Historic seafront cottage set against castle walls in Conwy, North Wales - Spectacular location, stunning scenery, centre of major attractions, a wonderful holiday awaits!
About Rebecca Smith
My partner Becky and I are huge fans of the coast, scenery and places of significant historical interest. Add to that our enjoyment of local traditional market towns and friendly people and you will understand why we fell in love with this Conwy holiday cottage. We would like to live here but work commitments keep us living in Cheshire, about 60 miles away from the cottage. Conwy has been voted into the top 20 best places to live in the whole of the UK. Cheshire is nice but not as nice as Conwy, but heh, you cannot have everything in life! If you are lucky enough to find that your preferred dates are free and not already booked up, then fantastic! We promise, along with our cleaning team, to make your stay as welcome, enjoyable, memorable and as smooth as possible.
Rebecca Smith purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Rebecca Smith chose Conwy Town
Life can sometimes deliver an unbelievable stroke of luck. Along with the castle, the most visited place in Conwy is the Smallest House in Great Britain. Whilst visiting, we noticed Royal Oak Cottage on the quay, which happens to be just two doors away from the smallest house, was up for sale. A once in a lifetime opportunity was upon us. The opportunity to buy a seafront property (sea is 5 strides away), surrounded by a mostly intact 13th century Edward I castle, on the edge of Snowdonia national park, within 25 metres of an historic market town and within walking distance of a 3 mile long beach. That would have been enough, except that we discovered that the cottage was more than 400 years old, was Grade II listed, was in a conservation area and was once a Fishermans pub -The Royal Oak Inn. Of course we bought it!
What makes this Cottage unique
The holiday benefits are too long to list in just 2000 characters but here is a snapshot from a very long list of things to do and places to see in Conwy and the surrounding area. Sleeps up to 8 people. River Conwy estuary literally outside front door. Castle wall forms back garden boundary and main body of the mostly intact Edward I castle is just 250m away. The famous Liverpool Arms pub is 50m away, Conwy town is literally a 2 minute walk with lots of traditional shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and gift shops. The first beach is just 50m away and the marina with hundreds of yachts and sail boats is just 200m away. The whole of Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep with the gorgeous Sychnant Pass into Snowdonia starting just half a mile behind the house. There are far too many mountain climbing and walking opportunities to list and the drives are stupendous for those who prefer to explore by car. Llandudno is across the bay with lots of shopping and children's attractions not to mention the pier, the great orme, ski slopes, ancient mines and more! Three high class golf courses within 3 miles of the cottage. Thomas Telford's 1826 suspension bridge and the National Trust toll house 500ms away. Within easy reach by car or train are countless more famous tourist attractions including Anglesey (William & Kate’s former home), Betws-Y-Coed (waterfalls), Blaenau Ffestiniog (slate mines), Portmeirion (TV set), Beddgelert (Legend of Gelert), Caernarfon (Castle), Llanberis (Snowdon). I could write much more but I am not allowed any more characters by this website!
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Had a wonderful four nights at Conwy visiting family, the only thing I would like to mention is the stairs are very steep and there is a small landing at the top which if like us you have elderly people in your party can be a little awkward .
So glad you enjoyed Royal Oak Cottage! We hope to see you back again very soon! Regards Becky & Chad.
Home from home
Facilities and location we're perfect for our stay. Plenty to see and do. Will return some day.
Thank you for a great review! We hope you return soon.
Becky & Chad.
Lovely cottage in a lovely place
We had a lovely few days in this fabulous property. Good communication from the owners and pretty much everything you need for a comfortable stay. Location is second to none.
Above and beyond expectations
If I could give this property more than 5 stars I would!!
Everything 1st class. It was immaculate, the quality was evident throughout the entire house and so tastefully decorated. The location was perfect, with ample local shops/pubs/restaurants/ within 5 minutes walk. First visit to Conwy and fell in love with, not only the house, but the town as well & the lovely welcome we received everywhere we went.
Finally - A massive thank you to Dawn (cleaning lady) and Becky who were extremely helpful and conscientious throughout our stay.
Absolutely no hesitation in recommending this gorgeous property & it’s fantastic location to anyone.
Thank you for an amazing review! Please do book with us again very soon x
One wonderful week in Wales
We had a fabulous week we in Royal Oak Cottage, in Conwy itself and in all our trips around North Wales. Aside from a day on the beach (the weather was not quite good enough) the property and location offered everything you could possibly want, we're just gutted we only had one week! Dawn was a fantastic help on arrival day, aside from doing a brilliant job in preparing our rooms she answered all our questions about the area incl. parking and let my father in law in early to have a seat and shelter from the rain. Parking was no issue for us and the neighbours were very welcoming too which only added to our enjoyment. Already thinking of when we can get back for another visit.
So glad you enjoyed Conwy! Can't wait for you to return again in the future x
4 adults, 12 yr old and dog
Amazing, everything was perfect. Location, views, facilities, cleanliness, access. Courtyard garden which is great for storing bikes safely. Loved the location as so much to do from the doorstep.
Parking - no problem at all.... only once we could not park both cars outside so we used Mount Pleasent car park £5/24hrs, we factored this in all ready. Brilliant holiday loads to do and will be back!
You are welcome to book again anytime!
Becky & Chad x
You are only 5 metres from everything you could wish for regarding the coast and beaches! Outside the front door is the first small beach and the quay. Turn left outside the front door and 3 minutes walk away is a 1 mile riverside walk to the yacht marina that takes you past your second larger beach just 100 metres away. It is only a 20 minute walk to the marina and another 3 minute walk past the marina will take you onto an enormous sandy beach that stretches all the way round to Penmaenmawr - approx 3 miles of beach. And there is a lot more beach and coast than this.............
The nearest international airport is Liverpool followed by Manchester. Liverpool is approx 45 miles away and Manchester about 90 miles away. The nearest railway station is within 5 minutes walking distance at Conwy and connects to the main railway network via Chester. There are fast Virgin trains to Chester from London. Once at the cottage, car use is not essential but handy if you want to explore further afield into Snowdonia. There is an Avis car hire outlet in Llandudno which is 1 mile away.
Old walled town of Conwy is a 1 minute walk. Also Conwy has many festivals, exhibitions and parades throughout the year. Conwy castle is a 5 minute walk. Sychnant pass is 1/2 mile away. Llandudno centre for shopping and children is 4 miles. Snowdonia national park 5 miles. Many other attractions within 10 miles. Betws-Y-Coed 10 miles, Electric Mountain 20 miles, Snowdon - highest mountain in Wales 20 miles. Anglesey, former home of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 30 miles.
There are various supermarkets within 2 miles of the cottage and a Spar convenience shop within 5 walking minutes in the town. The town has everything you would expect from a small to medium sized town. There are a number of traditional pubs including the "Albion" which specialises in real ales and the famous "Liverpool Arms" just a little further down the quay. There are many traditional cafes and restaurants to choose from that are within a 5 minute walk. Conwy is full of interesting shops and generally does not allow "chain stores" so it retains an old fashioned charm about it. In terms of outdoor activities, you have too many to mention. The most popular though are cycling, walking, kayaking, kite surfing, sailing and golfing. In terms of indoor activities, you have art exhibitions, craft fairs, library and a whole host of similar activities.
There is a free car park 20 metres away on Lower Gate Street which has about 12 spaces but it is first come, first served and it is the most desirable car park in Conwy. After 6pm though, you have a very good chance to get one space there, maybe two. Failing that, there are 3 more cost effective car parks with relatively cheap night time rates from just 50p that are only 4 minutes walk from the house. During the day (between 9am and 6pm) they vary from £1 for 1 hours to £4.50 for 8 hours. Overnight parking from 6pm to 9am is just 50 pence. Meanwhile here is a link to the nearest car parks with map and rates listed http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=5360&doc=20726&Language=1