Holiday cottages in Wales are truly exceptional and provide the perfect retreat for an idyllic British break. Wales is home to more than 55 National Trust holiday cottages, dotted across the lush mountainous terrain of the Welsh countryside, from Pembrokeshire to Snowdonia and Trust cottages offer a truly unique holiday like no other.
Holiday cottages in Wales are the epitome of a UK getaway, whether it be a long weekend break or a family holiday to escape for some adventure and rest from the day-to-day antics. We have a charming collection of cottages in some wonderful locations across the Welsh landscape, including many on the west coast where the sandy bays are superb for watching the sunset.
Revel in the freedom of Wales and relax in the special places we exquisitely look after, such as the lovely county of Pembrokeshire, where the rugged Welsh terrain injects immense views over to Ireland from the colossal St David’s Peninsula to the humble nature reserve at Stackpole where otters and dragonflies freely burrow amongst the water reeds. Stackpole Quay is absolutely the perfect place for kayaking or exploring the ruins of Stackpole Court. Interesting fact: Stackpole played home to BBC’s Springwatch in 2016.
Welsh holiday cottages come in all shapes and sizes, boasting some impressive views in a selection of lovely locations. Take in the panoramic views across the Bristol Channel to Lundy, all the way over to Exmoor in Devon, to the sun-drenched Rhossili, the highest point on the Gower peninsula.
The National Trust has over 20 unique Pembrokeshire Welsh holiday cottages and Pembrokeshire is famed for golden sands that stretch for miles on end with the towering cliffsides providing a compelling backdrop to any coast and they’re covered with wildflowers and wildlife.
The National Trust owns over 60,000 acres of coast and countryside in North Wales, including some land at the majestic mountains of Snowdonia. Feeling brave? Visit Beddgelert, where the legend of the dragon was born!
In North Wales, the vast dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia, with its rushing rivers, wailing waterfalls and the Nant Gwynant valley nestled amongst the mountains and hills, draws people back time and time again.
Snowdonia boasts a broad mountainous setting with its lakes and rock-strewn mountain passes. Snowdon is the highest mountain in all of Wales and impressively stands over 1,000 meters tall. Snowdon formed from volcanoes over 400 million years ago, and today, it is one of the UK’s most popular mountains and is one of three mountains that makes up the Three Peak Challenge.
North Wales is also home to an endless amount of wide, open countryside and is populated with sandy beaches, jagged caverns and monumental coastal cliffs add some extra adventure to your Welsh holiday. We have some delightful holiday cottages here too! The ever so colourful beach huts at Llanbedrog beach and grey seal-spotting at Porthor Beach are just a few of the extraordinary highlights of the very special Llyn Peninsula.
We have an exceptional array of historical holiday cottages. This early 20th-century cottage is situated in the majestic gardens of the noble Powis Castle and its picturesque presentation mirrors the archaic ambience of the castle grounds. This rustic seaside cottage on the south coast of sterling Swansea sleeps 7, and its grand rooms are quintessential for a family holiday to Wales. With the ‘white horses’ wallowing right on your doorstep, this cottage really is for the sea-lovers.
Pembrokeshire has a delightful dynasty of holiday cottages shrouded in the vibrant greens of the Welsh countryside. Soak up the scenery in this secluded Victorian cottage in the south-west. It’s within walking distance of boundless stretches of sand, allowing you to delve into the remoteness and escape the urban jungle in a trip to the Llyn Peninsula in the west of Wales.
Tucked away in the vistas and overlooking the open waves, is the National Trust restored listed building of Tan y Bwlch, which sleeps two, is the epitome of a romantic getaway.
After that breathtaking view? Enjoy the comfort of a private roof terrace with Moryn and gaze out across the horizon at Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula. The ancient land of St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, is a must-see location to explore, a paragon of a Welsh holiday and has become a tourist hotspot. The Peninsula is also home to the smallest city in Britain, St David’s, where thousands of visitors each year enjoy its awe-inspiring walks and mesmerising views.
The homeland of Welsh fame such as Roald Dahl, Tom Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Laura Ashley amongst many, many others. Zeta-Jones, along with fellow actor Matthew Rhys gave their support for the National Trust campaign that helped save Llyndy Isaf farm, a 600-acre estate in 2011.
Conservation projects are incredibly important to the Trust. An inspirational Welsh example of a restored holiday cottage comes in the form of Treleddyd Fawr, a Grade II listed building, which is exemplary of a traditional Pembrokeshire cottage. Wales is full of history and there is an abundance of Tudor houses, prehistoric sites and striking ruins. Discover Cilgerran Castle, which the Trust acquired in 1938, a 13th-century fortress in the heart of Pembrokeshire.
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A former gardener's cottage with a spectacular view along the Porth Neigwl beach.
On the sandy coast between Barmouth and Harlech, Egryn is a Grade II listed medieval hall house.
Situated in a secluded position with stunning views across the Cleddau river.
The Bothy is positioned in the heart of the gardens surrounding Powis Castle.
A lovely 1930's Villa with views across Offa's Dyke.
Tucked away in the grounds of Bodysgallens Hotel.