk where you can enjoy food and drinks with beautiful views. We have already booked our 2 week stay for 2021 and already can’t wait:-)

Philip, Birmingham

Just a wonderful place. A special mention for Gwen and her team who made sure the house was spotless when we arrived and then checked that everything was going well through the week. Hafod Cae Maen is the most fantastic location for a relaxing break. There is so much to do either on foot from the house or further afield in north Wales. Highly recommended.

Owain, London

Our 4th visit and already the children are begging us to book next year. Yet again it’s been the perfect getaway, a little slice of paradise, glorious house and gardens, spectacular views and the ideal spot for exploring. We’ve had a brilliant time, made lots more fabulous memories to keep us going until we can visit again. Thanks again Paul, Claire and Gwen.

Sarah, Northwich

Our first visit to this wonderful house. What a find!! The whole family really enjoyed their holiday from the youngest of 11 years to the eldest of 71 years. Everything we could have wanted was here. A lovely touch with the hamper and local beer. A huge thank you to Iona who took in our Tesco delivery and unpacked it for us ready for when we arrived. Hopefully we shall return in the very near future.

Heather, Coleshill

Delightful house in a great location. A little secluded, which we loved, with wonderful views down to Portmerion which is an easy walk. The house is beautifully equipped and furnished with everything you need for a great holiday provided. Gwen, the housekeeper, is very helpful and is keen to ensure that a good time is had by visitors to Hafod Cae Maen. Thoughtful touches include fresh flowers and a lovely basket of goodies to enjoy. We had a fantastic week with four adults and three children aged 3, 5 and 7. Lots of great places to visit and all within easy reach. I am sure we will return.

Anne, South Croydon

Stayed at the beautiful Hafod once again, this time we stayed for 17 nights as we have so loved our 2 previous stays so much. Set in the most perfect tranquil setting you could imagine, lots of beautiful scenic walks to enjoy. It’s also well worth a walk to Porthmadog via one of the walks that Paul has mapped out in the visitors book, you can get the highland steam train to Caernarfon which is a must to do. Castle Deaudraeth is only a short 10 min walk where you can enjoy food and drinks with beautiful views. We have already booked our 2 week stay for 2020 and already can’t wait:-)

Phil and Ann, Birmingham

Wonderful house in a stunning location. Couldn't have found anywhere better for our family weekend away. Thank you for the very thoughtful and welcome gift basket which set the tone for a very well planned guest experience; logs ready by the fire, tea & coffee by the kettle etc. All so easy and relaxing for us. Loved our walks down to the cob and to the Castell, bird watching all the way. Even the weather behaved - sun almost the whole time. And enjoyed very much rummaging through the library. Diaries of Duff Cooper v entertaining. Many thanks

Julie, Welshpool

The terraced garden would be a joy to sit in with its views across the estuary to the mountains.The thought of being lucky enough to spot an osprey could keep me there for hours. Then, to be able to walk back through the french windows into the cosy and welcoming sitting room or Library, would be a perfect way to unwind. Home from home, but in an Edwardian style with a warm, contemporary twist.

Karen, Sawday's inspector

Wonderful house, wonderful location. All six of us and the dog had a great time. As a thank you, we are leaving six martini glasses for the next time we visit.

Lawrence and Jake, London

We stayed over New Year with two small children and a dog. The house is truly amazing - beautiful, comfy rooms, warm log fires and/or wood burner, toys for the children, a wondrous view over the estuary, a huge garden with a wooden children's hut, all nestled down a peaceful lane well away from everything. On New Year's eve, they had fireworks in Portmerion, and standing on the balcony from the main bedroom felt like it was a private (and very elaborate, impressive - thank you Portmerion estate!) display.

Jessica, London

Our family stayed here for the first time in June 2017 for a long weekend and family reunion. we completely fell in love with the home and the truly amazing relaxing location and we just couldn't resist returning again this June 2018 for 10 days. Set on a hill overlooking the estuary the panoramic views are simply stunning with beautiful surrounding gardens the peace and quiet is simply bliss. We met Paul the owner this year, truly first class gent and host, he even popped down to the local chemist when one of our guests was feeling a little worse for wear after the parting.

Philip, Birmingham

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


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The neighbourhood

Set on its own peninsula reaching into the estuary, this fantastical collection of colourful buildings with an Italian influence was masterminded by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Today the buildings are all heritage listed and the site is a conservation area. There are stretches of quiet sandy beaches to discover, Porthmadog has a popular indoor swimming centre and Snowdonia is close.

Local points of interest from Paul de Thierry

  • 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!


Paul de Thierry

As a child, Paul de Thierry visited his grandfather who lived beside the local steam railway. He fell in love with the area and the villa and is now lucky enough to own it. He is delighted to be able to share this special place with others.