Thursday, 19 December 2013

Seasonal Touring Pitches North Wales

Seasonal Touring Pitches North Wales
There is only a few days left until Christmas and you cannot think of the perfect Christmas gift well why not choose something extra special that the whole family can enjoy? Seasonal touring pitches North Wales are a gift your family can get benefit from every year. You can enjoy a beautiful holiday home in the countryside and make some wonderful holiday memories.

The best thing about seasonal touring pitches North Wales is you can access your holiday home throughout the open park season at your chosen holiday park. Exclusive seasonal touring pitches allow you to make the most of your holiday home by giving you access to come and go as you please for holidays within the open park season.

Seasonal touring pitches are normally available for you to access for roughly eight months of the year but this varies between holiday parks.

Winter is a good time to sign the deal on your seasonal touring pitches as there are often fantastic reductions and bargains to be had. Everyone else knows this and will purchase all the pitch spaces for the upcoming year if you do not act fast. Many holiday parks in North Wales are already close to filling up every touring pitch space for 2014 so do not let your family miss out on the opportunity for a great holiday home experience.

If you are thinking of booking a touring pitch for the 2014 season act fast if you want to get a space.
The countryside surrounding Caernarfon is the perfect place for a touring pitch. The area offers rolling hills and woodland but also dramatic views of the turbulent North Wales coast! You also have the benefit of being very near a top golf course in the summer. Be thorough when researching the holiday park for your new touring pitch so you can choose one with the best facilities.  Some come with pools, bars and even their own restaurants. Coed Helen Holiday Park Caernarfon is currently offering great deals on its seasonal touring pitches for 2014 but there are not many spaces left! This park has its own pool, panoramic views, and an excellent pub restaurant.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Visiting Caravan Parks Snowdonia

Caravan Parks Snowdonia
When visiting Snowdonia you want accommodation that is a bargain, offers clean, comfortable surroundings and is in the heart of the natural landscape such as caravan parks Snowdonia.
There are so many attractions to visit in Snowdonia as well as exploring the mesmerising natural landscape.

Caravan parks Snowdonia provide a cheap and convenient way to explore a place that is beloved by walkers and nature lovers everywhere.

From your caravan park you might take an easy walk utilising the Bala Lake Railway which operates during the summer along the south shore of Lake Tegid and then return by walking over the hillsides south of the lake.

For train lovers or those who prefer less walking there is the Ffestiniog  Railway running between Blaenau Ffestiniog and the coast at Porthmadog.  While the Welsh Highland Railway runs between Caernarfon in the north to Porthmadog. The Llanberis Lake Railway is a steam train running alongside Lake Padarn with great views of Snowdon and passing Dolbadarn Castle.

The Snowdonia area is not short of other famous castles to visit, from Harlech Castle to Criccieth Castle overlooking Tremadog Bay. Then follow the circle of World Heritage site castles to Caernarfon Castle and round to Conwy Castle.

For the more intrepid walker there is, of course, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) itself, with a choice of three walks to the summit: Llanberis Path, Miners Path and Pyg Path. For the slightly less fit or agile there is the Snowdon Mountain Railway .

The scenery of Snowdonia was created by the ice age carving out deep valleys and lakes and giving us a variety of breathtaking waterfalls to enjoy.

There are many other family outings in the Snowdonia National Park area visiting slate mines, copper mines, outdoor adventure areas and of course beautiful gardens and grounds.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Cottages in Anglesey

holiday cottages in North WalesGreat Escapes Wales have a range of exquisite holiday cottages in North Wales, including several on the beautiful isle of Anglesey.
Self-catering holiday cottages are an ideal way to explore the countryside and culture of North Wales.

Cottages feel like a home and give you complete freedom on your holiday or weekend getaway. You can eat whatever you like whenever you like and explore as much or as little as you want. They offer you comfort and all the facilities you could want but keep you near to the beautiful rolling countryside. They have the benefit of being completely private unlike a hotel, making cottages the ideal holiday experience for everyone.

The unique and luxurious cottages from Great Escapes Wales all have a little something that make them extra special. They are set in stunning locations with awe inspiring views and some even have charming extra features such as an indoor pool or garden tree house!

Holiday cottages in North Wales are perfect for family holidays or romantic trips and one of the best places to go in North Wales for a wonderful holiday is Anglesey.

Anglesey hosts several of the best Great Escapes Wales cottages and they are situated in various locations around the gorgeous isle including Bodorgan, Trearddur Bay and Church Bay.

Anglesey is one of the best destinations for a holiday set in adorable cottages. It is very easy to relax or have an action packed adventure. There is so much to do and see in Anglesey from the native wildlife such as red squirrels, puffins and seals to adrenaline fuelled water sports. There are many historical landmarks including Beaumaris Castle which hosts many of its own events too. Druid sacred places are all over the land and there are even big festivals such as the famous Anglesey Oyster Festival in October and the Anglesey Drama Festival in March.       

Monday, 28 October 2013

Caravan Parks North Wales and Dogs

During your stay at some caravan parks North Wales getaways, you may not be able to bring along
your furry friend, meaning it’s more expensive to have them cared for when you take a trip. Thankfully, after realising that there are so many brilliant local paths to walk your dog along, the Snowdonia Society are holding a special dog walk this November.

Any dog lover will know it’s hard to be separated from your beloved pooch when you journey on your holidays but with the right caravan park, there’s no reason why they can’t come along and join in the fun!

Situated in the idyllic and simply beautiful Gwydyr Forest, this enchanting excursion is sure to delight you and your dog on a challenging but highly enjoyable route.

Taking in all there is to admire of the Conwy Valley, the two hours you spend exploring the greenery of this beloved forest will be unforgettable as you pass Llyn Glangors on the 3rd of November.


If you’re a bit unsure about the adventure then do not worry, the highly experienced ranger will be guiding you every step of the way. With plenty of knowledge to share, they’re guaranteed to make your journey that little bit more special. Just make sure you leash your dog, it wouldn’t be good if they went off running up one of the many mountains!

Before you set off, make sure you meet at Hafna car park in Gwydyr Forest 15 minutes before the start at 1.30 p.m. which gives you a great opportunity for you to get to know the other walkers and for your canines to make some friends too! Also, booking beforehand is essential to make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic occasion.

If you’re after a fun and engaging day during your holidays this autumn, you should look no further than this exciting trip for you and man’s best friend.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Caernarfon Events and Luxury Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks CaernarfonHoliday parks in North Wales like Coed Helen are becoming increasingly popular. There are now some very luxurious and fashionable holiday parks set in picturesque Snowdonia wilderness near mountains, forests and lakes with top quality facilities such as heated outdoor pools and restaurants. There are trendy lodges, caravans and holiday homes that look more like stylish studio flats with their lavish decors, flat screen televisions, spacious layouts and panoramic views of the North Wales countryside.

Some of the best holiday parks North Wales are set in Caernarfon. This is an ideal location for a top holiday park because of the beautiful location. Holiday parks in Caernarfon are situated right between the lush, green surroundings of Snowdonia on one side and the pristine and dramatically gorgeous North Wales coast on the other. They are near nature, native forest dwelling and marine wildlife and great events throughout the year.

People often make the mistake of believing holiday parks North Wales are only suitable in the height of summer but the cooler months offer a vision of the rugged beauty of Wales with the vibrant colours and inspiring frosts of autumn. These months also bring the best events to the area for entertaining the family.

Out of the holiday park open season you can also get great deals on buying or renting glamorous lodges and caravans!

Why not pop to the Caernarfon countryside, pick up a luxury holiday home for a great deal and enjoy some of the amazing autumn and winter events in the area.

Events

Taiko Drummers

Tomorrow in Caernarfon (12th October), conveniently near some of the best best holiday parks in North Wales, a special display is brought to you by Gallery Caernarfon. Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers light up the stage at 7:30pm with the thunderous chorus of perfectly synchronised drum music. There will also be masked choreography, artistic lighting effects, post-apocalyptic imagery and martial imagery. This comes to you from the best touring Taiko drum group on the continent. 

Halloween Spooktacular

The GreenWood Forest Park is hosting a fantastic Halloween event from the 19th of October up to the 31st of October. This is a great event to take the kids to. There will be plenty of Halloween themed entertainment and crafts such as mask making and lantern making.

Halloween Train

On Halloween itself you can head to Harbour Station in Caernarfon and the Snowdonia Parc Brew Pub for the Halloween train! Naturally it will be fancy dress.

Santa Specials

December brings Christmas themed special events at Harbour Station on the 7th and 8th.

There are so many reasons to holiday in Caernarfon throughout the year and you may end up deciding you want a holiday home in the area to escape to whenever you need a countryside retreat.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

When in Wales

Holidays in Wales
When in Wales there are so many incredible things to see and do and WalesLive can guide you on this journey of discovery.  The country of Wales has inspired legends for thousands of years with its awe inspiring natural beauty, much of which is still unspoiled by man. Whether you are an artist, nature lover, walker, mountain biker or water sports enthusiast Wales offers you culture, adventure and inspiration. With all this available it can be overwhelming for a tourist to know where to start. You do not want to miss the very best of Wales.  WalesLive has current, comprehensive information about all the different activities, accommodation, events, news and adventures that are happening in Wales.

It is a holiday destination for British and international tourists alike because it is wholly different than anywhere else in the world. It is strangely varied for such a small country. This means you can easily experience all its variety without travelling for a long time between the many different areas in Wales. It has modern yet beautiful cities such as Cardiff and Bangor with their vibrant nightlife, beautiful architecture and impressive cathedrals. It has historic towns that dominate the skyline with their medieval castles and forts. It is peppered with beautifully quaint, tranquil villages and there are vast areas of raw, wildly beautiful countryside that rejuvenate the soul. That is the reason most people come to Wales. Its natural landscape has everything; coniferous forests, deciduous native woodland, a large number of lakes and rivers, famous mountain ranges, beautiful coastal beaches and cliffs and an endless supply of rolling countryside.

Welsh Holidays
Do not be fooled in thinking Wales is just visually pretty, its rugged wilderness provides the perfect destination for all kinds of sport. How about mountain biking through forests, canoeing through rapids, climbing many different cliffs and mountain ranges or horse riding through the meadows? Wales is a centre for outdoor sports. People flock to Wales for sport activities every year. The sea is so near to the mountains and forests you are spoilt for choice. In addition to all the climbing and riding water sports are on offer across the coast which surrounds Wales on three sides. Sailing, jet skiing and wakeboarding are all favourites in the seaside towns while those inland enjoy wild swimming and gorge walking, however the size of Wales means you can easily do both in the one holiday. Large national and international sports events take place in Wales every year such as the All Wales Boat show, Wakestock, Europe’s biggest wakeboarding festival, cycling championships, triathlons and much more.

Wales is not just for the sporting types it is also a centre for the arts. Not many outside of Wales realise how much music, visual and contemporary art is available in Wales. Festivals in Abersoch and Portmeiron are famous music festivals, well known throughout the UK and there are so many more happening throughout the year at various breath taking locations. Wales also appreciates classical music with the North Wales International Music Festival event every September. There are many top quality galleries for both traditional and contemporary art and these are enhanced by the vast numbers of local artists who specialise in all kinds of art form from painting to pottery and masonry art. Several massive art related festivals take place every year such as Llandudno Arts Weekend and the Helfa Gelf. The Art Society for Wales is currently making a concentrated effort to support its local artists and promote artist expression in Wales. The landscape of Wales is so dramatic that it has been inspiring local and international artists for thousands of years. You can find ancient art from early man in many Welsh museums.

WalesLiveWales is also home to history. Its coastal towns were beloved holiday destinations of the Victorians and have
been persevered with all their Victorian beauty and history intact. Wales’ many famous museums are full with evidence, fossils, artefacts and remnants of our rich medieval and ancient Druidic/Celtic history. It is a great place to discover evidence of how the Britons existed before Roman influence as Wales is the last home of the Druids and one of the last areas to fall to outside invasion. The medieval era clearly and very visually left its mark on the Welsh landscape. Wales is well known for castles for a reason. This little section of the UK has more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe.

If you love good, varied and creative food you may not at first think of Wales as your ideal holiday destination but Wales has recently been reclaiming its roots and pride for its own local produce and native cuisine. Wales is full of brewing experts so if real ales are your thing you should head to one of the many local breweries being set up in the pubs across Wales. Wales has been encouraging its people to get involved with cooking and promoting our own extra fresh local produce with a number of large scale food festivals across the country. In addition to the best lamb and home reared pork Wales has the freshest and best seafood around. Anglesey’s Oyster Festival used to be only known by locals but Wales has learned that so many want to try the local produce that the festivals are growing and expanding so do not forget to visit a Welsh food festival when you visit.

Whether is it outdoor sport, nature, music, art, big festivals and unusual events or food you love Wales is the place to see and WalesLive can gives you information about all the best events, attractions and accommodation to get you started on your Welsh adventure.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Holiday Parks North Wales

Holiday Parks North Wales
Where better to find the best holiday parks North Wales than Anglesey.

If you want a beautiful, calming and exhilarating holiday experience with a difference you should head to holiday parks North Wales.

Why are holiday parks such a great holiday option and which holiday parks North Wales should you choose.
Holiday parks are ideal for families because they are so convenient. Taking the kids on holiday can be a bit of a hassle at times. Juggling work while packing for the whole family then keeping the children entertained can be more of a strain than the relaxation a holiday should be. Holiday parks are very popular with families because you can have a wonderful, inexpensive holiday in the countryside with your luxury accommodation, entertainment and great dining options, all conveniently located next to each other.

Remember when choosing holiday parks, there is a great deal of variation between them so you need to choose the best to get the most out of your holiday.

The answer to which holiday parks in North Wales you should choose is easy! Anglesey is a perfect location to enjoy one of the most beautiful and exciting areas in North Wales.

There are holiday parks in Anglesey with incredible facilities such as a private beach, award winning restaurants and glamorous, chic lodges! Holiday parks are now so much more than just seaside town breaks. Some offer a completely alternative experience to this out dated impression of parks. There are parks that provide secluded and romantic getaways with all the trimmings in idyllic, rural settings.

This is why Anglesey is the best place to go for the most glamorous holiday park experience.

Anglesey offers a variety of dramatic and stunning landscapes. The Isle’s pine and deciduous forests are home to rare, native wildlife like the red squirrels. There are rolling hills and the endless greenery Wales is known for. As an island is possesses some of the very best views across the sea to the mainland on all sides of Anglesey and of course there are Anglesey’s many, famous pristine sandy beaches. There is also so much to do with the quintessentially Welsh castles such as Beaumaris, boat rides on the sea to watch seals and visit Puffin Island, lighthouses, famous ice creams, restaurants, fishing, cycling and amazing water sports opportunities.

Holiday park holidays offer serenity and entertainment that is convenient and a bargain. Anglesey holiday parks also offer a magical landscape filled with history and amazing sights.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Llandudno Shows and Events!

Llandudno hotels
Llandudno hotels like the beautiful seafront situated Cae Mor are gearing up for an exciting month in September! Accommodation will be filling up as people from around the UK come to witness the best of the arts here in Llandudno.

Llandudno hotels are proud to be situated in a town known for its creativity and talent. This September Llandudno is showing its artistic side with a range of great shows and events you will not want to miss.

If you desire a highly cultural holiday mixed with excitement then book Llandudno hotels soon to enjoy a variety of unusual and inspiring performances from the gorgeous seaside town of Llandudno.

Do not forget that on the 20th-22nd of September LLAWN01 is coming to Llandudno. LLAWN01 is the first Llandudno Arts Weekend. In one ultra exciting and packed weekend you can experience drama, entertainment, art and homage to Llandudno’s Victorian heritage.

This amazing micro festival will feature six bespoke replicas of 19th century Victorian style bathing machines, all beautifully crafted to host a multitude of displays to delight you.

The bathing machines will be gorgeously customised mobile theatres and galleries which will be the setting for local and international artists to deliver you a bizarre and delightful array of artistic performances.

Films, music, art, contemporary drama, puppetry and weird and wonderful displays are on offer this September in Llandudno conveniently near beautiful Llandudno hotels. Many Llandudno hotels are in keeping with the Victorian style that transformed Llandudno into a holiday destination so they are the perfect place to stay for a visit to this marvellous festival.

During the Llandudno Arts Weekend you can watch the promenade become dotted with the amazing bathing machines and acts. Best of all the festival is free and brought to you by Mostyn, Helfa Gelf, Royal Cambrian Academy, Venue Cymru and many more great organisers.

Venue Cymru also has wonderful shows on this September to compliment the arts weekend. Blood Brothers will be showing from the 16th until the 21st of September. It is a dramatic and daring multi award winning musical depicting the story of twins raised in very different circumstances. This show surpassed 10,000 performances in the west end and now it is coming to Llandudno. The Butterfly Lion is another unmissable and deeply emotive show coming to Llandudno this September from the 23rd to the 28th. From the creators of Warhorse comes a story about a boy searching for his white lion cub friend.

A few fabulous Llandudno hotels like the Cae Mor are situated right next to Venue Cymru and offer special pre show dining just for you!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Check out the International Snowdon Race 2013 this July!

On July 20th, runners from across the world will compete in one of the most unique and challenging races of the UK’s running calendar.

Considered one of Europe’s toughest endurance challenges, the 10-mile race involves running from the edge of Lake Padarn in the village of Llanberis, North Wales to the highest summit in Wales and England (mount Snowdon) and back down.

Registration

Registration is open online and will automatically close when the limit of 600 runners is hit. Before you register, you must understand that the Snowdon Race is not a fun run and requires certain experience before you enter (see website). The race makes it clear that you must have experience on the mountain and compete in race, with fitness, mentally and physically essential. Registration is also open on the morning of the event at the Electric Mountain, First Hydro, Llanberis. From 9.30am to 1pm, you can go along and register for senior and junior races.

The Route

On leaving the starting area, runners follow the A4086 towards Capel Curig and turn right opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel, before continuing over the cattle grid and up the tarmac road, before joining the main Llanberis to Snowdon footpath.

Follow the well defined path under the Half Way and Clogwyn bridges and continue to the summit of Snowdon Mountain. Take extra care when you run close to the railway line for obvious reasons and follow the in and out system to the summit, ensuring that your number is recorded when you pass over the electronic timing mat.

Continue with the exact same route back to Llanberis, taking care with road crossing and then finish along the main road finishing line. Any competitor that retires must report to the nearest Marshal and at the finish.
Compete and enjoy the region

For those that compete, or for supporters that are hoping to go along and watch, the opportunity to stay at the Oakeley Arms hotel is here, located within the Snowdonia region, offering you the chance to enjoy the region and its stunning offerings under self-catering Snowdonia facilities. From majestic scenery to a vast array of activities, there is a spectacular range of things to see and do, while preparing to experience this world class event in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Lodges for sale in Snowdonia Wonderland

Snowdonia 
There are charming caravans and lodges for sale in Snowdonia this year. Snowdonia has often been aptly described as a land beyond words.  It is a landscape that has inspired stories, art and religion for thousands of years. If you want a holiday home for those weekend getaways then Snowdonia will offer a feeling of harmony and serenity unlike anywhere else.

Do you desire a quiet cabin in the woods? A rustic lodge on a mountain side with views stretching as far as the eye can see? Or a caravan by a reed filled pond with a variety of native water birds? If this sounds like the perfect holiday for you then you will not want to miss out on the holiday homes, caravans and lodges for sale in Snowdonia right now.

Having a quaint weekend retreat in the countryside is becoming very popular once again. Many are favouring to buy lodges and caravans for themselves so they can visit whenever they want and add their own personal fashion.

You may wonder why buy a lodge when you can stay in a hotel. Caravans and lodges are favoured by many because they are usually situated in beautiful locations but are reasonably priced. Hotels are almost always based in towns but lodges can be secluded in the depths of nature or near facilities, whichever you prefer.  If you're a dog owner and have your own caravan or lodge you need not worry about hotels and B&Bs being dog friendly.

Snowdonia is a paradise for nature lovers and walkers. It is home to Lake Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales and the town of Bala. Bala Lake offers excitement for water sports enthusiasts such as sailing and canoeing. Imagine staying at your very own lodge by a quiet, unblemished lake in the mountains. Snowdonia national park is filled with wildlife in addition to great scenery. There are all sorts of holiday homes, caravans and lodges for sale in Snowdonia. Now is a good time to buy, while you have your pick of what’s on offer.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Summertime Breaks in and around Caernarfon.

Caernarfon Castle
Summertime Breaks in and around Caernarfon. With summer fast approaching it’s too tempting not to think Caernarfon Hotels scattered around providing luxury accommodation with stunning scenery. Here’s our list of great activities and attractions in the Caernarfon area which are ideal for making the most of summertime.
about making an escape. Everyone deserves a holiday and while going to another country for a break is an option, a lot of people miss out on travel treasures in Wales! A prime location for example is Caernarfon, boasting a wealth of stunning views and locations, a storied history and the friendliest of people. So surely it makes sense to soak in the Welsh sunshine while you have the chance, right? There are some outstanding

Llandwyn Bay 

An absolutely gorgeous sandy beach which celebrated dunes are the settings of many romantic stories for couples and the adventures of countless kids! This blue flagged wonderland is an award winning roving sweep of beach that is isolated but still has toilet and parking facilities nearby, so you shan’t have to suffer for pleasure.

Caernarfon Castle 

This fortress retains the terrible beauty that it had when it was erected over 600 years ago by King Edward the Longshanks! While this castle no longer has knights and soldiers battling it out on the walls it’s easy to envision this when walking upon the battlements. A sight to remember in years to come.

Plas Newydd 

On the shores of the menai straight, the building is a historical wonder as the home of the Marquess of Anglesey. The garden has a very diverse beauty mixing many different styles which attracts attention all year round; the garden has an open plan with majestic views of Snowdonian peaks, which are a marvel while you stroll on the italien style lawn. A woodland walk leads to a marine path which runs aside the straight. There is so much more in the area to visit, so you better make your stay as long as possible. Trust me, you won’t want to leave!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Choosing Llandudno Hotels for your stay.

If you are preparing or planning to go for a holiday to the wonderful seaside town of Llandudno, then you’ll need somewhere to stay. Unless a relative or friend lives in the area and can put you up for a few nights, you’ll need to book a one of the popular Victorian Llandudno Hotels. You’ll be pleased to know that there is a fantastic range of hotels to choose from to suit every type of visitor.

There will be a few things to consider when finding the hotel for you. You should consider; price, quality, location and facilities. The great thing about Llandudno is that the majority of the hotels are situated within the main town area, with most things within walking distance or very short driving distance.

Since Llandudno is a highly regarded, popular tourist destination, the quality of its amenities, facilities and accommodation increases every year. The demand for more places to stay continues to grow, meaning that there is plenty of choice for those planning to visit the area. It also means that hotels are fighting harder to win over customers, so are offering fantastic services to the people that stay.

The location of your hotel can be very important. You should think about how long you are staying in the area for, what plans you may have and whether you have the means or intentions of travelling it other surrounding or nearby areas in North Wales. Many people visit Llandudno and tend to stay there due to the huge array of attractions and activities that they find to do, whereas other visitors like to explore other areas as well. Attractions such as the Great Orme, Happy Valley, Victorian Pier, artificial Ski Slope, toboggan track and cables cars have meant that visitors have had plenty to do without venturing further afield. The beach, range of shopping facilities and wealth of places to eat and drink has meant that the seaside resort of Llandudno has everything you could need whilst on a short break away from everyday life.

Deciding whether you would like to find different entertainment every night, or are content with a stroll along the promenade after a delicious meal may be a deciding factor. You can find a range of hotels online to see which suit your requirements. The Elm Tree Hotel is a brand new establishment opening in February 2013, aiming to wow visitors with their commanding views over the Llandudno coast and excellent hospitality. Ideally situated and equipped with everything you will need, the Elm Tree hotel Llandudno is here to serve you.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Holiday Lodges Snowdonia - A home from home




Holiday lodges are a popular choice for people that fancy a break away from everyday routine, allowing you to get a much needed break from those hectic weeks. Many holiday makers would much rather book a trip away within the country, instead of those far flung destinations, where a growing number of families prefer a week or two away within the country, among many of the finest areas that the United Kingdom has to offer. Here we outline a couple of holiday types that you could enjoy, whether it is with family, friends, alone or with a partner in lodges Snowdonia.

Family Holiday

A holiday lodge in Snowdonia is the perfect type of accommodation for family holidays. Visiting a lodge can often be a much better alternative to a hotel, as you will likely have access to a well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and living space, rather than limited features that a hotel room will often give. This means you’ll have more space, freedom, and will be able to cook local produce and other foods rather than eat out every single time! Families with children often find it handy having the space and facilities a lodge comes with, thanks to the way that they are designed.

Romantic Weekends

Holiday lodges are great for couples looking to spend a quiet weekend or week away, as many lodges are equipped with all modern comforts including; bathrooms, log fires, hot tubs, kitchens, spacious living areas and all the other facilities you need for a short or long stay. Couples will enjoy a much quieter and more intimate setting than in a hotel, where the holiday lodge or cabin offer a much more private, relaxing and romantic atmosphere for a special weekend.

Outdoor Adventure Holidays

Many lodges are located in areas of spectacular natural beauty. May it be in the picturesque countryside, near beaches or among the mountains, meaning there are undeniably many opportunities to enjoy walking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing and many more excellent activities. The scenery found in these areas can be truly stunning, especially in North Wales lodge parks, which gives visitors the perfect base to any type of outdoor adventure holiday they could require.

Relaxing Break

Gwydyr View Lodges Snowdonia is located in a quiet, tranquil setting that offers visitors and residents a wide range of services and facilities. Many families enjoy staying within them, as they are often part of a community that allow interaction with other holiday makers – which can be perfect for the children too, who can make friends. Many lodge parks have swimming pools, restaurants, bars and are located near great attraction, so you are able to enjoy whatever type of break you want. 

Gwydyr View Lodge Park North Wales is the perfect setting for any one of these types of breaks and holidays. A fantastic range of accommodation lodges and holiday homes for hire and for sale mean you can stay or buy something that is completely suited to the holidays or breaks you have in mind.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Dining Like a True Welshman in North Wales

So you have decided to pack your bags and take a holiday to the beautiful North Wales. If you love food then trying the Welsh cuisine is a must. To take full advantage of your time in North Wales you need to hunt out some local Welsh restaurants that serve traditional Welsh food, luckily we have done a bit of the work for you! Below are our top 5 restaurants to visit in North Wales if you want to dine like a true Welshman:

1. Watsons Bistros
First up on our list is Watsons Bach based in the town of Conwy. This Bistro uses locally sourced ingredients to deliver traditional Welsh food with a modern twist while maintaining in an intimate Bistro setting. Everything at this gem of a restaurant is homemade from the bread right down to the ice creams and sorbets. Our top recommendations are the Slow Roast Shoulder of Welsh Lamb with punchmep and minted garlic and honey jus and the 24 hour cooked OX cheek with savoy cabbage, Dijon mustard mash and a rich port sauce. There are daily specials as well as a fantastic Sunday lunch menu. A fantastic choice if you are looking to dine like a local.

2. The Peak Restaurant
The Peak Restaurant is situated on the High Street in the village of Llanberis North Wales. The menu changes monthly and uses fresh, seasonal and local produce and much like the previous restaurant virtually the entire menu is made in house. The restaurant benefits from an open kitchen with a modern, yet relaxed and welcoming dining atmosphere. The Welsh Rib Eye Steak with Fluffy Mash is a must for any meat lovers and the Spiced winter fruit makes for a comforting end on a cold winters night.

3. Plas-Yn-Dre
The next restaurant serving stunning traditional Welsh food in North Wales is Plas-Yn-Dre, based in the Snowdonia National Park. This restaurant is furnished with soft leather chairs and the d├ęcor is a tasteful taste on a traditional country-kitchen. The menu is filled to the bream with traditional Welsh dishes and it makes the perfect lunch spot after a morning walking.

4. Hayloft Restaurant
The final restaurant to make our list is Hayloft Restaurant in Conwy. This restaurant is a set in a quiet estate surrounding and benefits from stunning mountain views. The menu is filled with produce grown on the estate that helps deliver a true taste of Wales. This restaurant is all about freshness with bread being baked daily, seafood being caught that morning and meat coming direct from the estate butchery. A great choice to round off our selection of restaurants.

So there we have it, our top 4 Welsh restaurants in North Wales. If you are making the trip over you would be foolish not to give the local cuisine a go. Let us know if you have dined at any of these and what you thought!

Ben is an avid foodie and loves nothing more than travelling and trying new cuisines. He recently set up his own restaurant directory site WhereToEat.co.uk which has a handy restaurants near me feature.