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Dark Ark Cottage

Kelsall, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 999505)


  • Sleeps 2 people

  • 1 bedroom

  • 1 bathroom

  • No pets allowed

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
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    “The Best”

    We chose Dark Ark as it was our 2nd wedding anniversary and was absolutely the perfect relaxing and quite week we were looking for ...

    We chose Dark Ark as it was our 2nd wedding anniversary and was absolutely the perfect relaxing and quite week we were looking for. On arrival we were met by Martin & Sally who are 2 of the nicest people you could wish to meet...oh and Bear the family dog who greeted us with some loud barking...Bears way of saying "hello & welcome" who also joined Martin & Sally just for some immediate attention very friendly is Bear. We were there for the week and only heard him bark twice both times at us so dont be thinking that there is constant barking from him as it really isn't the case. Martin & Sally showed us to the cottage (Heaven) where all the information on hiw to use the Cooker,TV etc were all layed out but were still happy to show us very much a "nothing is to much trouble" couple and made us feel welcome from the start and throughout our stay. The surroundings matched everything else which was on the edge of The Delamere Forest peaceful & relaxing with stunning gardens . Lots of info of surrounding attractions such as Cheshire Oaks,Beeston Castle, Chester Zoo and many more which are all only short drives away. We used The Goshawk pub Saturday evening which is also recommended. So a massive Thank You to Martin,Sally & Bear for a lovely weeks break we shall definitely be returning

The property

Kelsall 2.3 miles, Tarporley 7 miles, Chester 10 miles.

Dark Ark Cottage is an idyllic country cottage located in Manley, Cheshire.

A secluded, gated entrance is on the edge of Delamere Forest, with a shared drive passing the owner's stunning detached home and into a glade overlooking a stream and waterfall within seven acres of gardens.

All rooms in this cottage are located on the lower ground floor.

Step through the front door and you are welcomed into a spacious, open-plan interior with modern furnishings and fittings, giving you the impression of a unique holiday home.

Boasting a large fitted kitchen, with light grey units and sleek granite worktops, with plenty of appliances on-hand to help you cook up a storm for your partner.

With a convenient breakfast/ dining bar to the side.

The lounge has two leather sofas, with plenty of space so you can stretch out and relax of an evening with your loved one.

The dining area has seating for two people, where you can enjoy a romantic meal together.

The living area features a set of bi-folding glazed doors, which showcase wonderful views across the open woodland and distant waterfall.

With access onto a spacious and private lawned garden and patio area.

Sit out and enjoy the evening sun, with a refreshing glass of wine.

There is off-road parking to the front of the property for two cars.

For a touch of arts and culture, why not visit Castle Park Arts Centre?

An art gallery situated in a Victorian stables and parkland, with stunning garden views.

Inside, you can get involved with workshops and craft sessions, for people of all ages to get involved in.

With an on-site cafe for a spot of lunch, so you can make a whole day of your trip.

Dark Ark Cottage is ideal for a short break or cosy holiday.


  • All lower ground floor
  • One king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Underfloor oil central heating
  • Electric oven and electric hob, separate combi/microwave oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Netflix access and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden and patio area with furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry no pets, no smoking
  • Shop 2.4 miles and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Even though on the lower ground floor there is no wheelchair access
  • Note: Adults only.

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About the location


Chester 8 miles.

The village of Kelsall is situated on Kelsall Hill, on the edge of the Cheshire Plains. The village is located near the famous Sandstone Trail and Delamere Forest and offers picturesque buildings, two historic churches, renowned farm shops, as well as a number of excellent pubs - there is something for everyone here. Chester is located 8 miles north, and the city has quite rightly been described as 'the jewel of the North-West of England'. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the city is that within a very small area there is evidence of every period of history - from the old walls and amphitheatre of Roman times, through medieval churches, Elizabethan timber-framed town houses and Georgian terraces, to Victorian restorations and 21st century architecture. The city has much to offer the tourist, including superb shopping on the famous 'Rows', and lovely walks around the old Roman Walls, along The Groves beside the River Dee, or through the picturesque Grosvenor Park. The stunning Welsh mountains and coastline, and the market towns and villages of Cheshire and Shropshire are all within easy touring distance, whilst the nearby Wirral Peninsula has many splendid courses to tempt the golfing enthusiast.

Region Information

Note: Adults only

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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