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Holiday at a rewilding sanctuary in the Arenig mountains near Bala
 

Holiday at a rewilding sanctuary in the Arenig mountains near Bala

A rewilding sanctuary in the Arenig mountains near Bala – these beautiful holiday cottages are a real nature lover’s treat

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Secret Castle series. Dinas Brân.
 

Secret Castle series. Dinas Brân.

A dramatic ruin which keeps watch over the town of Llangollen. Your steep climb up will be rewarded with panoramic views of the beautiful Dee Valley.

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Seasonal Discount on Large Self Catering Property in North Wales
 

Seasonal Discount on Large Self Catering Property in North Wales

Receive a seasonal discount on this large self catering property near Bala.

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SELF CATERING COTTAGE NEAR BALA
 

£10 Voucher for Award Winning Butchers

Book to stay at Ty-Mawr or Talybont and you will receive a £10 voucher to use at Cigydd Bala Butchers.

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Things To Do In Porthmadog
 

Things To Do In Porthmadog

Porthmadog is a bustling harbor town with access to Black Rocks beach only 5 minutes drive away. It is a great location point for exploring the Llyn Peninsula as well as the more mountainous regions in land. A great selection of cafes and restaurants are situated on the high street along with gift shops.

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20% Discount at Cwmain
 

20% Discount at Cwmain | July 2018

For any guests booking to stay from the 1st-27th July, the owners of Cwmain are offering a 20% discount.

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TOP 5 HOLIDAY COTTAGES FOR HALF TERM
 

TOP 5 HOLIDAY COTTAGES FOR HALF TERM | NORTH WALES

Snowdonia is a fantastic place to visit with children. The choice of activities and things to do is vast, catering for all ages which is a godsend when you have a range of age groups in the mix. Whether you are looking to go away as a family or getting together with other families for a week away in the mountains or by the sea, we have some really great places, perfect for creating those childhood memories that will last a lifetime. Here are our top 5 holiday cottages for half term | North Wales…   LUXURY FARMHOUSE IN MOUNTAIN LOCATION | CWMAIN SLEEPS 10 | FARM STAY | WIFI | REAL FIRE Cwmain is the quintessenial country getaway. A 5 bedroom farm house based on a working farm, it offers seclusion whilst being only 20 minutes away from Bala, a big market town. Its playroom is perfect for the kids to get away and do…

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Where To Go For A Romantic Weekend In Snowdonia

Valentines Day is on the horizon and if you are thinking about where to go for a romantic weekend in Snowdonia, you are spoilt for choice with all the things you can do here. To help you whittle it down, here are some ideas of what you can do and where to stay to make your holiday a memorable one…   A BIT OF ADVENTURE? SELF CATERING BARN CONVERSION IN THE CONWY VALLEY | CONWY-BARN If your significant other likes a bit of adrenalin-fuelled adventure, then a visit to Zip World Velocity or Surf Snowdonia might be on your list of things to do. Conwy Barn is perfectly situated for an adventure weekend with the mountains in the background and lots on your doorstep to to have a weekend to remember.     A HOT TUB WITH A VIEW? WOOD BURNING HOT TUB AT MELIN BYRDIR A wood-burning hot tub with uninterrupted views out over the…

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Top 5
 

TOP 5 | HOLIDAY COTTAGES FOR WALKING

North Wales is famous for its walking. Whether it’s in the mountains, around the lakes or along the beach, there is something for everyone, all with beautiful and breathtaking views. Some of our cottages have incredible walks straight from the door step so you don’t even have step foot in the car. Here are our Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Walking:   LOVINGLY RENOVATED QUARRYMANS COTTAGE IN RHYD DDU | IORWERTH-HOUSE Set at the foot of Snowdon, Iorwerth House is a lovingly renovated quarrymans cottage in Rhyd Ddu. Being in the heart of Snowdonia, there are incredible views on your doorstep making it the perfect place to explore the region alongside a bit of rest and relaxation.   YR-ODYN | PWLLHELI Renovated and furnished to a very high standard and surrounded by a large lawned garden, this seafront holiday cottage North Wales provides the perfect base from which to enjoy this unique and idyllic North…

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Where To Play Golf In North Wales
 

Where To Play Golf In North Wales

There are nine incredible golf courses in and around Snowdonia. All have their individual selling points, however, one element they have in common which sets them apart from other courses in the world are their truly stunning locations. Here is your guide on where to play golf in North Wales:   ABERSOCH The Abersoch Golf Club has been voted the friendliest golf course! It is an 18 hole links and parkland course and has recently been placed 17th best golf course in Wales. It opened in 1908, designed by Harry Varden and has been referred to as a ‘jewel on the Welsh Riviera’.   BALA The Bala Golf Club has a 10 hole course is situated 1000 above sea level, giving incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Llyn Tegid. The current course was designed by local golf pro, Syd Williams from Llandudno and started life in 1928. Don’t be fooled by the length of the course,…

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5 New Restaurants in North Wales
 

5 NEW RESTAURANTS IN NORTH WALES

Some great new restaurants have opened this year and incase you didn’t get to know about them yet, here are 5 new restaurants in North Wales we think are worth visiting:   PALE HALL | BALA The newly refurbished hotel and restaurant offers fine dining under head chef, Gareth Stevenson. There are 3 dining rooms; The Library, The Venice Room and the Henry Robertson Dining Room. There is a curfew on children in the dining room from 8.30pm. The experience is described as: “Exquisite food, finest fresh local seasonal produce. An exceptional culinary experience’.   DYLANS | LLANDUDNO Following the undisputed success of its restaurants in Menai Bridge and Criccieth, Dylans have opened in the Washington building, Llandudno. Great food, great atmosphere and beautiful buildings are their trade marks and they are all here. They specialise in seafood, but also offer pizza’s and burgers etc.   NORBAR | BARMOUTH Norbar, just outside Barmouth is a 3…

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Bacon Bap for Breakfast
 

Free Bacon and Eggs At Ty-Newydd Near Bala

For those booking to stay at Ty-Newydd in Bala in September and October 2017 will be greeted with 1/2 a dozen rashers of bacon from Bala’s award winning butchers T J Roberts and 1/2 a dozen free range eggs straight from the farm!   ROMANTIC ONE BEDROOM HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN BALA NORTH WALES | TY-NEWYDD Ty Newydd is a romantic one bedroom holiday cottage in Bala North Wales. This simple yet elegant cottage provides self catering holiday accommodation for up to two people in a beautifully tranquil location.

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TOP 5 CREAM TEAS IN SNOWDONIA
 

TOP 5 CREAM TEAS IN SNOWDONIA

Personally, I think a cream tea in Snowdonia tastes the best for the simple reason, one tends to enjoy them off the back of a long walk or day in the mountains climbing, cycling… you’ve ‘earned it’ and we all know how much better things taste when you’ve earned them! Here are our top 5 cream teas in Snowdonia with a couple of posh ones thrown in for those who simply want a treat… LLEW GLAS CAFE HARLECH This is one of the friendliest places you will go for afternoon tea. Everything is homemade and the scones with jam and cream have certainly earned themselves a reputation as has the cafe which is listed at no 2 in Snowdonia. Sultana and cherry scones are the standard all year round flavours, but the summer sees the likes of the lemon drizzle scone return while the Christmas scone makes an appearance in December. Cream Tea starts from £4.60pp.…

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Llyn Gwynant at the foot of Snowdon
 

WINTER LAKE WALKS IN SNOWDONIA

The lakes in Snowdonia are an incredibly beautiful part of the area’s landscape and at this time of year, they come into their own. Walking around the lakes all wrapped up with the crisp cold air and if you’re lucky, the sun shining is incredible. Here are our best winter lake walks…   LLYN TEGID | BALA To make your way around Llyn Tegid will take in the region of 8 hours. However, there are lots of different routes ranging from 1-8 hours; some part walking, part steam train or certain sections that are known for their beauty. For a breakdown of the walks, this is a great information source: Bala Lake Walking Trails.     LLYN PADARN | LLANBERIS A couple of hours allows for a great walk which will include a bit of forest, a bit of industrial archeology an old quarry hospital, not to mention the incredible views of the lake and the…

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Snowdonia Style Adventure
 

Snowdonia Style Adventure | Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world and in all honesty it’s easy to see why. For a start it’s really simple to do (you can be up and going within 5 mins), it’s great to do as a family as it’s geared towards all ages and finally, whether you do it for 30 mins or a 2 hours, you will be sure to have loved the experienced. WHAT’S INVOLVED? It’s like a HUGE surf board, both much wider and much longer making it very buoyant in the water. You stand on the centre of the board and with a long paddle, you paddle and it’s about as simple as that! If you haven’t been working on your core recently you might find it a bit wobbly at first, but if you start out on your knees, get used to the feeling, you will be up and away in no time at all. WHERE TO…

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Buy Things, Not Experiences
 

Buy Experiences, Not Things...

It’s loomimg. That time when we have to decide what to get our loved ones for Christmas. It gets harder and harder every year and I don’t know about you, but in our household we seem to have everything we need. Getting more ‘stuff’ means a) having to make room by discarding perfectly good other ‘stuff’ b) adding to a pile that after a couple of weeks will gather dust and c) also adding to the already fraught management of ‘screen time’! There is a lot of research to support that taking part in an ‘experience’ creates more long term well-being than new material possessions. They tend to be done with others so involves proper social engagement (as apposed to the virtual kind). Accomplishing challenges adds to your personal identity and growth and the memories from an experience create a strong sense of happiness. So taking all of this into consideration and throw in the fact…

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5 Family Walks For The Easter Holidays
 

5 Family Walks For The Easter Holidays

Walking in Snowdonia is a must when visiting, but not all of us are up for the full mountain experience, especially with children in tow. So we have put together 5 family walks for the Easter holidays that offer beautiful views along with a mix of terrain suitable for all ages and abilities….. BARMOUTH The Panorama Walk: This Barmouth classic that boasts 3 different walks; short (1.7Km), medium (7.1Km) and long (10.2Km). The views are totally breath taking when you look down the Mawddach Estuary from the gardens. You might want to take a picnic to sit and eat here as there is a bench for the adults and great stones that look like chairs for the kids! DOLGELLAU The Precipice Walk A 3 mile walk through the Nannau estate offers great views down the Mawddach Estuary and the principal mountain ranges of Snowdonia; there is not much climbing or descending involved and it is an…

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FREE FARM BREAKFAST-2
 

Bala's Best Bacon Butties....

Following on from last years success, Cae-Hir are back offering Bala’s best bacon butties! The butchers back bacon and soft white baps will be waiting for you on arrival in Cae-Hir , which 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? An offer this May which no-one wants to miss out on….simply enter voucher code: BACONBUTTIE at checkout.

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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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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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