During my most recent road trip, I had the pleasure of staying at a gorgeous 17th century cottage in Afonwen, Wales. Ty Tabitha Wynne is tucked away in the Welsh countryside a short walk from Caerwys. When we arrived we were a little blown away by how beautiful the place was but we weren’t ready for the exceptional welcome from our hosts.
As we were unloading the car (a Renault Captur, in case you’re interested), Fliss – one of the owners – came over to present us with bara brith, some milk and a local newspaper. It was a great welcome.
The cottage itself has been through some major renovations and there’s a collage of photos in the kitchen that shows the original state it was in. The transformation is baffling; from crumbling, abandoned cottage to one of the cosiest places you can stay in Wales.
There’s just one bedroom that boasts one double and one single bed. Perfect for a couple, a small group of friends or a family with one child. I don’t know if it was all the exercise we got during our stay but those two night’s sleep were some of the best I’ve ever had.
The kitchen is well equipped with a large dining table, a cooker and all the pots, pans, cutlery and plates you could need. There’s also a coffee machine and dishwasher too.
Ty Tabitha Wynne is a great place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding countryside. Light the woodburner and settle down in front of the TV with a selection of DVDs or pour yourself a glass of wine and spend time with the people you’re holidaying with.
The surrounding area
This part of Wales is full of fantastic things to do. During my stay we walked into Caerwys – veering off to photograph birds, explore abandoned buildings and climb trees – and stopped by The Piccalilly, a lovely little pub that does a rather good burger.
Nearby are the historic market towns of Mold, Denbigh and Ruthin with excellent shops and craft centres, including the Afonwen Craft Centre on the outskirts of the town. Just a short drive away is Prestatyn, which has a Blue Flag beach that provides miles of golden sand, ideal for bathing, watersports and fishing.
I really can’t recommend this beautiful place enough. Whether you’re going on a walking holiday, looking for a romantic getaway or want to explore Wales, Ty Tabitha Wynne makes a great base.
Ty Tabitha Wynne
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