Weekend Cottage Breaks

The romance of a Welsh cottage holiday is in those stolen moments when you feel like a local. The walk home from the warmth of the village pub over fields dotted with sheep. Even on the shortest of weekend breaks you can get a taste of the raw ingredients of our daily lives.

The bwthyn gate swings to, its picket fence framing a green swathe beneath a blue sky. Inside, behind the thatch and the lime washed walls crackles a golden hearth and chilled champagne for two, the joint from the local butcher roasting in the oven.

Self catering holiday cottages Wales

Ochr Y Foel cottage, near Llanrwst, Conwy

Ochr Y Foel, Conwy, North Wales

 by Wales Holidays

A self-catering cottage holiday in Wales brings independence and a sense of place. Over a warm mug of tea you might watch the morning ebb and flow of village life as the postman drops off the day’s mail, the harrowing of the farmer’s plough as he climbs the hillside, or the dawn circling of calling seagulls above a returning trawler.

From week to week cottage owners welcome families, groups of friends and romantic couples looking for a little privacy. With plenty of space to make your own, you have the freedom to burn your own dinner, uncork your own wine, or dine out in the local restaurants.

Cottage, converted barn or farm

Glandwr Mill Cottage, Barmouth

Glandwr Mill Cottage, Barmouth, Snowdonia

 by Stuart Herbert

Tourism has preserved Welsh heritage, with traditional rural cottages, farms and barns available alongside converted historic buildings. A Welsh cottage could give you a budget break, where the pennies look after the pounds, or a luxury holiday experience complete with swimming pool and sauna.

For many a wise traveller, Welsh cottages are a haven from home. The sound of centuries of peace can be found in the respectful silence of the local village church, its walls a postboard of local history. Step outside and the ring of daily life continues as visitors join locals to explore the crafts and antique shops on a Saturday morning.

For others, it’s the family days out with children that bring people back year after year, for horse riding, adventure parks, or just a quiet afternoon’s fishing. But you’ll be safe in the knowledge that tired adults and kids will be embraced within the privacy of your cottage’s four walls as the evening light fades.

Pet friendly accommodation

The Old Mill, Hay-on-Wye

The Old Mill, Hay-on-Wye, Wye Valley

 by Wales Holidays

There’s often a place by the fire for animals, with plenty of pet-friendly cottage holidays in Wales; what with all the country walks you’ll be taking, you might as well bring the dog to charge ahead in front.

Most folk get a taste for the life here and stay for at least a seven-day week holiday, though long weekend breaks are available too. Prices start to climb in spring and tend to be highest in summer and around Christmas and New Year. Bargains may be found in the autumn and winter months in-between.

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