Beautiful bungalow with Aga for winter and superb garden for summer home swap
Impossible to say how beautiful Anglesey is. The house is in a quiet close with a handful of houses and a marvellous sunny garden with views to fields and, at one end, towards the sea. It's only 1.4 miles from wonderful Church Bay, the nicest bay on the island with café, little museum and seafood restaurant.
The excellent 2 bathrooms have showers, one bath, radiators and heated towel rails plus loos and basins.
Stylish, very large and sunny kitchen faces the garden (and the sheep) in adjoining field with a cosy Aga between October and March. There is also a conventional calor gas hob and electric oven plus fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Boiler and washing machine and tumbler dryer are all in the utility room off the kitchen. There is an internal door into the garage.
We have a delightful front room with new LG smart TV, Bose surround sound system and a real fire. The little 'snug' sitting room has 42" Panasonic TV in here plus the Bose system.
The main bedroom has a Hypnos 5' bed and fitted wardrobes.There is another sitting room overlooking the garden with a new single sofa bed and a large TV.
There is a large study with pale birch bookcases and an L-shaped computer desk. There's Wi Fi through the house.
There are books everywhere. I write the Book Page for WI Life magazine so the latest novels are always around.
The extensive garden, set among country fields, has good sitting furniture, flowers and a greenhouse with tomatoes in season. Plus a good-sized shed.
The house is as warm and cosy in winter as it is lovely in summer.
We'd like ideally retired couples or singles. I'm an ex-University lecturer in literature. My partner is a recently-retired English teacher.
Toyota Auris automatic and Hyundai i10 manual available for car swaps.
We can both Skype and FaceTime so we could 'meet' online before arranging things.
About the location
Country, seaside and absolute peace and beauty in this little microclimate. Wait till you see the magnificent view of Snowdonia behind you as you cross the famous bridge from Bangor. Church Bay with its famous cafe and even more famous Lobster Pot is within a 25 minute walk. It also has plenty of parking!
The island is full of interest as well as beauty with many archaeological sites worth visiting.
Village shop is 4 minutes drive or you can visit the brilliant retail park and local shops in Holyhead, 5 miles away -or take a day trip to Ireland! Chester, with its fascinating history and famous 'Rows' and shopping is an hour and a half and Manchester and Liverpool within easy reach for a day out. Or maybe just drive to elegant Beaumaris and Kate Middleton's Waitrose at Menai Bridge on the way home. (She and Prince William lived on Anglesey when he was a rescue pilot at Y Fali/Valley)
Ynys Mon/Anglesey is a foodies' paradise and, if you're exiled Welsh, the National Eisteddfod is here in 2017. Surfing and all water and country sports abound on the island.
The Pontio at Bangor and Ucheldre at Holyhead keep us up with the arts, especially ballet, opera, theatre and cinema screenings from the Met, Covent Garden, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
You could take a trip to Victorian Llanddudno or the magnificent Welsh castles at Conwy and Caernarfon. Holyhead has frequent and speedy boat trains to London for the bright lights of the metropolis.
Places of Interest
The spectacular castles of North Wales are well known.Chester with its Roman and mediaeval architecture is an hour and a half away and Llandudno, the paradigm of 19th century elegant seaside architecture, only 40 minutes.
Liverpool and Manchester, with their art galleries and museums are within easy reach.
The architecture of both cities has much to offer. Manchester has a spectacular range ofÂ architecturalÂ styles - modern, Contemporary, Georgian, Roman and Gothic. My particular favourite is the Italianate style of the late 19th century showhouses built by the cotton manufacturers, especially the Watts Warehouse (Britannia House), Manchester, (1856) by Travis and Magnall, a "virtuoso performance" in palazzo design.
The City of Manchester is a product of the Industrial Revolution, and is known for its Original Modern approach to architecture. Noted for its warehouses, cotton mills, viaducts and canals, it is clear that Manchester was a city that produced and traded goods on a grand scale.
Historically, Manchester as the birthplace of both the first true canal and railway station used to transport goods during the Industrial Revolution. The Manchester Liverpool Road Station helped to propel the city into wealth during the Victorian Era, and the architecture across the city is still proof of that today.
Some of the impressive to note include the John Rylands Library, the neo-gothic Town Hall, and Manchester Cathedral. Following the 1996 IRA bombing, a huge regeneration project took place across the city bringing with it a whole host of impressive and modern building work.
In 2006, the Beetham Tower on Deansgate was completed and still stands as the tallest building in the UK outside of London.
Liverpool 's maritime architecture represents its 300 year importance as a major gateway to the New World. The Victorian Albert Dock located on Liverpoolâs waterfront is the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK made entirely out of cast iron, brick and stone. The Albert Dock does not only offer a beautiful backdrop to a quayside stroll, but a wide variety of restaurants, galleries, museums and more to enjoy, including key attractions such as Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.
A short walk from The Albert Dock are the Three Graces; The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The Royal Liver Building sports the famous Liver Birds, the mythical creatures which symbolise Liverpool. For nearly a century these buildings have defined one of the worldâs most recognised skylines, which can be admired from aboard the historic Mersey Ferry.
The Bluecoat is thought to be Liverpoolâs oldest building in the city centre, dating back to the early 1700s. Visitors can now enjoy a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music and dance here. The Liverpool Town Hall was constructed in the 1700s between 1749 and 1754 and its beautiful interiors are a prime example of late Georgian architecture.
Liverpoolâs architecture can be seen from another level from the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tower, the largest cathedral in Britain, taking 74 years to construct from 1904. Look down from this intricate beauty and admire the elegant Georgian townhouses that are always in high demand for filming.
Liverpool is home to two cathedrals. Just a short walk away is Hope Street, which connects the two Cathedrals and is where youâll find The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This cathedral was originally planned to be a huge structure similar to the neo-gothic Anglican, but due to pressures of war and rising costs the design was abandoned. The cathedral now stands as a modern circular design featuring glorious multi-coloured stained glass windows; completed in 1967 it still features Lutyens Crypt, which was built as part of the original design.
Outside the city centre, Speke Hall dates from the Tudor period, recognisable from its black and white timber appearance. Croxteth Hall also has ties to this era, with one of its wings dating back to 1575 (though the majority of the building was completed in the 18th and 19th centuries).
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
- Open to Offers
- Weekend Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- No small children
- Garage / Parking
- Washer / Drier
- Car exchange offered
- Shopping facilities
- Rock climbing
- Local restaurants
- Art galleries
- Horse Riding
- Good public transport
- Car recommended
Closest airport: Manchester and Liverpool
Nearest city: Holyhead
Property type: Bungalow
Location type: Rural