3 (off peak)
Ty Newydd y Llwyn sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is a charming 18th Century holiday cottage in an elevated position six hundred feet above the Vale of Clwyd with breathtaking views and many fantastic walks from the front door.
With an original oak-beamed inglenook with wood burner (and background central heating), new carpets and comfortable beds, the cottage is cosy, comfortable and a perfect retreat in which to put your feet up and relax after a good day walking and exploring the area. There is a perfect mix of modern conveniences and character features with exposed beams and rafters in the kitchen/dining area, cupboards made from antique pine pew doors, a slate work surface and new appliances. The wildlife garden is insect and bird friendly, and has a long list of bird visitors and also rare bumblebees that visit. Order reigns only in the vegetable beds, discretely tended by the owners.
The owners’ fields behind the cottage afford fabulous views across to Snowdonia and join onto one thousand acres of common land within the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its many miles of walking and rambling. The top of “our hill”, Moel y Parc, has an incredible three hundred and sixty degree view over the North Wales coast, the whole of the Vale of Clwyd, the Cheshire Plain, Wirral and the City of Liverpool. On clear days Cumbria and the Pennines can also be seen.
Ty Newydd y Llwyn is a ten minute walk from the famous long-distance pathway, the Offa’s Dyke, and an ideal base from which to complete the northern section over two or three days (the owners can provide drop-offs and pick-ups). Down the hill and across two fields is the village of Bodfari with a riverside pub serving food.
The medieval town of Denbigh lying four miles to the west, has a castle built by Edward I with excellent views of the Clwydian Range and many fine old buildings. Further up the Vale (nine miles) is the picturesque town of Ruthin, with its award-winning Craft Centre, Victorian prison and independent shops. Over the Horseshoe Pass is Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod, railway and the start of several beautiful walks.
About one hour away are the spectacular mountains, lakes and rivers of the Snowdonia National Park and the National Trust properties of Bodnant Gardens, Penrhyn, Chirk Castles and Erddig. The coastal market town of Conway, twenty three miles away, is dominated by a fine castle and town walls above its quaint harbour. To the east, forty minutes away is Chester, once a Roman fortress town built on the river Dee but also famous for its splendid Tudor rows.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with many attractions within easy reach, this is a perfect peaceful retreat for anyone wanting to visit North Wales.
Judith Prys-Jones joined Independent Cottages in January 2013
Additional information: The price includes bed-linen, towels, electricity and a sack of logs. Sorry, no children under fourteen due to the proximity of ponds. Unfortunately no pets and no smoking permitted in the cottage. Short breaks may be available - please enquire.
Star Rating: 4 Star
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