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Large Self Catering Holiday Home Near Conwy | Sycamore-Cottage

Large Self Catering Holiday Home Near Conwy | Sycamore-Cottage

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 0 comments

“We had a great family reunion here over Christmas. Lots of space, good parking, great kitchen, great walks, beautiful surrounds. Huw & Sioned were wonderful if we needed anything. We couldn’t have stayed anywhere nicer. Thankyou so much!! Highly recommended.” – The Brophys, Melbourne. My husband and I stayed here in July with my parents and four children. Obviously, visiting as a large family we were really looking for a nice spacious, fully furnished self-catering cottage. We were pleased to see that, that was exactly what we got. We saw online that the cottage appeared to be nice and contemporary which is great if you’re looking for that ‘hotel-like experience’ where all your amenities are new and up to date. It was easy to settle in too as everything was really easy to use, a good thing when you’re visiting with three generations of the same family. I have to say, the fact that the cottage was located close to a fly fishing centre was a hit with my father. It was important to us that we spent this get-away doing things together as we are normally a very busy family, always in and out, coming and going. Knowing that there were plenty of things to be doing as a family was definitely one of the most persuasive factors of us staying in this particular area. On our first day, we decided to visit Conwy as it was the closest of all the places we wanted to visit during our stay. There was a really nice feel about the town with the castle walls peering high over the shops and buildings which really added to its character. When we entered it we were amazed to see so many areas of the building still standing strong, knowing that it was built around 1300. Our two youngest were fascinated, and they really hadn’t seen anything like it before so it was a great educational experience for them too. We also visited the surrounding gift shops and even the smallest house in Britain. We stopped off at a lovely restaurant on the way back which offered views over the sea which was...

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Two Bedroom Seaside Holiday Cottage | Cornel-Glyd

Two Bedroom Seaside Holiday Cottage | Cornel-Glyd

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 0 comments

“We were over the moon with our stay at Cornel Glyd. The cottage was beautifully presented, well equipped, and although in a group setting we felt secluded and not overlooked. The short distance to the beach was perfect for our dogs, who enjoyed their holiday as much as we did. We hope as dog owners we gave a good account of ourselves also, and that we would be welcome to return to this holiday venue in the future.” – Karen Anderson, Elan Valley We came here with our two teenage boys last year and we are on the verge of booking again. We had such a nice time; we thought it was only fair that we share our experience you and some of the activities we got up to that made our stay so special. We were looking for somewhere to stay over the summer that was really close to nature and with this cottage being set so close to the sea side but still within the Snowdonia National Park it seemed like the right choice for us. The cottage was very up to date and stylish with open living space. The tall ceilings made the space feel so much bigger but still warm and cosy with the under floor heating. The decor was very clean and light and the wooden beams retained the barns character, which can so easily be lost in modernised buildings. Our first evening was very comfortable and we settled in just fine. Having had a long journey we really just wanted to take it easy that evening and to be honest, just enjoy the lovely little cottage we were staying in. Knowing we were staying near a beach, our two boys had to bring their surfing gear along, so we headed to Barmouth beach on our second day at the cottage. I knew that Barmouth was a great place for surfing ‘beginners’ so I was more than happy to let they boys do their own thing while my husband and I sat and watched on a blanket on the warm sand. [youtube]http://youtu.be/M5JuuStzopY[/youtube] Barmouth beach was so big that there so much space for everyone...

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Top 5 Mountain Biking in North Wales

Top 5 Mountain Biking in North Wales

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 0 comments

Nothing comes close to the feel of a rugged tread plunging into the fresh soil of an undiscovered path, rushing through undergrowth, scaling up a rocky trail and emerging, triumphant, to be greeted by a breathtaking vista of endless coastlines and rugged, forested mountains – unless you have found your way to cosy pub at the end of it all as well, of course. With some of the world’s most beautiful untouched territory at hand, the North Wales has just about everything that an avid mountain biking enthusiast can possibly thirst for – and we’ve got five fantastic routes that you’ll just have to put on that 2014 itinerary. Coed y Brenin Meaning “King’s Wood” in Welsh, this spectacular piece of land rolls out in true Welsh regal style, imposing and supernatural in its scale and presence. Part of Snowdonia National Park, it features several single-track courses as well as a dual-slalom course, and is a massive hit with mountain bikers across the country. Covering more than 9,000 acres, it reaches through some of the region’s most gorgeous landscape, including river valleys Mawddach, Eden, Gain, and Wen. Ranging from leisurely, one-hour treks to hardcore endeavours, there are 9 trials: Afon Minotaur (Loop 1) Minotaur (Loop 2) Temptiwr Cyflym Coch Dragon’s Back Tarw MBR The Beast Like most parks, it can be enjoyed throughout most of the year, although taking precaution during winter snow falls is essential and some trails may be closed. The friendly staff at Beics Brenin offers full or half day on site bike hire. Marin Trail Credited as one of the original mountain biking trails, this one feels like the real McCoy when it comes to beating the tread. A single track winding through ascending forests, dipping into serene valleys and showcasing some of the best views of Snowdonia and Gwydyr Forest, the Marin Trail is 25 miles of pure sweetness, varying from “very tight, technical and rocky to wonderfully open and flowing, from dark forest to exposed ridgelines.” Like that coveted edition of your favourite classic novel that begs to be read, this gem is just begging for a ride. Antur Stiniog One of the...

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Pant Du Vineyard

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 0 comments

[youtube]http://youtu.be/OsVMYQ0CDTo[/youtube] Pant Du is a small family run vineyard hidden at the foot of the Snowdonia Mountains in North Wales. Established in 2007 the vineyard now produces a range of red, white and rose wine as well as their own unique brand of apple cider. More recently the Hughes family have also started to bottle their own water from a nearby spring. The café, which is open throughout the summer months for tea, coffe and homemade cake, also hosts some wonderful wine tasting events and friendly vineyard tours....

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Two Bedroom Welsh Country Cottage near Betws Y Coed | Cefn-Rhyd

Two Bedroom Welsh Country Cottage near Betws Y Coed | Cefn-Rhyd

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 0 comments

“Thank you very much for a lovely stay at Cefn-Rhyd. From the moment we arrived we received a warm welcome – At the cottage and also from the locals at the brilliant nearby pub. The cottage is gorgeous and immaculate and loved the regular visits from the cats. They really added that extra special touch to our stay. Would recommend a stay at this quality cottage, and also the food at the brilliant Giler Arms pub. All in all a fantastic week! So thanks to all.” – Nicola & Michael, Basingstoke We chose to stay here as part of a fun getaway with my partner and our two closest friends. What a great surprise we had coming into the driveway to see this modernised barn house style cottage with luscious green hilly backdrops. The cottage was furnished to a high standard and everything appeared to new and up to date. We spent our first day unpacking and settling in before taking a short walk to the nearby lake which was so nice before the sun began to set. The next day we had planned to drive into Betws-y-Coed village where we could take part in some activities. It was only a short drive away which meant we could spend most of the day enjoying ourselves and not travelling. It really was a tossup between Go Below and Tree Tops Adventure but seeing as it was such a nice day, the high beams were for us. We had such a fun day but the fact that my partner is so scared of heights definitively added the comedy factor. You were strapped into a harness and given a helmet before having to brave over high beams riddled with obstacles. We hadn’t done anything like this before so we found it a great experience, even if the younger children were braver than us at certain points! There were other attractions on offer at the centre where you could jump the Powerfan Plummet parachute simulator or even the Sky Ride, Europe’s largest and first ever 5 seater swing. Afterwards we took a walk around the Village before learning about the Marin Trail which...

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Snowdonia Microbreweries

Snowdonia Microbreweries

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Snowdonia News | 2 comments

As a keen real ale enthusiast, I find there is nothing better to do on a sunny day (or a rainy one, come to think of it) than pop down to the local for a nice refreshing pint. However, living in North Wales, this has become a particular joy of late thanks to the number of locally brewed bevvies on tap. At present, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) estimates that over 100 people in North Wales are employed by microbreweries, bringing a diverse mix of flavours and textures to the market, and I for one could not be more delighted – especially as this figure is set to grow thanks to the huge popularity of local real ales. Purple Moose Brewery A great starting point is the Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, which operates hour long tours from 2pm on Monday to Thursday of each week. As well as being highly affordable at only £5 per head, the tour concludes with a free pint at the end – plus you get to keep the glass! (Mine has pride of place in the drinks cabinet). Additionally, the brewery shop sells everything from bottled beers to gift vouchers, the ideal gift for any real ale enthusiast worth their hops. Cwrw Llyn Alternatively, those seeking a Snowdonia microbrewery which has truly deep local roots should head to Cwrw Llyn – a small business started in May 2011 by 12 friends from a diverse range of backgrounds. The bragdy (brewery) has become a huge success and many local pubs now serve Brenin Enlli, Seithenyn and Cochyn as standard. In fact, after visiting the brewery, popping in to Y Plu in Llanstumdwy and saying: “Dau beint o gwrw os gwelwch yn dda” (or “two pints of beer please”) will help round the day off nicely. Big Bog Brewing Company At the other end of the scale is Big Bog Brewing Company, whose owner Paul Jeffries has over 25 years of experience in the British and International Brewing Industry. I found his dedication to using only the highest quality local produce impressive, and this commitment to quality really shines through in the brewery’s Quagmire...

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