Snowy mountains, ocean and one of Wales’ most impressive medieval castles are all a stone’s throw from Criccieth holiday cottages. Known as ‘the pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia’, this pretty village lies on the Llyn Peninsula, a jagged arm of land reaching into the Irish Sea, in North Wales. Known for its graceful seafront and Victorian architecture, it is a charming seaside resort, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Welsh remains commonly spoken, making a holiday cottage in Criccieth an excellent choice for visitors who want to experience the country’s unique culture. In spring and summer, Criccieth is full of dazzling floral displays, and the long, sandy beach is popular for swimming and sunbathing. Low-tide reveals a maze of rockpools, and passing dolphins are often spotted in the distance.
Hunting Lodge is a rare find; a large stone-built detached holiday lodge on the Talhenbont Hall Estate near Criccieth. Brimming with character, the four-bedroom, pet-friendly, rural cottage boasts tranquillity, rural character, modern facilities and a delightful garden.
For a truly grand getaway to remember, Woodberry, a large centuries-old converted set of stables on the exclusive 75-acre estate of Telhenbont offers unrivalled coast and countryside accommodation in the unadulterated countryside of the Llyn Peninsula for groups and families. Pets welcome.
The woodlands of North Wales surround Bothy Cottage, which welcomes families and pets to a truly charming, two-bedroom rural cottage on the Llyn Peninsula boasting exposed beams, stone walls, tennis courts, gorgeous riverside gardens in a peaceful and tranquil location near Criccieth.
Ymlch Bach farmhouse, a late 19th century stone built semi-detached holiday cottage on a working farm sleeps 7. It has sympathetically integrated its original character with contemporary style and fittings. The farmhouse in Criccieth is within easy reach of North Wales beaches and Snowdonia.
Wandering to the ruins of Criccieth Castle is a must on self-catering holidays in Criccieth, with stunning views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Other landmarks to look out for include Caffi Cwrt, an 18th century stone house, and Penpaled, a pretty cottage set amid meadows, dating from 1820. Criccieth is famous for its annual fairs, which are held in May and June, when many streets are packed with market stalls. The streets are lined with traditional Welsh tearooms and family-run businesses. Y Deli is a popular deli, selling a variety of local cheeses, meats, chutneys and jams. Nearby, Raindrops on Roses sells unique clothes, candles and other gifts, and artist-run Siop Grefftau showcases paintings and ceramics by the area’s artists.
There are some excellent restaurants, too, including the Moelwyn, a family-run establishment where you can enjoy the freshest seafood on an outside terrace, with spectacular views across the bay. Abersoch, Aberdaron, Nefyn and Snowdonia National Park are all close enough to Criccieth for day trips.