The Big Six: Welsh holiday cottages

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Front Barn, Snowdonia

There are two properties to choose from on Gesail, a working sheep farm near Dinas Mawddwy – a homely farmhouse or the swankier Front Barn that has been nominated for an architecture award. It is a vision of white walls, wooden floors and glitzy bathroom fittings. Surrounded by woodland, streams, waterfalls and wildlife, it is an escape for those who want access to unadulterated countryside as well as comfort.

Front Barn, Gesail Farm, Cwm Cywarch, Dinas Mawddwy, Powys (07989 822049; snowdoniaescapes.co.uk). Three nights' rental starts at £190; sleeps four.

Gothic Villa, Carmarthenshire

This elegant four-bedroom property is different to the Welsh holiday cottage norm in several ways. For a start, it is a detached 19th-century villa rather than a rustic stone farmhouse or restored barn. It looks out over an estuary to a Norman castle. And rather than being either ultra-contemporary or dyed-in-the-wool traditional, Gothic Villa combines the two with its own sophisticated but cosy take on seaside chic. The stylish family bathroom has a roll-top bath and locally made cold-pressed soaps.

Gothic Villa, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire (01267 267122; gothicvilla.co.uk). Three nights' rental starts at £395; sleeps seven.

Copper Beech Cottage, Pembrokeshire

Make like a film star at this stone cottage, one of a terrace of four self-catering properties where Cate Blanchett stayed during the filming of the latest Robin Hood. Set within the grounds of immaculately designed country house hotel The Grove, its frills include oak beams, Melin Tregwynt woollen throws and cushions, REN bath products and a private terrace. If you really want to relax, there's also access to The Grove's restaurant, or just stroll through the hotel's 26 acres of grounds.

The Grove, Molleston, Narberth, Pembrokeshire (01834 860915; thegrove-narberth.co.uk). Four nights' rental starts at £290; sleeps two.

Hafod Glan Gwy, Powys

This contemporary summerhouse outside Hay-on-Wye is marketed by a new Welsh cottage company, Sheepskinlife. It is typical of the firm's focus on style, comfort and honesty. An information pack for guests lists "home truths" (no Wi-Fi, cooking on a two-burner hob) alongside the positives (cosy Welsh blankets, fresh coffee, iPod docks). It's the perfect romantic rural bolthole.

Hafod Glan Gwy, near Boughrood, Powys (01865 764087; sheepskinlife.com). Three nights' rental starts at £270; sleeps two.

Cefnmeurig, Carmarthenshire

Families or groups looking for Welsh style and lashings of comfort need search no further: Cefnmeurig ticks all the boxes, from wood-burning stove and Smeg fridge to flat-screen TVs and a welcome hamper of local produce. It's also close to the Pembrokeshire coast – and some of the best beaches in Wales.

Cefnmeurig Cottage, Llangynin, near St Clears, Carmarthenshire (07765 250230; visitwestwales.com). Weekly rental starts at £528; sleeps seven.

Blaentrothy Bach, Black Mountains

As peaceful as can be, Blaentrothy Bach looks out over the Black Mountains. This quirky cottage is the former stable block of a 17th-century farm and mixes rustic wooden beams with a roll-top bath and central heating to provide a soothing slice of Welsh life. If you have friends in tow, a neighbouring Romany caravan sleeping four can be added on.

Blaentrothy Bach, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (01239 851410; underthethatch.co.uk). Four nights' rental starts at £250; sleeps two.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Business Development Manager / Sales Pro

    £30 - 35k + Uncapped Comission (£70k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Business Develop...

    Graduate Sales Executive / Junior Sales Exec

    £18k + Uncapped Commission (£60k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Graduate Sales Exe...

    Web Developer / Software Developer

    £25 - 60k (DOE): Guru Careers: A Web Developer / Software Developer is needed ...

    Oracle 11g SQL 2008 DBA (Unix, Oracle RAC, Mirroring, Replicati

    £6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...

    Day In a Page

    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

    Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
    The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

    The model for a gadget launch

    Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
    Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

    Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
    Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

    Get well soon, Joan Rivers

    She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
    Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

    A fresh take on an old foe

    Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
    Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

    Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

    As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
    Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

    Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

    ... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
    Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

    Europe's biggest steampunk convention

    Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
    Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

    Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

    Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
    Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

    Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

    The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
    She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

    Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

    The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
    American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

    Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

    James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
    Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

    Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

    Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

    Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

    Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
    The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

    The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

    If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution