Beautiful holiday cottages that sleep 12, aren’t in the South of England and are stunningly renovated yet child friendly are few and far between, believe me I know, I’ve looked. Add to those requirements, a cottage that is dog friendly and you’ve really not got that many options. Cambrian House however is a stunning large holiday cottage in Criccieth, North Wales that sleeps 12, accepts two well behaved dogs and has been recently renovated and decorated in a beautiful contemporary style. A great deal of thought and attention has gone into every aspect of the design and the fixtures and fittings are just stunning.
The website for Cambrian House is really worth a good look at. You can see how much attention to detail has gone into the decor in each room, but I’m not sure even the website gives you a really good idea of the scale of the house. It’s huge. All the rooms, save for the bunk room, are a really good size and most of them have en-suites too. Two of the downstairs rooms even have space for their own lounge area.
Sadly we only had a weekend to spend at Cambrian House rather than a week, but we made the most of our time there. We arrived after school on Friday evening with us driving down from the Wirral and our friends driving from Manchester. We all arrived around 7.30pm and easily got access to the house due to the detailed instructions we had had received from the owners. The kids exploded into the house and helped (ish) unpack the car. There was squeals of excitement about who was going to sleep where and which kids were going to sleep with which friends and as they all did that I opened the wine, put the curry in the oven to heat up and caught a glance of the Castle lit up from the front window.
The kids were far too excited to go to sleep early, and so before they discovered the fact that the large Smart tele in the front room would play you tube and Netflix, we played a large game of cards round the huge dining room table.
We are all huge fans of that favourite travelling game S***head which has been renamed Shed for the younger members of the family. If you haven’t played it with your kids yet you should give it a ago if you can remember the rules. It’s not that different to Uno if you think about it.
Anyway back to the house! After the kids had finished cards, a bit of tele and the first of many games of hide and seek they went to bed, 2 on the top floor, 2 in the bunks and the 2 older ones claiming a bedroom each on the bottom floor. We then set about the serious business of finishing off a little too much wine and debating the new world order post Brexit. Well something like that anyway!
We all awoke early in the house, not due to any issue with the comfort of the beds or the thickness of the curtains (both were fantastic) simply because all the kids were excited to be away together and couldn’t wait to get out in the rain for a walk (or at the very least they wanted to watch the huge tv!).
The weather app told us that the best weather for the weekend was going to be between 9 and 12 on Saturday morning so we had bacon butties and coffee and bustled them out of the house and down to the beach, less than 5 minutes away. It’s so close in fact that two if us went back at different times for things we had forgotten. It’s the perfect location for large families as how often have you got to the beach and one of the kids announces they need a wee/water/snack etc.
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