We spent a wonderful week in Penlan Cottage, Carrog last month. On arrival we were grateful for the welcome pack, bread, milk, tea, coffee, etc. The house was clean, comfortable and well equipped with a riverside patio complete with barbecue and gas heater. There was also a private access to the River Dee and there was a kayak in which myself and other younger members of the family enjoyed “battling” the current on the river. We were fortunate in that the weather was fine with a lot of sunshine every day.
The views from the cottage were spectacular; a picturesque bridge over the Dee, sheep bleating and grazing contentedly in the field on the other bank cheek by jowl with families picnicking, sunbathing, walking their dogs and playing in the river.
Beyond there every so often we could see the billowing ribbon of smoke from the loco of the Llangollen Steam Railway against a backdrop of gentle hills as it chugged resolutely to and fro between Llangollen and Corwen.
Just over the bridge is Carrog Station from where we took the steam train the 8 or so miles into Llangollen and returned later in the afternoon. This brought back fond memories of the Age of Steam to my Dad and fascinated my 2&1/2 yo nephew who was treated to close-up view of the footplate. During the week we enjoyed good meals in Llangollen at The Cottage Tea Rooms, the Cornmill and the Royal Hotel.
One morning we hired a small, self-drive canal-boat on the Llangollen Canal for a day. I’m afraid our navigation skills along the narrow waterway failed to impress my Dad who initially berated us whenever we hit the bank. Thankfully he mellowed considerably as the voyage progressed and a after a couple of pints. Although an incorrigible chauvinist he voted my sister-in-law the best “helmsman”. We crossed the impressive Pontcysyllte aqueduct, moored near the Aqueduct Inn where we had drinks and a nice meal before before sailing back to Llangollen. It really was a memorable and enjoyable day out.
My elder brother who is a keen cyclist was out nearly every day riding his bike for miles, he thought the area was brilliant for such a pursuit.
More or less opposite Penlan Cottage is the Grouse Inn. We ate and drank there three or four times during the week. The food was very good and the ambience in the large covered outdoor extension was leisurely and relaxed.
I would recommend Penlan Cottage to anyone desiring a pleasant, comfortable and eventful holiday.
Fabulous location for this cottage in quiet village and very handy for our Zip Wire trip which was the main purpose of our stay. The house is well equipped and warm. You need to be fairly fit to cope with all the stairs and even after a four day stay kept forgetting whether we should be going up or down stairs !!
Second time we've stayed there. Cottage great location, wonderful views of the valley. Cottage very comfortable, good living rooms and spacious bedrooms. Grouce inn excellent and very close.