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Idyllic holiday cottages in Wales
For idyllic holiday cottages, Wales has it all. We list a huge variety of cottages in North, Mid and South Wales. Most are within easy reach of the sea, the hills or deep in the countryside. Find out more about the area below and choose between holiday cottages in South Wales including the Brecons and Pembrokeshire and North Wales including the Snowdonia National Park area.
Imagine yourself in a delightful holiday cottage in a small village in Wales. Around you are small fields, flower-laden hedges and gurgling streams. A little further on the land rises as the farmland gives way to the lower slopes of the mountains, where red kites soar and walkers can trek for miles. Drive away down the lane outside your door and soon you will be at a perfect golden beach...
We have an excellent selection of holiday cottages available in South Wales where 'Holiday Wales' starts in a big way on the Gower peninsula, with superb beaches like Oxwich and Rhossili, and Swansea on the doorstep for a day out.
Then, after the huge sands at Pendine (and nearby Laugharne, home of Dylan Thomas and an interesting castle) comes Pembrokeshire. Likened by many to Cornwall without the crowds, this lovely county has a wonderful coastline (preserved in Britain's only wholly coastal national park) with superb beaches. As usual, the best way to appreciate the coast is to walk the coast path, if only for a short stretch.
Bird-watchers flock to the area and if the mainland birds aren't enough, there are boat trips to the offshore islands. The tiny city of St Davids is worth visiting for its cathedral and as a centre of Welsh culture, and the country inland, where you will find many cottages to let, has the charm of long-established family farming hardly touched by agro-business. The hedgerow flowers in spring and early summer restore your faith in man's stewardship of nature!
Ceredigion, or Cardigan, to the north is almost equally blessed with fine beaches and plenty of holiday cottages to rent. Small but perfectly formed Mwnt is well worth searching out. Aberystwyth, further north again, is a traditional seaside town with a fine beach at nearby Borth.
Inland, Machynlleth offers the fascinating Centre for Alternative Technology. The stretch of coast between Barmouth and Harlech has more fine sand, while inland lies the Snowdonia National Park. These mountains can be quite forbidding but they offer fine walking (or a railway ascent of Snowdon itself for the less energetic).
The northern of Wales's two distinctive protuberances is the Lleyn Peninsula, lined along its southern coast with a string of beaches and resorts ideal for cottage holidays. Near Porthmadog is the village of Portmeirion, planned and built between 1925 and 1975 by Clough Williams-Ellis. Famous for its pottery and as the location for the cult 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner' (and more recently for the final episode of 'Cold Feet'), it draws curious travellers from round the world.
The island of Anglesey has more brilliant beaches and peaceful countryside: if you happen to fly over it on a clear day, it looks so good you will promise yourself a visit!