From the wilds of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to the rolling hillsides of the Brecon Beacons, holiday lettings in Wales are a great way to explore one of the UK's most charming regions. Whether you're after a festive family get-together or some much-needed rest and relaxation, you'll find just what you're looking for at one of these ideal destinations.
Find the perfect digs in Pembrokeshire
Set along Wales's southwestern coast, the county of Pembrokeshire is a popular destination thanks to its scenic natural beauty and wealth of historic sites. Holiday homes include airy cabins or stone-built cottages, and many offer easy access to the region's shoreline and scenic countryside.
Day tripping in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
For scenic coastal views and communing with the great outdoors, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is tough to beat. The sprawling 155,000-acre park boasts steep, rocky cliffs, ancient sites – like the intriguing neolithic Pentre Ifan tomb – and 186 miles of walking trail along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It also offers sandy beaches, marshland and inland forest, as well as striking views over the Daugleddau estuary and St Bride's Bay.
Explore Wales's historic castles from Pembrokeshire cottages
Another popular Pembrokeshire attraction is the historic Pembroke Castle. The birthplace of Henry VII, the massive stone castle traces its roots to a wood-and-earth fort built in 1093. Nowadays, the site is open to the public for guided tours and private strolls – and spooky ghost tours that show a different side of the castle's history.
Holiday hideaways in Rhos, Wales
A charming countryside getaway awaits in Rhos, a hamlet near the River Cleddau in the Swansea Valley. Holiday cottages here mean you can get away from it all while staying just a short drive from some of the region's top sights. The Haverfordwest Town Museum offers local history exhibits in a 12th-century castle, and Oakwood Theme Park features roller coasters and other rides for visitors of all ages.
Head west – visit the scenic spots in west Wales
There's more to west Wales than just Pembrokeshire. The western region features miles of stunning coastline, dotted with quaint towns and charming fishing villages where you can find plenty of cosy holiday cottages.
Coastside holiday cottages in Gwbert
The town of Gwbert, a coastal hamlet along the western coast of Wales, sits atop a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. It features part of the 60-mile Ceredigion Coast Path, a walking trail that follows the Welsh coast from Ynyslas to Cardigan. It's home to a golf course, and offers easy access to the Iron Age sites in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
See coastal Wales with Aberarth holiday rentals
Further north, the village of Aberarth is another idyllic spot, offering sweeping coastal views and plenty of striking, historic buildings. The hilltop Llanddewi Aberarth Church was largely rebuilt during the Victorian era, though its Norman-style tower still remains. The town also features a pebble beach that's a popular spot with surfers, depending on the season.
See the countryside around Aberystwyth
Just outside bustling Aberystwyth, a former market town that's become a popular holiday destination, country cottages abound in rural areas like Chancery and Abermad. Here, rolling countryside and farmland stretch for miles, and you'll find plenty of cosy cottages that are just the thing for your rural country getaway.
Check out the sights in North Wales
Whether you're exploring the bounty of Snowdonia National Park or taking in the sights on Anglesey island, North Wales features a treasure trove of things to see and do.
Get out and explore in Snowdonia National Park
Another of Wales's 3 national parks, Snowdonia National Park boasts epic views of unspoiled natural beauty. A quick trip from most North Wales cottage or villa rentals, the 526,000-acre park includes the majestic Snowdon mountain, the highest peak in Wales. Intrepid travellers can hike the trails to the summit, but the Snowdon Mountain Railway can also take you there with comparative ease.
Waterfront retreats on the Llŷn Peninsula
Outside Aberdaron, a small town on the Llŷn Peninsula just west of Snowdonia, the rolling fields and farmland give way to sandy beaches along the Irish Sea. Book a holiday cottage in the area, and take some time to explore the rest of this charming, remote peninsula.
Seaside sights on Anglesey Island
For another look at northern Wales, head to remote Anglesey. An island of the northwest coast of Wales, Anglesey is dotted with scenic small towns and ringed with breathtaking coastal views. Holyhead, the areas largest town, lies on Holy Island, connected to Anglesey by the longstanding Four Mile Bridge.