Erw Rhys

A hideaway for couples, families or a group of friends in the hills with a wood burning stove and inspiring sea and countryside views

Peace envelops Erw Rhys. A web of green Anglesey country lanes leads you off the main route to the cottage hiding amongst a cluster of weathered trees. No noise, no light pollution and no neighbours. No-one is quite sure when Erw Rhys was built but suffice that this solid stone cottage is ancient. It is pretty too, clinging to the mossy side of the hillside near Church Bay, with sheep fields and pine forests soaring below. There are inspirational, wrap-around seas views from this uplifting, wild spot just a twenty-minute walk from the beach.

The interior is atmospheric, cottage-cosy, full of personality and touched by appropriate detail – a chest used as a side table, storm lanterns and warm throws.

On the ground floor, there is a handsome wood burning stove which belts out heat from the vast inglenook – the perfect place to rustle up some Welsh cakes after a blustery walk! A lovely view-filled sitting room has a big friendly sofa to hunker down in after a long walk.

Local carpenter Owen made the kitchen at Erw Rhys in keeping with what was there. It is a simple country style room with parquet wooden flooring, large oak table and red and white gingham curtains through which the most awesome views can distract you as you cook.

The sweet bathroom has panoramic sea views from the roll top bath so you can watch the boats sail by from the bubbles. Or have a brisk shower after a long walk.

Downstairs is a crisp twin room and next to it a calm, uncluttered double bedroom with traditional furniture. There is no darkness or pokiness upstairs either. The large open room at the top with huge pitch pine beams has two large skylights perfect for star gazing. It is perfect for children to play or as a third bedroom for two.

As for the garden, steeply sloping in parts, it is lovely with lawns and shrubs overlooking the rolling views. If you need to join the Madding Crowd then it is close to the Wavecrest Cafe, Church Bay Inn and The Lobster Pot restaurant in nearby Church Bay. The nearest local shop is in Llanfaethlu village, about two miles away, where you will also find The Black Lion pub which offers locally produced food and even welcomes well-behaved dogs.

Hop over the lane and wander along the hedgerows to paddle and splash at the local beach at Church Bay. Or take a walk along the Anglesey Coastal Path, that skirts past Erw Rhys. Cemlyn National Trust nature reserve is on the doorstep about half a mile away with a fantastic shingle ridge, from which you may watch a host of water birds on the lagoon and walk back along the lane. On this walk, you’ll pass the home of the first person to fly from Wales to Ireland, Captain Vivian Hewitt, who also created the lagoon.

Hikers, birdwatchers and peace-seekers will love this place so bring your walking boots and tramp the trails. Bring the binoculars too, you might just spot a skylark! It is an inspiring place where nature can provide the itinerary.

  • Peaceful location with large garden and sea views
  • Sleeps 6 with three bedrooms and one bathroom
  • Accommodation can cater for 6 guests
  • First double bedroom with double bed
  • Second double bedroom with two singles beds
  • Third double bed in large airy upstairs area
  • Family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower and heated towel rail
  • Living area with sofa seating for 6
  • TV/DVD and Freeview
  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge/small freezer and table with seating for 6
  • Cupboards in kitchen accommodate a washing machine.
  • Heating via radiators (Calor combi boiler)
  • High chair and travel cot available
  • Electricity and all bills included
  • Parking for three cars outside
  • BBQ
  • No smoking
  • On two floors
  • Dogs welcome – up to three dependent upon sizes – at an extra cost of £20 per dog
  • Wifi
  • Mobile reception average
  • Restaurant within three miles
  • Pub within three miles
  • Local shop within three miles
  • Public transport available within a mile
  • Please note: a 30% deposit (excluding last minute bookings) and a booking fee is required at the time of booking.

“Thank you again for letting us have your beautiful cottage Eryl Rhys. It’s four years since we were last there and I’d forgotten how beautiful and stunning it really is! Summit was also reached, had a lovely time.  Just what was needed pure relaxation, walking, peace and quiet. We will be booking with you again. Once again thank you and your staff for such a lovely holiday.” 

” Back from staying at Erw Rhys and just dropping a line to say thank you and what a stunning place it is! Really loved the views and peacefulness of the place , and great weather too Sunday we sat out on the lawn and had a picnic with the birds of prey circling above our head glorious. So thank you again and I will be booking to return again soon. Thank you. “


” I have been meaning to email you and say a massive ‘thank you’. We had a wonderful stay at Erw Rhys. It is such a beautiful spot. It couldn’t have been closer to the Wedding which was great, and we were totally spoilt with the weather, so all in all a great week! The lady who does your cleaning was also very helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Boltholes and Hideaways again. Thank you very much. “


” We have loved the time spent on the hill here. A great place to relax and unwind. Butterfies and wild flowers galore. Loved the roll top bath. Many thanks. “



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