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Little Cow House

Pontfaen near Chirk, Shropshire (Ref. 929056)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "Very well equipped, clean cottage in a peaceful location."

    One of the best we’ve stayed in. Friendly hosts. Lovely cake from Heather.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2022

  • "The cottage is gorgeous and there was everything we wanted."

    Came for a family get-together and it was perfect. The view from the patio is amazing. Heather is a wonderful host and there was a lovely cake, wine and chocs on the table when we arrived. The cottage was immaculate and cosy. It's so convenient to visit everywhere - Chester, llangollen etc. and lovely walks along the canal and the river. Very near Chirk aqueduct, which is lovely and the Castle. I would definately recommend staying at Little Cow House - we'll be back!

    Reviewed by CarolynMay 2022

  • "This is a beautiful house, spotless, and beautifully decorated."

    Everything you need for a relaxing stay. The welcome gift left for us was very much appreciated. The owners are on site and very friendly if you need anything. We have booked for next year, says it all!.

    Reviewed by SueApr 2022

  • "Heather & Tom, the owners are so lovely & helpful."

    The cottage is very clean & is the best equipped cottage we've stayed in & we've stayed in alot. The Outlook is so pretty, lots of walks in the area, restaurants in Chirk very nice. Thank you. Heather & Tom.

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2022

  • "A very warm welcome to a very warm and well maintained accommodation."

    Reviewed by TerryMar 2022

  • "Wonderful warm, clean and welcoming cottage."

    Hosts Heather & Tom very kind, friendly and helpful. A beautiful quiet location which has great walking.

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2022

  • "Everything was perfect, we had such a lovely stay and didn't want to leave."

    Reviewed by AnnaDec 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Heather and Tom make you feel at home on arrival. Nice touches with the welcome pack, and not forgetting Heather's Lovely cake.Good walks all around, but close enough to other places in the car.

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2021

  • "Everything about this cottage was perfect, from the moment we arrived and were met by the owners Heather and Tom( such a lovely couple)."

    They gave us lots of useful info on local places to eat and visit and plenty of local history. The cottage itself was immaculate, pristine clean lwith all the facilities you could wish for and the views from the bedrooms and patio are amazing. To top it all Heather had made us a delicious Victoria sponge cake and also left us a bottle of wine and other goodies. I would highly recommend this property and can't wait to go back. Perfect quite location and not too far from plenty of places of interest to visit.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2021

  • "The owners, Heather and Tom, were very welcoming and friendly."

    They helped make our trip to visit family very relaxed and comfortable. Little Cow House was perfect with a high quality finish and spotlessly clean. The gardens and pots were lovely with a patio perfectly situated to enjoy the beautiful views across the valley. Pontfaen is in an ideal location to enjoy many sights so is an excellent base to explore the area. We highly recommend!

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2021

  • "We spent a lovely week at the Little Cow House exploring the local area."

    The cottage was exceptionally clean on our arrival and we immediately felt safe and at home. The kitchen is supplied with everything that you could wish for. It was the little things that helped - like the kitchen roll, foil and cling film, washing-up liquid, sponge, dishwasher tablets etc etc (some cottages we’ve stayed in before didn’t provide these). A thoughtful welcome pack with possibly the best cake we have EVER tasted. Owners Heather and Tom were both friendly and offered ideas for places to visit.

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2021

  • "Just back from a lovely week staying on Tom and Heather's farm."

    Warmly greeted and the homemade cake, wine and chocolates were just what we needed after a long journey. The journey was worth it! Fell in love with the beautiful Shropshire countryside and the friendliness of everyone we met. Lake Vyrnwy is not to be missed - just under an hour's drive. We cycled around the lake - great experience. Tom and Heather gave us some wonderful advice of places to visit. Too many for just one visit! The cottage itself was just perfect. More than we could have hoped for and the freshly made scones half way through the week were fabulous. We mustn't forget Boris (the dog!). We will miss him the most! Can't wait for another visit!

    Reviewed by SadyeJul 2021

  • "The cottage is beautiful and well equipped couldn’t ask for anymore!"

    In a lovely part of wales with lots to see and do for the family. The hosts look after you very well a great holiday Thankyou.

    Reviewed by JennieJul 2021

  • "Lovely welcome from charming hosts."

    Extremely comfortable and well appointed. Had everything we needed. Excellent views and garden.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "It was perfect in every way."

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "We were blown away when we arrived at Little Cow House!"

    The house is beautiful & the patio area with the views are just amazing. So relaxing. Our hosts were extremely helpful & friendly & the welcome pack was lovely (delicious cake indeed). Thank you so much for your hospitality & we will, without a doubt be back for a second visit!!

    Reviewed by DinaMay 2021

  • "The hosts and the property make you feel welcome."

    Beautiful location, excellent property as clean as a new pin with great attention to detail. Very well equipped. Can't recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by LynMay 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning location, beautiful scenery from every window looking out."

    Catered for completely, we did not go without any amenities or facilities. The hosts were very friendly and our stay could bot have been better. Excellent value for money!

    Reviewed by VanessaDec 2020

  • "Exceptional welcome from Heather and Tom Immaculately clean property stunning ..."

    Exceptional welcome from Heather and Tom Immaculately clean property stunning views delicious cake wine and goodies limitations of places we had planned to visit due to Covid restrictions However hopefully we will be able to return when Covid over and explore our places of interest

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2020

  • "Little Cow House is very comfortable and well equipped, perfectly situated for a relaxing walking holiday."

    We really appreciated the kind welcome and lovely cake and wine.Thank you for a very enjoyable week. We hope to return .

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2020

  • "The Little Cow House was fantastic and the hosts were just lovely, meeting us on arrival and we were greeted with a wonderful cake and wine which was left in the priority on the table."

    With covid it’s a shame they can’t show you around but never the less it was lovely and good instructions on what to do on departure day. The house is peaceful and the gardens and views are beautiful

    Reviewed by LynetteJul 2020

  • "Made to feel very welcome, lovely greeting on arrival, wine and home made cake in the cottage."

    Our hosts were helpful without being intrusive. The property is superb, everything inside of a high standard and we could not have been more comfortable. We did not venture far away, because of the current restrictions, but enjoyed many walks in the area, down by the canal and aqueduct. The National Trust property, Chirk Castle is well worth a visit as, even though the castle is unable to open, the gardens and grounds are stunning. Would certainly visit the cottage and area again.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2020

  • "Brilliant place to be."

    Lots of walks and things to see with children. The butcher and greengrocer in Chirk are great. Our hosts were friendly, kind and thoughtful.

    Reviewed by TrevorJul 2020

  • "What a great cottage, it has everything you will need, plus a great view, its quite and the owners are fantastic."

    I was working up there for a week and rather than stop in a hotel we stopped here. While I was working my wife and her friend went walking and they said it has some great walks nearby. I would fully recommend this cottage and its owners.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, fantastic hosts and stunning location."

    Reviewed by LodiaJan 2020

  • "Friendly host"

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "What a wonderful find!"

    Heather & Tom were so welcoming and their home was just superb! We arrived in the dark and the house was already lit and the log effect fire was flickering away giving a really cosy feel. Heather had made us a delicious Barabrith cake which was so kind! Every detail has been thought of the house just felt so welcoming and it was such a relaxing stay! Lovely quality finishings to the house and sparklingly clean. Walks around the area are beautiful and right on your doorstep! Check out Caffi Wylfa 15 minutes walk away if you don’t want to cook! Highly recommend a stay here you won’t be disappointed thank you Heather & Tom.

    Reviewed by CherylNov 2019

  • "A lovely warm welcome from our host set the tone for our stay."

    The cottage was spotless, warm and comfortable. The fresh scones and cream delicious. We enjoyed our walk to Chirk Castle, the illuminations of the aqueduct and viaduct, the Bistro, Erddig and lots more in this beautiful valley. We have no hesitation in recommending this cottage.

    Reviewed by JeanOct 2019

  • "A great holiday home."

    Mrs. Hughes made us very welcome. There was an exceptional welcome pack waiting for us.

    Reviewed by BerylJun 2019

  • "A lovely place to spend the weekend."

    The place was excellent , so peaceful and quiet but furniture and beds very comfortable which isn’t always the case . Nice hospitality wound definitely go back if only for the clotted cream and jam scones . Nice family run business .

    Reviewed by FrederickJun 2019

  • "Walks straight from the cottage to the castle, the aqueduct , the pub and Chirk itself."

    Very warm welcome at the cottage and the cottage itself was extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean and had all you could wish for.

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2019

  • "Little Cow Cottage was fabulous - great views over the countryside and lovely walks nearby."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JayneMay 2019

  • "This is a very comfortable cottage with everything provided as specified."

    The owners were friendly without being intrusive. A welcome pack, with bread and milk as well as wine and cream scones, was nice and very thoughtful.

    Reviewed by MoragMay 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful weekend in this place!"

    It by far exceeded our expectations and the photographs simply do not do this house justice! Stunning! Fab location too with the aqueduct and castle all within easy walking distance. Lovely host who had baked us scones and left us with wine and essentials too. Perfect.....we will be back. Thank you for a really lovely stay.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2019

  • "The owners"

    Reviewed by LizMay 2019

  • "We had an amazing few days Easter 2019 where the weather was better than the Mediterranean ☀️ The Little Cow House is in such a beautiful spot on the Wales/England border."

    Well appointed and feels like home Heather & Tom are lovely hosts, make beautiful cakes and we appreciated Heathers suggestion to go and visit the British Iron Works. Incredible! Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by SueApr 2019

  • "The owners were so lovely they have thought of everything you would need xx Its spotlessly clean, cosy and warm and in a great location."

    We will definately be back

    Reviewed by Kelly-LeeMar 2019

  • "The little cow house was absolutely superb!"

    Heather was wonderful, even made us two delicious cakes during our two week stay. The cottage was beautiful, modern, warm, spacious and quiet. We would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting to stay. The location was also great, really close to Chirk. Will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by MichelleJan 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage in an amazing location."

    Owner was more than helpful on our arrival.We would love to go again.

    Reviewed by JoyDec 2018

  • "The cottage was perfectly located to suit our needs and our hosts, Heather and Tom, were so welcoming."

    Would love to return to what, for us, is one of the best holiday cottages in the locality.

    Reviewed by GlynisNov 2018

  • "Heather and Tom were very helpful and could not do enough for you, lovely people."

    Reviewed by GailNov 2018

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location."

    Heather and Tom made us feel so welcome. Lots of tips on places to visit in the local area, really made our holiday. Everything you could need is supplied in the cottage and the welcome treats were greatly appreciated. We can't wait to visit again

    Reviewed by ClaireSep 2018

  • "The holiday cottage is stunning."

    The pictures online don’t do it justice. Beautiful location friendly hosts and 1 st class accommodation. The best we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by GayleAug 2018

  • "Extremely warm, friendly and helpful owners, everything you needed was provided and more, definitely exceeded our expectations."

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "Had a lovely holiday, cottage brilliant as weather was superb, ate all our meals outside, was like being abroad"

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay at the little cow house."

    The cottage itself was spacious, well laid out, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Heather and Tom were great hosts - very warm and friendly and had lots of tips about the local area. The location is spectacular - it is just outside Chirk so you have the feeling of being in the countryside with the convenience of having the village within an easily walkable distance. The train station is also very close by and places like Chester are only a 25 min journey away. We would highly recommend the little cow house and would definitely go back there !

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and peaceful."

    Its situation made it ideal for exploring the local area, and Chester is just 25 minutes away. Because the Little Cow House is on a non working farm, there is the advantage of rural trnquility without the noise of agricultural machinery. We happened to visit when a neighbour's two mares had recently given birth to 2 foals. Too many hours were spent sitting on the patio with a cup of coffee just watching them :) . Mrs Hughes was friendly and helpful, without being intrusive. We can wholeheartedly recommend the cottage for anyone looking to exolplore the English/Welsh borders

    Reviewed by MargeryMay 2018

  • "The cottage and gardens are lovely and set in a beautiful location."

    There are plenty of lovely walks along the river valley and beside the canal and many local places of interest to visit. The wine, bread, spread ,milk and home baked cakes were much appreciated and we were made to feel very welcome. We love this area and hope to be able to visit again.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2018

  • "Fantastic facilities beautiful cottage and made to feel very welcome,"

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2018

  • "Very welcoming and friendly owners and a lovely cottage in a great location for family activities and walking."

    Cottage very clean, well equipped and matched description on the website very well. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by ClaireMar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, clean, comfortable, warm and welcoming."

    The owners were lovely warm people, and Heather is a great baker!! Couldn't wish for a nicer place or nicer people, we look forward to going back and seeing Tom and Heather again and staying in their homely cottage. Sue and Tom.

    Reviewed by SuzanneMar 2018

  • "The cottage was great and the owners were lovely."

    They were so welcoming and they'd thought of everything we could need (including lots of lovely goodies for when we arrived). We had a great time and we would definitely recommend. We're sure we'll be back again in the future.

    Reviewed by AbbieFeb 2018

  • "The cottage is lovely and the owners are great, book this property and you wont regret it."

    Reviewed by BenJan 2018

  • "Staying at Little Cow House exceeded our expectations as everything about it was absolutely superb!"

    Chirk is beautiful, the accommodation modern, clean, spacious, warm and cosy and Tom and Heather Hughes, the most fabulous hosts you could wish for! We arrived to find bread, wine, milk and other commodities Inc cleaning products, soap and toilet rolls, ready for us along with a home made cake on the table! When it snowed we were told we could use their grandchildrens sledges and were offered any field of their land to go play on! The house was spotless, no wear or tear, a beautiful finish and all done by the family themselves. We couldn't believe how comfortable we were made to feel! If I had to pick one thing I'd change, I'd ask how to use the underfloor heating as, with it throughout the whole house we did sometimes get too warm, but that's definitely better than being cold so it's certainly not a complaint! We spent 3 nights here and wish we'd booked longer- we will definitely be back!!!

    Reviewed by ElspethJan 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting with great hosts."

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2017

  • "Perfect cottage, amazing host."

    Location was superb.

    Reviewed by JoanOct 2017

  • "Owners very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable about the area."

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2017

  • "The Hughes family were very helpful and welcoming."

    The cottage was great & the views from the back garden were lovely. Thank you for having us!

    Reviewed by AlexJun 2017

  • "Tom and Heather Hughes were brilliant hosts and both welcomed us on arrival."

    They gave us loads of ideas for places to go and things to do; Heather actually gave us one of her home made cakes to take on a picnic. The house itself was immaculate; everything you could want really. The conversion from farm building to holiday cottage has been carefully and tastefully done with great attention to detail. Kitchen was well equipped, bright and airy. The lounge was very comfortable with a double recliner settee which I loved. French doors opened onto a beautiful outdoor area with magnificent views down and across the valley. Beds were extremely comfortable and the bathroom was quite something with its freestanding bath and simple, tasteful decor. The en suite was more than adequate with an excellent shower cubicle. Tom and Heather are truly lovely people, more like friends really but never intrusive and always helpful. I would recommend this house to any family wanting a very clean, comfortable almost luxurious place to stay and also a great base to tour north Wales.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2017

  • "Our best holiday cottage mini break."

    Everything was fantastic, a very warm welcome from the owners (who live in the farmhouse on site). They very kindly provided us with lots of very thoughtful goodies - a lovely touch to start our holiday. The property is a fabulous cottage that is brimming with quality fittings and furnishings. Everything about the cottage is great - the stunning views - the beds & bedding - beautiful bathrooms - the outdoor space - the fact you can park at the door - the comfort of the lounge & fully equipped kitchen. The cottage is situated near Chirk village which has the fantastic castle bistro, well worth a visit. A few miles further on is Llangollen,There is lots to see and do in the area - canal boat trips, lots of walks, steam trains, the truly amazing aqueduct & the beautiful horseshoe falls. We went to Lake Bala then on to the white water rafting centre, Its a lovely walk up to the dam while watching the rafts and canoes hurtle down the river. We would recommend this cottage without hesitation. Perfect!!

    Reviewed by SandraMar 2017

  • "The welcome was as warm as the weather was cold."

    The cottage was easy to find, beautifully warm, comfortable and welcoming and awaiting us inside was the best bara brith we had ever tasted and a lovely welcome pack. Where else could you stay in Shropshire, look across to Wales (about 100 yards away), look left down one of the most beautiful valleys in Wales, and right to see a World Heritage site. There is so much to see in the area, whether you travel by car or just walk from the cottage. We managed to see about 25% of what we had intended so going back will be a certainty. The owners were a wealth on knowledge about the area and the complex history of the region, They were friendly, always available if needed, and nothing was too much trouble for them. We will return with certaint

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2017

  • "Great facilities in a good location for family holidays with a warm welcome from helpful ,friendly hosts."

    Reviewed by TeresaFeb 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Clean, beautifully decorated and with all the facilities you could need. We loved the reclining chairs in the living room and a dishwasher so we didn't have to wash up! The huge bath was a bonus too and the underfloor heating meant it was always nice and warm. The owners were very welcoming and helpful, offering us advice on what to do in the area. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by SallyJan 2017

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  • Three bedrooms all with TV: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with freestanding double-ended bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric woodburner-effect fire.
  • Ground source underfloor heating throughout with solar panels and electric fire
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking for 2 cars on shared courtyard
  • Patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared use of terraced lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Terraced garden has drops, children to be supervised at all times.

The property

Chirk 1 mile.

A charming, stone mid-terrace cottage, on a working sheep farm, in the scattered hamlet of Pontfaen, one mile from Chirk and 3/4 mile from the train station.

This fantastic eco-friendly barn conversion offers delightful holiday accommodation in a stunning setting with views along the valley to the famous Chirk Aqueduct and viaduct, across open countryside and onto the River Ceiriog.

Stepping inside you will recognise the attention to detail, with a welcoming entrance hall opening into a fully fitted modern kitchen with dining areas and garden views.

The sitting room is spacious and well-thought-out, with character features re-introduced to include wooden wall frames, oak ceiling beams and stylish country furniture.

French doors invite you out onto the private patio and three steps lead down onto a shared lawn area, all enjoying the unique views to the World Heritage site of the aqueduct.

Upstairs the cottage is equally well laid out with an attractive double bedroom, a single room and a king-size bedroom with en-suite shower facilities.

There is private parking on the shared courtyard in front of the cottage, allowing you to park your car safely and enjoy exploring the doorstep countryside trails on foot, with Chirk Castle's famous 'pretty gates' only 1/2 mile away and the nearby Shropshire Way, Offa’s Dyke, Llwybr Ceiriog Trail and Llwybr Maelor Way, perhaps walking to the local pub which is a 15 minute walk along the river.

Spending your holiday in such an idyllic, tranquil location is certain to create superb memories of this wonderful holiday cottage and surrounding area.

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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!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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