Our pick of top cottages in Wales for 2021


Posted by Kate W on 22nd February 2021

Top cottages in Wales

We all know Wales boasts a spectacular landscape, from the towering mountains of Snowdonia down to the sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula, offering up a wealth of incredible destinations for a UK holiday. If you’re a walker, you may want to trek the astounding Wales Coast Path; families will find a whole host of exciting days out for kids in Wales, while adrenaline junkies can enjoy these epic outdoor adventures. However, to truly enjoy any break, it’s imperative that travellers find the ideal holiday base from which to explore this fantastic country.

In our collection of cottages to rent in Wales, you’ll discover a variety of hot tub hideaways and properties with swimming pools. There are family-friendly escapes that every age will love, celebration houses for special events, and dog-friendly cottages so your canine companion can join in the fun.

What are you searching for? From luxurious five-star breaks to rustic cabins in remote locations, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday cottage in Wales below.

1.    One of the best family-friendly cottages in Wales: Upper Calf Cot

Best family-friendly cottage Wales

Brecon, Brecon Beacons | sleeps 4

This traditional self-catering cottage in Wales is a great place for a family getaway with play facilities, a toasty wood burner and a fantastic seating area. Let youngsters wear themselves out on the slide while older kids and grown-ups of the group may prefer a game of table tennis or snooker. You can also enjoy an evening’s soak in the hot tub or curl up as a family for films in front of the TV while the wood burner roars. 

What our guests say:

‘This was such a lovely relaxing break for us with great facilities to unwind on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. With a very well supplied kitchen and plenty of space for a family. Thank you for a great few days.’ – Daniel 

More wonderful escapes that the whole family will love: 

Family cottages in Wales

2.   One of the best dog-friendly cottages in Wales: Rhydgarnwen

Best dog-friendly cottage Wales

Cardigan, West Wales | sleeps 4 and 5 dogs

Some people get the wrong idea about dog-friendly cottages, but this wonderful escape is absolutely beautiful! The pretty kitchen cabinets, handsome bedframes and other elegant touches ensure this retreat does not skimp on décor. Extras include a wood burner and enclosed garden area – best of all, you are welcome to bring up to five dogs!

What our guests say:

‘Wonderful place. I did not want to leave. It is the most beautiful house I have ever been in. The owner is lovely, kind and helpful. Amazing stay.– Joy

More fab dog-friendly cottages to get your paws on:

Paw-friendly cottages in Wales

3.   One of the best sea view cottages in Wales: Carreg Lwyd

Llandudno, North Wales | sleeps 8

This enchanting property has excellent views that can be enjoyed over your morning coffee or last thing at night before you retire to bed. Enjoy a retreat to this large cottage with all the family or a big group of mates and you could spend your time catching up at the kitchen bar, lounging in the sitting area or out front taking in those views. Best of all, you are only metres from the beach. Head across the road and make the most of sandy Colwyn Bay by building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and watching the sun set below the ocean horizon. 

What our guests say:

This holiday cottage hasn't been reviewed yet, so if you decide to stay at Carreg Lwyd please tell us all about your experience! 

More lovely cottages with stunning sea views for you to take in over a glass of bubbly:

Wales cottages by the coast

4.   One of the best accessible cottages in Wales: Old Henhouse Retreat

Best accessible cottage in Wales

Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Finding an accessible cottage can be tricky but this beautiful retreat on the edge of the Brecon Beacons ticks a lot of boxes. Everything, including all three delightful bedrooms, is located on one level, and there is a wetroom that offers an adjustable height shower seat and an adjustable height toilet frame on request. The furniture is well spaced out and there’s also a wonderful patio area and seating outside in the enclosed garden, meaning that anyone with limited mobility should be able to relax and enjoy a stress-free holiday at this fantastic accessible cottage. 

What our guests say:

‘The cottage was beautiful and clean. Managed quite well with my husband who is a full-time wheelchair user. Owners supplied an adapted toilet seat and also offered a shower chair if needed. We were greeted by the owner on arrival and the goody gift was a lovely touch. The bedding was all good quality, as were the towels. The kitchen was very well equipped. Every need had been catered for, even down to extra dog towels. A lovely place to relax and unwind.’ – Julie

More great accessible cottages catering to a range of abilities:

  • Depot Rd, Afan Forest Park, South Wales | sleeps 12 and 4 dogs
  • Ysbryd Y Mor, Freshwater East, West Wales | sleeps 6 and 3 dogs
  • Ty Byre, Aberystwyth, Mid Wales | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Accessible cottages in Wales

5.   One of the best celebration cottages in Wales: Felin Newydd House

Best celebration cottage in Wales

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons | sleeps 18 and 4 dogs

Whether you’re planning a private party for a birthday, anniversary or other special event, this large cottage to rent in Wales should leave you well catered for. There are nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms ensuring guests get plenty of space, as well as a billiards room, well-stocked cellar, extensive gardens and two BBQs. In addition, catering can be arranged so that you can enjoy breakfast, two-course lunches and three-course dinners, all made from organic local produce.

What our guests say:

There are no reviews for this property yet but if you decide to stay at this beautiful retreat, do let us know what you thought!

More amazing large holiday cottages for an exciting event:

Large holiday lets in Wales

6.   One of the best hot tub cottages in Wales: Brecon Beacons Barn

Best hot tub cottages in Wales

Brecon (10mls NW), Brecon Beacons | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

The Brecon Beacons National Park is always a wonderful destination for a break and this hot tub cottage in Wales makes the most of its fantastic location with views from the garden and tub across idyllic hillside. Enjoy exploring this breathtaking region on foot or by car, before returning home to this holiday cottage (which also boasts a gym if you still have energy left to burn), or simply sink into the soothing hot tub with a glass of bubbly and take in the starry night sky in this Dark Sky Reserve.

What our guests say:

‘We had such a wonderful time at the cottage. It was relaxing and comfortable and a perfect location for easy access to Cardiff and for walking and exploring the area.’ – Bethan 

More fantastic hot tub cottages where you can unwind surrounded by bubbles:

Hot tub cottages in Wales

7.   One of the best Wales cottages by the beach: Goscar View

Best Wales cottage by the beach

Tenby, West Wales | sleeps 6

There’s no escape from breathtaking bay views when you stay in this beachside property. You’re just steps away from sandy Tenby North Beach where you can splash through the sea and lie out on the sand on hot summer days and enjoy blustery walks and views from your cosy sitting room during the winter. Start your day with a morning swim in the sea, if you have kids with you take them down too for sandcastle building and rock pooling, then it’s easy to pop back into your cottage to retrieve essentials throughout the day or grab a bite to eat before stepping back on those sandy shores again.  

What our guests say:

‘Spectacular, unique location with breathtaking views from all rooms.’ - M

More great cottages near the beach for a seaside holiday:

Coastal cottages in Wales

8.   One of the best remote cottages in Wales: Ty Bach

Best remote cottage in Wales

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons | sleeps 2

Escape to an off-grid adventure at this exquisite self-catering cottage in Wales. It’s an eco-lodge with a wood-fired hot tub, a compost loo, and even an outdoor clawfoot bath on the terrace so you can soak under the stars. There are 50 acres that you are welcome to explore onnsite and there’s canoe hire and an adventure training centre just over the hill you could visit, as well as pony trekking nearby too. The cosy bedroom is up a stepladder and there are blankets if you fancy sitting out on the terrace after a busy day exploring.

What our guests say:

‘Magical and romantic - absolutely beautiful relaxing in the hot tub stargazing. Bathing outside amongst the trees is an experience but surprisingly enjoyable! Be prepared for the best night's sleep ever! Wonderful experience and very relaxing.’ – Rachel

More rural cottages where you can truly get away from it all:

Remote accommodation in Wales

9.   One of the best luxury cottages in Wales: The Lodge Canon Bridge

Madley, Herefordshire | sleeps 10 and 2 dogs

This five-star holiday cottage to rent in Wales offers up an exquisite base where you could spoil yourself with a luxury holiday. A contemporary wood burner, velvet furnishings and even a cocktail bar all provide a stylish, elegant atmosphere while there's an office, games area with pool table and a gym to keep everyone in your party active and occupied. When you're ready to dine or celebrate with a special dinner, sit down to eat in the orangery-style dining area with large windows allowing light to flood in and capturing views across meadowland. A private hot tub is the icing on the cake of this luxury Wales cottage. 

What our guests say:

'The owners have paid incredible attention to detail, both inside and outside the house. The interiors made us feel as though we were staying in a stylish show home, with every home comfort. After full days exploring all that Herefordshire has to offer, it was lovely to return to this stunning house for a cocktail (made in its own cocktail bar) and a dip in the jacuzzi, to admire the fabulous views. Wonderful!' – Diane 

More superb luxury cottages so you can feel spoilt during your five-star break:

Luxury retreats in Wales

10. One of the best Wales cottages with a pool: Estuary View House Gower

Best Wales cottage with a swimming pool

Gower (7mls W), South Wales | sleeps 7 and 1 dog

What could be better than waking up and diving straight into your own private heated swimming pool? This excellent self-catering cottage in Wales offers you that plus a sunken hot tub in the patio where you can soak after a swim. A treehouse in the enclosed garden provides a delightful spot for children to play and there’s a lawn where dogs can play fetch. Outdoor seating, kitchen bar stools, and a wood burner all add to the wonderful amenities at this Welsh cottage set on the edge of the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What our guests say:

‘A spacious house; well laid out with everything you need and the pool area is amazing. The location is beautiful, within minutes of cliff walks, sandy beaches, moors and woods. With shops, takeaways and a pub within a few minutes’ walk; our only regret was we hadn't booked for longer!’ – Kim 

More great cottages with swimming pools to dive right into:

Large cottages with pools in Wales

Still searching for that perfect holiday cottage in Wales? We have a fantastic collection of accommodation ranging from large celebration houses right down to charming two-person retreats, with a variety of properties including townhouses, thatched cottages, stylish apartments, glamping yurts and shepherds' huts for you to browse through.

If you are still planning your trip to this beautiful country, discover more from our full collection of wonderful holiday homes in Wales...

Holiday cottages in Wales

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.