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“Perfect long weekend with the dog”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, Wales

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Jackie M
Heysham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very pretty cottage - but!”
Reviewed May 16, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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The cottage is very pretty and everything a historic cottage should be. But the access to this cottage is extremely steep and not for most older people.
Robin, the owner was very helpful on the first day. Unfortunately the weather for the first half of the week was very cold, wet and windy and we needed the woodburner. We were surprised to find out that wood was only suplied for the 1st day and that after that the guest book suggested that B&Q or a local builders merchant would be the place to go and buy some logs. Well, this was Sunday so we tried B&Q and they didn't have logs - so eventually we found the Home Bargains in Llandudno had them. It took about a sack a day to keep the fire going. It is the first of many holiday cottages we have rented that asked us to supply our own fuel.
The cottage is very pretty and the views from the kitchen are excellent and inside it is clean and well equipped. The super king-sized bed was clean and warm in a very pretty bedroom. The lounge has a small 'cottage' settee and one chair which we found small and somewhat uncomfortable. A nice big settee would have been very welcome. My husband had backache throughout from sitting on the settee to read, which made driving difficult for him.

When the weather finally cleared we could have our coffee on the patio - but again the iron patio chairs and table were tiny and not at all comfortable. The patio was not secure for our two small dogs and in the end we gave it up. All in all - a delightfully pretty cottage but with several things that let it down and made the holiday a bit disappointing.

Date of stay: May 2014
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Liked best: The prettiness of the cottage
Liked least: The location and the problems with furnishings as described
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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hmfrost
Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Perfect long weekend with the dog”
Reviewed February 10, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Where to start?? This cottage is absolutely brilliant. We arrived early, but Robin ushered us in and showed us around, regardless. The place is clean and neat, and it feels very spacious for its size. The kitchen is well equipped; they even supply tea and coffee (AND a couple of gravy treats for the dog!!). The decor is exactly what you'd want: country cottage, antique furniture, solid floors, etc. The high ceilings and exposed beams are beautiful. The extra touches which Robin and Fiona supplied are really what made our stay special: they have left torches in strategic places for a midnight foray, and they were happy to bring us extra wood for the log burner. They even left two slices of bara brith and some butter for us to have when we first arrived, and it was the nicest bara brith I've had in a long time!!

The village has a couple of lovely pubs (we went to watch the rugby in a pleasing sea of red) with real ales and friendly locals. The proximity to Llandudno is great, but the views are even better. Getting up the single lane track was a little bit scary for us city folk the first time, especially when meeting a 4x4 coming the other way, but it wasn't difficult to access once we'd go used to it.

One thing to bear in mind is that the cottage is a bit cold. It's a stone building which has been around for over 200 years, so that goes without saying. It's not a problem though, just make sure you bring slippers and light the fire early so that it's got time to heat the space. The central heating also works really well, and Robin encouraged us to put it on as much as we needed. I was worried I might be cold getting out of the shower, but it wasn't a problem at all with the radiators blasting out plenty of heat. The bed is really warm and comfortable, too.

If you're not a dog owner, this would still be a great cottage to visit - there's no evidence of dogs there at all - but if you are a dog owner, I couldn't think of anywhere better to stay as a base for going walking and playing about on the beach. You can easily walk to the beach from the cottage. Our pooch loved sitting in front of the fire after an afternoon of chasing pebbles and playing chicken with the waves!

There's also a great collection of DVDs and books in the cottage, to while away a few hours if the weather's bad. Alternatively, you could just do what we did and spend hours staring at the fire!

All in all, highly recommended, and we can't wait to go back!

Date of stay: February 2014
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Liked best: Best features are the log burner and the views (as well as the overall feel of the property)
Liked least: Worst part was coming home :(
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Joanne W
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“The views from the cottage are amazing...”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We loved the place and especially the views from the cottage. We had a lovely time and would definitely go back there if we visited North Wales again. It was lovely to go back to the cottage at the end of the day and sit and look at the views. The dogs really enjoyed the holiday and the walks on the hills and the West Shore beach. Robyn pointed us in the right direction for everything and helped us to make this holiday a memorable one!

Date of stay: July 2013
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wwwandere...
Hinckley, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A little bit of heaven”
Reviewed May 29, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

This little cottage is a real gem and is situated in a lovely elevated position with views out to the sea. Inside it feels more like you are being invited to share someone's private home rather than a holiday cottage because it is so well kept and cosy. The whole cottage is very comfortable but the huge bed deserves special mention for comfort. All facilities are provided, the only exception being a hair dryer.
The location is excellent for exploring the whole of northwest Wales. As others have mentioned the access road is rather narrow and steep but there is very little traffic so we had no problem even with a larger car, and on most nights we were able to park at the village hall which is only a few minutes away on foot.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable week here and would recommend Craiglwyd Bach to anyone.

Date of stay: May 2013
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Liked best: Cosy tranquility
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Paula H
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely, quaint cottage in a quiet location and with great views”
Reviewed January 16, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

The cottage is situated in the village of Penrhynside, it is up a steep hill as explained in the cottage description, but the helpful owner Robin met us in the Village Hall car park and showed us the way. The cottage is in an ideal location for local walks and also for visiting other areas of interest in North Wales. Robin advised on local walks and amenities, although the two village pubs do not serve food there are eating places nearby. The kitchen in the cottage is well equipped if cooking your own meals, the lounge is very cosy especially with the fire lit and the bedroom has a large and comfortable bed (best we have ever slept in on a holiday and hard to leave). We found the local people and the landlords of the two village pubs friendly, and the Cross Keys pub especially is very cheap for drinks. We will definitely be visiting again.

Date of stay: January 2013
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Liked best: The views and location
Liked least: The shower was quite small but the water was always hot, a shelf in the bathroom/shower would be nice.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Alandunn6...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed January 10, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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I booked Craiglwyd Bach for a week to do some focused reading and writing. I needed basic comfort, shops within walking distance (the climb back up the hill got the heart going) and most importantly, peace and quiet. This was perfect. Mr Holden even met me at the station and brought me to the cottage, was on call thereafter (not needed) and then respected his guest's need for uninterrupted space. Sitting each morning at the breakfast bar looking out over the coast was a calming start to the day. The decor is a touch on the knick-knack side and there are a few draughts, but those are easily blocked and I was able to get snug in the living room and get my writing done. Modern kitchen and all the amenities needed. Will be returning at least twice again this year, a lovely location and property.

Date of stay: January 2013
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walsall
Reviewed November 1, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Date of stay: August 2012
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