A quiet coastal cottage just outside the little village of Tremadog, Gwynedd, CefnCochIsaf provides couples looking for a romantic holiday on the North West Welsh coast an idyllic retreat.
CefnCochIsaf is a 17th-century stone-built rural holiday cottage near Porthmadog. It adjoins the owner’s home on four acres of garden and woodland. This well-furnished, pet-friendly cottage features oak beams and rafters, a lovely exposed chimney breast, under-floor heating on the ground floor, and the original steep, narrow wooden staircase with a 180-degree bend. Add in the slate flooring, modern galley-style kitchen, and cosy sitting room, and you get a romantic cottage that’s full of character.
Tremadog is a village in the community of Porthmadog, which lies on the Glaslyn Estuary and serves as a gateway to Snowdonia National Park. A short drive from CefnCochIsaf leads guests to the village of Borth Y Gest, with its cliffs and coves, or the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion.
Cefn Coch Isaf
Beautiful cottage set in beautiful surroundings. We had a wonderful long weekend and our dog particularly loved the nearby Black Rock beach just out of Portmadog which is well worth checking out.
This was a really charming, warming cottage which feels dated with the beams and character. Everything was nicely done and the owners couldn't have been any more accommodating if they tried. It was a lovely few days spent at the cottage and great base for exploring Wales.
We liked the fact that the cottage was in a fairly isolated location but was close enough to Porthmadog to make shopping etc easy.
We loved everything about the cottage, from the location, peacefulness, the closeness to Bedgelert, Abersoch and Llanberris. Its the second time we have been here and wouldn't hesitate to go again. Its quite simply beautiful!
The cottage is a gem waiting to be found. The garden is a wild country garden full of birds and completely unspoilt, it must be magic in the summer. It is a credit to the owners, the place is spotless and has a lovely warm welcome when you enter due to the heating system. A wonderful place!
A nice old cottage that has been done up well. It is in a good location right out in the countryside.
We had a very nice holiday, the cottage was just what we expected and we were very happy. We will definitely come back.
Brilliant location, within easy reach of numerous lovely spots. Lovely, cosy cottage with snug feel.
Great location. Very peaceful but not far to facilities. We loved the cottage. Very old, which we always look for, but sympathetically modernised. The owner was very pleasant and helpful.
Solitude and relaxation in very quiet location with beautiful and dramatic surroundings but still within half an hours drive of most facilities.
Staying here was the perfect place to relax and have a lovely romantic week away. The cottage was quaint and secluded with magnificent views. Myself and my boyfriend had a wonderful time.
The cottage was as described in the brochure so not disappointed. We were warm and cosy. Loved the cottage and its quirkiness, especially the bedroom. We were welcomed with a Christmas bottle of wine and a card. Location and attractions spot on. Overall impression- great
What a wonderful place - a quiet retreat to rest & relax in. A warm welcome on arrival and a truly restful break.
Quiet, very rural, rustic property. It was exactly as we imagined; beautiful scenery, peaceful place. Great for walking and cycling.
The owners of the property were excellent. They were there if we needed them and always helpful and friendly. The cottage was well equipped and spotlessly clean. Very well positioned for a peaceful, out of the way holiday break.
A nice cottage in a wonderful location.
It was ideal for us. The area was so peaceful, and the cottage secluded. Easy access to amenities, and of course the steam railways. The cottage was very cosy and warm, we loved it.
We had a really lovely break here, the cottage was warm and cosy and we had everything we needed.
The location was beautiful and even though we did not have a car or bikes we managed to get out and about and explore other areas by bus and foot (and occasional taxi). If you have a car and love open space and fantastic walks, this is perfect, but totally do-able without!
The house was very warm and cosy and had everything we needed. A good location for visiting the coast and also for access to the Snowdonia National Park.
The cottage was amazing. Everything was far better than the pictures present. A real home away from home, with all the comforts. The bedroom was to die for. We never wanted to leave this room. The open rustic roof beams have to seen in person to be really appreciated. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. A fantastic get away situated in a really beautiful landscape.
The cottage was perfect ,the location perfect - 10 out of 10. The owners have exceeded in making this property very desirable for a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. This is at the top of our list for holiday cottages.
The holiday was wonderful, a lovely part of North Wales and exceptionally the weather was very kind to us. The cottage was excellent and we most certainly would use the same cottage again.
The cottage was in a lovely position, a very quiet area but reasonably close to all amenities, we had super weather for enjoying the outdoors.
Great location, gorgeous mature garden with lots of wildlife, beautiful beamed bedroom, characterful property.
Nice friendly owners who were very helpful. Good location close to Porthmadog and Cricceth but tucked away in quiet location that feels like your miles from anywhere. Fantastic grounds and garden.
A lovely peaceful location with plenty of real welsh charm, ideal for returning to after walking in the nearby mountains. The renovation of an original old cottage has been done superbly and with real sensitivity, preserving the character of the building whilst providing all necessary facilities. The underfloor heating was a wonderful bonus. Warm, welcoming and very private, with helpful owners next door but never intrusive.
A big thanks to the owner, who obviously went to great pains getting the cottage clean and ready to receive us. It was spotless! The cottage is quiet, private and there are literally hundreds of options at your doorstep! Some care has been taken with the finishing and equipment in the cottage. You get the impression that things were bought specifically for the cottage, and are not just cast-offs or second-hand cheap purchases. We will definitely be back!
The cottage was beautiful and was close to lots of great places to visit. We definitely want to return next year.
Peaceful and quiet. Enjoyed feeling secluded and undisturbed, being out of the way yet near a town big enough to stock up on food and DVDs. Felt out of the way, yet near lots of good walks and places to visit.
The area is great with everything nearby.
This was the perfect getaway retreat, lovely character of the building and the gardens were fabulous. The Owners are very friendly. The Cottage was super warm and cosy, for getting away from it all. Will look forward to booking again.
"The area was quiet and the cottage had lots of character. The property was in good condition and the heating was great. Owners were very friendly."
The cottage was in a gorgeous location within beautiful surroundings. It had an old feel and was very authentic. The garden was perfect for our dog.
We loved our holiday because of the peace and quiet. The cottage was just that, all you could hear was the birds singing, it was so lovely. There is so much to do in Wales, a week wasn't long enough. The cottage was so quaint we just felt so at home there, we will be going again for sure.
This was a really good place to stay to explore the area of north Wales. The atmosphere of the stone cottage set in the countryside really appealed to us, and the scenery is awesome.
Beautiful cottage amidst stunning scenery. The perfect Christmas escape we were after. We enjoyed our adventures finding places to walk the dog and despite the occasional bad weather we loved every minute and did not want to leave! Would love to go back and will always hold special memories for us. I
A beautiful, authentic cottage in a stunning location. It was quiet and peaceful.
Cefn Coch Isaf has a lot of character and is set in a beautiful if remote location, had the weather been kinder to us we would have enjoyed it even more.
We had a great time,cottage was lovely,one issue,The seating could have been more comfortable.
Everything else lovely,but first place we have not had a welcome tray,and we didn't see anyone all holiday.
Delightful cottage in a beautiful area.
Clear and simple booking procedure.
Once found the cottage was clean, well equipped
The resident owner was most helpful and friendly.
The least liked aspect was having to leave at the end of the week.
it was a lovely get a way
myself and my husband really enjoyed our stay.We are thinking of returning for a short break again next year. It is the perfect place to have a peaceful stay.The cottage was warm and well equipt. We enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and as it was only a 5 minute drive away from Portmadog, so we could go shopping or eat out without a lot of fuss. We would recommend a visit to anyone wanting a retreat.
private and peacefull
location was ideal for what we wanted which was a quiet place to take dixie (our dog)away from the fireworks,the cottage was a lot more than we expected,this being the first time in a holiday cottage,the cottage was exceptionaly clean we would definitly go back at some time in the future, thank you sykes
Comfortable cottage in a superb location.
Good walking area
Godd coast line
A magical place
The cottage was gorgeous & is in a truely beautiful setting. Everything you could need & more is provided & the owners were there to meet me despite it being dark & thrashing down with rain! I was more than surprised by how clean the cottage was & despite going on my own with just my dog I felt very safe throughout my stay. The owners didn't keep popping in on me although I knew they were nearby if I did need anything. A really lovely holiday which I plan to repeat, thank you!
A lovely little cottage in a really nice location. A very friendly, informative welcome by the owner. Equipment basic but adequate.
great location ...
Lovely little cottage well kitted out - doesnt feel like the owner has just put leftover utensils etc there
Great little wood and garden for dog to roam in first thing in morning and last thing at night.
Car picked up a rodent though which ate through some wires one night!
A quiet, tranquil, comfortable and unhurried.
A lovely private and quiet place to stay if you don't mind being a bit off the beaten track. Kitchen a bit basic but other comforts more than made up for it. If you want to walk the local area there wasn't much specific information on hand.
one of our favourite places to stay, the cottage is beautiful and so are the gardens surrounding it, the location is ideal too 10 minutes from porthmadog, 20 from beddgelert, and 25 from criccieth and abersoch, some great walks to be had and cymstraddlyn a very close wal from the cottage, the owners are lovely and managed a chat the first night whilst walking the dog. we have stayed here twice and another visit is needed soon, beautiful place
A cracking little place, full of rustic charm and hidden away in rural seclusion (nearest pubs, shops, etc 8-10 minute drive). This is an ideal couples venue and very well placed for exploring North Wales. Spotlessly clean, well-equipped and tastefully decorated indoors, it was truly a rustic idyll - no noise just birdsong and baa-ing to be heard! Would benefit from having a mop at hand for the wet-room after showers but that's the only "criticism" as such and very minor at that. If you want to "get away from it all" and fancy something really different, definitely try here.
Lovely cottage set in a beautiful garden
Charming and Peaceful
We arrived on sat 1st August and were very impressed with the cottage, the size of the rooms didn't disappoint with plenty of room for us and our puppy. although small, the kitchen was well equipped with plenty of good quality utensils pots pans etc however the down side was no oven there was a 2 ring hob and a convection microwave but having not used a microwave for years it was a struggle ,the shower room was of a good size ,the huge attic bedroom was accessed but a spiral staircase ,very quaint ! but with deep steps which on occasion were not easy to negotiate ,we had a lovely stay and enjoyed our trips out the only criticism was the cooker and the amount of over grown trees and bushes around the property which would benefit from being cut back ,if you are staying here we would recommend a visit to Black Rock Sands beach it was fab ,but hard to find, not very well sign posted ,but follow the signs for the golf club in town and its not far past that ,amazing for walking or just chilling
This beautifully decorated 16th century cottage is set in the most tranquil setting in the Cwmystrallyn countryside. The cottage adjoins the owners property but with several feet of stone wall separating you the only noise you can hear is birdsong, and if you are very lucky an owl at night. The lounge is very spacious and incorporates dining table and chairs. The kitchen is well stocked with good quality equipment and everything you need to enjoy your break there. There is no oven but there are full simple instructions booklet for the convection/microwave there and we cooked a roast dinner successfully and used it frequently, so please don't let it put you off. The hob heats up really quickly and we have had a few cooked breakfasts during our stay! The bathroom was adequate and yes it is a wet room as such, but soon dries out, with a little ventilation. We sat outside where bistro table and chairs provided, and just enjoyed the lovely weather and a well earned drink, all in a totally private and peaceful garden. The upstairs again is very spacious, providing you with a comfortable bed and all the storage needed to enjoy your stay. Yes the stairs are steep but you do have solid supports to help you up the stairs. Throughout the property there are rustic beams which enhance your stay at this beautiful quaint cottage. So basically, if you are wanting to away from it all for a while, why not give it a go? We have come back feeling very refreshed. Thanks to the owners for giving so much detailed thought to the set up of this gem.
Instructions told us to turn up after 3pm we get a message not to turn up till after 4pm and they had still not finished cleaning house for next guest.The kitchen needs a cooker a 2 ring hob and microwave is not enough, Needs a mop and bucket in the wet room instead of having to use our towels to mop up. For winter months the heating is poor. We went out to buy hot water bottles and blankets.
Lovely cottage retreat - very good but could be excellent!
Points to make this property excellent for us are as follows.
1. Access to the property is not allowed until 4pm although guests are requested to leave on their day of departure by 10am. 6 hours turnaround for a cottage of this size seems excessive.
2. It is not clear that bath towels are not supplied and that is something we would have expected given the high quality and cleanliness of the bedlinen.
These a small points that could be easily addressed and would make this beautiful, very clean, well equipped cottage even better.
Beautiful Holiday Cottage
When I called to arrange key collection I was advised of everything I needed to know, Very private cottage with beautiful views. The cottage was very well equipped, and very clean. The dog seemed to enjoy herself too :)
We booked this cottage 'blind' with no recommendations but are so glad we did! A quaint cottage, well equipped and dog friendly. Our dog loved it too! Looking forward to returning again in September. Thanks again it was just what we needed, piece and quiet with easy access to places we chose to visit.
The cottage was really romantic and just what we needed for a relaxing weekend.
The cottage was in a quiet location.
The cottage was fantastic - traditional and Romantic. Superb location for those who want to 'get away for a while'.
The cottage was perfect for our needs - a quiet, remote and comfortable hideaway which allowed us to relax for a few days.
Wonderful, romantic cottage. Privacy excellent.
Lovely cottage, warm and comfortable, friendly owners, immaculate. Superb surroundings. Overall a smashing base for a great holiday.
Peaceful location, people who owned the cottage were very helpful and nice but not intrusive. It was a lovely break.
We appreciated the cosy, quiet secluded cottage and yet being close to all amenities. We have already booked again!
The cottage was comfortable and warm, making it a great place to relax in the evenings.
Really peaceful location and convenient for Snowdonia or the coast. Cottage was immaculate, very tasefully done, romantic, warm and cosy. Owners were friendly and helpful without being intrusive. We'll definately book again.
Perfect location to visit the little trains of North West Wales, recommend Black Rock Beach.
Excellent property. Immaculate condition. Great area for exploring coast or mountains. Really cosy, romantic hide away, had a fantastic week.
It was a very pleasant house; our hosts were very kind and helpful and the weather was great.
Very kind hosts. A snug, cosy place.
A characterful cottage, which had been beautifully restored. Peaceful location with good walking opportunities.
The cottage was in a beautiful setting with lovely views. It was quiet and tranquil and a wonderful location to escape from the stresses of modern life.
The cottage was lovely, it wasn't too far away from excellent restaurants and the owners of the cottage were lovely friendly people. It's a perfect place to stay if you enjoy walking. We will be going back.
Excellent local walks. The cottage has 36 inch thick walls and feels very cosy. The exposed beams were lovely.
We found the garden very pleasant to relax in and the area superb.
A wonderful, restful holiday, total peace and quiet. Thank you so much. The cottage is ideal for anyone who wants to get away from it all, yet is in easy reach of all the beauty spots and attractions of North Wales, Porthmadog being an ideal spot.
For steam train lovers, Welsh Highland Railway. The owners were the perfect hosts.
The cottage had wonderfully quiet surroundings and beautiful scenery.
Very rural cottage. Excellent for local sights and those seeking peace and quiet.
The cottage was very good indeed, really liked the under floor heating. The weather was not very good at the time so it was a pleasure to come back to the warmth!
The location of the property was ideal for Snowdonia and I loved the property itself - very cosy and well furnished. The underfloor heating was much appreciated.
Fantastic location, real sense of being away from it all, while maintaining accessibility to major attractions. Beautiful property, well furnished and maintained; very friendly and helpful owners, with great surrounding lands.
The hosts were very kind and lent us maps, compasses and binoculars and the cottage was lovely in the most beautiful setting.
The cottage was so romantic and perfectly positioned for Snowdonian hill walking.
Very nice rural location, peaceful and relaxing. The cottage was small but very comfortable and all that was needed was provided. The owner was very pleasant and helpful but we were left alone and to our own devices whilst we were there, which was great.
The cottage was situated in a very secluded spot on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and was ideal for a peaceful break; yet amenities such as shops, restaurants and pubs etc were only 3 or 4 miles away.
This was a holiday where we required peace and quiet after a long Christmas and it came up to expectations. Excellent cottage set in a beautiful area. Would recommend to any romantic loving couple who want to escape.
The cottage was set in beautiful surroundings. The owners were friendly and helpful and to hand if there were any problems. The cottage itself was wonderful, warm, cosy and inviting. It was a home away from home.
We liked the remote location of the cottage and its rustic feel. We fully intend to book another holiday at Cefn Coch Isaf.
Second visit to this lovely property and it did not disappoint. A calm and peaceful relaxing break. The cottage was just as we remembered it, very cosy and neat with a lovely atmosphere and close to the lovely coastline and mountains to explore. Highly recommended, will definitely come again.
The cottage is situated in the most beautiful countryside, very quiet and yet in short driving distance to various interesting sights. In the cottage we particularly liked the lovingly renovated and very cosy bedroom. Last but not least the owners of the cottage are very friendly and helpful. All in all we spent a wonderful week in this Snowdonian location.
Lovely place, nice people, just the ticket for a romantic honeymoon break.
We spent a great holiday in Wales. The cottage was delightful, romantic and comfortable. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We really would like to come again.
A wonderful, peaceful cottage made for a very relaxing holiday. We would return in the future and highly recommend it.
Very quiet and handy for so many places.
Beautifully decorated in traditional styling. We loved the cottage and the area. Would definitely consider returning here. Owner very helpful.
N.B. Perfect for special occasions like anniversaries etc. due to romantic styling of cottage.
Beautiful setting in the mountains, pleasant owners who left us in peace and privacy. The cottage had been kept to its traditional style.
The cottage was beautiful, very secluded and peaceful, which was just what we wanted. Close to some very nice walks and mountains. The owner was very nice and helpful. The perfect break for my wife and I. Would definitely return here.
The location, the peace and quiet were ideal. It was central for visiting atractions in the area.
Fabulous location. Lovely and peaceful. Great for walks.
Simplicity of the decor, no clutter and trinkets. Everything worked and suited the cottage. Situation brilliant for visiting the Lleyn, local towns and villages, mountains etc.
Absolutely lovely cottage, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It was secluded enough to make it very peaceful but close enough to the beaches etc to make nothing too far away. Big thumbs up!
My husband and I really enjoyed the tranquil setting, really nice, really easy to find and will definitely re-visit. We've already recommended it.
Lovely cottage with great character in an excellent location for visiting the Lleyn Peninsular and Snowdon. We can't wait to visit this cottage again!
The house set a fantastic atmosphere and was very welcoming. The garden was lovely and the weather was fantastic. There were plenty of nice walks from the house and great scenery.
The cottage is in a beautiful part of the country, quiet and peaceful, and is charming and interesting. We would have loved to know more about its history. The bed was the most comfortable ever and the whole place felt really clean.
The location of the cottage was nice as it was just out of the nearby town and so nice and quiet.
Warm welcome from cottage owners - nothing was too much trouble. Very pretty gardens.
No problems whatsoever - the cottage was as described, the booking process online was also quick and convenient. My wife & I were particularly impressed with the overall quality feel of this cottage having had bad experiences with other cottages/companies in the
This was our third visit. A lovely built home for 2.
Ambiance and atmosphere of 17th century cottage was perfect. Quietness and privacy. Good security. Well sited accommodation with easy access to town shops. Easy drive to all of Snowdonia.
It was very cosy, scenery was beautiful,and garden was pleasant.
Great cottage in a convenient location!
The property was fantastic - simple as that!
Very comfortable holiday property. Owner welcomed us personally and was very helpful. Excellent location to explore Snowdonia & Lleyn Peninsula. We really enjoyed our stay.
A lovely, character cottage, set in idyllic surroundings.
Quiet location, spectacular views, walks with out travelling far from cottage.
It was a lovely character cottage in beautiful surroundings. It was very peaceful, the only thing we heard as the birds singing and the bees humming.
We had the most wonderful and peaceful holiday! Owners were so friendly , yet very considerate to privacy. We will definitely go again!
Beautiful cottage and surroundings, a very peaceful holiday. Not once bothered by the owners, just left to enjoy a great week. Hope to return next year.
A very atmospheric place. The location is ideal for a wide variety of walking.
The location of Cefn Coch Isaf was perfect for us and our dog, being surrounded by farmland and long, strenuous hilltop walks. The house was very well kept and furnished, especially upstairs, with wonderful 17th century features.
A good basic property which allowed us a very comfortable stay. The owner was very helpful and knowledgeable about local walks.
The location and friendliness of the owners. Snowed whilst there so added to the splendour of the surrounding scenery.
The cottage was extremely clean & everything I could need was provided. The owners were very friendly & were there to meet me as I arrived. They left me to myself throughout the week which was appreciated. The cottage is really quite magical & it is set in the loveliest area too. I certainly plan to return for another restful holiday.
The location was perfect for an away-from-it-all, restful break. Very peaceful with excellent walks. The cottage was very comfortable, simply but adequately furnished and very cosy. The owners, although living in the house next door, were completely unobtrusive - but it was nice to know they were there if needed. The bed was really comfortable - I haven't slept so well in ages.
The location is brilliant for those people who like to walk in Snowdonia whilst also being a short drive away from the local beach at Criccieth. We were very lucky with the weather which always makes for a great week. We shall no doubt be back for another stay. A bottle of wine in the fridge was a generous touch - thank you.
Setting of the property. The bed was very comfortable.
A wonderful location for a peaceful break, close to sea and the mountains. This was my second visit,and I will definitely be going back.
We had a wonderful holiday again. The area is amazing. The cottage is in a lovely setting and area. The owners are so lovely, we will go again. Very near to the Ospreys located just outside Porthmadog. Perfect place for birdwatchers.
Property was full of character and ideally situated for the beach and the mountains. It was lovely and warm despite the tail end of a hurricane coming through while we were there.
One of the best equipped cottages I have stayed in. The garden and small wood was perfect for the dog to run about in. The underfloor heating kept the place warm - and the dog appreciated that too!
The cottage was a warm haven to come home to after long days spent walking. Tucked away, surrounded by beautiful scenery, perfect for our hobby - photography!
Thanks for a great holiday, we will be back soon!