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Top 5 Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages
 

Top 5 Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages

Taking your dog on holiday is a must for some. Who could deny them the pleasure of joining you on walks in the mountains, along the rivers and on the beaches in beautiful Snowdonia!

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Barmouth, a Traditional Seaside Holiday
 

Barmouth, a Traditional Seaside Holiday

Barmouth, a traditional seaside holiday destination in Snowdonia, North Wales. Simple old fashioned fun building sandcastles, swimming in the sea and ice cream.

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15% Discount At Ymwlch-Fawr

Ymwlch-Fawr is a three-bedroom Georgian country house on the western edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

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Experience Snowdonia In Springtime
 

TOP 5 HOLIDAY COTTAGES FOR EASTER

Spring in Snowdonia is beautiful when the daffodils and bluebells start popping up and that ‘change’ in the air is unmistakably uplifting. If you are looking for somewhere to spend Easter, we have a great selection of cottages. From those that cater for large groups, ones by the beach, in the mountains, for families and getaway’s for two. Depending on what you are looking for, here are our Top 5 Holiday Cottages For Easter:   LUXURY FARMHOUSE IN MOUNTAIN LOCATION | CWMAINSLEEP 10 | FARM STAY | WIFI | REAL FIRE Cwmain is an 18th century luxury farmhouse in a mountain location. This traditional stone built welsh cottage has been recently refurbished to a very high standard and sits in an idyllic location high up in the hills of North Wales. Modern facilities such as efficient central heating and fitted kitchen units sit comfortably along side carefully retained character features.   DETACHED STONE HOLIDAY COTTAGE NEAR…

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Top 5 | Holiday Cottages for Half Term

Half term is nearly upon us and if you haven’t made plans yet, you just might want to consider coming to Snowdonia. There is so much to do here from adventure activities like canyoning, gorge walking, surfing, zip lines and climbing to visiting the castles, panning for gold, and learning about King Arthur and Merlin. Last but not least, our beautiful beaches, lakes, and mountains offer days out that will provide you with memories for life. To tempt you a little more, here are our Top 5 | Holiday Cottages for Half Term…   NANT SLEEPS 3 | FARM STAY | WIFI | NEAR BEACH | NEAR PUB | REAL FIRE Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom self-catering barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Perfect if you are a small group and ideally located to make of the most of…

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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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Top 5 Cosy Holiday Cottages For Autumn Retreats
 

Top 5 Cosy Holiday Cottages For Autumn Retreats

It’s that lovely time of year; all the colours outside are changing, there is a chill in the air and when the evening comes in, its time to light the fire. A fireplace is part of the course here in Snowdonia and so if you want to enjoy the pleasure of one whilst on holiday, here are our top 5 cosy holiday cottages for Autumn retreats….   LLYS DERWIN Llys-Derwin is a magical character holiday cottage near Criccieth in North Wales. Built in the 16th century with the blood money of King Henry VIII in his effort to influence the nearby monastery the cottage is a fascinating combination of old world charm and modern comforts.   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.   NANT Nant, which means…

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Snowdonia Offers Top Whitewater Rafting
 

Whitewater Rafting In Snowdonia

Whitewater rafting comes up on many a bucket list and many of us think that in order to do experience it properly, we have to go far flung places across the world. Not the case. The National White Water Centre, located here in Snowdonia, is the only commercially rafted stretch of water in the UK. A mix of natural resources and dam controlled rapids, make it one of the best places in the world to enjoy the sport. Depending on what you are looking for in your whitewater experience, its all covered here…. the Tryweryn river mixes the intensity of an Olympic-grade whitewater course with a gentle journey through the Snowdonia National Park. The grade 3-4 rapids on the upper Tryweryn will offer you the full thrill of whitewater, but if admiring the beauty of the area is more you’re thing, you might be tempted by the grade 2-3 rapids on the lower part. However, if…

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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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NEW QUADCOPTER FOOTAGE SHOWS SNOWDONIA AT ITS VERY BEST
 

New Quadcopter Footage Shows Snowdonia At its Very Best

We’ve all heard that Snowdonia is a stunning part of the world, but its not until you actually see it can you believe how mesmerisingly beautiful the area is…. So Gwion has been out making use of his quadcopter to show some of our properties in all their glory. Where photos simply cannot capture the true beauty of the sweeping mountains and landscape, it is now possible to see the real Snowdonia with the use of Gwion’s new toy! New Quadcopter Footage Shows Snowdonia At its Very Best…enjoy! https://youtu.be/fhbW_suMfkM

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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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Dioni Promotion to Celebrate Snowdon Race’s 40th Year!
 

10% Discount to Celebrate Snowdon Race's 40th Year!

CLOGWYN COTTAGE Clogwyn-Cottage is a luxurious farm holiday cottage at the foot of Snowdon – one of two self catering barn conversions on a working farm on the western slopes in Rhyd Ddu. This two-bedroom holiday cottage offers superior accommodation for up to 4 people in an idyllic and tranquil setting. For 2015, they are offering a 10% discount on a 7 night stay over the month of July. Simply enter code: GIVEME10 at checkout. It is definitely one on the bucket list for thousands across the world, but each year only 650 gain entry into what is said to be one of worlds’ greatest mountain runs. The Snowdon Race is a 10 mile run from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and back again. Having started as part of the Llanberis carnival celebrations back in 1975, it has certainly grown in popularity, so much so that being able to compete in the race is now…

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Top 10 Dioni Holiday Cottages With A View
 

10 Best Cottages With A View

Now for many people, when choosing a holiday cottage in Snowdonia, a good view is up there on the want list. So if you fall into this category, we have made it super easy for you to choose with 10 Dioni cottages with that all important view: 1 – Becws near Harlech A Romantic self catering cottage with sea views. An old bakery near Llanbedr and Shell Island in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. 2 – Beudy Ymwlch near Criccieth Holiday Cottage Criccieth. Self Catering Barn Conversion on the Llyn Peninsula combining modern facilities with the perfect rural location on a working farm. 3 – Bronwen Terrace Harlech Bronwen-Terrace is a large Victorian property with sea views in Harlech. Nestled on the seaward facing slopes of the town it overlooks miles of sandy coast. 4 – Bryn Du near Criccieth Traditional stone built farmhouse renovated to a very high standard. That perfect mix of…

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Free, Homemade Cottage Pie...

As a treat this winter, if you book to stay at any of the Dyrus properties during November and December, you will be greeted with a free, homemade cottage pie on arrival. A delicious treat that wont disappoint; after all home cooking is the way things are done around here. Based on a working farm, there are 5 cottages at Dyrus in total, all varying in size catering from 2 – 7 people. There is an on site spa with a sauna, treatment room and hot tub that all cottages have access to. So if you want to get away from it all, this ticks all the boxes and a cottage pie on arrival just made it even more appealing! To see the cottages in more detail, please click on the names below: STABAL DYRUS – BEUDY DYRUS – HAFOD DYRUS – TWLC DYRUS – CWT DYRUS Simply enter the voucher code COTTAGE PIE when booking…

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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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Take your horse on holiday
 

Fancy Taking Your Horse On Holiday?

Pet Friendly Just Took On A New Meaning! I am not a ‘horsey’ person by nature, but I have to say that the idea of trekking on horse back through the Snowdonia mountains by day and cantering along the beaches by evening is quite simply one of the nicest. Dioni has just upped the ante when it comes to pet friendly by offering cottages that allow you to bring your horse along with you. With stabling and grazing available for a nominal fee, if you’re a keen horse rider, this is great news – imagine taking your horse on holiday?! The Snowdonia region is unique with its wonderful mountainous and coastal views and bringing your own horse along allows you the freedom to go and take it all in at your own pace and in your own time. I honestly can’t think of a nicer way to explore the area. If you prefer the knowledge of…

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Easter Holiday Cottage Offer | Free Chocolate Eggs

Sue, one of our favourite holiday cottage owners has asked me to promote her Easter Holiday Cottage Offer in her little nest of picturesque beach holiday cottages sleeping 2, 4 or 8 people in Dyffryn Ardudwy. In and around each cottage Sue will carefully place chocolate easter eggs, the only problem is before devouring you have to find them. Book now, for a stay anytime between 4th – 25th April 2014 and get your free chocolate! We’ll also take 10% off the booking price. Just enter the discount code ‘easteregg’ when placing your booking. Stabal-Bennar Sleeps 2. 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 […] Bwthyn-Bennar Sleeps 4.…

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Two Bedroom Welsh Country Cottage near Betws Y Coed | Cefn-Rhyd

“Thank you very much for a lovely stay at Cefn-Rhyd. From the moment we arrived we received a warm welcome – At the cottage and also from the locals at the brilliant nearby pub. The cottage is gorgeous and immaculate and loved the regular visits from the cats. They really added that extra special touch to our stay. Would recommend a stay at this quality cottage, and also the food at the brilliant Giler Arms pub. All in all a fantastic week! So thanks to all.” – Nicola & Michael, Basingstoke We chose to stay here as part of a fun getaway with my partner and our two closest friends. What a great surprise we had coming into the driveway to see this modernised barn house style cottage with luscious green hilly backdrops. The cottage was furnished to a high standard and everything appeared to new and up to date. We spent our first day unpacking…

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