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Remote cottages in Wales that will take you off the beaten track holiday cottages

Remote cottages in Wales that will take you off the beaten track

Sarah P 21 July 2020

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little seclusion once in a while. Life is busy with work commitments, social events, exercise and making time for hobbies. Now and then, you may crave a little solitude, whether that’s alone, as a couple, or with your family unit. Heading off the beaten track and finding a remote cottage in Wales to be your haven for a few days might be just what you’re looking for if you need a break from constraints in everyday life.

The beauty of Wales is that some areas really are remote and wild, so it’s easy to find secluded cottages: some that really are miles from anywhere, and those that feel and look remote, but are actually only a short walk to the nearest pub or friendly village. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite secluded cottages in Wales for your next escape.

Hilltop Betws-y-Coed, Penmanchno – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Feeling like you’re a million miles from the real world
  • Exploring the mountain range of Snowdonia
  • Treating your dog to a holiday with you


Hidden away at the top of a steep and rugged track that requires a 4x4 to access, it doesn’t get more remote than this. Switch off your phone and forget the real world; this gorgeous cottage could be your haven for a much-needed break. Fill your evenings with adventure and discoveries, and your evenings with fireside snuggles and mountain-view BBQs.  

 

Hillside Barn, Crickhowell (3 miles) – sleeps 4

You'll love...

  • Gazing up at the dramatic night skies from your private terrace
  • Treating yourself with the wood-fired sauna (shared with Blackthorn Cottage further up the hill)
  • Going wildlife spotting with the kids

Worlds apart from your busy city life, this secluded cottage is a refreshing break when you need it most. With slow internet speeds and weak phone signal, it’s an excuse to cut out the real world and concentrate on yourself for a few days. While it’s worth pre-loading devices for children, you may also find it’s the perfect opportunity to switch off the tablets and encourage little ones to explore the wildlife of the Welsh countryside.

 

Blackthorn Cottage, Crickhowell (3 miles) – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Relaxing in the quirky wood-fired sauna (shared with Hillside Barn further down the hill)
  • Enjoying simple pleasures like reading a book or playing board games
  • Waking to incredible, ever-changing Black Mountain views

Hide out at this secluded holiday cottage in the heart of the Welsh hills. While this charming cottage takes you away from the crowds, it’s not difficult to find your way to some of the area’s top towns and villages – and there is even a pub within walking distance along a quiet footpath. The Wi-Fi here is limited but, when you go off-grid into the wilds of Wales, that disconnect from the outside world offers a fantastic digital detox for social savvy couples and tablet-obsessed children. 

 

Top of Lane Cottage, Hay-on-Wye (4.5miles) – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • The unique character of the cottage
  • Walking straight out on to the National Trust common land that will surround you
  • Dining alfresco on the raised terrace

Switch off and disconnect at this remote holiday cottage in Wales. Hidden away out of sight, here you will be promised privacy and peace and quiet. It really is off the beaten track, so low cars and old knees may find the access both inside and outside the property a little more challenging, but for everyone else, it makes it even more special.

 

Far Away Cottage, Abergavenny – sleeps 4 

You’ll love…

  • Walking to Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Stargazing from the garden
  • Getting stuck into a good book beside the fire

Aptly named, this olde-worlde stone cottage is located in the eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. With plenty of leafy walks and bike tracks straight from the doorstep, there are days of rural adventures to be enjoyed. Even on the wildest winter days, you’ll feel cosy and relaxed at Far Away Cottage, where you can hunker down and enjoy the simple pleasures of reading books or playing board games.

 

Mountain Cottage, Pwllheli (4 miles) – sleeps 4

You’ll love…

  • Wildlife-watching beside the mountain pond
  • Exploring your own wild and wonderful hillside
  • Exploring the North Wales Coast and Snowdonia National Park

Lovingly rebuilt from a humble ruin, this romantic hillside cottage is full of character. Tucked away in the North Wales countryside, it benefits from a location that is perfect for exploring the magical beaches of the Llyn Peninsula such as Porth Neigwl, Llanberdrog and Mynydd Tir-y-Cwm, as well as the wilds of Snowdonia National Park. With adventures right on your doorstep, you don’t have to go far from the cottage to find fabulous walks and cycle routes. It's accessed via a long rugged track, so a low sports car will struggle in winter conditions.

 

Hay Bluff House, Hay-on-Wye (4 miles) – sleeps 8

You’ll love…

  • Challenging your family to a game of pool
  • Discovering your own private waterfall
  • Relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub

From the moment you arrive at this stunning secluded cottage, you’ll enter your own little family bubble, and you’ll hardly need to break it. Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, outdoor adventures will be in abundance for every age group. Start each day with a walk through the gardens to the private waterfall and soak up the joyful laughter as you make the most of the pool table and swap stories in the hot tub. Approached via a bumpy lane, be sure to check your vehicle will be suitable – you asked for ‘remote’, after all!

 

Craig-y-Nos, Betws-y-Coed (2 miles) – sleeps 2

You’ll love…

  • Admiring the view as you soak in the hot tub
  • Discovering waterfalls, river pools and hilltop lakes
  • Spending quality time together, just the two of you

Imagine waking to incredible views like this and starting each day with a dip in the bath-shaped hot tub. This remote cottage in North Wales is a magical, luxurious retreat for a couple seeking complete seclusion. Set in 200 acres of Snowdonia National Park, you can explore right from the front door without having to see another soul. It’ll be just the two of you and a view you won't forget in a hurry. For the extra adventurous, there is a bike rack and space to store paddleboards and kayaks.

 

Wool Washers Shepherds Hut, Abergavenny (3.5 miles) – sleeps 2

You’ll love…

  • Taking a dip in the natural plunge pools 
  • Toasting marshmallows on the firepit 
  • Indulging in an afternoon snooze in the hammock

Hidden away on the fringes of a beautiful meadow, this unique handcrafted railway carriage resides in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This back-to-nature glamping escape offers a memorable escape in the Welsh countryside, one that is sure to refresh and rejuvenate you. While there’s plenty to explore on foot in the local area, we’re pretty sure you’ll also love whiling away the hours in the hammock or taking a dip in the natural plunge pools close by to the hut.

 

Craving peace and tranquillity even more? We hope these handpicked remote cottages in Wales have whetted your appetite, but you can view the full collection for even more ideas too. For more wild experiences and secluded cottages in Wales, why not go glamping or discover some of our favourite hot tub breaks?

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