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Stay and have a ‘panad’ in our family holiday cottage

Coffee seems to be all the rage at the moment, but here in Wales we still like a ‘panad’ (cuppa). Customers who book Pant-Golau, our 4 bedroom family holiday cottage in Llanbedr, between now and the end of May will be welcomed with a traditional welsh hamper. Perfect for those afternoon teas on the terrace as you look out across open fields towards the beautiful Cambrian coastline. Contents:- 1. Rich Welsh fruit Cake, nicely presented (moist & gorgeous) 2. Welsh Brew Tea, full of flavour and a great way to start the day. 3. Strawberry preserve with Champagne, hand made in an open pan – 227g 4. Welsh orange marmalade with whisky handmade in an open copper pan – 227g 5. Apple, Plum & Cinnamon Preserve handmade in a open copper pan – 340g 6. Melt in the Mouth, Clotted Cream Fudge presented in a special souvenir carton decorated with images and stories of Welsh Legends…

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Two Bedroom Seaside Holiday Cottage | Cornel-Glyd

“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…

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TOP 5 MOUNTAIN BIKING IN NORTH WALES
 

Top 5 Mountain Biking in North Wales

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…

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Pant Du Vineyard

[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. http://www.pantdu.co.uk/

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Easter Holiday Cottage Offer | Free Chocolate Eggs

Sue, one of our favourite holiday cottage owners has asked me to promote her Easter Holiday Cottage Offer in her little nest of picturesque beach holiday cottages sleeping 2, 4 or 8 people in Dyffryn Ardudwy. In and around each cottage Sue will carefully place chocolate easter eggs, the only problem is before devouring you have to find them. Book now, for a stay anytime between 4th – 25th April 2014 and get your free chocolate! We’ll also take 10% off the booking price. Just enter the discount code ‘easteregg’ when placing your booking. Stabal-Bennar Sleeps 2. It’s the little things that make the difference don’t you think? The decorative plates bought at that antiques fair last summer. The Aaron jumper clad teddy bear with his ever so cheeky face. And the flowers, freshly cut and arranged in preparation for your arrival. Of course the location is perfect, all the facilities are […] Bwthyn-Bennar Sleeps 4.…

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

“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…

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Self Catering Barn Near Pwllheli, Llyn Peninsula - Bryncaled Diary

“Despite the inclement weather we all had a fabulous break in a delightful, well appointed cottage. It was close to all amenities and yet remote enough for peace and tranquility. Facilities were spot on, in fact we enjoyed it so much, we considered taking a few extra days onto our fortnight’s holiday, but unfortunately it was booked. It was our granddaughters 1st holiday, 1st time at the beach, 1st tooth, and 1st paddle in the sea, many other 1sts – so memorable we will have to do it again very shortly. Cannot recommend it highly enough.” – Alan Jones, Shropshire As it was such a lovely day, we decided we would spend our first day in Aberdaron so the girls could enjoy the beach. The village of Aberdaron, not too far from where we were staying could only be described as one of the most idyllic little seaside villages we’ve ever come across. Set right next…

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Summer is coming

It’s been a tough winter here in Snowdonia. We’ve had falling trees, power outages and severe coastal flooding, but summer is coming! And it might be a hot one.. German Scientist, Armin Bunde of Justus Liedig University in Giessing is predicting one the driest summers on record. I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about. His new forecasting technique suggests the occurrence of the El Niño weather patterns his highly likely during the early summer of 2014. El Niño, the climate bad boy, as described in The New Scientist, can often lead to prolonged dry hot summers here in Northern Europe. Researchers at the University of Reading also suggest that the UK will return to pattern of much drier summers.It’s all down to the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation apparently. That and the long-term climate cycles in the Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation. Obviously!

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Snowdonia’s Industrial Heritage

Snowdonia is one of the most scenic and serene areas of the UK, attracting thousands of tourists each year to take in majestic views over the rolling countryside and tackle Wales’ tallest mountain. However, as well as being known for its beauty, Snowdonia has a strong industrial heritage dating back hundreds of years, with both farming and mining playing a valuable part in shaping the landscape we see today. North Wales is known for in beautiful natural scenery, but it was once and industrial heartland, abundant in materials such as slate, copper and gold. While these supplies may largely have dried up and made way for other industries, strong indicators of Snowdonia’s industrial heritage remain to educate later generations about the way people used to live in this part of the world. We naturally like to think that visitors to the area often find that basing themselves in a self-catering holiday cottage for the duration of…

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Romantic Break, Valentines Offer

In celebration of Valentines day, three of our cottage owners are providing chocolates, flowers and some sparkling wine for any guests staying in their cottages during February. Have a look at the cottages below for your romantic break away this winter. Voucher code: valentines Laundry Cottage (sleeps 4) Moelfre (sleeps 2) Bryn-Weirglodd (sleeps 8)

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Holiday Diary - Holiday Cottage near Snowdon in Rhyd Ddu

“The cottage was absolutely beautiful. It was quiet but within easy reach of amenities. The cottage is very high spec, well decorated, furnished and just felt comfortable like a home from home, and the views are absolutely spectacular. I would really highly recommend it, as a good location to North Wales with a very relaxing atmosphere.” – Cathy McAllister, Ellesmere Port. When we arrived to this cosy little holiday cottage near Snowdon, we were so surprised that this was an old quarryman’s cottage, given the clean-cut and contemporary feel to the place. Still, it didn’t lose its character with its little inglenook and log burner. Once my partner and I had set our things down and unpacked a bit, one of the first things we did was light a fire (which was enough to heat the whole house). Another favourite part of the property had to be the little stream running at the bottom of the…

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Romantic one bedroom holiday cottage in Bala North Wales
 

Romantic Weekend in Snowdonia

Gentlemen of the UK, your love lives are in crisis. According to a recent study by women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, almost 40 per cent of women surveyed claimed that their other half is ‘not very often’ or ‘never’ romantic, despite 75 per cent of men thinking otherwise! Sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what the special lady in your life requires by way of a romantic weekend, and even more so to surprise her with a gesture of your love. Perhaps, then, it is worth taking a walk on the Welsh side this year and celebrating ‘Dydd Santes Dwynen’, or the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day, on the 25th of January. Santes Dwynen Dwynen is the Welsh saint of love and, as is the case in many such examples, her tale is deeply rooted in folk tales and Celtic stories. She was the daughter of the king Brychan Brycheiniog and one of 24 siblings. The…

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Holiday Diary - Luxury Holiday Apartment near Betws-y-Coed

“Enjoyed our stay in your beautiful appartment, very comfortable and a lovely setting. Found some lovely walks and enjoyed our visit around the old town of Conwy. Good food at the Olde Shippe Inn and great sausages and steaks from the local butchers.” – Stuart and Janet, Cumbria During our first day we went to visit Conwy as we were staying so close to it. We hadn’t been to this area before so we weren’t quite sure what to expect, having only seen a few pictures of the castle and the surrounding area but it was a pleasant experience. I have to admit though, Britain’s Smallest House, on the waterfront did tempt us to visit first. As my wife put it, ‘it was very adorable’. The castle was even better if you love historical and heritage attractions like we do. We discovered that it constructed by the English monarch Edward I around 1283 as one of…

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Real Fire Christmas Holiday Cottages in North Wales

How about spending christmas in front of a real log fire this Christmas. We’ve discounted a selection of cottages, all of which have a real log fire, that are still available over the Christmas week. Click on the thumbnails to find out more. Beudy-Ymwlch – sleeps 5Arrive: Sat 21 Dec 2013 Depart: Sat 28 Dec 2013 (7 nights) Beudy Ymlwch is a tasteful conversion with some nice modern features like under floor heating and a contemporary fitted kitchen. For more details go to https://dioni.co.uk/beudy-ymwlch£675.00Book online Bryn-Du – sleeps 6Arrive: Sat 21 Dec 2013 Depart: Sat 28 Dec 2013 (7 nights) A traditional Stone built farmhouse, Bryn-Du offers that perfect mix of style and luxury set in a beautiful rural location. [Read more…]£981.00Book online Coed-Y-Moel – sleeps 6Arrive: Sat 21 Dec 2013 Depart: Sat 28 Dec 2013 (7 nights) Formerly the house of a sea captain sailing from Barmouth, this 3 bedroom stone cottage commands spectacular views…

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Dominic Clare - Wood Sculptor in Snowdonia, North Wales

[youtube]http://youtu.be/sblqkI18AQo[/youtube] I had the pleasure of spending some time with Dominic Clare last month, a fantastic local sculptor based here in Snowdonia, North Wales. A narrow single track road just north of Llanfrothen leads me winding through a wood, heavy with autumn leaves. Eventually, the wayward sculpture of the trees and branches gently give way to more obedient outlines. These new shapes are difficult to spot at first. Hidden among the net curtain of natures foliage. They tread a gentle path between natural organic beauty and the more controlled hand of man. Dominic is quiet and un assuming. Perhaps a little scruffy around the edges. I like him immediately. We chat in his workshop surrounded by oft-handled tools and intriguing figures, the air full of the smell of sawdust. Eventually we move outside. He sets to work on his latest project, a set of benches destined for a National Trust project. Later on, armed with a…

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Small Group Discount | Holiday Cottages North Wales

We pride ourselves in always quoting the real price on the website. No booking fees or small little extras**cough** like some of our competitors **cough**. But I sometimes think that means smaller groups miss out on some great bargains in our larger properties. Ty’n Buarth is a great example. This 4 bedroom house is immaculately furnished and sleeps up to 7 adults comfortably. But if you’re a smaller group of 4 or less wanting a short break between now and christmas for example, we offer a 20% discount on the headline price. Click on the link below for more details, and remember, take 20% off the price on the calendar. https://dioni.co.uk/tyn-buarth/

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ZipWorld in Bethesda, Snowdonia, North Wales

[youtube]http://youtu.be/olBngRW2ZGA[/youtube] For his 70th birthday present we decided to buy my dad a ticket for Europe’s longest zip wire at ZipWorld in Bethesda, here in Snowdonia, North Wales. Once we looked into it, my mum, our two daughters and I decided we should probably come along to keep him company. Louise kindly volunteered to hold our bags and look after the car. (Insert chicken noises here.) So yesterday, 3 generations of the Llwyd family drove up to Penrhyn Quarry just south of Bangor for a truly remarkable experience. I hope you enjoy our video. Some quick facts about ZipWorld. £500K setup costs 1.6km long stainless steel zip wire imported from Germany 236m drop Top speed of over 110 mph

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More Free Cake!

Truly, truly scrumptious November. When you stay at Laundry-Cottage during November (2013) the owners will bake you a chocolate, lemon or fruit cake. Pick one (i’d be cheeky and ask for all three!) and then add your preferred choice in the notes section on your booking form. The healthy eating can begin after your holiday. To book your holiday and more importantly, your free cake go to: https://dioni.co.uk/laundry-cottage/

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Things To Do In Bala, Top 10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx9qfKBzNrM Things to do in Bala. A quick introduction to this bustling market town famous for water sports and outdoor adventure activities in Snowdonia, North Wales. Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre The great people from Bala Adventure and Watersports can be found on the northern tip of Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake throughout the summer months. They offer a great range of activities both on and off the water. Everything from raft building to mountain biking, from dingy sailing to gorge walking, from kayaking to archery. Visit the website and book your place. http://www.balawatersports.com/ National White Water Centre The national white water centre a couple of miles north of Bala has hosted several world championship events. Set within a beautiful natural landscape the wild river Tryweryn has a worldwide reputation of excellence for white water sports. An adventure not to be missed. http://www.ukrafting.co.uk/ Shops, Pubs and Cafés There are lots of nice little shops and cafés…

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Spacious lounge with hardwood floor
 

Curl up in front of a log fire this winter

A number of our holiday cottages have log fires. One of the nicest I think can be found at Cae-Meddyg above Llanbedr. With comfortable leather sofas and sumptuous cushions guests are encouraged to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate after a long walk in the wild rhinog mountains behind the cottage. We’ve reduced the prices between now and Christmas by 10% so have a look at the availability calendar try and squeeze in a break before then. https://dioni.co.uk/cae-meddyg-farm/

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