Our most popular escapes of 2019 holiday cottages

Our most popular escapes of 2019

The start of a new year often means making exciting plans for the year ahead. What adventures will you take in 2020?

Now is the perfect time to book your next break because you will be able to choose from some of our most popular and unique escapes to make it a holiday with a difference. Whether it’s just the two of you, the whole family, or a group of friends, take your pick of the crop! The escapes below are some of the most loved of 2019, and there’s quite an array: from unique glamping experiences and remote hideaways to charming cottages in some of Wales’ most popular towns and villages.

Wood Shack, Abergavenny – sleeps 2

You’ll love…

  • Morning coffee or yoga on the decking
  • Reading in the hammock
  • Board games by the fire
  • Birdwatching by the stream

One of our most sought-after escapes, the enchanting Wood Shack transports you to a world where mobile phones and the internet are swapped for the sound of bird song and a sky full of stars. Originally a writer’s cabin, this cosy shack feels off the beaten track, yet it’s easy to get back to the real world – although you probably won’t want to. Get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air, listen to the sounds of the woodland and explore the breathtaking scenery of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Brecon Beacons before playing board games in front of the wood burner or reading a book in the hammock.

Jack’s Barn, Abergavenny – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Taking a morning stroll to Goytre Whalf
  • Afternoon tea on the patio
  • Stargazing in the hot tub
  • The view from the kitchen window

Named after the farmer who once lived and worked the surrounding land, this idyllic cottage was once a modest shepherd’s cottage. Retaining all its original charm and features, it is now a beautiful place to make new memories. As soon as you step inside and gaze out across the fields from the kitchen window, you’ll instantly feel calm. Nearby you can discover the magic of the Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean and the Brecon and Monmouth Canal. Welcoming up to two dogs, your canine family members will love it here too!

Ty Donkey, Crickhowell – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Meeting the resident donkeys and ponies
  • Wild swimming in the river
  • Cooking on the campfire
  • Swapping the car to cycle the county lanes

Get back to nature at Ty Donkey, an escape that pays testament not only to artisan craftsmanship but also a commitment to treading lightly in the natural environment. Arranged between a recycled railway cabin and a cosy log cabin, the escape is handmade from local oak. Set in 50 acres of private land this is the essence of glamping in Wales, where you will wake to rescue ponies and donkeys grazing the slopes surrounding you. What we love about Ty Donkey is that there is so much adventure to be had without using your car; set off on foot, fish in the river, take a dip in the river’s plunge pool, chop wood for the fire pit or hire bikes to be delivered to the door.

Beacons Hot Tub Retreat, Llandyfan – sleeps 2, 3 dogs

You’ll love…

  • Soaking in the wood-fired hot tub
  • Dining alfresco beside the campfire
  • Waking to stunning countryside views
  • Get cosying beside the wood burner

This delightful shepherd’s hut in the Brecon Beacons is the perfect glamping experience, with a little more indulgence. It has been handmade to make the best possible use of the space, with every little detail considered, from the seating in front of the wood burner to the well-positioned double bed where you will wake to sweeping countryside views. The kitchen also has everything you need to rustle up a tasty home-cooked meal should you decide to dine in. There’s even a built-in shower and WC! This glamping escape goes a step further though with the inclusion of a private hot tub and a lovely decking area with a BBQ for lazy summer nights.

Fox and Hounds Cottage, Chepstow, Wye Valley – sleeps 4, 2 dogs

You’ll love…

  • Cosy evenings beside the wood burner
  • The charm of its original features
  • Meandering through the country lanes to Kilgwrrwg
  • Fishing on the river Usk

An oasis of calm, this charming cottage with original beams and flagstone floors is cute and cosy and set in the middle of the Monmouthshire countryside. After a few days of waking up here, you won’t want to leave the crackling wood burner, the peace and quiet, and the undulating countryside views. Sitting between the beautiful Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, and with the Black Mountains in easy reach, it’s a haven for keen walkers. Two dogs are welcome to stay too so they will be delighted with the routes on offer!

Cappele Cottage, Betwys-y-Coed, North Wales

You’ll love…

  • Lazy mornings with breakfast in bed
  • The incredible views from the bathtub
  • The views when you dine alfresco
  • Spotting wildlife in the surrounding countryside

Set between the adventure training mecca of Betws-y-Coed and the craft-centric town of Ruthin, this cosy Welsh property offers peace and respite within a beautifully curated interior, perfect for couples. Once you set eyes on the captivating view from this property, whether lying in bed, soaking in the bath or dining alfresco, you’ll wish you could stay for longer. We don’t think you’ll ever tire of watching the sheep and cattle grazing in the fields or hearing birds chattering in the trees – it’s a true rural retreat that will inspire you to spend more time closer to nature.

Rowan Cottage, Crickhowell – sleeps 2, 1 dog

You’ll love…

  • The peace and quiet
  • Escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life
  • Snuggling in front of the fire
  • Taking long walks from the doorstep

This rural cottage is well and truly off the beaten track, and that’s why we love it so much. Bring your wellies because it’s set at the end of a track, 400m from where you’ll park your car. Like many of our escapes, Rowan Cottage allows you to reconnect with yourself and your partner! Although equipped with internet and TV, we recommend you swap technology for the vast skies of the Welsh countryside and breathtaking mountain views. It’s not all about walking though; hire a bike and take to Monmouth and Brecon canal or Abergavenny!  

Croft Y Cwm, Abergavenny – sleeps 6

You'll love...

  • Views of Bryn Arw and Sugar Loaf Mountain from the garden
  • Relaxing in the stylish and cosy lounge
  • Dining alfresco on the terrace
  • Walking in the Black Mountains

Warm, welcoming and stylish would describe this sublime cottage perfectly. Set in the hills above Abergavenny, with far-reaching views across Sugar Loaf Mountain, this is just another example of a cosy Welsh cottage that sets you at the heart of the unique landscapes of the Brecon Beacons. Inside the house, there are two wood burners, impeccable interiors and cosy bedrooms! It’s the ideal base for families to gather and wanderers to return to after a day of exploring.

Heaven Above Hay, Hay-on-Wye – sleeps 14, 2 dogs

You’ll love…

  • Bringing the whole family together
  • Taking in the views from the hot tub
  • Challenging each other in the games room
  • Morning coffee beside the pond 

Perfect for large groups, this magnificent house has everything you could possibly need! Not only does it enjoy an impressive hillside location with stunning views of the Brecon Beacons, but there are a hot tub and a pool table for added excitement. The house is warm, welcoming and stylish with spacious open-plan living, cosy wood burners and charming bedrooms. Once you’ve experienced the incredible views from Heaven Above Hay, you’ll be truly captivated by outstanding rural scenery.

Hatterrall Barn, Abergavenny – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Strolling to the local pub
  • Chatting over a glass of wine in the hot tub
  • Playing lawn games in the garden
  • Discovering a secret garden beside the river

Set high in the Longtown valley at the foot of the Black Mountains, this beautifully converted barn whisks you away from everyday life, with a touch of luxury. With views across the rugged farmland, the barn showcases a wealth of character and charm combined with modern open-plan living. It’s likely to be the secluded hot tub and secret garden that pique your interest the most though. Relax in the hot tub, play games in the garden, and soak up the sun from the comfy seating area.


Have we helped to inspire your 2020 holiday? From romantic short breaks to family holidays, book now and your options will be endless.

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