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People have lived and worked in this place for hundreds of years.  The old whitewashed farmhouse was built in 1620 and is a traditional Welsh long house.

Gwenoldy sits at right angles to the house and was converted in 2004 from the stable and forge which once served the farm.  Opposite the cottage is the old bakehouse, with its original wood-fired bread oven, and the stone-built pigsties, now used by us for storing logs and by swallows for their annual breeding visits.

Coed y Mynydd Isaf (Lower Mountain Wood) is no longer the centre of a working farm, but on our two acres we grow much of our own fruit and vegetables, using organic methods and local varieties as much as we can. Visitors are welcome to pick herbs from the cottage and kitchen gardens, and children can help us to collect our hens' new-laid eggs.

Many of our guests come to Gwenoldy to get away from the modern world. However, if you do wish to keep in touch, an internet-enabled computer is provided for your use in the bakehouse. A wireless connection for your laptop is also available in the cottage. Good mobile telephone reception is available on all networks.

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If required, we can provide a travel cot, a high chair and a stairgate free of charge.

We try to be as environmentally friendly as we can (read our environmental statement) and garden as far as possible along organic lines.

The cottage has central heating, double glazed windows, well insulated walls and roof, a wood-burning stove and energy-efficient electrical appliances. We use low energy lightbulbs and eco-friendly finishes wherever we can.

You are encouraged to recycle as much as possible and to contribute your vegetable waste, even if it is only a couple of apple cores, to one of our compost bins.

Most of our visitors arrive by car and ample parking is available for two vehicles. Public transport and a host of walking opportunities offer you a break from driving during your stay.  

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Gwenoldy (Swallows' Rest) a luxury 5 star self-catering cottage in the Clwydian Hills of NE Wales

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