We stumbled across Awelon whilst looking for somewhere a little special to stay with our extended family - myself, husband and three children, my mum and my sister and fiance! When we saw the pictures of Awelon, we just knew we had to book it!!
The service and friendliness we experienced by email in the run up to making a booking could not have been better, no query was too much trouble, nor trivial, and we were left with the feeling that, with owners as dedicated as they were, we couldn't go wrong.
The weather had been pretty poor in the week leading up to our stay, which is always a concern when holidaying in this country, but as we passed through Criccieth on our way to Rhiw suddenly the clouds cleared and the sun came out and it was literally clear blue sky from then on in. This made our arrival all the more special because we could experience the stunning scenery of the Llyn Peninsula. The trip up to the cottage was lots of fun, and simply breathtaking. As you make your way to Rhiw, and begin your ascent to the one of the highest points on the Peninsula which is where the cottage is situated, you travel along the coastline, all the while getting higher and higher, until your ears pop! There is one last hill to climb before arriving at Awelon which is a steep one but make sure you take the time to admire the stunning view over the coastline!
Because of the fantastic weather when we arrived, and the fact that we didn't really know the area or what to expect, when we stepped out of the car into the vast garden and driveway, the vision that greeted us simply took our breath away. There before us stood this most wonderful white cottage, with a huge garden for the children to run around in, looking down onto 'Hells Mouth' - the sea was so calm it didn't look like it was moving, and was the most gorgeous turquoise blue! I stood there for a good ten minutes rooted to the spot as I took it in, with a tear in my eye! And you could hear a pin drop, it was so quiet.
There are two or three other cottages around, and you are ten minutes from Aberdaron where there is a convenience store and a couple of good pubs to eat at, as well as the beautiful beach of course, so although you are in a rural area, there is always something or someone close by if you feel you need them.
Inside the cottage itself and the new living area is my favourite place, with high ceilings and the most comfortable leather sofas you will ever come across! We had lots of fun in this room over the week as it's a really sociable room and was good for family games! We lit a fire on the evenings it was raining and it was just perfect. It also leads up to the master bedroom suite, with a bed you could stay in forever, and a lovely double-aspect ensuite, plus a handy docking station for your ipod/phone.
There is another living room where the children loved watching their dvd's in, on the bean bags, and it also had the fantastic view over the Hells Mouth coastline through the large french doors, as well as another log burner fireplace. Down some stone steps and you enter the dining area and beautiful kitchen - I think if I remember correctly, the lovely wooden dining table sat 12 people, it was huge! The kitchen had everything you need and more, so well equipped and it was obvious that no expense had been spared when stocking the property. There is also another docking station here which was perfect for just hanging out with the family around the table with a bit of music playing, or when we were busy preparing meals over the Aga-style oven with a glass of wine or two.
The rest of the cottage is just as fantastic, as are all the beaches in the surrounding areas, and we can honestly not recommend it enough. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, but not to be completely cut off, and to spend some quality family time, or time away with friends, this is the perfect place and you will not be disappointed. And the service you will receive from Alex and Jackie is nothing short of outstanding.
Awelon left a mark on our hearts, so much so that as soon as we came back we booked to go again the next year - which is next weekend. And whether it's raining or glorious sunshine, we can't wait.
One thing to note - make sure you take a car that can handle the steep hills. Our large automatic car took a long time to cool down each time we got back to the cottage!
Tip: Watch for the wild rabbits that come to visit the garden early in the morning!
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