New Holiday Cottages - Best of Wales
Five of the best new cottages
From a beachfront cottage and mountain hideaway to a smart pied a terre in an historic town, be one of the first to enjoy one of these luxury cottages, newly available from Best of Wales.
1) Denbigh Cottage, North Wales - sleeps 8
Luxuriously restored with a wood-burning stove, exposed beams, slate floors and Welsh tapestry bedspreads, Denbigh Cottage is proof that a rural location doesnít mean skimping on style. The large lounge with original oak floors, large flat screen TV and DVD, has luscious sofas and chairs for up to nine people, while through the French windows you will find a large enclosed garden with stunning views of the surrounding Welsh countryside. Located in the small hamlet of Cefn Berain, the cottage is private and secluded, yet centrally located for a wide range of activities including quad biking, walking, fishing, while the castles and coastline of north Wales are a short drive away.
2) Bwthyn yr Harbwr, West Wales - sleeps 6
If messing about on the water is your idea of heaven then Bwthyn yr Harbwr in Carmarthenshire could be the answer to your prayers. Overlooking the harbour and only a short walk to the beautiful sandy beach, this four-bedroomed luxury cottage, has everything on the doorstep. Fishing trips are available from the harbour and landlubbers can enjoy a scenic walk or cycle ride along the Millennium Coastal Path, which passes directly in front of the cottage.
Golfers take note: Jack Nichlaus Golf Course and Ashburnham Golf Course are within striking distance. With its attractive lighthouse and stunning location, Burry Port Marina is a beautiful place to take a stroll and get some sea air and is famous as the place where Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot, landed after her solo transatlantic flight. Kidwelly Castle, a well-preserved Norman castle, is well worth a visit, especially during August when there are outdoor performances of Shakespeareís Twelfth Night. If you fancy a walk on a near-deserted beach which is also one of Britainís cleanest, the seven-mile-long Cefn Sidan Sands, which lies within Pembrey Country Park, is a little-known gem. Pembrey Country Park also has a 9-hole golf course, an adventure playground, miniature railway and cycling/walking trails.
3) Glyn Cynwal in South Wales - sleeps 6
This delightful stone cottage, with its open beams and wood-burning stove, is the perfect Welsh hideaway for two. Itís stylish and homely and the location is unbeatable. Set in stunning countryside and close to both the Brecon Beacons and the coastline of the Gower, this holiday cottage offers the option of a long luxurious weekend or an energetic week of biking and walking. Enjoy al fresco dinner on the paved and lit terrace or curl up in the whirlpool bath with a book. Settled well away from the main road with no through traffic, the cottage offers a peaceful atmosphere, with only the occasional wild rabbit or woodpecker to disturb you. There are some beautiful walks with a bridle path running directly past the cottage and thereís a cracking local pub too.
4) Yr Hen Fanc in Anglesey - sleeps 9
Be car free at this elegant grade II listed townhouse in the centre of Beaumaris, on the isle of Anglesey. Large bay windows let in light and views of the sea, town and mountains. And downstairs thereís a pretty walled garden with seating for nine people. Beaumaris has long been famed for its amazing castle and sense of history, but this beautiful town is now gaining a name for itself as a food and shopping destination. Foodies flock to Ye Olde Bullís Head, which started life as a coaching house, and has two restaurants: one, a stunning fine-dining restaurant serving Welsh black beef, saltmarsh lamb and seafood, and an informal brasserie which serves hearty pub food. Cole and Co, one of the many quality independent shops dotted around the town, does a brisk trade in designer ceramics, handmade jewellery and original glassware. If you like walking, pack stout boots because Yr Han Fanc offers the perfect base for exploring the Isle of Anglesey and Snowdonia, Britainís busiest mountain.
5) Bwthyn Trefdraeth in Pembrokeshire - sleeps 4
Sitting in private grounds overlooking the sea, this two bedroomed cottage is the perfect base for exploring Newport, one of the most beautiful holiday spots in Wales. The cottageís relaxed, friendly atmosphere and proximity to the beach and the town make it ideal for kid-toting families or weekending couples. Newportís pretty little town has an upmarket feel that is reflected in the shops: galleries, crafts, antiques and book shops sit side-by-side with smart pubs and places to eat. Feasting on local fish and seafood, a Welsh beer in hand and sea views on tap is not to be missed! With sailing, surfing, canoeing and fishing a pebbleís throw away, you can enjoy all the coastline has to offer. Nearby Dinas Head is a popular dolphin viewpoint and definitely worth a visit. Whatís more, you can walk along a coastline renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.