Fancy a Christmas bolthole?

Fancy a Christmas getaway this year?
Beautiful and rugged Anglesey offers the perfect retreat to unwind
and spend a very special festive season away from it all.

Merrick Life spoke to our friends at holiday cottage specialists Boltholes & Hideaways who came up with some special getaway options for those looking to enjoy coast and countryside.
What’s more there’s a special offer for Merrick Life readers. Details after a trip through nine great properties to rent…


Beachcomber’s perched on the edge of the shore of the spectacular and undiscovered sandy Borthwen Beach, with the coastal path on the doorstep. This hidden hideaway is the perfect place to relax and explore the extended magnificent coastline, with its many hidden coves. Spend your days walking under the sublime beauty of skies that start at your feet, and with light that changes by the minute. Toast your feet by the fire and drink in that view. Dogs are invited too! Sleeps up to six.

Ty Deryn Y Mor

Hugging the headland and with mesmerising views Ty Deryn Y Mor, House of the Seabird, is your very own seaside haven. Sitting on the Borthwen headland with its toes in the water and coastline all around, this is the place to be for beachcombing and exploring rock pools and a toasty wood stove to hunker down next to. Dogs invited. Sleeps four/five.

Penrhyn Gwyn

Penrhyn Gwyn nestles above the shores of the Aberffraw estuary, commanding views to stay in for. Follow the footpath to the beach and in under five minutes you will be feeling the sand beneath your feet.  Walk to Aberffraw village along the coastal path for incredible food and a drink or two and then flop by the wood stove. Dogs invited for a sleep by the fire too. Sleeps four.

Borthwen Farmhouse

A large farmhouse in rural bliss just a pebble’s throw from a sandy beach. Expect captivating views, peace and rest. The traditional farmhouse has everything you need to cook for a group of friends and family. So you can dine by the Aga by candlelight or just sit and chat. The sitting room is restful with squashy leather sofas and chairs, a large wood-burner and if that gets tiresome, walk down to the beach and across the coastal paths to see little coves and the boats pass by. Sleeps 10-12 and dog welcome.

Tyn Llan

Head down a private track, past the ancient church, to rural bliss. The views from this whitewashed little Welsh listed cottage are as peaceful and calm as it gets. The beautiful gardens are a haven and with a warming wood-burner, it is no hardship to be here and sink into a squashy snuggler chair or sofa with your drink to unwind. Blow the cobwebs away at the local Aberffraw beach with the dogs too if you have any. Sleeps four.


An idyllic seaside retreat for six, perfectly placed by Penmon Priory with spell-binding views. Winding lanes at the tip of Anglesey lead past the Penmon Dovecot to find this handsome stone house surrounded by lawn and mature trees. The views are South-East to the sea and the mountains – total peace is just the tonic. Wildlife fans will swoon: spot seals and puffins nearby, wander along the footpaths through tall grasses sprinkled with wild flowers. Stride over stunning hills, cycle your socks off or fish from the shore. There’s much to do and see from your secret retreat on the hill and with an open log fire to keep warm by, this is the place to be. Sleeps six.

Afon Menai

A stylish hot tub hideaway close to the Menai Straits and beaches. Drive along the long private drive and drop into the secluded complex of Tyddyn Adda, a range of former farm buildings with views to fields of horses and woodlands. Time to relax and take a deep breath out, light the candles and laze in the hot tub made for the stars… romantics will be thrilled to bits. Around the corner are miles of coastal paths, wild swimming spots and stunning scenery. The most restorative, relaxing escape is just beginning. Dogs welcome, sleeps four.


As the name implies, this is an inspirational spot for hiding away. A privileged little path leads you from the cottage garden through the dunes to the beach of Tyn Towyn. In four glorious minutes you are on the beach.  This bit of coast is craggy and gorgeous (surfers love it). The coastal walks just unravel for miles and when the wind whips the spray off the rollers at sunset, it is memorable. Great pubs and restaurants too with The Oyster Catcher around the corner and Rhosneigr a quick hop down the road with shops, galleries and cafes to while away some much needed relaxation time.  Dogs can rest here too, sleeps four.

The Old Dairy

Sitting close to the wonderful bay at Rhoscolyn, and right on the Anglesey Coastal Path, this fabulous bolthole combines open rural surroundings with touches of modern luxury. This retreat is so much more than your average place to stay with its large garden and duck pond. It’s perfect for walkers and great for a coastal holiday as it’s a short walk or drive to the beach. An idyllic little hideaway! Sleeps two.

Exclusive Boltholes & Hideaways
Christmas getaway offer
for Merrick Life readers 

Make a booking for the Christmas period and receive a fabulous exclusive welcome hamper when you arrive at your chosen bolthole.
It includes products from some of the area’s finest speciality businesses and is the perfect aid for your rest and recuperation!

Bookings must be for during the period 21st/22nd Dec to 28th/29th Dec 2018 and be made by November 9. Please quote Merrick Life with your booking in the ‘notes’ section or verbally in order to qualify.