Hafod Cae Maen

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

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


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • 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: 25% off the week from 19 - 26 July (now £2100). We are booked for the rest of the summer :-)

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 £174
Weekly price
from £1300
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £1746 beds4 bedrooms


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!


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

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!