Rhoscolyn Bay, Holyhead
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A perfect holiday home on the coast of Anglesey in the charming Rhoscolyn Bay.
Atop a private headland with nothing beyond but open sea, Pen-Y-Graig sits at the far end of picturesque Rhoscolyn Bay in Anglesey. The house enjoys the ultimate in privacy and blissful seclusion as well as uncompromising views over the sea to Snowdonia and Ireland The two small sandy beaches between which the house is nestled, are accessed via stoney steps either side of the front door. A perfect destination for those that love the sound of the sea and the smell of fresh air.
Originally the site of a fisherman’s cottage some 300 years ago, and later home to the local life boat house and launch pier, Pen-Y-Graig offers an unrivalled British Coastal experience.
The house sits proudly at Rhoscolyn Bay’s ocean gateway. This well-loved bay is known for its picturesque charm and clean family beach, with its original name, “Llanwenfaen”, deriving from the Welsh word for “church” being “Llan”, and “Wenfaen” after “St Gwenfaen”, the 7th Century local Saint.
Pen-Y-Graig and its boat house are often found featuring in the Island’s postcards and paintings as the key focal point of Rhoscolyn Bay. The house was the home of the lifeboat station from 1877 which became the subject of a great tragedy in 1920 when five men from the bay lost their lives attempting to rescue the Whitby steamer, “Timbo” during a great storm. Shortly after the tragedy the lifeboat station closed in 1929, however the large original lifeboat house and launch slipway is still in existence and in use to this day.
Up the lanes there is a charming well-loved pub, The White Eagle, that has become a destination for islanders and holiday makers since its refurbishment in 2007 after well-known cobbler family, the Timpsons, took the enterprise over when they moved into the bay. There are other fantastic eateries nearby where one can sample fresh local sea food, as well as a couple of bay residents selling live lobster and other freshly caught fish for cooking at home.
There is a wealth of outdoor activities to choose from in the immediate area; kayaking, diving, rock climbing, bird watching and hiking to mention a few. Hikers can enjoy sightings of historic monoliths as well as rare birds and butterflies on a spectacular cliff-edge walk up to the coastguard look-out point, and beyond to Treaddur Bay. The owners of Pen-Y-Graig would recommend visiting Llynnon Mill (built 1775), the only remaining working windmill in Wales producing stoneground wholemeal flour using organic wheat, or the lighthouse at the eerie yet beautiful Penmon. An abundance of old ruins, castles and churches, as well as stunning beaches, bays and fisheries, provides a feast for the eyes and the soul.