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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Eglwysbach, Conwy County, North Wales, Wales

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West Sussex
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding luxury holiday property, designed and built to the highest standards, set in a stunning location.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

This is an outstanding luxury holiday property that successfully combines traditional and contemporary styles in a high quality package, where everything has been designed and thought through in great detail - delivering a luxury self catering experience where everything has been thought of for you.
My wife and I have just spent a week staying at Red Kites Retreat which is the larger of the two cottages run by the owner Lucy, the two cottages are semi detached but have been cleverly designed so you don't see the other party next door and have complete privacy. Red Kites Retreat will ideally suit a large group as it has two large double bedrooms and a large twin bedroom, and one of the double rooms has an extra day bed in it that converts into a double bed. One double and the twin room have their own en-suites and the master double has a superb large designer bathroom next to it which effectively acts as it's own en-suite. The fittings, style of decoration and finish in the bathrooms and elsewhere throughout the house are of the highest standard and ooze quality; granite, oak, leather; individual locally commissioned art work, top end showers and bathroom suites - it's all here in buckets.
All the equipment is here and works ; large flat screen TV's, Freeview, DVD player, WiFi, iPod docking station, log burner, BBQ, absolutely everything you could need in the kitchen. Outside there is one large upstairs deck with a large patio table and chairs for 8 people, as well as two sun loungers. Downstairs leading off the open plan kitchen / dining / lounge area there is a smaller breakfast patio with a table and 4 chairs and a BBQ unit. Everything is spotlessly clean and well maintained.
The location is the only thing that may deter some but ironically this also delivers the property's most stunning quality - the views; the location is accessed via the village of Eglwysbach and after driving through the village which is itself a lovely location, you head up a narrow single track road which winds it's way up into the hillside and you end up in a small farm yard, you then go through a gate at the end of the yard and wind your way up a narrow road cut into the hillside until you reach the long drive way to the property. It initially seems a daunting drive as a it's about a mile or so off the main road, it's steep, very narrow, and you go the whole way in first gear or second if you're a born risk taker, all the time wondering what happens if you meet something coming down the hill - which entails one of you having to reverse some way to one of a number of small passing places. However it is actually no problem, we went up and down it every day and only met someone coming in the opposite direction once, which was Lucy the properties' owner - she lives with her family in their house next to the two holiday cottages and they drive normal cars without 4 wheel drive without experiencing any problems. Once you get to the property all the benefits of the location are obvious, it's high up in the sheltered lee of the hill with wonderful views out to the West looking down across the village and onwards to the hills and mountains of the national park. You have splendid solitude and quiet, no traffic or other noise reaches up from the valley, the red kites soar around the property, and at night if the sky is clear there is no light pollution at all so you can stargaze to your heart's content, and the Milky Way is clearly visible in the night sky above you, which is something you can't observe with the naked eye in built up areas of the country.
All in all this is a property that has been designed and built to the highest standards by thoughtful perfectionists, in a stunning location ideally situated for access to the mountain walking of the Snowdonia National Park - go there - you won't regret it.

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Liked best: Design and quality of property, stunning location
Liked least: The long and narrow driveway to the property
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Malcolm B
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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“We can only say good about this holiday!”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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This lovely holiday home (you can't really call it a cottage, it is quite large) is in a most beautiful position in a wonderful part of North Wales with magnificent views. The Retreat is elevated overlooking an extensive valley, patched with glorious green fields occupied (when we were there) by flocks of sheep and lambs, cattle and horses. Facing you in the far distance are mountains of Snowdonia. Every shape and species of tree, shrub and bush can be seen within a good 20 mile radius.

The journey up to the Retreat is a great experience. The road up to the Retreat is curvy, bordered by hedges on both sides of a huge variety of shrubs, flowers and herbs and quite narrow in some places with passing areas and runs through a farmer's yard at one point - he is a very pleasant man and opened a gate for us on one occasion.

We sat at different times around the Retreat, including the two well placed patios enjoying the views and listening to the country sounds - birds, bleating sheep, mooing cows and distance tractors (no cars, lorries or aeroplanes!)

The Retreat could literally be a 'retreat' if you want it to be, but with our group including teenagers, middle-aged and retired, we spent a lot of time out-and-about. Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are delightful British seaside resorts; both have marvellous promenades; the Great Orme is well worth a visit; Conway Castle lives up to it's name as the best Medeival Castle in England; Plas Mawr in Conway is magical as one of the best examples of an Elizabethan House in the UK. One day, we took a leisurely drive down through Betws e coed, Beddgelert and Criccieth to Pwhelli and from there took a return train trip to Barmouth, which runs down by the side of the coast most of the way. Well worth the visit!

The Retreat itself is on two levels and is very spacious and airy; scrupulousy clean and luxuriously fitted with ample car parking space; and, has an invaluable effect of total relaxation! A photographer's Paradise.

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Liked best: Everything was as expected, but better.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Stimpy_8
Northwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Great cottage in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed May 21, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Just back from a long weekend with family and had a great time. The house itself is lovely and has everything you could possibly need. The fixtures and fittings are of a very high standard and everything you could possibly need was provided.
The house itself was large and well equipped with a large main bedroom with fantastic views, another large en suite family room with a double and single bed in it along with a further en suite twin room. The main bathroom is something special and I could have happily spent a few hours soaking in the bath.
Stayed with parents, wife and our 2 young children aged 3 & 1 and whilst the stone floors in the main living area were a bit of a worry with the youngest the stairgates, the cot and highchair were provided and of a really good quality. We were also provided with boxes of toys and DVD to keep the kids entertained. The eldest was much more interested in looking at the sheep and lambs in the surrounding fields or playing football on the lawn by the large decking area.
The cottage is up in the hills and a little remote so don't expect an easy stroll to the pub or shops however a short drive takes you to all the necessary shops and amenities as well as being within easy reach of beaches and other north Wales attractions.
All in all a fantastic stay and I would certainly recommend the cottage for anyone wanting a lovely, luxury cottage in North Wales .

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Liked best: House, surroundings
Liked least: The drive up the hill
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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nottstrip...
Nottingham
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13 reviews
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“Sheer Luxury - a dream home in a beautiful setting.”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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What an awesome property. When we arrived we were greeted with some amazing views of the Conwy Valley but the surprises didn't not stop there. As you go through each room of the house you just know you are going to enjoy your stay there. The owner proudly showed us around each room, she has clearly put her heart and soul into this property and created a dream home that you cannot fail to appreciate, as we entered each room there was an involuntary corus of "wow!"
This is a luxury home complete with quality decor, fixtures, fittings and furnishings. Complete with the finishing touches that make a house a home including beautiful original works of art. All three bedrooms are very different from each other but all delightfully furnished and equiped.
in 30 years of Cottage Holidays we have never seen a house, particularly kitchen, so well equipped.
This property cannot be faulted - book it now!

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Liked best: The sheer luxury of the property
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Crawley
Reviewed December 5, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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Merseyside
Reviewed September 13, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Norfolk
Reviewed September 8, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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