South Wales holiday cottages

With a landscape dominated by rolling green hills and majestic mountains, intersected by quaint village cottages and rivers flowing peacefully through the valleys, South Wales is one of the most scenic destinations in the UK. An area of immense history, the region was once the epicentre of the coal mining industry and attracted workers from across Europe. Despite the impact the coal mines had on the landscape, thankfully the vast majority of the countryside remains unspoilt and the area is tremendously popular for family holidays. All of the region's original coal mines are now closed but the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon stands as an excellent reminder of this once great industry.

Although relatively compact in terms of total area, South Wales boasts a large number of attractions for friends and family to enjoy, from historic windswept castles and tiny chapels to traditional coastal towns with stunning sea views. It remains a land of contrast with miles of unspoilt countryside sitting in perfect harmony with the major cities of Swansea and the capital of Wales, Cardiff.

This variety makes the area an excellent choice for a wide variety of holidaymakers, whether you are a couple looking to take a romantic break or a family who want somewhere with plenty of child friendly activities. Whichever type of holiday experience you are looking to enjoy, each of the twelve county boroughs which make up the region has something to offer you.

South Wales is a delightful mix of old and new. The modern cosmopolitan city of Cardiff, a hive of redevelopment in recent years, lies on the fringes of rugged mountainous landscapes which stretch into the distance. The garish family delights of Barry Island sit in stark contrast to the austere magnificence of Caerphilly Castle. It is this sheer variety that brings visitors back year after year. Therefore, whether you prefer the energetic adventure of hiking through the countryside or would rather stroll around a National Trust property, perhaps fitting in some family fun on the beach along the way, South Wales is sure to have something to offer everyone.

Shown on the map and list below are the popular places in South Wales. To see the properties near a particular town click on a map marker or list item... alternatively click ‘refine your search’ to browse for a particular South Wales holiday home. If you wish to make a broader search click on the name of your preferred county.

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