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Wales: an idyllic place to spend your next holiday

Wales has a fascinating history stretching back almost 30,000 years, though the country in England was not continuously inhabited until about 11,000 years ago. Today there is evidence of the various times in Wales' human past such as Bryn Celli Ddu, a tomb dating back to the late Neolithic period. And the history of Wales certainly did not stop with the lives interred in the tomb.

It almost goes without saying that the Romans came, saw, and conquered the people of Wales during their expansions in the first century AD. Though the Romans never managed to get the entirety of the region under their heel, they did establish quite a stronghold, and their influence can still be seen today. But it was only after the time of the Romans that things really started to get interesting in Wales.

Once the Romans fell out of power, the area was quickly taken over by Germanic invaders. In fact, the words 'Wales' and 'Welsh' come from the same Germanic root word, perhaps indicating when the concept of the Welsh as a people really started to gain traction. Successions of political machinations and intrigues followed, including invasions of Vikings and eventually the Normans.

Before the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom, Wales was primarily involved in agriculture and related industries. However, once the Industrial Revolution began to unfold, Wales became a big player in the mining industry, both because of its own deposits and its proximity to Cornwall , which was rich in copper. This resulted in a major economic shift in Wales, particularly in north Wales.

Today, Wales is a picturesque country with a vibrant culture and a unique language that the Welsh are very proud of, particularly in the north of Wales. Though part of the United Kingdom, Wales is a very special place that is very much one of a kind, filled with some of the most undeniably beautiful landscapes across the whole of Great Britain.

Where to go in Wales: a brief overview

Cardiff Located on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff is the Welsh capital. It is a cultural hotspot with more than enough points of interest to cater to any interest out there. Head to the beach to relax in the sun, or check out a museum such as the National Museum Cardiff - which delves into Welsh art and history in an opulent setting - or the St. Fagans National History Museum, where you can learn about traditional buildings and crafts. Cardiff Castle allows you to walk amongst extravagance, while the Bute Park providing a gentle setting where you can walk along the river and discover rare trees.

Anglesey The island of Anglesey is situated off the north-western coast of Wales. Breathe in the fresh air during your boat ride to Anglesey before diving feet first into the vibrant culture of the island. Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-which is actually the short version of the name; the long version is the longest place name you'll find anywhere in the United Kingdom-is full of churches, gardens and many options for outdoor activities. The natural reserves and beaches are also ideal for nature lovers.

Pembrokeshire The county of Pembrokeshire is where you'll find the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a veritable treasure that is a must see during your trip to Wales. The craggy coasts are a sight to behold, and a walk through the park is something everyone will enjoy. Another highlight in Pembrokeshire is the Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, where you and your children can explore the diversity of wildlife cared for in this educational facility.

Castles If you like castles, then you will thoroughly enjoy travelling around Wales. You won't have to search far to find one! Head to Caernarfon Castle, an intimidating, imposing structure that will take your breath away. Another fantastic example of medieval architecture is Conwy Castle. Other castles to consider include Harlech, Chepstow, and Monmouth, and of course Cardiff Castle in the capital. You may not be able to stay on castle property, but our cottages are close enough to allow you to walk there.

Railways There are many ways to get around during your trip to Wales, but perhaps one of the most thrilling is by railway. Several railways cross the country, allowing you to sit back and watch as the beautiful landscapes roll by. Consider heading to Brecon Mountain Railway which takes in mountains, hills, and reservoirs. You can also check out the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways which meanders through rolling hills and lush green scenery. Without a doubt, our quaint cottages in the area offer the best way to start exploring with the railways.

Rugby Fans of rugby know just how in love with the sport the Welsh are. In fact, rugby is the national sport in Wale, and you can check out a game or two at one of the many stadiums during your trip to the country. If the national team is playing, head to Principality Stadium. Even if the team is not playing, fans can enjoy a tour of the stadium. Our cottages are particularly enticing offers for those coming specifically to view a match with a group of friends.

Snowdonia National Park Snow-peaked mountains and glaciers await you in Snowdonia National Park. This national park is also where you'll find Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales. There is a vast network of paths and trails, so put on your hiking boots and prepare to ascend to the craggy peaks in Snowdonia National Park. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the wondrous view of the sea from the top of the mountain, so be sure to bring your camera with you. Booking one of our family-friendly cottages in the area practically makes the national park your new backyard.

Portmeirion Situated in the north of Wales, this charming village is quite unique. In terms of villages it is relatively new, having only been built in the 20th century. The style of the village's structures is designed to look like an Italian village, giving it an almost fairy-tale look. Fans of the 60s cult TV series "The Prisoner" may recognize some of the locations, as Portmeirion is where the series was filmed. What's more, Portmeirion is located on the beach, so be sure to soak up the rays and take a dip in the refreshing sea water.

Wales: an idyllic place to spend your next holiday



When it comes to accommodation, our holiday cottages in Wales are the most enjoyable option available on the market. One of the most valued benefits of our holiday cottages in Wales is that - in contrast to a hotel room - you have an entire domicile to call your home away from home. This small distinction makes a world of difference for family holidays and friends travelling together. You have the entirety of the cottage to yourself, giving you the freedom - and the space - you need to comfortably enjoy your holiday in style. Another great reason to book one of our numerous holiday cottages in Wales is that you can significantly reduce the cost of your trip. Rather than having to search for a restaurant for every meal, you can instead shop like a local at the market before heading back to your cottage to prepare dishes in your private kitchen. This is extremely useful, particularly for groups and families on a budget.

But the advantages of our offers for family-friendly holiday cottages in Wales don't stop there. There is no one style of cottage we provide, so our cottages come in every shape, size, and location imaginable. You can book small cottages with a view of the sea or directly on the beach, or a cottage inland on the countryside with a private garden. You may prefer large cottages with multiple bedrooms that serve as a base of operations for a large group interested in spending their time in the great outdoors, or a house in the city where you are close to all the culture offerings Welsh towns have to offer. No matter what you look for in your cottage, our holiday cottages in Wales come with all of the modern amenities you have come to expect, ensuring an enjoyable, stress-free stay.

Get ready for the time of your life with a fantastic rental property

No matter what type of family-friendly cottage you search for, our holiday cottages in Wales are the perfect accommodation for both small and large groups. The Welsh countryside and villages are calling, and our cottages are ready to go. Browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Wales to find your perfect match. Get all the information you need, and then start packing the bags. With the accommodation taken care of, you can start getting ready for a holiday that will go down in your personal history book!

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Holiday Cottages in Wales - Self Catering Rentals in Wales (300+)

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (24 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Apartment #1982119
    24
    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.5/5
      (11 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Cottage #1783404
      11
      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (26 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Bungalow #6495228
        26
        Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (21 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #8125519
          21
          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.6/5
            (22 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 2
            Apartment #8090431
            22
            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.7/5
              (23 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 2 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Cottage #8126582
              23
              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 2
                Cottage #8166507
                16
                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                  (32 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Multiple rentals Apartment #417937
                  32
                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (7 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 3 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #8140415
                    7
                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                      (6 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 4 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      House #1844135
                      6
                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (21 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 3
                        Barn #6555275
                        21
                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                          (46 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #1401348
                          46
                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                            (12 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 7
                            Cottage #1964165
                            12
                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                              (10 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #1878783
                              10
                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Multiple rentals Cottage #412729
                                9
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 3 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #412729
                                  4
                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Multiple rentals Farmhouse #412729
                                    3
                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                      (5 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 7 BR
                                      • 4 BA
                                      • Sleeps 14
                                      Cottage #1947739
                                      5
                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 3 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #412729
                                        3
                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #91200
                                          8
                                            avg/night
                                            • 6 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 11
                                            Villa #1951575
                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 6 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 18
                                              Multiple rentals House #91200
                                              11
                                                • 9 BR
                                                • 5 BA
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 26
                                                Multiple rentals Chateau / Country House #91200
                                                13
                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                  (17 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 4 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #1009766
                                                  17
                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                    (7 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 8 BR
                                                    • 4 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilets
                                                    • Sleeps 16
                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #1009766
                                                    7
                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #1009766
                                                      10
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 7 BR
                                                        • 5 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 14
                                                        House #8109506
                                                        1
                                                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                          (5 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 10 BR
                                                          • 8 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 20
                                                          Chateau / Country House #831584
                                                          5
                                                          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #8155124
                                                            3
                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #8155124
                                                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8155124
                                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                  • 6 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8155124
                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (16 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                                    House #448592
                                                                    16
                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (43 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                      Cottage #8111750
                                                                      43
                                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                        (23 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Cabin #1743140
                                                                        23
                                                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (28 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #1841476
                                                                          28
                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                            (17 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            House #8139019
                                                                            17
                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                              (19 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              Cabin #1704939
                                                                              19
                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                (19 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                House #1775803
                                                                                19
                                                                                Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (24 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Cottage #8171958
                                                                                  24
                                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (27 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Cottage #8151157
                                                                                    27
                                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                      (19 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Cottage #8061023
                                                                                      19
                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                        (24 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Cottage #8144017
                                                                                        24
                                                                                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                          (15 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          House #1922468
                                                                                          15
                                                                                          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (12 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            House #1933811
                                                                                            12
                                                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                              (28 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 7 BR
                                                                                              • 4 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilets
                                                                                              • Sleeps 14
                                                                                              House #405299
                                                                                              28
                                                                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                (15 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 6 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                                                                • Sleeps 12
                                                                                                House #1405794
                                                                                                15
                                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                  (12 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Cottage #8133409
                                                                                                  12
                                                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (58 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #1038333
                                                                                                    58
                                                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (13 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals House #8172693
                                                                                                      13
                                                                                                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Stunning location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A stunning location and property. The house was cosy and very well equipped. I cannot wait to come back for another visit.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stayed with friends for a walking holiday. Perfect location not far from the coast path & a short walk into New Quay. Cottage is immaculate & very spacious with fantastic views. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely cost cottage. A home from home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a lovely and relaxing stay at this cottage. We felt at home as soon as we arrived. The cottage is very well equipped and cosy. We'd definitely recommend and stay again. Thanks
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016