Destination guide

Head for Wales cottages to visit an authentic Celtic nation

If you're looking to stay on the Welsh side of the Cotswolds, you'll find yourself in one of the most authentic Celtic nations still existing in the modern world. Staying in Monmouth would put you by the Cotswolds and virtually endless well-maintained grassland especially around the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cotswolds cottages can vary quite a bit, so you should have no problem finding affordable options, luxury options and everything in between.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday homes in Wales

The museums of Wales promise a journey deep into the heart of this unique Celtic nation. At St Fagans, close to Cardiff, it's all about historic homes and Victorian schoolhouses – beware of the Welsh Not. In the Big Pit National Coal Museum, you'll be transported down to the subterranean tunnels where miners would once have hacked away at the coalface. In the National Waterfront Museum of Swansea, there are old steam locomotives and fascinating relics of the Industrial Revolution.


Things to do near Welsh holiday homes

Because the major cities in Wales all hug the coast, the heart of the nation is given over to rural landscapes and wicked mountain ranges. The Brecon Beacons kick things off in the south, the shark-fin peak of Pen y Fan soaring over the deep valleys and lakes with its wiggling hiking paths. In the north, riding the narrow-gauge railway from Llanberis to the top of Snowdon will reveal vistas of the rock-ribbed Crib Goch ridge and the trails of Glyder Fawr. Other adventures await on the seas, with dolphin spotting, seal watching, cliff climbing and more in abundance there.


Climate for your stay in Welsh holiday homes

It's said that Wales is the land of wind and rain. Visit in the winter, between November and March, to see just how true that is; opt for a cosy cottage in the hills or along the coast to crank up the romance. Spring and summer, starting in April and ending in August, bring the sunniest and warmest days for hitting the beaches of Pembrokeshire and the Gower. Autumn is also pleasant, with perfect hiking conditions for those seeking out Wales holiday rentals in parks like Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

Natural features

Be inspired by wonderful Wales

There's a reason that William Wordsworth sought out the cloud-gathering summits of Snowdon to write his stirring poetry. There's something primeval and wild about the Welsh countryside that can't really be put into words. You can discover it yourself by opting for Wales holiday rentals in places like Brecon or amid the mountains of the north. The national parks there are carved with deep valleys and bald peaks, where sheep roam the ridges and hidden lakes reside in the clefts. The coast is another story. Running from glorious Gower to Anglesey, it's awash with dolphins, seals, surfer bays and gorgeous sands.


Beaches near holiday homes in Wales

Wales offers an array of unspoilt beaches where you can enjoy relaxing days in the sun. Holiday rentals are available near places like Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, an expansive park with coastal walks, wildlife, watersports and historic sites on scenic beaches near coves. You could also enjoy a day by Bala Lake, a calm lake with watersports opportunities and sandy beaches.

Food & drink 

Sample Welsh cuisine in Wales

Welsh cuisine is distinctive and reflects the long history of the country. Lamb and mutton, beef and dairy cattle, seafood, cabbage and leeks are popular ingredients for Welsh recipes. Foods like cawl, Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes, bara brith and laverbread are among its most iconic dishes, though you could also find a range of creative foods in restaurants near your Wales holiday homes.

How many holiday rentals are available around Wales?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 10,820 holiday lettings around Wales. From 5,842 cabins to 5,842 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Wales?

There's something kind of special about country living. If you're a city slicker ready for a taste of rural life, let us sort you out. HomeAway has 2,423 rural holiday properties in this destination. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has tons more options, including:

  • 1,898 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,541 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 896 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Wales?

If you're looking for a home away from home for your upcoming holiday, renting an entire house is a terrific idea. You and your group will have plenty of space for all your getaway activities. There are 4,879 options available on HomeAway. Prices start from £21 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 4,103 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Apartment: 766 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £35 per night.
  • Hotel: 330 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £27 per night.

Can I stay in Wales in a large group?

There's nothing better than exploring somewhere entirely new with your friends and loved ones. The great news is HomeAway has options suitable for large groups. The favourite option for larger groups here are house holiday rentals, and you'll find 1,011 available. If you're planning on travelling with a large group, the rental properties that can meet your needs include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 2,319 rental properties suitable for that size. Stay a night from just £36.
  • After a place for 5 people? We have 1,027 that will be ideal. You can get one for as low as £18 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 8? We have 948 properties for rent that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £53 per night.

Your whole squad will be well catered to when you organise your Wales adventure with us!

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