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Tai Isaf

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7 Nights See prices

  • £600  to  £1000

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Short Breaks From

  • £90 p/night
    Off peak
    (4 night min)
  • £110 p/night
    Peak season
    (4 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    3 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    4 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About Tai Isaf

Tai Isaf is a traditional old stone farmhouse which sits in an isolated spot (think off-grid!) offering a cosy rustic holiday retreat with spectacular views. Sleeping up to six people in three bedrooms Tai Isaf is perfect for families (two adult and up to four children) or couples (one or two) who want to get back to basics and sits on the 600-acre Caerau Uchaf estate where the owners run gardens and a cafe during the spring and summer.

If you are thinking about booking Tai Isaf, we recommend you speak to the owners first. Accessed to the farmhouse is via a long two mile bumpy track (which at times can get cut-off!) so you will need a four by four but the owners can loan you one for your holiday to travel to and from the farmhouse (additional charge applies to cover running and wear and tear). You pass the owners property on the way to Tai Isaf so can leave your car there and pick-up the four wheel drive for the last mile of the journey.

The location is truly remote - about seven miles from Bala - and perfect for those who yearn for the simplicity of years gone by. Step back in time with stone floors on the ground floor and a big log burner to keep the farmhouse cosy and don't be surprised if you find the odd cobweb! Water for the cottage is provided by the lake with the owners providing guests with containers of water for cooking and drinking. This is a rustic cosy farmhouse but it does have the odd modern convenience including a boot-room where you can wash and dry clothes, a shower and that all important dishwasher!

Nestling amongst undulating countryside, guests staying at Tai Isaf have access to six hundred acres to explore whilst on holiday offering plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure. Fish from the lake, take a dip on a warm day or borrow the fishing tackle provided by the owner and try your luck! The owners have also provided a kayak and rowing boat for guests use. Lace up your walking boots and set-off along the high ground where a short walk (just a mile or two from Tai Isaf) will reward with incredible views over the Berwyn Mountains, taking-in both the lake by the farmhouse and Bala Lake, stretching to Cader Idris beyond. If you fancy a lazy day, then a picnic at the flint age and Roman fort is the perfect spot and accessed by walking from the farm past the ancient old stone circle. During the summer months, pay the owners a visit and enjoy the gardens at Caerau Uchaf. Enjoy refreshments at the cafe and explore the woods (the kids are sure to love playing on the zip wire and fort!).

With so much to do at Tai Isaf, many guests are happy to settle in for the duration of their stay and enjoy everything the location has to offer, just leaving to make trips to Bala to top up on provisions. Bala has two small supermarkets, a few friendly pubs and a lakefront cafe. For those happy to travel further afield, the base of Snowdon is about an hour's drive away, as is Llanberis and the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Cardigan Bay, Portmeirion and Porthmadog.

Tai Isaf may be rustic, but there's something incredibly indulgent about having this much space and privacy in a world that can feel very crowded. Apart from the owners and maybe the odd walker, you may not see another person during your stay. Sit outside and gaze in wonder at the brilliance and quantity of the stars which are hidden by light-pollution in towns and cities, and revel in the experience of hearing nothing but birds and the sound of the breeze rustling leaves.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Toby & Stephanie Hickish joined Independent Cottages in September 2020

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Waterside Location
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Cot
  • Fishing Onsite
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Family Activity

Location (Snowdonia)

Accommodation Comprises:

Tai Isaf is a no-frills farmhouse with accommodation over two levels. Although it is basic, it has everything you need for a relaxing stay.


  • Light the log burner and settle back to play a board game, read a book or watch a film. There is a TV with a DVD player but the signal can be unreliable so it's best to plan your own entertainment for the evenings. There is no WiFi but you're welcome to walk or drive down to use the owner's if you need it. The room is comfortably but simply furnished, with sofas and an armchair, occasional tables and bookcases.
  • Cooking and eating in the spacious kitchen/diner is a family affair. It is well-equipped with crockery, cutlery, utensils and equipment, with the dishwasher being a nod to modern-day living. The age of the farmhouse is apparent in the original beams and the thick stone wall with shutters over the window.


  • Climb the steep winding stairs to the upper level where there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The ceilings are pitched with original beams, but there is plenty of head height for even the tallest guests.
  • Master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a bedside table with a reading light, and an antique blanket box.
  • Second double bedroom with a double bed, bedside table and a reading light.
  • Twin room with two single beds, a chest of drawers and a reading light.
  • Bathroom with original oak floorboards, a bath filled with water pumped from the river, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The farmhouse has a garden that is fenced and gated. Guests have access to the lake and estate. The owners live about a mile down the track.

Additional Information: Utilities, sheets, towels and fuel for the log burner are all provided. Short breaks are possible all year round. A highchair and a travel cot (no bedding) are available on request. Smoking is not permitted.

Tai Isaf Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Tue, 3rd May 2022 - Tue, 31st May 2022
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 4
Short break prices:
4 nights: £440 - £490 | 5 nights: £550 - £600 | 6 nights: £685 - £710

7 Nights

4 Nights

Wed, 1st Jun 2022 - Mon, 31st Oct 2022
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 4
Short break prices:
4 nights: £540 - £560 | 5 nights: £675 - £695 | 6 nights: £820 - £830

7 Nights

4 Nights

Tue, 1st Nov 2022 - Fri, 23rd Dec 2022
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 4
Short break prices:
4 nights: £360 - £400 | 5 nights: £450 - £490 | 6 nights: £560 - £580

7 Nights

4 Nights

Sat, 24th Dec 2022 - Mon, 26th Dec 2022
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £435 | 4 nights: £580 | 5 nights: £725 | 6 nights: £870

7 Nights

3 Nights

Tue, 27th Dec 2022 - Fri, 30th Dec 2022
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £285 - £315 | 4 nights: £380 - £410 | 5 nights: £475 - £505 | 6 nights: £585 - £600

7 Nights

3 Nights

Sat, 31st Dec 2022 - Mon, 2nd Jan 2023
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £435 | 4 nights: £580 | 5 nights: £725 | 6 nights: £870

7 Nights

3 Nights

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 King, 2 twin bedrooms)
Sorry, the owner does not accept pets
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Paypal, Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)1678 530493 before paying by bank transfer.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Toby & Stephanie Hickish
Member Since September 2020

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Tai Isaf Noticeboard

Look for “Tyn Llyn” on YouTube, Tai Isaf is the other side of the wood.
In winter, Tai Isaf can be unreachable so it is important to keep in contact with us and be aware that your holiday may have to be cancelled at the last minute. We will of course refund any deposit and we leave the final payment until your arrival. This can be a problem from November until Easter occasionally, so you must make a decision as to whether you are prepared to take the risk!

Last Minute Offers

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Tai Isaf 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 5th May 2022
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