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Quality 1 Bed Barn Conversion In Lovely Elevated Rural Position Near Ruthin, .



Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Barn in Melin-y-Wig, Nr. Ruthin, Wales - Attractive, Open Plan Conversion with garden. Quiet. Accessible And Ideal For Two

Off the busy tourist trail, deep in the country, two miles from the nearest main road with no passing traffic, you have found the perfect, peaceful location for a 'get away from it all’ holiday. Previously a farm, the yard now has three homes spaced around it- the Shippon having pride of place at the top, with a private garden to the rear.

The open-plan living area has a well-equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs. There is a comfortable lounge area facing the double french doors to the private fenced garden, where you can watch the sunset over the hills, the birds at the feeder or the gamboling lambs in the adjacent field (or the telly). Off the lounge is the good-sized bedroom with bespoke king-size bed, dressing table and wardrobe. The lovely unique wet room with hand-made oak fittings and trim is spacious and a pleasure to use and unlike some wet-rooms the shower doesn't have to splash everywhere.

The place is designed for ease of use by wheelchair users and the disabled or elderly, but it is for everybody (and their pets).

Bryn Halen Mawr nestles 290 metres high in the heavenly Denbighshire hills with spectacular open views to the Clwydians, Clocaenog forest and towards Snowdonia.

It is easy to reach and ideally situated for exploring North Wales. Chester is 45 minutes drive, Manchester and Liverpool just over an hour and Birmingham under 2 hours. Snowdonia is 35 minutes away, North and West Coasts just an hour's drive and many beauty spots and attractions closer. With picturesque walks from the door and other great rambles nearby, this undiscovered countryside reveals stunning views in every direction. Even in North Wales, renowned for its beauty, this area stands out.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Jan and Robin Spreckley and we moved to Bryn Halen Mawr from Twickenham in 2003. The old farmhouse and derelict barns were ideal so Robin could develop his existing practical skills with a barn conversion project. We lived in the Farmhouse for 2 years while renovating and redecorating it and we moved into the barn one week before the first guests arrived in the farmhouse for Easter 2005. In those 2 years, we were always working on some part of the house. The Shippon was finished in 2006, the windows, doors & interior planned and built by Robin and a handy neighbour. Jan's done all kinds of jobs and Robin does woodwork commissions for near and far from a workshop in a former cowshed. We enjoy DIY, gardening and growing a little fruit and veg.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

“We have over 40 years self catering experience in a variety of properties and, to be honest, not many could equal let alone excel the Shippon in terms of quality of finish, level of provision, cleanliness and locality. All are excellent. We love the rustic charm of the cottage, particularly the carpentry and joinery. The ideal location for our much needed winter break.” Brian and Marian, Carlisle.

“We have stayed in many cottages over the years, but this is undoubtedly the best. Thank you for a really quality experience: the warm welcome, beautifully fitted & equipped kitchen & the garden herbs which we were able to make good use of. We were impressed by the quality of the woodwork and fittings!

An excellent holiday.” Peter and Marie from Yorkshire
Apr 2012
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10 Reviews

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Lovely quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage, the perfect location to get away from it all. The area is very quiet and relaxing, there's a lovely enclosed private garden at the back, perfect for bird watching. The hosts were very friendly and left us to it. We had everything we needed, place was spotless, couldn't fault it at all. If you're looking for a nice relaxing getaway this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely converted barn, in quiet, peaceful surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

A well converted barn, with beautiful woodwork. Well equipped & comfortable. Extremely quiet & peaceful surroundings. Very pleasant, helpful owners.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cosy home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location, very friendly owners who let us be the entire weekend. The place itself was amazing, even the rain didn't ruin our weekend as we got to spend more time inside!!!! Will definitely be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great little Barn

  • 4 of 5

Great very pretty little Barn, great to to watch all the birds we could have sat there all day watching them very peaceful the pussey was very friendly,

Only down side was that the heating needs looking at some time it worked and some time it doesn't not to good when it was very cold when we were there and the owner was on holiday so we could not report it to him other wise it was great we will be back sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The barn is usually very cosy and warm. Before going away, I made sure that the guest had my mobile number and knew I was contactable. What I did not emphasize enough is that I would prefer to be made aware of a problem, even on holiday, so I can put it right. In this case someone was here every day to feed the cats and do laundry, and I had frequent telephone contact with them. The weather did turn very cold during their stay. The heating issue could have been addressed straight away, or a further electric heater provided, had the guest called, texted or emailed me. Before the next guests arrived (and before I saw this review), I tested the heating and found there was some air in the system, which I could have dealt with quickly, even from Cornwall. The comfort of the guests is absolutely first priority, regardless of whether I am on holiday, but I can do nothing about any issue if I only learn about it weeks after their stay. The heating system is in good working order.
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Lovely holuday

  • 5 of 5

Lovely holiday in the barn conversion . Loved watching the birds and the views are amazing . Thankyou Robin and Jan.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage in superbe rural and quiet area.

  • 5 of 5

We, a couple from the Netherlands, spent a wonderful holiday in the Shippon cottage. Robin and Jan were very friendly and helpful if you needed some advice or help, but they also respect the guests' privacy. So a good balance.

We enjoyed the smell of the blooming jasmin in the greenhouse of Robin and Jan, and also of the beautiful small "seringenboom" in the garden of Shippon. When we arrived there were nice little jars with some of those lovely flowers, which created a welcoming atmosphere. The small town Ruthin is very nice to do your shopping and to have a drink or bite in one of the pubs and restaurants. For us the cottage was a wonderful place from which we have had the opportunity to make several trips to Snowdonia (we took the cable train to the summit of the mount Snowdon), Anglesey and the peninsula in the south west. We visited several of the magnificent castles and gardens all over Wales and enjoyed a boat trip to Puffin Island. We really can recommend the Shippon, so give it a try and find out for yourself!

We would like to give two suggestions to the owners, Robin and Jan:

1. Provide the cottage with a coffee machine; maybe this is specific for Dutch guests like us, we like to drink a nice coffee in the morning and the evening. There was just a tiny cafetiere but we managed to make our Dutch filter coffee with a thermos and a funnel. ;-)

2. The iron garden table + chairs are lovely to look at, but they are not sitting very comfortably. Some relax chairs would be a very nice addition.

Nevertheless: the overall conclusion is that we had a wonderful time in the Shippon of Robin and Jan Spreckley.

Irene and Ben

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We looked in this area because property was available with outbuildings ripe for conversion and as soon as we saw the area we were bowled over by the beauty of the rural landscape. It felt away from the madding crowd, yet easily reached from several major cities in the North West and the Midlands. The area seemed to have a lot of untapped potential as a tourist destination, especially for people wanting a weekend away from it all without spending too much time in the car getting there.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liverpool at 53 Miles Nearest Ferry : Holyhead to Dublin at 65 Miles Nearest Golf : Pwglass at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Chirk at 23 Miles Nearest Motorway : M56 at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ty Mawr, Gwyddelwern at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Prestatyn at 30 Miles Car: necessary


Many of North Wales' best beaches on the north and west coast, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey are around an hour's drive The nearest is Rhyl, 40 mins by car.


Car essential. Liverpool and Manchester airports are 75 mins drive


Nearest main town Ruthin (best for everyday shopping, pubs and restaurants) 10 miles 15- 20 mins drive. Llangollen (lively, pretty tourist/outdoor activities) half an hour; 15 miles. Chester 45 mins. Snowdonia 25 minutes, Betws-y-Coed 30 mins, foot of Mt Snowdon 40 mins.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Chtistmas and New Year
22 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Guests are required to sign booking confirmation and terms and conditions. Honesty policy regarding damage/breakages, no security deposit required. 2 dogs allowed no extra charge. Guests are liable for undeclared breakages, extra heavy cleaning and dog fouling charges, which will be notified within 7 days of departure.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover. In the low season, from November to March this can be flexible. Weekday changeovers are available if the previous weekend is booked. Arrival after 2 pm; departure by 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Short break week ends are available in the low season, starting Friday, at approximately 65% of the weekly price for a three day weekend and 75% for a 4 night one. Good value midweek short breaks are available if the previous weekend is booked. Please ask. Central heating and electricity included in the price. No normal extras or surcharges.

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From the Owner

The property is so peaceful, the view over from the living room and garden so gorgeous it is amazingly relaxing. Add the abundant bird life seen from the comfort of the sofa and the pleasure of using a simple, well-thought-out property with bespoke joinery and it is very hard to leave. The proper wet room is also a joy.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Spacious wet- room type-no steps
  • En suite spacious wet room. Power shower with seat and hand rail, wc with hand rail, wall mounted sink with paddle taps, wide sliding door. No steps or changes of level.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with king-size double bed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: . The Shippon has been designed and built specifically as a comfortable holiday cottage that is a pleasure to stay in for everybody including elderly and disabled. There is plenty of space and doorways are wide and access throughout is easy. Paths and access are of slate and all handrails and shower seats are hand made in oak. There is no institutional white plastic. Outside: Shippon: Outside is the private patio and garden with two trees visited by many birds. Raised patio border planted with herbs and small lawn. Extensive views. Bordered on one side by the owners' 7.5 acre meadow/coppice and small orchard. Views to to the surrounding hills and Clocaenog Forest in the distance. Parking - large car park at the entrance to the farmyard. The owners' converted barn is across the large, attractive farmyard. / Towels / Linen : Towels and linen included.

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