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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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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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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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Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term
 

Things To Do In Snowdonia During Half Term

If you are here during half term, there are no end of things to do for kids entertainment. To help you make the most of your time, here is our list of things to do in Snowdonia during half term… 1: SNOWBOARDING / SKIING The Llandudno Ski Centre is great value for money and a really great afternoon out. Choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or sno-tubing and they have an onsite restaurant in the style of an alpine cabin just to add to ambience! 2: CLIMB A MOUNTAIN We obviously have Snowdon in the mix, but you might want to consider something a little less full on with children in tow. Moelfre nr Barmouth, Moel Shabod in Capel Curig or Moel Eilio nr Snowdon are all good to venture up. 3: CASTLES There are over 600 castles in Wales and up here in the North we have some pretty spectacular ones. Even for those hard to…

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Top 5 Zen Cottages
 

Top 5 Zen Cottages

The summer holidays are over and some of us are feeling a little frazzled from having to entertain the children and other family members for the last 6 weeks! So if having a bit of down time and getting away from it all for your next holiday seems like an attractive thought, we have some fantastic cottages that are just the ticket. Whether your looking for a romantic getaway for 2, time out with a group of friends or some chilled out family time without electronics in tow (good luck with that), here are Dioni’s top 5 zen cottages:   1: CWMAIN | SLEEPS 10 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…

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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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Top 10 Things a Kid should do before they are 11
 

Top 10 Things a Kid should do before they are 11

So the National Trust launched a campaign last Autumn to encourage our ‘cotton wool’ kids out into the great outdoors by listing 50 things a child should do before they are 11 – all back to basics, simple fun with not an electronic gadget in sight – we LOVE this! EVERYTHING on the list can be done in Snowdonia, so if your coming to stay with us this year with younger ones in tow, make the most of it and get them ticking things off the list. To get you started, here are our top 10 things a kid should do before they are 11 that we think are unique to Snowdonia and can be done in that extra special way, creating those memories for life: 1 – SKIM A STONE – whether its by the sea or on the lakes, its so satisfying when you finally get the stone to jump (for adults too!). 2…

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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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TOP 10 TRIATHLONS & MARATHONS NORTH WALES 2017
 

Trail Running Centre At Coed Y Brenin | Snowdonia

So its the start of 2015. For those of you vowing to get fitter and lead a healthier lifestyle, we have the perfect incentive. The trail running centre at Coed Y Brenin. The only one of its kind in the UK, it offers trails ranging from 2.7 miles to a half marathon along quiet trails throughout the stunning Coed Y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. The trails pass through three different river valleys with panoramic views of the mountains of southern Snowdonia, cascading rivers, tranquil plunge pools, heather moorland and the dappled shade of broad leaf oak woods. Nothing compares to the feeling of running in such beautiful surroundings. No traffic, just nature at its very best. Using a similar model to their world class mountain biking centre, the trails are all signed with way-markers that guide you around the route, making it suitable for both novice first timers and more experienced runners wanting…

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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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It's All About 'Portaledging' These Days......10% Discount
 

Portaledging | The New And Unique Adventure Activity... 10% Discount

So I have been introduced to ‘portaledges’ this week. For those of you who are not in the know, they are platforms you suspend from the side of a cliff that can be slept on, sat on and eaten on. They are usually reserved for rock climbers who need somewhere to sleep and rest when they spend multiple days (and nights) climbing a big wall (can you imagine!)…. It’s all about ‘Portaledging’ these days and GAIA Adventures are the are the only people offering this unique experience to adventurous folks like you and me by introducing their ‘Afternoon On The Edge’ adventure. This is where you spend the afternoon on a portaledge suspended above the sea whilst the team cook up a meal and provide drinks while you chill out, taking in the view, savoring this incredibly unique experience. There is also a chance to do some easy climbing above the waves if you so wish.…

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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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What To Do With All The Blackberries
 

What To Do With All The Blackberries....

If you are lucky enough to be with us in sunny Snowdonia this September, you will find it hard to miss all the blackberries – the crop is good and there’s plenty for everyone. So what to do with all the blackberries? You could go all nouveau cuisine and spend hours boiling and reducing for some fan dangled jus or if you’re on holiday, a good old traditional Welsh blackberry pie or a Welsh blackberry pudding could be your preferred option – they are simple, quick and absolutely delicious. Welsh Blackberry Pie: Take an oven proof plate and roll enough short crust pastry to cover to the edges. Put 400g of your freshly picked blackberries over the pastry and sprinkle 200g of granulated sugar over the berries. Roll out the remaining pastry to cover the blackberries, using a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry together, trimming the edges as you go along. Prick the…

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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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Wild Ponies of Snowdonia
 

Horse whisperer tames Carneddau ponies in Snowdonia

This story really caught my eye. I’ve been fascinated by the wild horses of the Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia since I was a little boy. I was lucky enough to see three of the ponies whilst walking with an elderly aunt near Sychnant. We came upon them unexpectedly one cloudy morning. The encounter caught us and them by surprise. The horses stopped to look at us for half second before charging off across the fields into the mist. My auntie went on to explain how they had never been tamed and how the English king, Henry the VIII, had failed in his attempt to have the horses “exterminated”. They were truly magical and lived in the imagination of this 9 year old boy for a long time afterwards. But as ever, their future in our modern world is far from certain. So, in an effort to make the breed more commercially viable for Snowdonia farmers, efforts…

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