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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Eglwysbach, Conwy County, North Wales, Wales

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NigelSher...
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“One of the best holiday rentals we've ever stayed at!”
Reviewed 4 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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The directions to the property that the Owner, Lucy, gave us were better than those provided by the booking agent. I know ever other review makes the same comment about the very steep and tricky drive up to the property but it's worth mentioning again! When we stayed at the property the weather was extremely wet and stormy which made the road and dirt track a bit more difficult to manoeuvre and we have a large people-carrier car. I think in the summer months the road would not present a problem but it would be impassable in snow or icy conditions without a serious 4x4 vehicle and even then you'd need to be an experienced driver. That said, we actually found that the drive up to the property added an element of excitement to our vacation and enhanced the feeling of space, tranquility and isolation which is exactly what we were all looking for. Lucy made us feel very welcome and could not do enough for us and had even set up a gorgeous Christmas tree and decorations around the property which is something that we all really appreciated.
The property itself is the old barn which is adjacent to the farm house where the Owner and her family live. The barn conversion and extension was completed in 2012 and has resulted in two separate holiday houses within the building - one sleeps 8 and the other sleeps 4. The most striking elements of the property are the very high standards to which the conversion has been done. No expense has been spared on the construction, interiors and furnishings. There has clearly been a lot of thought given to the interior design and Lucy has got good taste! The use of colours, furniture, paintings and lighting gives a very relaxing atmosphere and mood and the property is extremely comfortable. The high ceilings are amazing and the main bathroom is something that I want in my own house! There was another family staying in the property next door and we were a bit concerend that we would hear them (or they would hear us) but we did not hear a single sound from them during the whole week which I assume is due to the high quality construction and sound proofing and thick walls.
As far as the location of property is concerned you would be hard pushed to find better views of the surrounding Conway Valley and far into the spectacular Snowdonia mountain range - the master bedroom has the best views which are something that are beautiful to wake up to every day. The local village has a Post Office and pub and the drive to nearby Conway and the large supermarkets and amenities is only 15-20 minutes away. But the whole area has so much to offer in terms of pubs, restaurants, sites of interest and of course some of the best walking, mountaineering and beaches in the UK.
We've rented a lot of holiday homes and this is by far one of, if not the THE highest quality property we've ever rented and we'll definitely be back in the summer.

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Liked best: Quality of property and views
Liked least: The drive up to the property
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
4 Jan 2014
Thank you for your valuable feedback and we are delighted you thoroughly enjoyed your break in our property. In response to your comments regarding the access road to the property, we are happy to update that we have now vastly improved the access road, the road has been re-graded and leveled.

We would not want people to be put off booking a cosy retreat in the winter months as we have very liitle frost and snow near and with being near the coast enjoy a milder Winter climate. The road is also tree lined, which offers shelter from the weather. As owners we have not required the use of a 4 x 4 vehicle and have lived nearby this cosy rural retreat for the last 20 years.
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sam c
Warrington, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic Cottage with amazing views”
Reviewed 11 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Red Kites is a beautiful cottage kitted out to a very high standard with stunning views and gorgeous interiors. We had a brilliant week here and the owners couldn't have done more to make both us and the children feel very welcome. The property is accessed via a steep hill, however the views and amazing scenary make this more than worth while!

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MollyMc12...
Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful property with amazing views”
Reviewed 29 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We had an amazing time a fantastic property!
Lucy the owner had toys out ready for our children on arrival which was just one of the personal touches she adds to this property. A very warm and home from home feeling with everything plus more you will ever need to make your holiday there relaxing. We stayed here with another family and we both had 2 children. The property is very child friendly with stair gates, cots and high chairs and an enclosed area outside for the children to play safe with walks next to the property to explore the countryside and streams. It is a steep drive up to the property which we were told about but it is worth the drive up as the views you get are breathtaking!
Summertime would be amazing at this property and we would recommend to all!

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chrishall...
Manchester, UK
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10 reviews
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“Superb”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Five star luxury. Date I say, this rental is fitted out to a too high standard, I only hope that people treat it with the respect it deserves. No expense spared. Amazing views of the hills and valleys. Close to the beaches and mountains of North Wales. The only downside, and it isn't really, is the drive up to the cottage from the road, which is a steep unsaved road and requires concentration to say the least. All in all, superb.

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Bleakhous...
West Sussex
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9 reviews
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“Outstanding luxury holiday property, designed and built to the highest standards, set in a stunning location.”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

This is an outstanding luxury holiday property that successfully combines traditional and contemporary styles in a high quality package, where everything has been designed and thought through in great detail - delivering a luxury self catering experience where everything has been thought of for you.
My wife and I have just spent a week staying at Red Kites Retreat which is the larger of the two cottages run by the owner Lucy, the two cottages are semi detached but have been cleverly designed so you don't see the other party next door and have complete privacy. Red Kites Retreat will ideally suit a large group as it has two large double bedrooms and a large twin bedroom, and one of the double rooms has an extra day bed in it that converts into a double bed. One double and the twin room have their own en-suites and the master double has a superb large designer bathroom next to it which effectively acts as it's own en-suite. The fittings, style of decoration and finish in the bathrooms and elsewhere throughout the house are of the highest standard and ooze quality; granite, oak, leather; individual locally commissioned art work, top end showers and bathroom suites - it's all here in buckets.
All the equipment is here and works ; large flat screen TV's, Freeview, DVD player, WiFi, iPod docking station, log burner, BBQ, absolutely everything you could need in the kitchen. Outside there is one large upstairs deck with a large patio table and chairs for 8 people, as well as two sun loungers. Downstairs leading off the open plan kitchen / dining / lounge area there is a smaller breakfast patio with a table and 4 chairs and a BBQ unit. Everything is spotlessly clean and well maintained.
The location is the only thing that may deter some but ironically this also delivers the property's most stunning quality - the views; the location is accessed via the village of Eglwysbach and after driving through the village which is itself a lovely location, you head up a narrow single track road which winds it's way up into the hillside and you end up in a small farm yard, you then go through a gate at the end of the yard and wind your way up a narrow road cut into the hillside until you reach the long drive way to the property. It initially seems a daunting drive as a it's about a mile or so off the main road, it's steep, very narrow, and you go the whole way in first gear or second if you're a born risk taker, all the time wondering what happens if you meet something coming down the hill - which entails one of you having to reverse some way to one of a number of small passing places. However it is actually no problem, we went up and down it every day and only met someone coming in the opposite direction once, which was Lucy the properties' owner - she lives with her family in their house next to the two holiday cottages and they drive normal cars without 4 wheel drive without experiencing any problems. Once you get to the property all the benefits of the location are obvious, it's high up in the sheltered lee of the hill with wonderful views out to the West looking down across the village and onwards to the hills and mountains of the national park. You have splendid solitude and quiet, no traffic or other noise reaches up from the valley, the red kites soar around the property, and at night if the sky is clear there is no light pollution at all so you can stargaze to your heart's content, and the Milky Way is clearly visible in the night sky above you, which is something you can't observe with the naked eye in built up areas of the country.
All in all this is a property that has been designed and built to the highest standards by thoughtful perfectionists, in a stunning location ideally situated for access to the mountain walking of the Snowdonia National Park - go there - you won't regret it.

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Liked best: Design and quality of property, stunning location
Liked least: The long and narrow driveway to the property
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Malcolm B
Rochdale, United Kingdom
1 review
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“We can only say good about this holiday!”
Reviewed 13 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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This lovely holiday home (you can't really call it a cottage, it is quite large) is in a most beautiful position in a wonderful part of North Wales with magnificent views. The Retreat is elevated overlooking an extensive valley, patched with glorious green fields occupied (when we were there) by flocks of sheep and lambs, cattle and horses. Facing you in the far distance are mountains of Snowdonia. Every shape and species of tree, shrub and bush can be seen within a good 20 mile radius.

The journey up to the Retreat is a great experience. The road up to the Retreat is curvy, bordered by hedges on both sides of a huge variety of shrubs, flowers and herbs and quite narrow in some places with passing areas and runs through a farmer's yard at one point - he is a very pleasant man and opened a gate for us on one occasion.

We sat at different times around the Retreat, including the two well placed patios enjoying the views and listening to the country sounds - birds, bleating sheep, mooing cows and distance tractors (no cars, lorries or aeroplanes!)

The Retreat could literally be a 'retreat' if you want it to be, but with our group including teenagers, middle-aged and retired, we spent a lot of time out-and-about. Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are delightful British seaside resorts; both have marvellous promenades; the Great Orme is well worth a visit; Conway Castle lives up to it's name as the best Medeival Castle in England; Plas Mawr in Conway is magical as one of the best examples of an Elizabethan House in the UK. One day, we took a leisurely drive down through Betws e coed, Beddgelert and Criccieth to Pwhelli and from there took a return train trip to Barmouth, which runs down by the side of the coast most of the way. Well worth the visit!

The Retreat itself is on two levels and is very spacious and airy; scrupulousy clean and luxuriously fitted with ample car parking space; and, has an invaluable effect of total relaxation! A photographer's Paradise.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Stimpy_8
Northwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Great cottage in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed 21 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Just back from a long weekend with family and had a great time. The house itself is lovely and has everything you could possibly need. The fixtures and fittings are of a very high standard and everything you could possibly need was provided.
The house itself was large and well equipped with a large main bedroom with fantastic views, another large en suite family room with a double and single bed in it along with a further en suite twin room. The main bathroom is something special and I could have happily spent a few hours soaking in the bath.
Stayed with parents, wife and our 2 young children aged 3 & 1 and whilst the stone floors in the main living area were a bit of a worry with the youngest the stairgates, the cot and highchair were provided and of a really good quality. We were also provided with boxes of toys and DVD to keep the kids entertained. The eldest was much more interested in looking at the sheep and lambs in the surrounding fields or playing football on the lawn by the large decking area.
The cottage is up in the hills and a little remote so don't expect an easy stroll to the pub or shops however a short drive takes you to all the necessary shops and amenities as well as being within easy reach of beaches and other north Wales attractions.
All in all a fantastic stay and I would certainly recommend the cottage for anyone wanting a lovely, luxury cottage in North Wales .

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Liked best: House, surroundings
Liked least: The drive up the hill
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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