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Holiday Cottage on Anglesey Overlooking The Menai Straits | Gwel-Y-Don

Watch the tide ebb and flow against a stunning mountain backdrop. This beautiful waterfront cottage in North Wales sleeps up to four guests.

Gwel-Y-Don sits on the edge of the Menai Strait – the body of water which separates Anglesey from the Welsh mainland. Within touching distance of the waves, it is the kind of setting which makes jaws drop and hearts sing. Truly uplifting and beautiful.

Grade II listed, the cottage dates back to the early 18th century. It has a long tradition of welcoming visitors to Anglesey: it started life as an inn for travellers using what was once the main ferry crossing to and from the Welsh mainland.

The accommodation is bright, relaxed and beautifully presented. A soft muted colour scheme complements the stunning natural environment. Everything is new, pristine and supremely comfortable.

A stone-flagged entrance hallway leads to a large bright sitting room on the ground floor. There are two big comfy sofas in here, with a woodburning stove to keep things toasty when the temperature drops.

The real big news about the sitting room, though, is the huge window which frames the view to the water’s edge. The mountains of Snowdonia rise up beyond. A window seat makes this a great place to relax with a drink.

A spacious kitchen comes with plenty of cupboard space and all the gizmos, crockery and appliances you might need on your hols. The dining table seats four.

Upstairs in this beautiful holiday cottage on Anglesey overlooking the Menai Strait, you’ll find two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, with magnificent views across the water to the mountains beyond. The second bedroom has two single beds, with different, but equally beautiful views.

A roomy bathroom comes with a bath and separate shower. The owners of the cottage were involved in the creation of the Plastic Free Anglesey campaign, so your shampoo, conditioner and hand soap will come in refillable bottles produced by a responsible local supplier.

Outside there is a small garden area, with seating looking out over the water. When the tide is in there is plenty of calm, safe water for a play in a kayak or paddle board. At low tide you’ll have a beautiful beach, great for a run around with kids or the dog.

Holiday Cottage on Anglesey Overlooking The Menai Straits | Gwel-Y-Don

Property Details

Sleeps  4 + Cot

Pets  2 Max (£30 per pet)

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Provided

Bedrooms  2 Bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Emporer size bed, Bedroom 2: 2 single beds

Bathrooms  1 Bathroom: Shower, Bath, WC, Basin.

Facilities  Welcome Hamper (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar, milk, cake etc....), Linen, Towels, Cot, High Chair, Central Heating Pet Friendly, WiFi, Log Fire, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Iron and ironing board Mobile phone reception, Private Shared Garden, Off street parking, Bike Storage.

Cottage not suitable for disabled guests

Location

You’ll find this wonderful waterfront cottage on the south east coast of Anglesey. Just a short drive from the A55 and the main Menai Bridge crossing, it is the perfect hub for exploring the delights of both Anglesey and Snowdonia.

The cottage sits right on the waters; edge at the bottom of a quiet lane. It looks out over the Menai Strait to the towering mountains of Snowdonia. The location is quite simply outstanding.

If you don’t know Anglesey already, you’re in for a treat. The largest island in Wales, it is just a short drive from the Welsh mainland, but a million miles away from the daily grind.

The coastline here is great for wildlife watching, with regular sightings of grey seals (usually in the autumn) and bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise (usually in summer). Look out for unusual seabirds too, including choughs, cormorants and puffins. If you like sealife you should make time for a trip to Anglesey Sea Zoo, just a short drive from the cottage.

The island boasts 125 miles of stunning coastal path, and the cottage sits right next to it. There are plenty of walks straight out of the front door. At low tide it is possible to walk east, as far as Thomas Telford’s splendid Menai Suspension Bridge, taking in Plas Newydd, the Britannia Bridge and Church Island on the way. Do make sure you check your tide timetables first though.

Newborough Warren is a 15-minute drive from the house. Pine trees roll down to enormous sandy dunes, a shallow sandy beach and the tiny Llanddwyn Island.Legend has it that in the 5th century, Llanddwyn was home to Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Now it is home to a beautiful Celtic cross, a lighthouse, wild ponies and the most spectacular mountain views. Seal sightings here are common.
And look out for red squirrels too. You can walk to the island at low tide.

The nearest town to this beautiful holiday cottage on Anglesey overlooking the Menai Strait, is Menai Bridge. As well as its iconic bridge, you’ll find plenty of independent shops, and some great places to eat. The Liverpool Arms is an impressive gastropub, and you can’t beat the fantastic waterside setting of Dylan’s, which is famous for its pizzas and seafood. There is a Waitrose supermarket in the town.

Head a little further along the coast to Beaumaris for Georgian elegance, nice boutiques, galleries, gift shops and stunning views across the Menai Strait to the Snowdonia mountains. It is worth making time for afternoon tea at the Bulkeley Arms Hotel – make sure you sit in the drawing room at the back of the hotel to sup your tea with spectacular mountain views.

If you like to eat out on your hols you’ll find plenty of fantastic places to eat on Anglesey, from fine dining at the award-winning Bull in Beaumaris, to rustic chic at The Marram Grass near Newborough, which is run by Great British Menu chef Ellis Barrie and his brother Liam.

Adventure seekers might want to check out windsurfing, surfing and kite surfing at Rhosneigr, or to take a high-speed boat trip down the Menai Strait with Rib Ride. Zip World Velocity is a short drive away in Bethesda. There are plenty of local specialists offering activities like coasteering, kayaking and gorge scrambling.

Anglesey is packed full of Welsh culture and history. If you want a very pleasant introduction, head to the small museum and gallery at Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni.

Look out for paintings by the late Anglesey artist Kyffin Williams, who captures the character of the North Wales landscapes and people so beautifully. It’s a nice fact – but not too surprising given its spectacular location – that Kyffin once holidayed at Gwel-Y-Don too.

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