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

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Barn 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 and far reaching views.

The open-plan living zone 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 lambs in the adjacent field (or the telly!). Off the lounge is the good-sized bedroom with bespoke king-size wooden bed, dressing table and wardrobe. The lovely unique wet room with hand-made oak fittings 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 those using walking aids, but it is for everybody (and their pets). Please note: there are uneven areas around the property.

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.

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Robin Spreckley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2017

About Robin Spreckley

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.

Robin Spreckley purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Robin Spreckley chose Denbighshire

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Holyhead to Dublin
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Ty Mawr, Gwyddelwern
Nearest Beach
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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Corwen in Denbighshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
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. Views to to the surrounding hills and Clocaenog Forest in the distance. Parking - one designated space. The owners' converted barn is across the large, attractive farmyard. / Towels / Linen : Towels and linen included.


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Quality 1 Bed Barn Conversion In Lovely Elevated Rural Position Near Ruthin, .
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 16 reviews

Nice, peaceful and homely.

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from an amazingly relaxing weekend here, waking up to know more than the sounds of birds and sheep was perfect.

I would recommend the shipton to anyone, I am going to return and have another relaxing weekend there.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, Quiet Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage in a beautiful and quiet location. Brilliant facilities. Warm and friendly welcome. Stayed for 2 nights but should have stayed longer. Throughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well equipped barn conversion in tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 2 nights and brought our cat - all three of us had a lovely, relaxing break. The location is in the heart of the Denbighshire countryside and unspoilt views serve as a perfect backdrop for anyone looking for a bit of downtime from the work routine. The property is comfortable, well equipped and very clean. Hosts Jan and Robin are friendly and welcoming, and we were pretty much left to ourselves to enjoy doing very little!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that you enjoyed the place and surrounding, thanks for your nice comments.
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Lovely, friendly welcome. Excellent very cosy, clean and well equipped cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Robin and Jan made us feel very welcome. The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed to enjoy a relaxing weekend. We put the well equipped kitchen through its paces and were able to cook great food with no problems. The surrounding area is very tranquil and we will definitely book again to see more of if. Tony and Deb

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property with lovely owners

  • 5 of 5

The property is clearly well maintained and the attention and quality of the entire cottage is apparent throughout. It's both beautiful as well as having all the amenities one would need for a break in the country. Both Robin and Jan were more than welcoming and gave us the necessary introduction to the cottage. I especially like the wet room shower which is something I've never experienced before. Would highly recommend and will stay again if I am ever in the area. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Corwen, Wales

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Half term
23 Feb 2018 - 1 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early spring
2 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
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. 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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