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A land of great legends, impressive castles, atmospheric peaks and tasty Welsh rarebit, there’s plenty to discover on a cottage holiday in Wales.
While Wales is a comparatively small country, size is a moot point. From top to bottom, Cymru (as the locals say), is packed with beautiful landscapes, character and history. Well-known for its warm hospitality and strong cultural identify, there’s no shortage of amazing experiences to be had during your Welsh cottage break. Whether you’re after a pet-friendly cottage or one that’s within walking distance of a pub, here’s where to stay in 2023.
Famous for an uninterrupted path that extends across its entire coastline, from Queensferry in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Welsh coast is home to some of Britain’s most spectacular seaside scenery.
That’s especially true of its beaches – Wales is awash with Blue Flags and Green Coast Awards. For the very best beaches, head to the Pembrokeshire coast and book a cottage near to Freshwater West, Cwm-yr-Eglwys, Whitesands and Barafundle Bay. Other top coastal destinations include Llandudno, Cardigan, Tenby, Holyhead – on the Isle of Anglesey – and Laugharne, the resting place of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
From the beautiful forests of Brechfa and Newborough to the incredible natural wonders of the Elan Valley – dubbed the ‘Welsh Lake District’ – Wales delivers an outstanding countryside experience. Perfect for a rustic cottage getaway.
Notable places to stay include national parks such as Snowdonia in the north west of the country and Brecon Beacons in the south. Highlights in the latter include Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, the deepest cave in the UK, and, in the former, Hafod Eryri, the visitor centre at Snowden’s summit known for its extraordinary views. Alternatively, consider a cottage near the likes of Tregaron, Rhayader or Cwmystwyth.
If you’re looking to stay somewhere a little less secluded, opt for a cottage close to or in one of Wales’ better-known towns and cities. With towns, options include Barry and its beautiful Knap Gardens, Wrexham and its eponymous lager, Aberystwyth and its cliff railway, and Caerphilly and its epic Sultan the Pony Pit earth sculpture.
With cities, head to Cardiff for a capital experience par excellence, Swansea for a generous dash of art and culture, Newport for food and drink and St Davids for intriguing history.
Whether you’re looking for a rustic retreat complete with cosy log fire or a pad packed with all the extras (who doesn’t want a hot tub?), TravelSupermarket can help you find the perfect cottage for your Welsh adventure.
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