We’ve all become used to the phrase staycation, it basically means taking a holiday, or some sort of tourist activity not too far from your home. There are many advantages to staying close to home, not least is the cost. Having more money to use on your actual holiday, rather than expensive travel costs has to be a good thing.

For a little bit of inspiration for your travels this year, our friends at Wales Cottage Holidays have shared ten holiday homes right here in Wales that captured plenty of attention in 2022, from dragon scaled glamping escapes to stargazing cabins and mountain retreats.

Dragon’s Eye – Llygad y Ddraig, New Quay 

With its rotating circular bed and beautiful lake views, the Dragon’s Eye offers a truly unique romantic getaway amongst the striking beauty of West Wales. Wrapped in stainless steel shingles resembling a dragon’s scales, this unique retreat will really fire up your imagination.

Sky Hut – Caban y Nen, New Quay 

Lie back and wonder at the night sky with a roof that opens outwards to reveal the mesmerising night skies of this Dark Sky zone. Even with the roof closed, this is a cabin like no other where you can cosy up in front of the fire and enjoy the warming atmosphere.

Slate Cabin – Caban Llechi, Machynlleth 

Set on a wonderful working farm, enjoy magnificent mountain views of enchanting Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park. You’ll also be treated to a warming wood burner, a sumptuous elevating king-size bed, and the silence and solitude of the wonderful Welsh landscape.

Trefnant Hall, Welshpool

Strikingly beautiful and spacious, the dog-friendly Trefnant Hall is an idyllic retreat for families and groups. Enjoy picturesque views of the spectacular Severn Valley from the private hot tub. You’ll also experience the generous gardens and blissful countryside walks.

Corris, Ruthin

Set on a quiet working farm with uninterrupted countryside views from the private wood-fired hot tub, this wonderful wooden glamping pod is perfect for a remote getaway in Wales. The open plan space is bright and spacious while the curved ceiling and soft furnishings add a cosy touch.

Gwel y Cambria – Cambrian View, Aberystwyth 

Enjoy the rolling countryside from this contemporary dog-friendly holiday cottage. Unwind in the luxurious hot tub, cosy up around the warming log burner and head to the patio area for lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

Lovers’ Lodge, Llandrindod Wells

This beautiful dog-friendly lodge features a deck area with private hot tub for evenings spent stargazing. Lover’s Lodge is perfect for a couple wanting some time away together in the rolling countryside of Mid Wales.

Swn y Nant, Llanberis

Set in the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, at the foot of the highest mountains in Wales, including Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), this picturesque dog-friendly cottage offers a private hot tub, a crackling log fire, and a lovely, enclosed garden.

Caban Clyd, Dinas Mawddwy

This gorgeous glamping pod is perfectly positioned to make the most of the fantastic Dyfi Valley views. Relax and refresh in the heart of the beautiful Mid Wales countryside. The luxurious pod includes underfloor heating and windows that maximise the mesmerising rural views.

Ty Cerrig Cottage, Trawsfynydd

Enjoy an outdoor-adventure-packed getaway in the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park. Featuring two large inglenook fireplaces, wood burning stoves, a hot tub, and a games room, this lovingly updated 17th-century cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind in.