This 17th Century Welsh longhouse is our family sanctuary and reflects the love and care of generations. Hidden away within two working hill farms overlooking the magnificent Snowdon range, it is very cosy, very pretty, and extraordinarily peaceful.
You reach the house via a long gravel track, two farm gates and magical views. Inside the porch you will see the original oak doorway, solid and gnarled, which lets you into the sitting room with its huge fireplace and log-burning stove. Beyond that is the kitchen and pantry (formerly the cow & calf sheds), then the dining room (once the dairy), and the cold back hallway or boot-room (the old stable) which has a downstairs loo. Upstairs, you will find three bedrooms and a bathroom, but one of the bedrooms is fairly small and is best suited to children although my brother and cousin, both strapping men, sleep there happily. If you've never stayed in a longhouse before, you will see why they are called that.
The whole house is available to you. In front of it there is a gravel yard with a stone log-shed built into the dry-stone wall that serves as a wind-shield and an afternoon sun-trap. Behind the house, the garden is separated from the sheep fields by another dry-stone wall - heroically built by my father - that encircles a rough lawn and small gravel terrace. When the weather is clear, you can see Snowdon and her sisters from here.
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Cefn-y-Gadfa is a great place for those who want to be active (walkers, bikers, birders, anglers, sightseers) and those who just want to read, paint, sew, wander and otherwise relax.
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Booking options: we have blocked a day either side of a booking to make changeover cleaning a bit easier for the team that does it, but if you are especially keen to arrive on a cleaning day, please let me know and I will check if the changeover team can accommodate you. The same applies to shorter stays in the summer months when I favour 5-7 day bookings. Just ask and I'll happily look into it for you. From Jan 6 to the end of March, we accommodate 2-night weekends from Friday to Sunday but the rest of the year, we prefer longer bookings. However, if you particularly want to come for a weekend only, please write in advance and I'll see if I can accommodate you.
Mobile phone coverage: please note that the EE service provider has very poor coverage in this area. Vodafone, O2 and Three have good coverage, as do the service providers which use their transmitters (e.g. Talk Mobile). Please check coverage (URL HIDDEN) or ask if your service provider has coverage around LL24 0LT.
Arrival time: it is a good idea, especially in winter, to arrive during daylight hours so that you do not risk taking a wrong turn in the dark and ending up in a muddy field. I have suggested arriving between 3-5pm, but in winter you should try to get there by 4pm if possible
Cleaning: I'm keen to keep the daily rental at a reasonably low rate for a 3-bedroom house, but the cleaning fee may be a bit higher than average (at £60) because this old house takes half a day to do the changeovers (just to change the linen and clean the rooms). On top of that we have to pay laundry charges of £8 per person because I am not there to do them myself. To keep the rates fair for couples who stay, I am absorbing the laundry cost for two people using the main double bedroom, but am charging £8 per person for 3 or more guests. I hope you think this is a fairer way of covering the costs. In order for us to know which beds have been used, and which not, we ask guests to fold back the duvet on used beds. Please also note that if beds look messed up, e.g. by a dog, by using it to put your case on or lie on, even if they were not actually slept in, the changeover team may decide that the bedding needs to be changed and this will incur an extra charge. Likewise, if the large blue quilt in the main bedroom is unduly messed up by having something spilt on it (recently, we have twice found it marked by what looked like oil), we will charge an extra £20 which is the cost of having it specially laundered. And if you move any of the furniture, we would also be grateful if you could please put it back to its original position before you leave.
Clothing: Cefn-y-Gadfa is over 1000 feet above sea level and can be colder than many of us are used to. The secret is to wear layers which you can peel off if you get warm walking. In winter, we suggest you arrive wearing shoes that don't mind getting a bit muddy when you open gates. If cattle are in the field the gateway is bound to be muddy.
Kitchen equipment: you will find the kitchen quite well equipped with a Rayburn for cooking (as well as an electric stove if need be), a microwave oven, an orange juicer, various bits of kit for making real coffee, and an assortment of new pots, pans and other implements, as well as a few historical novelties inherited from my grandmother, e.g. an old-fashioned hand mincer for turning leftovers from the Sunday roast into Monday's shepherd's pie. You probably won't want to use that!
A family history: you will find some notes about the house and its contents in a folder left for you to peruse if you are interested.
Refurbishment and renovations progress: This dear old house, like all old houses, needs constant improvements. So far we have re-carpeted most rooms and have bought new linen and cooking utensils. In May 2016, we will install a proper shower and by the end of the year, will start to double-glaze the windows. All this needs funding which is why we are sharing Cefn-y-Gadfa on Airbnb and are so happy to host you. You are helping us take care of this lovely place. Thank you!
We expect guests to give this lovely old property the care and respect we think it deserves, taking care to leave it and its contents as they find them.
For short-term bookings (any period up to a month), we ask AirBnB to retain a security deposit of £250 which will be returned to you within a week, less any deductions. Although we hope this won't be necessary, we will charge for unreasonable breakages, damage to the property (including pet damage) and any additional cleaning if the house is left in an unacceptable mess, if any bed quilts need special cleaning as a result of having oil or any other substance spilled on them, or if more people stay than were booked in and therefore more bed linen needs to be changed. The person booking the holiday will be responsible for any damage or losses in excess of the deposit.
Long-term bookings: for bookings much longer than a month, we offer an extra discount but we increase the deposit to £500, and we ask guests to pay the extra cost of heating. That way, guests can run the heating as much or little as they like and we don't need to worry about the cost.
Pets: dogs are most welcome provided they are obedient, house-trained, and do not chase sheep or cattle. If you are not sure how 'livestock-proof' your dog is, please keep him or her on a lead near sheep or cattle, especially during the birthing period (March-May) when sheep are either heavily pregnant or looking after young lambs. There are public footpaths all around us but most of them go through fields that may have livestock in. Please note that under UK law, farmers have the right to shoot dogs that disturb livestock. We would hate to ban dogs from Cefn-y-Gadfa as they do love being there, but we also cannot undermine the livelihood of our kindly neighbours. Hill farmers already find it hard enough making a decent living. So please take care. And kindly keep pets off the furniture.
Gates: please be sure to close any gates you open, including the two you go through to get to the house.
Smoking: No smoking in the house, please, but of course you are welcome to smoke outside.
Rubbish: Please ensure that you put your household rubbish in the green bin located at the junction of the farm track and the B5113 Nebo road (see map in manual at the house) and deposit recyclables (glass, tins, paper, plastic) in the Pentrefoelas car park beside the tea room. Alternatively, we can deduct £20 from your deposit to remove any rubbish left behind.
I recently retired from running a wildlife conservation organisation which I set up in Thailand - the Elephant Conservation Network - but I'm still helping to conserve Asian elephants and their habitat as a trustee of Elephant Family, and I'm also a trustee of a soon-to-be established conservation charity that focuses on tigers and tourism.
I was born in the UK but as an army child, I spent most of my childhood abroad, in Malaysia, Kenya and Germany. In my early 20's I worked in South Africa and later spent almost 30-years in Thailand. I am thrilled to be back in the UK, in my own home at last. I love the countryside here and, believe it or not, I don't mind the weather. I like seasons, variety and cold. Right now, my idea of a holiday is to spend a week or two in North Wales. Heaven. So beautiful and tranquil. I walk, read, ponder, and relax.