A very warm welcome to Isfryn from your hosts Steve and Linda. Isfryn (which means 'under the hill' in Welsh) is a completely self-contained cottage adjoining the former Methodist chapel Hebron, which is now our home. The properties are separated by three-feet thick walls of slate, ensuring your privacy. We will gladly offer any help and advice that you need during your stay, but will otherwise leave you undisturbed (apart from friendly greetings when we meet!) to enjoy your cottage and your holiday.
Isfryn was built in the 1870s as a home for the chapel minister. We bought it in June 2015, when it was in a very neglected state. It was renovated over the following 6 months and was opened for visitors in Spring 2016.
Renovating this cottage has been a very happy experience, which we hope is reflected in its cheerful and welcoming interior. It offers cosy and comfortable accommodation for up to four adults.
To make you feel at home from the moment you arrive, you will be greeted by a welcome basket of goodies, many of which will be home-made by us. Having fully explored that, you can explore the rest of the cottage...
In the living room, the most prominent feature is an open hearth with beautiful, local slate hearth stones, which connects this room with the dining room beyond. It contains a double sided wood burner, so you don't need to leave your warm and cosy fire behind when you go to eat at the table! The living room has two comfortable two seater sofas, satellite TV, free WiFi, DVD player, a selection of DVDs and well stocked book shelves. In the bureau, you will find a variety of games, so in the event of inclement weather (what's known as a 'soft day' in Wales!), you can settle comfortably indoors and be well entertained. As with the rest of the house, the walls are decorated with original prints, many by local artists. In the living room, you will find two USB charging sockets so that you can conveniently charge up any electronic items.
The dining room furniture, which dates from the mid 1800s, was bought by Linda with money left to her by her grandmother and was used in her own house for many years. We are delighted to share it with you now and hope you enjoy the presence of furniture appropriate to the age of the cottage. The table comfortably seats four adults. If you like music to dine by, you will find a CD player and a variety of CDs on the buffet stand.
We have tried to make maximum use of the space in Isfryn to offer you everything you need for your holiday. In this spirit, in the cupboard under the stairs you will find a washer/dryer, washing liquid and fabric conditioner, a table top dishwasher, an iron and a table top ironing board.
The newly fitted kitchen has an induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge with a small freezer compartment and a kettle. It will be stocked with living herb plants for your arrival and you'll find the basics like tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, salt and pepper, cling film and foil waiting for you.
A rear porch completes the ground floor and offers coat hooks and a boot rack for muddy or wet footwear.
Upstairs, the bedroom contains a super-comfy, super-king sized bed which can be converted to twin beds if desired. There is a charming, up-cycled wardrobe dating from the era when it was felt useful to have shelves labelled to tell you where to keep your socks and underwear! In the bedside table drawers, you will find a hairdryer, and a cooling mat in case you bring your straighteners. There is another well-stocked book shelf to make sure you can read yourself into a peaceful sleep.
The large landing houses a big day-bed, which acts as a sofa when only two adults are staying, giving you an additional sitting room. When four people are staying, the day bed converts into a very comfortable super-king sized bed, afforded privacy by folding screens. The screens surround the bed but still allow easy access to the bathroom. Yet another bookshelf ensures that passing comfortable afternoons curled up on the day bed lost in a good book, or reading yourself to sleep is also an option here.
The newly fitted bathroom has a large, walk in shower with both drench and hand held shower heads, a toilet, a heated towel rail, an illuminated mirror with shaving point and a magnifying mirror. You will find cotton wool, cotton buds, tissues and other basics here, as well as a welcome pack of toiletries.
We provide all bed linen, a choice of pillows, towels, tea towels and waffle-weave bathrobes for your comfort.
Because there are steep stairs inside and steps leading to the front door, we regret to say that Isfryn may not suit you if you would have difficulty with these.