Historic seafront cottage set against castle walls in Conwy, North Wales - Spectacular location, stunning scenery, centre of major attractions, a wonderful holiday awaits!
About Rebecca Smith
My partner Becky and I are huge fans of the coast, scenery and places of significant historical interest. Add to that our enjoyment of local traditional market towns and friendly people and you will understand why we fell in love with this Conwy holiday cottage. We would like to live here but work commitments keep us living in Cheshire, about 60 miles away from the cottage. Conwy has been voted into the top 20 best places to live in the whole of the UK. Cheshire is nice but not as nice as Conwy, but heh, you cannot have everything in life! If you are lucky enough to find that your preferred dates are free and not already booked up, then fantastic! We promise, along with our cleaning team, to make your stay as welcome, enjoyable, memorable and as smooth as possible.
Rebecca Smith purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Rebecca Smith chose Conwy Town
Life can sometimes deliver an unbelievable stroke of luck. Along with the castle, the most visited place in Conwy is the Smallest House in Great Britain. Whilst visiting, we noticed Royal Oak Cottage on the quay, which happens to be just two doors away from the smallest house, was up for sale. A once in a lifetime opportunity was upon us. The opportunity to buy a seafront property (sea is 5 strides away), surrounded by a mostly intact 13th century Edward I castle, on the edge of Snowdonia national park, within 25 metres of an historic market town and within walking distance of a 3 mile long beach. That would have been enough, except that we discovered that the cottage was more than 400 years old, was Grade II listed, was in a conservation area and was once a Fishermans pub -The Royal Oak Inn. Of course we bought it!
What makes this Cottage unique
The holiday benefits are too long to list in just 2000 characters but here is a snapshot from a very long list of things to do and places to see in Conwy and the surrounding area. Sleeps up to 8 people. River Conwy estuary literally outside front door. Castle wall forms back garden boundary and main body of the mostly intact Edward I castle is just 250m away. The famous Liverpool Arms pub is 50m away, Conwy town is literally a 2 minute walk with lots of traditional shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and gift shops. The first beach is just 50m away and the marina with hundreds of yachts and sail boats is just 200m away. The whole of Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep with the gorgeous Sychnant Pass into Snowdonia starting just half a mile behind the house. There are far too many mountain climbing and walking opportunities to list and the drives are stupendous for those who prefer to explore by car. Llandudno is across the bay with lots of shopping and children's attractions not to mention the pier, the great orme, ski slopes, ancient mines and more! Three high class golf courses within 3 miles of the cottage. Thomas Telford's 1826 suspension bridge and the National Trust toll house 500ms away. Within easy reach by car or train are countless more famous tourist attractions including Anglesey (William & Kate’s former home), Betws-Y-Coed (waterfalls), Blaenau Ffestiniog (slate mines), Portmeirion (TV set), Beddgelert (Legend of Gelert), Caernarfon (Castle), Llanberis (Snowdon). I could write much more but I am not allowed any more characters by this website!
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The house is lovely and in a great location
Everything we hoped for for family get-together
We had a wonderful stay in your holiday cottage. Parking for two cars in the car park by the wall was not a problem at this time of year, and the neighbours we met were all friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed a birthday BBQ in the communal area at the front with good wishes and shared wine with interested locals.
Highlight of the trip had to be going down the Zipworld Velocity 2 line for my 70th birthday, although the boys and dogs enjoyed climbing Snowdon by Crib Goch. Pregnant daughter and I went by train!
It was a great week. We all hope to come again when baby arrives.
Thank you for staying at Royal Oak Cottage for your holiday. We would love to see you back again soon, along with your lovely family x
The property is very well appointed and maintained with plenty of everything that you could want.
The cottage is right on the waterfront and we used the seating like a front garden for tea and sandwiches. The castle wall shelters the cottage from wind and leaves you with a calming effect and warmth. The fish quay is only just TWENTY or so metres away and is for the mussel boats with the RNLI station right there too. The town centre is fourty metres through one of the many archway in the town wall. The castle itself is possibly another two hundred metres and visible from the front door of the cottage. All around there are many walks, some in woods and others on the waterside. My mother used a mobility scooter several times for two hours at a time and accessed Llandudno Junction with no problems. In short the cottage is in a marvellous spot and in North Wales, a beautiful place.
Wet & Windy few days in Conwy.
Lovely house, very clean and tidy.
Fantastic views and location, right on the sea front.
The town was great and lots of cafes/pubs serving food welcome dogs.
What a lovely cottage in a stunning location, loved every minute of it 😊
We had a week with our grown up children and my Mum. No steps so it was easy to get her mobility scooter in and out, great for her independence . The house has so much character and feels homely as soon as you arrive , we could not have asked for more . Great communication from owners and Dawn, the house is very well equipped and cleaned to a very high standard, all I can say is thanks do much Becky, Chad and Dawn, can't wait to return 😊😊😊
Thank you for your perfect review and choosing to stay at the cottage. We welcome you back soon! Regards Becky & Chad .
Superb cottage beautifully furnished with fabulous views in a perfect location
So glad you had a great time at the cottage. We hope to see you back at the cottage very soon!
Thank you for a lovely review!
Becky & Chad.
You are only 5 metres from everything you could wish for regarding the coast and beaches! Outside the front door is the first small beach and the quay. Turn left outside the front door and 3 minutes walk away is a 1 mile riverside walk to the yacht marina that takes you past your second larger beach just 100 metres away. It is only a 20 minute walk to the marina and another 3 minute walk past the marina will take you onto an enormous sandy beach that stretches all the way round to Penmaenmawr - approx 3 miles of beach. And there is a lot more beach and coast than this.............
The nearest international airport is Liverpool followed by Manchester. Liverpool is approx 45 miles away and Manchester about 90 miles away. The nearest railway station is within 5 minutes walking distance at Conwy and connects to the main railway network via Chester. There are fast Virgin trains to Chester from London. Once at the cottage, car use is not essential but handy if you want to explore further afield into Snowdonia. There is an Avis car hire outlet in Llandudno which is 1 mile away.
Old walled town of Conwy is a 1 minute walk. Also Conwy has many festivals, exhibitions and parades throughout the year. Conwy castle is a 5 minute walk. Sychnant pass is 1/2 mile away. Llandudno centre for shopping and children is 4 miles. Snowdonia national park 5 miles. Many other attractions within 10 miles. Betws-Y-Coed 10 miles, Electric Mountain 20 miles, Snowdon - highest mountain in Wales 20 miles. Anglesey, former home of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 30 miles.
There are various supermarkets within 2 miles of the cottage and a Spar convenience shop within 5 walking minutes in the town. The town has everything you would expect from a small to medium sized town. There are a number of traditional pubs including the "Albion" which specialises in real ales and the famous "Liverpool Arms" just a little further down the quay. There are many traditional cafes and restaurants to choose from that are within a 5 minute walk. Conwy is full of interesting shops and generally does not allow "chain stores" so it retains an old fashioned charm about it. In terms of outdoor activities, you have too many to mention. The most popular though are cycling, walking, kayaking, kite surfing, sailing and golfing. In terms of indoor activities, you have art exhibitions, craft fairs, library and a whole host of similar activities.
There is a free car park 20 metres away on Lower Gate Street which has about 12 spaces but it is first come, first served and it is the most desirable car park in Conwy. After 6pm though, you have a very good chance to get one space there, maybe two. Failing that, there are 3 more cost effective car parks with relatively cheap night time rates from just 50p that are only 4 minutes walk from the house. During the day (between 9am and 6pm) they vary from £1 for 1 hours to £4.50 for 8 hours. Overnight parking from 6pm to 9am is just 50 pence. Meanwhile here is a link to the nearest car parks with map and rates listed http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=5360&doc=20726&Language=1