Choosing Self-Catering Accommodation in Wales
Few places offer a more diverse choice of self-catering accommodation than Wales. Self-catering cottages, farmhouses, caravans, camping parks or even castles are to be found everywhere in Wales! Every budget and preference is easily catered for and you can be sure of a warm Welsh welcome.
Some of Britain's most beautiful scenery can be found in the area of North Wales. If you like mountains, then you will enjoy Snowdonia with its peaks (often snow-capped) for climbers and walkers.
On the coast are family resorts such as Rhyl, Colwyn, Bangor and Llandudno. These places offer old-fashioned charm whilst being completely up-to-date by way of amenities and attractions.
Inland towns such as Snowdon and Ffestiniog are often fairly small and surrounded by lush green Welsh hills. In these towns can be found a variety of independent shops offering a huge assortment of goods, many Welsh-made.
Off the coast lies the Isle of Anglesey which is steeped in legend. Anglesey has interesting historic sites and its coastline of 125 miles offers dramatic scenery and walks.
On the west coast lies Pembrokeshire. This peninsula has some of the most breathtaking, unspoilt scenery in Britain. Rugged and wild, this is the coastline for the walker. St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, has a lovely cathedral. The town of Haverfordwest is a fair size and offers good shopping together with an indoor market. From Fishguard the ferry travels regularly to Ireland. The whole of this area has a huge variety of self-catering accommodation.
Further south and east is the Gower Peninsula bounded by the Loughor estuary and Swansea Bay. This is a large area of natural beauty offering a wonderful coastline for walkers. Inland and close to the English border is The Brecon Beacons National Park, a hilly area for walkers
The area of Mid Wales lies between North and South Wales and borders England. Mid Wales is dominated by the Cambrian Mountains. In this sparsely populated area are the delightful towns are Builth Wells, Newtown and Welshpool. Aberystwyth on the coast is a very popular tourist centre.
The visitor to mid Wales can be forgiven in thinking that time has stood still for it is here that you will find scenery to take your breath away. This part of Wales is hugely popular with freedom seekers who want to get away from city life and breathe in real country air.
Types of Self-Catering
Seaside cottages: These are particularly popular with families with small children. Some are very close to the sea so within a few seconds the family can be on the beach with the ability to pop back to the cottage if something is forgotten or for a meal.
Luxury self-catering:For a touch of luxury, self-catering holidays include country houses, town houses, houseboats or pine lodges.
Pet-friendly:Many places are happy to take pets; a huge benefit to pet owners, not only giving peace of mind but with the added bonus of not having to pay for kennels.
Group accommodation:Some cottages and houses are large and can take large groups, ideal for friends or a big family.
Log Cabins:These are usually found in or near forests or woodland and cabins are often situated beside a lake. Cabins are ideal for those wishing to get close to nature and to enjoy peace and quiet.
Adults only: Some self-catering cottages and apartments suit couples and adults who prefer sophistication and tranquillity. Many offer additional facilities such as hot tubs or spa baths for a relaxing holiday
Things to consider when booking a Self-Catering Holiday
First and foremost is the freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it. The lack of restrictions enables you to arrange your own outings. You will not be tied to itineraries but can arrange your days out to suit your mood and the weather.
There is also a wide range of choice when it comes to self-catering. All sizes of budget are catered for. Remember the price you pay is for a cottage for a whole week or fortnight and so, if several of you share, this price is divided amongst you all. This can be particularly attractive for larger parties where self-catering can prove to be quite an inexpensive way to go on holiday.
Perhaps you feel like a lie-in or perhaps you feel like skipping breakfast. Or maybe you prefer to eat your main meal in the middle of the day rather than the evening. You have worked hard to earn this holiday so you deserve to do what YOU want to do and self-catering offers this opportunity to you. Sit down in your kitchen, settle down and watch television. No other guests are around to see you. This is your home for a week.
Wales is a great choice. There is something about this beautiful small country that remains forever in the memory.
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