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Bryn Celyn

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Trefonen, Shropshire Show on map


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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Such a lovely property and John was so welcoming."

    Beautiful village with walks all around.

    Hi Juliet, Thank you very much for your excellent feedback and so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Brgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Feb 2024

  • "The property was easy to find and very welcoming especially the cup cakes."

    Facilities for a large group were impressive, large dining table etc. plenty of space to accommodate all ages, inside and outside.

    Dear David, Thank you very much for your feedback and very pleased Bryn Celyn fitted the bill for your special birthday and family get together. B Rgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2023

  • "Bryn Celyn is a quirky and homely property perfect for a family/ friends get together."

    It is within easy striking distance of lots of places of interest and is the perfect base for those who like walking. The property is well equipped and the owners helpful. Pub and Village shop/PostOffice a few minutes walk away. I recommend a visit.

    Dear Helen, Thank you very much for your great feedback it is most appreciated. So glad you all a good time in Quirky Bryn Celyn and enjoyed the area. Best Regards John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay,the cottage is well equipped ,enjoyed our walks in the area and our meal at the Barley mow pub served by heather."

    Great stay

    Hi Pauline thank you very much for your great feedback. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. B rgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely weekend at Bryn Celyn."

    Everything was as described and the welcome flowers, muffins and nibbles were greatly appreciated! We had a great afternoon in the local pub (The Barley Mow) and ordered a takeaway from the local Indian restaurant which was lovely. All in all, I would highly recommend this property. It’s clean, tidy and had everything we needed for our weekend away. Plenty of walking and cycling routes too. We even met the neighbours who were extremely helpful and friendly.

    Dear Diane It was lovely to meet you all and very pleased that you had a great week at Bryn Celyn. Thank you very much for your comments. With Regards John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2023

  • "Hi john and carol thank you very much for letting us stay in your lovely ..."

    Hi john and carol thank you very much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage we all had a lovely time there was everything we needed the the place the beds are so comfortable would recommend this cottage to anyone kind regards Linda Alan Monty and the rest of the family

    Hi Linda So glad you all enjoyed your stay in Bryn Celyn. It was lovely to meet you all & Monty. You're right about the guiness it was delicious Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very nice home, owners were very nice and let the children play with there dogs ."

    Some parts of the house probably need updating but was clean and met our needs.lovely village nice and quiet

    Thank you Steven for your comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time in this property, which felt like a real home- just right for a gathering of our extended family with small children and a dog."

    There is plenty to do in the area too.

    Thank you Diana really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Bryn Celyn and it delivered on expectations for your family gathering. Best Regards John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Aug 2023

  • "Everything was as described."

    We had a lovely family weekend thank you very much.

    Thanks very much Timothy and family. Glad all went well for you . Best wishes John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay very much."

    The owners were lovely, very kind & helpful. They live next door, so are always available. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Great location and only a few minutes from the town & Wales. Quiet, peaceful, safe.

    Dear Christopher, Thank you very much for your great comments and feedback. Very pleased you all had such a good stay at Bryn Celyn. Best Regards John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great property to share a family break."

    Plenty of room for all 8 of us and the dog. All necessary appliances provided. Hosts on hand to help out with any questions. Good location giving easy access to Wales and a number of local attractions. Also plenty of great walks from the doorstep including Offa's Dyke.

    Thank you Robert, glad you had a good family break. Rgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Jun 2023

  • "The only problem was that there was a lack of, even, warm water in the main bathroom."

    It would also have been helpful if there had been easily-accessed instructions for certain items. Otherwise very good indeed.

    Many Thanks Keith for your feedback and thank you for letting me know in our guestbook re the hot water issue.This was down to the immersion thermostat breaking down. This was replaced by the plumber that morning. With regards John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2023

  • "We loved the house."

    It was cosy and great for a family stay. Plenty of room, great facilities and a pub on hand!

    Dear Louise, Thank you so much for your positive comments and so glad you had a good stay at Bryn Celyn. Best Regards John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Bryn Celyn, where we celebrated a family event with three generations of our family."

    Everything was provided and the village, its pub (with good food) and locals were friendly and inviting. The many local attractions such as Chirk Castle were especially welcome. A great property with an excellent host.

    Dear Clive Thank you very much and so pleased that you and the family enjoyed your stay in Bryn Celyn to celebrate your special birthday. Best Regards John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Apr 2023

  • "We went around Easter time as a group of friends with young children, a baby and dog and had a wonderful stay at Bryn Celyn."

    John was very welcoming and the property was very clean. The children and dog had a great time running around in the spacious garden and the beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. The local pub was very welcoming and only a short walk away. We would definitely recommend and we are considering returning later in the year for a family get together.

    Dear Lucy Thank you very much for your great feedback and so pleased you all had a great Easter at Bryn Celyn. We would be delighted to welcome you again. Many Thanks John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have just had a wonderful week at Bryn Celyn."

    Owners John and Carol made us so welcome. The house is quirky, warm, comfortable and very spacious and well equipped. Beds are wonderful, so comfortable with lovely white bedding. Our family, 6 adults, 2 children and dog enjoyed the garden and local walks. Thank you for the muffins, they were delicious, and fresh milk was very welcome as I had left ours in the fridge at home! The pub down the road does lovely food. Would definately return.

    Dear Linda Thank you very much for your great feedback and so pleased you all had a good week. Would be very pleased to see you again. Many thanks John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed the stay in the cottage!"

    It fitted our needs perfectly and was ideal for our family holiday. It was beautifully clean, plenty of crockery, cutlery and towels for all. The beds were all really comfy and linen was lovely! The two sitting rooms meant the kids could chill whilst the grown ups caught up over a glass of wine before supper. The goal in the garden was particularly appreciated by the children! The village is lovely, with a great pub, park and masses of public footpaths to explore right from the cottage. The surrounding area offers loads of options for places to visit. Perfect base for a family catch up!

    Dear Jemma, We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Bryn Celyn and thank you very much for the positive comments. B Rgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jemma5.0Apr 2023

  • "Dated but very clean house with comfortable beds."

    Lounge area and kitchen both good for everyone to get together.

    Dear Stan, Thank you very much for your feedback and very pleased that you and the family had a great get together at Bryn Celyn. Best Regards John Morgan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stan5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property owners are so lovely and helpful you couldn't wish for anything more."

    For us as a large family we found it difficult to cook as all the kitchen pots and owns seemed like they were passed on from unwanted stock and were either not practical or too small for a family of 8. Pyrex dishes would be so handy. The blue settee in the lounge was uncomfortable and not the one on the listing and there was no statement that the dog was only allowed in the kitchen and snug which was difficult as our dog come everywhere with us. We were scared to lean back on several kitchen chairs as they were broken. However John was so very lovely, the beds were comfortable, the snug was comfy and the house was super quirky, all of which was very welcome. Also the Barley Mow is within walking distance and is lovely and does a cracking Sunday roast.

    Reviewed by Suzanne3.1Feb 2023

  • "Great place to stay, had a fabulous time."

    Dear Denise thank you so much for your great feedback and so pleased you enjoyed your stay with all the family. With regards John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jan 2023

  • "Perfect house for our family new year break."

    John and Carol were wonderful. Lovely pub just down the hill and great walks on the doorstep. House better equipped than my own home. The Grandchildren loved it. Would love to book it again for another family get together.

    Thank you so much Katy for your feedback and so pleased you all enjoyed your New Year in Bryn Celyn . We would be most pleased to see you again . Best Regards John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Dec 2022

  • "Brilliant weekend stay,great location and such a lovely place to stay"

    Thanks very much Ian . So glad you enjoyed your stay & had a good reunion. B Rgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property is in a great location & had plenty of space for our large group."

    The bedrooms were all comfortable and clean. The garden was safe & secure for the dog & was very pleasant to sit on a sunny autumnal day. The kitchen has plenty of equipment but it is a bit random - both in terms of trying to find things (pots & pans were in about 3 different places!) and completeness - there were 9 beautiful champagne flutes (we didn't use them) but we struggled to find 6 wine glasses to use. 2 things I wasn't happy about were: 1) the toilet seats. The upstairs 1 was split & the downstairs 1 was wobbly 2) the kitchen cupboard doors - most were battered & scratched & many were wonky, in particular the door next to the fridge & the drawer next to the dishwasher However, this is still a great property for a big family or group & the owner was friendly & keen to check we were happy. The countryside is beautiful & nearby Oswestry has everything you could need. There are many things to do in the local area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Samantha3.8Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Bryn Celyn, which was perfect for all the family, including dog and small children, to get together."

    The hosts were friendly and very helpful, providing plenty of fuel for the fire and delicious cakes on arrival. The cottage was large, comfortable and homely and a perfect base for exploring all the beautiful local walks - thanks to the hosts for the leaflets and information they provided. The huge kitchen diner was lovely to enjoy family meals and the garden was a great place for games with the dog and children. A great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely spot perfect for a family get together."

    Our hosts were fabulous and we felt very welcome. Thank you!

    Dear Rik and party, so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Bryn Celyn . Many thanks for the great feedback. Brgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rik5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage itself is really nice and clean."

    Mr. John (owner) is a lovely gentleman. We love the cottage and the facilities. But the mobile network is extremely poor and the WiFi only works in the sitting room which is quite annoying. The adjustment of hot and cold water was irritating too and it was hard to take shower in both shower rooms at the same time because of slow water flow. We also could not find any place to visit nearby. Anyway we enjoyed a lot as we went to take full rest rather than going out and the cottage is the perfect place to hang around.

    Reviewed by Rehbar4.4Aug 2022

  • "Bryn Celyn is a well-equipped cottage with a pretty garden and comfortable beds."

    We especially enjoyed our family time in the well-lit spacious kitchen, using the large table to eat at and to play games on. The island was perfect for the 1000 piece puzzle that we brought with us. The owners gave us a nice welcome, and said to ask if we needed anything. We were very glad of their help with our flat tyre on day two! We found plenty to suit us in the surrounding area and had a good week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "Provided the perfect setting for a week-end to celebrate a special birthday."

    There were 10 of us and the accommodation was perfect for our needs with everyone having their space.

    Thank you very much Peter and family . I'm delighted you were able to mark your special birthday so well. Brgds John and Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely family get together at Bryn Celyn."

    The house is fantastic for its space and general feel. All facilities were available and well thought out. With a lovely lounge and cosy snug,both with TV's there's space to spread out if needed. The kitchen, garden,patio were all so nice. Couldn't fault the place! The owners (John &Carol) are very welcoming and helpful.

    Thanks very much Stephen and family , we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Bryn Celyn . Brgds John & Carol Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was the perfect holiday home for all the family as we celebrated a big birthday."

    We were all made to feel so welcome on arrival and our dogs just loved the big kitchen where they could rest after a long walk through the fields. The beds were so comfortable with plenty of pillows and an extra blanket if it was cold ( we didn't need these as it was nice and warm). The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of pans for cooking, plates for eating on and even plastic plates and cups for the children. Great thought has gone into providing everything that was needed to ensure we had a fabulous time. The garden was fully fenced so our dogs could play in the garden together with the children. We used the kitchen quite a lot because the table was big enough to accommodate all of us and it was nice to sit in there and relax with a glass of wine after a day's exploring. A big thank you to the owners for recommending places to take the children as this was so helpful. The home was spotlessly clean in every room. Thank you for the cakes, wine and milk left for us to eat - all this was polished off very quickly. Would definitely add this to a list to visit again.

    Thank you very much Joy for your comments , and we're delighted that it all worked so well for family celebrations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joy5.0May 2022

  • "Bryn Celyn is a delightful holiday home for big families and groups."

    There were 9 in our party and plenty of space to spread ourselves around the home. The kitchen/dining room was plenty big enough to accomadate us all. The location is so close to points of interest in the area as well as local walks for the more energetic. We had a fabulous time and while there met our congenial hosts and their springer spaniels. I would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a lovely weekend break, just what we needed"

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jan 2022

  • "Very nice last minute comfortable stay We had another property cancel on us last minute and the owners helped to fit us in asap."

    Very good

    Reviewed by Shayne4.1Jan 2022

  • "Great property with lots of space, the log burner and open fire were fabulous, it was such a lovely touch to put in a Christmas tree and decorations, thank you for making a wonderful family Christmas possible!"


    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "A lovely property, very friendly owners living in adjacent property."

    Had a few visits from their Spaniels during our stay, which was really nice. Perfect place to enjoy a nice quiet week away, or as a base for walks. Plenty of places to eat nearby, and great choice of shops to get food if you want to cater for yourself. Highly recommended, would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage is very comfortable."

    small shop and great pub in village. for the less agile it might be a struggle to walk up hill to the cottage. pretty location and close to lots of areas to visit. garden very well maintained. warm and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Davina5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely place perfect fo large group and owners couldn’t be more helpful."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2021

  • "A very welcoming and friendly greeting on our arrival, the cupcakes, bubbly and fresh flowers were a lovely surprise."

    After a slight mishap with a piece of furniture this was rectified very quickly and another lovely bottle of fizz as an apology, although not needed as this was dealt with with no fuss. Granddaughters made new friends with the dogs and were very reluctant to leave them. A lovely family and a very much needed holiday made special. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely few days at Bryn Celyn, the cottage matches the photos, is very spacious and has everything you need."

    The owners live next door and checked we had everything we needed when we arrived but then left us to our holiday. We loved the welcome gifts, the fresh flowers were beautiful.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2021

  • "I have to say the house is great, the standard of care inside the house is top notch."

    it was very well stocked in towels, bedding very clean, and the owners left us and welcome gift. I would go back again.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Great space inside and out. Fantastic location and excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2020

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x double with walk-in shower and basin, 1 x double with TV, 2 x double, 1 x bunk beds (adult suitable)
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower & basin
  • Separate WC & basin on ground floor
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with TV
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug with woodburning stove and wall-mounted TV
  • Oil-fired central heating, open fire and woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, stereo, WiFi and a selection of books and board games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed lawn and patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking, and no stag or hen parties
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles Please Note - This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.00
  • Please contact us first if arriving on a Sunday or a bank holiday
  • We may not always be able to accommodate this request - Please check with us before making the booking

The property

An inviting, whitewashed holiday home, sitting conveniently next to the owner's home in Shropshire, Bryn Celyn promises to be the perfect family holiday base at any time of year.

Resting within the village of Trefonen, the cottage is wonderfully placed for exploring both England and North Wales, with a wide range of wonders all within driving distance.

Park up on the off-road gravelled area and make your way inside to begin your relaxing retreat; gather together within the spacious sitting room and light up the open fire, the stripey selection of furniture making the perfect spot to spend time with loved ones, or choose to recline into your evening in the snug, boasting a woodburning stove and a good selection of books, it makes the ultimate escape for some quiet time to yourself.

Move through into the amply-equipped kitchen/diner, offering a farmhouse feel, here you can sit together to enjoy a homemade meal around the table, or sit out and dine alfresco on the private patio while your canine companions can play freely on the enclosed lawn.

The ground floor is also home to a utility boasting every essential, as well as a sparkling shower room, while moving up to the first floor you can find the impressive family bathroom, giving you lots of space to prepare for your action-packed day.

The first floor continues the quirky character of the cottage, with five well-presented bedrooms, you can take your pick from a double with both a shower and a basin in the room, a double with a TV, two further doubles and a bunk bed room, each offering its own unique style and ample storage space for your personal belongings.

There's so much natural wonder to explore within the local area, with Trefonen resting between the English border town of Oswestry and the Welsh village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, home to the UK's highest single drop waterfall, Pistyll Rhaeadr, it makes a fantastic touring base.

The village itself offers both a local shop and pub, as well as the Offa's Dyke Pathway running through the village letting you experience the beauty of the area up close on either a walk or cycle.

Oswestry boasts a wider selection of amenities, with a plethora of restaurants to take your pick from for a special occasion, as well as the wonders of the Oswestry Town Museum and Cambrian Railway Museum, welcoming indoor markets, and an all-around charming atmosphere.

Venture into Wales and discover the beauty of Lake Vyrnwy, sitting amongst the Berwyn Mountains, there's plenty of scenery and bird life to discover, as well as providing easy access into Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park for a more challenging ramble.

Enjoy a day in Shrewsbury or Chester with their wealth of historic attractions and shopping experiences, or simply soak in the beauty of your surroundings from your welcoming holiday base, Bryn Celyn.

Some additional activities:.

Golf - Three excellent courses within a few miles.

Fishing - Rivers Tanat, Vyrnwy, Severn and Dee.

Countryside Pursuits - Famous 3 Valley Shoot, Llanforda and numerous others in locality.

Pony Treking.

Real Ales - Offas Dyke Brewery alongside Barley Mow and Stonehouse Brewery within 2 miles.

Walking - Superb walks right on your doorstep

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Oswestry 3.5 miles; Llanhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 8 miles; Shrewsbury 24 miles.

Trefonen is a rural village which stands between the ancient English border town of Oswestry and the Welsh village of Llanhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, home to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the UK’s highest single drop waterfall. This traditional village boasts a pub, shop and has Offa's Dyke pathway running through the village. It is located close to where the successful 1995 film “The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain” was filmed. The whole area is surrounded by lovely countryside, which extends into the Berwyn Mountain Range - perfect for wonderful scenic walks and cycle trails, including along the Berwyn Ridge Pathway, the Offa’s Dyke Path and through the beautiful Tanat and Ceiriog Valleys. Visit the riverside town of Llangollen with the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a World Heritage Site), Chirk and Powis Castles and Gardens, Erddig and Attingham Park, or visit the nearby market town of Ellesmere. Further afield lies the Welsh mountains and coast and picturesque Lakes Vyrnwy and Bala, while the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, medieval Shrewsbury and the Roman city of Chester are also within driving distance. Trefonen is an ideal base for exploring Mid Wales, Shropshire and beyond.

Please Note - This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.00.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas