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Quality 1 Bed Barn Conversion In Lovely Elevated Rural Position Near Ruthin

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn Nr. Ruthin. Ideal for 2. Own rear garden. Accessible. Woodburning Stove

The Shippon, Melin-y-Wig

Cosy Wood burning stove.

This self-contained stone cottage is part of several dwellings at Bryn Halen Mawr. Dating back to the 1700s, we converted this derelict barn in 2006. The Shippon (at the top of the farmyard) is a single storey semi-detached cottage that has its own enclosed rear garden with fantastic views. Bryn Halen Mawr is no longer a working farm but cattle and sheep do graze in neighbouring fields. There’s a bridleway at the bottom of the yard and it’s a great spot for walking and wonderful for star gazing.

The views from the rear garden are uninterrupted and far reaching across open fields, a picturesque valley and on to Clocaenog Forest, a couple of miles away. Off the busy tourist trail, deep in the country, two miles from the nearest main road and with no passing traffic, you have found a peaceful location for a 'get away from it all’ holiday.

The layout: this ground floor cottage is open-plan having a living area with leather sofa and recliner; a well-equipped kitchen and large hand-built dining table with wooden chairs. A cute wood burning stove gives a warm and cosy atmosphere.The wooden A-frames add height and an airy feel to the place. A comfortable lounge area faces double oak french doors to the private fenced garden, where you can watch the sunset over the hills, the birds at the feeder or the spring lambs in the adjacent field (or TV!). Off the lounge is the good-sized bedroom with hand-built king-size (5ft wide) wooden bed, dressing table and wardrobe. Wooden floors throughout.

The spacious wet room is accessed via a sliding wooden door.

It is fully tiled with rain shower, sink and toilet and hand-made oak fittings. Guests have said it's a pleasure to use.

The whole place is accessible for wheelchair users and those using walking aids, but it is for everybody (and their well behaved pets). Please note: there are uneven areas outside the property.

Location: We’re between Ruthin (9.5 miles) and Corwen (7.5 miles). Best places to pick up supplies and to eat out are in Ruthin. Chester is 45 minutes drive, Manchester and Liverpool just over an hour and Birmingham under 2 hours. North and West Coasts are just an hour's drive if you wish to explore beaches and many beauty spots and attractions on the way.

We’re about 290 metres high nestled in the beautiful hills of Denbighshire. From the farm yard there are also great views of the Clwydian hills. There are many walks from the door so if you climb the hill opposite the farm yard there are spectacular views towards Snowdonia. You can be on the fringes of Snowdonia down the A5 in 30 minutes.

Great rambles nearby reveal stunning views in every direction. Even in North Wales, renowned for its beauty, this area stands out. Bring wellies and outdoor gear. For adventurous guests the North Wales Zipwire, Bounce Below and Surf Snowdonia are all within reach and many visitors are taking advantage of these exciting activities.

The owners live in the adjacent barn.

There are neighbours who live in the farmhouse on the other side of the yard and there are other holiday guests on site, so although it’s off the beaten track, you’re not isolated.

More Details

Robin Spreckley
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Robin Spreckley

We are Jan and Robin Spreckley and we moved to Bryn Halen Mawr from Twickenham in 2003. The old farmhouse and derelict barns were ideal so Robin could develop his existing practical skills with a barn conversion project. We lived in the Farmhouse for 2 years while renovating and redecorating it and we moved into the barn one week before the first guests arrived in the farmhouse for Easter 2005. In those 2 years, we were always working on some part of the house. The Shippon was finished in 2006, the windows, doors & interior planned and built by Robin and a handy neighbour. Jan's done all kinds of jobs. We enjoy DIY, gardening and growing a little fruit and veg. We have two cats who love country life.

Robin Spreckley purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Robin Spreckley chose Corwen

We looked in this area because property was available with outbuildings for conversion and as soon as we saw the area we were bowled over by the beauty of the rural landscape. It felt away from the madding crowd, yet easily reached from several major cities in the North West and the Midlands. The area seemed to have a lot of untapped potential as a tourist destination, especially for people wanting a weekend away from it all without spending too much time in the car getting there. Primarily we came to North Wales to be near Jan's mother who was not well and needed support at that time.

What makes this cottage unique

Quote from guest "The property is so peaceful, the view over from the living room and garden so gorgeous it is amazingly relaxing. Add the abundant bird life seen from the comfort of the sofa and the pleasure of using a simple, well-thought-out property with bespoke joinery and it is very hard to leave. The proper wet room is also a joy."

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We have over 40 years self catering experience in a variety of properties and, to be honest, not many could equal let alone excel the Shippon in terms of quality of finish, level of provision, cleanliness and locality. All are excellent. We love the rustic charm of the cottage, particularly the carpentry and joinery. The ideal location for our much needed winter break.” Brian and Marian, Carlisle.

“We have stayed in many cottages over the years, but this is undoubtedly the best. Thank you for a really quality experience: the warm welcome, beautifully fitted & equipped kitchen & the garden herbs which we were able to make good use of. We were impressed by the quality of the woodwork and fittings!

An excellent holiday.” Peter and Marie from Yorkshire
Apr 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Corwen in Betws Gwerfil Goch

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Spacious wet- room type-no steps
  • En suite spacious wet room. Power shower with seat and hand rail, wc with hand rail, wall mounted sink with paddle taps, wide sliding door. No steps or changes of level.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with king-size double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: . The Shippon has been designed and built specifically as a comfortable holiday cottage that is a pleasure to stay in for everybody. There is plenty of space and doorways are wide and access throughout is easy. Paths and access are of slate and all handrails and shower seats are hand made in oak. Outside: Shippon: Outside is the private patio and garden with two trees visited by many birds. Raised patio border planted with herbs and small lawn. Extensive views. Views to to the surrounding hills and Clocaenog Forest in the distance. Parking - one designated space. The owners' converted barn is next door . Towels / Linen : Towels and linen included.


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Quality 1 Bed Barn Conversion In Lovely Elevated Rural Position Near Ruthin
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

Fantastic getaway from reality! Could not recommend enough!

  • 5 of 5

I don't often write reviews but had to take the time to write something about this wonderful property and its even more wonderful owners Robin and Jan. The property itself is beautifully located 'away from it all'. You rarely hear anything but birds and wildlife. Really is a fantastic getaway from a busy life. The views from the garden are unbelievable with stunning sunsets - genuinely I can not put this into words. Easy to drive to with excellent directions from Robin and Jan. The property itself is perfectly kept and clean. I have never been to a cottage with so many amenities. The little things like foil, pestle and mortars, blenders, really feels like you are in a home from home. I have to give this credit to Robin and Jan who truly care about the property and the people that stay in it. They were wonderful to talk to, we spoke for hours! But at the same time they are happy to leave you to it if you want. They were so helpful on local walks and travel tips. In addition they were happy for us to bring our cat and new kitten which was very kind of them. Overall, if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful trip to get away from it all, you have found the place. Could not recommend enough and will certainly be returning!! Thank you greatly from Danny, Jenny, Nala and Kiwi.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Danny, for taking the time to write a review, and for the nice things you had to say. It was a pleasure to host such a lovely couple (and cats). It is great for us to know that you have returned from your break here rested and refreshed, and with enjoyable memories of your stay. We hope to see you again...
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Lovely cottage, very well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Went with our 2 GSD's and we loved that the garden was secure and that there was an extra area that they could run around in which was also secure. Everything in the cottage that you need , very well equipped. Very peaceful and beautiful area. Would definitely make a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad the Shippon worked out very well for you.
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Comfortable & Relaxing in Peaceful Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

The Shippon and its location is simply perfect for a 3 night stay in complete peaceful and beautiful surroundings. The barn is fully equipped with everything we needed and more! It is very clean and comfortable with lots of outdoor space to further relax in. I was aware the property allows for dogs and I suffer from slight allergies but Robin was very good with the communication and reassured me the place was thoroughly cleaned before our arrival.

Sitting on the sofa looking out of the double doors to the view beyond was very relaxing and gave an opportunity to do some bird spotting! True countryside bliss!!!

Robin was excellent in communication and customer service. We met Jan who gave us a very warm welcome to The Shippon and North Wales.

We would definitely come back to stay and hopefully for much longer next time!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Peter Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are very happy that you had a great time in the Shippon and enjoyed the countryside. Hope to see you both again! Robin & Jan
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Another relaxing break!

  • 5 of 5

We're so pleased to have returned to The Shippon again for another relaxing break. As with our first visit, we found this lovely barn conversion was clean and tidy, with all the comforts you need to feel at home. The addition of a wood-burning stove was a nice touch and for those that are happy to cook for themselves, a new gas hob is another improvement. We enjoy the down-time, away from the daily grind and being surrounded by nature in such a peaceful setting. Jan and Robin do a great job of looking after this place - all credit deserved.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy to welcome you back again and very glad you like the improvements.
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Perfect cosy retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day stay at the Shippon which was spotlessly clean and had everything you would need. It has a lovely outlook onto its own little private garden which is perfect if you take your dog. The barn is well placed, just far enough to to feel very rural but only 5 minutes to the main road which provides acces to all that North Wales has to offer. We visited the Snowdonia National Park along with Conwy and LLandudno on the coast all of which I would recommend. Betws y coed, a pretty little village nearby is also worth a visit. The owners, Robin and Jan are lovely and are at hand next door to help with anything you need. We would love to go back to do everything we couldn’t fit in this time!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review! You would be very welcome back.
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A very beautiful setting with wonderful views and a little snow for Xmas just made it a very special

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing time away with my partner very peaceful and quiet

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andy Happy New Year. So pleased you both had a lovely time and it was great to meet you. Thanks for choosing our place. Please come back any time! Jan & Robin
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Holyhead to Dublin
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Ty Mawr, Gwyddelwern
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: necessary


Many of North Wales' best beaches on the north and west coast, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey are around an hour's drive The nearest is Rhyl, 40 mins by car.


Car essential. Liverpool and Manchester airports are 75 mins drive


Nearest main town Ruthin (best for everyday shopping, pubs and restaurants) 10 miles 15- 20 mins drive. Llangollen (lively, pretty tourist/outdoor activities) half an hour; 15 miles. Chester 45 mins. Snowdonia 25 minutes, Betws-y-Coed 30 mins, foot of Mt Snowdon 40 mins.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Corwen, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer break
20 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
27 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer/early autumn
31 Aug 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn half term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Jan 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Guests are required to sign booking confirmation and terms and conditions. Honesty policy regarding damage/breakages, no security deposit required. 2 dogs allowed no extra charge. Guests are liable for undeclared breakages, extra heavy cleaning and dog fouling charges, which will be notified within 7 days of departure.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover. In the low season, from November to March this can be flexible. Weekday changeovers are available if the previous weekend is booked. Arrival after 2 pm; departure by 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Short break week ends are available in the low season, starting Friday. Good value midweek short breaks are available if the previous weekend is booked. Please ask. Central heating and electricity included in the price. No normal extras or surcharges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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