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Farm Stay Holiday Cottages in North Wales
 

Top 5 Farm Stay Holiday Cottages in North Wales

Looking for a real taste of the countryside for your next trip away? Take a look at our favourite farm stay holiday cottages in North Wales.

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Top 5 | New Year Holiday Cottages

New Year is on the horizon and I don’t know about you, but the idea of getting together a group of friends to rent a holiday cottage with log fires and views of the Snowdonia mountains, lakes or beaches sounds like heaven. Whether you’re a group of adults or a group with young families, we have a number of really great properties that will ensure you bring in a very memorable 2017. Here are our Top 5 | New Year Holiday Cottages…   TALHENBONT HALL SLEEPS 10 | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | PET FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE This historic 17th Century Country House in North Wales offers a truly unique holiday destination for our guests. The magnificent formal grounds surrounded by ancient woodland provide the perfect backdrop for this notable stately home.   TAN-Y-WENALLT SLEEPS 8 | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | NEAR PUB | PET FRIENDLY | REAL FIRE Tan-Y-Wenallt is a ‘ty unnos’…

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How To Be Happy
 

How To Be Happy | The Answer Might Be in Snowdonia

50% of happiness is determined by our genes, 10% is from our circumstances, job, house, status etc, leaving the remaining 40% down to us to manage. Whats the secret? The chemical in our bodies that promotes happiness is dopamine and from our teenage years onwards, if we do not actively try to create it in our bodies, it will naturally decrease and not be reproduced. If you don’t use it, you loose it. How do we create it? There are 4 recognised ways in which to increase dopamine levels: Close Network. Having a close and supportive network of family and friends. Spending time with them is important and those that do tend to me much happier and fulfilled. New Experiences. Changing the way you do things or going on adventures is a high dopamine releaser. It could be as simple as a different running route every morning or the big adventure. But either way, variety being…

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Surfing Dragon in North Wales
 

Conwy Is The Place To Be This Summer....

Due to open in June this year, Surf Snowdonia is still very much talk of the town. It’s already on the ’50 most exciting things to do in the world’ list without even opening! So if you’re planning on getting in on the Surf Snowdonia action this year, make sure you don’t get caught short with booking your accommodation….. after all, Conwy is the place to be this summer… To get you started, here are 5 Dioni Holiday Cottages nearby:   Llwyn Y Coed-Isaf Llwyn-Y-Coed Isaf is a 3 bedroom bungalow holiday cottage in the Conwy valley. Overlooking the banks of the Conwy Valley, 10 minutes outside Conwy itself, on the northern border of the Snowdonia National Park.   Sycamore Cottage Sycamore-Cottage is a large self catering holiday home near Conwy in North Wales. This spacious and modern 4 bedroom cottage provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests on the northern tip of the Snowdonia…

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Experience Snowdonia In Springtime
 

Experience Snowdonia In Springtime

Driving through the towns and villages this week, it is clear that spring has arrived. Snowdonia has woken from its winter hibernation and everyone is getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors that this part of North Wales has to offer. To experience Snowdonia in springtime is special. Stunning green pastures set against a back drop of snow capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, turquoise seas, and cascading waterfalls. When you add newborn lambs bouncing in the fields among the daffodils, it’s pretty idyllic. Even for those fortunate to live here, it really is Snowdonia at its best! With the lighter spring evenings, longer walks and treks are also an option. This is the best time to climb Snowdon in our opinion. Apart from missing the summertime masses, with the lower temperatures, and the countryside looking at its best, it makes this bucket list adventure even more enjoyable. So if your thinking of climbing up Snowdon or…

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Geocaching Snowdonia Style
 

Geocaching Snowdonia Style

An any day, any time adventure. Geocaching is a great way to explore new places. ‘Hidden treasures’ that have been concealed throughout the world (2 million in fact) have their locations and GPS coordinates logged onto a central geocaching website. Anyone can go onto the website, get the GPS locations and go hunting for treasure. All for free. So if you are trying to entice the kids out for a walk or looking for something to do when on holiday, geocahing is a great way to add a bit of adventure to the trip. Needless to say, there are lots of Geocache treasures here in North Wales. So if you want to give it a go, what better way to start than geocaching Snowdonia style!

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Surf Snowdonia to Open Summer 2015
 

Surf Snowdonia To Open Summer 2015

The latest addition due to launch this summer in the North Wales adventure playground is Surf Snowdonia. Based in the village of Dolgarrog, Conwy, Surf Snowdonia is the first publicly accessible Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon. This revolutionary concept, generates powerful and consistent surfing waves, of varying heights up to 6 feet, in a 300m long lagoon. It is ideal for all surfers, from grommets (beginners both young and old) to professional surfers, and will be a fantastic family destination. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to the World’s top surfers. Alongside the surfing lagoon will be an activity lagoon for more family based swimming fun as well as a cafe, restaurant, children’s play building and woodland trails…..So whether you are looking to learn to surf, hone your surfing skills or just want a family day out with a difference, Surf Snowdonia has a lot to offer.…

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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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Free £15 Voucher To Send At The Local Butcher
 

Free £15 Voucher To Spend At The Local Butcher

For every 1 week holiday booked to stay in November or December 2014 at Cefn Isaf, Gareth, the owner is  offering a free £15 voucher to spend at the local butcher – the award winning Paul Wellings Butchers located in  Dyffryn Ardudwy. Cefn Isaf is a 2 bedroom barn conversion in a truly idyllic location just outside Llanbedr. With the Rhinog Mountains sitting behind you and the Cambrian coastline in front, it really is stunning and the perfect retreat to get away from it all. The barn itself is 17th Century and the conversion has created a very relaxed and family orientated environment – very light and airy with high vaulted ceilings. With a touch of modern against traditional, it has a very welcoming feel and combined with its location makes it a really special place to holiday. For more information on the property, please click on the link below: CEFN-ISAF  

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Large Self Catering Holiday Home Near Conwy | Sycamore-Cottage

“We had a great family reunion here over Christmas. Lots of space, good parking, great kitchen, great walks, beautiful surrounds. Huw & Sioned were wonderful if we needed anything. We couldn’t have stayed anywhere nicer. Thankyou so much!! Highly recommended.” – The Brophys, Melbourne. My husband and I stayed here in July with my parents and four children. Obviously, visiting as a large family we were really looking for a nice spacious, fully furnished self-catering cottage. We were pleased to see that, that was exactly what we got. We saw online that the cottage appeared to be nice and contemporary which is great if you’re looking for that ‘hotel-like experience’ where all your amenities are new and up to date. It was easy to settle in too as everything was really easy to use, a good thing when you’re visiting with three generations of the same family. I have to say, the fact that the cottage…

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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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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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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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Tips for a perfect family day at the beach
 

October Half Term Holiday

Were discounting the price of the few cottages that we have left for the half term week. So if you fancy a break away with the children this October, have a look at the cottages listed below. I’ve listed the weekly prices, but let me know if you can only manage a short break via our [Enquiry Form..] and I’ll quote accordingly. Cornel-Glyd 2 bedroom cottage near the beach. £404.10 for 7 nights from 21st October 2011 https://dioni.co.uk/cornel-glyd/ Maes Y Llan 4 bedroom 5 star home in village location. £900 for 7 nights from 21st October 2011 https://dioni.co.uk/maes-y-llan/ Moelwyn 3 bedroom house with panoramic views over Cardigan Bay £693 for 7 nights from 21st October 2011 https://dioni.co.uk/moelwyn/ Nant 2 bedroom house on a working welsh hill farm (breakfast included) £610 for 7 nights from 22nd October 2011 https://dioni.co.uk/nant/ Stabal Small studio cottage down by the beach £423 for 7 nights from 21st of October 2011 https://dioni.co.uk/stabal/

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