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Travel Review | No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage

Cute holiday cottages have always been my thing. So imagine my joy when Mr Bond and I were invited to spend 2 nights at No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage an idyllic North Wales cottage in the gorgeous village of Bryn Pydew, just a stones throw from the medieval town of Conwy. It’s not far from home, but if we were visiting North Wales it’d be exactly the sort of place where we’d head for.

I have a “thing” for nice cottages

It all started with Craigenfeoch cottage on the banks of Loch Ard. As girls, my sister and I spent countless summers making memories in our favourite Scottish cottage in the heart of the Trossachs. Think Stirling, Loch Lomond, Pipe bands, Haggis and Chips. The whole Scottish thing.

I learned to love the wildness of ‘getting away from it all”. The peace and quiet of the forest and the lakeside. Yet being just a short drive from the local town and all the attractions.

The love of peace and quiet has stayed with me ever since.

The English Lakes, Pitlochry and the Cairngorms, Provence and the Luberon Valley. Just some of the places we’ve stayed in the last couple of years. Always tucked away, but hidden in plain sight.

So here’s my 5 reasons to book your next self catering holiday right here – at No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage, Bryn Pydew, Llandudno.

1 HIDDEN BUT HANDY

No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage is exactly this. Hidden (away) but handy (for everything).

If, like me, you’re always looking for your dream character cottage where you can “play house” for a few days. I might have found it for you. No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage is tucked away in a pretty North Wales village, yet just a few miles from the local shops, all the attractions, the gorgeous coastline and a handful of National Trust gardens.

It’s the perfect spot for that peace and quiet that we all crave, whilst being just a short drive to all the best places.

The cottage is just 5 minutes from the main A55 into North Wales and there’s a handy off road parking space right outside. Really accessible from North West England and beyond.

2 PERFECT HOST

I first met the lovely owner on Instagram. I was impressed with the cosy images of her cottage, the stunning view from the kitchen window, the pretty little garden, the squishiest settee and the roaring woodburner. It all seemed too good to be true. But the truth is that Lisa and her family used to live here, so it’s no wonder she has a special place in her heart for a place she used to call “home sweet home”.

So we had coffee. Chatted for 2 hours. Found a couple of “free” nights in the cottage diary. And arrived at No2 Ty Cerrig Cottage in the middle of Storm Ciara.

Before we arrived we were sent a comprehensive welcome pack with all the information we could possibly need for our stay. Every detail covered. Hardly surprising when you find out that Lisa used to be an Events Planner. A lady after my own heart. You would think Lisa had been doing this for years, but it’s only been a few months. Good job.

Cottage guests are treated to a welcome basket which for us included a bottle of Spanish Merlot (Mr Bond’s favourite), loaf of bread, crackers, local free range eggs and some freshly baked welsh cakes. And of course a personal welcome message on the kitchen blackboard.

The flagon of oat milk in the fridge, just for me and my funny allergies, told me that this host really listens and strives to make your stay as personalised as possible. It’s the little things? Right?

Let me tell you – the Welsh cakes didn’t last long. Warm with a wedge of butter, and a hot cup of tea in front of the roaring log burner.

3 COMFORT AND JOY

Hotels are wonderful. Of course they are. But there’s something super special about booking a beautiful cottage – the sort that you would eagerly follow on instagram – and have all the comforts of top class accommodation but with 100% privacy. For the few days you are in residence, you can make it completely your own. Fleecy joggers, cosy socks and fluffy slippers are essential requirements for a comfortable stay. And when your host provides copious blankets and throws, along with the whitest flooffiest dressing gowns, then all the better.

We spent our evenings wrapped up like spoiled sausage dogs in the squishy settee listening to the storm howling round the hillside.

Our attempts at the magic art of successful “woodburning” were mixed. Between us we lacked the necessary skills and experience to achieve anything like a roaring fire for more than 5 minutes at a time.

What we lacked in fire warmth we more than made up for with the welcome bottle of Spanish Merlot. The perfect way to ride out Storm Ciara.

4 IDEAL HOME

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into an ideal cottage feature in Country Living magazine.

The super stylish and spacious kitchen with adjoining dining room, has a enviable view of the coastline across the local farmhouses. Equipped with everything we could possibly need – including belfast style sink, spacious fridge and freezer, Nespresso coffee machine and halogen hob, microwave/oven – we made ourselves right at home.

Had it been later in the year (and less windy) we would have enjoyed an evening stroll to the Queen’s Head, a local favourite restaurant. But we’d brought a bag of goodies and enjoyed cooking a tasty prawn stir fry in the warmth of the cottage.

The dining room is quite the masterclass in how to style a small space. Complete with beautifully laid table, stylish built in shelving and super cute settee chock full of pretty cushions. Our host clearly spends all her coffee breaks pouring over the latest home interior trends,

Upstairs we found a delightful double bedroom with awesomely comfortable bed, a pretty twin room, and a cosy bathroom with fluffy towels and enticing corner bath.

Holidays are so precious. If your few days off from work aren’t spent somewhere that offers bucketloads of comfort and joy then maybe it’s time to think again.

One of my favourite little features. And it really is a little thing but “oh so thoughtful”, the automatic upstairs landing light. No furtling around in the dark for light switches in this cottage. Always the little things.

5 LOCATION LOCATION

Once we’d got over the happy novelty of a crowing cockerel, followed by a deliciously slow start taking in the bedroom view, it was onto breakfast. A pot of hot tea and toast with marmalade prepped us for the day ahead.

When you stay at No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage, the problem is not so much – what to do? as what to do first? And how to fit it all in?

I can’t stress enough how perfectly placed this cottage is for a proper “explore” of North Wales.

Beaches, mountains & gardens

If you love beach time – there’s Llandudno West Shore, Anglesey’s Newborough and Llandwyn Island, or the beautiful Red Wharf Bay on the east side.

For the mountains – Bring your boots and waterproofs and head to the magic of Snowdonia – just a short drive away. There’s plenty of gentle walks if you don’t fancy scaling Snowdon – our highest peak.

For gardens lovers – Remember gardens aren’t just for summer. There’s a choice of National Trust properties – Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Another treasure well worth a visit is Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden, particularly famous for their spring bluebells.

Adrenaline & Culture

For thrill-seekers – you can book a Zip World experience – forest thrills, underground trampolining or flying across a valley at breakneck speed.

For the culture – Llandudno boasts Venue Cymru, for all the best music, theatre and opera tours.

Town & Country

You’ll want to visit the medieval town of Conwy – walk round the castle walls and munch fish and chips on the quayside. Mooch round the delightful independent shops, and visit the 13th century castle.

You need to head to Llandudno for the full on seaside experience complete with Tramway ride or Cable cars on the Great Orme, stroll along the Victorian Pier. If you want to put your feet up, how about a vintage bus ride round the Orme. But hold onto your ice cream, the seagulls are merciless. Keep an eye on Llandudno’s events diary – there’s always something interesting going on.

Have I convinced you?

We couldn’t have had a happier, more comfortable or more joyous time.

You can find No 2 Ty Cerrig Cottage on North Wales Holiday Cottages or on Airbnb.

Thank you Lisa for having us. We loved our time. Can you tell?

Judith xx

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