Our Top 3 National Trust Properties in North Wales
Updated: Dec 7, 2021
Many of our guests at The Old Mill Holiday Cottages are National Trust members, so we thought it would be useful to share our recommendations on ‘Our top 3 National Trust Properties in North Wales’. All accessible within an hours’ drive of the cottages.
Located on the Welsh-English border Chirk Castle is an imposing medieval castle set within 480 acres of grounds, it also has award winning manicured gardens covering 5.5 acres a shop and café. The castle was turned into the elegant family home of the Myddelton Family from 1595. The interiors of the castle are open to the public and showcase 400 years of changing tastes, beautifully preserved rooms, with antique furniture, lavish soft furnishings, tapestries and paintings of the day.
Sat Nav Postcode LL14 5AF
Travel Time 47 minutes (28 miles)
Some seasonality, please check website before travel Chirk Castle | National Trust
Chirk Castle is located very close to the UNESCOs Heritage site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Only a 10 -minute drive further on). Why not combine your visit with an afternoon exploring the stunning scenery of the aqueduct and marvel at this amazing engineering feat? The aqueduct was completed in 1805 and it remains the highest canal aqueduct in the world!
For those of you with a head for heights, you can walk over the aqueduct, enjoy a canal boat ride over, or even kayak (Which I was lucky enough to do a few years ago!).
Sat Nav Postcode LL20 7TG
Travel Time (From the cottages) 43 minutes (26 miles)
Enjoy a day exploring the fascinating and vast, Grade I stately home of Erddig, beautifully presented within stunning 1,900-acre park land. The behind-the-scenes insight you get from exploring the huge servants’ quarters, gives you an appreciation of the sheer work and number of staff that were involved in running a stately home of this size, including stable yard, laundry, kitchens, housekeeping, game keepers and gardeners. There is also a unique collection of over 200 years of Erddigs’ family and servants documented in portraits, and photos, which is on display, apparently nothing of such breath survives anywhere else in the world.
Sat Nav Postcode LL13 0YT
Travel Time 40 minutes (22 miles)
Some seasonality, please check website before travel Erddig | National Trust
Is a stunning garden for all seasons!
Established in 1874 (Just 12 years before The Old Mill was built!) by scientist, businessman and Politician Henry Pochin. The gardens have been developed by 5 generations of one family, and span 80 acres of hillside, sweeping lawns, grand terraces, and lush woodland. The gardens are stocked full of rare and beautiful plants from around the world and sit amidst a picturesque back drop of the Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia.
The rose gardens are said to be one of the finest in Wales, and the Laburnum Arch which forms a huge golden tunnel of blooms in May, has become a real bucket list attraction. With a great range of restaurants, plant nurseries, craft, and boutique gifts shops available, Bodnant Gardens is said to be ‘A Welsh inspiration for Gardeners, Art and Craft Lovers’ and a great place to visit whatever the weather!
Sat Nav Postcode - LL28 5RE
Travel Time 38 minutes (30 miles)
Opening Hours – Some seasonality, please check website before travel.
Winter - 10.00 -16.00 (last entry 15.00)
The Old Mill Holiday Cottages
Looking for somewhere to stay while exploring North Wales? Check out our small family run, self-catering complex, located on a unique and picturesque mill complex www.old-mill.co.uk
With over 80+ 5-star reviews and a popular (Dog friendly) pub restaurant just next door.
We have x4 cottages to choose from:
* Millers Cottage, Sleeps 2 + 1 dog prices from £295 per week.
* The Long Barn, Sleeps 4 + up to 2 dogs’ prices from £429 per week.
* The Roost, sleeps 2 (Sorry no pets) prices from £361 per week
* The Hayloft, sleeps 2 (Sorry no pets) prices from £295 per week
X3 night short breaks also available.
We look forward to welcoming you!