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Large 400yr Old Cottage Right On The Seafront In Historic Walled Castle Town.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,050 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Historic seafront cottage set against castle walls in Conwy, North Wales - Spectacular location, stunning scenery, centre of major attractions, a wonderful holiday awaits!

Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor for the area, Royal Oak Cottage is right on the sea front of the Conwy estuary and is built against the 13th century castle walls of old Conwy town. In fact, the castle walls form the rear wall of the enclosed patio area. You could not imagine a more perfect location. The cottage underwent extensive restoration and renovation in recent years and has been a holiday let since 2012. The cottage is of historic significance and has been owned and associated with some quite famous people of the past. Find out who and when in the visitors book when you arrive for your special break.

Rebecca Smith
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Rebecca Smith

My partner Becky and I are huge fans of the coast, scenery and places of significant historical interest. Add to that our enjoyment of local traditional market towns and friendly people and you will understand why we fell in love with this Conwy holiday cottage. We would like to live here but work commitments keep us living in Cheshire, about 60 miles away from the cottage. Conwy has been voted into the top 20 best places to live in the whole of the UK. Cheshire is nice but not as nice as Conwy, but heh, you cannot have everything in life! If you are lucky enough to find that your preferred dates are free and not already booked up, then fantastic! We promise, along with our cleaning team, to make your stay as welcome, enjoyable, memorable and as smooth as possible.

Rebecca Smith purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Rebecca Smith chose Conwy Town

Life can sometimes deliver an unbelievable stroke of luck. Along with the castle, the most visited place in Conwy is the Smallest House in Great Britain. Whilst visiting, we noticed Royal Oak Cottage on the quay, which happens to be just two doors away from the smallest house, was up for sale. A once in a lifetime opportunity was upon us. The opportunity to buy a seafront property (sea is 5 strides away), surrounded by a mostly intact 13th century Edward I castle, on the edge of Snowdonia national park, within 25 metres of an historic market town and within walking distance of a 3 mile long beach. That would have been enough, except that we discovered that the cottage was more than 400 years old, was Grade II listed, was in a conservation area and was once a Fishermans pub -The Royal Oak Inn. Of course we bought it!

What makes this cottage unique

The holiday benefits are too long to list in just 2000 characters but here is a snapshot from a very long list of things to do and places to see in Conwy and the surrounding area. Sleeps up to 8 people. River Conwy estuary literally outside front door. Castle wall forms back garden boundary and main body of the mostly intact Edward I castle is just 250m away. The famous Liverpool Arms pub is 50m away, Conwy town is literally a 2 minute walk with lots of traditional shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and gift shops. The first beach is just 50m away and the marina with hundreds of yachts and sail boats is just 200m away. The whole of Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep with the gorgeous Sychnant Pass into Snowdonia starting just half a mile behind the house. There are far too many mountain climbing and walking opportunities to list and the drives are stupendous for those who prefer to explore by car. Llandudno is across the bay with lots of shopping and children's attractions not to mention the pier, the great orme, ski slopes, ancient mines and more! Three high class golf courses within 3 miles of the cottage. Thomas Telford's 1826 suspension bridge and the National Trust toll house 500ms away. Within easy reach by car or train are countless more famous tourist attractions including Anglesey (William & Kate’s former home), Betws-Y-Coed (waterfalls), Blaenau Ffestiniog (slate mines), Portmeirion (TV set), Beddgelert (Legend of Gelert), Caernarfon (Castle), Llanberis (Snowdon). I could write much more but I am not allowed any more characters by this website!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here are the last 3 reviews as I write, not cherry picked, just straight out of the book.....

"Lovely comfortable cottage in a great location. Had lovely meals at Castle View Inn Deganwy, Alfredos, Conwy Water Gardens and the Dutch Pancake House".

"Great cottage, great location, weather excellent, sorry we could not stay longer".

"Lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Lovely restoration of a beautiful building". Ingham family.
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Conwy Town in Conwy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower over bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Separate Shower Cubicle
  • Two bathrooms are on the first floor. Bathroom 1 has a WC, bath and shower. The floor is tiled and contains a chrome radiator. Bathroom 2 has a WC and shower enclosure. The floor is tiled and contains a traditional column white/chrome radiator.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King Size Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Two individual single beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Two individual single beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king size traditional framed double bed. Bedroom 2 has a traditional framed double bed. Both bedroom 3 and bedroom 4 have twin single beds in each. All mattresses the high quality Silentnight Miracoil models. All rooms have sea views.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Everyone is welcome including families, couples, friends, single sex groups, children and a maximum of two well behaved pets at no extra cost. Damages will be chargeable so please do not leave pets, children or drunks alone or unattended! This holiday cottage is absolutely ideal for special interest groups of all kinds and provides an ideal base for a myriad of activities. Too many to list in fact! Royal Oak Cottage is almost exclusively demanded as a holiday home but has also been used for wedding guest accommodation, a central location for entertainment professionals, family get togethers, short term let for house moves and a place to stay for visits to relations in the Conwy/North Wales area. The size, location and convenience of the amenities make it suitable for brilliant holidays and short breaks but also many other accommodation needs. Outside: Outside the front door you are directly onto the quay and the harbour front. On days when there is a high spring tide, you may be only a few steps from the sea! At the back there is a small yard/outdoor space that is enclosed by a towering 5ft thick 700+ year old castle wall! Because of this, there is no rear access to the yard except for exceptionally good climbers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen, bath mats and tea towels are included and will be clean and in place on your arrival. These are for your use during the whole of your stay. You will not be disturbed by us or the cleaning team during your holiday. Other: The dining room has a traditional dark wood dining table with seating for 8. An open stone fireplace is next to the table and both the living and dining rooms are heated by large traditional ornate cast iron radiators. Both rooms have sea views.


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average rating of 4.88 based on 26 reviews

Fatastic stay - wonderful cottage - brilliantially equipped. Faultless

  • 5 of 5

Stayed towards the middle/end of December 2017 - the second consecutive year we have stayed. Very clean, all equipment, in excellent working order. Very warm dwelling (which helps with elderly parents staying with us), very comfy beds, very clean. Well maintained cottage. Also Chad replied very quickly via text to a query I had.

I cannot praise this cottage enough - there is not a word in the English dictionary which describes how fantastic it was.

Needless to say, I am in the process of booking it for a third year in 2018.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well it is always a pleasure to hear when guests enjoy Royal Oak Cottage! So glad you want to return and thank you for a glowing review!! Hope the sun always shines on your holidays in Conwy! Regards Becky & Chad
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Excellent Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We have just spent a week in this lovely cottage and really enjoyed it. It's a great family house and very well equipped with wonderful views from all the bedrooms. Dawn, the cleaner, was extremely helpful and let us know as soon as the house was ready for us to start our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your holiday! Please stay with us again in the future x
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Superb cottage beautifully restored and great location.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need and is very comfortable. We stayed the week that the beast from the east struck and we're very warm and cosy here. The only downside was the availability of parking there is near by parking but having to be up at 8am each morning to top up the metre otherwise a fabulous place to stay and our party enjoyed our stay in the picturesque town of Conwy where we found everyone very friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lesley for your lovely review! The free parking spaces next to the property are usually available on and off throughout the day. In the evening when the tourists go home more become available. Apparently Major sewer works had been going on whilst your visit and all the work men used up all the spaces!!! I have complained to the council regarding this matter so hopefully it wont be a problem in the future. You are very welcome to return again in the future ! Becky & Chad x
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It’s brilliant

  • 5 of 5

Really superb property wonderful position right on the harbour. Very convenient for the town & beach.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your holiday! Please stay with us again in the future x
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Great location, perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd stay at Royal Oak cottage. A brilliant location right on the quayside. Everything in Conwy just a walk away. A superb base for exploring Snowdonia & North Wales, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great holiday! We would welcome you back anytime in the new year! Regards Becky & Chad.
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A beautiful, deceptively spacious house.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, with plenty of room for 8 people and everything you could need. We loved our stay in this very comfortable house.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review! You are always welcome to return! Regards Becky & Chad.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liverpool John Lennon
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Liverpool Arms
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Conwy Links Golf Course
Nearest Train
300 Metres
Conwy Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
More than 15 within 200 metres
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Llandudno Dry Ski Slope
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Conwy Beach
Car: not necessary


You are only 5 metres from everything you could wish for regarding the coast and beaches! Outside the front door is the first small beach and the quay. Turn left outside the front door and 3 minutes walk away is a 1 mile riverside walk to the yacht marina that takes you past your second larger beach just 100 metres away. It is only a 20 minute walk to the marina and another 3 minute walk past the marina will take you onto an enormous sandy beach that stretches all the way round to Penmaenmawr - approx 3 miles of beach. And there is a lot more beach and coast than this.............


The nearest international airport is Liverpool followed by Manchester. Liverpool is approx 45 miles away and Manchester about 90 miles away. The nearest railway station is within 5 minutes walking distance at Conwy and connects to the main railway network via Chester. There are fast Virgin trains to Chester from London. Once at the cottage, car use is not essential but handy if you want to explore further afield into Snowdonia. There is an Avis car hire outlet in Llandudno which is 1 mile away.


Old walled town of Conwy is a 1 minute walk. Also Conwy has many festivals, exhibitions and parades throughout the year. Conwy castle is a 5 minute walk. Sychnant pass is 1/2 mile away. Llandudno centre for shopping and children is 4 miles. Snowdonia national park 5 miles. Many other attractions within 10 miles. Betws-Y-Coed 10 miles, Electric Mountain 20 miles, Snowdon - highest mountain in Wales 20 miles. Anglesey, former home of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 30 miles.

Further Details:

There are various supermarkets within 2 miles of the cottage and a Spar convenience shop within 5 walking minutes in the town. The town has everything you would expect from a small to medium sized town. There are a number of traditional pubs including the "Albion" which specialises in real ales and the famous "Liverpool Arms" just a little further down the quay. There are many traditional cafes and restaurants to choose from that are within a 5 minute walk. Conwy is full of interesting shops and generally does not allow "chain stores" so it retains an old fashioned charm about it. In terms of outdoor activities, you have too many to mention. The most popular though are cycling, walking, kayaking, kite surfing, sailing and golfing. In terms of indoor activities, you have art exhibitions, craft fairs, library and a whole host of similar activities.


There is a free car park 20 metres away on Lower Gate Street which has about 12 spaces but it is first come, first served and it is the most desirable car park in Conwy. After 6pm though, you have a very good chance to get one space there, maybe two. Failing that, there are 3 more cost effective car parks with relatively cheap night time rates from just 50p that are only 4 minutes walk from the house. During the day (between 9am and 6pm) they vary from £1 for 1 hours to £4.50 for 8 hours. Overnight parking from 6pm to 9am is just 50 pence. Meanwhile here is a link to the nearest car parks with map and rates listed


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are taken up to 18 months in advance. In order to secure a booking, a 25% non-refundable deposit will be required with the remainder due 14 days before your arrival date. Payment can be made by online bank transfer (BACS), a £GBP cheque or by credit or debit card through Owners Direct online payment system.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday for 7 night stays. We aim to be flexible though. We respectfully ask guests to vacate the cottage by 11am on departure day so that it can be prepared for the next guests to arrive.

Notes on prices:
Weekly pricing is based on the minimum 7 night stay. The price per night will increase by approx 20% per night for each night under 7 nights. Prices range from £65 per night for 7 night stays (£8.17 per person based on 8 people) dependent on season or the many festivals at Conwy. Multi week stays are also very welcome. Please email us through owners direct for exact quote and telephone us on 07809 380265 for any questions. To reserve your preferred dates, we only require a 25% deposit to secure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.