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Minnow Cottage

(Ref. 992594)

Malpas, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Minnow Cottage is a charming holiday property within easy walking distance of the shops and facilities of Malpas."

    My husband and I found the cottage very clean, cosy and warm - ideal for a stay in Malpas. It was lovely to find a Welcome Pack of fresh local bread, Cheshire butter , biscuits and milk. The Owner was accessable and very helpful.

    Reviewed by GwennOct 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable stay, would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by RyanAug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in attractive village."

    We have stayed here several times and always enjoy our stay. The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by PhillipJul 2023

  • "Charming cottage almost in the village."

    Bright and cheerful interior with very comfortable beds and quality bedding. Would loved to have lit the open fire but too warm when we visited.

    Reviewed by GraemeJul 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a super location."

    Comfortable and clean.Great information about the area supplied by a charming owner.All at good price! Excellent, many thanks.

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2023

  • "A beautiful place to stay - warm and cosy, clean and very comfortable."

    We felt very at home and greatly appreciated the welcome pack of bread, butter, milk and biscuits. We enjoyed the lovely open fire. The small village of Malpas was very friendly.

    Reviewed by GracaFeb 2023

  • "A lovely clean and comfortable cottage with all the facilities we needed."

    Ideal location to walk into Malpas, just a five minute walk to a lovely cafe, The little Deli and The Lion pub, both dog friendly. Hope to be back again next year.

    Reviewed by KimDec 2022

  • "Really nice cottage, great for what we needed, very quite."


    Reviewed by JohnNov 2022

  • "We found this property to be very Hygge, white brick walls, floorboards and lots of rugs and logs on the fire."

    Walking distance of all amenities and great pub The Red Lion. This is a very restful and relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2022

  • "We met the owner and explained to him that arriving in the dark, we had great difficulty in finding the cottage as there was no name up or indication of where the property was."

    Neighbours also did not know it. He promised to make sure the name was re-instated.

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2022

  • "Nice cottage."

    My main concern is that there are no smoke detectors in the property. Do Skyes not do an annual check? Two Carbon Monoxide detectors in kitchen with one having no batteries. Not good.! A previous visitor had pointed this out but owners seem to have ignored it. Small bedroom only big enough for a child. An airer would be useful for drying wet coats etc. More utensils needed in kitchen i.e.casserole dish with lid. Oven & grill need deep cleaning, was shocked when I opened oven door. Small coffee table in lounge area would be nice as there is nowhere to stand mugs etc when watching tv. Pity the parking situation isn't better. 100yds down the road is no joke when loading & unloading the car. Shower needs replacing. Bath mat needed as bath very slippery. Sorry to sound very negative but all these comments are genuine.

    Hi Pauline, Thank you for your feedback all very useful and taken on board, some of the items we have addressed and some I'm afraid we are unable to change and we believe are part of the charm of the cottage : 1. We have deep cleaned the cooker not quite sure what happened there. 2. We have included more utensils. 3. There are actually two smoke detecters one downstairs and one upstairs and yew we do an annual check. I fear a guest "borrowed " the battery from the carbon monoxide detector which we have now replaced. 3. There is a side table next to the sofa and a large window sill for coffee mugs etc, but we feel the room would be too cramped with a coffee table in front of the sofa . 4. Unfortunately we can't do anything about the size of the bedroom but we think its very cosy and made an effort to put a really comfortable bed in. It is referred to a child's bedroom in the property description. 5. I'm afraid the parking is they way it is and we do refer to it in our description, the upside is there are no cars parked outside the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage was very well presented in a great location. Lots of facilities in the village. We enjoyed our walks around Malpas. Had a lovely day in Chester by the river in the lovely hot and sunny weather. Malpas is a great base for exploring Cheshire and Shropshire.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2022

  • "We could not fault the cottage or its location."

    Lots of lovely dog walks in stunning countryside and plenty of cafes and restaurants within easy reach.

    Reviewed by RhonaJun 2022

  • "Minnow Cottage was everything we could of wanted and more."

    Set in a stunning countryside village, we were able to walk to the local shops and enjoy endless walks. The bed is AMAZING! We are already missing it, it was so comfy! Highly recommend this little cottage if you are wanting to explore Cheshire and beyond.

    Reviewed by BeckyMay 2022

  • "If you are browsing the listings and pondering on which is the best cottage to book, then simply book Minnow Cottage, you will totally love it."

    We spent a week in Malpas, a village we had never heard of before, and found the people there to be so very friendly, they all say hello and smile as you walk down the street to the good range of village shops. The cottage is very pleasant indeed and well equipped. We were both working during our stay, and the wifi was perfect. It really did feel like a home from home. The kettle and shower pressure issues mentioned in some previous reviews have been corrected by the owner some time ago, so no longer a concern. The photos of the cottage on the listing are very accurate, it truly is that smart and impressive. It is super clean and immaculate too. There are some great tips and advice for visitors from the owner in a handbook at the cottage. We found that parking on the roadside is no issue at all, and most common throughout this quiet village. We tried out several of the local destinations recommended by the owner in the handbook, and can heartily recommend the Cholmondley Arms for dining, The Lion at Malpas too, and Chirk Castle/Viaduct for a trip out. Nearby Llangollen made for a beautiful day trip too. Would we stay at Minnow Cottage again? Absolutely!

    Reviewed by NickApr 2022

  • "Minnow Cottage is a warm, comfortable and well equipped holiday home and we very much enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2022

  • "Lovely, clean, comfortable cottage."

    Very warm and cosy. All the equipment we might need, and a welcome pack too! No maps or books ( presumably Covid?) , but accurate local details on places to visit and dog friendly pubs. Also, the Lion at Malpas is now open, serves great food and is dog friendly. A great area to explore, with Chester not too far, and some great walks in the local countryside. Enjoyed it, thanks!

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2022

  • "Minnow Cottage was just perfect, gorgeously furnished, the bed was comfy, the open fire wonderful for a winter's evening in, and the owners were brilliant - they left us some lovely bread, butter and biscuits for our arrival, and even checked in after Storm Arwen to make sure we hadn't lost power and were ok."

    Will definitely go back if staying in the area again, Cheers! Paul and David

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2021

  • "This was the first time my husband and I had been away for several years and I felt very anxious about staying somewhere else, I care for 2 clinically vulnerable parents and have been extra cautious."

    My fears were put to one side upon arrival, the cottage was immaculate, clean, comfy, warm and just lovely. Nikki our host left a lovely welcome message, milk, fresh bakery bread, coffee and other useful items. Can't fault our stay, it was great. Would stay again without hesitation. 5

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2021

  • "The cottage has been beautifully renovated and included lots of lovely touches."

    The Cheshire butter and fresh bread were a lovely surprise on arrival. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JoJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage set within walking distance of a real friendly village."

    Had a lovely breakfast at The Fire Station and drinks in the evening at The Lion. Ideal for dog owners as plenty of walks nearby. Shower was the only niggle as the water pressure is non existent. Thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay.

    Reviewed by JillJul 2021

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Minnow Cottage."

    It was exceptionally clean and comfortable and in a very friendly village which was a great base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by LauraMay 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, cosy and comfortable."

    Made to feel very welcome and it’s in a great village with lots of amenities within walking distance from cottage. Would recommend cottage to family and friends.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJan 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Minnow Cottage, located in the delightful village of Malpas set within the lovely Cheshire countryside."

    There are plenty of things to do in the area and Nikki had provided us with lots of helpful information and eating out recommendations well in advance of our stay. The cottage is very pretty and exceptionally clean. It has lots of character but with lovely modern touches and we slept really well in the very comfortable bed. It was very cosy to light the fire on a cold evening in October, although we would have loved some extra logs to be able to recreate this experience. Nikki delivered some fresh eggs to us during our stay, together with the coffee, tea, milk and cake were very welcome. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and happily stay again.

    Reviewed by MalcolmOct 2020

  • "Excellent location for touring the area."

    Nice range of places to eat in the town, now the Lion has opened. Superb list of local walks, and restaurant's left by the owner.

    Reviewed by AshleySep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Minnow Cottage, it was a lovely staycation in very friendly quant village of Malpas."

    The cottage was beautifully decorted and very clean. We were welcomed with a care package of prosecco, fresh bread, milk and some nibbles. The area had lots of woodland walks, local shops and a great place for food called the Fire Station. Nikki sent us a really informative 'where to go and where to eat' list of places to try out and was always available for any advice. The only issue I would say is that the shower temperature was a bit temperamental. It was very tricky to get the right temperature without it being very hot or freezing. Perhaps having an electric shower put in would be a better solution. Would definitely recommend Minnow Cottage to all our family and friends and would rate it very high on one of places we have visited.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2020

  • "The property is as it is described and in excellent condition and state of cleanliness."

    We were very satisfied with the property but would perhaps make a couple of suggested improvements. - As explained the shower in the bathroom is temperamental on temperature and very sensitive. A better electric power shower would be a real bonus. - A washing machine would be very useful. We had to use the local launderette to wash items while we were staying. - An electric kettle would be more convenient and environmentally sustainable than the gas hob kettle currently. we should stress that these are minor improvement suggestions and that the property is indeed lovely and well worth staying at. Malpas is a great little place and the folks are super friendly and hospitable. We would visit again for sure.

    Reviewed by GraemeAug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean , cosy but contemporary."

    Malpas village was a joy, every you need. Nice dog walks and location was perfect for exploring the area around.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2020

  • "Booking was easy."

    We received an email from Nikki the owner, explaining how to get there, where to park and the situation with the keys (in a combination locked key box next to the front door). There is a lay by opposite the cottage for loading and unloading only, but you can park 10-20meters down the road. This wasn't a problem at all. The cottage itself was clean and cosy. A lovely open planned living room/dinning room/kitchen with a very small walled back yard with a small table and two chairs. The owner left some food essentials (if you can call a bottle of prosecco an essential!!) including a wonderfully fresh loaf of bread. There was also tea bags, ground coffee, tub of humus, milk and butter. We stayed from a Tuesday through to a Saturday, and although we didn't spend much time in the cottage we wanted for nothing. The WiFi was adequate, the beds and bedding high quality and comfortable, the bathroom with full complement of towels, toilet roll and cleaning and some shower gel and shampoo. This is not a modern, hi-tech accommodation with power shower etc, but so well presented and maintained, and with so much character and charm that you felt relaxed as soon as you entered. Malpas itself is small, but The Old Fire Station is definitely worth a visit, as is the Fish and Chip shop and the local grocers. There is also a co-op. The pubs were all still closed for covid and there was another restaurant in town which we didn't try, but looked really nice. Chester was only 30min away, and there looked to be plenty of walks, if not in the direct area then certainly near by. We went for a wonder along the River Dee where apparently you can spot a Kingfisher and Otters early in the morning. Overall a lovely cottage that fulfilled all our needs for our short break.

    Reviewed by NicholasJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and tidy great communication from the owner and a welcome fruit bread would highly recommend to anyone."

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "We stayed at Minnow cottage for 1 week on our way to Cornwall."

    The property was spotless, extremely comfortable and with the open fire, extremely relaxing. Nikki had left some lovely little goodies for us upon arrival and were really appreciated. It was only 3 minutes walk into the village and it had a bakery, deli, wine bar, fish and chip shop, pub and other shops that provided for all your needs with an Indian restaurant only 5 mins drive. We enjoyed it that much we stayed for another week on our return journey. Would thoroughly recommend Minnow cottage and would not hesitate in returning when we restart our adventures next year. Dave and Sue Brereton.

    Reviewed by DaveFeb 2020

  • "It is a beautiful holiday home in which you miss nothing."

    There were even food for the first day and the next morning brought us the landlady breakfast eggs over. We were very happy in the Minnow Cottage and will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by ChristianSep 2019

  • "Nice Bright Airy cottage, well equipped."

    Very clean and located in the village centre. Chester is quite close by.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2019

  • "The accomodation is five star luxury, the cottage has everything you could want and more."

    From the tea, coffee and welcome pack to the toiletries and a mattress so comfy you won't have to worry about any lost sleep more lost daylight. If you want a complete rest with home comforts this is the place to come. Perfect location for a perfect getaway.

    Reviewed by VictoriaSep 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Minnow cottage."

    It’s a charming and comfortable cottage in a peaceful village location. The owner was very helpful too. Would definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2019

  • "Minnow Cottages is a lovely characterful cottage that suited our needs perfectly."

    It was very clean and welcoming and the beds are extremely comfortable.We had a quick cup of tea when we arrived thanks to the supply of milk and and fresh local bread- and the fresh eggs that Nikki, the owner, delivered to us. There is a small co-op supermarket a short walk away. Malpas is an excellent location for touring both Wales and Cheshire and Nikki gave us helpful advice on local restaurants to try and where to visit.

    Reviewed by MJul 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and the owners very welcoming."

    Lots of nice little touches throughout. We would definitely consider going back and would highly recommend staying. We only wish we had booked for longer.

    Reviewed by PhillipJun 2019

  • "Minnow Cottage is a lovely little cottage on the edge of the village."

    A couple of minutes walk to the local shops and Old Fire Station Cafe which we frequented a couple of times and we'd highly recommend. It is roadside parking but for the whole week we had no problems parking close to the cottage. The cottage is well equipped, and we loved to sit out in the front on a sunny evening. We met the owner a couple of times who was very friendly and wanted to make sure we had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. The cottage is well situated to visit either Chester or the Welsh countryside. If we ever visited that area again we would definitely consider booking Minnow Cottage and we would highly recommend the cottage to anyone else.

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Gas central heating, open fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, TV
  • Wifi, Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking 30m from property
  • Rear enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well behaved pet allowed
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: 2 steps up from sitting room to dining room, care to be taken
  • Please note: No workers
  • Note: Please do not park in bay opposite as this is private parking belonging to neighbour.

The property

This mid-terrace cottage rests within a conservation area in the Cheshire village of Malpas.

Boasting a number of charming features and enjoying a superb location for touring the area.

Be welcomed straight into the homely sitting room of the property, dressed in simplistic neutral colours and benefiting from the warmth of an open fire.

Put your feet up with your favourite TV shows on and reflect on the events of the day.

Step up into a rustic and tasteful dining room, featuring exquisite downlights and traditional wooden bench seating.

Attractive exposed beams bring an added charm to the place.

Step through into the light and bright kitchen, amply equipped with all that you need for your holiday in Malpas.

The pretty, neutral theme continues to the first floor, where you will first find the family bathroom.

This glistening, all-white suite offers a hand-held shower over the bath, a fine spot to prepare for your day.

Quaint wooden floorboards lead you towards the two bedrooms, both dressed in immaculate fashion.

The single bedroom is ideal for a child or extra guest, while the king-size room is the perfect spot to catch that much-needed rest.

During the warmer months, enjoy your morning coffee in the lovely little courtyard before a day of exploration and adventure, or catch the afternoon sun on the bench at the front of the house with your favorite cold drink.

Walking country is aplenty in the area, while the quaint village of Malpas is also right on your doorstep.

Find a pleasant range of amenities, including excellent spots to eat, drink and shop just a 3 minute walk from the property.

Find the historic city of Chester and Shrewsbury within driving distance, hosting something for everybody.

A range of attractions tell you of the area's great history, while you also have many facilities for exquisite shopping, eating and drinking.

Choose this heart-warming terrace as the place to stay for your next Cheshire holiday.

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About the location


Tarporley 12 miles; Chester 15 miles.

Malpas is a charming village deep in the south Cheshire countryside, home to Norman Motte and Bailey Castle, as well as a medieval street pattern. There are ample shops in the area, together with hotel and guest house accommodation, and scattered holiday cottages can be found tucked away in quiet parts of the town, or in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Without doubt the town's treasure is its church, this is built of rich red sandstone with good examples of fine medieval work. Malpas lies within the shadow of the Peckforton Hills, is close to Tarplorley and the Delamere Forest, with Tilston and Tushingham being within easy reach. There is access to Chester races or Bangor on Dee race course, several golf courses and fishing. It is good cycling countryside and boating is one of the pleasures of the nearby Shropshire Grand Union Canal. Cholmondeley Castle and Garden, is well worth visiting, one of the regions top tourist attractions.

Note: Please do not park in bay opposite as this is private parking belonging to neighbour.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas