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Aqueduct Cottage

(Ref. 916333)

Chirk Bank near Chirk, Shropshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous in every way."

    Location Location Location. Beautiful cottage, so peaceful but close enough to explore. Lovely host Susan provided welcome basket and homemade cake. Enjoyed it so much.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely location Nice host."

    Kieran mc cormick Birmingham

    Reviewed by Kieran5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely place, very clean couldn't fault it at all,"

    Reviewed by Tegwyn5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely cottage in an idyllic setting next to the canal and only a few yards from the Chirk Aqueduct and only a 10 minute walk to the numerous shops & restaurants in Chirk."

    Susan was very informative about the local area and gave us a home made lemon cake which was delicious. The cottage was very well equipped and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. We will definitely be keeping this cottage on our shortlist for a return visit. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning location, so quiet and peaceful."

    Well kept and maintained. Adding a few umbrellas for renters to borrow is maybe a good idea? The indoor stairs is very steep; good to know if stairs is normally a problem for some reason. Our host was so welcoming and made our stay special. Thanks Susan!

    Reviewed by Annika4.7Oct 2023

  • "Mrs Hulme gave us a lovely welcome and left us lots of goodies and even baked a cake for us."

    The cottage is in a lovely setting right on the canal towpath. All the places we wanted to visit were within 12 miles, too!

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2023

  • "Mrs Holme went beyond with her kind welcome and attention, always available should we needed to contact her."

    The property was well appointed with plenty of equipment and instructions were clear and concise. A lovely quiet spot beside the canal

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Aqueduct Cottage is a lovely holiday home, in an extremely beautiful location."

    The owner is very friendly and welcoming. We were extremely happy with our holiday, less so with Sykes Cottages however who were very difficult to get hold of by phone when we had a query before we went on holiday. It took all afternoon to get through & then when we got hold of someone we were put through to someone else, who also took a long time to reply!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Perfect accommodation."

    My husband and I joked amongst ourselves that the only thing we could find wrong with the place was that there wasn't a garlic crusher in the otherwise incredibly well-equipped kitchen (but don't worry, as there were plenty of knives and chopping boards, I survived this ordeal unscathed!). Oh no actually, the other thing was that the ceiling lights in the dining room were a bit glary and could do with lampshades. But other than those two incredibly trivial matters, the place was perfect. And the joy of being hit with the fragrance of the honeysuckle in the garden every day was just wonderful. Would definitely stay here again if we are back in this area. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely, comfortable, clean, very well equipped semi in a great location adjacent to Chirk aqueduct."

    Easy on-site parking, 5 min walk across aqueduct to cafe and 5 min further into Chirk itself. Good base for exploring Oswestry, Llangollen, Chirk Castle and surrounding area with a variety of local walks or more challenging climbs into the Berwyns. Would be more than happy to stay here again. Oh, and the owner makes a mean lemon cake.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a great location very very close to chirk aqueduct and on the canalside."

    The garden acted like an extension to the house with its decking area in the morning sun. We had no problem with parking for two cars in the private drive. Our host left us wine, biscuits and milk so as we'd been shopping we were able to settle in immediately. We were also given a home baked cake! The cottage has plenty of space for a family to spread out and you can walk along the canal or into chirk in a few minutes. Chirk Castle is a longer walk. All in all a lovely cottage in a very interesting location, particularly if you're interested in the history of canals. Definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2023

  • "A great location for a holiday."

    It was wonderful to be able to wander a short distance along the canal to the aqueduct especially at sunset. A great place for bike riding along the canal and quiet country lanes. The owner, Susan was an attentive and friendly host. The property was clean and tidy with a very well equipped kitchen. Highly recommended and a great place to return to.

    Reviewed by M5.0Apr 2023

  • "Just returned from a week in Aqueduct cottage We were met by Susan the owner on arrival who gave us tips on footpaths places to eat and visit in the area, the cottage is in a beautiful location, clean comfortable and well equipped with all we needed, thank you for the wine chocolates and biscuits tea etc."

    On Monday we received lemon drizzle cake much appreciated absolutely delicious. We cannot recommend Aqueduct highly enough we will certainly returning thank you again Susan for being an excellent host and allowing us to stay in your lovely cottage Josie Moss

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Apr 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a great location, and a generous and thoughtful host."

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property in an idyllic setting."

    Could do with a freshen up and mould in the downstairs shower room needs addressing. However said issues would not stop us going back.

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Mar 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay and felt very welcomed."

    The house had everything we needed and was in a beautiful area. The beds were very comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Haf5.0Feb 2023

  • "Home from home in a beautiful location."

    Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2023

  • "Susan was an amazing owner, she was so helpful."

    She had made the cottage so homely for our Christmas holiday. The little touches where so appreciated.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Dec 2022

  • "5th visit to aqueduct cottage a real home from home comfy spotlessly clean ..."

    5th visit to aqueduct cottage a real home from home comfy spotlessly clean ideal for our break and the owner is wonderful helpful pleasant and there if you need her thankyou

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage on they canal, beautiful to come home to after walking."

    Very well equipped and welcoming. Owner very helpful. Can't wait to come back so many things still left to explore.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a very unique location which, of course, will always sell it to those wishing to be right on the edge of the friendly canal boating life."

    Several pubs are within walking distance as are a few restaurants across the aqueduct in Chirk itself. Previous comments about space in the shower and bedrooms may hold true but this is, after all, a holiday cottage not one's own home where it may have taken years of adaptation to one's own requirements. All in all, a peaceful and enjoyable stay made possible by our delightful host, Susan (and her legendary lemon drizzle cake!).

    Reviewed by Christopher3.8Sep 2022

  • "Property was comfortable and well equipped."

    The owner very friendly and helpful. The welcome is good and her lemon drizzle cake loved by all visitors. The only drawback is the steep staircase to the upper floor which requires a lot of concentration and rail holding. Could be difficult for more elderly and less fit individuals. The location by the canal provides much entertainment watching the narrow boats . The garden provide an array of seating places and a great space for outdoor eating.

    Reviewed by George4.4Jul 2022

  • "Cottage was really nice, owner was friendly and helpful."

    She recommended The Bistro restaurant in Chirk and we had an excellent meal there. We also ate at the Poachers Pocket by the canal which is a good pub. The Chirk aqueduct and viaduct are spectacular and very close to the cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2022

  • "A real home from home, well equipped and very comfortable, although the stairs are a bit steep."

    Ideal location for canal enthusiasts, right on the tow path and a short walk from the aqueduct, viaduct and tunnel. Chirk castle close by and well worth a visit. Will definitely recommend and return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a fantastic position by the Llangollen Canal."

    Have never had such a well equiped kitchen in a holiday cottage before, absolutely everything you need. Thank you Susan for all the little treats you left for us, especially the delicious cake. We hope to return in the future, still things left to do and vusit.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2022

  • "Perfect week at a beautifully situated holiday cottage."

    The owner Susan contacted us in the week before our holiday to ask about our arrival time and to check whether there was anything we might need that is currently stored away from the cottage to help with covid related cleaning (eg hairdryers). Susan was cheerful and friendly and I felt welcome before we’d even arrived. During this conversation I happened to mention that I struggle with the cold. When we arrived, we found that Susan had arrived early to get the heating running and reset the timer so it would run continuously and I could easily switch it off by turning the thermostat down when we went out. I can safely say that I was wonderfully warm for the duration of our stay (last week in January). The cottage was clean, cosy, warm and spacious. The the kitchen was very well equipped - we tend to cook from scratch most evenings and we weren’t short of anything. On arrival there was a much appreciated welcome pack of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, Pringles and wine. During the middle of the week Susan arrived with a homemade lemon drizzle cake which was delicious. It has to be said that Susan was an excellent host, welcoming and friendly and definitely wanted us to enjoy our stay. The location of the cottage was another highlight, situated right next to the canal, within very short distance of the Chirk aqueduct (built by Telford) and the viaduct which runs alongside it. We had a wonderful week here and would most definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jan 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely little cottage located adjacent to the canal with a lovely rear garden with excellent seating to enjoy a morning coffee even in November."

    Really well equipped, comfortable and warm. Very friendly greeting and welcome pack from the owner who also provided a lovely lemon drizzle cake,which was unexpected. We hope to visit again!

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2021

  • "Nice cosy cottage right next to the canal, we stayed November 2021 and the cottage was warm throughout."

    A lovely welcome pack on arrival and the owner Susan was there to greet us and give information about the facilities. Chester, and Ironbridge are only a comfortable drive away. A leisurely walk along the canal over the aqueduct is breathtaking and takes you into Chirk.

    Reviewed by Clive3.8Nov 2021

  • "A wonderful week at Aquaduct cottage, It is was comfortable, clean and spacious."

    We were brought a lovely lemon drizzle cake which was completely gone in hours! There are lots of lovely walks from the cottage and is close to the Aquaduct. We definitely would return for another holiday. I would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by S5.0Oct 2021


    Having paid for travel insurance, we feel extremely let down and disappointed to discover that we were not covered for self isolation due to Covid. Moreover, it was clear that Sykes were not prepared to help or compromise in any way, refusing to refund any money or change the dates. Having been encouraged to book with confidence by your website, we feel very let down. In the event, having paid for 7 nights, we managed to salvage only 2 nights, and it is fair to say that the cottage could not be faulted.

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage very clean and homely Susan left us a variety of ..."

    Lovely comfortable cottage very clean and homely Susan left us a variety of goodies on our arrival even a lemon cake midweek she was always there if we needed anything but left us alone to enjoy our hols absolute heaven

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location."

    Very thoughtful touches to make our holiday just that little bit special. The owner Mrs.Hulme is kind and considerate and on hand if needed. Delicious homemade cake delivered to us during our stay. Excellent walks and photography opportunities all around the cottage.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Jul 2021

  • "7th time we have been to "Aqueduct Cottage" - Just as good"

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous week at Aqueduct Cottage."

    Went for local walks and bike rides (along the canal to Llangollen and beyond), Chirk castle (well worth a visit), white water rafting at Bala. Also chilled out on the sunny deck enjoying the delicious cake Susan kindly brought us on Monday. Susan couldn’t have done more to make us feel at home. The cottage was perfect for us. The surrounding countryside stunning. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2021

  • "Really enjoyed stay and the host Sue was lovely and very attentive and in hand ..."

    Really enjoyed stay and the host Sue was lovely and very attentive and in hand if we needed her I nice welcome basket We will return Steve and Rachel

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location right on the canal and a very short walk to the Chirk aquaduct."

    Great sized parking space. Very clean and comfortable with everything we could have wanted. Owner very welcoming and tray of essentials , tea ,coffee, biscuits milk , wine, etc much appreciated. Also the cake she made specially for us during the week was most welcome.! We were limited where we could go due to lockdown restrictions in Wales (The cottage is just yards from the Welsh border) but found plenty of cycle routes on the Shropshire side and managed to get out every day. Would recommend The Mere at Ellesmere and the lovely Boathouse restaurant/ cafe there. Overall a peaceful break in a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great location beautiful garden to rear and amenities just a stroll along the ..."

    Great location beautiful garden to rear and amenities just a stroll along the canal fabulous and last but not least a fabulous friendly and helpful owner see you next year x

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is a really lovely property - indeed really rather unique given the canal-side setting."

    The cottage was very clean and had absolutely everything that we needed, including torches in the bedside cupboards for use at night! We would definitely consider returning to this property as the location was lovely, the owner was fantastically helpful and kind, and the welcome tray and cake were particularly good! We had many meals outside, prepared in the splendid kitchen, and used the cottage as a base for exploring the local area and into Wales.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2020

  • "Th thee cottage is very well e equipped, and Susan couldn't have been more helpful."

    The location was great, peaceful, but within a beautiful ten minute walk across aquaduct to Caffi Wyfa and Chirk.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Jul 2020

  • "A lovely cottage ina great location."

    All the facilities you would expect, a lovely real fire especially, WiFi excellent, lovely garden, every convenience supplied,especially the welcome pack and a warm welcome from the owner.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jan 2020

  • "Kitchen excellent and cottage comfortable and very clean apart from bedroom lampshades!"

    ! 3 years of dust! Downstairs shower room very small. Owner very nice, considerate and helpful

    Reviewed by Peggy3.8Sep 2019

  • "The lovely welcome on arrival, the attention to detail throughout the cottage."

    The amount of kitchen equipment was fantastic. The whole experience was fantastic cannot recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Clair5.0Aug 2019

  • "The owner was very friendly and welcoming."

    The cottage was amazing it was only 8 steps from the canal. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who likes to sit and watch boats go by. Two pubs really close with good menus. We will return next year for sure.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jul 2019

  • "Wonderful roomy cottage with everything thought of for the guests comfort."

    A fully equipt kitchen and lovely garden.. First class host who goes the extra mile and provides a warm welcome and surprise tray of goodies.The area is outstanding would highly recommend. Steve and Karen.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was exceptionally clean and well-equipped."

    The front room is larger than it looks in the pictures and had comfortable seating for all five of us. We really enjoyed watching the canal boats passing right in front of the cottage. The owner was very friendly and gave us a warm welcome. I would thoroughly recommend a break here.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage in a lovely location."

    Secluded rear garden. Owner was very friendly and nothing too much bother for her. A much appreciated welcome pack awaited our arrival with an added bonus of freshly baked cake delivered during the week.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0May 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at this comfortable cottage."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful. When we arrived on the Friday and we were left a wonderful welcome tray with lovely homemade hotcross buns, and during the week a lovely homemade lemon drizzle cake. The cottage was in a lovely location and there is a lot to do and see in the area. The cottage is very well equipped. We will be coming back for another trip.Thanks for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage is in a terrific location and the hospitality of the owner was exceptional"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Dec 2018

  • "6th Time we have been to Aqueduct Cottage : It's in a magical setting on the canal with the aqueduct at the bottom of the garden."

    Excellent location for local walks and the train to Chester and beyond means a car is not essential . The owner Mrs Hulme is delightful always makes sure she is there to welcome you personally .The "welcome pack" is exceedingly generous "and usually lasts the ensuing weekend .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2018

  • "The cottage had everything that you could want and more ."

    . The Lemon Drizzle cake baked by the owner was lovely. However I feel that the bedrooms are too cramped less furniture would make it easier to get around the bed.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped throughout."

    The welcome tray was a nice surprise also the lovely homemade cake. Was nice position for a walk along the canal and aquaduct. It was a pleasure to meet the owner Susan who was there when we arrived and came to see us when we left. Would highly recommend this cottage and the owner.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2018

  • "This was our third stay in one of Susan’s cottages."

    Never disappointed and more than a home from home. When you can’t guarantee British weather you can guarantee a warm welcome to a fabulous place to stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Cottage was excellent and the area was lovely. The owner was friendly and helpful. She was patient with the most stupid questions. She also baked a lemon drizzle cake which was great.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2018

  • "Extremely well appointed and comfortable cottage."

    Location by the canal interesting and enjoyable experience.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2018

  • "The house exceeded expectations in a fantastic location and the owners couldn't be more helpful."

    Reviewed by Gayle5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely Cosy cottage and in a great location, Host was really welcoming."

    Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic location and had everything we needed."

    In particular, we would like to mention the kindness and hospitality of Mrs Hulme - and her lemon drizzle cake was superb! Many thanks! Mick and Trish

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely, comfortable and very well equipped cottage."

    Welcome basket was very much appreciated. Nice location - perfect for a lovely walk along the aqueduct and into Chirk. I will be re-booking.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.8Feb 2018

  • "Had a week in this lovely cottage."

    We were there over the New Year and the cottage was very warm, well equipped and Susan the owner had made us feel very welcome. The cottage had Christmas decorations up and a plate of yummy Christmas mince pies were part of a welcome gift pack. Thank you Susan we had a lovely time .

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Dec 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage!"

    Very clean and well looked after by the owners. Great facilities and well stocked kitchen - didn't want for anything. The owner, Susan, was there to greet us and to say farewell - even bought us homemade cake during the week.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Aug 2017

  • "Excellent cottage and friendly owner."

    Some nice touches including welcome pack, chocolates and home made cake!

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Jul 2017

  • "An excellent cottage with lots of extra welcoming touches and a very helpful friendly owner - even provided cake."

    The only reason we would not book this cottage again is because we always look for different locations to visit each year.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2017

  • "Our 5th Memorable stay at Aqueduct cottage."

    Just, simply the best!

    Reviewed by Linda and Pauline4.6Oct 2016

  • "Susan, the cottage owner made us so welcome and even baked a lemon drizzle cake ."

    ....delicious! The canal side location is superb surrounded by fabulous walking and cycling county and even staying in the private garden just hearing the to and fro of canal traffic is always entertaining, colourful language included!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi (superfast broadband), selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawn, patio with pond and decking with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: Canal to front and pond in garden, children to be supervised
  • Note: Decking can be very slippery when wet
  • Note: Access to the cottage is by driving along the canal towpath for approx 400 yards, care to be taken at all times.

The property

This wonderful semi-detached cottage is located right on the canal towpath, just a hundred yards from the Chirk Aqueduct running high above the River Ceiriog, which forms the border between England and Wales.

Dating from 1847, this former Victorian wharf man’s cottage seamlessly blends character features alongside modern fixtures and fittings to provide a holiday home of real distinction.

Head up the stairs to find three comfy bedrooms, two of which look over the canal, where you will also find a family bathroom.

On the ground floor, the cosy sitting room boasts a roaring open fire, whilst to the rear of the cottage is a modern and well-equipped kitchen next to a dining room, as well as a shower room.

Step out of the back door and you will find a beautiful lawned garden with both a patio and a decked area, where you can sit and relax as the canal boats chug quietly past.

Stroll out of the front door and you immediately become a member of the canal boat community.

Turn right and within a minute’s walk, you find yourself on the Thomas Telford designed Chirk Aqueduct which takes you 70 feet above the Ceiriog Valley into North Wales.

Turn left along the towpath and down the road and you will soon reach the Bridge Inn where a warm welcome awaits.

The small town of Chirk has a delightful selection of shops, cafes and pubs, as well as being home to Chirk Castle, a magnificent National Trust owned medieval castle which not only features many fascinating historical artefacts, but also boasts fabulous gardens and woodland.

Situated on the Welsh border, guests at Aqueduct Cottage can easily access the North Wales towns of Llangollen and Bala, as well as being just a short drive from the Roman city of Chester, famous for its racecourse, Roman Walls and the world-famous Chester Zoo.

A superb base for a holiday that you will never forget.

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About the location


Llangollen 5 miles.

The small border town of Chirk (Welsh spelling: Y Waun) stands on the escarpment above where the rivers Ceiriog and Dee meet, and is referred to as The Gateway to Wales. Most famous for its magnificent 14th century castle and gardens, one of many built throughout Wales by Edward I, Chirk boasts a wonderful aqueduct, designed by Thomas Telford, a selection of pleasant pubs and restaurants, convenience stores, chemist, gift shop, coffee shops, local butcher's, greengrocers, bakery, an excellent golf course and marina. The surrounding area, notably the beautiful Ceiriog Valley described by Lloyd George as “a little bit of heaven on Earth”, provides wonderful walks and cycling, including the famous Offa's Dyke Pathway, and local trout fishing. Only five miles from charming Llangollen, with its stream railway, watersports, famous Eisteddfod, Castell Dinas Bran, Valle Crucis Abbey and scenic Horseshoe Pass. Also five miles is the market town of Oswestry with its iron age hillfort, and within easy reach is the Roman walled city of Chester with its famous zoo and the medieval town of Shrewsbury, both only half an hour by train or car from Chirk. The beautiful Lake Vyrnwy and Llanrheadr waterfall are also within an hours drive. This great location has plenty to see and do for all the family!

This property is not for commercial use, only for holiday lets

Please Note: The circled check ins of Friday or Sunday for Christmas 24 must be adhered to - This property is unable to accept Christmas check ins on another day.