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Porth Yr Aur

  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms

Porth Yr Aur (gate of gold) Is a grade 2 listed cottage in the beautiful town of Criccieth directly opposite the castle.

The beautiful stone building dates back to the 1700's and its name relates to the sites previous use as the town's treasury.

The main house sleeps 8 (plus cot)

There is an additional self contained annexe with sofa bed that can sleep an additional 2 people. Prices quoted are for the main house only. if the annexe is required there will be an additional booking cost please contact us for further information.

The studio can be hired alongside the cottage or by itself if required for 1-2 people. Priority for the private parking is given to the main house however there is also on street parking and additional spaces at the back of the property.

2 well behaved dogs are welcome for which there is a small additional charge. Dogs are not allowed upstairs or sofas or beds, they must not be left unsupervised unless crated. (2 crates are available if required).

Amazing castle views and very close to the beach!

For videos see our you tube channel!

Private parking for 2 cars and EV charger (see T&C for costs)!!!

There is Wifi through out the property, central heating and secondary glazing.

Downstairs there is a living room, dining room (seats 8) snug, kitchen, utility (up 3 steps) king size bedroom and shower room.
The outdoor area to the rear of the property is gated to ensure safety.
there is a picnic bench with patio area and additional seating. There are buckets and spades for guest use stored in the lobster catcher!

The living room has a large corner sofa and a slate fireplace with electric stove.
There is a latest Sky Glass tv (with netflix), DVD player and X box-360 with games.

The dining room has a wonderful view of the castle.
There is a large dining table, desk, sideboard and electric stove. Guests can use the window seating area to admire the castle which look especially magnificent in the evening when lit up! Children can ride on Brandy our family rocking horse. There is a cd player with blue tooth speaker.
On the bookcase there are various children's and adults books and DVDs.

In the snug there is bench seating together with lots of things to keep families occupied, There is a dolls house, lego, puppets, board games and jigsaws.

There is a well equipped kitchen opposite the snug including fridge, dishwasher, double oven and induction hob with extractor. There is also a kettle, toaster, filter coffee maker and sandwich toaster.

Up 3 steps there is a utility room. Here there is a washing machine, tumble drier, freezer and microwave together with additional storage cupboards.
There is a cool box with ice blocks that guests can also use.

Adjacent to the utility is the downstairs shower room with large shower cubicle with shower tower, vanity sink unit and toilet.

Directly next to the shower room (not en-suite) is the largest king-size bedroom. This has a wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table with hairdryer and a full- length mirror.

The stairs can be reached through the dining room.
Upstairs there are 3 further bedrooms and a bathroom.

The bathroom has a bath with shower, sink with storage cupboard, toilet and towel rail radiator.

The double bedroom has 2 windows both with sea views. there is a large wardrobe area, chest of drawers, hairdryer and full -length mirror,

The bunk bedroom has a wardrobe, large chest of drawers, dressing table and full -length mirror.

The second double bedroom has a chest of drawers, hanging rail with shelf and full- length mirror.

Baby/toddler equipment is available- a travel cot, stair gate, baby monitor, baby bath and highchair (please bring your own bedding for the cot)

There are also 2 dog crates for guest use, a water bowl and 2 food bowls.

There is a hoover, steam mop, iron and ironing board.

Hand soap, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and cleaning cloths provided with a tea towel.
Basic condiments- salt, pepper, olive oil, sugar.
We have tried to think as of many things as possible to make your stay as comfortable as possible without the need to bring the kitchen sink as we know what it's like as a family trying to fit in everything that you need to bring on holiday.

Please note there is a short stay premium for stays of 2 nights or less

As per our cleaning companies policy since Covid you will be expected to strip beds and place dirty linen in laundry bags provided upon departure.

Home highlights


Pets welcome

Wireless Broadband Internet


Porthyraur holiday cottage Criccieth

Porthyraur holiday cottage Criccieth

Criccieth Castle Porthyraur

Ground floor floor plan

First floor floor pln

Porthyraur Dinning Room


Parking & facilities

Parking available, Parking included , Private Garden


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking not allowed , Suitable for elderly or infirm

Location features

Near ocean

Bathroom & laundry

Bed linen, Hair dryer, Clothes dryer, Essentials, Towel set , Washing machine

Heating & cooling

Central heating, Electric heating, Fireplace , Heating available


DVD-Player , TV (Cable)

Internet & office

Wireless Broadband Internet

Kitchen & dining

Blender, Children's high chair, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster , Vacuum cleaner

Home Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit , Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Smoking not allowed

  • Suitable for elderly or infirm

Check-in: 04:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM


From Porthmadog 

Follow this google link

For the traditionalists.

Take the A497 to Criccieth, Take the 3rd left when in Criccieth onto Tanygrisiau Terrace. Cross over the rail crossing bear right and then take the right turn onto Henbont Road (marked as a dead end). At the top of the road turn left (it can be tight if cars are parked) proceed round what looks like the end of the Road into a back entry which opens out you should see the back of Porth Yr Aur (See gallery). There is parking for up to 2 cars one behind the other. Alternatively you can park on Castle Street itself but in peak times it can be busy!

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