Cosy Pet Friendly Cottages
If you crave a traditional cottage with roaring fires, hearty food and a true Welsh welcome that extends to children and dogs, head for one of these pet-friendly Welsh holiday cottages.
For couples seeking a peaceful getaway with plenty of walking and gorgeous countryside, Bwthyn Gribin near Machynlleth in mid Wales, is ideal. With its whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings and wood-burning stove, this converted cottage in the grounds of an organic farm, looks every inch the traditional Welsh farmhouse cottage. It has two cosy bedrooms, an open-plan living and kitchen space and a very homely feel. Windows look out on to views of Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy mountains and the surrounding fields. You’ll feel about as far away from life’s hustle and bustle as possible! There’s an enclosed patio garden at the front in which dogs can romp around, and another at the back, which enjoys the afternoon sun. The owners’ provide a welcome pack on arrival.
What to do: If you love the countryside and walking, this is a wonderful place to visit. At this time of year, the beaches, mountains and forests are virtually deserted - heaven for dog owners. There are numerous walks nearby, including Glyndwr’s Way National Trail and the Snowdonia mountains, and Aberdyfi and Barmouth beaches are both dog friendly.
Caernarfon for familiesFor a break with family or friends, this larger-than-average farmhouse in Caernarfon, is perfect. Part of the welcome includes a supply of fresh eggs and yummy Welsh cakes from the owners, the Jones family. This four-bedroomed house has oodles of space. Two comfortable lounges, each with a high-definition TV and sink-into seating, make clean work of dividing up the kids and the adults. (Adults may want to nab the lounge with the roaring log fire!) The farmhouse also has a beautiful conservatory with open countryside views, and there’s a grassed lawn for children and dogs to play on.
What to do: The great appeal of this part of Wales is the sheer variety of things to do at this time of year. From the mountains of Snowdon to the coastline of Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula, this is an ideal place to be if you enjoy the great outdoors. Come here in September and October and enjoy quiet walks on country lanes or misty beaches, mountain climbing, or visiting the many historic sights, such as nearby Caernarfon Castle. Families with young children are spoilt for choice with an all-weather activity centre, indoor fun centre, nature-inspired theme park and sea zoo all within easy reach.
Holidaymakers looking for a rural retreat with lashings of wildlife, heritage and scenery style need look no further. Surrounded by rolling fields, mountains and waterfalls, Owl Barn Retreat is a heavenly escape for those who want luxury as well as rustic. This delightfully renovated cottage mixes traditional charm with high-tech conveniences, and a few eco-friendly touches for good measure. The living room has a balcony that stretches the full length of the room, offering and unadulterated and uplifting view of the Berwyn mountains. Other touches include reading books, board games and jigsaws, ideal for lazy evenings. The pretty village of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant is a mile away. Here you’ll find a café, decent butchers, a good selection of pubs and friendly locals. But don’t bank on meeting any other tourists, though; this unspoilt part of Wales is deliciously undiscovered.
What to do: Don’t forget to pack your binoculars. This is a great place to spot birds and other wildlife such as butterflies. A visit to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the largest waterfall in Wales and the tallest in the UK, is a must. The falls, named as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, fall in three stages over the wooded cliff face in a stupendous crash of water. The nearby Berwyn hills offer amazing views of the Shropshire borders and across to Snowdonia.