Y Gestiana

Ref: 1457
Borth y Gest, nr. Porthmadog (View Location on a map)
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
No Dogs
£638 7 Night Breaks From
£45.57 Average Per Person Per Night
Handpicked Highlights

Y Gestiana was handpicked by our team to join our portfolio. Here's just a few of the reasons we think you'll love staying in Y Gestiana too!

  • Short breaks all year (min 3 nights)
  • 15% Off all Weekly bookings
  • 1 minute walk from the beach
  • Romantic Cottage for 2 in Snowdonia
  • Award-winning village of Borth y Gest 
  • Coastal path and sandy coves a short walk away.
  • 4* Visit Wales detached cottage 

Excellent Quality
Rated 4.8/5 (read reviews)
Features You'll Love

  • Coastal Area
  • Sea Views
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Private Parking
  • Rural Location
  • Ground Floor Facilities
  • Luxury
  • Detached Property
  • Golf Courses Nearby
  • Pubs Nearby
  • Short Drive To Beach
  • Beaches Nearby

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About Y Gestiana

Coastal cottage for two (adults only). A perfect coastal cottage all year round just 50 yards from the harbour at Borth y Gest, a pretty little hamlet with good places to eat out if you wish!

  • The harbour is encircled by attractive Victorian houses and the bay full of sailing boats in the summer season. Enjoy watching the activities while relaxing with a coffee at the Sea View Cafe or dinner at the highly acclaimed Moorings Restaurant. Dine outside among the fairy lights on warm summer evenings - quite magical!
  • This comfortable, cosy, pristine cottage is tucked away just a short stroll from the harbour. The cottage is painted a Mediterranean white throughout and is a perfect backdrop for the colourful chairs, cushions and pictures that adorn the walls. Patio doors lead from the lounge onto decking which surrounds the property - an ideal suntrap - eat or sunbathe outside - and there are blankets provided for cooler evenings!
  • The bedroom consists of twin beds that can be joined together to form a kingsize bed (please request at time of booking) and the adjoining shower room has a shaver point and supply of toiletries.
  • The stable door from the terraced area at the front of the cottage leads into the well-equipped, immaculately presented kitchen, a lovely large, sunny room, with cream fitted units. The farmhouse style table in the large bay window overlooks a bank of spring daffodils and hydrangea, is flooded in the morning sunshine. From here whilst enjoying your welsh breakfast, the local friendly robins and shy family of blue tits may be observed, as they search for their morning morsels.
  • The owners supply a generous welcoming tray of local welsh produce, including homemade scones, welsh butter, jam, honey and marmalade, a bottle of fine French wine & fresh flowers when available. For your convenience basic essentials are also provided, generous amounts of quality tea, ground & instant coffee, milk, granulated sugar plus brown & white cube sugar, salt, pepper, cooking oil, dishwasher tablets & washing powder.
  • Walk up the steps at the side of the cottage into woodland - Parc y Borth Nature Reserve, where numerous footpaths take you through oak woodlands and wildflower meadows, home to a large variety of birds including spotted woodpeckers and pied flycatchers. Listen to the wonderful dawn chorus in the early mornings and at night you may hear the hoot of the tawny owls which also inhabit these woods.
  • The property takes its name (Y Gestiana) from the last schooner to be built in 1913 in the Porthmadog shipyards. Sadly wrecked off Canada on her maiden voyage but thankfully with no loss of life. 
Layout & Further Information

** This is an Adult Only property 

1 bedroom sleeping a maximum of 2 adults (sorry no children or infants allowed).
Twin/Superking bed(s), zip and link please request configuration at time of booking, a bright sunny room looking out onto the decking at the rear of the cottage, top quality hypoallergenic duvets and pillows, bedside table/lamps, chest of drawers with mirror above, hanging wardrobe/bookcase, with a selection of novels, mulberry coloured easy chair, bright cushions and pictures.

Shower Room corner shower, toilet and washbasin, thermostatically controlled towel rail. large fluffy bath sheets and bathrobes supplied.

Kitchen lovely large room with sofa, overlooking a bank of hydrangea on the footpath to the nature reserve. Fully fitted cream units, blue tiles, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer. Dining table 2 chairs. Bluetooth speakers. Generous welcome pack.

Sitting Room 1 x 2 seater sofas, 2 wing chairs, bright coordinated coloured upholstery, coffee table, TV/DVD, with a choice of DVDs, and a selection of books including about places of interest in North Wales, together with local maps, electric-style wood burner (extremely effective), large wall clock, interesting pictures, table lamp, standard lamp. Patio doors onto decking.

the cottage is surrounded by decking, on 3 sides with a small patio with table and chairs and views to the front of the harbour. Privately located to the rear, is a garden table and chairs, together with sun umbrella, perfect for summer breakfasts and alfresco dining during warm sunny days. Deck chairs and blankets for cooler evenings are also available.

Additional Information

£50 security deposit required per booking

Short breaks - Short Breaks are available all year, £80 per night in low season, £100 per night mid-season, £130 per night in peak season

WiFi - Yes, with Bluetooth.

Changeover - Flexible all year round. Please call us to book arrange an alternative arrival day.

Towels - Yes. Beach towels available on request at time of booking

Parking - On the road by the harbour and car park in the village. On arrival, it is possible to drive up the narrow private lane to the cottage to drop off your luggage.

Fuel - Gas central heating available 24/7 supplemented by Optiflame log effect burner.

Dogs - No

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No

Bed linen - Quality Hypoallergenic 

Reviews & Comments
Visitors Rate This Property 4.8/5

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Verified Guest
14th September 2019

Cottage was in great location and extremely well equipped. Really comfy bed with fantastic bed linen. House keeping services were fantastic.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Lovely review, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, glad that you enjoyed your stay.

Verified Guest
10th August 2019

Perfect for our holiday. Clean and well equipped.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Delighted that you enjoyed Leafy Hill, thank you for your 5 star review.

Verified Guest
5th July 2019

Good location, comfortable. When we arrived there were delicious scones cream jam and wine in the fridge!

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

What a lovely treat, delighted that you enjoyed your stay.

Richard Spencer Verified Guest
26th July 2018

Wonderful little cottage in a lovely location with everything you could possibly need and more.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Thank you for your feedback, we are very sorry that the booking process did not go smoothly. We are currently investigating what went wrong as your booking came directly through our website and emails should have been automated. Apologies once again we are glad that you enjoyed your stay despite the shaky start.

Robert Batten Verified Guest
9th June 2018

Well equipped with a light bright interior. Good to have outside space and furniture. The only downside is the bedroom which is a little cramped and lacks space for clothes.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

From the owner:- Thank you for your review, I am sorry that you did not find the hanging space and chest of drawers adequate, a luggage rack and armchair were also available.

Guestbook Comments

If you've ever visited a holiday cottage before, you most likely have seen a guestbook in the property for guests to leave a review for others when they arrive. Each of the following comments was lovingly left by people just like you in the guestbook left at Y Gestiana.

Kate & Michael
17th July 2019

We have enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage, wonderful walks and views, thank you for the goodies!

Ross & Susan
12th July 2019

Lovely cottage with good quality bedding.

Ian & Ian
5th July 2019

A lovely return to this beautiful part of Wales for us in this gorgeous cottage. What more could you need. Everything you require is here! Thanks April for your welcome package etc. A very happy return journey here for us.

24th June 2019

Lovely cottage with welcoming touches - we have had a great break. Climbed Snowdon & Portmeirion. Borth y Gest is a lovely quiet place. I think we will be back!

19th June 2019

We have had a lovely time and are sorry to be going home!

About the Area

If you would like more information on the local area, please call us on 01348 837871 to speak to one of our friendly team.

Beaches and Coastal Path

  • Just beyond the village the coastal path runs along the side of the estuary offering stunning views of the Snowdonia Mountains and across to Harlech - sit on strategically placed benches to enjoy the views. There are several little sandy coves - so choose a favourite to enjoy during your stay.
  • From here the coastal path will take you all the way to Criccieth and beyond. Or take a less taxing walk - as far as the golf links at Morfa Bychan, then back on one of the many footpaths across the headland, down to Borthygest (the bus from near the village shop in Morfa Bychan will also take you back to Borth y Gest).

Eating Out in Borth y Gest

  • Enjoy refreshments, tasty light bites and delicious evening meals in the Sea View Bistro and Coffee Lounge. A convenient stop for weary walkers just off the Wales Coast Path is the popular Moorings Bistro overlooking the bay. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eat on the terrace during sunny weather and beside the fire on cooler days.

Walking, Cycling and Birdwatching

  • There are so many beautiful walks and cycle trails rich in birdlife in this area of North Wales. Not only the magnificent walks around Snowdonia, but the Llyn Coastal Path around the peninsula and the celebrated Mawddach Estuary trail as seen on the BBC's television series Countryfile.

Porthmadog Activity & Riding Centre

  • Enjoy miles of unspoiled trekking in stunning scenery on this private 250 acre site. The terrain is varied and interesting and views are breathtaking.

Highlander Boat Fishing Charters, Porthmadog

  • Enjoy exciting sea or estuary fishing trips aboard Highlander with experienced skipper and crew.

Menai Strait Cruises, Caernarfon (20 miles away)

  • Sit back, relax and enjoy breathating scenery along the picture postcard perfect Menai Strait with iconic Menai Suspension and Brittania bridges, historic Caernarfon Castle, Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens and so much more to see.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

  • The terminus of both of these is in Porthmadog. Take the Welsh Highland Railway up to Caernarfon through the Aberglaslyn Gorge, Beddglelert and through the Mountains to Caernarfon. The Ffestiniog Railway goes in the opposite direction through the lovely wooded Maentwrog Valley onto the old slate mining town of Blaeunau Ffestiniog.

Train service Aberystwyth to Pwllheli

  • Enjoy unlimited travel on Arriva Trains Wales services between and including Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and Pwllheli for one day. Valid for travel after 09:15 Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. The dramatic coastal views are a delight.

Zip World & Bounce Below

  • In Blaeunau Ffestiniog the old Llechwedd Caverns have a zip wire run which is the fastest in the world! Zip along at 70 mph over the old quarry, mountain and moorland - not for the faint hearted! The Bounce Below inside the mine is an all-weather subterranean experience; jump around in the massive bouncy nets all linked together by walkways and slides.


  • Portmeirion is only two miles from the cottage. It is a unique Italianate village, set on a Welsh headland with gorgeous candy coloured houses perched on the hillsides, surrounded by lovely gardens and shops. There are two historic hotels, one just above the estuary and a Victorian Gothic castle on the edge of the village - enjoy lunch or dinner at either or just pop in for a coffee. The Portmeirion Hotel was a popular in the 1930's - the Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Simpson stayed and it was there that Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit (thought to be one of his best plays) - it still has an atmosphere of that time! The increasingly popular £Festival 6£ is held in Portmeirion in early September - music with some great groups and bands plus lectures on literature and poetry.


  • Close by is the much loved, popular resort of Criccieth with its two Blue Flag beaches separated by the small ruined castle on the hillside overlooking the bay and open to the public. Stroll along the promenade and enjoy a meal at Dylan's, the art deco restaurant right above the beach where many special event nights such as a salsa or cabaret nights are held during the summer months. The Criccieth Festival - from the 17th of June for a week - is a hugely popular and diverse celebration of the arts.

Harlech Castle

  • Enjoy a visit to Harlech Castle - open 364 days of the year. Thought to be one of 'the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe', the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you have immersed yourself in the history of this remarkable building relax with refreshments on the veranda of the castle tea rooms and appreciate the stunning views.

Glaslyn Ospreys

  • Near Porthmadog, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the only pair of breeding Ospreys in Wales. Enjoy watching the Ospreys through telescopes as they carry food to their young. The surrounding scenery offers some amazing views of Snowdonia and surrounding mountain ranges.

Days away

  • Wales' largest island, Anglesey, is an hour's drive away and well worth a visit. The tranquil pastoral landscape is fringed by a rugged coastline peppered with unspoiled beaches and sandy coves. There are numerous good places to eat out, boat trips, Beaumaris Castle, Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (National Trust), galleries, horse riding and cycling opportunities, adventure activities and more.

Cosy, luxury cottage for couples in a fabulous coastal location ideal for holidays at any time of the year.

Eat & Drink

See below for a selection of pubs, restaurants, and eateries near Y Gestiana.

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Sea View Bistro & Coffee Lounge
( 0.1 miles away )

The cafe serves light meals throughout the day and has a wonderful selection of ice creams; take away food is also available. Next door under same management is the bistro serving lunch and dinner 6 days a week. All have tables on terraces with views out to sea.

Passage to India
( 0.6 miles away )

Delicious Indian Cuisine, loved by locals and visitors alike.

Spooner's Cafe & Bar, Porthmadog
( 0.6 miles away )

Open 7-days a week. Railway-themed venue in an old train shed featuring British fare, local ales & terrace seating.

Allports Fish & Chips, Porthmadog
( 0.9 miles away )

A well-recommended fish & chip shop & restaurant.

The Golden Fleece Inn
( 1.6 miles away )

Situated in the historic square of Tremadog, the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia and gateway to the Lleyn Peninsula. It has a unique cave bar, covered courtyard and converted stable block. New Pasta & Pizzeria now open. Take away service also available

Blue China Tearoom
( 3.9 miles away )

The cafe serves light refreshments, snacks and pizzas etc.

Poachers Restaurant
( 4 miles away )

Delicious home cooked meals, generous portions and excellent value for money in this family owned and run retaurant. The varied menu incudes international cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients available.

Cadwaller's Ice-cream Parlour
( 4 miles away )

Italian style cafe experience with a vast range of delicious ice-creams, tea, coffee, cakes & more.

Bryn Hir Arms
( 4.1 miles away )

Basement bistro and beer garden serving good 'pub grub' every day from 12 until 9.30

Castle Cottage
( 4.1 miles away )

Local/welsh produce is used to reflect the seasons. Seafood is bought locally. Children's portions are available.

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