Apartment in Porthmadog, Wales - Peaceful Location, Short Walk To Beaches, Shops And Restaurants
About Emma Patchett
My name is Emma Patchett and I live in Warwickshire with my husband and two children. Before having my children I had a career as a solicitor, although I decided to give up my legal position whilst the children are young. I now work part-time. The apartment in Porthmadog belongs to my mother. It is in such a beautiful and peaceful spot, with every type of amenity close by. We hope it appeals to many types of holiday maker - walkers, beach lovers, climbers, wildlife enthusiasts, fans of steam railway or those who simply want a restful holiday watching the yachts in the harbour. Our children have loved trips to the beaches and amazing coastal castles nearby. All of our family have had wonderful holidays in the apartment and we would like others to be able to enjoy the delights of Snowdonia too!
Emma Patchett purchased this Apartment in 1997
Why Emma Patchett chose Porthmadog
Snowdonia is a wonderful destination for a holiday. We love the area because there are so many different things to do and it also has both spectacular coastal and mountain scenery. The apartment is ideally positioned to take advantage of both. The apartment is very quiet and peaceful and is at the edge of the small town of Porthmadog. It is situated on the Harbour, the access road is actually part of the Welsh Coastal Path. In the 19th century Oakley Wharf was a busy quayside loading Welsh slate for export around the world, and the area retains many historic features. It's only a few minutes walk to restaurants, pubs, shops, beaches and Ffestiniog railway station where you can travel by steam train into the surrounding countryside. The apartment can cater for everyone's holiday needs!
What makes this Apartment unique
One of the best things about Oakley Wharf is its waterside location and the fabulous harbour views from the garden. This makes it a wonderful spot for sitting in the garden, having a cup of tea/glass of wine, or eating, and watching the boats go by. To the left you can see the ever changing colours of the mountains of Snowdonia and to the right is the Glaslyn estuary with its varied bird life and the beautiful sea views. From the front door it is a pleasant walk to the beaches beyond Borth-y-Gest or the shops & cafes of Porthmadog High Street. You can choose a short stroll or a longer hike along the coastal paths, past beaches and coves with spectacular views. The Ffestiniog railway is also very nearby for memorable steam-powered trips into Snowdonia.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Steam trains and wild life, June 2019.
We expect high standards of our holiday accommodation, and were not disappointed in any respect. Our second stay at this property, and it will certainly not be the last. Emma proved again to be most helpful, and friendly, with almost immediate response to our queries. Top marks all round.
Very comfortable apartment.
The only problem I had was with the electricity meter, it was too high for me to reach, luckily my husband is tall!
Perfect position on harbour side, always something happening with the yachts.
Ideal place for relaxation
This our second visit to Porthmadog in the same flat. We liked it so much first time we booked again. It is ideal for the less mobile being all on ground level. It has a beautiful outlook over the quay with boats moored alongside in the channel, so there is always something to look at. The Festiniog railway is also in view.
The flat is well furnished and equipped, and very comfortable, I have spoken with Emma a few times and any minor problems have been quickly resolved.
Lovely space to stay in
This lovely apartment is ideal for anyone visiting the area. The beds are some of the comfiest I have experienced in rental properties! The owner has clearly thought about what visitors need and it is comfortable and well equipped. The patio opens onto the harbour where there is always something happening. It is within an easy walking distance of many eating places and local shops as well as the Ffestiniog railway station.
Great, modern property in a fantastic location for exploring the Snowdonia area.
Staying by the harbour-side has been such a fabulous family experience. The town, beach and Ffestiniog Railway station are all walking distance. There are plenty of OS maps and other leaflets in the apartment with suggestions of walks and other adventures. The apartment is very modern and clean with comfortable beds. We especially appreciated the tea and coffee, milk and biscuits set up for our arrival. Also beach essentials and crabbing buckets/nets were available to use. All these little extras made it possible for us to make the most from all this area has to offer. Everything has been thought of. Having a cup of coffee in the morning watching the sunrise over the mountains was a glorious and peaceful way to start the day. We would definitely recommend this property - great communication with Emma the owner. Thank you for a wonderful Easter break!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the apartment, we appreciate it very much and are delighted you were able to enjoy so many activities during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again!
Well equipped flat, lovely location with views of the harbour and mountains
We wanted a place to stay so we didn't need the use of a car, a perfect spot to walk the coastal path from, if you don't fancy walking back there are several train stations along the route, also many local walks. Spent most evenings watching the tide going in/out of the harbour, amazing views both ways. Had a very relaxing time, thank you for the use of your flat.
Many thanks for your positive review and for taking the time to give your feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed the harbour-side spot and enjoyed the many walks local to the area. We look forward to welcoming you back!
The beginning of the coves beyond Borth-y-Gest are approx 10 - 15 minutes walk away along the Welsh Coastal Path which runs past the apartment. Borth-y-Gest village with its 2 cafes on the front is approx. 5 - 10 minutes walk away. Black Rock Sands is a long sandy beach approx 2 miles drive away, you can drive your car onto the beach. Harlech Beach and Shell Island, a great family beach with cafe and toilets is approx 20 mins drive away. A further drive away is Abersoch beach.
Nearest airports are Liverpool or Manchester.
5 - 10 mins walk to Porthmadog High Street with shops, cafes, restaurants, bank. Approx 2 miles drive to Portmerion village. 5 - 10 mins walk to the Ffestiniog steam railway station with its great freehouse pub. Criccieth and Harlech castles approx 15 - 20 mins drive away. Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert villages also a short drive away. Caenarvon with its spectacular castle is approx. 30 mins drive away. There is also a children's playpark and a small crazy golf course approx 5 mins walk away.
The well-known Ffestiniog train station is a short walk away on the other side of the harbour. Steam trains can be seen (and distantly heard) from the sitting room of the apartment. The WHR track now extends towards Caenarvon.
Castles - Harlech, Criccieth and Caenarvon are all fantastic and interesting to visit -stunning in their own ways.
Walking - the towns of Beddgelert and Betws-y-coed are both a short drive away from Porthmadog where there are wonderful walks in the countryside.
Climbing - if you are feeling adventurous you can climb one of the routes to the top of Mount Snowdon.
Wildlife - there are Ospreys nesting nearby with a nest cam for nature lovers to watch at the Project Site. There is also plenty of seabird life in the harbour itself.
History of Oakley Wharf - Harbour museum further around the harbour.
Shops - there is a Tesco, Lidl, Wilkinsons, HSBC, Post Office chemist, delicatessens and various independent shops and cafes in Porthmadog High Street.
Cafes / Restaurants - Yr Hen Fecws is very nearby, opposite the play park serving delicious fresh food including breakfast. Kerfoots cafe is at the end of the High Street, above a lovely kitchenware shop, and is reached by ascending an enormous wooden spiral staircase. Also Moorings, the Big Rock cafe, Jennys, Jessies, Cadwaladers. The Royal Sportsman is also recommended.
Restaurants - There is a Thai restaurant at the Yacht club, an Indian restaurant along the road near the Ship Inn, and Allports fish and chip shop on Snowdon Street!
Borth-y-Gest - Moorings is lovely, as is the Sea View cafe on the front.
Pubs - the Ship Inn and Pen Cei are both within 5 mins walk, both serving food. The Ffestiniog railway station - Spooners, serves food and houses a great freehouse pub with an ever-changing range of guest ales!
Leisure activities - there is a cinema at the bottom of the High Street, and also a Leisure Centre with a swimming pool for children on a rainy day.
Golf course nearby.
Bookings are confirmed upon receipt of full payment by bank transfer or by cheque once funds are cleared. Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am. Cancellation refunds: Up to 8 weeks prior to booked arrival time - no charge - full refund.
4-8 weeks prior to booked arrival time - 50% of rate refunded.
2-4 weeks prior to booked arrival time - 25% of rate refunded.
Less than 2 weeks before booked arrival time - no refund. Guests should arrange travel insurance cover for their visit.
Changeover day is normally Saturday, but this may be flexible in low season. Arrival time at 4pm, departure time at 10am.
Notes on prices:
There is an easy to operate electricity meter at the apartment which takes £1 coins. Heating is by storage heaters and there are also standing heaters in each room.