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Holiday cottages in Wales offer a fantastic mix of beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities. One day you could be enjoying the unrivalled tranquillity and expansive views of Snowdonia, and the next you could be joining the throng at Cardiff’s majestic Millennium Stadium. To borrow a well-worn phrase, Wales truly is a destination with something for everyone. The only problem with so much choice is finding the right thing for you and your fellow holidaymakers to enjoy, so we’re going to make a few recommendations for an unforgettable holiday in Wales.

Wales really is a country of highlights, with an incredible array of fantastic attractions, both natural and man-made. One of the best ways to get your bearings is to head upwards, so we’re going to recommend a trip to Snowdonia National Park first. If you’d like a bird’s eye view of your stunning surroundings there really is no place like it. The circular Precipice Walk offers a slightly challenging two-hour trek but the pay off is expansive views as far as the eye can see. Mount Snowdon is easily accessible thanks to a train ride, or a climb for more intrepid visitors. However you choose to reach it, the views from the surrounding landscape are breathtaking. Less taxing, but no less beautiful, is the Pembrokeshire Coast. The UK's only truly coastal national park offers stunning limestone cliffs, soft golden sands and cool blue waters as far as the eye can see. Wales’ industrial heritage is celebrated at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. One of the country’s premier tourist attractions, it offers both a fascinating insight into the lives of the miners and a truly unique landscape to explore and admire. If you fancy a more vibrant holiday experience then there are few better locations than Cardiff. Like Wales itself, the capital city offers a wonderful celebration of history and a wealth of contemporary attractions, so it’s perhaps unsurprising to find out that it’s also one of the most popular destinations for those with Welsh holiday cottages.

A beautifully varied landscape makes Welsh cottages perennially popular with outdoor enthusiasts and those who fancy enjoying the fresh air and stunning spectacle of some of the UK’s most celebrated natural locations. Hikers, climbers, cyclists and boaters will all find much to enjoy in the ‘Land of Song’. Pet owners will be equally satisfied with their choice of holiday destination and there are plenty of places to stretch the legs and give the dog a welcome run-around. If you fancy a more cosmopolitan experience then you’ll find more than enough cities offering great shopping opportunities, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of cultural events.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured Wales holiday cottages.
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  • The Crofters Cottages - Abbots Croft

    Llangeinor

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: OL8

    Peacefully set in 2 acres of lawned gardens, these four beautifully furnished and extremely well-equipped holiday cottages enjoy excellent walks straight from the back door. Sunny Croft (ref JVZ) and Penny Croft (ref JSM) adjoin one another and boast superb views from their elevated position, whilst Meadow Croft (ref OMY) is attached to the owner’s 17th-century home and Abbots Croft (ref OL8). Each cottage has a plasma TV, a mini CD player and its own terrace with beautiful views.
    This is an area with lots of character, with hills that beckon the walker. For cyclists, the Afan Argoed Forestry Park, rated in the top ten in the world for mountain bike rides, is within easy reach. Spectacular drives over the inter-valley roads give amazing views, while the rich, rolling land of the Vale of Glamorgan offers many castles, interesting churches and manor houses to explore. The nearest sandy beaches are 12 miles, and the Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famous for its beaches, magnificent coastal scenery and rich birdlife, is easily accessible.
    Caerphilly is easily accessible and is famous for its magnificent castle and the crumbly white cheese which is widely available throughout the town. The capital, Cardiff, is well worth the visit and is an easy and compact city to navigate, with the River Taff flowing through the heart of the city. The Millennium Stadium sits happily alongside much older buildings including the castle which gives the city a vibrant and cosmoplitan feel to it. Tennis, riding, fishing and golf nearby. Multi-screen cinema, restaurants and shopping complex 3 miles. Village shop/P.O. 2 miles, pub serving home-cooked food (prebooking advisable), 100 yards.

    Cosy living room with compact kitchen/breakfast area. Double bedroom. First floor: Loft-style shower room with toilet.

    • Fridge/freezer
    • Courtyard garden with patio
    • No smoking

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Shared use of owner’s gardens with summerhouse
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Natural spring water supply

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  • Llwynau Farm - Pine Lodge

    Llantrisant, nr. Cardiff

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: B5648

    Set only 12 miles from the city of Cardiff

    Benefitting from easy access to the M4, 5 miles from junction 34, these pine lodges have much to offer guests wishing to relax and unwind in a rural setting. Nestling in the hamlet of Castellau, they are ideally situated for both Cardiff, 12 miles, and the Rhondda valleys and coastal areas. The historic town of Llantrisant with restaurant and craft centre is only 2 miles away. Golf and fishing are within easy reach. Close to hand is the award-winning Rhondda Heritage Park as well as the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans, a walk around Wales from Celtic times to the present day. Within a 45 minute drive to the north are the Brecon Beacons. To the south is the Glamorgan Heritage Coast offering superb walking terrain amidst some wonderful scenery. Equipped with all the basic essentials and a living flame fire in each, these pine lodges serve as a comfortable base for those seeking to get out and about. A holiday here can be as busy or as leisurely as you like. Shop and pub 1 mile.Benefitting from easy access to the M4, 5 miles from junction 34, these pine lodges have much to offer guests wishing to relax and unwind in a rural setting. Nestling in the hamlet of Castellau, they are ideally situated for both Cardiff, 12 miles, and the Rhondda valleys and coastal areas. The historic town of Llantrisant with restaurant and craft centre is only 2 miles away. Golf and fishing are within easy reach. Close to hand is the award-winning Rhondda Heritage Park as well as the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans, a walk around Wales from Celtic times to the present day. Within a 45 minute drive to the north are the Brecon Beacons. To the south is the Glamorgan Heritage Coast offering superb walking terrain amidst some wonderful scenery. Equipped with all the basic essentials and a living flame fire in each, these pine lodges serve as a comfortable base for those seeking to get out and about. A holiday here can be as busy or as leisurely as you like. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot. Garden and furniture.

    Both properties: First £5 electricity included (weekly bookings only), remainder by £1 meter. Electric heaters, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking. NB: Fenced duck pond.

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  • Bryn Odol - The Loft

    Bryn Odol, Tudweiliog

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: B6836

    Ideal touring base

    Set on a working farm are these three individual holiday properties, each with its own character. Situated on the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula which is host to many sandy beaches at Tywyn and Penelec and coves such as Whistling sands, or step back in time and visit the sleepy village of Aberdaron where time seems to stand still. The properties are in an ideal position to explore the area which has many attractions, including Carreg Coetan Arthur, Bronze Age remains at the summit of Carn Fadryn and the historically important ports of Porth Ysgaden and Porth Colmon at Llangwnnadl, and Porth Gwylan, which is managed by the National Trust. Nearby there is golf, cliff walking and horse riding. Criccieth Castle, featuring superb views over Tremadog Bay and Pwllheli are within an easy drive, also close by is the Lleyn Heritage Coast and Snowdonia Mountain Range. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Stone steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Private balcony and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Ty Gwyn Barn

    Rhosfawr, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: OH7


    This stunning ‘upside down’ barn conversion, standing detached, has been finished to a high standard and has a delightful living room/kitchen on the first floor with French doors opening to a decked balcony with great views of the surrounding countryside. From the living room, a wonderful wrought iron spiral staircase leads down to the bedroom and shower room, and can be illuminated at night for a special effect! The unobtrusive and friendly owners live opposite, and are on hand should you need advice or assistance during your stay. Their very well behaved family pets are also friendly and welcoming, but do not present a nuisance.
    This is an excellent, central location on the Llyn Peninsula, giving easy access to all corners, with mountains, beaches and many attractions. The bustling market town of Pwllheli is within a few minutes’ drive and has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the stunning beach which seems to go on for miles, topped with grassy sand dunes. Criccieth with its historic, hilltop castle and beach is a little further to the east, as is Porthmadog with the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Take the steam train on a nostalgic journey through the breath taking scenery of the Welsh mountains from Porthmadog in the south, to the delightful town of Caernarfon in the north, with its majestic castle standing proudly at the harbour.
    The seaside villages of Nefyn, Abersoch and sleepy Aberdaron are within easy reach and worth a visit, as is the stunning village of Porthdinllaen, situated literally on the beach. Nant Gwrtheyrn on the north coast is a disused quarry village, and a café provides refreshments after a bracing walk down to the beach.
    The area is also great for walkers with the Llyn coastal footpath to explore, or take a boat trip to Bardsey Island. There is so much to see and do, you are sure to return. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 ½ miles.

    Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Open-plan living room with French doors and gas woodburner/kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Private decked balcony with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Bwthyn Yr Eglwys

    Llanfair Talhaiarn near Abergele

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC613035
    This delightful, terraced holiday cottage is situated opposite the village church in Llanfair Talhaiarn. There are two pubs in the village, and a beautiful picnic spot where the River Elwy meanders under an old stone bridge. The banks are always crowded on sunny days in summer, and the river is full of splashing children. The cottage itself has been restored in keeping with its age. It has a lovely slate floor and the lounge features an open fire. The cosy dining room has views of the lawned garden, whilst upstairs, the bedroom features beautiful oak furniture. There are plenty of walks in the area, and it’s just five miles to the sandy beaches of the North Wales coastline. A short drive brings you to the Conwy Valley and Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia. Here you will find forest walks and a high ropes course – not for the faint hearted! Historic Conwy and the Victorian resort of Llandudno are also within easy reach, and have plenty of attractions and things to do.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With slate floor, open fire, 32" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and bluetooth speaker.
    Kitchen/dining room: With slate floor, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi.

    Lawned garden with furniture. On street parking.

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  • Craig Fach Cottages - Craig Fach 1

    Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26565

    Two beautiful, well-presented holiday properties, ideally located near the harbour with private parking, and within walking distance of the shops, pubs and restaurants. Each property, one of a row, has its own sitting-out area on the second floor. The seaside resort of Barmouth in north west Wales lies on the wide estuary of the River Mawddach in Cardigan Bay. The town has a typical Welsh charm with stone and slate-built houses, often 3 and 4 storeys high are set against the Welsh mountain backdrop. Stunning views can be enjoyed across the estuary, the beautiful harbour and the endless sandy beach. Located on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park it is a most scenic location. Although the town has a small summer funfair and some arcades, it is generally popular for family beach holidays and those looking for a quiet holiday in a beautiful part of the world. It is ideal for walking, mountain walking, cycling, golf and bird watching. The expansive beach at Barmouth allows plenty of space for children to play ball games, dig in the sand, sunbathe or play in the shallow waters. The Italianate village of Portmeirion is a pleasant 11 mile drive along the coast, passing the well-preserved Harlech Castle along the way. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Living room.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared second floor patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Pendre Isa

    Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30091
    This wonderful example of a detached, single-storey converted barn, adjacent to the owner’s home, dates back to circa 1810, and sits within the Hafod Forestry Commission Estate, which is a picturesque landscape occupying about 500 acres of the Ystwyth Valley and surrounding hills, some 15 miles inland from the Ceredigion coastline. Lovingly converted by the craftsman owner, Pendre Isa is an extremely spacious and beautifully furnished property for two people, boasting its own private decked terrace from where you can relax and enjoy the views and watch the red kites and buzzards circling overhead. From the doorstep of the barn, the estate can be explored on foot (maps are available for the five way-marked walks of varying length and difficulty) where there are streams, waterfalls and rustic bridges to discover. It provides an excellent base for exploring and taking part in activities such as canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding and walking, or just relaxing in a ‘get away from it all’ location. Nearby attractions include Devils Bridge, first built by monks in the 11th century and from where you can take the Vale of Rheidol steam train that meanders through the valley to the seaside town of Aberystwyth, the Silver Mountain Experience, an 18th-century silver-rich lead mine, and the Magic of Life Butterfly House. A 30-minute drive will bring you to the attractive coastline and all that it has to offer. An ideal holiday base.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Beamed with wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Dining room: Beamed with wooden floor.
    Kitchen: Beamed with tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed with zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to super king size on request, please advise when booking) and en-suite with underfloor heating, shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Freezer in outbuilding. Wi-Fi.

    Enclosed courtyard with patio, decked terrace and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Pentre Herin

    Dolanog near Welshpool

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC624029
    This barn conversion, set on a working farm, is the ideal getaway for couples who are looking to explore the areas around the west Wales coastline, north Wales, Snowdonia and neighbouring Shropshire. Lake Vyrnwy and Bala, famous for their watersports and white water rafting, are a short drive. There are excellent walks in the area with the Glyndwr’s Way passing through the farmyard to open moorland, forest and lakes and the seven mile Ann Griffiths Walk is just a short distance away. Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre and forest are on route to the coast, and Snowdonia and attractions are around an hours’ drive. There are four National Trust properties nearby; Powys Castle, Chirk, Erddig and Attingham park, and the market towns of Welshpool and Oswestry are home to some great restaurants and bars.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Sky TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer available on request.

    Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking.

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  • Ty Gwennol

    Llanfairynghornwy near Cemaes Bay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC611048
    This charming and very comfortable barn conversion is perfectly located for summer beach holidays and relaxing winter escapes. Enjoying countryside views, it lies close to the coast at Carmel Head and makes a perfect base for enjoying many outdoor activities such as walking the Anglesey Heritage Coastal Path, cycling and birdwatching. There are many beautiful places to explore including the North Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve at nearby Cemlyn and the delightful town of Cemaes Bay (four miles), with its pretty harbour and lovely sandy beach. Within easy reach of the Snowdonia National Park, with its myriad of outdoor pursuits and dramatic mountain scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Lounge area: Large with Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    Large with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    Initial £20pw electric included, thereafter by meter card. Bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.

    Patio. Shared woodland and lawns. Ample field space for you to bring your own horse. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Fenced ponds 50 yards.

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  • Lluest Cottages - The Cow Shed

    Neuaddlwyd, nr. Aberaeron

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: OR5

    Lying peacefully in a rural location and just a stone’s throw away from the dramatic Ceredigion coastline, this row of traditional Welsh holiday barns (refs OR3, OR4 and OR5) have been sympathetically restored to a high standard, making it a perfect touring base for couples looking for an adventure. Lluest Cottages have been tastefully decorated throughout and equipped with all the appropriate amenities for an unforgettable experience. Each cottage has its own enclosed lawn garden with a patio area where guests can sit, relax and unwind whilst watching the red kites soar over the magnificent scenery or enjoy the wildlife beyond the garden in the woodlands, fields and pond areas that are part of the property. The area itself has lots to offer, including fantastic walks along the Ceredigion coastline, famous for its horseshoe coves, Iron Age settlements and sandy beaches, where bottlenose dolphins and seals can be spotted on a clear day! The picturesque harbour towns of Newquay and Aberaeron offer unblemished beaches, restaurants, boutique shopping and art galleries that are waiting to be explored. Away from the coast, Ceredigion’s countryside is just as promising, with an array of charming market towns and historic castles dotted around the county. For an adventurous day out, take a short drive to the rugged Cambrian Mountains and explore the Cors Caron Nature Reserve, which flourishes with wildlife and the historic ruins of Strata Florida Abbey, which is one of Wales’ most important historical sites. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room with electric fire, French doors and galley-style kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: Pond in owners’ grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Mara Cottage

    Dinas, nr. Crymych

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: OW3


    Nestled in a scenic wooded valley in the charming hamlet of Dinas, this traditional Welsh barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is situated in 10 acres of matured grounds with two friendly resident horses, where wildlife flourishes and flowers blossom. The former barn dating back to the mid 18th century, has been carefully restored to uncover much of its original charm and character, including exposed Welsh oak beams and stone walls, with lots of welcoming touches added to provide couples with the perfect romantic retreat whatever the occasion. The open-plan living area is featured on the first floor which allows guests the freedom to snuggle up on the sofa next to the cosy wood-burning stove or on a warm summers evening, sit back and relax on the private balcony and watch the sun set over the picturesque countryside. Outside, the rugged woodland offers peace and tranquillity in abundance, where you can enjoy scenic walks along the glistening stream which leads into the village. Conveniently located on the borders of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, the area abounds with fantastic walks and historic sites dotted around the county, including the ancient burial chamber of Pentre Ifan Dolmen tucked away peacefully in the Preseli Hills and the majestic sites of Cardigan, Cilgerran and Carew castles. The traditional market towns of Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthen and Cardigan are within easy reach. The iconic coastline of Pembrokeshire is within easy reach and features the picturesque coastal resorts of Newport and St Davids, as is the heritage coastline of Cardigan Bay which is famously renowned for spotting grey seals and bottlenose dolphins on a clear day! The historic town of Laugharne is just a short drive away and is famous for birthplace of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which features his iconic boat house and historic castle lying peacefully on the edge of the River Taf. The property is located 10¾ miles away from the popular Carmarthen Golf Club. Horse riding can be found 7¼ miles away. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Large, beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to balcony/small, galley-style kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full Economy 7 central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 10-acre natural woodland grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Stabling and pasture on request
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream, pond and sloping banks in grounds

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  • Willsbrook Lodge

    Raglan

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: HW7698

    Converted and utterly captivating, this delightful property sits in the attractive village of Raglan, just moments from its fairytale castle and within walking distance of pubs, restaurants, a farm shop and award winning butcher. Set in the grounds of the owners’ home, and sharing their lovely swimming pool, it is ideally located for exploring Tintern Abbey, floral Usk and the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth (all under 10 miles). Visitors can enjoy canoeing at Symond’s Yat, exceptional golf courses abound and the Brecon Beacons, Offa’s Dyke, Wye and Usk Valleys all provide great walking.

    4 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with steps to dining area/kitchen with beams. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) galleried bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating (shower room only), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open June - September, weather permitting). No smoking. No children, except babes in arms.

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