The house is in a great location - nice little town, great beach, fantastic walking around Snowdonia (try the Rhinogs if you ilke seclusion - just as beautiful as the rest of the area but very few people around!).
On the plus side for the house it is well equipped and warm, sofa and beds were comfy, the owner seemed helpful and accommodating and the 'important' bits (sinks, toilets, baths, cooker, bed coverings etc) were spotless.
On the downside the rest of the house was clean and maintained in the way your own home might be clean and maintained, but not in the way I would expect a holiday let to be (so - a great set of cobwebs in the main bedroom, dust gathering on the many shelves of books around the house, broken bath panel, shower curtain rail now rusting away and unused as there is a screen instead etc, odd small marks around the kitchen from food splatters...) - so nothing a major problem as such but it doesn't seem that a professional does the cleaning here! And parking could very definitely be a problem - although only once for us while we were there.
This is the second time we've rented a cottage through Sykes and the second time the details have been a bit misleading - again nothing dramatically wrong but I do feel they do a bit of an estate agent job on the details rather than an honest appraisal (and so we won't be booking through them again! ).
So, despite what it says on the Sykes website:-
1. the owner (as the previous reviewer said) very definitely DOES live onsite (I suspect in the main house when it isn't rented out),
2. the 'enclosed patio area' is a shared access route to other houses, it's stretching it to call it a patio area and the nice bit is right outside the owner's apartment so on the two occasions we might have sat outside to eat (this is Wales after all!!) we didn't feel we could as we knew she was there
3. the beach is 20 minutes walk away (as it says on the info sheet in the cottage!) not 10 mins...
All in all I would have to say I think that the peak season price we paid was too much for a house in this condition without really usable outside space and so I would only really recommend it in off-season when it is more reasonably priced and you wouldn't expect to be outside anyway!