4 Luxury Cottages with Hot Tubs
Whether it’s a seaside apartment or a stunning country house fit for the smartest celebration, we select some of our best Welsh cottages with hot tubs.
Llys Bach, Aberaeron (sleeps 4)
Local food and fabulous architecture are part of the draw at Aberaeron, a beautiful harbour town on the West Wales coast. Built in 1805 around the estuary of the Aeron river, the town boasts some of the finest Regency-style architecture in Wales. Stay in Llys Bach, a spacious and luxury self-catering apartment based within the 18th century Llys Aeron Guest House. With its natural hospitality, glorious gardens and hydrotherapy hot tub, this is a place that will make you relax and smile. Rooms are bright, spacious and comfortably furnished.
Aberaeron has several good restaurants including the Hive on the Harbour, the award-winning Harbourmaster and more than its fair share of pubs. It’s no surprise, then, that Aberaeron was a favourite haunt of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who described it as 'the most precious place in the world'. The Dylan Thomas Trail runs through Aberaeron and ends in New Quay. But be warned, the Aberaeron leg of it is considered more of a pub crawl than a walk!
What to do: Take a boat trip out of the candy-coloured harbour, where you can spot dolphins in the wild. Ride the 4km cycle path that follows the banks of the River Aeron from the harbour and through the Vale of Aeron to the historic National Trust property at Llanerchaeron.
Plas y Dyfrdwy, Corwen (sleeps 20)
This stunning country house, set in dramatic Welsh countryside on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, is perfect for stylish parties or family celebrations. Luxuriously restored with a wood-burning fire, eight spacious bedrooms, three lounges and a large formal dining room, the house exudes an elegant country-cosy charm.
A three-acre private walled garden with grass tennis court, giant chess table and games room is ideal for summer and autumn evenings. After thrashing it out on the tennis court, players can ease their aching muscles in the outdoor hot tub. More than 20 guests? There are two other self-catering cottages on site that can sleep another 8 people. The house is well placed for visiting Llangollen, Chester and Bala, and there's a great traditional pub nearby.
What to do: There are plenty of great country walks, hiking and climbing, national trust gardens and castles to explore. Llangollen, a lovely town on the river, with lots of little shops, fabulous restaurants, canal boat rides and a ride on the old steam trains is a 10-minute drive.
Tyddyn y Bryn, Bala (sleeps 4)
Tyddyn y Bryn is a beautiful converted stone cottage offering the benefits of a luxury B&B with the privacy of a self-catering property for four. The owners will prepare delicious cooked breakfasts and dinners and send them to your door. Inside, the cottage is as modern as it could be, with a hotel-style bathroom - with complimentary bathrobes and slippers - high-spec decor and stylish furnishings. The large, open plan kitchen is bright and airy with pine furniture and seating for six. The lounge, with comfortable sofas TV & DVD, has patio doors that open up on to a small veranda with magnificent views over the valley to Aran Mountain.
The cottage is tucked away on a 9-acre equine farm in Snowdonia, surrounded by rolling fields and lakes. Outside, there is a private hot tub and barbecue set, plus oodles of things to entertain the children including a large orchard to explore, two play areas, slides and a picnic area. In the evening, take a leisurely stroll to the local pub, which serves fantastic food.
What to do: Enjoy a scenic walk along the shores of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) to the market town of Bala. Alternatively, hop on the little steam train from the village and travel in style. Active families can choose between rock climbing, gorge walking, canoeing, pony trekking, quad biking or mountain biking in the nearby Coed y Brenin Forest. The highlight of the trip is a white-knuckle raft ride at the National White Water Centre.
Ty Canol, Builth Wells (sleeps 7)
This pretty, pet-friendly self-catering cottage is set in 60 acres of stunning farmland just two miles from Builth Wells, with easy access to the Elan Valley Dams and the great walking and cycling territory of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Ty Canol is one of three self-catering cottages on site that can be opened out into one large cottage sleeping up to 19. The cottage has a large outdoor hot tub with sweeping country views and is decorated in farmhouse style with pine furniture and floral fabrics - and you can even have home-bread and packed lunches delivered.
The village has several good places to eat and is famous for being close to the spot where English soldiers killed the last Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. A memorial stone serves as the focal point for the annual Remembrance Day. But the star of the show is the location; this is a great base from which to explore Mid Wales in all its natural glory.
What to do: Riding, cycling and walking. The Brecon Beacons National Park, Epynt Way, Wye Valley Walk and the Elan Valley are all close by. The Royal Welsh Show, Royal Welsh Show, which runs from 18 to 21 July, is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, and brings together the farming industry and rural community. Music fans should visit in August when the annual Brecon Jazz Festival brings the small market town alive with music from all over the world.