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North Wales Coast & Countryside

The region of North Wales is bordered by the Irish Sea to the north and west, the English counties of Shropshire and Cheshire to the east, and Ceredigion, Powys and the rest of Wales to the south. It is a wild and rural area, best known for its rugged mountains, beaches, waterfalls and scenic trails. North Wales includes Holyhead, Llandudno, Wrexham, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, and Deeside. Holiday cottages in North Wales can be found amid the soaring mountains and shimmering lakes of Snowdonia National Park, the green rolling countryside around Wrexham, or on the spectacular coasts of the mainland and the Isle of Anglesey, where pristine, sandy shores and clifftop walks await discovery.

Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6

Converted from a Victorian chapel, Chapel House in Anglesey is a large, purpose-built luxury holiday cottage in a pleasant rural location. It lies about a country mile outside the village of Llanddeusant in the hamlet of Elim on the Island’s west coast. The pet friendly cottage sleeps 12.

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Sleeps
34
Bedrooms
12

The Ship Inn, once a pub in Colwyn Bay in North Wales, has been comfortably and stylishly converted to create a large, dog friendly holiday cottage sleeping 34 guests in 12 spacious bedrooms, with a 5-minute walk of the beach.

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Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Gerreg Wen is a secluded and charming cottage in Eglwys Bach, Conwy. The rural cottage enjoys wonderful views of Snowdonia National Park and is just moments from the coast. The pet-friendly cottage promises rustic charm, modernity and a log fire, as well as a generous garden, fresh air & relaxation.

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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Ty Newydd is an impressive rural cottage with stunning views to Conwy Estuary. The pet-friendly cottage sits on the vast Bodnant Estate near Colwyn Bay and offers guests a truly luxurious property with extensive gardens, period features and a chance to connect with nature and the outdoors.

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Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4

Ty Cerrig is a rural cottage lying in the stunning Bodnant Estate in Colwyn Bay, Conwy. The pet-friendly cottage offers verdant gardens, multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, wonderful views and true seclusion. A woodburning stove adds to the property’s charm, and woodland surrounds the cottage.

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2
Bedrooms
1

Minafon is a gorgeous stone-built cottage reached by a bridge over a stream. The romantic cottage welcomes pets and enjoys a wonderful view of the Bodnant Estate and the region of Colwyn Bay in Wales. Exposed stone walls, the log fire and beams add character and blend with the contemporary styling.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

The Oakleys enjoys beautiful views of Porthmadog harbour and offers families a modern and spacious apartment in North Wales and Snowdonia. The pet-friendly apartment lies in a quiet residential area close to beaches and features light-filled spaces, modern comforts and an invigorating sea breeze.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Y Bwthyn is a sophisticated coastal cottage set amid green fields near Menai Bridge in North Wales and Snowdonia. The Victorian era cottage enjoys views of the nearby mountains & ample outdoor spaces, as well as an elegant interior with reminders of yesteryear, plus oak furniture & a cosy log fire.

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Tranquillity is assured at Hay Store, a rural cottage surrounded by countryside in Corwen, North Wales. Situated just moments from Snowdonia, the pet-friendly cottage offers spacious, furnished grounds with a hot tub, reminders of yesteryear, tiled floors, contemporary comfort and fresh clean air.

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North Wales is dotted with ancient sites – perhaps none more iconic than Caernarfon Castle, which took 37 years to build, and is renowned as one of Europe's best-preserved medieval fortresses. You won't want to miss another historical site during your stay in a holiday cottage in North Wales. Erdigg Hall is a magnificent stately home with opulent interiors and an 18th-century walled garden.

One of the most popular activities on self-catering holidays in North Wales is the strenuous ascent to Mount Snowdon's summit – Wales' highest mountain, at 1,085 metres. Nearby, in the pretty town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the country's steepest narrow-gauge railway explores the spectacular Llechwedd Slate Caverns – an unforgettable day trip for visitors on self-catering holidays in Wales.

Overlooking the lush Conwy Valley, Bodnant Gardens cover 88 acres, with a waterfall and exquisite Italianate terraces. The gardens are near Colwyn Bay, a Victorian seaside resort, nestled between the Irish Sea and the towering hillside of Pwllycrochan Woods. A wander along the three-mile promenade that overlooks the sandy shore is highly recommended. Nearby, Llandudno is a classic seaside resort with a 19th-century pier and plenty of nostalgic amusements. Further east, Rhyl another popular resort with a sandy beach, an aquarium, and botanical gardens.

Harlech Castle is one of North Wales' iconic landmarks, perched precariously on a crag, overlooking the crashing waves. The town of Harlech is a lovely place to explore by foot, with a sandy beach and a historic centre with a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Gwynedd is a wonderful destination for hiking, with great swathes of hilly countryside to explore. The village of Dinas Mawddwy is an excellent base from which to discover the area, located at the convergence of the Cerist and Dovey rivers, at the foot of two imposing hills. The secluded beaches and unspoiled countryside of the Isle of Anglesey have attracted visitors for centuries.

The island is dotted with pretty villages such as Moelfre, a lovely fishing community with a historic harbour. The town of Beaumaris is a must-see on the Isle of Anglesey, with fine Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Don't miss the chance to climb to the top of South Stack Lighthouse, for breathtaking views of the coast.

Near the twin towns of Porthmadog and Tremadog, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways pass ancient woods, sweeping estuaries and spectacular stretches of the North Wales coast. Further west, the Llyn Peninsula is home to long-extinct volcanic peaks, rocky bays, and wild hills scattered with Iron Age forts. The charming villages of Abersoch and Morfa Nefyn are idyllic bases for visitors to this remote North Wales region.

Further east, near the English border, the bustling market town of Wrexham is packed with independent businesses. Nearby, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct towers over the Vale of Llangollen. Designed by Thomas Telford, it symbolises the industrialisation of the region in the early 19th century.