The sparsely populated community of Waen lies in the Vale of Clwyd, in the Welsh county of Denbighshire. Located on the eastern bank of the River Clwyd, it is just a couple of miles away from the charming and compact city of St Asaph. With a population of fewer than 250, Waen is ideally suited to visitors who want to experience life in a quiet rural community which remains largely untouched by tourism. Wonderful walks through peaceful meadows, woods and farmland can be enjoyed on the village’s doorstep. Holiday cottages in Waen are easily reached by car, thanks to the North Wales Expressway, which passes through the community on its route from Chester to Bangor.

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Cae-Caled Cottage is an award-winning romantic cottage lying on a farm at the foot of the Clwydian Hill Range. The pet-friendly cottage in Bodfari, North Wales, promises contemporary chic and country charm plus a swimming pool, private fishing, a delightful garden and an open fire.

Two miles from the village, and not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Waen, St Asaph lies on the banks of the River Elwy with a spectacular cathedral dating back to the 13th century, and said to be the UK’s smallest cathedral at 182ft long and 68ft wide. Several footpaths pass through the city and into the surrounding countryside, including the Poacher’s Trail, which begins at the bowling green before meandering along the riverbank, with the chance to spot kingfishers and otters.

A scenic drive northward from your holiday cottage in Waen, Colwyn Bay is a Victorian seaside resort, nestled between the Irish Sea and the towering hillside of Pwllycrochan Woods. The beach is a vast stretch of sand overlooked by a three-mile promenade that runs to Rhos-on-Sea. Nearby, on the Creuddyn Peninsula, Llandudno is another charming resort with fine Victorian architecture and a lovely beach. Framed by a pair of headlands and overlooked by a medieval castle, the seafront is home to Punch and Judy shows, penny arcades and crazy golf. The two-mile sand and shingle beach is backed by a sweeping promenade where donkey rides, ice-cream, or a bracing swim in the sea can be enjoyed.