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Two North Wales villages have been named as some of the best places to live in the UK, confirming what Quality Cottages' staff have always known.

Wales,UK (PRUnderground) March 18th, 2014

This week has seen two North Wales villages named as some of the best places to live in the UK.

Hawarden in Flintshire and Abersoch in Gwynedd have both been named among the top 101 places to live in the UK by a leading newspaper’s Sunday supplement.

The news has come as no surprise to staff at Quality Cottages, which has North Wales holiday cottages in or near each of the two villages.

Journalists compiling the list used data and statistics on things like crime rates, house prices and school performance to make their decisions, as well as drawing on local knowledge of readers.

Their findings have revealed what Quality Cottages has always known – Hawarden and Abersoch are great places to live and brilliant places to visit.

Quality Cottages’ holiday homes in Abersoch always prove popular, with the village well known for its picturesque beaches and annual music festival, while Hawarden is known for its links to ex-Prime Minister William Gladstone, and the historic Hawarden Castle. Quality Cottages’ Snowdonia holiday cottages, at places like Bala, are just a short drive from Hawarden.

Each of the 101 cities, towns and villages on the list was selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Quality Cottages’ marketing manager Hayley Gerry said she was pleased to see Abersoch and Hawarden named on the list.

“Both villages are charming,” she said, “Abersoch in particular.

“Every year we have people coming back to Abersoch and our holiday cottages nearer Hawarden, because both areas are absolutely lovely.

“They are great places to live, which means they’re also fantastic places to live and we’re delighted to see them recognised.”

About Quality Cottages


We are a Welsh family business started 50 years ago, specialising in Quality cottages in Wales. Leonard Rees inherited Cerbid farm at the age of 17, then came out of farming 10 years later by converting the farm buildings into cottages. For nearly 20 years there was a small portfolio of the Cerbid cottages plus a small sample of other nearby cottages.In 1979 the late program ”Wish You Were Here” came to Cerbid to do a feature. The high demand for our cottages after this was the inspiration needed to grow into a larger agency. Soon after, we won Wales’s first Gold award for self-catering tourism.Since the early years we have grown to a pan Wales agency specialising at the Quality property Wales has to offer. We have had the privilege of working with many beautiful properties and their owners.During the 1980\\\\’s we also established a French agency, Quality Villas. You can visit their site by clicking www.qualityvillas.com. Quality Villas now also have property in Italy, Morocco and in ski resorts in the Alps. We have always and will continue to attract a high standard of property with caring owners. Our local team members live and breathe Wales. We have an accumulated knowledge of Wales, its geography and history second to none. There is always someone to hand to help with answers and solutions to questions. In 2011 there are now 30 of us in the team, we have a paternal approach to employment, putting the needs of people first. We feel this has a positive effect on health, happiness, and profit. 17 of the team have been here more than 10 years, Erene has been here for 40 years! Margaret Rees and son Tim Rees have also re-joined the company with pockets full of fresh ideas to take us, hopefully, through the next 50 years.

50 years experience

Over 50 years ago we started letting farmhouses, cottages and our converted old farm buildings at Cerbid, in an area where my family have farmed for nearly 400 years. Cerbid is a tiny private hamlet on the centre of the St. Davids/Solva peninsula which enjoys some of the finest coastline in Britain. Our office is also located here at Cerbid. As letting agents we now represent properties in selected areas of Wales.


Specialise in Quality not Quantity. We accept only 1 or 2 cottages out of every 10 offered. Behave always with Honesty and Integrity. From selection to descriptions of the holiday homes and communication with the customer. (That’s not to say we don’t make mistakes, but we will always act fairly to fix things quickly.)

Press Contact

Hayley Gerry
07980 920 690

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