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- Beautifully converted Anglesey milking parlour
- Rural situation, close to wonderful beaches
- Great for couples or families
- Pub within walking distance
- Sleeps 2-6 (plus infant)
- Dog-friendly (up to three well-behaved dogs welcome)
A beautifully designed, spacious and comfortable conversion of an Anglesey milking-parlour, Cysgod-y-Coed (In the Shelter of the Trees), is situated to the north of this sunny Welsh island. It is a luxurious and original space - a perfect base to explore this really extraordinary part of Wales. Great for beachy family holidays, walking, cycling or wildlife-watching, this warm and welcoming cottage sleeps 2 to 6, plus an infant and up to 3 good dogs, in two double bedrooms and a twin. A short drive from the coast, Cysgod-y-Coed is down a long track, completely on its own, surrounded by fields, and down the lane from a neighbouring farm. There is an enclosed garden, with a stream, a small copse, and a lovely large pond in an adjacent field.
This old milking-parlour has been restored with a great combination of imaginative-but-practical interior design and traditional building techniques. Lime mortar allows the building to breathe so that it is dry and comfortable, and lime washes give a lovely, intensely-coloured but chalky finish to the walls. The kitchen has been handmade from recycled materials, giving it a suitably 'found' seaside feel.
Downstairs, the cottage has a big sitting-room with a large wood-burner and two generous and comfortable sofas. French doors open out onto the terrace at the front of the house. The spacious kitchen has a big wooden table, a really nice handmade kitchen with butler’s sink, and a cooking island – ideal for sociable cooking. French doors here too open out onto the terrace for indoor-outdoor summer eating. Just off the roomy hallway, which is ideal for peeling off and hanging up outdoor kit, is a large downstairs shower room with wash hand basin and loo.
Upstairs, the enormous master bedroom is wonderful, with its four-poster bed, roll-top bath freestanding in a corner, and lots of natural light flooding in through the roof lights. There is also another comfortable double bedroom with an antique bedstead, a pretty blue twin bedroom with a nautical feel, and a separate loo with wash hand basin.
Things to do around Cysgod-y-Coed
Great walks can be had in the immediate vicinity, with plenty of footpaths directly from the door, including down a nearby old green lane. Otherwise, the Isle of Anglesey has so much to offer, from beaches and coastal walks to interesting places to visit, such as the beautiful old Norman town of Beaumaris, with its castle, lovely shops and eateries. Of course the Menai Suspension Bridge is an extraordinary sight, elevated as it is high above the Menai Straits, and with (from the island) a spectacular view of the mountains in the Snowdonia National Park behind. Designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826, it was promoted in 2005 to UNESCO as a candidate World Heritage Site. There is a network of good footpaths for over 125 miles around the island. You will find some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Wales, including sandy bays, coves, cliffs and forests. (See Anglesey's Official Tourism Site.) The National Trust-owned Cemaes Bay is a 10-minute drive away, Melin Llynnon, an Iron Age Village and Windmill is 20 minutes’ drive away, South Stack Lighthouse is a 30-minute drive, and a day-trip into the heart of Snowdonia is perfectly achievable and gives you an excuse to cross the bridges.
A good place to eat out locally is The Lobster Pot by the sea in Church Bay, 10 minutes' drive away (booking is a must). All the fish and lobster is caught by the owner's son, and the meat is supplied by an award-winning butcher on the island. Tel: 01407 730 241
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at CYSGOD-Y-COED'The pictures didn't do this place justice... our jaws dropped when we saw how beautiful this place was - a real treat! A blissful, quiet weekend!' Mr and Mrs Foyston
' We were immediately charmed by the restoration work done on this building. The mixture of traditional workmanship and the modern interior was great! The location is nice and peaceful. Would recommend this gorgeous property to anyone looking for a break away from it all. We would love to come back.' Caren and Leigh
' We had such a lovely short break with our small daughter and two dogs - lots of time spent on the beach, some enjoyable cooking back at the cottage, then some very peaceful evenings in front of the wood burner. The big fourposter was wonderfully luxurious. Thank you.' Caroline and Ruaridh, Monmouthshire