Dog-friendly holiday cottage: Dolphin Bach

Ash and I decided to get away for a few days during Easter Weekend and went searching online for some last minute holiday cottages. We found Dolphin Bach advertised here, a tiny little bungalow in a little village called Dolphin near to Mold, North Wales and booked it.

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The lady who owned the cottage was lovely and had turned the heating on and left the key in the door for our late arrival Saturday evening. There was also a packet of chocolate biscuits and fresh daffodils to welcome us.

The cottage was easy to find using the directions provided, although don’t assume that the first little white cottage you come to on the road is the holiday cottage as we mistakenly did, this is someone’s house, pay attention to the directions right to the very end!!

The cottage is so quaint and tiny. The front door opens into an open plan kitchen and living room, with a table for two sat in front of the large patio doors. Through a door you will find the bedroom with just enough room for a double bed, two bedside cabinets and wardrobe and a large bathroom/wetroom.

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The garden consists of a small patio and lawn that is fully fenced and offers gorgeous views across fields to the estuary. It was a pleasure to wake up to that each morning and watch it changing throughout the day. The garden is fully fenced, although it’s quite low, and we did spot a German Shepherd in the owners garden next door, although Guinness and it never happened to be out at the same time to meet.

Unfortunately the cottage sits EXTREMELY close to the A55 and the traffic can be seen through the window, although we were surprised that there is very little road noise when you’re inside considering. Another busy road spoils the view to the estuary slightly, although you hardly notice it through the bushes.

The cottage was comfortable and the amenities were great. We were extremely impressed with how many pots and pans there were, often a problem in self-catering cottages, and we had more than enough to cook a big breakfast and a lamb roast. (I say we… but Ash did all of the cooking)!

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There’s nothing in Dolphin itself except for a pub which we didn’t visit, and the footpaths that seem to be signposted from the road appear to be blocked off. However we were only looking for a bit of peace of quiet and had plenty of choice of places to visit within easy reach of the cottage. Check out last weeks post for a lovely walk with a view nearby.

The garden was abundant with garden birds and bunny rabbits and we were amazed to look out and see a sparrowhawk sat in the bush right outside at one point! The garden birds soon disappeared then.

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Overall it was a very pleasant and clean cottage with everything we needed for a short break. The lack of attractions within Dolphin and the closeness of the A55 put me off slightly, but for a lazy, short retreat it was most pleasant indeed.

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