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Hafod Cae Maen

Wales - North, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1300.00 to 1300.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paul De Thierry

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:1 hour 11 minutes
  • Availability Updated:24 days 9 hours

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BFB's Overview

There can be few homes in Britain that can rival Hafod Cae Maen for its fabulous setting. Backed by the brooding hills of Snowdonia, with the charming Italianate village of Portmeirion, made famous by cult 60s series The Prisoner, below and coastline beyond. Offspring-permitting, it's possible to sit for hours in the gardens or on the master bedroom's balcony simply absorbing the inspiring views.

The house itself is the perfect combination of style, substance and comfort. The original features are accessorised with striking artwork and high quality furnishings. It is a haven of tranquility too thanks to its two acres of terraced gardens, much of which were planted by the original owner, the botanist responsible for the subtropical woodlands on the Portmeirion estate. He had a handy commute given that the village with its two good restaurants, fabulous ice cream parlour and often deserted beach is just around 10 minutes woodland walk downhill. The beach is stunning and has miles of sandcastle building opportunities plus safe swimming in low-tide and the swimming pool above. With so much on the doorstep, there's very little need to use a car, making a break at Hafod Cae Maen all the more relaxing as a result.

The impressive interior has large Edwardian windows and is flooded with light, whilst the polished oak floors and wood-burners in antique fireplaces add a cosy feel in winter. There's no expense spared in terms of modern comforts with indulgent Vi-Spring beds in the bedrooms, IPod docks, plasma TVs, Satellite TV, DVD players, WIFI, a wonderfully well-equipped, local slate-topped, kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and a cosy wood burner in its dining area (seats 8 plus 2 highchairs). The owners have thought of everything with an incredibly comprehensive list of baby and toddler gear provided, plus a large range of toys, games, books, DVDs and a pretty wooden playhouse to ensure mini guests are easily entertained. The icing on the cake is the optional housekeeping, meal delivery, chef services, pre-arrival grocery shopping and babysitting.

Accommodation Overview:

Hafod Cae Maen has a large drawing room with satellite TV, DVD, stereo, toys, games and a wood-burning stove. On the same floor is the library containing wood panelling designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It features an open log fire, cosy chairs in which to sit and read, a piano and a study with Internet access. The kitchen/dining room offers a fully equipped kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher and microwave as well as a dining area with wood-burning stove and double-doors opening onto the garden. There is also a snug with a small TV, ideal for preparing the menu or keeping an eye on the children whilst cooking or eating. Finally there is a downstairs cloakroom and a drying room with washing machine and tumble dryer. The first floor features two king-size bedrooms with “Vi-Spring beds”, two twin bedrooms (convertible to super king), plus two family bathrooms. Most of the bedrooms feature original fireplaces and windows. The master bedroom houses a four-poster bed and a balcony, perfect for watching the sunset over Portmeirion whilst sipping a glass of Champagne.

Location Information

The house is within walking distance of the two good restaurants and three cafés in Portmeirion village. Portmeirion often deserted beach features safe swimming at low-tide and, ideal for Thomas the Tank fans, the Ffestiniog narrow-gauge steam railway, is just a ten-minute walk from the house.

A little further afield is the Welsh Mountain Zoo, a caring conservation zoo featuring animals including Sealions, Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: GBP

Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 21 Nov 2016 and 21 Dec 2016 minimum of 3 nights

Discount Notes

Low Occupancy Discount

1-4 guests: 20% (18 Nov 2016 to 21 Dec 2016) minimum of 3 nights

Rates

28 Oct - 19 Dec 2016 : £1300 /week28 Oct - 19 Dec 2016 : €1525.03 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: GBP

Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 21 Nov 2016 and 21 Dec 2016 minimum of 3 nights

Discount Notes

Low Occupancy Discount

1-4 guests: 20% (18 Nov 2016 to 21 Dec 2016) minimum of 3 nights

Who owns this place?

Paul spent just about every holiday as a child in and around Portmeirion as his grandparents lived just down the track from Hafod Cae Maen. After his grandparents passed away, Paul volunteered on the Ffestiniog Narrow-gauge railway to keep up his connections with the area, and it was during an evening walk around the outskirts of Portmeirion that he noticed a beautiful house, secluded in the trees. Being brave, Paul knocked on the door and introduced himself to the owner, Kitty and they became good friends. Many years later in 2006, Kitty reluctantly decided that she wanted to move closer to her family in England and offered to sell Hafod Cae Maen to Paul. After 2 years of careful renovation, Hafod Cae Maen is now a perfect retreat for couples craving seclusion and families seeking fun and adventure. Paul and Claire now return to stay at the house as often as possible.

Paul with Claire his wife, and their son Matthew

What do they love about it?

Hafod Cae Maen is truly secluded with views that still take my breath away. It's a place where you can stay for a week and not even have to use the car! Spend the morning soaking up sunshine in the garden, followed by lunch in Portmeirion, followed by a walk to the beach and return for a BBQ. If you need to pop to the shops, just catch the steam train to Porthmadog.

If it's raining, simply pick a novel from the library shelf and curl up in front of a roaring log fire.

What do the kids love about it?

There are so many things for children to do! For the adventurous ones, the garden is wonderful to explore with lots of undergrowth; perfect for making dens! On a rainy day, kids just love the playhouse in the corner of the garden. The beach is only a short walk, and the Ffestiniog steam railway, with its brightly coloured engines, lies just over the hill.

In the house, there is a TV room with DVDs and a toy-cupboard (the adults have their own room to sit in, so you can make as much noise as you like!).

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8 plus infants in 2 doubles & 2 twin rooms, which can be converted into superkings if preferred.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

20minutes stroll to the stunningly beautiful and generally deserted wide sandy beach beneath Portmeirion Village

Coast Within Walking Distance

20minutes stroll to the stunningly beautiful and generally deserted wide sandy beach beneath Portmeirion Village

Amenities within Walking Distance

10 minutes walk to Portmeirion Village which has a selectio of cafes, bistros and a fine dining restuarant. The gastro pub is also within a 10minute walk

Indoor Play Area

A pretty wooden play house complete with bean bags, toys and kids table and chairs provides a great area for mini guests

Private Chef

Private chef services available for dinner parties or homemade gourmet meals ready for reheating and serving. Pre-arrival grocery shopping service available on request.

Babysitting

Trusted, experineced babysitting available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

A very comprehensive list of baby and toddler gear is provided including two cots (with bedding), mattress protectors, nightlights, bed guards, two high chairs, stairgates, fireguards, cupboard locks, baby bath, bath mat, changing mat, Potty, loo seat, bathroom steps, blender, microwave and plastic crockery and cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

A good selection of bath toys, general toys, books, DVDs, Cbeebies channel and a selection of outdoor toys are provided.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Private chef services available for dinner parties or homemade gourmet meals ready for reheating and serving. Pre-arrival grocery shopping service available on request.

Outdoor Toys

A selection of outdoor toys are provided in the pretty play house, which is also equipped with bean bags and kids table and chairs

Stairgates / no stairs

stairgates provided

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is a large private garden. It is terraced in places, so sensible precautions should be taken with toddlers.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WIFI provided FOC

Pet Friendly

Dogs are welcome prior to arrangement.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Two cots and high chairs provided. Space for a cot in two of the bedrooms. The largest also has space for a z-bed.

Reviews

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  • Perfect place for a 2 year old and a 94 year old! Lovely garden and loads of toys. Kitchen well equipped making catering for a large family stress-free - and just a lovely place to be, nobody wanted to leave.Review dated 04/07/2015

  • It was perfect for babies and had everything we needed without it being turned into a play zone! Perfect for grown ups seeking a bit of peace too!Review dated 05/05/2014

  • Lovely property, well equipped kitchen, stairgates provided. Shared cost with another family so 4 adults and 4 kids - enough room for everyone. Amazing garden/views. Blackrock beach was fantastic too.Review dated 21/09/2011

  • the interior decoration is tasteful, cosy and welcoming - we couldn't have asked for more. The estra touches provided by Laura were great: delicious marmalade, towels and nappy bags for baby. The boys loved the beach and the ice cream shop! We're hoping to come back next year!Review dated 14/03/2010

  • We were immediately struck by the wonderful, welcoming atmosphere in the house. With two small children, everything has been delightful. The house is so thoughtfully well equipped and has loads of space for a family. The views, open fires, magnificent scenery - I am sure all your guests will rave about these. Hafod Cae Maen is the PERFECT retreat for a London family in need of a rest.Review dated 14/03/2010

  • The house is the perfect retreat for a family holiday with children perfectly catered for. I am sure we will be back!Review dated 14/03/2010

  • What a beautiful house and a great place to spend our very first 'family' holiday. Thanks to Laura for her excellent cooking and babysitting. I am sure we will be back. The area is made for little (and big) boys with steam trains and castles at every turn!Review dated 14/03/2010

  • What a beautiful house and a great place to spend our very first 'family' holiday. Thanks to Laura for her excellent cooking and babysitting. I am sure we will be back. The area is made for little (and big) boys with steam trains and castles at every turn!Review dated 14/03/2010

  • In our dreams we would have designed just this house!Review dated 14/03/2010

  • A perfect setting for a family weekend. The house surpassed our expectations and we hope to make a return visit.Review dated 14/03/2010

  • We had a lovely holiday. The house is amazing and has everything you should need for a relaxing time. There is a lot of attention to detail and all the rooms are furnished to a very high standard. A welcome hamper of home made cakes, bread and marmalade was a lovely touch. We highly recommend it.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • absolutely sumptuous-a beautiful house with stunning gardens in the most amazing setting.We were blessed with fabulous weather too so all in all it was perfect.It was great to have everything for our little ones but it still felt a very grown up house.Review dated 03/11/2009

Perfect place for a 2 year old and a 94 year old! Lovely garden and loads of toys. Kitchen well equipped making catering for a large family stress-free - and just a lovely place to be, nobody wanted to leave.

It was perfect for babies and had everything we needed without it being turned into a play zone! Perfect for grown ups seeking a bit of peace too!

Lovely property, well equipped kitchen, stairgates provided. Shared cost with another family so 4 adults and 4 kids - enough room for everyone. Amazing garden/views. Blackrock beach was fantastic too.

the interior decoration is tasteful, cosy and welcoming - we couldn't have asked for more. The estra touches provided by Laura were great: delicious marmalade, towels and nappy bags for baby. The boys loved the beach and the ice cream shop! We're hoping to come back next year!

We were immediately struck by the wonderful, welcoming atmosphere in the house. With two small children, everything has been delightful. The house is so thoughtfully well equipped and has loads of space for a family. The views, open fires, magnificent scenery - I am sure all your guests will rave about these. Hafod Cae Maen is the PERFECT retreat for a London family in need of a rest.

The house is the perfect retreat for a family holiday with children perfectly catered for. I am sure we will be back!

What a beautiful house and a great place to spend our very first 'family' holiday. Thanks to Laura for her excellent cooking and babysitting. I am sure we will be back. The area is made for little (and big) boys with steam trains and castles at every turn!

What a beautiful house and a great place to spend our very first 'family' holiday. Thanks to Laura for her excellent cooking and babysitting. I am sure we will be back. The area is made for little (and big) boys with steam trains and castles at every turn!

In our dreams we would have designed just this house!

A perfect setting for a family weekend. The house surpassed our expectations and we hope to make a return visit.

We had a lovely holiday. The house is amazing and has everything you should need for a relaxing time. There is a lot of attention to detail and all the rooms are furnished to a very high standard. A welcome hamper of home made cakes, bread and marmalade was a lovely touch. We highly recommend it.

absolutely sumptuous-a beautiful house with stunning gardens in the most amazing setting.We were blessed with fabulous weather too so all in all it was perfect.It was great to have everything for our little ones but it still felt a very grown up house.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 9 guests.



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