The Brow

Overton, Wrexham
Self-catering
+44 (0)7956 527309


A big old fuss-free family house with a safe garden for happy reunions with family or friends. Walk down to the river or into the village

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

6 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 13

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You couldn’t fail to feel at home here among the photographs, pictures, books and family memorabilia spread out over many levels. The house has been in Rafela’s family since 1945 and remains their much-loved holiday home. There’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out: a huge, sociable kitchen with Aga and a pantry full of basics, a large drawing room with open fire, a sitting room with a wood-burner and a den for teenagers.

Spill out into the garden where you’ll discover five acres of lawns, woodland from which you can walk down to the river, an edible forest (fig, plum, apple, pear and more), a veg patch you can raid when you’re cooking and an enormous outdoor table overlooking the Dee valley and the Welsh hills.

Walk into the quirky village, still with its pub, a corner shop that stocks everything or can order it for you, a butcher with award-winning sausages and sometimes live music in the village hall. A 45-minute walk along the river will take you to The Cross Foxes, and Llangollen is 20 minutes in the car for quirky shops and white-water rafting. The walking is superb too.

The Brow - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The amount of space indoors and out
  • The amazing views and the walk down to the river through the woods
  • Children will love the freedom – and the dressing up box
The Brow - Gallery

You should know

  • Being on so many levels it's not really great for the less than nimble
  • It won't suit minimalists who want TVs in the bedrooms and the cupboards swept bare
  • You can hear the road from the house and garden

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Cot available.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £1050
Damage deposit
£200
1 House for 13
From £1506 beds6 bedrooms

Reviews

When a 3 year old walks into a property and goes 'WOW!' you know you have come to a special house. When her 2 year old brother walks in, looks out the window and goes 'WOW!' you know it's in a pretty special setting. What a fantastic place for a family gathering of four generations. The Brow offered so much history to absorb, such wonderful space both in and out for everyone to enjoy and managed to cater for messy kids' breakfasts and grownup evening dinners for 12 by candlelight. What else can you say.....

Rosamund, Radway, Warwick

I knew the moment we arrived that The Brow would be an amazing place to make memories with friends! We were a group of 10 adults and 3 kids. The rooms are full of history yet are super cosy with amazing views. There’s an abundance of games and dressing up clothes to keep little ones entertained and the large kitchen leading to the dining room was perfect when everyone came together. You can tell it’s a family home which adds to the charm and makes you feel super lucky to get the chance to stay!

Toni, Manchester

four couples visited the Brow for a three night stay. We thouroughly enjoyed it and made full use of the facilities, even playing a very competitive game of croquet on the lawn. Plenty of hot water for showers etc. lovely rooms to sleep, cook and relax in and set in lovely countryside. Some of our party went swimming in the river. I would also recommend the catering, I took a chance and booked two meals to be waiting for us and not only were they delicious but the portions were extremely generous. This is a house full of posessions so treat it as if you were staying with friends and enjoy.

caroline, Southport

We had a fantastic long weekend at The Brow. The house is welcoming and relaxing - with an eclectic charm. It's brilliant for children with so much space to play and rooms to hideaway. Local walks are stunning. Would love to come back, thanks.

Simon, Macclesfield

We had a wonderful long weekend at The Brow celebrating my parents Ruby wedding anniversary. The house and grounds were a paradise for the children/dog and the house was the perfect place to spend some quality family time. The house is a treasure trove of artefacts and family history making anyone staying feel like they're in their own home. Some lovely walks in the local area and pubs within walking distance. I hope to return in the future.

Mark, Birmingham

It was such a pleasure and a privilege to experience The Brow, its story and its location. We walked to The Cross Foxes and back along the riverbank which was lovely. Our dog settled in really quickly and I’m sure he will miss The Brow as much as us! The home and grounds were a paradise for the children too. Charlotte and her cooking are also lovely; the meals were delicious; she made us feel so welcome and her passion for the home is obvious. Karen obviously does a grand job as caretaker and the owner Rafela was a pleasure to correspond with. We are planning to return.

Jo, Macclesfield

Three families enjoyed a great weekend. Its half home and half museum! Big garden for the kids to explore and a great walk by the river to the pub. You must also order the food although expect to spend the following week in the gym!

JOHN, NOTTINGHAM

I spent two nights at The Brow for my birthday with a group of friends. It was one of the most memorable weekends I've ever had. The house is beautiful and spacious while also being homley and warm. Rafela and Charlotte went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful stay. There is so much to do in and around the house, the orchard is beautiful and the local pubs and walks are great, the beds are very comfy and the baths are huge! The house was also spotlessly clean. We will definetely be booking this place again, and for longer next time!

Harriet, Manchester

I was lucky enough to spend the night here with the owners. But even without them here you won't fail to be charmed and delighted by all the family memorabilia surrounding you - and the history of this lovely house and garden. The walk down through the woods to the river is glorious on a summer evening, and the views from all the windows are gorgeous.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

You can walk to the village store without going anywhere near the road – just pop through the garden. The village claim to fame is its old yew trees, one of the seven wonders of Wales, and it’s still a bustling lively place with everything in working order – even a chippy, which does curry in the evenings. There are two good farm shops close by. Hop in the car for Llangollen, water sports galore and a very good pub The Corn Mill. If you ask in advance, fishing on the River Dee can be arranged. Also a local historian can be booked for guided tours to Roman Chester, the famous Shrewsbury battlefield sites, Chirk Castle and other stately homes.

Local points of interest from Rafela Fitzhugh

  • From our door, take a 10 min walk down the hill and across a gorgeous field to the River Dee (great wild swimming spot in the summer). Follow the river, through field and forest, for 35 mins to riverside 'gastro pub', the Cross Foxes. A great country walk!
  • An 'edible forest', orchard and kitchen garden brim with seasonal produce, such as raspberries, apples, asparagus, jostaberries, figs, leeks and medlar. Help yourselves! Or forage for wild garlic down by the Dee.
  • The historic National Trust properties of Erddig and Chirk Castle are 15 mins away. The Gladstone Library and Lady Lever gallery (in the 'utopian' workers' village of Port Sunlight) are hidden local gems. 2 other farm shops are a few minutes away.
  • Chester, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Wrexham and Llangollen are all within 30 mins. Climb the hill to the ruined castle, Dinas Bran, for spectacular views. Liverpool is 50 minutes away; Manchester 75 mins. Tours with a local historian can be arranged on request
  • Charles Darwin's sister lived at The Brow and he spent many weekends and holidays here. Overton has an excellent village shop, pub, churches and traditional butcher's. In the churchyard are some ancient yew trees: one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
  • If you're here for longer than a weekend, take a day trip to the awesome mountains and lakes of Snowdonia: climb Snowdon; go white water rafting or kayaking/canoeing. Bounce Below, zip wires, and Surf Snowdonia are other fun activities.

Introducing

Rafela Fitzhugh

Rafela and her husband Wilf have brought their children up here – the house has been loved and developed by the family for many years. Now that their children are getting older they've moved back to London but this will always be their holiday home. Rafela's charming mum has the house next door and occasionally visits, so you may bump into her in the garden. You'll feel you know the family very well after you've spent some time surrounded by all the things that make up the story – to the collections of buttons and shells in the downstairs loo to old wood skis and lots of family photographs.