Travel review: Luxury holiday home living in north Wales
I’M a big fan of the staycation. While it’s fantastic to sun yourself on a beach in the Med or soak up the sights of a European city, the UK has a lot to offer holidaymakers.
As a nation we can proudly boast some of the nicest scenery, challenging walks, historic artefacts and fun days out. And so what if it rains?
But even though I have stayed in all kinds of accommodation across the UK, I have never taken the step of purchasing a holiday home.
Myself and my partner Phil decided to visit one of our favourite UK destinations – north Wales – and sample life in two luxury holiday homes at two very different locations.
Firstly we travelled to the beautiful Llyn Peninsula and The Warren – an exclusive owner’s resort just outside Abersoch.
The Warren has a large number of lodges, most with beautiful sea or countryside views and with individual touches added by their owners. Choosing to buy a lodge at The Warren also allows you to design it to suit your own specifications and our modern three-bedroom, two bathroom lodge was exactly as I would have chosen. It had an open plan kitchen-living area with French doors leading out onto decking, and steps leading down to a beautiful, unspoilt beach.
We both loved having the chance to walk on the soft sands and paddle and swim in the calm sea of Cardigan Bay but the best thing was the unspoilt panoramic view – with Abersoch to the right and Snowdonia to the left.
The lodge had a TV set but in honesty I was happy to curl up on a comfy chair on the decking outside and soak up the views until the sun (and yes we did have sun) went down.
The Warren is home to an exclusive owners club with a very nice bar and restaurant, offering both bar meals and an a la carte menu, three outdoor pools and one indoor pool (which we used during a particularly heavy rain shower), a fully equipped gym, squash courts and a sports hall.
We arrived mid-week and ahead of the busy summer period so it felt quiet although the staff assured us that the private nature of The Warren meant it was always relaxed.
During our stay we drove to Pwllheli and one evening took a short taxi ride into nearby Abersoch to have a meal and a drink in a lovely local bistro.
We also went for a drive along the neighbouring coastline, which I believe has possibly some of the best beaches in the UK.
We went to Hell’s Mouth, Aberdaron, The Whistling Sands at Porthor and Nefyn.
For the second part of our visit we drove around two hours inland to Woodlands Hall, near Ruthin.
Although it doesn’t have the coastal charms of The Warren, it does have a tranquil countryside feel and lovely views of the rolling Welsh hills.
At the centre of the park is the impressive Grade-II listed Woodlands Hall, which houses most of the park’s facilities including a nice restaurant and bar which we sampled on one of our nights there.
Our lodge had two bedrooms, including one en-suite and a lovely open plan living and dining area with all the essential mod cons as well as an outside decking area.
On site there are tennis courts and walking trails and it was just a short drive from Ruthin and Mold, both lovely market towns.
HAULFRYN holiday homes start from £18,000 at Woodlands Hall and from £129,995 at The Warren.
Short breaks in holiday homes at Woodlands Hall start at £139 and week long breaks start at £225.
For more information go to www.haulfryn.co.uk or call 0800 328 8413.