Talyllyn Railway | Victorian Narrow Gauge Steam Train Experience

This is a ‘must do’ steam train event if you’re staying in one of our holiday cottages in North Wales this September. The Victorian Narrow Gauge Steam Train Experience at Talyllyn Railway is a fantastic family day out. Every thursday in September, guests are given a quick informative tour of this handsome and original locomotive before climbing on-board the victorian carriages for a journey up the beautiful Fathew Valley. The train stops along the way for guest to disembark, take photographs, enjoy a short forest walk and have some lunch. (Bring a picnic.). On returning home to Tal Y Llyn station passengers are treated to a victorian cream tee before been invited on a conducted tour of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. Advanced booking is recommended so click the link below for all the contact details.

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Bala’s best bacon bap

Bala’s best bacon bap. The butchers back bacon and soft white baps will be waiting for you on arrival in Cae-Hir (sleeps 6). The only question is will they stay in the fridge until morning or is the temptation of a scrumptious crispy bacon bap too much to resist? A September offer which no-one wants to miss out on.

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Top 5 ice creams in North Wales

Our two girls and I had a fantastic day in Harlech on Sunday and enjoyed sitting on the castle walls eating ice creams whilst watching all the tourists go by. The sun is still out today so I’ve been inspired to write a little article called the Top 5 ice creams in North Wales. No scientific taste tests here unfortunately, just some random recommendations. (Although I do eat a lot of Ice cream, but I’m not sure that makes me an expert.) Cadwaladers Ice Cream The original Cadwaladers Ice Cream palor in Criccieth was a big part of my childhood. I have lots of happy memories of rushing into the shop with my cousins. Buying huge vanilla cones before walking down to the beach and skimming pebbles over the waves with my cousins. They’ve grown much bigger now and have outlets all over North Wales but that first shop in Criccieth which opened in 1927 apparently,…

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Adventure Activities Snowdonia

All holidays need a day to remember and this could be yours. The CMC Outdoor Adventure Centre near Llanbedr is offering Dioni customers 20% off their activity prices. Just quote your Dioni booking number when you speak to them. Activities include: archery, gorge walking, orienteering, bushcraft and survival, raft building, kayaking, paddle-boarding and sailing. Make sure you send us your photos afterwards!

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Free Dinner in the Local Pub for Llwyncelyn Guests

Paul and Diana, the owners of Llwyncleyn, our self catering cottage in Dinas Mawddwy, have teamed up with their local pub, ‘Y Llew Coch’. Guests staying in their romantic picturesque cottage during July and August are eligible for a free dinner for two in this this most traditional of welsh pubs. Wholesome food, real ale, welsh village atmosphere, and a wealth of local information guaranteed! Offer applies for guests booking a weeklong stay in Llwyncelyn with an arrival date falling within July and August. Voucher will be provided on arrival. For more information on the cottage and to view prices and availability [click here..]

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Fly Fishing for Grayling on the River Dee

This offer is a real catch. With the River Dee on your doorstep, the owners of The Coach House are offering free fly fishing on the river. Fish include brown trout, the occasional salmon as well as the usually elusive grayling. A ghillie (fishing guide) is available by prior arrangements with the owners. An when you return from the river there will be a case of suitable white wine waiting for you. To compliment your day’s catch naturally. This offer is for any stay in August, so best act quick and get those rods ready. [Read more..]

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Royal St Davids Golf Club Open Week

The Royal St Davids is hosting its ‘Open Week’ 23rd – 30th June 2013. Nationally and Internationally this beautiful links golf course is famous for it’s breathtaking views over cardigan bay and the mountains of Snowdonia. The course is within a ten minutes drive of a handful of our cottages. Fill in our enquiry form and I’ll check availability for you

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Delicious Homemade Welsh Cakes

Traditional, and delicious, homemade Welsh cakes will be waiting for guests who arrive at Moelfre during July, order quick before they go! Best served slightly warm with a large knob of real butter and a cup of traditional welsh tea whilst sitting outside looking at the spectacular view over the cambrian coastline and the snowdonia mountains. The perfect afternoon treat. Here’s the recipe Louise uses Ingredients 225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved 110g/4oz (preferably Welsh) salted butter 1 egg handful of sultanas milk, if needed 85g/3oz caster sugar extra butter, for greasing Preparation method Rub the fat into the sieved flour to make breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, dried fruit and then the egg. Mix to combine, then form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed. Roll out the pastry until it is a 5mm/¼in thick and cut into rounds with a 7.5-10cm/3-4in fluted cutter. You now need a bakestone or a heavy iron griddle.…

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Bloodiest Castles in North Wales

Caernarfon We should start our tour of the Bloodiest Castles in North Wales with the largest of them all perhaps. Caernarfon Castle. Following years of bloody battle, Llywelyn, the last price of Wales, was finally defeated and killed by the armies of Edward I in Builth in 1282. King Edward I wanted to deny Dafydd, Llywelyn’s brother, any chance of staging a comeback so quickly drove home his advantage by ordering the construction of huge a huge castle in Caernarfon and other strategic locations. James of St George was put in charge. He immediately employed hundreds of workers to dig the huge moat that was to surround the castle and to cut the great foundation trenches that would support the 6-meter thick walls of the castle. Any houses of the old welsh township that lay in the way were torn down and destroyed. By 1284 the castle was almost finished. Edward I and his wife Elenor…

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Holiday Log Cabin in Abersoch | Special Offer

Helen, the owner of Gorwel-March is keen to get a booking for this one remaining week at the beginning of June. So we’ve reduced the price by a whooping £90 Gorwel-March – sleeps 5Arrive: Sat 01 Jun 2013 Depart: Sat 08 Jun 2013 (7 nights)Gorwel-March | 5 star log cabin with sea views in Abersoch. Self Catering Holiday cottage with uninterrupted views across Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia Mountains. [Read more..]£670.00£580.00Book online

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A Festival of Flowers in North Wales

I’m hoping to visit some of the Open Gardens events here in North Wales this summer. For those of you who have not yet been to an Open Garden, its a chance to admire what should really be happening in your own patch whilst indulging in a spot of traditional welsh Afternoon Tea. You can see why I make the effort to go. If you’re planning a holiday to Snowdonia this summer take a look at

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Farmhouse Eggs

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and hens are laying at Hendy. Eirian and Iwan are naturally including their own, free range, farmhouse eggs in the welcome hamper which greets guests on their arrival. Delicious and nutritious eggs with the proper yellow yolk just how they used to be. These are Eirian’s and Iwan’s Cottages: Becws | Romantic One Bedroom Self Catering Cottage, Sea Views Hendy | Pet Friendly Farm Self Catering Cottage

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Dutch Pancake Offer

Pancake Day - Any Day

Thats what we believe here in Rhyd Ddu near Snowdon. So the owner of Henfro is offering guests who stay between April and June a voucher each to devour the famous Dutch pancakes at Ty Mawr tea rooms – conveniently located next door to Henfro! Sweet, savoury, or a Dutch specialty what would make your mouth water? A stunning cottage, fantastic setting and delectable pancakes, need I say more . . .

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Romantic Country Cottage | Valentines Break

Stabal, our romantic country cottage near Bennar Beach will include a home made valentines cake, flowers and sparkling wine in their welcome hamper for guests thinking of staying over the valentines week. Free passes for the romantic Italianete Village of Portmeirion will also be included. A visit to this fairytale village combined with a stay in a romantic country cottage in the heart of Snowdonia is sure to impress. Click the link below for prices and availability. Stabal | Romantic Country Cottage nr. Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy 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 there and everything is clean and tidy. But it’s the small details that… [Read more about…

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Free Chese

Free Cheese | North Wales Holiday Cottages

Yes, Free Cheese! Offers dont get much better than that. Following on from our success with the free mince pies offer over Christmas I thought we’d continue the theme into the New Year with ‘Free Cheese’. I’ve persuaded Louise to include a truckle of Black Bomber Mature Cheddar from Snowdonia Cheese in the cottage welcome welcome hamper. She puts lots of other local bits in there like oatcakes, welsh beer, bara brith etc. But the Black Bomber will be a welcome addition for our guests. I had some over Christmas. It was scrummy. Louise’s three cottages are listed below. The Free Cheese wil be included for guests arriving between now and the end of March. Nant | Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Its difficult…

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Snowdonia Challenge – Set your self a target in North Wales this year

Snowdonia Challenge – Set a target in North Wales this year

Snowdonia Challenge How’s that New Years resolution working out? If running or getting fit was one of yours, here’s an idea, Snowdonia Challenge. Why not enter a race of some kind. Set yourself a target to aim for. Invest in the idea by planning a holiday around the event. It’ll give your family something to look forward to as well. Book the time off work and tell your friends about your plans. That way you’ll be committed and less likely to find an excuse for seeing it through. Here are some options in North Wales for you. Coastal Trail Series – hard – 19th January 2013 You’ll have to be quick for this one as it’s only a couple of weeks away. But if you’re already in training and looking to kick start 2013 with a bang have a look at the Anglsey Coastal Trail Series. The Marathon and Ultra races are naturally only for the…

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Free Mince Pies | Christmas Holiday Cottages

Sue has confirmed that her glorious mince pies will be included in the welcome hamper when guests arrive at her Christmas holiday cottages down by Bennar Beach here in Dyffryn Adrudwy. Trust me, it’s worth booking these Christmas Holiday Cottages for the pies alone. Just in case that not enough to tempt you I’ve knocked 10% off the price as well Christmas holiday cottages Stabal – sleeps 3Arrive: Sat 22 Dec 2012 Depart: Sat 29 Dec 2012 (7 nights)It’s the little things that make the difference don’t you think? And of course, the location is perfect. A beautiful little cottage down by the sea. [Read more…]£440.00£396.00Book online Bwthyn – sleeps 4Arrive: Sat 22 Dec 2012 Depart: Sat 29 Dec 2012 (7 nights)A two bedroom ground floor cottage, perfect for that traditional seaside holiday. For more details go to£590.00£531.00Book online Ysgubor – sleeps 8Arrive: Sat 22 Dec 2012 Depart: Sat 29 Dec 2012 (7 nights)Pastel painted…

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Top Christmas holiday cottages with real fire

Christmas Shopping in Betws Y Coed

Betws y Coed always seems to hold an enchanting feeling about it, set around luscious green forestry and beautiful views as the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. During Christmas time the village really does come alive, when visitors and residents truly celebrate the festive season in style. Being one of Britain’s first artists’ colonies, the products and crafts available certainly set the standard – and the entertainment is nothing short of fantastic during the village’s main event during the first week in December. This event – Nadolig Betws y Coed Christmas – puts on entertainment especially for the kids with their very own Santa’s Campsite. The marquee is filled with art and craft activities, a snowman shy and Santa’s grotto at the far end. Of course, where would Santa be without his trusted elves on hand to lay out the entertainment and guide the children into the grotto to visit the Mr Claus himself? Next to…

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North Wales Holiday Cottages | November Deals

Here are some of my favourite North Wales Holiday Cottages. November is our quietest month of the year so if you’re thinking of getting away in the next few weeks you should be able to get a good deal on a self catering holiday. Short Breaks | North Wales Holiday Cottages Henfro – sleeps 3Arrive: Fri 16 Nov 2012 Depart: Mon 19 Nov 2012 (3 nights) A cute cottage at the foot of Snowdon in Rhyd Ddu. This old quarryman’s cottage provides a perfect getaway for people wanting to explore the wilds of Snowdonia. [Read more..]£174.00Book online Bron-Eifion – sleeps 5Arrive: Fri 16 Nov 2012 Depart: Mon 19 Nov 2012 (3 nights) Bron-Eifion is the quintessential Snowdonia cottage, sitting as it does at the foot of Snowdon, sharing the valley with the Welsh Highland Steam Railway which pushes its way up to Rhyd Ddu station nearby. [Read more..]£240.00Book online Granar-March – sleeps 63 bedrooms: 2 doubles,…

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October Half Term Holiday

October Half Term | Self Catering Cottage Availability

We still have some availability in our Self Catering Cottages here in North Wales for the upcoming October Half Term Holidays. Have a look at the options below or fill in our [enquiry form..] if there’s something specific you’re looking for. Bwthyn-Bach – sleeps 2Arrive: Sat 27 Oct 2012 Depart: Sat 03 Nov 2012 (7 nights) Bwthyn Bach is a lovely little studio cottage on the outskirts of Dyffryn Ardudwy. A perfect retreat for couples..[Read more..]£352.86£317.57Book online Stabal – sleeps 3Arrive: Sat 27 Oct 2012 Depart: Sat 03 Nov 2012 (7 nights) It’s the little things that make the difference don’t you think? And of course, the location is perfect. A beautiful little cottage down by the sea. [Read more…]£420.00£378.00Book online Granar-March – sleeps 6Arrive: Fri 26 Oct 2012 Depart: Fri 02 Nov 2012 (7 nights) Granar-March | 3 bedroom Abersoch holiday cottage sleeps 6. A traditional seaside self catering holiday cottage on a working farm…

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