Rural retreats in Wales - Rural accommodation in Wales

Boasting endless stretches of stunning, unspoilt coastline, and some of the largest, mist-covered mountains in the UK, Wales is undoubtedly ideal for that rural retreat. Its long and fascinating history can keep you enthralled for days, but you have pretty, seaside towns, National Parks and castles to explore too! There’s also the UK’s longest-named village: Anglesey’s Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob - wllllantysiliogogogoch, for the record! Yes, while Wales is an often overlooked holiday destination, it’s an outstandingly beautiful place with something to entertain everyone. From the low-lying sands of the Pembrokeshire Coast to the towering peaks of Snowdonia, Wales is not to be missed. Of course, when planning a rural retreat in Wales, finding the right accommodation’s important. That’s where HomeAway comes in, offering thousands of beautiful cottages in Wales, spanning both countryside and coast. You’ll enjoy unrivalled space and privacy, and save money in the process, as well as having the choice to pinpoint exactly where you stay. You could find a cottage just steps from the sea or a house in the deepest of wood: whatever your dream destination and holiday, HomeAway can provide the perfect home. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of Wales, and start planning your rural retreat today.

  1. Pembrokeshire

    Lapped by crashing waves on three sides, Pembrokeshire is the ideal spot for a rural, seaside retreat. Indeed, many consider it to be one of the most spectacular coastal destinations in Europe: after all, you’re never more than a short drive from the beach when you book a holiday rental in Pembrokeshire. Avid walkers will adore the coastal trails maintained by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which take you past vast, unspoilt sands and towering, craggy peaks. Of course, those interested in other outdoor activities won’t be disappointed either, with surfing, golfing and fishing available as well as dozens of attractions.

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  2. Brecon Beacons

    5 bedroom holiday home in Llanwddyn - Vyrnwy House (Llanwddyn)

    Whether you’re looking for challenging hiking trails or gentle coastal walks, Brecon Beacons has it covered. A stunning area situated in Mid Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park offers just about every outdoor activity imaginable! For those looking for a more laid-back approach to rural breaks, the area offers fantastic fishing too. Why not head for Llangammarch Wells, one of just four villages situated along the River Irfon? You’ll find unrivalled peace and quiet along its pretty banks. If your interests lie in legends, look no further than King Arthur’s Labyrinth: you sail along a subterranean river, and through a great waterfall to reach it.

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  3. Snowdonia

    Snowdonia National Park is found in Gwynedd, the most north western of Wales’s counties. Famed as one of the UK’s most breathtaking rural areas, its diverse landscapes encompass cloud-topping mountains and low-lying moors, interspersed with tumbling rivers and ancient, ruined castles. Simply walking or cycling around the park will uncover all manner of exciting features, and there’s an excellent network of interlinked trails. You can be lead past sprawling, sandy beaches and through magical, wooded valleys, or venture off the beaten track and find hidden caves in the forest. For the most secluded of spots, Snowdonia’s unbeatable.

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  4. Conwy

    Conwy is an excellent destination for a well-deserved rural retreat. The river and valley of the same name are some of the most beautiful areas in Wales, perfect for outdoor activities and relaxed recreation alike. You can get the adrenalin pumping with some white-river rafting or caving, or simply relax along the river bank with a fishing rod in hand. This is also an excellent spot for those interested in Welsh history, as the area is home to a number of fascinating sites. The remains of a Roman fort can be found at Capel Curig, as well as the wonderfully named ‘Ugly House’, a 15th century cottage which was said to have been built in one night!

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  5. Anglesey

    Almost every part of Anglesey has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s certainly not hard to see why. A rugged island off the north coast of Wales, it’s one of the most spectacular areas in Europe, with over 100 miles of coastline which have remained unchanged for centuries. Choose from Cemaes, Benllech or Llanddwyn Bays, and enjoy brisk walks on the beach or be brave and opt for water sports! One of the best, but lesser known bays is the incredible Red Wharf, one of just 26 stunning beaches adding to Anglesey’s blue flag fame.

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