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Short Break - Breeze Cottage, Church Bay, Anglesey

PUBLISHED: 16:21 08 March 2012 | UPDATED: 12:47 16 May 2016

Sunset at Church Bay viewed from the balcony at Bwythyn Awel

Sunset at Church Bay viewed from the balcony at Bwythyn Awel

Church Bay on Anglesey is quiet, unspoilt and vaguely quaint. Breeze Cottage is anything but old-fashioned PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEL PARRY

The kitchen at Bwythyn AwelThe kitchen at Bwythyn Awel

Church Bay is one of Anglesey’s lesser known gems. Should I tell you about it? I don’t want you all to rush there and spoil the tranquillity. It looks out across the sea to the comparative hustle and bustle of Holyhead.

This north-west corner is perhaps the least developed part of the Anglesey coastline. There is hardly anything at this quiet spot, apart from a pretty beach, a restaurant, a cafe and the oldest thatched cottage in all of Wales.

It’s a perfect location then for a peaceful holiday home whose rustic exterior belies its urbane interior. Breeze Cottage is a split-level property with fantastic views of Church Bay and the vast skyline.

Property developer Andy Hall from Wilmslow clearly loves the view too because the Bwythyn Awel cottage - and his two adjoining properties - have clearly been designed with the enjoyment of gazing at the splendid scenery as a priority. Our cottage had a fair-sized balcony (as the picture shows) to sit on, glass of wine in hand.

Tranquil Church BayTranquil Church Bay

And large windows on the side of the property facing the bay maximise all gazing opportunities. The view inside is pretty good too: a state-of-the-art Neff kitchen in black lacquer, Welsh slate flooring and subtle seaside touches enhance the otherwise minimalist decor. This location proved to be ideal for exploring a corner of the island we know little about.

Andy Hall clearly loves Anglesey. He has invested a staggering £3 million in these holiday cottages and several more at Cemaes Bay.

On our way home we met him in Cemaes at his newest challenge. One of the properties, perched on the edge of the water at Cemaes used to be the holiday retreat of Lord and Lady Mostyn. Andy’s clearly proud of the results of his work (most of them are now ready for rental) which retain the essential character of the properties but give them 21st century technology and styling.

Cemaes is a little livelier than Church Bay, but essentially it’s quiet and quaint. We popped into The Stag Inn around the corner from the Mostyns’ old home, for a hearty and very inexpensive meal. Like Church Bay there isn’t a great deal to do in Cemaes - and that’s why it’s so loveable. But please, don’t all rush at once.

Louise Allen-Taylor

For more information about this accommodation at Church Bay and Cemaes Bay visit www.breezecottages.co.uk

For information about Anglesey visit www.visitanglesey.co.uk or contact Anglesey TIC 01248 713177



The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012  issue of Cheshire Life 

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