Although there are cheaper options at the bottom of the steep hill, they require a hard walk up hill or a drive with traffic congestion with only two lanes and difficult parking to reach the shops and the castles and the hikes up the mountains. On clear days, Snowdonia is the most beautiful and serene landscape in the world, but you must plan for rainy days,too! On rainy days (its Wales) you will love seeing the castle, the ocean, the mountains, and the rainbows from the living room, dining room, and two bedrooms with large beds. It is a double wide terraced house with plenty of room. That it is called Sea View is an understatement as it offers more than the other sea views. For half a crown more it is the difference between grandeur and just lodging, like living in a turret of Harlech Castle, but nice and warm and cozy.Sea View is a self-catering apartment consisting of the first and second floors above a Post Office in a double wide terraced stone building dating back to 1903, with all modern conveniences. Being located in the centre of historic Harlech town in upper Harlech, it will seem as if you are staying in one of the turrets of the 13th century Edwardian Harlech Castle! All of Harlech's amenities are at your doorstep, including a Spar market, tea rooms, sweet shop, pubs and restaurants. Since the Arriva train stops at Harlech, it is even possible to have a complete holiday without a car.Being in the Snowdonia National Park there are many hiking trails that begin in Harlech and go up to megalithic stone circles, cairns, and hillforts with sheep everywhere! Harlech beach is just a short walk away with a sandy beach that stretches for miles. The St. David's golf course is right out the window and close by is a train station south to Barmouth and London and north to Porthmadog and Pwllheli. With stunning sea, mountain, and castle views, this Harlech self-catering apartment with central heating and an electric fireplace is in a lovely location to just stay inside any time of the year or venture out to shop, hike, swim at the beach (30 minute walk), golf, dine, or attend the theater (10 minute walk). Given the famous Welsh rain, you will be glad to be warm inside and, though it might rain all day, you are almost guaranteed to see a spectacular sunset every evening followed by the illuminated night castle.On the first floor of this Harlech holiday let is a kitchen and a dining room, which can seat everyone in your party, and a full bathroom. The sitting room, which has leather sofas with leg-rests and two swivel chairs in the bay window, is where the spectacular views described above can be seen and, in conjunction with the snug room which has a piano, there is provided a comfortable sitting area for 10, with the snug room being perfect for children.On the second floor this Harlech self-catering apartment are five bedrooms and a full bathroom with bidet. Two of these bedrooms have a the super-king and king bed facing all the spectacular views. The other three bedrooms welcome the sunrise over the tops of the houses in the town having a king bed with shares space with the washer and dryer with its own sink, a double bed, and a room with two full size bunk beds.The small enclosed front courtyard at the back entrance at this Snowdonia self-catering apartment offers a place to relax next to the spacious garden area with the view of the majestic castle turrets, or why not take a picnic lunch and sit in the courtyard of the castle, just a few steps away!Roadside parking (limited to one hour 9am - 6pm) plus two public car parks 4 mins walk (£1 ph 8am - 6.30pm). Please note that any occupancy above 10 persons must be for a minimum of a week and requires an explanation of how it will work for you.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Harlech Beach 1.3 km|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Harlech (to Barmouth, Birmingham, London) 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (3), Bunk Beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Harlech lies within Snowdonia Park which is a protected area that has been occupied for centuries by neolithic and Welsh farmers for the most part populated only by sheep. Its stunning views of mountains and ocean rival any in the world. Since the time that Harlech castle was built, the sea has retreated creating the area of lower Harlech and leaving sand dunes fronting a flat wide sandy beach that seems to go on forever to the low tide mark and to the left and right.
Harlech Castle is13th century castle built by Edward I of England to control the Welsh that he had just conquered with the death of Llywelyn the Last. This castle was taken by Owain Glyndwr who proclaimed himself Prince of Wales from 1401-1416. It held out for seven years from 1461 during the War of the Roses giving rise to the song "Men of Harlech" and again it was the last stronghold to fall to Oliver Cromwell in 1647. UNESCO considers Harlech to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage site. Before the castle was built it was from this rock that the Mabinogion hero Bran walked across to Ireland.
Below the castle is the renowned St. David's Golf Course. Above in the hills are many hiking trails past standing stones, stone rings, cairns and hillforts. Harlech town offers many shops from shoes to antiques to art works with many eating options.