Top 10 holiday cottages in Wales for a summer staycation to remember

Rolling hills, secret beaches, friendly locals Wales has it all. We round up the best cottages1 still available for a summer break for families, friends and couples.

  1. WRAPAROUND VIEWS Seven nights from 220pp2
    Haulfre Gardens is a pretty white cottage in Llandudno, looking out over the bay, the Conwy Estuary and the mountains. Living areas are on the first floor so you can soak up the views. It sleeps four in two doubles.
    Llandudno is a short walk away and beaches can be reached along the scenic Haulfre Gardens Path.
    THE DEAL: A week from 880 on October 1 with Discount Holidays © Holiday Lettings (ref: 1100618). Nantsaeson
  2. SAND DUNES Seven nights from 95pp3
    Head to Pembrokeshire for a stylish stay in Nantsaeson, a modern house above the dunes on the River Teifi Estuary. You ll find oak and slate floors, floor-to-ceiling glass with panoramic views, a wrap-around deck and four bedrooms. The private garden leads to the dunes.

    Hikers can join the Coastal Path and Cardigan, with farmer s markets and pubs, is nearby.
    THE DEAL: A seven-night break in October from 760, Coastal Cottages (ref: 13395). The Saddlery

  3. ROMANTIC BOLTHOLE Three nights from 159pp4
    Converted coach house, The Saddlery is a perfect hideaway for two. This cosy 19th century cottage sits in Pen-y-Cae on the Borders. The garden leads to an orchard, home to friendly bantams and a romantic pergola. There s a sunken bath and a double shower while stairs lead up to a bedroom beneath the eaves. Head to Llangollen for a horse-drawn narrowboat over the aqueduct. Chirk Castle and Erddig Hall are also nearby.
    THE DEAL: Three nights self-catering starts at 318 with Wales Cottages (ref: JUH). Manor House in Caldicot, Monmouthshire
  4. LORD OF THE MANOR Seven nights from 191pp
    Large groups will love lording it about at Medieval Manor House, once owned by Henry VIII. The majestic 12th century property in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, is full of antique treasures, including four-poster beds and oak- beamed ceilings.
    The seven bedrooms sleep up to 16 and there are plenty of castles, museums and shops nearby.

    Attend a medieval banquet across the road at Caldicot s Norman Castle if you have a special occasion to celebrate.
    THE DEAL: A week s rental between September 2 and December 21 from 3,050 with Discount Holidays © Holiday Lettings (ref: 66644). Hide away in an original World War II bunker

  5. HIDDEN BUNKER From 40pp per night6
    Hunker down in this converted World War II bunker. Set in the hillside, with grass-lined roof and quirky windows, this wooden property looks out over the Monmouthshire countryside. Decoy Bunker is open-plan with a log burner, and you wake up to mountain views. There are plenty of hikes, and the towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny to explore.
    THE DEAL: A night in the bunker, which sleeps three, starts at 120 with CoolStays. Dolydd Cottage
  6. FAIRYTALE COTTAGE From 40pp per night
    Whisk your loved one away to luxury Dolydd Cottage, in the village of Maentwrog in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The building is a Grade II-listed former school on the banks of the River Dwyryd and comes with a king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, underfloor heating and a jacuzzi. There are two traditional pubs nearby and a number of walks.
    THE DEAL A night self-catering for two from 80, CoolStays.

    Top 10 <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Cottages In Wales For A Summer Staycation To Remember The Posh Bunk House


  7. POSH RETREAT From 25pppn night8
    The five-star Posh Bunkhouse sleeps up to 14 in a stylish designer hangout in the picturesque village of Glasbury-on-Wye. The Grade II-listed chapel conversion is funky Discount Holidays © holiday base full of surprises such as a huge adult slide connecting upstairs to downstairs.

    In the village you ll find excellent pubs and a great riverside caf .
    THE DEAL: Self-catering stay from 350 a night with Coolstays. Elin Abereiddy

  8. ON THE ROCKS Seven nights from 148pp9
    Escape to an 18th century mill nestled in the rocks next to the sea in Pembrokeshire. Elin Abereiddy is one of just three cottages in the small hamlet of Abereiddy. Original features include slate-flagged floors and there is a cosy snug with wood-burning stove. There are three bedrooms (sleeping five). Beautiful Traethllyfn beach is a mile away and the tiny cathedral city of St Davids is five miles away.
    THE DEAL: A seven-night stay in September starts at 740 with Coastal Cottages (ref: 23381). Swn Y Nant lodge
  9. BUBBLING STREAM Seven nights from 224pp10
    Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Swn Y Nant lodge means sound of the stream . The airy two-bedroom property is open-plan, with floor-to-ceiling windows. There s an outdoor hot tub and youngsters can feed the friendly alpacas in the fields beyond.
    THE DEAL: A week September 1 to December 23 from 895, Discount Holidays © Holiday Lettings (ref: 5834245).

    Aberystwyth’s Cliff Railway Apartment

  10. RAILWAY MAGIC Three nights from 74pp11
    Cliff Railway Apartment is above the ticket office of Britain s longest funicular electric cliff railway, so guests go free.

    Stylish, with an open-plan area looking out over the sea, it has two bedrooms.

    Aberystwyth with its promenade, beach, pier and ruined castle is a 15-minute walk away.
    THE DEAL: Three nights rental starts at 296 with Wales Cottages (ref: CC621043).


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