Capel Pennant

Chirk Castle estate, near Llangollen, NE Wales
Guests: 2       Wifi: not available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

Capel Pennant

about the property

Doubtless the best holiday cottage near Llangollen in North Wales, this luxury conversion of a traditional estate cottage on the NT Chirk Castle estate is truly one of the finest holiday cottages in all of North Wales.

Is this the most romantic cottage in North Wales? We think so! No. 7 in The Times list of Top 10 Country Estate Holiday Lets!

"The interior of Capel Pennant is reason enough to stay in this estate chapel, stylishly refurbed by north Wales’s inspector of historic buildings: the antiques, moody religious paintings, Shaker kitchen and hymn board make it mag-shoot gorgeous. Open the door and you’re in the gardens of one of Wales’s most beautiful upland manor houses, with verdant views down the Ceiriog Valley." Martin Hemming reviewing for The Times

The Financial Times loved it too, 'Here is a corner of North Wales so pristine it's almost a pastoral cliche. Capel Pennant is stylishly done - The Shaker kitchen, column radiators and exposed rafters painted in Farrow & Ball tones, natural sisal floors. The living room has a deep sofa, big fireplace, the odd ecclesiastical hint and lots of cosy Welsh blankets. It's in a pristine rural valley that seems to have escaped mass tourism altogether, and enjoys a delicious sense of peace.'

Capel Pennant is a converted estate chapel in the gardens of one of Wales' most beautiful upland manor houses (Plas Pennant), on the Chirk castle estate. It has been beautifully furnished - in fact we consider this one of our best interiors - but the chief delight is the wonderful open view down the famous Ceiriog valley. The restoration has been the pet project of Cadw's Inspector of Historic Buildings in North Wales, and as you'd expect it shows in the remarkable attention to detail (Cadw is the state body for Welsh heritage). Book this property and enjoy access over the handsome gardens of the manor, great walking in the area, and visit the charming heritage towns around, of which Llangollen and Chirk are just the start. Extra photos here as well as general views. Anna McDonald from the New York Times has penned this great article on Capel Pennant too!

See extra, larger photos of this romantic North Wales cottage.



latest review

A beautiful place for our honeymoon, memories made that we will treasure forever. Everything was perfect, clean and tidy. Plenty to see and do locally. A lovely experience away from it all with fantas...

Joanne H, August 2017

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£462.00 (based on two staying)
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£725.00 (based on two staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double only

facilities at Capel Pennant

farm or rural location
young children welcome
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
television and reception

map - location

travel info

Train to Chirk (3 miles from cottage) and then taxi, or you can bus up Ceiriog valley and walk the final 1.5 miles (uphill). It may be possible to arrange pickups from Chirk station, depending on availability of owners.

in detail

The cottage is centrally heated throughout - included in holiday price.

  • Sitting Room - Fine views from three huge windows / French doors onto the patio and gardens. Wing-back armchairs, a woodburning stove and dining with more views. Unobtrusive flatscreen TV/ DVD with basic satellite channels.
  • Kitchen - electric cooker, fridge (small freezer compartment), microwave, toaster
  • Shower room - with powerful shower
  • Bedroom (over) - antique brass double bed, authentic 15th century Gothic arch adds a romantic touch
  • Outside - parking for 2 cars, table & chairs with views, shared use of the beautiful gardens around the manor house as well as the land about. Exclusive use of the Chapel garden

local area

  • Llangollen (heritage town - cafes, art, canal, steam railway) - 2.5 miles
  • Pontcysyllte Aquaduct (World Heritage Site) - 2.5 miles
  • Chirk Castle (National Trust) - 1 mile, or 2 miles to town
  • Golf - choice of two clubs within 3 miles!
  • Chester - heritage, great food & shopping - half an hour
  • Beaches on North or West coast - about an hour
  • Ceiriog valley - you are in it!
  • Berwyn Mountains - 6 miles.

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customer reviews for Capel Pennant

A beautiful place for our honeymoon, memories made that we will treasure forever. Everything was perfect, clean and tidy. Plenty to see and do locally. A lovely experience away from it all with fantastic views that we'll miss.

- Joanne H,
August 2017

A wonderful stay at the chapel. Beautiful house in a glorious setting with stunning views. Lovely hosts Nick & Derek and various pets looked after us very well - we were even treated to the sight of a newborn foal! Llangollen and area stunning and beautiful with lots to do if you can tear yourself away from the chapel and its lovely garden and views. Great walking country, steam trains, pretty villages, waterfalls. Dark skies meant plenty of stars at night and we had the sun all week. We loved it and will be returning as soon as possible!

- Lisa bonomini-glover ,
May 2017

What a gorgeous place, the hosts were charming as was Sky(e) the collie. We were welcomed to a cosy fire already going for us. Beautiful area that we wouldn't have thought to visit, will definitely be back.

- Catherine E,
May 2017

We had a lovely few days here; it's a delightfully quiet spot, with open views across the valley and some good (if occasionally quite steep!) walking immediately accessible. The cottage is cosy, full of character and well-appointed - we loved it. It's also an excellent base to explore a corner of Wales (and some bits of England) we don't know well.

- Su J,
March 2017

What a cracking find. A brilliant property, with splendid isolation and beautiful views. Nick and Derek were wonderful hosts. Will be coming back!

- Paul white ,
March 2017

A beautiful space in a stunning location, incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The cottage is so historic and set out cleverly, with interesting paintings and furnishings. Derek and Nick are helpful and welcoming - it is a truly restful place to be. Thank you!

- Ali B,
February 2017

We had a lovely break at Capel Pennant - what an absolute gem of a cottage! Very cosy and comfortable and well appointed. Derek and Nick were great hosts and so welcoming and friendly. Such a nice touch that the woodburner was on when we arrived with ample wood to keep us going. The welcome eggs from their chickens were delicious too! I would highly recommend this property if you want to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet. There are also plenty of things to see and do around the area so you can do as much - or as little - as you like. Can't wait to return! Thank you.

- Francesca H,
February 2017

What a perfect little find. If you want some peace and quiet and somewhere to cosy up and read a book, this is it. Plenty of things to do nearby but just being at the Capel is wonderful. Lovely area and views and will definitely be back.

- Hannah B,
March 2016

We had a very enjoyable week in this warm, comfortable and quirky cottage. We appreciated the quality and the thought which has gone into furnishing the old Chapel. The surrounding area was fun to explore and the peace and quiet was a tonic. The Plas Pennant hens delivered some beautiful eggs!

- David hawkins ,
March 2016

Lovely holiday, brilliant accommodation and location!

- Kerry ,
February 2016

The best yet ( and we have been to quite a few!) Nick and Derek are generous and attentive hosts; the situation is magical-nothing but praise.

- Sue thomas ,
January 2016

We had a wonderful time at Capel Pennant. The owners Derek & Nick were very hospitable and made us feel welcome the moment we arrived. The log burner was already alight and made the home lovely and warm from the moment we entered the converted chapel. This property was perfect for a romantic couples getaway and we highly recommend the area also. Llangollen and the surrounding towns were full of natural beauty and history and we absolutely loved hiking in the hills and mountains of Wales. Thumbs up from us - Sacha & Jmayel El-haj

- Sacha E,
November 2015

Another UTT gem! The chapel conversion is wonderful, retaining the character features, but with all 'mod cons'. The location is idyllic, giving the impression of being far from anywhere and yet just 2 miles from Chirk and Llangollen. We enjoyed being surrounded by nature, including house martins, red kites and the farm animals. Nick and Derek were there when we needed them, for lovely fresh eggs or a chat whilst feeding the animals, but respected our privacy at other times. Best to take all provisions if self-catering, as the village shop cum Post Office is a good mile away and all the lanes around are narrow and steep. Also, take a few spare carrots for the horses! This is one to which we shall definitely return.

- Susan barrass ,
September 2015

Capel Pennant was a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet. We had a lovely few days exploring the history and landscape of the Ceiriog Valley. It was just a couple of miles walk to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the breathtaking walk over it - come back via Offa's Dyke path to avoid the steep climb back. Free range eggs provided a treat for our final morning's breakfast.

- Nick ruff ,
August 2015

Beautiful chapel conversion, done to a very high standard. A stunning setting with views down the valley. Peaceful. Good walks from the property.

- Ruth caro ,
June 2015

We had the most delightful stay in this gorgeous cottage, which is a converted chapel. The setting was marvellous with lovely views across the valley and the accommodation was of a really high standard with everything we needed for a short winter break. The owners who live in the neighbouring farm house were very welcoming but not intrusive, and had lit us a lovely fire which made the whole arrival and start of our stay delightful. This was possibly the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in and inspite of both having terrible colds we had a cozy and relaxing break,with fabulous walks and views.

- Amanda L,
June 2015
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