This compact city lies on the banks of the River Elwy, in Denbighshire, a few miles inland from Wales' rugged north coast. It is surrounded by stunning countryside with far-reaching views across the Vale of Clwyd. Every year, St Asaph hosts the North Wales International Music Festival, with a range of live acts at various venues throughout the city. Other events to look out for include Woodfest Wales crafts festival, in June, and the Gala Day, in August. From your holiday cottage in St Asaph, the city centre will be a stroll away. In the heart of this bustling community, St Asaph Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and is said to be the UK's smallest ancient cathedral, at 182ft long and 68ft wide. The city's narrow streets are home to a variety of family-run businesses including excellent cafes, such as Jacob's Ladder. Pop into Tweedmill Farm Shop for the freshest local produce, or head to the Plough for a pint of local ale. A number of scenic footpaths pass through the city and into the surrounding countryside. One of the prettiest is undoubtedly the Poacher's Trail, which begins at the bowling green before meadering along the riverbank, with the chance to spot kingfishers and otters.

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A large and luxurious country house in rural surroundings in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near St. Aseph in Denbighshire. Richmond Halls sleeps 19 in 8 bedrooms (7 en-suite). This holiday home for large groups of friends and families has a private swimming pool, gym, sauna and snooker room.

Self-catering holidays in St Asaph are perfect for visitors who want to make the most of the dramatic coast of North Wales. Within a few miles of the city, you will find deserted sandy beaches, rocky coves and ancient fishing villages. The classic resorts of Rhyl and Llandudno are a short drive away with graceful promenades and nostalgic seaside amusements. Inland, the countryside is scattered with historic landmarks, such as the castles of Denbigh and Rhuddan. Snowdonia National Park is 20 miles to the west with shimmering lakes and soaring mountains. Manchester is just over 60 miles to the east and can be reached in less than 90 minutes.