DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

Where did we stay?

DoubleTree By Hilton Sheffield Park
Chesterfield Road South
Sheffield
S8 8BW

1 night stay in a double room cost me £55, booked through Expedia

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

Our Stay

I needed somewhere to stay when up in Sheffield for the weekend recently and the DoubleTree at Sheffield Park was not only the closest hotel to where I was going, but it was also among the cheapest. To be honest for the price I paid for this room (£55), which I booked just over 3 months in advance, I wasn’t expecting much, but it would be fair to say I was more than pleasantly surprised.

As a previous Hilton Honours club member I used to diligently collect points and made Hilton my preferred hotel on many occasions, but with a lapsed membership and a desire to stay in more independently owned and quirky hotels, It had been almost 2 years since checking in to a Hilton.

I’d never stayed in a DoubleTree before and honestly assumed it was going to be a slightly naff budget version of a Hilton, again a perception that proved to be very wrong!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

As luck would have it, on check in I found out I’d randomly been selected as their guest of the day, so as well as the free cookie all guests receive, I also got a free breakfast and a free room upgrade – brilliant!

Hotel Facilities

The hotel has a spa and leisure centre and whilst I didn’t get to use either of these facilities due to not having enough time, being able to use the gym and pool for just a £55 stay seemed like a bit of a bargain to me.

The hotel also offers room service, though the service isn’t 24 hours and ends at 11pm. As well as room service and of course a restaurant and bar, the hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

Inside The Room

The room was very spacious and airy with the usual muted tones of a big-chain hotel, an understated yet contemporary look. The massive bed was exceptionally comfortable with plenty of pillows, the bathroom was again, very spacious with a huge shower which included a monsoon rain shower head.

The lighting in the room was good with plenty of options which allowed me to escape the harsh glare of the main lights. The air conditioning and heating worked well, the TV large with good sound and there was a mini fridge too which was handy for keeping my tonic water and Prosecco chilled.

Any Gripes?

The only minor gripe I have about my stay is that the duvet was very thin and didn’t feel snuggly, however, it did manage to keep me warm.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

The verdict

This is an excellent hotel that offers outstanding value for money. The rooms are large, airy and comfortable, the hotel has great leisure facilities and the staff were all very friendly.

Breakfast in the morning was a good standard and with free parking thrown in, I’ve no qualms about returning to this hotel, or indeed trying out other DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the future.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

Our Rating

  • Location 4/5
  • Value for money 5/5
  • Bedroom comfort 5/5
  • Hotel ameneties 5/5
  • Checkout time 5/5
  • Staff 5/5

Find out more or book through Expedia here.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend glamping break or a relaxed family holiday, Castle Farm Holidays in Shropshire provide a range of different accommodation, from glamping pods sleeping a family of 4 through to a beautiful little shepherd’s hut and self catering cottages. Read on to find out more.

 Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

Located on the Welsh border, Castle Farm Holidays enjoys a beautiful countryside setting that’s both peaceful and charming. The quiet rural setting makes this the ideal location for a truly relaxing and back-to-nature glamping break.

Glamping accommodation

There are 4 glamping pods and 1 shepherd’s hut to choose from, including 3 standard pods and 1 ‘posh pod’ which has its own private hot tub. If you fancy something a little bit different, there’s also a lovely cosy shepherd’s hut to choose from all of which have shared facilities in a modern, purpose built toiler & shower block.

 Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

 Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

Self catering accommodation options

If you don’t fancy glamping, there are two beautiful self catering cottages. Woodpecker cottage sleeps 5 and is fully accessible, whilst Nuthatch cottage sleeps 4 and both cottages have their own private hot tubs.

Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

The facilities on site are modern and spotlessly clean, and whilst the glamping pods and shepherds hut are not ensuite, they represent great value for money and the toilet and shower block isn’t too far away, no matter which accommodation you choose to stay in.

The location is excellent with lots of visitor attractions a short car journey away, from ancient castles and ruins to heritage steam railways and white water rafting. Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Llangollen and Oswestry are all easily accessible so you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of days out and things to do.

 Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

Need to know

  • The site is dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible accommodation available
  • Free WiFi throughout the site
  • Quiet rural location
  • Ideal for romantic couples breaks and family holidays
  • All glamping pods and the shepherd’s hut contain a kettle, toaster, microwave and fridge
  • Bedding and crockery is provided in the shepherd’s hut and posh pod, but you’ll need to take your own bedding if you’re staying in a standard pod
  • Breaks start from just £55 per glamping pod

Castle Farm Holidays, Shropshire

Book online or find out more at Castle Farm Holidays Shropshire.

Check out our full review of Castle Farm Holidays on Camping with Style.

Introducing Thule Revolve, the first hardside luggage collection from Thule, focused on durability and ease of use. Read on to find out more.

Thule Revolve Travel Luggage

Thule Revolve is designed for life on the go, featuring a durable construction and maximized packing space for effortless navigation. Offered in four spacious sizes and three stylish colors, the new collection of Thule Revolve luggage will be available in April 2019.

Malmö, Sweden – Thule, maker of premium products to help you transport anything you care for safely, easily, and in style, is introducing their first collection of hardside luggage. Combining over 75 years of product engineering of metal and plastics with a world-class design team, the result is a modern, compelling collection, focused on durability and ease of use.

Following the tradition of award-winning luggage collections from Thule including Thule Crossover and Thule Subterra, Thule Revolve is ideal for the frequent business traveler. The exclusive Thule designed 8-wheel system for easy navigation, along with its durable construction is a balance of form and function that results in a stylish collection focused on everyday use and design aesthetics that are built to last.

Thule Revolve Travel Luggage

Effortless Navigation

Designed for life on the go, the Thule Revolve collection features a telescoping handle to minimize sway and efficiently transfer power to the wheels. The oversized rear wheels easily glide over any terrain, from carpet to cobblestone. providing effortless navigation from the very first step.

Durable Construction

Made in Europe from 100% virgin polycarbonate, Thule Revolve is a lightweight, stylish and impact-resistant luggage collection that is designed to last. Able to stand up to the rigors of travel, internal corner protectors, a rigid frame and a reinforcing front panel are added protection for every trip.

Valuable contents stay secure during travel with TSA locks and puncture-resistant zippers backed by a solid inner frame.

Thule Revolve Travel Luggage

Maximum packing space

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Thule Revolve Travel Luggage

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The rear of the cottage viewed from the beach

Where did we stay?

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sea view
  • Sleeps 12
  • Pets welcome

£865 for a 3 night stay in October

Booked through Hoseasons

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons reviewThe large open plan kitchen and dining room

Need to know

Part of the Hoseason Luxury Collection I chose Glan-y-Mor for it’s size, interior and it’s location, right on the coast in Trearddur Bay in Angelsey.

Our Stay

I booked a 3 night stay for the family so we could enjoy a weekend away for my sisters recent 40th Birthday. Ensuring the majority of rooms were ensuite was a must, and big inviting family lounge and kitchen was also high up on the requirements list, and a sea or lake view was a preference, so when I came across Glan-y-Mor it looked like it ticked all of our boxes.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review
3 of the 6 bedrooms

With several of us arriving separately there was ample car parking for 4 cars, and despite arriving in torrential rain, the superb location was immediately evident and we were delighted to find the house was only a few steps from the sea.

The bedrooms were all lovely, nicely furnished, comfy beds and nice decor throughout with a slight nautical feel to it. There were plenty of bathrooms, many of which were en-suite and importantly, the first floor lounge was immense, as was the dining room and kitchen.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review The main living room with 2 separate seating areas and a real open fire

We’re a family of keen cooks, and within minutes of arriving the kitchen was full to bursting with food and the kitchen was well equipped, allowing us to prepare tasty meals at home, and eat around the enormous dining table.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons reviewThe beach, just steps away from the house

Out & About

I was only able to stay for 2 of the 3 nights, but the rest of the family stayed on an extra night. During our time there we made the most with a couple of lovely coastal walks, and on the second day we even got to enjoy some sunshine as the storm cleared.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review
The garden gate which opens straight onto the sand dunes


Walking the coastal path near to the cottage

There were cafes and a little shop within close walking distance, and a large supermarket about a 10 minute drive away.

The only negatives of our stay, was the state of repair the house itself was in, with some significant leaks evident in the living room. Apart from that we couldn’t really find fault with our stay and we had a fantastic time In a lovely big house in a superb sea front location.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey
Exploring the coast on one of our family walks

The Verdict

Glan-y-Mor is a great family-sized house ideal for a weekend away by the coast. The superb location really made it for us and the house provided a true home from home with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. There’s some fabulous coastal walking to be had right from the cottage and we’d thoroughly recommend it.

Glan-y-Mor in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Hoseasons review
Further round the beach

Our Rating

  • Location 5/5
  • Value for money 4/5
  • Bedroom comfort 5/5
  • Amenities 4/5
  • Checkout time 3/5

Find out more or book through Hoseasons

Winter is a wonderful time for a getaway and making sure you choose somewhere warm and cosy for your winter glamping break will ensure a comfortable a relaxing stay.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite glamping stays with style, so read on for 10 of the best UK winter glamping getaways.

1. Little Kestrel Wood Cabin in Aberdovey

Little Kestrel Wood Cabin in Aberdovey

Little Kestrel is a tranquil hideaway close to a spectacular stretch of Welsh coastline, close to Snowdonia National Park. The luxurious accommodation is furnished with an eclectic mix of leather, linen, and velvet and includes a wood burning stove to keep you nice and toasty. Prices start at £130 per night.

Book Little Kestrel Aberdovey at Quality Unearthed

2. Beaver’s Lodge Safari Tent in Devon

Beaver's Lodge Safari Tent Devon Glamping

Fancy glamping in an enormous safari tent with bathroom, kitchen, comfy beds and wood burning range and your very own wood fired hot tub? How about a location that’s just a few miles inland from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast? You get all this and much more at Beaver’s Lodge in Devon. Prices start at £398 for a 7 night stay.

Book Beaver’s Lodge Safari Tent at Classic Glamping.

3. Shirley Shepherds Hut Glamping in the Peak District

Shirley Shepherds Hut Glamping Peak District

Set in the beautiful south-west Peak District near Leek and Buxton, this shepherds hut provides a cute and cosy interior complete with wood burner, making it feel like a mini cottage. To make you feel that bit closer to nature, the hut is off-grid and includes an en-suite composting loo. Prices start at £65 per night.

Book Shirley Shepherds Hut Glamping Peak District at Quality Unearthed

4. Ettrick Valley Yurts on the Scottish Borders

Ettrick Valley Yurts Scottish Borders

Enjoy stunning views from this small exclusive site, staying in one of a handful of yurts which will sleep up to 6 people. There’s a wood burning stove to keep you toasty, as well as a gas burner, grill and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Prices start at £85 per night.

Book Ettrick Valley Yurts Scottish Borders at Cool Camping

5. Kittiwake Cabin in Argyll & Bute

Kittiwake Cabin in Argyll & Bute

Built by a wood sculptor, this gorgeous and quirky little cabin is perfect for a romantic getaway. There’s a gas hob, wood burning stove and your very own composting loo as well as a big comfy bed to snuggle up in. Prices start at £90 per night.

Book Kittiwake Cabin in Argyll & Bute at Canopy & Stars

6. The Wee Houf in Perthshire

THE WEE HOWF PERTHSHIRE GLAMPING

This romantic cabin for two is well insulated and includes a wood burning stove, there’s no power though, so if it’s total off-grid isolation you’re looking for, this is the one to go for. We love the star gazing window, which means you can lie in bed and gaze up at the stars as you nod off. From £250 for a 2 night stay.

Book The Wee Houf on Huts & Cabins

7. Plush Tents Glamping in Chichester

Plush Tents Glamping in Chichester

Plush Tents is an award winning, sustainable yurt village nestled in the South Downs. Here you’ll find warm and cosy yurts complete with hot showers, nice toilets, Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy pillows and of course a wood burning stove, crucial for cosy winter glamping!

Book Plush Tents Glamping Chichester on Expedia

8. The Glamping Orchard near Gloucester

The Glamping Orchard near Gloucester

This quirky restored 1950s glamping caravan combines quality and luxury. Cosy up in front of the wood burner and enjoy the generous living space. The kitchen includes a cooker, hob, grill and fridge and there’s your very own private bath house just 25 yards away with a unique, wood-fired shower, sink and a private composting loo. Prices start at £145.52 per night.

Book The Glamping Orchard Caravan on Glamping Hub

9. Wild Wellingtons Glamping in West Wales

Wild Wellingtons Glamping in West Wales

Cromen Glan Môr glamping dome is situated in a meadow and sleeps 4-5 people with a king size bed, 2 singles and a travel cot if required. The four poster bed takes pride of place in the centre of the room and sits opposite the window to make the most of the panoramic views of Welsh hills, mountains, pasture and skies. Priced from £195.00 for 3 nights.

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10. Love2stay Glamping in Shropshire

Love2stay Glamping In Shropshire

At Love2stay in Shropshire you can get away from the daily stresses of life without having to rough it. Luxuriate in your own private hot tub before climbing into a proper bed. The glamping tent interiors are truly stunning and there’s even Yoga, Pilates and Meditation Classes to enjoy. Bliss! Prices start from £420 for 3 nights.

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TRS Yucatan Hotel Mexico
The infinity pool at the TRS Yucatan

Following a glorious week spent in the Maldives last year, I was keen to get another beach holiday in this year. With just a few criteria on my list (adults only, beachfront location and reef accessible from the beach), I started looking at Kenwood Travel who I booked with last year, before I came across some great deals on the Blue Bay Travel website.

TRS Yucatan Hotel MexicoOur private pool

The thought of going to a bustling tourist hot spot like Cancun did little for me, but when I came across the adults-only luxury 5* TRS Yucatan Hotel further down the Yucatan peninsula that was offering a free upgrade to a Juniour suite with a private pool and butler(!), I set to work, trying to convincing myself that Mexico was for me.

Helios Beach Bar, Mexico
Helios beach bar and restaurant

After reading up on the location I was sold and snapped up the all-inclusive special offer, which happily came in well below my budget.

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Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

Where did we stay?

Staybridge Suites Manchester
30 Higher Chatham Street Manchester, M15 6ED United Kingdom
King Bed Suite £158

Booked through Expedia

Need to know

Inside the suites you’ll find a king size bed, free WiFi, 43-inch Smart TV, kitchen with fridge stove, microwave and dishwasher, bathroom with large double shower.

The check in staff were very friendly and helpful and both check in and checkout were fast and efficient. Breakfast is included (though we missed it, preferring a lie-in instead), but we made good use of the Nespresso machine in the suite.

Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

Our Stay

When it comes to finding reasonably priced hotels in major cities like Liverpool and Manchester, unless you bag a special deal booked well in advance, you’ll be lucky to get change out of £200. The Staybridge Suites came in at £158 for a Saturday night, and provided a bright and modern interior which looked ideal for my recent weekend away.

It’s possible that hotels were more expensive due to Neighbourhood Festival taking place at venues all over Manchester city centre that weekend, but after having priced up my usual preferred hotels in Manchester (Malmaison, The Midland and ABode), I realised that I’d be looking at at least £200 for the night. For a romantic weekend away, that’s no issue, but on this occasion all I was really looking for was somewhere to have a shower, get changed and sleep for the night.

Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

I’m already a member of the IHG club (Intercontinental Hotels Group which owns the likes of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo), though a recent stay at the funky Holiday Inn, Media City had sadly wiped out my accumulated points balance, it did mean that when I searched their site, I came across the Staybridge Suites.

A bit of detective work told me that it was close to Manchester University which made it an ideal base for Neighbourood Festival, and parking was close by too. I booked through Expedia, but first went through Quidco to get cash back on my stay and the next day I was off to Manchester.

Inside The Room

The hotel was easy to find, and absolutely lovely. The room is more studio apartment than hotel room as it includes an extremely well equipped kitchen. I always like having a fridge in my hotel room (I always bring wine with me…yeah I’m cheap and what of it?), but it was a surprise to have a full kitchen complete with a dishwasher.

For me the bed is always the most important part of any hotel room, I like a big and fairly hard bed, and the bed in the Staybridge Suites was fabulous. Lighting is also something I find important in hotel rooms. I can’t stand harsh lighting and the first thing I do when entering a hotel room is turn off the ‘big light’ and hit the side lights instead, and the room had plenty of lighting options that provided gentle diffused light.

Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

The room itself is big, airy and the decor is fresh and modern using a muted colour palette that’s immediately calming. The bathroom was lovely, with a great double size shower. Paying for WiFi really angers me at hotels, so access to free WiFi was a real bonus and connecting was a simple matter of signing in with my existing IHG login details.

Checkout time is 12 which is brilliant. There’s nothing more infuriating than having a late night out, and then being expected to get up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning to vacate the room. The generous 12pm checkout time meant, although we missed breakfast (which was free), we did get to have a nice lie in and a very relaxed morning, spent sipping coffee whilst looking out the huge window out across the city of Manchester.

Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

It’s rare to get truly good views from many hotels, but due to the height of the hotel, we had superb sweeping views over the city and could even see out to the hills beyond.

Having never come across Staybridge Suites before and not really knowing what to expect, I was definitely impressed and wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again next time I’m in Manchester.

Staybridge Suites Manchester Hotel Review

Our Rating

  • Location 4/5
  • Value for money 4/5
  • Bedroom comfort 5/5
  • Hotel ameneties 4/5
  • Checkout time 5/5
  • Staff 5/5

Find out more or book through Expedia here.

Wigwam Holidays Brecon

Where did we go?

Wigwam® Holidays, Brecon
Cilgwyn
LD3 9ND

Tel: 01874636387 / 07811350573
Web: www.wigwamholidays.com

Need to know

  • From £85 per night for 2 people
  • Arrivals between 2pm and 6pm, departure by 11am
  • Cabins all have heating and electricity
  • Running water deluxe cabins sleep up to 4 people and include a kitchen and bathroom
  • Bedding is not provided but is an optional extra
  • Take your own saucepans for cooking
  • Dogs are welcome
  • On site recycling bins provided
  • Don’t forget coals for the barbecue/firepit
  • No phone signal at all on most networks, WiFi available for a fee

Wigwam Holidays Galmping in Brecon, Wales

The accommodation

We arrive at Wigwam Holidays, Brecon after work one balmy Friday evening following a hectic week. Having already exchanged emails with owner Rebecca, we know which of the 6 cabins we’ve been allocated and head straight over to it.

Wigwam Holidays Galmping in Brecon, WalesOur very own private hot tub which proved to be blissfully relaxing

Pulling up outside the cabin we’re eager to get out of the car and have a stretch and are immediately struck by the sense of stillness and peace. All we can hear are the gentle reassuring sounds of nature as the last of the daylight warms our faces.

We start unpacking and are greeted by Gavin who gives us a warm welcome and explains how to operate and take care of the hot tub, a beautiful wood-fired beast that looks mighty inviting, even more so after several hours stuck inside the car.

Inside, the cabin feels light and airy, and I’m reminded of just how spacious and well-appointed this particular style of Wigwam cabin is, providing even more space than I remember having stayed in several different, and much smaller cabins in recent months.

Inside the cabin

As well as finding our bed made and a pile of fresh fluffy towels waiting for us it’s impossible to ignore the enormous homemade chocolate and strawberry cake taking centre stage on the table. We continue making ourselves at home, finding a use for almost every storage nook and cranny then I start to fill the fridge. Delighted, I find a nicely chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting inside, which of course I immediately open, my intention being to finish it in the hot tub a little later on (an objective I proudly achieve).

The kitchen and bathroom inside the cabin

On site

The site itself is glorious, like an oasis in the rolling countryside set within the grounds of a working farm, surrounded on all sides by woods, endless green fields and hills. The site is the ideal place for children to scamper around carefree and safely. There’s an open grassy area for ball games, easily visible from every cabin so parents can keep a watchful eye on their offspring as they do what kids should be free to do more of.

Wigwam Holidays Brecon

There are 6 Wigwam cabins on site, all of them ensuite, 2 of which have their own wood-fired hot tubs. Each cabin has it’s own gravel patio area containing a wooden picnic bench and firepit/barbecue along with solar powered path lights and a homely planter of flowers.

Ponies from the adjacent farm openly grazing

Out and about

I visited the area a couple of years ago with my daughter and was keen to go back to lovely Llangorse Lake for a paddle, so after a lazy Saturday morning which involved another dip in the still-surprising hot hot tub and reading languidly in the sunshine with an enormous bowl of granola, we set off for the lake.

Kayaking on Llangorse LakeKayaking on Llangorse Lake

It takes around half an hour to get to Llangorse lake from Wigwam Holidays, Brecon, and it’s a lovely place to take to the water. We hire kayaks and spend a wonderful couple of hours out on the lake in blazing sunshine. If kayaking isn’t your thing, SUP and rowing boat hire is also available at the lake, but if taking to the water really doesn’t appeal there’s plenty to see and do in the region.

Having researched the area before we arrived, I was aware of nearby Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, and had noted down the postcode intending to make use of the indoor climbing centre there in case of bad weather. As luck would have it though, the sun never stops shining the whole time we are there.

Book shop in Ross on WyeThe quaintest most ‘book shop’ looking book shop I’ve ever seen in Ross on Wye

The popular peak of Pen y Fan is also close by, and had we the luxury of more time, we’d definitely have headed for the hills. Alas this was but a flying visit, albeit it an intensely relaxing and renewing one.

We decide to stop in picturesque Ross on Wye on our way home for a bite to eat and to bimble along the banks of the river Wye in the sunshine, in a desperate bid to delay the return home and hold on to the feeling of content relaxation that has crept over us both.

Ross on Wye

Ross on WyeWild flowers snapped whilst wandering down the riverside in Ross on Wye

The verdict

Friendly owners Rebecca and Gavin have got the attention to detail just right, and even though on our visit the site had only been open a month, everything appeared to be running smoothly. The cabins are truly luxurious, more like a miniature log-cabin than the ubiquitous basic timber pods that have popped up at so many campsites, and the addition of the wood-fired hot tub made the stay extra special (and super romantic!).

Wigwam Holidays Galmping in Brecon, Wales

The countryside location is simply stunning and because Brecon is 1 of just 9 Dark Sky Zones in the world, the night sky is breath-taking. You truly know relaxation when you are sat next to a loved one in a hot tub, a glass of Prosecco in your hand and an endlessly twinkly array of stars looking down on you.

With heaps of things to do within a short drive from the site, for us, Wigwam Holidays Brecon ticks every single box and we couldn’t have wished for more enjoyable or relaxing stay.

Highlights

  • Arriving to find some lovely thoughtful extras waiting for us
  • Taking every opportunity to make the most of the wood-fired hot tub – a definite win and well worth the premium
  • Romantic, relaxed evenings soundtracked by nature
  • The big comfy bed, lovely ensuite, compact yet functional kitchen and enormous fluffy towels
  • Finding ourselves so relaxed that it was gone 11pm on Saturday night before we cooked over the firepit and ate dinner under the stars
  • Kayaking together for the first time in the sunshine on Llangorse Lake
  • Strolling down the side of the river Wye and spending far too much money in the book shop there

Prices start from £85 per night for a deluxe cabin sleeping up to 4 people.

You can stay in a deluxe cabin with a private wood-fired hot tub from £140 per night.

Find out more

Wigwam Holidays Brecon Glamping Review

Thank you to Wigwam Holidays who invited us to stay.

Caretaker's Cottage Llanwrst Conway, Under The ThatchThe back of Caretaker’s Cottage

Where?

Tŷ’r Gofalwr (Caretaker’s Cottage)
Llanwrst
Conwy
Snowdonia
Wales

Our stay

Essential info

  • The cottage comfortably sleeps 4 in two large double bedrooms
  • Modern downstairs bathroom and large spacious kitchen
  • Wood burning stove in a spacious living room
  • Stunning period features, antiques, artwork and heaps of personality
  • Located within the grounds of a country house with art gallery and cafe steps away
  • Great location for attractions like Surf Snowdonia, Bounce Below and Aber Falls

The accommodation

This was my second time booking a cottage with Under the Thatch and I found the whole process easy and straight forwad, though with so many quirky and stunning properties on their website, it can be difficult narrowing your choices down!

Inside the Caretaker's Cottage Llanwrst ConwyThe spacious yet cosy living room inside the cottage with beautiful parquet flooring and wood burner

I’d already decided that I wanted to stay in Snowdonia, so my main requirements for a property other than locatoin, was period character and a wood burning stove and the cottage didn’t disappoint. The standard of the interior was truly stunning, from the beautiful William Morris wallpaper to the ecclectic array of artwork throughout, the cottage was perfect with an extremely homely feel that made us feel relaxed and settled the moment we arrived.

Main bedroom upstairsOne of the two large double bedrooms

William Morris Wallpaper

When we arrived we thought the bottle of wine, brownies and flapjacks waiting for us was a lovely touch, and we didn’t waste much time pouring ourselves a glass of wine and drinking a toast.


We planned on self-catering, and the spacious modern kitchen was extremely well equipped allowing us to prepare elaborate meals, and whilst it was just the two of us, catering for more would be a doddle thanks to the generous dining table.

The cottage provided us with not only a very comfortable stay, but the perfect location from which to explore the North Wales area.

Caretaker's Cottage Llanwrst BedroomThe second bedroom

In the area

Whilst in the area we spent some time exploring the charming little town of Llanrwst. I recommend a poke around in Pickwicks Antiques and crossing the bridge to walk over to the park to see the somewhat incongurous modern stone circle.

Aber Fall Circular WalkAber Falls about a 20 minute drive from the property

We also traveled a little further afield for a number of walks, including a 7.42km Aber Falls circular walk, a visit to the Neolithic burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu and a fabulous day spent at Newborough Warren Nature Researce and Llanddwyn Island on Angelsey.

Cross Statue Landdwyn IslandLlanddwyn Island on Angelsey

As well as countless superb walks, attractions like Surf Snowdonia and Zip World are also close by, making the location of the cottage perfect for exploring North Wales and the Snowdonia region.

The verdict

I found the entire stay faultless, and as is often the case, my only gripe was that the stay wasn’t long enough! We have already made a pact to return to stay at the Caretaker’s Cottage again next year as we’ve never felt quite so at home and comfortable in a holiday let. The area has so much to offer that we’d not hesitate to return and we look forward to doing so, and hopefully staying even longer next time!

I’d recommend booking as early as possible with Under the Thatch as popular properties do get booked up months in advance.

Inside the cottage

Further information