Holiday Cottages in Wales

From Offa’s Dyke on the English border to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the rich geology and history of the country, makes Wales a vast open air adventure. Holiday cottages in Wales are a great base to discover the sandy beaches, wild hills, rugged mountains, and local character at your own pace. On a clear day at the peak of Moel Famau (Mother Mountain), in the Clwydian Hills, it is possible to see Liverpool to the north, Snowdonia to the west and the enormous Cheshire Plain to the east. While enjoying holiday cottages in Wales, you will find that stunning natural beauty isn’t all that Wales has to offer, between the vast tracts of unsullied countryside you will find art galleries, castles, steam trains, craft centres, museums, stately homes and shopping centres crammed with local flavour and Welsh hospitality.

Self Catering Wales

With a wide variety of types of accommodation to choose from, self catering in Wales offers holidaymakers a huge amount of variety from which to explore this beautiful country. Rural retreats, mountainous hideaways and contemporary apartments closer to city living are all available. Whatever type of accommodation you fancy, take time to try traditional local dishes that make the most of the freshest ingredients in this part of the country, whether you cook them in your self catering accommodation or sample them at a local restaurant.

Cottages to rent in Wales

Find some of the best options for accommodation to rent in Wales with Cottages Direct, specializing in holiday cottages that are available to rent suitable for families, couples and groups of friends. South Wales is most famous for the Brecon Beacons National Park. Characterised by short grasses and gently rising mountains the Beacons are renowned for their waterfalls and the Welsh mountain ponies which can be found wandering free. Holiday cottages to rent in Wales on the south coast are blessed in much the same way as that of North Devon. Atlantic waters and a devastatingly beautiful countryside combine to make excellent beaches for water sports enthusiasts and ramblers alike.

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Wales is a sometimes-forgotten gem. The Welsh welcome is world famous – and with good reason. Broad, genuine smiles, genial conversations wherever you go, oh yes, and some of the most beautiful countryside you’ll find anywhere. It can only be Wales.

Places to go in Wales

From the stunning Conwy Castle on the north coast to the impressive Caerphilly Castle in the south, you’re sure to love exploring these magical medieval sights. To experience Wales’s famous fresh air head to the mountains and tranquil green hillsides of Snowdonia National Park, a ride on the Ffestiniog railway and a visit to the slate mine museum at Blaenau Ffestiniog is an interesting diversion. For a change of pace, the beaches around St. David’s are great for surfing, or body boarding if you’re not brave enough to risk being upright – just make sure you pack warm clothing to change into – the Atlantic breakers can be ‘bracing’. All that fresh air and stunning scenery really works up an appetite. From sea, hillside and valley, the Welsh soil and surrounding waters provide a rich assortment of fresh, delicious food which has enjoyed great acclaim in recent years, typified by the Abergavenny Food Festival – arguably Britain’s finest, which takes place in September.

Our Top Picks in Wales

We want you to enjoy the best that Wales has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;


For the virtually complete medieval castle, lovely beaches (Ardudwy beach, arguably one of the best beaches in the British Isles is nearby) and a beautiful town with lots of winding streets to explore.


This fantasy ‘village’ was built by Welshman Clough Wiliams-Ellis over a 50 year period, by reconstructing an eclectic mix of buildings from around the Mediterranean on the site. He obviously bought into recycling long before it was fashionable and now visitors can enjoy the quirky mix of styles, not to mention the excellent coffee and cake served by the café on site.


A wonderful walled town on the edge of the Conwy estuary, complete with castle (of course). While you are here don’t miss the smallest house in the United Kingdom – a visit will take all of 3 minutes but it is fascinating to think a whole family lived here.

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