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“Brilliant accomodation in a stunning spot.”
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Set in a wonderful rural location
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Swallows Cottage - romantic dining
Swallows Cottage - fully equipped kitchen
Swallows Cottage - bedroom
Dog friendly
Dee Valley Cottage - child friendly
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales, Wales

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151ColinB
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Brilliant accomodation in a stunning spot.”
Reviewed 13 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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A superb cottage situated in a fantastic spot. Cottage was spotless and everything you needed was there. The owners greeted us and explained and demonstrated how to use appliances. The actual cottage we stayed in {swallows} was spacious and comfortable, with the view from the bedroom upstairs to die for. The location was good as we know the area quite well. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return in the future that is for certain.

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Liked best: arriving
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Jul 2013
Thank you, we try to provide a good, clean and comfortable base. It was a pleasure meeting you, maybe we can assist you again at some time in the future. Hope the links we provided before your stay were useful
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Lonnnie
St Helens, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A great time had by all!”
Reviewed 10 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Well it's a couple of weeks since we returned from our New Year's break and I'm already going back! In fairness it's only to collect the watch I lost ! The watch was very sentimental to me and I can't say how relieved I was when Jenny contacted me to say they had turned the cottage upside down and found it! This was just one example of the hospitality shown to us during the week we stayed in Wagtails.

Wagtails is one half of a barn conversion (Swallows being the other) which adjoins Richard and Jenny's main cottage. The conversion itself has been an excellent job with loads of original features retained including the amazing beams in the lounge and bedrooms. The cottage is fitted out to a really high standard and apart from your food there is really not much else you need to bring. The welcome basket is the best stocked one I've ever had!

We were travelling with two kids (15 & 11) and a young Golden Retriever and they equally enjoyed the break. Although active kids, both get a bit fed up after a few miles walking so it was great to for them to come back to the cottage and jump on the Xbox we had brought. Within minutes they had hooked it up to the cottage's HD TV, Home Theatre and Freesat. The great thing about the cottage is it's on three small levels (kitchen, lounge, bedrooms & bathroom) which meant we could relax in the kitchen with books and the radio whilst the kids FIFA'd away to their hearts content!

Four other things we loved;
1. The fire. Once we got it going it made the lounge even cosier. Richard & Jenny provide the first lot of kit but I suggest you also take your own as you'll want one every night!
2. The beds. Extremely comfortable but very difficult to get out of in the morning
3. The birds. From Wagtails lounge we had an excellent view of the feeders Richard and Jenny have across their own lawn. I'm probably a bit sad but I could have watched them for hours. The birds must have flocked from miles around. By the end of the week the kids were rolling their eyes each time I said 'wow, look at that one!' I'm no expert but I remember seeing 4 kinds of tit (always makes the kids smirk for some reason!), chaffinches, robins, woodpeckers, a nuthatch and even a pheasant feeding on the crumbs.
4. The WiFi. I imagine we're not alone nowadays when one of the amenities we look for when booking holidays is WiFi. For those that need it, the signal is strong with a speedy broadband connection!

Getting to the cottages is a doddle and although a little too far to stroll into Llangollen, there are enough walks nearby to keep you busy. We really enjoyed wandering down the hill towards the Dee and watching the steam train go past. Because of all the recent rain the Dee was extremely full so the kids and dog were kept at a safe distance. I imagine in the summer it would be great to spend a few hours down by the river.

One of the concerns we had before we went was the closeness of the cottages. We didn't want to disturb others with a barking dog or fighting kids but to be totally truthful, we didn't want to be disturbed either. We had nothing to worry about. I put it down to the thickness of the barn walls but we didn't hear a peep from the neighbours. I can only hope they can say the same about us!!!

So to summarise, all the above added up to a perfect cottage in a great location with excellent hosts. We can't recommend it highly enough!

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Liked best: The cottage was a real home from home
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Jun 2013
Thank you very much, we were pleased we were able to find your watch, and the internet connection was up to the job. We find the area round here can offer many different types of activity, enough to suit different interests, with the comfort of a warm fire and a good book to come back to, (not to mention to joys of the internet gaming).

Best wishes Richard and Jenny
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Sue w
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect place to chill out, a REAL home from home.”
Reviewed 17 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

In need of a relaxing break we booked Wagtails cottage for us and our 2 Jack Russells. It looked loverly on thier Dee Valley Cottages web page, But the photos didnt do justice! We were welcomed by Richard and given the tour, The welcome basket was amazing, Litre of milk, full size thick cut loaf, cartoon of orange juice, block of local butter, bacon, sausage, and Rollo Cookies!!! PLUS eggs from Richard and Jennys chickens.Wagtails is like a tardis, set on four levels it is a stunning cottage, equiped to an unbelievably high standard, Furnished and decorated sympathetically to give a real farmhouse feel. The bed was HUGE!! and so comfortable. At night if you turned out the outside lights and walked up the lane ( with the provided torch) the low level of light polution means fab star gazing on clear night. The dogs loved it, but as rescue dogs at times were not as well behaved as we would like! hopefully we'll be allowed back! This is an ideal place for so many things, is within easy reach of Snowdonia, the coast, Castles, and so much more. if you just want to stay put you have an extensive collection of books DVD's and board games mobile phone access is patchy ( more like an advantage) but with free internet you arnt without contact. All in all LOVED it!!! Re tick boxes further down, Wagtails has stairs, but if this is a problem Swallows thier other cottage is disabled friendly..yes, tey really did think of eveything!

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Liked best: Do I have to pick one thing?
Liked least: Coming home! shame they changed squatters rights!! :D
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
4 Dec 2012
Thank you very much for your comments, we try hard to keep the cottage as we would like to find one ourselves. You, and your dogs will be very welcome any time you want to return.
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Graham R
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely place to stay”
Reviewed 27 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

My Mum, girlfriend and I had a very easy and relaxing stay in Swallows. Our hosts made every effort to accomodate my mother's needs due to her limited mobility and we felt very welcome. Great views, very warm and comfortable, just about everything you need provided. I would recommend discussing any special needs with the owners on booking to make sure that the cottage is suitable and that and changes in furniture etc. can be sorted to suit you.

I'm sure we will be back.

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Liked best: helpful, friendly hosts
Liked least: slightly cramped living area
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Nov 2012
Thanks we really appreciate your feedback, and have started asking if there are any special needs when people book so we can prepare as much as we can beforehand. You will be pleased to know we have taken on board your suggestion of providing an extra large non-stick frying pan too!
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Dee K
Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Can't Wait to Return”
Reviewed 29 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

What a great place to de-stress.
A lovely, clean, cosy, well equipped cottage. We didn't get to see the owners much as they were going on holiday themselves, but were very pleasant and informative when we arrived. We went armed with all sorts of kitchen items which we didn't need as they were supplied.
It was such a great place to chill out, wish had stayed longer!

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Liked best: The views, peace & tranquility
Liked least: The electric cooker (I am used to gas, that's the only reason)
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
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Management Response
21 Sep 2012
We loved to see you so obviously enjoying yourselves while you were here, good to have some of that vicarious pleasure. Sure our House sitter looked after you well when we left, he had been given strict instructions to do so.
Look forward to seeing you all again sometime.
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Simonj138
Gravesend
1 review
“Great base for a lovely holiday”
Reviewed 21 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We stayed in Wagtails which was a nicely presented and well equipped house. The view from the house was spectacular and there are nice grounds from which to enjoy it. The bridal path leads down to the railway where you can get a close look at the steam train go by. There are plenty of things to do in nearby Llangollen from the crazy golf to more extreme sports on the river or on land. If that does not suffice then there are a wide range of things to do within an hours drive such as Snowdonia, the coast or historic Chester. I would fully recommend this property.

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Liked best: Great home from home feel
Liked least: We loved it but the dog didn't like the stairs
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Sep 2012
Thanks for your review, it is good to hear when we are getting it right, it always helps to see our surroundings through the eyes of others, reminds us how beautiful it is around here. Hope to see you again sometime.
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Susan S
Rhyl, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great view, lovely cottage, welcoming owners”
Reviewed 20 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Good communication before and after our holiday.
Friendly onsite owners but no intrusion unless asked for.
Prompt action for queeries whilst there.
Nice property inside, large enough for 4 people especially with the study / quiet area upstairs.
Large bathroom had ample room for disabled person using walking frame.
Extensive info / leaflets about the local area and places to visit / things to do.
Good wifi, tv, and kitchen electrical appliances.
Nice and quiet without being too far away from amenaties / shops.
Lovely welcome basket on arrival.
Would be suitable if you just wanted to get away from things for a few days or as a base to do things.
Although we were there in the summer (supposedly) I would think it would be very cosy in the winter as well with the open fire and not being very large areas to heat.
Ramped path upto Swallows cottage enough to get wheelchair up and down ( need some power obviously to push up) and wheelchair access into the cottage. Car park area was gravel which wasnt suitable to push wheelchair on so had to park by the path to unload person into the wheelchair, which was a case of trial and error to get the car in the correct position with the narrow path --but this wouldnt put us off coming again.
Overall a very enjoyable week and will look to book again next year if the parents are of the same health.

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Liked best: cosy cottage with lovely view
Liked least: unloading passenger into wheelchair at end of narrow path
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
24 Aug 2012
Thank you for your review, as noted in our email discussions since our "post stay" email, we have looked at what can be done to assist with the wheelchair access. Your suggestion of extending the path was an excellent idea, we thought perhaps an extension with a rounded-widened end into the gravel would be the best solution. Just need the weather to be kind to us to get it set up. Thank you again. It is always good to get suggestions from people who have the experience and understanding of what is needed. Hope to see you again. best wishes Jenny
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