Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Experience Snowdonia in a Cosy Cottage

self-catering snowdonia
If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat to spend some much-needed relaxation time, Snowdonia is the perfect location. Throughout your stay you’ll be surrounded by lush natural Welsh countryside and wild mountain ranges. If this sounds like a location you could relax in, it’s only right you should select an equally as tranquil hotel or self-catering Snowdonia cottage to stay at during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms 4 Star Hotel in Snowdonia is situated within the heart of Snowdonia. This beautiful hotel is bordered by deep woodland, yet is close enough to the local amenities. Located in the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities and exciting activities to try during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms also have six very cosy self-catering Snowdonia cottages available to stay in. Named after the local mountains and rivers, these cottages have everything you need for a truly relaxing week away.

These once derelict stables have been expertly renovated into cottages which appear traditional yet possess all the modern features you’d see in a home. As a little added bonus, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of wine and chocolates upon your arrival.
Each cottage has a spacious kitchen with modern facilities, including a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer. The cosy living areas of the cottages also benefit from traditional wood-burning stoves and flat screen televisions with surround sound.

These cottages are also in the perfect location if you’re looking to do some sightseeing or take part in Wales’ unique attractions. They’re a short drive away from the beautiful Italianesque town of Portmeirion, as well as being a short drive from Zip World. If you fancy trampolining deep down in a mining cave on huge trampolines or zip lining at speeds of over 100mph, Zip World offers the perfect activity days out for you.

Of course, you’re free to spend the weekend simply relaxing in the cottage. There’s a shared patio area and barbeque, should the Welsh weather manage to hold up!

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle Challenge!

The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge should be attempted at least once by every avid cyclist. This 1000 mile journey takes 12 days to complete, making it a rather tough challenge! Some days of the journey you’ll be cycling an average of around 100 miles, so it’s best to intensely prepare yourself beforehand for this one.

Along the way you’ll be rewarded with fantastic countryside scenery along the British Isles, including spectacular views in the Highlands and the Lake District. Cycling from one end of the UK to the other definitely earns you bragging rights – it’s no mean feat.

At the start of the journey, you’ll be right in the heart of Cornwall. That means one very tasty (and essential) thing – pasties. Stock up on traditional and authentic Cornish pasties for the first part of your journey. Those pasties are certain to give you enough energy to reach the next county. That is if you’ve not over-indulged on them!

Pasties aside, the Cornish hills will have your legs working their very hardest. You might have even forgotten what flat land looks like as you near the end of those hills!

It’s essential you pack some waterproofs, since we are talking about British weather. The sun might be gloriously shining at 10am, only to be hidden by thick rain clouds by 12pm. It’s great to be optimistic, but even better to be prepared for our incredibly temperamental weather. Despite this warning, it’s probably best to pack some sunscreen with you, as cycling all day in the sun is a sure-fire way to get some very itchy sunburn.

Punctures are almost inevitable during a 1000 mile journey. Make sure you’re fully prepared with the right equipment should you feel a dreaded puncture beginning to deflate your tire! Doing the challenge with Adventurous Ewe means you’ll be accompanied by a bike mechanic the whole way through.

Crossing the Severn Bridge can be slightly vertigo-inducing for many. This 1,600 meter bridge will take you from England into Wales. You won’t have much time to look around Wales – you’ll be into Shrewsbury by the next afternoon.

From Shrewsbury, you’ll travel to past the hills of the Lake District and Shap Fell. This 100 ft climb sounds quite intimidating, but the overall gradient is rather gradual. After this, you’ll have a fantastic descent to Penrith. Before this day is over, you’ll eventually reach Carlisle.

After Carlisle, you’ll have a 101 mile journey into Kilmarnock, Scotland. This ride is a fairly pleasant one, as you will be surrounded by lush green hills and countryside throughout the duration of the journey.

Travelling from Kilmarnock to the Scottish Highlands will present you with fantastic coastal views of the Firth of Clyde and the Isles of Arran and Bute.

The Highlands, with their rocky spires and rugged mountains are really something to be seen, and so are Scottish breakfasts. If you love a good hearty fry up – you won’t be left disappointed.

Once you’ve conquered this incredible challenge, the best way to travel back to where you started from is via train. If you plan and book in advance, you may be able to bag yourself a very cheap fare (which you’ll likely spend the entirety sleeping on!).

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ty'n Rhos - A Five Star Weekend Break

Dark winter mornings are here, and there’s a quite a chill in the air. If you’ve spent the past few weeks waking up to very limited sunlight and then spent the rest of the day looking out to a glum sky – it’s likely you’ve been dreaming of taking a break, especially somewhere warm and cosy.

snowdonia hotel
The Foxglove
Why not book yourself into a Snowdonia hotel? You’ll be surrounded by a gorgeous and dramatic landscape, whilst sitting incredibly comfortably in a luxurious hotel room. If this sounds like your cup of tea, Ty’n Rhos might just be the hotel for you.

Ty’n Rhos, is a country house in Snowdonia, which offers you a truly deluxe and five star hotel experience.

They also have a fantastic restaurant on site, which serves delicious meals from a menu that is updated daily. Some previous dishes have included pan roasted silver hake, deluxe surf and turf, and a butternut squash and sage ravioli.

Ty’n Rhos currently have a fantastic offer on their rooms. Between the dates of 1st November and 28th February 2017, there’s a 3 for 2 nights offer on all standard and superior double/king rooms.
What’s even better – this deal includes a full Welsh breakfast every morning and a delectable three-course meal at their restaurant in the evenings.

Each room of Ty’n Rhos is individually and uniquely decorated. Traditional with a classy touch of modern, these rooms are truly a delight to spend a mid-week or weekend break in.

Take for example room 21 – the ‘Foxglove’. This gorgeous superior super king room with its impressive 6ft king size bed and soft mauve hues is sure to provide you with the rest and relaxation you so deserve.

Don’t just take it from us - with over 250 ‘Excellent’ TripAdvisor views, and with recurrent guests visiting multiple times a year, the Ty'n Rhos is an incredibly desirable hotel to stay in.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Caravan Park Owners: Is Your Solicitor Truly On Your Side?

North Wales is very well known for providing fun family holidays for thousands upon thousands of people every year, and there’s a large variety of parks within this lovely area in order for people to pack up the car, the kids and the dog, and shoot off for a week or two in a home away from home while enjoying traditional entertainments such as the seaside. (Or even the non-traditional!)

However, running a holiday park is a pretty difficult and daunting matter. The day to day of a caravan park is some very, very hard work – and having a solicitor in North Wales that understands  just how difficult things can be is absolutely vital when it comes to getting your business started, followed through thoroughly and properly concluded.

Swayne Johnson Solicitors are based in multiple sites throughout North Wales such as convenient to reach places like Llandudno and St Asaph – and they’re there for you every step of the way. With this firm, if something crops up you won’t be placed on a soul-destroying hotline and forced to listen to cheery tunes while someone can find time to get back to you. You’ll deal directly with one or two of their very well qualified team, and you’ll be dealing with them in a face-to-face manner.

Whether you’re in need of Conveyancing services, need a little bit of advice about the ins and outs of licensing, have questions about Company and Commercial matters (including Intellectual Property) or even need to focus on what you have with assistance in regard to Planning and Environmental matters, Swayne Johnson solicitors are your absolute best bet.

The proof is in the pudding, or so they say. With a multitude of happy clients and happy parks, as well as their vast experience in supporting clients and businesses that own holiday parks whether big or small, they’ve got well over 20 years of supplying the right amount of support for Holiday Park owners of all descriptions, and simply put – you’ll be very hard pressed to do better than their fantastic team of solicitors when it comes to handling your matters.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Enjoy the wonders of Conwy in style

You might be forgiven for not hearing of Humphreys Holidays before. That’s because the venture is rather new, but the formula for it’s success is tried and tested. The brainchild of hospitality professionals Jane and Justin Humphreys, Humphreys Holidays offers its clientele something very special indeed. Featuring two beautiful properties, with all bells and whistles included to make your stay very special, Humphreys Holidays have exactly what you want in mind - Whether it's a charming holiday cottage in Conwy or otherwise, you'll be spoiled for choice!

Until you’ve stayed within the beautiful North Wales region in the absolute luxury of your very own high-specification holiday cottage in Conwy, you haven’t quite made the best out of a break here. Both offerings Humphreys Holidays provide have everything you could ever need to spend quality time with a loved one – and all the attention to detail you’d demand to ensure that your stay is absolutely marvellous and something that will never, ever be forgotten.

Should you wish for anything to be brought to either property, or arranged as part of your arrival, all you have to do is ask, and they shall provide. Humphreys Holidays will endeavour to make everything you want happen in the most wonderful way, and will kindly and considerately make most wishes come true.

They’re not a large company, so the extra-special attention you get as you book and arrive is truly appreciated. With two high quality cottages they’re certainly not property moguls, but when it comes to special occasions, who wants to arrive with a pack of strangers and feel like driven sheep throughout the entire thing? Not us.  

There are two properties to choose from, the wonderfully pretty and lovely little Fourteen within the Medieval town of Conwy – and of course the absolutely stunning High Cabin with a secret location and the reputation of being the best kept secret within Wales.

Essentially, your holiday can be what you want it. Would you like the bustle of a pretty little town and a beautiful home? Then Fourteen is for you. Or, would you like to be well and truly out in the Welsh wilds and feel that you and your loved one are the only people on earth? Then the High Cabin is yours.

With Humphrey’s Holidays, you’re more than welcome to make your holiday within North Wales what you wish. Have fun.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Best Accommodation Deal in Llandudno?

We love hunting for bargains, and it’s always a joy to save a significant amount of money by putting in a little bit of effort and digging around to find the very best deals we can. We’re found an absolute steal within the lovely seaside town of Llandudno, and it’s courtesy of the Cae Mor Hotel, one of the prime seafront hotels in Llandudno.

If you book directly with the Cae Mor Hotel, you’ll be treated to a completely and entirely free £15 restaurant voucher for use in their rather respected, intimate Othello’s restaurant on the ground floor. Decorated very handsomely and in keeping with the hotel (and Llandudno’s) chic Victorian aesthetic, you’ll be delighted to find that their menus are rather good.

There’s another marvellous deal to be had when you book at the Cae Mor Hotel in Llandudno. Should you receive a voucher, you can also be treated to a free glass of prosecco each – entirely and absolutely free should you book a table of 2 or more. What’s dinner without a little fizz, after all? The Cae Mor Hotel are more than capable of laying on layer after layer of luxury, and it shows with the amount of treats they’re all too willing to spoil their valued guests with.

With all of the above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Cae Mor Hotel might be quite expensive to stay within. That’s not the case at all. Their Autumn and Winter Midweek Breaks in particular are quite remarkable.

Should you book any three night’s stay from Sunday to Thursday of any week throughout Autumn and Winter, rates are very significantly reduced. From a standard room costing a mere £325, to a superior room costing £410, we simply can’t see a cheaper deal in Llandudno or even North Wales which includes dinner, bed and breakfast in such a pretty hotel in a prime location on Llandudno’s glorious seafront.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Make Your Holiday Last All Year Round

Holidays. The blessed two weeks where you can pack up the car, the kids, and the dog for two weeks of somewhere new, and somewhere away from the rat race of work, sleep, work, sleep, work and sleep. So many of us look forward to this utterly sacred time of year, and we always lament when they’re over. But did you know that you can make your holiday last however long you want it to, by taking a look at some seriously good caravans for sale in North Wales?

We know that you’ve heard it all before. “Buy now, pay next year” offers are all well and good, but what if it comes down to your holiday in the summer being fantastic and excellent, and an odd weekend away in the middle of winter is anything but? The British tourism industry is going from strength to strength indeed, but some places in wintertime are… well, desolate.

Thankfully, we’ve got a really good tip for you in the form of Snowdonia, North Wales. It’s an amazing region with year round things to do – which you wouldn’t get in a seaside resort. Snowdonia is an amazing place, and even better, it’s got a series of amazing parks within which will push your holiday to it’s limits, even if it’s the middle of winter.

Take Ogwen Bank, for example. Situated within acres and acres of fantastically stunning greenery, this park offers a lot of bang for your buck with it’s year around entertainment, luxury lodges, and close proximity to year round attractions such as Zip World, Surf Snowdonia, and so many amazing things to do. You’re more than welcome, for example, to spend lazy afternoons fishing on the bank of the River Ogwen, which is both scenic and soul-satisfying.

That, as well as the fact that Ogwen Bank in itself features an excellent Country Club (which was originally the hunting lodge of the infamous Lord Penrhyn back in olden times) brought bang up to date and hosting all manner of delicious food and drink, as well as year-round events to keep their guests happy and content- as well as big events such as bonfires, outdoor movie nights, and attentive and kind members of staff, your holiday within Ogwen Bank will shine, no matter the weather.

Buying a caravan for year around use used to be considered quite a fool’s errand. But nowadays, it’s really not. Enquire today, and see if you can steal a little more holidays out of your work year!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Christmas In Wales

Christmas Dinner is our favourite type of dinner, and we’re rather fond of a good turkey (or goose!) with all of the trimmings, and an excellent Christmas Pudding. Yet, we’ve never really attempted to spend Christmas anywhere but at home. But as the kids have grown up and moved away, and have their own lives, we can’t help but feel a little at a loss at this time of year, with all manner of goings on all around us and things to do, but not much of an idea on what exactly appeals to us… or what we’re supposed to do.

When we were approached about spending Christmas in the heart of North Wales, within a luxury, boutique Country House Hotel in Caernarfon, we were immediately interested. After all, who wouldn’t value a holiday at Christmastime? The Ty’n Rhos Country House sits upon an open field, and benefits from a very good position between Bangor and Caernarfon. And, their Christmas events are better described as a Christmas Spectacular, to be frank.

We arrived at 2pm on the dot to a very festive tipple and a sumptuous cream tea, right in front of a gloriously cosy log fire that put ours at home to shame. We made quite an event about exploring this beautiful Country House – the surroundings and the gardens in particular are wonderful, and staff presence was very attentive, but nicely relaxed. Later in the day we enjoyed an entirely fabulous three-course candlelit dinner, followed by coffee and chocolates. Apparently the Ty’n Rhos has a fantastic restaurant in Caernarfon with a very high reputation, and we certainly weren’t let down.

We enjoyed a very restful night’s sleep within an individually decorated, sumptuously outfitted room. We awoke fresh and ready to take on Christmas Day with a very thoughtfully presented Contental Breakfast. Opening presents within such grand surroundings was certainly an experience!

The décor at the T’yn Rhos was beautiful and very classy, and we’re very happy to report that even their Christmas decorations were perfectly in keeping with the rest of the décor. Classy and high-end, with not a single sprig of tatty or cheap looking tinsel anywhere.

Christmas Lunch was an experience. With utterly fine dining, lovely service and excellent staff, we enjoyed ourselves very much – especially so thanks to some wonderful wine recommendations. We enquired as to how exactly such a small restaurant in Caernarfon managed to have such a selection, and we were entrusted with the knowledge that the T’yn Rhos have links to a local wine merchant. The staff in their entirety were very well-educated in regard to all things wine, and it was refreshing to have a conversation with a server that absolutely and entirely shares a passion for all things wine.

When Lunch was over, we were pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the end of the festivities. We were greeted with coffee, Christmas cake, and a pleasant liqueur served in the stunning conservatory, and a full evening buffet.

Boxing Day started off with a full Welsh Breakfast, and we were pleased to discover that the afternoon enabled us to check out the sales in nearby Caernarfon, and we found a number of bargains in this fantastic little Welsh town. We returned to a piping hot pot of tea within the Conservatory, and later met in the Lounge at 7pm for drinks and more delicious canapes. There was even more food on hand with a 5-course Gala Dinner, followed by more coffee and a selection of utterly delicious petit fours.

All-in-all, the Ty’n Rhos looked after us well and truly. Service was kind, attentive, and their staff appear to know the correct balance between providing everything you need, without it being too overbearing. The food was absolutely delicious and there was more than enough of it to leave us feeling that we couldn’t even begin to handle another bite! 

The Ty’n Rhos has a similar package throughout 2016, so we encourage you wholeheartedly to spend Christmas in Wales this year. You certainly won’t regret it!  

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Llandudno Summer Ice Rink Is Due To Close Soon – Don’t Miss Out!

Llandudno is a fantastic destination for your summer holiday. It’s a wonderful town, originally purpose-built for tourism in 1848. It attracted a number of revellers back then, and absolutely hasn’t lost any of it’s sparkle since. With careful maintenance as well as a number of some seriously fun things to do in the surrounding areas, Llandudno fully deserves it’s title of the Queen of Welsh resorts and is the largest seaside town within Wales. This prestigious title is helped in no small part by the array of fantastic hotels in Llandudno which line the wonderfully clean and carefully maintained shoreline – truly a spectacular sight to behold when the sun’s out and the sea and skies are blue.

That, after all, is what is to be expected from a holiday by the seaside, isn’t it? Llandudno has it in abundance. An excellent marriage of history and progressiveness, sun, sea, sky and – an ice rink?

Believe it or not, it’s true. Or at the very least, it’ll be true for August. Venue Cymru, situated right on the long crescent promenade of Llandudno, is famous in the town for providing anything from Broadway performances, ballets and operas to live music from very notable bands – and this year, even hosted the BANFF Film Festival!

Some say that British tourism is on the decline and that the British seaside holiday is on the way out. Llandudno pooh-poohs that notion in the way that only Llandudno can. With grace, dignity, and standing ahead of the pack with it’s fantastic variety of attractions and history.

Whether you’re here for bucket and spades at the beach, sampling the delicious icecream, enjoying Llandudno’s wonderful pier, shopping at Llandudno’s staggering 2 shopping parks and highstreet – or even walking the magnificent Great Orme, Llandudno has so much for absolutely everyone. For an excellent hotel experience, the Cae Mor Hotel in Llandudno is right on the shoreline next to Venue Cymru – centrally and wonderfully situated to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you choose to do with it.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Dog Friendly Getaway in Snowdonia

Dog Friendly Walks Betws-y-Coed
We love nothing more than being able to holiday away, taking time away for ourselves from our busy day to day lives. This time is important.  In fact, psychologists regard holidays a source of happiness and an essential for quality of life (Filep, 2012; Richards, 1999).  With our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to make time for ourselves and our loved ones (pets included).  When leaving your dogs with the kennels just doesn’t seem like the right choice for someone who considers them as much part of their family as children. For you, a dog friendly getaway is the answer. And what could be better for you and your dogs than beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales. The mountains, the lush green forest backdrops and the calming sound of nearby rivers make the best relaxing environment for you and your pets. It’s a good thing there’s plenty of dog friendly accommodation in Snowdonia to give you the best possible stay.

The principal village in Snowdonia is Betws-y-Coed. Due to its exceptional beauty and outstanding landscape, it has become an established yet undisturbed activity hotspot for dog walkers and cyclists alike. The riverside walks are well known, taking you on a journey over bridges, boardwalks and pathways through the trees. With a choice of paths available, you can choose a walk between 1-3 hours long. These beautiful paths are suitable for the whole family and even wheelchair users and pushchairs. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Betws-y-Coed is only a short drive away from the more advanced walking routes over the Tryfan and Cwm Idwal mountains – also a place of Special Scientific Interest. Or perhaps you’re looking to climb the highest point in Wales and England; Mount Snowdon, only 6 miles away from Betws-y-Coed.

The Glan Aber Hotel, Betws-y-Coed is fantastic dog friendly hotel allowing up to two dogs to stay with you in your specially selected room. Dogs are also welcomed in the public bar area where guests are welcome to have their evening meals. Water bowls as well as a shaded outside area is provided. Perhaps you’d like to spend the day taking advantage of the many attractions around the area? Well the Glan Aber Hotel works closely with Snowdonia Animal Sanctuary to provide a full or half day dog sitting service so you can make the most of your stay. With a range of freshly prepared, family friendly meals available throughout the day, you needn’t worry about finding somewhere to eat. The hearty evening meals will finish your day off nicely in the ambient restaurant. Staying in this valley couldn’t be done any better.

·         Filep, S. (2012). Positive psychology and tourism. In M. Uysal, R. Perdue & J. Sirgy (Eds.) Handbook of tourism and quality-of-life: The missing links (pp.31–50). Dordrecht: Springer.Flaxman, P.E., Ménard, J.,
·         Richards, G. (1999). Vacations and the quality of life: Patterns and structures. Journal of Business Research, 44, 189–198.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Surf The Conwy Valley!

The Conwy Valley and surrounding region of Snowdonia and North Wales offer so very much to see, do and experience, we struggle to think of how anyone could fit it all on a typical break. The Year of Adventure is very much is full swing, with a multitude of thrill seekers arriving from England, Europe, and even wider to experience this beautifully underrated holiday treasure-trove. Hotels in Conwy and the surrounding areas are prepped, equipped and ready to provide a great experience for thrillseekers that need a bit of down time on their adventure.

Surf Snowdonia is an excellent (and certainly unique) thing to do in North Wales, and we’re huge fans of it and it’s amazing Crash and Splash Lagoon, which is a real opportunity to go head-to-head against friends or family (or both) and put your agility, determination and balance to the ultimate test against a sea of obstacles. Whether it’s giant spinning balls, monkey bars, climbing walls, rope bridges or balance beams, it’s unbelievably fun and an excellent way to make some memories.

But what about after the sun’s gone down, the lagoon is closed, and you’re after a nice, quiet place to relax and refuel? There is excellent accommodation to hand (and certainly a step above pitching a tent or retiring to a cramped pod) with the nearby Groes Inn, less than 15 minutes drive away. Situated between Ty’n-y-Groes and Rowen, this historic inn offers a real high-quality experience in it’s beautiful coach house that dates back to the 15th Century – known as the oldest Inn in Wales.

History bleeds from this attractive place, be it the aged vines that cover the pretty exterior (we wonder how old they in particular are…) or even its very pretty pub and charming layout that’s stuffed full of the character features you can only expect in a place like Wales. Handsome, charming, and certainly something special if you’re travelling with someone special, the Groes Inn is a gigantic leap upward from being cramped up in most camping pods and is close enough to Dolgarrog and Surf Snowdonia, that it’s not an ordeal taking your board and just going.  

Monday, 1 August 2016

A Luxury Dog Friendly Experience

We enjoy going on holiday with our pets, and it just doesn’t seem right to drop them with friends and family when we’re off about and around, leaving our dogs in particular to pine. Some of us
report that we don’t really enjoy going away as much with the consideration of our dogs left at home or in a kennel. On the other side of the coin, we’re not exactly fond of staying at “dog friendly” hotels, as they have a reputation for being quite… chewed. If you’re looking for a premium dog friendly hotel in Caernarfon, we have a treat for you, and your best friend as well.

The Tyn Rhos Country House is accommodation set in a stellar location, just between Bangor and Carnarfon—with close proximity to the gorgeous Snowdonia region as well as being a mere 5 miles away from the gateway to Anglesey – the Menai Bridge. Graded with Visit Wales’ prestigious 5 star rating, we couldn’t believe our eyes that the Country House is dog-friendly. It’s a beautiful location to sight-see the whole of the North Wales area, in a quiet and peaceful setting ensuring that you can relax and unwind.

Originally a farmstead, this boutique hotel developed over the years to include 19 letting bedrooms, a huge conservatory, a gorgeously decorated lounge, a bar that’s full of Welsh character and a truly special restaurant. The rooms are sumptuous—decorated individually, huge, and so very high-end, we were staggered from start to finish.

Dogs at Tyn Rhos are indeed welcomed, and there’s a miniscule charge of £5.00 per dog, per night. Upon making a reservation, it’s advised to inform the Country House that you intend to take your dog, so they can guide you on the most suitable room for your best friend and you.

The hosts are a family of experienced hoteliers, who previously owned the prestigious Farthings Country House in Somerset. Quality accommodation, superb food, and ensuring a friendly and relaxed atmosphere is paramount to this team of experienced professionals, as well as making the  stay of you and your dog an absolutely perfect one.

Llandudno Voted Top Seaside Resort in the UK By TripAdvisor!

We do like to be beside the seaside, especially so when said seaside is anything alike Llandudno, in North Wales. Llandudno seems to be breaking the trend of desolate, uninhabited, grey and bleary towns on the sea that seem to inspire nothing but despair, and instead is a shining, beautiful example of how care, attention, and constant improvement can break the silly notion that holidays in the UK are dead. It’s really not the case and Llandudno in particular proves it– the most iconic feature of this beautiful town being the gorgeous Victorian Seafront Hotels in Llandudno , set upon the gorgeously clean North beach.

Why does Llandudno have so many fantastic period buildings? Originally created as a resort in Victorian times and functioning as one ever since, Llandudno thankfully managed to escape most of World War II’s bombings, and as such, the constant attention and care paid to these gorgeous buildings has meant that they have remained fully operational, and chock full of stunning period features that we that dwell in high-rise new builds in cities can only dream about.

A great example of these beautiful hotels is the St Tudno Hotel, on the seafront. The hotel itself is very well known in the area for being the subject of repeated visits over one hundred years ago from the family of a certain little girl. Alice Liddel’s family chose Llandudno as the area of many holidays, and afte enjoying their accommodation in St Tudno’s that much, elected to build their own house on Llandudno – Pen Morfa.

While times have passed and changed, St Tudno in itself stands proudly on the Llandudno seafront. Boasting some unique and tasteful features such as fresh flowers weaved daily into it’s chandeliers, stunning décor in Victorian style but with a modern twist, as well as some absolutely beautiful building design – this hotel is one of Llandudno’s finest.

Llandudno stands head and shoulders over it’s competition in the North Wales area, and even headed off competition from far more well-known destinations such as North Devon, Cove Bay, Salcombe, Whitby and Barry Island. It’s not too late to book your trip to Llandudno this year, so why don’t you give it a try?

Fine Dining In North Wales

North Wales is a bountiful and beautiful region, that has it’s roots in slate manufacture and coal mining, and a slew of outdoorsy activities for those so inclined. It’s premier seaside resort, Llandudno recently won TripAdvisor’s Best Seaside Resort of 2016, trouncing competition from England and Wales. Yet moving away from shambling up mountains and the inevitable pull of the seaside, did you know that there’s a hidden jewel for all self-respecting gourmets located just between Bangor and Caernarfon? Fine Dining restaurants in Caernarfon? Really?

Absolutely. The Tyn Rhos Country House has a vast menu, which is changed out daily, as their commitment to sourcing good, local fare of the absolute highest quality is paramount. Their team of Michelin starred chefs source their ingredients daily, in order to guarantee dining of the absolute highest quality for all of their lucky patrons. To enjoy a meal at the Tyn Rhos is a very special thing. Their venue is small and intimate, tastefully decorated and seating 35 people at a time—so you’re absolutely certain to have an experience where you are certainly looked after. We’re fans of the ambience of smaller venues, so this is music to our ears.

Open for evening meals between 6:30 to 8:30, the Tyn Rhos Country House has a lovely atmosphere, a fantastic selection of locally produced, expertly prepared gourmet food (We recommend the premium Wagyu beef, sourced from the prestigious Highland Wagyu Beef Company in particular, not sold through shops and only sold directly to select chefs) and the capability to cater to those with certain dietary requirements.

Due to the nature of food preparation in the Tyn Rhos, it is advised that those who have special requirements or allergies to let the restaurant know as you book – as menus change daily.  
Overall, we’re very impressed by the Tyn Rhos Country House, with it’s beautiful location, majestic house and team of truly talented chefs, we consider it the culinary jewel of the Welsh countryside and would wholeheartedly recommend it to all of our readers.

Monday, 25 July 2016

A Trip To Llandudno’s Voted Best Hotel

Llandudno is a lovely place, a town that got it’s bearings from being purpose-built for the season and built for tourism. The years have come and gone, but Llandudno stands proud and aside from other seaside towns in the UK by the virtue of the fact that it is still very fit for purpose. A large part of this ideal is Llandudno's row of lovingly and painstakingly maintained Llandudno Seafront Hotels that have catered to those that demand a high quality, luxurious experience for over 150 years - and have been looked after enough to offer the same high-quality experiences for 150 more. Although Llandudno is undoubtedly a wonderful place to be, it is a tiny town. It’s not that special…. Or is it?

It absolutely is. Llandudno has recently been named the UK’s Number One Seaside Resort, beating the likes of Brighton, Blackpool and Torquay to this prestigious number one spot. It’s fabulous combination of clean beaches, fascinating history, the Great and the Little Ormes and close proximity to Conwy Castle, Snowdonia, and so many other fantastic attractions to ensure a holiday that’s far from dull.

One of Llandudno’s hotels is the embodiment of the seaside town’s excellent quality, and in 2016 was named the very best bargain hotel in the UK, and the second best in all of the world. That’s right – this North Wales Hotel managed to beat nationwide competition to be awarded the much vaunted number one spot in TripAdvisor’s yearly competition to find the very best bargain hotel out there.

The Elm Tree Hotel has many accolades and more than satisfied guests. Reviews for the Elm Tree Hotel are consistently excellent, and the hotel’s proprietors Carol and Tom are two award-winning hospitality professionals, committed to customer service and client satisfaction. The Elm Tree Hotel possesses an abundance of special features, including wonderfully landscaped public garden that  you are invited to sit within and relax after a day of seeing the sights.

Also flying the flag high for Llandudno and North Wales is the Lauriston Court Hotel which takes the third spot, the Can y Bae B&B at fifth, and the Pier Hotel in Rhyl, taking the seventh spot of the top 10. Llandudno and North Wales in particular are flying the flag high for Wales, and providing that the traditional British Seaside Holiday is far from dead.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Your Hen or Stag In North Wales

Llanrwst is known for many things. Great proximity to Bodnant Gardens. Some of the best hotels in Betws y Coed . Even closer proximity to the wonderful Zip World Fforest, as well as a vast assortment of other attractions to make it a great destination for multiple things. But Stag and Hen parties? Break the mold for yours, and have yours in North Wales. There’s a variety of things to do to make it a considerable leap up from just a night out.

22.7 km away from the wonderful area of Llanrwst in the neighbouring town of Cerrigydrudion, is an exhilarating go-kart track. Certainly not small or rickety, or anything even remotely resembling a hairdryer- GYG Karting provides a fantastic F1 racing experience for you, your family, and your friends. Have you considered taking advantage of their package deals to host a stag or a hen party?

Stag or hens party packages provide exclusive hire of their wonderful 1100m MSA approved British Circuit for 8-19 drivers; with racing suits and helmets provided. Zip away in your 400cc Twin Engine Pro-Kart and go head-to-head against your friends and family for the trophy. Bubbly, a results pack and a group photograph are provided in addition.   

After you’ve competed for glory and won the trophy, why not head back to Llanrwst for a slap-up meal? The astounding Lle Hari restaurant in Llanrwst offers fantastic food and a personal service – excellently and locally sourced natural ingredients with seasonal changes to the menu. The Lle Hari at Llanrwst is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so if your hen or stag happens to fall on a weekend, you’re in for a real treat. (We also highly recommend their gourmet take-out burgers!)

When you’re tuckered out and fit to burst, the Meadowsweet Hotel offers daily room and B&B rates, as well as varying offers and promotions. The prices vary depending on the type of room, but every single one is a winner. Each bedroom is individually designed, and despite different themes, décor, and individuality, each room is unified by classic and contemporary comfort and style – not to mention being fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, flatscreen freeview TV, hairdriers, an iron and an ironing board, bottled water and direct dial telephones as well as our favourite – tea and coffee making facilities.

Planning a Stag or a Hen in the middle of the Welsh countryside might seem like something only the most outdoorsy would tend to do. But that’s not the case any longer. There are a slew of activities in this fantastic area which won’t require all of your day to get to, and some remarkable hotels to stay in, should you decide to turn your Hen or Stag party into memories that'll last years to come.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Very Best Places to Stay for Zip World

Zip world is one of the very best attractions in North Wales, and features a unique day out that is suitable for all the family. With the fact that Zip World has expanded to three locations, one day often isn’t enough in order to get the full experience! There are a number of caravan parks in North Wales and Snowdonia, some less than 10 minutes away from the site itself. Here’s our pick of the very best places to stay in the region, to take advantage of all Zip World’s three sites have to offer.

1 – Ogwen Bank Holiday Park and Country Club

Ogwen Bank is certainly a cut above your regular holiday park experience within North Wales, boasting a massive variety of luxury lodges, gigantic 3-bed caravans and a glamping option with the seriously cool Swift S-Pod Camping Pods, which offer an experience just like home, only in the heart of the Snowdonia Countryside. That, and the Ogwen Bank Holiday Park and Country Club has access to the leisure facilities at Seiont Manor and free golf at Bangor Golf Club, for when you’re zipped out. That, and it’s only a short walk away from Zip World makes it a fantastic contender.

2- Tyn Rhos Country House

The Tyn Rhos Country Manor is a fine country house in Snowdonia, and features one of the very best places to eat within the region. As somewhere to stay, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Tyn Rhos Country House deserves every single one of it’s five stars. It’s peaceful, quaint, and relaxing – which is exactly what is needed after a hard day jumping off high things at speed. The Country House is situated 5 miles from both Caernarfon and Bangor, and it’s 19 bedrooms, large conservatory, comfortable lounge and cosy bar is a quite understandably a hit to those that stay. For those that seek a real high-quality experience.

3- The Meadowsweet Hotel, Llanrwst

The Meadowsweet Hotel is a hotel in Llanrwst, situated near Betws-y-Coed and has proximity to Zip World Fforest, at just under 4 km away. The Meadowsweet Hotel features fabulous, individually styled rooms- as well as a high-quality self-catering farmhouse, the Plas Dre, for large parties. The Meadowsweet Hotel also benefits from it’s superb award-winning restaurant, the Lle Hari, which is a fantastic blend of traditional English food, with an American twist.

Zip World is a fantastic experience for families young and old, and with the upcoming Summer Holiday, now’s the time to give it a try!

A Premium Wine Experience In North Wales

We’re big fans of the North Wales region. Home to countless hotels and some truly special scenery—nothing really takes away from the fact that once, it wasn’t exactly… bustling. Where once the region was considered quite sparse and with absolutely nothing in it’s trajectory other than walking, walking, climbing, and more walking, the region has undergone an extensive sprucing up over the past ten years. We’re seven months into the region’s Year of Adventure, and while some prefer to spend their Year of Adventure climbing up mountains and engaging in a large manner of general outdoorsy activity, we prefer to spend our Year of Adventure with a trip to some fine dining restaurants in Caernarfon!

The Tyn Rhos Country House is very prominent in the region of Caernarfon, Bangor, and nearby Snowdonia, with food that’s truly and utterly amazing. We were stunned to learn that their menus are changed daily, depending on what local fare the chefs can source that very day! Freshness, quality, and attention to detail is guaranteed with this beautiful retreat, and we in particular were very impressed with it’s vast wine list.

The Tyn Rhos Country House is blessed with many things. A beautiful location, a fabulous building which is both full of charming Welsh character and, at the same time, well-looked after and absolutely sumptuously decorated, and a team of truly talented chefs at hand to ensure that your culinary experience is an absolutely fantastic one. As for the wine list, whether you’re a fan of red, white, or fancy something truly special, the Tyn Rhos has a partnership with the Tanners Wine Merchantry, and as result a truly exciting variety of wines to choose from, showcasing a large variety of grapes. The list features both conventional wines and bio-dynamic which are all personally tasted.

Their recommendations are absolutely stellar, as well. In a world where anyone and everyone calls themselves a wine expert, it’s truly refreshing to be served wine by people that wholeheartedly share a very real passion for it.  Whether your tastes lean toward the masterpieces of established wineries or more toward rising stars of the new world, the Tyn Rhos Country House has just the selection for you. Highly, highly recommended.    

Monday, 18 July 2016

Adventure Activities in North Wales

Who doesn’t love an adventure? At Conwy Camper van Hire,North Wales, we have an ethos that a great adventure can begin behind a wheel of a campervan, in particular, a VW 
campervan. Our fully equipped and ready-to-go luxury campervans mean you could be on the road in no time. This means more time for hunting out each adrenaline-filled activity and adventure available around North Wales! 

Snowdonia has recently been dubbed the adrenaline capital of the UK, with activity parks such as Surf Snowdonia, Bounce Below and Zip World to name just a few. There’s something for everyone – and by hiring a campervan with us at Conwy Campervan Hire, it means you will be given the chance to explore more freely, as all the necessities will be a mere arm’s reach away!

If adrenaline and adventure is what you seek look no further than North Wales. Here are just a few adrenaline filled activities for you and your rented campervan to explore.

Surf Snowdonia, Dolgarrog, LL32 8QE
Nestled into the valley is the World’s first inland-built surf lagoon. Magnificent man-made waves that reach head height are attracting people from every corner of the globe, and it’s easy to see why. Pull up in your campervan and get your wetsuits on. Why not try out a surfing lesson? Also on offer is an exciting Crash and Splash Lagoon assault course as well as paddle boarding, gorge walking, kayaking and canoeing – what more could you want!

Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0HA
Not far from Surf Snowdonia is this tree-top rope course, set with incredible views of the surrounding valley. With three separate courses to tackle, you won’t leave bored. Try Plummet; the World’s highest powerfan tree parachute simulator, Skyride; Europe’s first 5-seater rope swing, or the Zip Safari; an exhilarating rope course suspending you mid-air in a canopy of trees. The excitement is endless – but comfort can be found in a hot drink made in the warmth of your hired VW van, before setting off in search of a new adventure. Perfect!

Zip World Bounce Below, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB
In your campervan, travel down the A470 towards the slate quarry town of Blaenau Ffestiniog for another major adrenaline attraction. Here homes more of the Zip World franchise; Bounce Below and Zip World Titan. Bounce Below is a series of indoor trampoline-like nets that suspend the jumper over the deep Ffestiniog caverns. Hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun for all the family!

Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB
Right next door is where the real adrenaline begins. Titan is one of two major Zip Line attractions in North Wales. Get your flying gear on! Titan, the first four person zip line to exist in Europe offers breathtaking views across the surrounding area as you fly mid-air – a real rush for even the biggest of adrenaline junkies. Some, however, view Titan as just a warm up to its somewhat more extreme sibling; Zip World Velocity; a 5 minute drive from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Zip World Velocity, Bethesda, LL57 4YG
Behind the wheel of your VW, take a 5 minute drive further down the A470 to Bethesda: home of Zip World Velocity. This exciting attraction is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. This is a highly recommended challenge for any lover of adrenaline! Warm up first on the Little Zipper before taking the exciting plunge, right from the peak of Penrhyn Quarry. It’s easy to see why Snowdonia is renowned for its adrenaline sports when Zip World alone has so much to offer. Meanwhile your trusty Conwy VW Campervan will be on stand-by as you fly through the stunning backdrop of North Wales – food, drink and comfort at the ready!

All this and much more is readily available round North Wales. With our luxury campervans anyone can explore the area with great ease, and make use of the adrenaline filled activities just waiting to be experienced. So, what are you waiting for?