Farm Cottages and Hotels in the Vale of Llangollen
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The Vale of Llangollen is a beautiful part of the North Wales border country. Not far from the attractions of both Chester and Shrewsbury, a stay here puts you in a great position to enjoy the delights of the surrounding hills and the River Dee. Llangollen is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with walks along eleven miles of canal from Gledrid to the Horseshoe Falls, via the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. Great for adventures in the great outdoors or lazy days checking out cultural attractions.
Located alongside the Llangollen Canal, there's lots to explore in the rolling hills of the Shropshire countryside around the town of Oswestry. Enjoy a thermal spa treatment or dine in the waterside restaurant. With award-winning therapists, the spa has a sunroom, pool and snow cave with real snow! ?
This boutique country house hotel with Forelles, a fine dining restaurant featuring the cooking you head chef Andrew Birch, is located in a stately Georgian property just over a mile from the market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Luxurious and contemporary rooms await you in this perfect place for a weekend break.
In the centre of Shrewsbury, this boutique hotel with a bar and restaurant specialises in warm welcomes and British food creations. Shrewsbury is full of Tudor buildings to explore, the River Severn where you can enjoy a boat cruise and a thriving cafe culture.
In the south of the county, you will find The Crown at Hopton, around 20 minutes from Ludlow Castle. This 16th-century coaching inn has a rustic charm and can be found in the heart of the quaint market town of Cleobury Mortimer (pronounced Clibbery). Ideally situated for visiting Ironbridge Gorge, Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock.
A little deeper into Wales at Betws-Y-Coed, you can discover the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. This cosy coaching inn turned hotel is in a picturesque area of North Wales that offers diverse countryside from valleys to waterfalls, mountains to caves. Snowdonia is packed with exciting activities. These include Zip World, home of the Fforest Coaster, which also offers zip wires, go-carts, cavern exploration and more.
An elegant B&B located in the centre of Shrewsbury in a Georgian property, Darwin's Townhouse boasts a conservatory, a cosy Snug with an honesty bar and award-winning chefs. A personal service is guaranteed as this hotel has just 20 rooms. Whether sightseeing or just relaxing in the garden, you can make yourself at home here.
This elegantly decorated Edwardian property is located in the idyllic Wye Valley in the heart of the Welsh countryside. With Hay on Wye just a few miles away, it's the perfect base from which to explore that booklover's paradise or perhaps you'd prefer hiking in the Brecon Beacons National Park?
As if the combination of award-winning restaurants, expansive golf courses and sensuous spa wasn't enough, this hotel is also set in its own 1000 acre estate. Just 30 minutes from Chester, you can enjoy attractions like Chester Zoo and Chester Racecourse on fun-packed days out. Chester also has great shopping, historic buildings and the most-complete City Walls in Britain dating from the Roman occupation.
A little further afield, closer to Shropshire's border with Herefordshire, you will find the market town of Tenbury Wells, on the banks of the River Teme. This former coaching inn now has stylish rooms, a restaurant serving British cuisine and a bar that serves the cider that Tenbury is famous for. Handy for exploring Ludlow, Bewdley, Worcester and the Wye Valley.
This centrally located hotel features regal decor and stylish facilities. Popular with Victorian personalities, including Charles Dickens and Lillie Langtry, this elegant hotel has been refurbished with vivid attention to detail. With spacious rooms and the Kings Grill restaurant, this hotel is sure to win your seal of approval. Chester has a range of attractions itself, including the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain and the dramatic architecture of Chester Cathedral, but it is also located close to a number of outstanding stately homes and some spectacular countryside.
With a range of accommodation from boutique hotels to luxurious spas, farm cottages to country inns, the traditional countryside and picturesque towns in the England-Wales border counties offer a great opportunity for a relaxing break. A holiday here can include outdoor adventures from hiking to canoeing or strolls around ancient towns admiring hundreds of years of history. Shropshire offers hiking trails, forests and parks, as well as museums, heritage railways, zoos, castles and sports centres. There is something for all the family to do; come rain or shine. Enjoy local beer and cider, taste fresh local food cooked by award-winning chefs or browse the produce at a farmer's market.