Once again this year has been such a busy one and once again, I was really looking forward to the summer holidays so I could finally catch my breath and re-charge a few batteries. This year was our third visit to The Cottage at Woodbank in Llangollen and we weren’t disappointed. It was better than ever.
I had spent quite a lot of time researching the perfect place for our holidays because we really needed somewhere where we could escape the chaos of our everyday lives. In addition to seeking a peaceful retreat, we were also looking for a good base from which to explore the area and somewhere with lots of things to see and do. Most important of all, it had be dog friendly for privilegedpup who was also very much looking forward to his holiday. The Cottage at Woodbank ticked all these boxes and more.
Nestled in the heart of the Dee Valley, the cottage is located just a few minutes walk from the Llangollen canal and the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct constructed by Thomas Telford. Interestingly enough, Woodbank itself was actually built as drawing office for the engineer in the 1790’s. The village of Trevor is just a short walk away and has a well-stocked convenience store if you need to purchase any extra provisions during your stay in addition to any ‘big shop’ you may do at one of the local supermarkets. There are also three local dog and family friendly pubs in walking distance, The Aqueduct Inn, The Duke of Wellington and The Telford Inn, which serve traditional pub fayre and in addition there are canal boats in the Trevor Canal Basin where you can purchase light snacks and ice cream. The latest addition to Trevor is the beautifully renovated Chapel Tea Rooms which is the perfect place for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. If you fancy a trip to the seaside then the North Wales coast can be reached in just over an hour, Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep to explore and if you feel like a bit of shopping then the towns of Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Chester are just short drives away.
Things to do and see
There is a wealth of things to do and see in the area and to do them all justice I would really need another blog post. However, here is a little summary!
If you enjoy making the most of the great outdoors then there’s the famous Offa’s Dyke footpath to follow or you can walk or cycle along the canal straight into Llangollen. It will take you about two hours but there’s a nice stop off half way at The Sun Trevor which is also dog friendly, if you need any refreshment along the way. Llangollen is host to a whole range of attractions such as the Steam Railway, The Horseshoe Pass and The Horseshoe Falls. There’s a whole range of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from but I would definitely recommend visiting The Cornmill where you can dine overlooking the river. Back in Trevor, there are boat trips over the canal and aqueduct or you can hire a canal boat for the day with Anglo Welsh Narrowboats like we did or even try your hand at some watersports.
If all of the above wasn’t already enough, the cottage offers everything you could possibly need for the most comfortable of stays. As well as standard self-catering amenities such as oven, kettle, microwave, television, fridge and washing machine, the cottage also offers an outside patio area, BBQ, covered parking and a play area. There are deckchairs available to use and if you’re feeling more energetic, which I wasn’t after all that walking, you can also borrow bicycles and kayaks.
Value for money
The Cottage at Woodbank is very good value and it was money very well spent. As returners to the cottage, we were offered an excellent rate and although we had to postpone our original booking the year before, there was no increase in price and the booking was held without question until we could finalise another date. This flexibility and understanding was very much appreciated and sadly nowadays often a rarity with so many terms and conditions attached to this, that and the other. You can check out the excellent reviews of the cottage on TripAdvisor and book from the website or you can book with your hosts directly to make a reservation at a preferential rate. Steve and Karen are the perfect hosts and work hard to ensure that your stay is a successful and memorable one.
The cottage is ideally suited to couples and young families and it is also very pet friendly as is the whole area. Privilegedpup even had some doggy biscuits included in our welcome arrival pack, which is quite lucky, as even though I had ensured there was enough wine to see me through the week, there were only just enough biscuits for privilegedpup! Whoops!
When I got back home, one of the first things a friend asked me was which hotel I stayed in. Hotel? Not for me. Where we stayed was 20 times better than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. It really is home from home. We’ll be booking again for next year and I’m sure it will continue to be an annual event. However maybe next time, I should maybe just make sure there are more dog biscuits packed than wine.
Cin cin everyone!
This post is not a sponsored post. I wrote it because I really enjoyed my stay at The Cottage at Woodbank and wanted to share my experience with you. All views and opinions are my own. The Cottage is also on Facebook.