Posted on 11/04/2018 by David
We’re pleased to present the first post in our new series of Cottage Spotlights! With so many charming cottages to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start, or what you’re looking for, or which property will be the absolute perfect fit.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the most interesting, historical and unique properties across North Wales and bring the holiday experiences they offer to life. Keep an eye out for more posts in the series, which we’re sure will leave you spoilt for choice as to where you stay next!
North Wales is full of magnificent castles, mystical ruins and grand stately homes. For most of us, booking a stay in a royal chamber is generally out of the question. It is, however, possible to stay in a cottage with a very grand history.
Gilar Farm, in Pentrefoelas, was built sometime around 1600 AD for the High Sheriff of Denbighshire. Indeed, as soon as you arrive you’ll no doubt feel very powerful – with nothing but 500 acres of stunning land to survey all around, Gilar Farm is your very own castle!
The land the cottage sits on has been inhabited since at least the late 1500s; records show the celebrated poet Rhys Wynn, who died in the early 1600s, lived in a house here.
The farmhouse’s impressive history is conveyed through an array of features still on show inside; from original wooden beams and traditional oak panelling to huge grandiose fireplaces. The gatehouse, which was built in 1623, still has its original gate and opens out onto a walled garden leading up to the main house. The building is Grade II listed, due to its surviving historic furnishings.
Inside you’ll notice lots of beautiful woodwork adorning the stone walls, and Thomas Price Wynn’s coat of arms hung proudly above the fireplace (you can also admire the coat of arms in the gatehouse).
Finally, if you've always dreamed of starring in your very own period drama, be sure to lay claim the master bedroom. This majestic room with views across the garden is crowned with a solid wood four-poster bed - king-size, naturally.
Gilar Farm sleeps up to 10, so is perfect for a large family holiday or for a getaway with a group of friends. There’s parking for up to 3 vehicles, and you can even bring along your pet, as there is a kennel available if required.
Although the farmhouse is obviously historic, you can rest assured there’s plenty of modern conveniences here too; central heating, a fully-equipped country kitchen and WiFi all ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
Seeing really is believing at Gilar Farm - why not take a look at this short film we made showing the property and its surroundings in all its glory?
The views from Gilar Farm are without doubt some of the most spectacular anywhere in North Wales. Just imagine pouring your morning coffee, stepping out to get some fresh air and gazing out over views of Tryfan, the rolling hills of Snowdonia, vast open plains, clear blue skies… bliss!
Despite sitting in glorious and peaceful seclusion, the farmhouse also offers easy access to plenty of the top attractions and highlights in North Wales. After a journey of less than two miles you could find yourself hiking through the famous peaks of Snowdonia National Park, or exploring the endlessly charming Betws y Coed.
In fact, you’ll be well located here however you wish to spend your holiday time. For adrenaline-fuelled activities head to Go Below, Zip World, Surf Snowdonia or one of the many exciting destinations that have made North Wales the adventure capital of the UK.
Step through Gilar Farm’s gate and you’ll find picturesque views and excellent walks in pretty much any direction.
Guests are welcome to walk or cycle along the farm tracks and paths, including a lovely route up the hill behind the house, past the duckponds - the views from the top are outstanding.
To enjoy a stay in this slice of living history, head to the cottage page here to check availability.