Anglesey, Gwynedd and the Conwy Valley are renowned for their stunning vistas but we’re much more than a pretty face, you know! During Autumn Half-Term (21-31 October in North Wales) especially there are loads of seasonal, cultural, educational and theatrical events taking place right across North Wales.
To whet your appetite, we’ve got world-class sporting events, spooky Hallowe’en specials and some delicious culinary events happening. In fact, it’s such a packed schedule a day trip just isn’t long enough to enjoy it all.
Have you thought about renting one of our fabulous, family-friendly Holiday Cottages in North Wales? An autumnal treat for the whole family, you can extend your visit to really make the most of all we have to offer!
We’ve chosen our top five holiday cottages located close to the action this autumn. Read on to find out more and check availability, and be sure to read our round-up of nearby events to help plan your visit too.
Holiday cottages in North Wales – Anglesey
1. The Warren, Rhosneigr – sleeps 8
The Warren is a stunning, four-bedroom property overlooking the rolling white dunes and marram grass of the seaside town of Rhosneigr, on the Isle of Anglesey. This chilled-out beachfront property has been sympathetically refurbished for twenty-first century living but retains most of its original features.
Sleeping up to 8 in comfort, the house is spacious but not cavernous, with four well-appointed bedrooms spread across two floors. Naturally, the impressive dining room forms the heart of the house and is the perfect place to recount the day’s adventures over a slap-up meal.
The Warren boasts two sitting rooms: a downstairs family room that’s perfect for socialising and a more private sitting room upstairs with – wait for it – a seaview balcony As holiday cottages in North Wales go, the views here are incredible; you can see right across the bay. From the garden, cross a short area of open land for direct access to the sand dunes and the beach – we can’t promise California weather in October but this house certainly has the Central Coast vibe!
Not far from the property is the town of Rhosneigr, a lively seaside resort with plentiful bars, restaurants and traditional seaside attractions. It’s a great base from which to explore the island and staying at the Warren puts you to within a short drive of most of the half-term activities happening on Anglesey.
Half-term activities: Anglesey
22-31 October – Halloween at Pili Palas, Menai Bridge
24 October – Menai Bridge Fair, Menai Bridge
24-29 October – Plas Newydd Red Squirrel Week, Llanfairpwll
28 October – Halloween at Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn
29 October – Foel Farm Park’s Spooktacular Event, Brynsiencyn
Holiday cottages in North Wales – Gwynedd
2. Ty Mawr, Dolgellau – sleeps 8
Built and appointed in a traditional Welsh style, Ty Mawr is the former home of a slate mine manager and you can expect to receive the VIP treatment here. Located on the outskirts of the village of Dolgellau, an historic mining town nestled in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this property is the perfect choice for families eager to explore all the park has to offer.
Sitting in the shadow of the majestic Cader Idris, it’s a wild and mystical place, dotted with craggy peaks and ancient woodlands, providing some of the most scenic walking and cycling routes found anywhere in the UK.
The property comprises four incredibly spacious bedrooms plus two bathrooms, and there is a quaint Welsh-style kitchen complete with cosy dining area, a great spot for planning the day’s itinerary over a full Welsh breakfast (like a full English, only better). The house has two sitting rooms, one a cosy snug ideal for a movie night with the kids and, the second, a grown-ups retreat complete with chesterfield-style sofas and the ubiquitous log burning stove.
If your idea of getting away from it all involves holiday cottages in North Wales, Ty Mawr is the property for you. Gazing out across the wild countryside from this imposing property, you could be mistaken for thinking you and the family are the only people in the world. You are, in fact, a mere fifteen minutes drive from the amenities of Dolgellau and the many half-term activities happening across Gwynedd.
3. The Cottage, Abersoch – sleeps 5
Abersoch is one of the most popular holiday resorts in North Wales, lively by day and by night, and loved by young and old alike. The Cottage is a rural-retreat-by-the-sea with bags of Welsh charm. Small and perfectly formed, it’s not as palatial as some of our other family properties but its clever layout means there’s plenty of room for everyone.
If chilled-out beach-house living is your idea of a great escape, then The Cottage in Abersoch is the cottage for you. Everything about this property shouts ‘relax, refresh, recharge’ and that’s exactly what we want you and the family to do.
Appointed on-trend in cool blue and cream accents and scattered with fascinating vintage nick-nacks, the cottage boasts two bedrooms sleeping up to five in comfort, a family bathroom, a small well-equipped kitchen and an open plan living-dining room. A log-burning stove provides the focal point for the living room, inviting you to while away chilly autumn evenings with loved ones and a glass of something special.
Close by, you’ll find the stunning expanse of Hell’s Mouth Bay (not as scary as it sounds) and the amenities of Sarn Bach village and Abersoch town. Jump in the car and you’re within easy reach of all Gwynedd’s half-term events.
Half-term activities: Gwynedd
11 October-20 November – Caernarfon Castle Weeping Poppy Display (booking essential), Caernarfon
22 October – Autumn Art at Coed Y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau
26 October – Build a bird cafe at Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau
28-29 October – Pumpkin Party at Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau
29-30 October – Bala Lake Halloween Trains, Bala Lake Railway, Llanuwchllyn
Holiday cottages in North Wales – Conwy
4. The Coach House, Eglwysbach – sleeps 8
Families in search of adventure and tranquility in equal measure should consider the beautiful Coach House. Located in the pretty hamlet of Eglwysbach in the Conwy Valley, it’s a pet-friendly property sleeping up to eight – perfect for big families or families and friends holidaying together.
Staying here, you’ll feel a million miles from anywhere; however, you’re just a short drive from the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, historic Conwy, beautiful Bodnant and buxom Betws y Coed resplendent in her autumn colours. Best of all, you’re just a five-minute walk from an award-winning pub!
The Coach House is a four-bedroom property comprised of two, comfortably-appointed holiday apartments, making it the perfect base for larger groups. With plenty space to socialise but ample privacy should you need some downtime, the house has a communal sitting area and a conservatory overlooking well-tended private gardens.
Each apartment benefits from its own kitchen and separate dining area but with advance notice the owner will arrange the dining furniture to seat all eight guests together. It’s a wonderfully sociable house and has everything you could need for exciting days out and party nights in!
5. Willow Court 2, Llandudno – sleeps 4
Not all our holiday cottages in North Wales are far from the madding crowd. Some are situated smack-bang in the heart of the action; properties likes Willow Court 2 in the beautiful seaside resort of Llandudno.
Don’t drive but want to enjoy half-term in North Wales? Not a problem. Willow Court 2 is one of our best holiday cottages in North Wales for a car-free holiday, with a busy town centre on your doorstep and great public transport links to the Conwy Valley and beyond. Located on a quiet street, Willow Court is only a few minute’s walk from the train station and Llandudno’s many restaurants, bars and shops.
This contemporary one-bedroom property suits couples and small families. The spacious master bedroom is decorated in a nautical fashion, while the shower-room is sleek and smart, a mix of old and new that works really well. The seafaring theme continues into the living area (complete with sofa bed for the kids) and the small kitchen-diner is well-equipped and modern.
This is an apartment so there’s no garden here but, staying in one of the country’s best-loved seaside towns (named number one Welsh resort and boasting a top 5 spot in the best destinations in the UK by Tripadvisor 2016), we suggest you get out there and explore this half-term!
Half term activities: Conwy
21-23 October – Gwledd Conwy Feast, Conwy
22 October – Celebrate The Night, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction
23-25 October – Conwy Valley Art Society art exhibition, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction
25 October – The Handelbards present Romeo & Juliet, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
25 October – Slugs, Snails and Things with Tails! RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction
25 October – Halloween Fun at Ty Mywbrant, Penmachno near Betws y Coed
26-27 October – Conwy Book and Print Fair, Conwy
27-30 October – Wales Rally GB Ceremonial Start, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
28 October – LDN Wrestling, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
28 October – Free Play Friday, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction
29 October – Spooky Halloween Day at Plas Mawr, Conwy
29 October – Funfair and Fireworks, Pensarn, Abergele
29-30 October – Big Pumpkin Bird Hunt, RSPB Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction
Book holiday cottages in North Wales today
With half-term just around the corner, now’s the time to book a short break in one of our holiday cottages North Wales! To enquire about these or any of our properties go online or give us a call. We look forward to welcoming you to North Wales!