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Minffordd Cottage in the Ceiriog Valley, fantastic


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Ceiriog Valley from the balcony

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Minffordd is an old slate miner's cottage with fantastic views of Ceiriog Valley, described by Lloyd George as 'a little bit of heaven on earth'. The cottage enjoys spectacular scenery with walks and bike trails from the door. It's a great location for walking, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, exploring the local heritage and attractions in the area and visiting Snowdonia.

The cottage has a balcony which overlooks the valley and River Ceiriog where you can enjoy the views and the sound of the river. Wood is provided for the wood burning stove to relax in front of the fire on cooler evenings and there's Wi-FI Internet, satellite TV, books, DVDs and a short walk away a village shop, post office, cash point, pharmacy and two pubs offering food.

The cottage has secure bike storage at the rear for four bikes and a covered area outside at the back with seating to enjoy the views and hang wet clothes. There are two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with a double bed, both with new quality sprung mattresses. Down quilts, cotton bedding, towels, maps and information about the area are provided.

The Ceiriog Valley is set in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. The valley is rich in industrial heritage, with many old slate mines, quarries, mills, railways, canals and castles, without the crowds! The Glyn Valley Tramway which ran alongside the river at the end of the garden was a narrow-gauge steam railway which used to transport slate and dolerite to the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and later the Great Western Railway at Chirk. Part of the Glyn Valley Tramway is now a National Trust path which follows the river and the attractive Ceiriog Valley Walk.

The aqueduct at Chirk still carries narrow boats across the Ceiriog Valley alongside the railway viaduct. The canal towpath can be walked to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Llangollen starting from Chirk Castle. In Llangollen, the dramatic ruins of the Welsh medieval castle, Castell Dinas Brân sets the scene, high above the valley on the site of an Iron Age hill-fort built around 600 BC.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Barmouth and Harlech
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Chirk station 5 miles with local bus & taxi
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden

The North Wales region

The Ceiriog Valley is set in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. The valley is rich in industrial heritage, with many old slate mines, quarries, mills, railways and canals.

The garden leads down to the River Cerriog and the old Glyn Valley Tramway, a narrow-gauge railway which used to transport slate and granite to the Shropshire Union Canal and later the Great Western Railway at Chirk. Part of the Glyn Valley Tramway is now a National Trust path which follows the river and the attractive Ceiriog Valley Walk.

The drive to Snowdonia, Harlech and coastal towns such as Porthmadog and Barmouth on the west coast of Wales are spectacular through the mountains via Bala from the cottage.


To the north of the cottage, lies the ancient market town of Llangollen which hosts the International Musical Eisteddfod in July. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Britain's longest and highest aqueduct on the Llangollen canal is a World Heritage site. The canal has boat rides and the Llangollen Steam Railway which runs through the River Dee has views of the dramatic welsh medieval castle, Castell Dinas Bran. The remains of the 12th Century, Cistercian Abbey, Valle Crucis are also nearby.

The area is popular for walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing. With many horse riders and cyclists passing the front of the cottage and there's fishing in the river at the end of the garden behind. There are also a range of water sports in the area with white water Kayaking and canoeing.

Chirk trains connect to Chester and Liverpool in the north and Shrewsbury and Birmingham in the south west.

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Review 1-4 of 4

10 Sep 2014


"Lovely,Will stay here again."

The owner Ruth gave us a warm greeting on our arrival, she had made sure that everything was clean and in order for us. The cottage is just as described on the website and is charming and cosy,wonderf… More

2 Aug 2014


"Lovely relaxing and clean cottage"

As the other reviewers have said, this cottage really is remarkable value for money - we booked on price and were not sure what to expect. What we got was a lovely cottage, perfect for what we wanted … More

17 Jul 2014


"A delightful stay - best value for money! Highly recommendable."

I planned to stay only 4 nights with my eleven-year-old twins and extended it a further 2 nights!The property is clean and with all the necessary amenities. It has a nice fireplace stove and candles f… More

29 Jun 2014


"Great value, great location"

Really great value, good walking & cycling. Cosy & pleasant. Useful basement storage/ workshop for bikesAll clean & tidy… More

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