Six Blue Flag beaches, 200km of unspoiled coastal path, a nineteenth-century copper mine and a castle dating back to the thirteenth century. These are just some of the quiet boasts of the understated island of Anglesey, off the north-west coast of Wales. It’s sometimes overlooked in favour of the country’s south. But Anglesey is all the more beautiful for being tucked away from Wales’ administrative centre. And, with a connecting road across the Menai Straits from Bangor, holiday cottages in Anglesey are perfectly accessible, especially for people travelling from western parts of the UK, like Liverpool and Manchester.
Anglesey, or Ynys Môn as it’s known locally, used to be home to Druids fierce enough to scare off Roman invaders. Now, visitors will find a warm Welsh welcome, with plenty of gorgeous places to stay. Here is a small selection of our favourites, from Wales Cottage Holidays.
Top for beach walks, and cycling along the shoreline
Near the pretty village of Moelfre, Sea View Cottage sleeps four. It’s one of a set of three houses, which guests can book separately or together, and which in total sleep thirteen. Anglesey’s famed Coastal Path, trodden by the likes of Charles Dickens and Oliver Cromwell, runs nearby and eagle-eyed walkers or cyclists can spot dolphins and seals. As its name suggests, Sea View offers a delightful coastal view from its living room, set on the first floor. It’s close to Lligwy Bay, named one of the 10 best picnic spots in the UK by Coast magazine.
Top for cosy evenings and a ‘cwtch’
Like the Danish ‘hygge’, ‘cwtch’ is a word with emotional resonance. Literally translated as either a warm hug or a hidey-hole, to native Welsh speakers ‘cwtch’ brings back memories of childhood, safety and closeness. You don’t need to look far to find holiday cottages in Anglesey that evoke this feeling. Cwtching up in the evening, with the changeable Welsh weather blustering outside, is a bit of a national pastime. The Parc Newydd collection of stone holiday cottages have plenty of cosy corners to hide away in. Guests can cosy up under vaulted, beamed ceilings, in front of real wood fires. Parc Newydd cottages can sleep up to 15 when all hired together. They’re set in a peaceful, rural area, with an on-site coarse fishing lake, and only ten miles from the surfing beach of Rhosneigr.
Top for history buffs
Hen Ysgol is a Grade II listed former school, set in the charming historic town of Beaumaris. The town’s castle has World Heritage status. It’s an impressively intact monument, built by Edward 1 in the thirteenth Century. Beaumaris itself has the air of an old Victorian seaside town, with plenty of Georgian and Edwardian architecture thrown into the mix. Hen Ysgol is just a stroll away from the castle and the town’s historic gaol, as well as views over the Menai Straits and down to Snowdonia. It sleeps four, and has a pleasant garden and sunroom.
Have you visited the north of Wales? Please give me your own recommendations for holiday cottages in Anglesey.
This is a collaborative post. Images are courtesy of Wales Holiday Cottages or Pixabay.
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