Pentraeth holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the Isle of Anglesey’s rugged coast, rolling countryside and ancient sites. This peaceful village lies near the southeast corner of the island, five miles west of Beaumaris. ‘Pentraeth’ means ‘at the end of a beach’ in Welsh – an apt name for a village with one of the island’s most glorious stretches of sand on its doorstep. Traeth Coch, or Red Wharf Bay, is a massive expanse of sand covering 10 square miles at low tide. Wander through the dunes and down to the shore from your holiday cottage in Pentraeth and you will see why this unique beach has been named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Whether you are planning long walks along the sand, an invigorating swim in the sea or an afternoon of sunbathing and sandcastles, you would struggle to find a more enchanting spot. Look out for purple sandpipers and curlew over the flats and salt marsh behind the bay, and rare flora such as pyramidal orchids in the maze of dunes overlooking the ocean.

Self-catering holidays in Pentraeth are ideal for visitors who want to experience life in a traditional Welsh village. Take a stroll and you will discover a tight-knit community which remains largely untouched by tourism. In the heart of the village, a graceful medieval church overlooks a pretty square. There are a couple of small shops and a garage, and heading north on Pentraeth Road, a lovely pub, the Bull Inn, serving good food and a selection of local ales. In the neighbouring village of Wharf Bay there are three restaurants – the Tavern on the Bay, the Ship Inn and the Boathouse, all with sea views. The Afon Nodwydd meanders through Pentraeth. Follow its banks out of the village in either direction for beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.