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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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Things to do in Pwllheli
 

A Family Day Out at Coed Y Brenin

Coed y Brenin was the first forestry to be developed into a mountain biking premier location and we had heard great things about it. With plenty of walking paths and beautiful scenery the family and I thought it would be a great day out for us. When we arrived at the park, we thought it was great to see so many facilities, especially with two children. There was a visitor centre shop and cafe, trail maps and even a bike wash there. If you didn’t bring your bike with you on holiday you can just rent one here at Beics Brenin. You can rent specialist mountain bikes from just £25 for the full day. Considering the fun you can have in this forest I’d say that it’s well worth the money. Don’t forget to book in advance though, because bikes cannot be guaranteed during busy periods of the year. The routes available are so diverse, we…

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Llew-Glas Café in Harlech, North Wales

I dropped in on Fraya and the girls at Llew-Glas Café in Harlech last week with my video camera. This is the result. P.S. Thanks for all the tea and cake. Music: Once In A Lifetime by Landon Austin [youtube]http://youtu.be/9M9H-pjx8ss[/youtube] Our self catering cottages nearby include Hengaeau and Moelwyn

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Hot Tub Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Gary and Bethan, the owners of three of our holiday cottages here in Dyffryn Ardudwy have installed a hot tub for their self catering guests. Sit back and relax, surrounded by warm bubbles and watch the sun set over Cardigan Bay. Have a look at the cottage pages for more information. https://dioni.co.uk/bwthyn-bach/ https://dioni.co.uk/bwthyn-clyd/ https://dioni.co.uk/ty-bach-twt/

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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. http://www.talyllyn.co.uk/victorian-train

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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. https://dioni.co.uk/cae-hir/

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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! http://www.cmcpensarn.org.uk

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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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