Luxurious 22-lodge park opens its doors as North Wales is named UK’s most popular staycation destination
NORTH WALES: The picturesque market town of Llanrwst is welcoming the launch of ‘Rwst’, a luxurious new holiday lodge park. The £1.8million development opened its doors to its first guests earlier this week, just as North Wales topped the charts as the UK’s most popular staycation destination.
Rwst occupies a prime location on the edge of the historic town, with scenic views across the River Conwy to the Gwydir Forest and Snowdonia mountains beyond. The park, which is a high-end redevelopment of the much-loved Trem Gwydir holiday village, includes twenty-two five-star holiday lodges, with one, two, and three-bedroom single-storey lodges available for holiday rentals.
Interior design has been led by Mon Interiors, with soft furnishings from Welsh suppliers including woven tapestry bedspreads from the nearby Trefriw Woollen Mills. Attractive riverside seating and landscaped grounds make the most of views across the river to Llanrwst’s iconic ivy-clad tearooms and Inigo Jones designed stone bridge, one of the most photographed places in Wales.
As well as the highly picturesque setting, guests can expect stylish open plan living space, with a sleek kitchen diner and comfortable sitting room, beautifully presented bedrooms, and wet room bathrooms. The larger lodges include an en-suite master bedroom, and there are shared on-site launderette facilities. Outside, guests have access to attractive private patios and outdoor dining areas, a barbecue area, and a pizza stove. A secure mountain bike lock-up and mountain bike wash station will appeal to the many visitors who come to North Wales to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK.
Mia Lynch from Actually Parks, who own and operate the park, said: “The team at Rwst has worked exceptionally hard to develop a premium holiday destination to match what is an exceptional location. Llanrwst is a beautiful town and ideally placed for exploring North Wales. We’ve already had some great feedback from our guests, and bookings are already looking strong through summer and into the autumn.”
Jim Jones, director of North Wales Tourism said: “One thing is for certain, Llanrwst will be a great destination to visit this summer as North Wales tops the charts as a staycation destination. The investment and promotion that has gone into Rwst will further enhance Llanrwst’s growing reputation as a beautiful place to visit.”
Llanrwst sits at the southern end of the Conwy Valley, with easy access to Snowdonia’s mountains, walking and bike trails, including the Gwydir Mawr and Bach trails (formerly known as the Marin Trail). The town is also close to some of the region’s biggest attractions, including Zip World and Adventure Parc Snowdonia. As well as its famous tearooms, it has an attractive range of independent shops and artisan producers.
Llanrwst councillor, Aaron Wynne, also welcomed the launch of Rwst Holiday Lodges in the town. He said: “I welcome this exciting new development in Llanrwst. Rwst Lodges will hopefully expand the tourism offer Llanrwst provides to visitors.
“Llanrwst can absolutely rival the likes of Llandudno and Betws y Coed as a tourist hotspot. The town has so much to offer, from our historic roots to our picturesque landscape.
“It is key, however, that we ensure the sustainability of tourism in our communities. Rwst Lodges has already employed a number of local people on a permanent basis, and they’re seeking to broaden the tourism appeal out of the usual ‘holiday’ season and provide a year-round service.
“I wish Rwst Holiday Lodges the best of luck with their new venture, and I look forward to welcoming visitors to our beautiful town.”
North Wales recently topped the list of most sought after destinations for Britons looking to holiday in the UK this summer, overtaking the coastal and rural charms of Devon and Cornwall for the first time, according to a survey. Almost two-thirds (62%) of British people intend to spend their main summer break in the UK this year, up from 50% in 2019, according to an annual poll by Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Guests can find out more and book their stay at rwstholidaylodges.co.uk