Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Lodge is a converted stable sitting in private grounds at the rear of a notable Victorian villa (Bryn Hedd) in the seaside village of Penmaenmawr on the North Wales coast between Conwy and Bangor
This Characterful property is now available for holiday lettings. It had the benefit of some upgrading in 2010 when a new kitchen, second bedroom facility and shower room were fitted. The main ensuite bathroom was replaced in 2009.
The main feature room is the upstairs lounge reached via a spiral staircase. (please note this staircase may not be accessable for the infirm or physically challenged). This room covers the whole footprint of the property and features exposed original beams, log burner and fabulous views to Anglesey and Puffin Island.
The Lodge is furnished in charismatic style with much antique furniture, personal effects, original paintings, books cd's dvd's and a whopping stereo. I also leave wellies, fleeces, waterproofs etc in the kitchen should guests need them. This is an old property, a converted stable, and may not be up to the hotel standards of high end holiday lets and not as spacious as some but if you want character at a very competitive price the Lodge could be for you. It is probably best described as boho. If you are very fastidious and only satisfied with very high specs and conspicutive consumption it's probably not for you. Bland it is not!
With the addition of a sofa bed in the upstairs lounge the Lodge can now accommodate six persons
To the front of the property is a sizeable Welsh slate patio which is a great sun trap (up to an unbelievable 40 degrees C last summer). The lodge also faces West so benefits from sunshine from before midday all the way through to fabulous sunsets over the Menai Strait during the Spring and Summer (when the sun shines!)
The property is located a short walk (from 5 -15 minutes) from the village centre, beach and Snowdonia National park.
If you wish to stay local during your vacation you can enjoy the antique shops and restaurants of Penmaenmawr's restored village centre or the wide sandy beach ideal for walking, bathing, sailing or fishing or explore Snowdonia national park and quickly find yourself in the stunning wilderness of the Carneddau mountain range (much quieter than the Snowdon area). It is possible to walk over the mountains to the beautiful harbour town of Conway in just over two hours or even along the beach when the tide is out. The less energetic can drive in ten minutes or take the bus or do what I do which is walk there and take the bus back to Penmaenmawr after enjoying Conwy's fabulous pubs and restaurants. In fact because of Penmaenmawr's coastal location on the main train and bus route along the North Wales coast you could enjoy a holiday here without the need of a car! Great train links from Manchester, Chester and Liverpool to Llandudno Junction and to Pen itself (a request stop!). If I'm about I'll pick you up.
If you wish to travel further afield Penmaenmawr is an ideal base from which to explore North Wales. I like to think of Anglesey as my front garden and Snowdonia as my back garden. In little more than half an hour you can drive to Anglesey, or the heart of Snowdonia (Betws y Coed or Llanberis) or be enjoying the shopping in genteel Llandudno. Driving an hour or more will see you on the magical Llyn Peninsular or Southern Snowdonia around Dolgellau or Port Merion. The range of attractions that this whole area offers is without compare in England and Wales. Think of all the benefits of Cornwall and the Lake District combined without the hassle of getting to Scotland (unless of course you live there!) and you have an idea of what the whole of North Wales has to offer.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Fishing Sailing Walking Climbing Rambling Rafting Kayaking Surfing Canyoning Coasteering Paracending Paragliding Parasurfing Windsurfing Power Boating Fell Running (madness) Mountain Biking Caravanning Camping Free Camping. Anyway I'm sure anyone looking for a place to stay in North Wales is aware of all this.
Oh yes Golf! There are some great links courses along the coast - Conway being the nearest. Penmaenmawr has an excellent half course however (certainly less than half an hour walk) and the whole area is rather underrated according to a group of American Golf tourists who I met in Conway last year (I'm not a golfer tho I do have an old set of clubs if you wish to borrow them). Much cheaper than Lancashire or Scotland with comparable courses they said.
Please email me through the holiday lettings site if you require any further information.
I have recently had a couple of bad reviews both of which I think are very extreme. I have explained that the Lodge is not 5 star but it is cleaned and linen and towels washed after every stay. It's quite difficult to be told that bedding has not been changed, that the kitchen is filthy when you KNOW both have been cleaned. When someone immediately decides that they "couldn't possibly" stay there then you know you are dealing with an extreme reaction. The lodge is not an isolation unit and not suitable for the very fussy, perfectionists or those verging on hypochondria. For people who like a cosy cottage atmosphere and won't become hysterical if my cleaner missed a cobweb it's ideal. For more details please read the reviews and my responses and remember that I have had at least 12 perfectly happy stays this year (my first year of holiday lets) and many kind words of appreciation that have not as yet been translated into reviews. If you would like to bring your own towels and linen you are most welcome.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Penmaenmawr 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liverpool 70 km, Nearest railway: Llandudno Junction or Penmaenmawr (Request Stop) 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
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9 Jan 2014
"Perfect location for exploring North Wales"
We stayed at The Lodge with our friends from U.S.A for a week in June 2013. Booking hassle free. Communication with the owner prompt and reliable. Quirky accommodation, with beautiful views from the u… More
5 Nov 2013
"Great place to stay"
We recently spent three nights at The Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It was clean, comfortably furnished and well equipped. The weather was cold while we were there, but the house was v… More
21 Oct 2013
"Charming and full of character"
We have just returned from a wonderful long weekend at The Lodge. Communication with the owner was great with instant replies to my emails and him providing me with his mobile number in case of any is… More
23 Sep 2013
"Ok for a couple of nights"
We wanted a few nights away at short notice and having a dog always struggle to find a pet friendly place and this seemed to fit the bill. My first impressions were of disappointment, it felt likewe h… More
I thought these comments were fair to be honest. However I have cleared cupboard space in the kitchen and will be clearing more stuff out this winter. It's been my first year doing holiday lets and am responding to any reasonable suggestions.
20 Sep 2013
"A comfortable and quirky place with character"
This is not the sort of place for you if you respond positively to the character-free motel/ hotel chains, where every room is laid out and equipped to a standard pattern with clinical efficiency: it … More
19 Sep 2013
I stayed at The Lodge with my daughter and young granddaughter, We booked the break fairly last minute and were not sure of the area but were very happy with the location which was in easy reach of s… More
3 Sep 2013
"Dirtiest place I have ever stayed in."
The kitchen had mould on the floor, cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, dirty coats hanging above the microwave,.All the kitchen cupboards were full of chipped, cracked and dirty crockery. Ther was no s… More
The kitchen had mould on the floor!
This is the most ridiculous complaint I have ever heard. The "mould" is discolouration of the original quarry tiles in the kitchen! Unbelievable ignorance and hypochondria. No wonder they relocated to a travel lodge.
It puts a lot of the other complaints into perspective when you realise how utterly idiotic this complaint is. The whole idea that ALL the crockery is dirty and chipped, that the shower screen is covered in SCUM, that EVERYTHING is tat! It's nonsense. I came back to the Lodge after this visit and stayed for a week before my cleaner came in and prepared for the next guest - it was fine, comfortable and cosy and everything a characterful country cottage should be - except for the damp patch in the corner of the bedroom for which I gave this guest half his money back and which took me just an afternoon to repair. (I had undertaken exterior work in the Spring so the wall was drying out successfully. It was NOT covered in black mould.
I am not apologising for using my own house. I have to use it sometimes for family reasons but I am clearing more and more stuff out of it and have taken notice of sensible observations such as that I need to create more cupboard space for groceries.
However these "professionals" make the place sound like a cess pit and I object to it. God knows what "profession" they're in with spelling like that?
7 Aug 2013
"Fantastic, homely and a great base for seeing North Wales."
I stayed at the Lodge with my 6 year old daughter and thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit daunting to see the bedrooms downstairs but that meant the views from the lounge were stunning. All amenities were go… More
26 Jul 2013
"The Lodge is like your favourite woolly jumper"
We had a most enjoyable week at the Lodge in late June. It's in a great location, quiet and tucked away but near the shops in the centre of the village. It's perfect if you don't have a car, with buses nearby to Conwy/Llandadno to the east, and Caernarfon to the west, and the beautiful Snowdonia hills at the back of the village and the beach in front. If you do have a car, it has parking.
The Lodge is very comfortable with a big den upstairs that feels like a loft with a magnificent view over the sea, the Isle of Anglesey and Puffin island. Great sunsets. The two kids slept up there. Everything else -- the two bedrooms, bathroom, dining area, small loo and perfectly fine kitchen, where we made simple meals with supplies from the village -- is downstairs. There's a sunny corner for sitting right outside the door and even a small patch of lawn where the kids did cartwheels. You've got everything you need for a great stay but, as the blurb says, it "may not be up the hotel standards of high-end holiday lets". So don't expect five star. If you're looking for five star, find something else. The Lodge is like your favourite woolly jumper: cozy and comfortable, if a little worn here and there. We all loved it.
23 Jul 2013
"This property had dirty bedding, a dirty kitchen and was unfit and unready for paying guests."
The property was not cleaned, the bedding was dirty and stained, the kitchen was filthy with food waste on units and in equipment, the cooker and oven were full of grease filled trays.
There was only one bed in the second bedroom. We were expected to put up another bed in the very limited space and then hunt for sheets etc.
The whole place was full of the owners property, dirty coats and wellies, clothes ands shoes in the wardrobe, half used jars of food in the fridge.
We had to spend hours cleaning it up before we coudl settle in.
This is the response I offered to the letter of complaint I received from this guest. It also offers a general response to this type of complaint - two of which I have received. How their impressions are so extreme really is beyond me. I hope the following helps you judge whether the Lodge is the place for you.
Thanks for your letter.
Well first of all please accept my condolences on finding your stay at the Lodge so unsatisfactory. It's never a pleasant thing to arrive on holiday with so much expectation and then to feel such disappointment.
However as you can probably imagine I do not share your impressions of the property and take issue with you on a number of points.
Firstly I do not accept that the property was dirty or unfit for paying customers. I have no doubt that if I had been there you could have pointed to some aspects of the cottage which were not pristine but as I clearly state in my description of the property it is not up to the hotel standard of high end holiday lets but that of course does not excuse a generally dirty property unfit for guests and I maintain that the property was perfectly acceptable and had indeed been cleaned that day. Your assertion that it took a further four hours to make the property "ready for habitation" if indeed true probably indicates that you would have been better staying in the type of property I have deliberately tried to differentiate that Lodge from.
Regarding the kitchen I dispute that the fridge was dirty, that there was food debris everywhere and grease all over the cooker. Again I am sure you could have pointed to some aspect of imperfection but generally the kitchen was in a perfectly acceptable state and could have been used for cooking immediately. Yes there are items left in the fridge, some mine and some left by previous guests and I have encouraged all the guests to use any food items / condiments / drinks etc. that have been left. Why waste them? Again if you find this sort of thing unacceptable I suggest this type of holiday let is not for you. Half the freezer is unused and available for the use of guests. Again if a guest wanted to use something I had left in the freezer that would be perfectly okay.
I totally refute that the bed linen had not been changed. "It smelled horribly"!? Given that it had most definitely been laundered I doubt it and I'm sure my Father or Aunty would not have made any excuses for bed linen that smelled horribly. They mentioned nothing to me. Was the bed linen totally and utterly pristine and absolutely unmarked? - I doubt it. I don't buy new linen for each guest and we do not have the sort of laundry facilities that can keep the bedding and towels spotless - but they were all laundered - without a shadow of a doubt. The "makeshift" wardrobe is a unit built in by my father 15 years ago; I'm sure he'll welcome your description. Yes the wardrobe has some of my clothes in it and so does the chest of drawers but they all have empty sections with plenty of room for guest's belongings. I make the point in my description of the property that some of my belongings remain as I also use the Lodge and they have nowhere else to go! Again if you find this unacceptable you should have booked another property. How would you know if the bathroom and second toilet had had just a cursory wipe around? The bathroom needs a clean and mopping after every stay and was done prior to your arrival.
Regarding the second bedroom it is the case that the single beds were not made up but you over dramatize the situation by claiming the mattress was "on the floor lying on a bed frame that still needed to be put up – in which case the mattress was NOT on the floor. The mattress actually lives on this frame under the first single bed when not in use. When it is pulled out for use the legs are a simply employed - a frame does not need to be put up. I was under the impression that with four adults (probably two couples) the preference would be to use the sofa bed upstairs which was made up with fresh bedding. I had also asked my friend to come in and strip the single beds and place the second bed back under the first prior to your arrival. Unfortunately he was unable to gain access to do this but as it turned out it was the two single beds that you required so probably best he hadn't done it. All that was actually required therefore was to change the bedding on the single beds which as you say my father and Aunt helped you with – hardly a crisis worthy of tears. The rearranging of the bedroom with the dresser in the middle and the other single bed permanently placed on the other side is a better arrangement but not absolutely necessary by any means.
You say that you were unable to contact me but you were able to?! I leave my number with all the guests and my Dad and Aunty are generally around and aware that guests may need some assistance and are very prepared to help if so required as you rightly testify. I don't accept that my Father and Aunty were also "disappointed" with the state of the place. He confirmed to you that the place had been cleaned (as he paid her) and confirmed to me that the place was not filthy - which is what you said to me over the phone. Indeed my Father intimated to me that after this initial confusion / disappointment which was sorted quite quickly you and your husband were perfectly happy and had a very enjoyable stay so I find it strange that you are now telling me that your initial disappointment, whether warranted or not, spoilt your holiday.
As far as holiday lettings are concerned they are not particularly hands on. It's largely a web based service and as such I don't get visits or advice or instruction. As this is the case it is more important than ever to read the property description before making any booking and I have tried very hard to ensure that guests have a feel for the sort of place the lodge is specifically to avoid this type of problem. It is not perfect and definitely not the sort of place for anyone verging on hypochondria but neither is it filthy or uninhabitable. Generally speaking this message seems to have got through and as I said yours is the first complaint out of more than ten guest visits so far this year.
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