Cottages in Wales
Wales' varied and verdant landscape of rolling hills, rugged mountains, and miles of coastline is the perfect place to escape to. Within easy reach of most of the UK by train and other public transport, you can sunbathe on golden beaches, hike up some of the British Isles' highest peaks or just snuggle up in a rural bolt-hole with a loved one. Wales has been blessed with a huge range of historic properties which have now been lovingly converted into holiday cottages perfect for holidays with family, friends or simply to get away. From old stone houses to quirky Victorian tin cottages, below are a selection of the finest cottages the country has to offer. You can also view all accommodation options in Wales here.
3 night weekend or Monday-Friday £250 or £300 July/Aug/Christmas, 7 nights Fri -Fri £450 or £520 July/Aug/Christmas
3 nights in peak season £312, low season 4 nights £252
£280 for a 3 night weekend stay based on 2 people.
£1378.00 (based on two staying) to:£1899.00 (based on two staying) per week
£217 - £377 - 2 night stay, £492 - £972 - 7 stay
Ty Gwydr is an innovative, ultra modern take on the traditional countryside bolt-hole. You'll be impressed by the open plan kitchen with its ceiling to floor windows that look out over the surrounding mountains, as well as the comfortable, cosy bedrooms (one of which even houses a four poster bed). It's also very green, with ground source heating and efficient wool insulation. It was also painted using Ecological lime wash paints. Outside, there's a beautiful landscaped garden and decking, plus a private 8 person hot tub! There's also plenty of outdoor activities nearby, including Llangorse indoor climbing and rope centre, a couple of pony trekking centres and boating and water skiing on the lake.
A cosy terraced cottage only a stone's throw from the sandy shores of Broad Haven. Comfortably sleeping 5 people in two bedrooms, the property boasts a fully-equipped kitchen and an enclosed courtyard. You'll also spy solar panels on the roof, which tell something of the property's green credentials. The village is in an ideal location for those looking to explore the National Park's coastal footpaths, or to simply take short sunset strolls along the beach. Head a little further afield and you'll find the beaches of Little Haven, Nolton Haven and Newgale.
The Old Rectory
This fine Georgian house in three acres, was home to the rectors of Boduan in the early 18th century. Today it is the home of Gary and Lindsay Ashcroft, who will bless you with a friendly welcome. There are three comfortable bedrooms as well as a separate self-catering two-bedroom cottage with its own south-facing garden, inglenook fireplace, fitted kitchen and laundry. While there are no longer any dog-collars to be seen, dogs are welcome, but, understandably, not inside the property: there’s a kennel and area set aside for them in the grounds. A regular bus from Pwllheli stops just 50 metres from the property.
Hidden amongst the forests and pastures of Graig Wen’s dramatic 45-acre site are four beautiful slate-roofed cottages, a five-bed B&B with views over the Mawddach Estuary, a campsite, a sustainable ‘caban’ and a couple of secluded yurts. It’s right on the Mawddach cycle trail; you’re perfectly placed for a car-free holiday. Beaches are minutes away, and the walking and cycling opportunities in the mountains and surrounding landscape are practically endless. Bring the bike and dog! Cottages from £435 per week; B&B from £80 per night; camping from £8 per person per night; yurts from £240 per weekend.
Llwyndyrus Farm Spa Holidays
Five old stone cottages ranging from a cute as a button 16th century ‘maternity’ barn (yes, really) to a stable block have been luxuriously updated for human occupants, sleeping from two to seven. Log-burning stoves, underfloor heating, old A-frame beams, exposed stone walls and pure cosiness are the order of the day on this 200-acre working farm, a short and easy distance from an A road and a few miles from the south coast of the Llŷn peninsula. If the beauty and distant views of Snowdon aren’t enough to help you unwind, there’s a spa – a wooden building under beech trees - where you can be pampered with expert massage treatments.
Carrog Farm Cottages
Three old stone buildings, once the milking parlour and stables of this working family farm, have been converted into comfortable, airy accommodation for four, six or eight people. Original stone walls, large beams, 19th century graffiti, rooms big enough for a horse and cart and crogloffts – where barley was stored - remind us of the past, while underfloor heating, spacious bathrooms and sleek kitchens bring us, luxuriously, into the present. Sit outside on your patio, with a slice of bara brith from the welcome hamper and count yourself lucky. On clear days you can see across the fields and sea to Ireland.
You'll find this collection of eco holiday cottages within an 18th century agricultural courtyard on Strumble Head. The pair of barns have been carefully renovated using a combination of traditional and environmentally-friendly techniques - water is sourced from a borehole and hot water is provided by solar thermal panels (plus the owners have just laid underfloor heat pipes). The accommodation's green credentials seem to go on and on - the owners have planted hundreds of trees in the surrounding area, any compost used has either been made on site or certified organic, and the owners are happy to pick up guests (and their bikes!) from the local train station.
The nearest railway station is Fishguard & Goodwick. From there, take the 404 bus to Trefasser. The cottages are just a short walk away along Trefasser Cross. Route 4 and the Cardigan Route, both on the National Cycle Network, pass close to the cottages.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Castellmarch, a family-run beef and sheep farm, has accommodation ranging from a simple ‘log pod’ for two – camp style beds in a wooden structure shaped like an upturned boat, complete with a kettle and heating - to solid, stone houses. These three properties, including former stables, date from the 18th century. They sleep five or six and feature exposed beams, leather sofas and private, outdoor areas with barbecues. There’s also a luxury log cabin on a hillside, sleeping five, with distant sea views over fields. The farm is just one mile from the village of Abersoch and only ten minutes’ walk to a superb and sandy beach.
Mill Haven Place
Any real lover of the great outdoors will feel immediately at home at Mill Haven Place, a site just one mile from the Pembrokeshire Coast path. Whether you're looking for a cosy traditional cottage, a fully-furnished yurt or a patch of land for your own tent or motorhome, the owners can pretty much guarantee a comfortable stay. As well as the region's famous path, you'll also be just a short distance from the likes of Little Haven, Broad Haven, Marloes and Newgale. You should also make plenty of time for walking, cycling, horeriding on the beach, surfing and even coasteering on the nearby coast.