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places to stay in North Wales

From towers fit for a princess to shepherd’s huts with a view, continue reading to find the most unusual places to stay in North Wales.

North Wales is famed for its majestic mountains, ancient monuments and enchanting villages, offering something to discover at every corner. As well as its breath-taking scenery, there is a plethora of unusual places to stay in North Wales to ensure your next holiday is a unique experience.

Continue reading to discover 10 unusual places to stay in North Wales… 

1. Talhenbont Hall (Ref. 936824)

Talhenbont Hall (Ref. 936824)

Once the home of writer William Vaughan and used as the garrison for Cromwell’s soldiers during the Civil War is our first unusual North Wales accommodation.

Talhenbont Hall rests on a 75-acre estate, positioned on the Llŷn Peninsula on the periphery of the Snowdonia National Park.

This unique North Wales property is steeped in history and offers all who visit it an insight into estate life of a bygone era. Look forward to exploring the 17th century manor with your loved ones, which makes one of the most unique holiday experiences in North Wales.

Here, you will find five characterful bedrooms, including an impressive four-poster bed with an elegant freestanding bath, framed by exposed oak beams. Other notable features include handsome oak-panelled rooms, intricate stained glass windows and even the original set of servants’ bells.

2. The Druids (Ref. 999432)

The Druids (Ref. 999432)

Next on our list of quirky places to stay in North Wales is this 16th century property, The Druids.

Find this unusual place to stay in North Wales in the Clwydian Mountain Range and within striking distance of Corwen. The property was once used an a coaching inn, a blacksmith, a post office and a café, so you can expect a wealth of history here.

Throughout the main house you will find nine bedrooms, plenty of characterful communal spaces and an impressive country-style kitchen, while the annexe is great for anyone wishing to escape from the main house. The annexe has a well-equipped open-plan living room and two bedrooms, containing everything that you will need.

Visitors to this unique North Wales accommodation can also explore the large garden and enjoy the hot tub, the bar and the games room.

3. Capel Tabernacl (Ref. 1021572)

Capel Tabernacl (Ref. 1021572)

Enjoying a seaside location is the delightful holiday home of Capel Tabernacl.

This unusual place to stay in Wales was once the village of Moefa Nefyn’s chapel and has retained many elements from its religious past. The interesting past is apparent within the arched wooden doorways and impressive arched windows.

Feel the warmth of the woodburning stove as you venture into the open-pan living room, complete with a cosy armchair. What a great way to wind down each evening during the winter months.

If you can tear yourself away from this quirky spot, be sure to explore the beauty of the Llŷn Peninsula. Here, you will be spoilt for choice by the incredible vistas, sandy beaches and secluded coves. Whilst here, you can also walk to Porth Dinllaen and enjoy a pint of beer at the Ty Coch Inn. This pub is considered to be one of the best beach bars in the world!

4. Brynkir Tower (Ref. 1008721)

Brynkir Tower (Ref. 1008721)

This enchanting and unique North Wales accommodation is a Gothic folly, perfect for a romantic getaway or a special family break. The tower with its arched windows, spiral staircase and breath-taking views is sure to transport you into a Disney princess film.

Find the sitting room on the top floor of the tower, where you can snuggle into the sofa to admire the 270-degree views while the woodburning stove sets the ambience. Be sure to catch the sun setting whilst here, a breath-taking sight to behold.

Find this unusual place to stay in Wales nestled amidst the majestic scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, which is calling out to be explored. Climb to the peak of the highest mountain, soak up the sunshine from the nearby coast or visit the many North Wales hidden gems.

Whilst here, be sure to experience the magic of Portmeirion, the famous Italianate village. Dine at the at the award-winning Art Deco restaurant before exploring the sub-tropical gardens and admiring the coastal setting.

5. Granar (Ref. 963354)

Granar (Ref. 963354)

Enjoying an enviable position between the lakeside town of Bala and the village of Betws-y-Coed is our next unusual place to stay in North Wales.

This former farmhouse has been sympathetically restored and retains many of its original features, which complement the contemporary interior design.

Gather at the bespoke oak-built dining table for a glass of something special, whilst admiring your rural setting. Afterwards, choose to unwind in the living room or head outdoors to enjoy a dip into the bubbling hot tub.

6. Bryn Derwen Lodge (Ref. 1020489)

Bryn Derwen Lodge (Ref. 1020489)

Perfectly placed for exploring the Snowdonia National Park is our next quirky North Wales accommodation.

Bryn Derwen Lodge is surrounded by picturesque woodland, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy a taste of isolation. However, you are within striking distance of plenty of things to see and do.

Upon entering this unusual North Wales accommodation, find an open-plan living room, which contains everything you need for a self-catered stay. The kitchen is certain to encourage a spot of home cooking, whilst the sitting area is a cosy spot with a woodburning stove.

If you can tear yourself away from this place to stay in Wales, be sure to venture to the national park. Here, you are within close reach is the impressive Aber Falls, Zip World Penrhyn Quarry and Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve. You are promised plenty of things to do in North Wales.

7. Betws View (Ref. 1044856)

Betws View (Ref. 1044856)

Is there anything more quirky than a stay in a shepherd’s hut?

If you are looking for the ultimate unusual place to stay in Wales, then consider the charming Betws View. Find this North Wales accommodation nestled amidst the countryside, with striking views towards Betws-y-Coed and the Snowdonia mountain range.

Come evening, light up the woodburning stove while you enjoy the contemporary kitchen and dining space. After enjoying a home-cooked meal, venture onto the private patio to enjoy a beverage or two.

From here, Gwydir Forest Park, River Conwy and the 15th century Ugly House are easily accessible. Also nearby are the attractions of Snowdonia at Go Below and Capel Garmon, which is the home of the famous Neolithic Capel Garmon Burial Chamber.

Betws View is just one of many superb glamping destinations in the UK.

8. Pant Dafydd Goch (Ref. 975046)

Pant Dafydd Goch (Ref. 975046)

Making part of the Chirk Castle estate, one of the best castles in Wales, is the destination of our next unusual place to stay, Pant Dafydd Goch.

This quirky place to stay in Wales is a former farmhouse and enjoys far reaching views of the countryside. The isolated retreat is ideal for those wanting to escape to the sense of tranquility and to enjoy its surroundings.

Enter into the heart of the home, the kitchen/diner, where you can show off your culinary skills and enjoy sociable moments with loved ones. Admire the beauty of the exposed beams as you make the most of the quality appliances to cook up a storm for the family. Meals, drinks and board games can be enjoyed at the large dining table, where you are certain to make a host of memories.

Afterwards, you can escape into the sitting room, where you can light up the fire and snuggle into the sofa, as you wind down for the evening.

From this North Wales accommodation you can explore the National Trust-owned grounds of Chirk Castle and enjoy the nearby town of Llangollen. Look forward to meandering the town, lined with independent shops and eateries, and overlooked by the ruins of Castell Dinas Brân.

9. The Lookout (Ref. 1050514)

The Lookout (Ref. 1050514)

With captivating views of the Llŷn Peninsula is one of our next unique and unusual place to stay in North Wales.

The Lookout sits within the coastal village of Llanaber and enjoys a contemporary décor throughout. You are sure to be impressed by the several nautical touches!

Get snug within the sitting/dining area, where the woodburning stove sets the ambiance. A perfect spot as you flick on the Smart TV or admire the coastal views. From here, you will discover the amply-equipped kitchen, where you can look forward to preparing your own delicious home cooked dishes.

Venture upstairs to find a spacious double bedroom with a quirky palm tree feature wall or head to the second floor, you will find another bedroom. From this double bedroom you can look forward to breath-taking sea views from the seating area, each morning.

From this North Wales accommodation you are surrounded by the mountains of Snowdon and are placed between Barmouth and Harlech. There is plenty of things to see and do in this part of North Wales.

10. Dinlle (Ref. 1057330)

Dinlle (Ref. 1057330)

Fancy a stay in a fabulously converted church?

Dinlle is a superb, ground-floor apartment tucked within the old church of Criccieth. With one plush double bedroom and plenty of rustic charm, this is the perfect base for a couple.

Upon entering the abode, you are immediately drawn in by the original features within the open-plan living space. The arched windows and the arched stone supports frame the contemporary elements of the room. You and your partner can look forward to catering tasty treats in the well-equipped kitchen. Afterwards, sink into the arms of the plush sofa in front of  the Smart TV.

From the doorstep of the unusual place to stay in North Wales, you will find a range of places to eat and drink. Of course, there are a number of glorious beaches awaiting to be enjoyed nearby, too.

Immerse yourself in the local history of the town by exploring Criccieth Castle. Find it resting proudly atop the headland before heading further afield. Venture to Pwllheli, the sailing capital of the world or to the pretty town of Porthmadog.

Does an unusual place to stay in North Wales sound appealing? Why not take a look at this selection of quirky and unusual places to stay in Anglesey or our unusual places to stay in Mid Wales? For further inspiration on things to see and do whilst on holiday, browse our free North Wales travel guide.

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