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Dioni Christmas message
 

Merry Christmas! Nadolig Llawen!

We’d like to start by saying Merry Christmas or Nadolig Llawen from Dioni!

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SHOP LOCAL CHRISTMAS 2016
 

TOP 5 | HOLIDAY COTTAGES FOR CHRISTMAS

Snowdonia is the perfect back drop for a perfect Christmas…. log fires, winter wonderland walks in the mountains, by the lakes and along the beaches. Beautifully located holiday cottages that will have everything you need for your Snowdonia Christmas, including, of course, a better selection of boards games than you’ll have at home! To give you a bit of inspiration, here are our top 5 | holiday cottages for Christmas….   CONTEMPORARY HOLIDAY COTTAGE WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OVER BALA | RHOS-Y-GWALIAU This contemporary holiday cottage with panoramic views over Bala is in a truly idyllic location. The front veranda looks out over fields of green pasture that roll down to the lake synonymous with this popular market town. A modern well thought layout and spacious comfortable bedrooms make the cottage a perfect base for a family-break in the country.   TRADITIONAL FARMHOUSE ACCOMMODATION IN SNOWDONIA | BRYN-WEIRGLODD Traditional farmhouse accommodation in one of the most beautiful…

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CHRISTMAS
 

HOT CHRISTMAS DRINKS SNOWDONIA STYLE

You know the festive season has begun when the mulled wine starts putting in an appearance! If you like your winter warmer drinks, there are some great alternatives you might want to try using Snowdonia’s great drinks brands. If you want some inspiration for the forthcoming party season, here are my favourite hot Christmas drinks Snowdoina Style (a mulled wine included of course!)…   HOT SPICED RUM CIDER PANT DU CIDER INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons mulling spices 250ml Pant Du apple cider 750ml water 180ml dark rum 4 cinnamon sticks Serves 4   METHOD: Put the mulling spices in a spice ball. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the apple cider and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add the spice ball and gently simmer for 20 minutes. Pour 45 ml rum into each of 4 warmed mugs. Top each with 250 ml spiced cider and add a cinnamon stick.…

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Holiday Cottages With That Extra Christmas Cheer
 

Top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful at the best of times, especially when you’re hosting the celebrations. However, taking a holiday cottage in Snowdonia over the Christmas season could be the answer to all those unwanted stresses… For a start, being away from home is a great way to switch off, add in the fact that you go to a pre-cleaned, pre Xmas-decorated cottage with a log fire, beds for everyone in a beautiful location with lots of great things to do nearby and I bet you’re already thinking it could be a good idea! So whether you are a veteran Christmas escapee or contemplating it for the first time, here are our top 5 | Holiday Cottages For Christmas:   BEUDY BENNAR ISA| BWTHYN BENNAR ISA These two / three bedroom holiday cottages respectively are walking distance from the beach and the perfect base for a quiet getaway by the sea. With a private boardwalk leading…

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Mari Lwyd
 

Welsh Christmas And New Year Traditions

There are some great Welsh Christmas and New Year traditions. The ‘Mari Llwyd’ involves walking around the village with a horse’s skull on your head chanting rhymes. Another ancient custom, holming, ensured that the last one out of bed on Boxing Day was beaten with the prickles of a holly branch. A bit too ‘off the wall’ for our family if I’m honest. But here are some gentler traditions that you might want to adopt in your home this Christmas. NOSON GYFLAITH / TOFFE NIGHT In days gone by, Christmas Eve was known to many as Noson Gyflaith or toffee evening. Friends and family would gather for a celebratory meal, followed by singing, games and the making of the Christmas taffy (toffee). The base of all toffee follows a simple recipe of boiled sugar, water and butter but it’s the pulling of the toffee into long strands that makes taffy chewier and creamier than its English…

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Christmas Markets In North Wales
 

Christmas Markets

There is nothing better to get you in the festive mood than a trip to a Christmas Market. It’s such a lovely feeling being all wrapped up ambling around the stalls drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies. There are lots of small local Christmas markets and fairs taking place, but the two most notable ones that are worth going out of your way to visit are the Portmerion Food and Craft Fair and the Llandudno Christmas Fayre. PORTMERION FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR: Always very popular, this is a wonderful place to go. The food on offer is amazing; lots of stalls promoting local brands which when you see them altogether makes you realise just how many great products are coming out of the area. As well as the food, the gifts here are lovely; original, quirky and definitely the type of things you won’t find else where. There are also some lovely skin care brands…

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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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Top 5 Christmas Cottages
 

Top 5 Christmas Cottages

Christmas time is on its way and if you are looking to go away over the festive period, where better to go for that quintessential Christmas than Snowdonia; real log fires, lovely long walks in the mountains and by the sea followed by cosy afternoons either at a cafe or in a beautiful holiday cottage. We have lots of choice, so depending on whether you are looking to celebrate low key or with family and friends, Dioni has something to offer and here are our top 5 Christmas cottages: TY-NEWYDD SLEEPS 2 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. STABAL-IWRCH SLEEPS 4 This fantastic two bedroom barn conversion provides luxurious self catering accommodation on a welsh hill farm just outside Betws Y Coed in North Wales. The cottage is really…

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Dioni Christmas Thankyou
 

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda | Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all of your support during 2014 – we hope you all enjoyed your holidays with us here in Snowdonia. With so many new and exciting things opening in the area for 2015, we are set for another great year here in the mountains, on the beach and by the rivers – we’ll keep you posted. But for now, get your Christmas jumper on and enjoy the festive season! From the Llwyd family.

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This Christmas it'll be GRIMM in Blaenau...
 

This Christmas it'll be GRIMM in Blaenau...

Excitingly, the Market Hall In Blaenau Ffestiniog, after 20 years is re-opening and being transformed into a homage to The Brothers Grimm. A German fairy tale inspired Christmas fair will be taking place in the building and car park from 12-14th December. Aimed at children and families and based on the German Fairy tales, there will be story telling in both Welsh and English alongside market stalls selling arts, crafts and food; all in traditional German Christmas style. The market stalls have been created using reclaimed wood from a local chapel adding to the authentic feel of the event. Local artists will be selling jewelery, pottery, Christmas decorations, beauty products and cakes. The food on offer will include one of largest BBQ’s in the country as well as a German swing grill serving German cuisine alongside other options including vegetarian. Drinks will be non alcoholic but again all in line with the theme adding to the…

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Holiday Cottages With That Extra Christmas Cheer
 

Holiday Cottages With That Extra Christmas Cheer...

Spending the festive season in the heart of Snowdonia is what picture books are made of – roaring log fires, cold wintery walks, local pubs, family and friends, board games, mountains, crisp sea air….. and lots of eating and drinking! Over this festive period, some of our cottage owners are offering their guests additional treats, so if you are looking for holiday cottages with that extra Christmas cheer, here are some that might be of interest… Bron Eifion sleeps 5 and is a quintessential Snowdonia cottage at the foot of Snowdon. It’s been immaculately decorated and furnished by Jane, the owner and her taste and attention to detail are evident throughout the property. Guests will be treated to a £25 voucher towards a meal at the local pub; The Cwellyn Arms which is located at the foot of Snowdon. Faeldre sleeps 5 and offers some truly luxurious self catering accommodation on a working farm and only…

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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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Christmas Biscuit and a 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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Christmas Biscuit and a Real Fire
 

Family Fun this Christmas

Here are five suggestions for family-friendly activities and events taking place in Meirionnydd during the 2011 Christmas holidays. 1. See a pantomime Pantomime is a lovely Christmas tradition that can be enjoyed by all members of the family, from tots to grandparents. The pantomime at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth this year, on 28th and 29th December, is Sleeping Beauty. The performance comes courtesy of the Ardudwy Youth and Community Theatre, and tickets – which are available at the door, though it’s advisable to call the theatre to check performance times if the weather is especially bad – cost just £5 for adults, £4 concessions and £15 for a family ticket, which covers two adults and two children. 2. Full steam ahead It may not be quite the Polar Express – you won’t see waiters cartwheeling down the aisles, at any rate – but a trip aboard one of the Talyllyn Railway’s steam trains at Christmas…

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Christmas Discounts

We still have a couple of cottages available for the Christmas week. So I’ve discountd the price by 10% across the board. Follow the links for more information and if your tempted to spend your Christmas up here in the wilds of Snowdonia, drop me an email [Enquiry Form..]. Cornel Glyd Sleeps 2-4. This new barn conversion is walking distance from the beach. A bit chilly for swimming I admit, but perfect for that after dinner walk. £449.10 for 7 nights from 23rd of December. https://dioni.co.uk/cornel-glyd/ Llwyncelyn Sleeps 2-3. This is a lovely little cottage near Dinas Mawddwy. The log fires and unique décor ad a touch of romance to any holiday spent here. £517.50 for 7 nights from 23rd of December. https://dioni.co.uk/llwyn-celyn/ Maes-Y-Llan Sleeps 8. Walking distance from two lively pubs in this village. So if you and the family fancy some real ale this Christmas this is the one for you. I might see…

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