Holidays in Wales - why go abroad when you have such beauty within such easy reach? Of course it's perfectly acceptable to go abroad, we can't compete with the Mediterranean when it comes to consistent summer sunshine, but if you are booking up a holiday in Wales, then this guide to some of the best places to visit might help you plan your trip.
Aldous Huxley once wrote that the most useful travel guide would be one that you wrote yourself. And thousands of you have taken him at his word, making online recommendation site TripAdvisor one of the most visited sites in the world. TripAdvisor is a trove of information for holidays in Wales, with lots of recommendations from holiday makers via its ratings system.
So because there’s nothing like a personal recommendation, especially when it comes to booking this year’s holiday, here’s 40 of its top-rated destinations for holidays in Wales as picked by the real experts – you.
If you want to take a dip...
Rumours, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire: Just five minutes from picturesque Saundersfoot and its fantastic beaches, Rumours is a peaceful four bedroom haven with one of the best sea views in the area. It’s got a heated pool, sun terrace and large decking area and has been totally refurbished in a contemporary style. ** Price: From £100 a night. You said it: “Outstanding – loved the place!”
Cae Madog Barn, Llanbrynmair, Powys: If you’re after the chance of an escape, why not do it amidst stunning scenery? Cae Madog Barn offers seven bedrooms in a blissfully quiet location with views of the Cambrian Mountains. It’s got exclusive use in summer of an outdoor heated swimming pool. Price: Contact owner for rates via TripAdvisor. You said it: “Beautiful setting. My family and I had a wonderful time at Cae Madog. We will definitely be booking to go next year.”
Little Pentree Barn, Overton-On-Dee, Wrexham: Set within the owner’s three-acre smallholding, this charming open plan cottage is brimming with character. Built from brick, it has exposed beams, a woodburner, two snug bedrooms and a private lawned garden with unparalleled views of the valley below. Price: From £41 a night. You said it: “I honestly cannot fault this gorgeous and quirky barn conversion.”
Barlings Barn, Llanbrynmair, Powys: A luxury self-catering 11bedroom barn with indoor heated pool, squash court and sauna, garden room with pool table, while Outside there’s a wildflower paddock with streams and waterfalls. Price: From £725 a night or £2, 950 per week. You said it: “We stopped at Barlings Barn and we were overjoyed at how wonderful the place was. From the wonderful welcome from the owners Terry and Fliss to the barn and its facilities, to the beautiful setting.”
The Coach House, Bodfari, Denbighshire: A brick-built semi-detached barn conversion set in 30 acres on an award-winning farm at the foot of the Clwydian Hill Range, the Coach House has two bedrooms and sleeps four. There is access to a heated swimming pool and private fishing on the River Clwyd which runs through the farm. Prices: From £50 a night. You said it: “The Coach House was absolutely lovely – by far the best holiday cottage we have stayed in. Our little boy loved it, especially the swimming pool. We recommend it to anyone that mentions holidaying in the UK.”
Oceana, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire: Perched above Saundersfoot, Oceana makes the most of its views with two balconies and a multi-level decked area. The four bedroom accommodation has an indoor swimming pool and a spectacular floating living room with glass walls that give a truly panoramic vista. Price: From £800 a week. You said it: “This is the place to go if you want a stunning house furnished to a high standard with everything you need in place. We couldn’t fault the place.”
Trewent Bungalow, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire: This sprawling five bedroom holiday home in picturesque surroundings features a stunning private pool overlooking the sea, as well as a Jacuzzi, sun terrace and lawn, and it’s only a few steps from the beach. Price: From £1, 100 a week. You said it: “The cottage was immaculate throughout with stunning views, rooms, pool, hot tub, etc.”
If you want to try something different.
The Old Pottery, Crymych, Pembrokeshire: An idyllic detached one bedroom stone cottage set in a smallholding. Nestling within the Preseli Hills, experience the stunning Pembrokeshire scenery and wildlife by walking directly onto the Preseli Moor. Price: From £70 a night. You said it: “The Old Pottery is like something out of a fairytale.”
The Welsh Gatehouse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire: Built in the time of Edward I, this Grade II medieval hideaway boasts 700 years of history. Extensively refurbished in 2008, it’s got a charming loft-style living area, retaining the beams and stone mullion windows. You can even climb the tower to the viewing platform. Price: From £100 a night. You said it: “Really lovely. Having seen the photos and watched the video I had expected it to be beautiful but it was just enchanting. I can’t think of any other way to describe it than that.”
The Old Mill, Llanfyllin, Powys: This wonderful two bedroom building is filled with unique features for a party of up to six people. This stone-built detached barn-conversion was once part of an 18th century mill and offers a large, well-equipped kitchen as well as a cosy first floor lounge.
Price: From £37 a night. You said it: “Secluded and peaceful, all the facilities at hand, ideal for families, loads of outside playing space and secure. Very good value for money and central to most areas.”
Medieval Manor House, Caldicot, Monmouthshire: Step back in time and become lords and ladies of the manor. This 800-year-old manor sleeps up to 15 and is nothing short of a magnificent historic treasure – it was even once owned by Henry VIII. Experience the grandeur of living in royal luxury. Prices: From £171 a night. You said it: “Very comfortable with modern conveniences and a powerful sense of history and place.”
Ty Cerrig, Llanbedr, Snowdonia: This cottage in Snowdonia National Park has a cosy, quirky charm that comes from its rough hewn beams, irregular white stone walls and welcoming logburning stove in the sitting room. The accommodation is arranged over one floor and includes two bedrooms and fitted kitchen with dining area. Prices: From £38 a night. You said it: “Little piece of heaven.”