Staycations are an affordable way of exploring without having to wait and save for the traditional 2- week family holiday. They are small bits of fun that don’t usually cost the earth or require you to take extra time off.
Personally, I find them more beneficial to my mental and physical wellbeing since they allow me to release more often, than having to wait a whole year for some time away!
Since I’ve moved to Wales, I find myself on one big staycation. There’s always a valley, mountain, woodland, beach, lake and tourist attraction to discover. I’ve always wanted to travel but past circumstances have meant that I’ve had to re-think my plans and instead I’ve decided to travel locally. One of the biggest advantages of this is, I’ve been able to put some routes down without compromising my thirst for adventure so it’s worked out pretty well!
My Staycation at Pen Y Fedw, Llangollen
My lovely neighbors Sharon and Dave work hard at giving guests a slice of Welsh heaven. I treated Rik to 2 nights away from our house in the hills (I’m an awesome selfless girlfriend). I love our valley and Pen Y Fedw is only a few 100 yards away from us and has a seriously good hot tub!
The walk up the hill from my house involved me dropping a can of Guinness (belonging to a non-impressed Rik) which exploded on the floor, followed by a thud from his tablet which cracked
Did I mention the amazing hot tub?! I did repeatedly to the other half, especially after that incident.
On arrival, Sharon had baked a chocolate cake (with free range eggs from her chickens) – she loves to bake – Rik demolished it that evening since I don’t eat dairy whilst I indulged in a cup of tea which was already provided with a few other welcome gifts.
If you are a fan of bird watching then this is the place for you. I was lucky enough to see my very first spotted red woodpecker on the feeder. I tried my best to take a photo of him but he was too shy! The birds in February were busily tweeting away and bulking up for the snow about to ascend on the nearby hills. Keep an eye out for buzzards soaring high up on the thermals.
Amenities & Views
The cottage is simple, quirky and has everything you need with a fantastic walk in shower and comfortable bed. The hot tub is the most attractive feature and I may or may not have taken advantage of a glass of red during. I was a little concerned that getting in and out of the tub wouldn’t be that private as you have to meander to the front of the cottage to gain access. However, there’s no one around to see. The surrounding views are beautiful too and will tempt you to take a walk.
Utter Peace and Quiet
Since the cottage is situated on the back lanes, there is no noise from rushing roads. In fact, you’ll hear a few tractors especially in the summer but the only ‘noise’ you’ll hear is from the wildlife and farm animals and that’s music to my ears. It’s a perfect place to curl up with a book and expect to have no interruptions.
As personally tried and tested by me and all are dog-friendly:
The Boathouse – Chirk – a tranquil setting by the Llangollen canal, offering local and homemade food, beers, and bitters
M’eating Point – Llangollen – relaxed and informal with a selection of all-day breakfasts and light lunches.
The Grouse Inn – Carrog – a stunning setting overlooking the river, fantastic views of the valley and ace selection of Vegan and Veggie foods.
Walking in and around the Ceiriog Valley
Pen Y Fedw Cottage is based in Nantyr which is a picturesque area to walk around. Head over the hills to Llarmarnonm, or head through the forests to Pandy rock and the Old Glyn Valley Tram Way.
6 miles away is Chirk where you can take advantage of walking around the grounds of Chirk National Trust Castle and gardens ( there’s always something seasonal related going on here). Why not visit the Chirk Aqueduct and plan a walk over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct too?!
9 miles from the Pen Y Fedw is Pistyll Rhaeadr, an impressive waterfall which is the 7th highest in the whole of the UK.
Slow living at its best.
Your staycation checklist:
- Bring your own robe for the hot tub;
- Bring food etc as it’s quite rural although there’s a SPAR shop 3 miles away;
- For an extra fee, Sharon can cook during your stay;
- Bring a torch for night walks;
- Dogs on leads whilst walking around the area;
- Always bring something warm to wear and sturdy boots as the weather is always different up in the hills!
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Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated to write this post, I generally loved staying here and I wanted to share it with you.