The choughs and peregrines of Anglesey’s ragged coast are just a salt-scented stroll away across the mossy headland. And here at Anglesey Retreat, the bluebell-matted tops, the grassy dunes and the blue bays are all yours. Spot seals from your own private beach, walk the coastal path to the hillfort, dip into a different life.
Anglesey Retreat sits among 168 acres of coastal estate, high above a cobble cove. Walk the Dinas Gynfor headland, then come home to toast your toes above the underfloor heating, soak away the city in whirlpool baths and revive romance in four-poster beds. Watch the mist lick the windows. Sip Prosecco on your private balcony.
Kids get a play area, big kids get a bar and everyone will love pool and table football in the games room. When the day is done, dip into the hot tub and stare at the stars. When you’re back home and waiting for your train, you’ll close your eyes and see the wheeling gulls, taste the tangy air, feel the wind in your hair and all will be good.
The 168 acres of grounds take a chunk out of the north end of Anglesey, including Wales’ most-northerly point, high on the Dinas Gynfor cliffs. They’re wild and wonderful, a rugged and ragged mix of grassy dunes, bays, estuaries and mossy headlands. It’s a different life here – one you’ll share with choughs, peregrines, porpoises and seals.
It’s just five minutes down to your own private beach, past ancient ruins, with the gulls wheeling overhead and the air scented with salt. Walk down to the cobble cove through a wetland awash with irises and orchids, past a managed reedbed, over heather-capped clifftops.
Distractions abound. Kids will love the play area. Pack a football, hide, seek, sit in the sunshine, take a picnic out to the wooden table. At day’s end, pile into the hot tub on the patio and meet some meteors. Feel alive amid the tang of salt, the trickling breeze, the call of the birds and the bubbling water.
Celebrate, reinvigorate and reunite among family, friends, fellow hens and up to four dogs in a coastal oasis of period detail and modern tech. Anglesey Retreat offers space to party, to be apart, or to reconnect with your partner. Chat, relax, dock your devices for a little music, open the double doors to the terrace for a little in-out flow.
In the living room, you’ll get 14 on the leather sofas for a film night in front of the 42-inch TV, or hit the snug for the Xbox 360. Or go traditional and break out the board games. Up on the first floor, there’s fun for everyone in the games room. Pot some pool balls on the slate-bed table or tackle the table football.
After a sandy or muddy walk, wash your boots in the double sink in the utility room, then drop them down by the back door to dry in a handy land of coat hooks and boot space. Wash and dry your clothes here in the machines, while your dog sprawls out across the underfloor heating.
Wrap up your day in the tub chairs in the bar at the end of the dining room. Raid the ice machine and pick from champagne flutes to whisky tumblers. The period dresser hides an integrated dishwasher and drinks fridge. After card games and cocktails, head out through to the slate patio and on to the cove for beachy sundowners.
The kitchen provides the perfect melting pot of traditional farmhouse charm and modern tech. With a dual-fuel range cooker, two integrated under-counter fridges, larder fridge, two fan ovens and a five-point gas hob, you’ve no excuses. You can even chuck your dirty pots into two dishwashers when you’re done.
If you’d prefer the full hotel experience, even just for an evening, call up our chefs for beautiful fresh food from local ingredients and a spotless clean-up when they’re done. Eat in the dining room – party central – with its chunky oak tables for 20, roaring fire, heated floor and big windows with headland views. Not to mention the hidden bar.
To make life easier, you’ve got a utility space complete with double sink, freezer and ice machine. Just off the kitchen, the pantry offers extra cupboard space for dry-food storage, double sink, a larder freezer and ice machine.
Head out to Cemaes Bay for family-friendly food at The Stag or to Catch 22 in Valley for a full Welsh breakfast or even octopus and chorizo bruschetta. Go gastro at The Tavern on the Bay, try some Welsh Rarebit at The Black Lion, or just order up some lip-smacking local fish and chips at Y Wigyr.
Which is the best room? You decide. Just the ten to choose from.
The Quarry is a dual-aspect room with either a superking double or twins, plus views of the limestone cliffs. The Hill Fort is also a superking or twins with private-balcony views of the sea and the Iron Age hill fort. Hepsie’s Suite offers a kingsize bed and sea-cliff views from your own private balcony. An en-suite provides underfloor heating.
The Rose Suite comes with a romantic four-poster, vaulted ceiling and vaulted en-suite with whirlpool bath, rainshower and underfloor heating. The Nunnery Suite offers a kingsize four-poster, underfloor heating, bath and rainshower, plus views of the Old Nunnery.
Pick the Lake Suite and enjoy stunning sunsets along with a double and single, flatscreen TV and DVD, and ensuite shower room with rainshower. The Chimney Suite is a twin or superking with en-suite shower room with rainshower and great views of the headland. The Daffodil Suite is a dual-aspect double offering underfloor heating.
St Patrick’s Suite is a twin or superking with vaulted ceiling and rainshower en-suite with underfloor heating. And the Middle Mouse Suite offers either twin or superking beds plus an en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, rainshower and underfloor heating.
Hide-and-seek fans? With 168 acres of coastal estate out there, it could be a long game. Your kids might also get distracted along the way by the cobble cove, the Iron Age fort, the choughs and peregrines nesting on the heather-covered headland, and the seals and porpoises bobbing in the harbour.
Nearer base, little ones will love the 1.5 acres of garden that is home to a treehouse and garden games such as croquet, rounders, giant Jenga, boules and limbo. Ride-on tractors and a den-building area will also see hours disappear. For budding surfers, there’s a selection of wetsuits, towels and boogie boards.
Indoors, it only gets better. Dip into some Disney on one of two communal TVs (and another one in each of the bedrooms) – a 42-inch smart TV in the lounge or another complete with Xbox 360 in the snug. Up in the games room with its balcony views over the hillsides, you’ve got a slate-bed pool table, table football and board games.
There’s a stereo docking system in the dining room, BT wifi whistling around, and books galore on the shelves. If you’re bringing your baby, you’ll have the use of a full-size wooden cot and mattress with sheets provided. Three high chairs and two booster seats should also help.