Thursday, 18 May 2017

Planning Your Adventurous Visit to Snowdonia

When planning outdoor activities in rural areas like Snowdonia, it’s always nice to know that after a challenging activity a nice quiet place to relax is only a stone’s throw away.

To make things a little easier on your holidays, you may want to book a hotel or B&B close to where you’ll be spending most of your time exploring.

When looking for hotels in Snowdonia you’ll want to do some research into things that they may or may not permit.

For example, if you are planning on taking your dogs with you, you’ll need to ensure that they provide pet accommodation beforehand. You may also need to ensure they have space to store equipment like mountain bikes or similar if you’re planning on a cycling holiday in Wales.

North Wales has been considered the ‘Adventure Capital of Europe’, so as you might expect, there’s quite a lot of opportunities for exciting activities here. Zip World is a fantastic example. This company offers a variety of activities, including 100mph zip lines, forest rollercoasters and underground cave trampolining within Snowdonia.

The location of your hotel or B&B is incredibly important for an activity-packed holiday, as it allows you to be to close the place you’ll be adventuring at. After enduring whatever hardship you encountered while doing your activity - you don’t want to have to travel a tedious distance to be able to relax and get some shut-eye.

There are quite a few hotels near Zip World, which, if you decide to stay in one means that you won’t have to spend half the day travelling to your activity. Being close to all the main activities in the area means that you can pack so much more into your holiday!

Of course, you can still have an adventurous time in North Wales without having to visit attractions - there are plenty of waymarked walking and mountain climbing routes within the area, especially in the Snowdonia National Park.

Pack your walking boots, plenty of food supplies and enjoy the rural landscape of North Wales before retiring back to a cosy, traditional Snowdonia B&B.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Exploring the Beauty of North Wales

We’re seeing a steady increase of sunny days here in the UK, which can only mean two things – summer and the start of holiday season.

If you’re thinking of staying a little closer to home on your holidays this year, holiday and caravan parks in North Wales offer the perfect base for an adventurous holiday.

North Wales is a popular tourist destination as there’s something for everyone, whether its tranquillity, history or adventure.

Found within the region of North Wales is the Snowdonia National Park. This area is renowned for its spectacular views, as well as being home to the tallest mountain in Wales.

Every year, thousands of locals and visitors ascend Snowdon so that they can be rewarded with the fantastic views from its summit.

There are a variety of routes to the top, and it takes on average around 4-6 hours to complete.

For those who are unable to walk to the summit, or perhaps those who just don’t like the thought of trekking all the way up a mountain, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offers a scenic and relaxing alternative.

During the summer months, the main track up to the peak of Snowdon is incredibly busy, but there are plenty of other mountains in the range which offer a much quieter trek (but don’t expect to find a train service to these ones…).

North Wales is full of history, and you don’t have to travel far to see evidence of this. The town of Caernarfon is encapsulated by medieval town walls, and the 13th century castle within can still be visited today.

Within Caernarfon you’ll also find the harbour, which offers gorgeous views over to the Isle of Anglesey across the Menai Strait. Not too far from Caernarfon is Morfa Lodge Holiday Park.

Whether you’re looking to rent a holiday home, find a pitch for your caravan or even invest in your very own lodge, this park offers a variety of accommodation choices. Within the holiday park, you’ll find an on-site shop, bar (serving hot food) and two heated swimming pools.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

St Tudno Hotel Llandudno, Where Alice Stayed


There’s nothing like childhood nostalgia, and for many of us, it’s particularly wonderful when your childhood is being referenced. Whether it’s by films TV or books, the throwback for many individuals can be absolutely lovely – and probably one of the most referenced things from such is Alice In Wonderland, either by reprints of the book by Lewis Carroll, cartoon adaptations, or even films, such as Disney’s Classic Alice in Wonderland, or numerous live action remakes which hope to capture the spirit of the original.

While unfortunately the latter part of the above paragraph have been doomed to varying degrees of failure, the reason can be very easily seen. We have a feeling that the more recent films have strayed somewhat from the quirkiness of the original, or rather tried and failed to be too quirky – there’s a very fine balance of course between getting it right and just being… well. Weird. (Not in a good way.)

A great example of getting the Alice Connection right is the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno which is based within North Wales. Llandudno has quite a few things, numerous shops, little coffee shops, restaurants in Llandudno and of course the vast row of seafront hotels in Llandudno make this a very unique place to be. Did you know that the real life Alice Liddel and Lewis Carroll visited Llandudno many times?

The beautiful seaside town has a number of features and fixtures across it such as sculptures of the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and Alice herself across the town, and it seems that the Alice connection is of course embraced here. It’s a very sad thing that Alice’s house – Penmorfa – is no longer there, but word is that the property became quite decrepit and fell down by itself.


What seems to be most fantastic about this wonderful little town (and certainly a great reason to come) is that the St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno on the beautiful seafront actually hosted Alice and her family very many times, and it was the Liddel Family’s fascination with the hotel, the town, and of course the service there that meant that they eventually purchased Penmorfa.  

The St Tudno Hotel is still decked in Victorian glamour and even has fresh flowers strewn through the chandeliers, and a very specially named Alice suite. We’re certain that there can be no better way to enjoy the Alice connection as you holiday within Llandudno! 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Yorkshire Three Peaks: Packing the Essentials

The sun has finally begun to shine in the UK, which means many of us are getting out and about exploring our local area.

Whether it’s a relaxing stroll across the countryside or a tough mountain climb, keeping yourself active has a variety of benefits when it comes to your health.

If feel like you’ve explored everywhere that there is to explore here in North Wales and fancy a new challenge, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is something you should consider.

The trek will have you climbing the three peaks of Yorkshire, yet with the added challenge of doing it all within 12 hours! The total distance is 23.5 miles, which if you are a particularly fit walker, can be completed within 11-13 hours.

The views of the Yorkshire dales from the peaks are spectacular, and if you do fancy the challenge, it’s a great opportunity to sponsor yourself and raise money for a charity that you support. It's a challenge that you'll likely remember for the rest of your life, and is certainly a great talking point!

Choosing to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with an experienced trekking company means that your group will be safe and well-prepared. You’ll be trekking along with qualified UK Mountain Leaders who are trained in First Aid, and who will ensure that you’ll stay on the right track throughout the journey.

If you’re planning on taking on the Three Peaks, or perhaps another mountain range within the UK, it’s essential that you’ve packed all the basics to ensure your safety along the way.

It goes without saying that you’ll need to stay hydrated throughout the trek, and so you’ll need to bring plenty of water.

A hydration system is a water carrier which contains an inbuilt straw which is fed through the outside of your rucksack. These can be incredibly helpful, as you don’t need to stop and take things out of your bag to have a drink whilst walking.

Another essential basic is a first aid kit. This kit should contain bandages, plasters, sterile wipes and wound dressings – amongst anything else you find to be a necessity. Electrolyte powders which are added to water can help you to regain energy if you're feeling particularly tired or dehydrated.

Many of our smartphones these days contain an in-built compass, but it’s always best to carry a traditional one in case your phone runs out of battery. A compass can help you descend a summit in the right direction; as well as clarify that you are heading in the right direction along the way to the top.

Another particularly obvious item to pack is an in-depth map of your location.
A detailed map contains grid references to locations, which is essential should you need to call the police or mountain rescue in an emergency.

Even if you’re planning to trek in broad daylight, you should consider taking a head torch with you. If the trek takes longer than expected, you’ll be able to navigate to safety much easier.

Take a change of clothes. Even if it’s brilliantly sunny at the start of your walk, conditions can worsen as you approach the summit of a mountain. Bring along a waterproof jacket and a fleece just in case you’ll need them.

Once you've packed all your essentials, the only thing left to do is reach the summit! If you'll be taking on the 3 peaks challenge, remember to always stop when you feel you need to. It's better to take on the challenge safely and slower than not completing it at all. Completing a trek at a pace which suits you allows you to enjoy it more, and take in all the views along the way.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

It’s a very widely accepted fact that Llandudno offers the absolute best Afternoon Teas in North Wales, and even with this considered, there’s one question that remains to even the most veteran Afternoon Tea enthusiasts. Where is the best place to get Afternoon Tea in Llandudno? It’s a tricky one, and one that can only be answered with extensive… research. Tasty, tasty research. Finding the perfect Afternoon Tea in Llandudno is a hard job... but someone’s got to do it.

We were fortunate enough to go onto an Afternoon Tea binge throughout Llandudno, visiting places small and large in order to get the best afternoon tea in Llandudno that we could. We judged the quality of our afternoon tea by a number of factors: namely the quantity and freshness of sandwiches, as well as anything which made said sandwiches stand out – such as home made bread or fillings. The appeal of the desserts were also judged, and also the selection of teas to hand.

We also kept our eyes peeled for any features with the Afternoon Tea that stood out from the crowd. This is special attention to particular themes, or presentation that you simply don’t see anywhere else. Finally, price was a consideration.  

Very many sandwiches later, we managed to find a winner.

St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno 's North Parade (right by the pier!) met our expectations, and then some. With a great selection of sandwiches on offer, very many varieties of tea (we expected earl grey, lady grey and perhaps a few fruit teas) to hand (and staff knowledgeable about each and every kind of tea) St Tudno’s selection was absolutely gigantic.

Service was fast and friendly, and we were even invited to take our teas outside on their handsome patio, to watch the world go by. We enjoyed doing so, greatly, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that Llandudno’s famous seagulls didn’t bother us, at all, thanks to St Tudno’s parasols and fencing. Our sandwiches and scones were safe!

Speaking of sandwiches, the sandwiches on offer at the St Tudno Hotel were fresh, deeply filled with a variety of different ingredients (including St Tudno’s very own preserve – we even received some jars to take back to the office!), the scones absolutely delectable (and very tempting – alongside a variety of small but absolutely fantastic cakes) and at only £11.95 per person, this Afternoon Tea in Llandudno was an absolute steal. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Luxury Accommodation Without the Price Tag at a B&B Llandudno

One of the main things which makes or breaks a holiday is your accommodation. If you’re not truly satisfied with where you’ll be stopping for the duration, it can leave you feeling a bit fed up before you’ve even started to enjoy your holiday.

You don’t always have to spend a fortune to stay in deluxe accommodation, and there’s a particular B&B in Llandudno which certainly fits the bill for this. The Cae Mor is a seafront bed and breakfast which offers excellent accommodation with all the niceties that you’d expect from a hotel, yet with affordable B&B prices.

The Cae Mor offers three types of bedroom, including standard, deluxe and superior. Each superior room offers stunning sea views, and many feature deluxe spa baths for truly relaxing holiday evenings.

With the money you’ll be saving, you’ll have plenty left to enjoy an authentic seaside ice cream (or two) from the Llandudno promenade, as well as enough to enjoy the local attractions within the town.

In terms of local attractions, Llandudno has plenty to keep you entertained over your holiday. Take a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme, or take in panoramic views from within one of the cable cars which sail across the town.

If you’re lucky enough to have a bright and sunny day on your holiday, a picnic in the Happy Valley Gardens is a great way to spend the day. The gardens are home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife species, as well as a small café. The gardens can be found on the side of the Great Orme.

On the top of Happy Valley sits the John Nike Ski Centre. This popular attraction offers skiing and snowboarding lessons, as well as a fun toboggan run which is great for all the family. Once you’ve enjoyed all the local attractions, all that’s left to do is to return to the Cae Mor and relax in one of their luxury rooms.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Luxury Stays in North Wales

North Wales might not strike many as a luxury holiday destination. Many of us envision being crowded together and cramped within a caravan on a stay within this region, chattering our teeth away through gales and heavy rain – or perhaps experiencing one of the very many adventure experiences that the North Wales region has to offer.

However, as a blog that endeavours to provide inspiration of many forms of luxury break, we’d be remiss to not point out the fact that North Wales has an assortment of luxury bases for holidays in Caernarfon as well as beautiful Caernarfon hotels , and the Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel in Caernarfon is the cream of the crop.

This beautiful country house benefits from an absolutely gigantic garden which fills acres upon acres of beautiful land all about and around the country house, as well as a team of gardeners which ensure that the gardens are primed and perfect no matter what time of year you may visit.

During the summer season, you’re more than welcome to take yourself outside in order to enjoy the sights and the relative silence that comes with such expansive grounds. We recommend the Ty’n Rhos’ gigantic pond in particular, there’s nothing quite like watching their collection of fish swim about on a fine day.

The Ty’n Rhos has a number of boutique, individually designed bedrooms which can ensure a fantastic nights’ sleep, and a large amount of space. Quite a lot of time and effort has clearly gone into the décor at the Ty’n Rhos Country House, and it shows with the fact that each and every bedroom is individually designed and designed to such quality. The bedding, as well as the beds themselves are the very best of the best, and the attention to detail within Ty’n Rhos is matched only by the fantastic customer service they offer.

For those which are looking for a quick getaway that doesn’t scrimp on service, we can recommend the Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel in Caernarfon without hesitation.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mother’s Day At St Tudno Hotel Llandudno



Lots of us have a lot to owe to our mothers – she’s the one person in the world that’s known you from before you were even born, would (and most likely has!) moved heaven and earth for you, and would do so again without question. Mother’s Day of course is the time of the year where we celebrate our mothers, and for a lot of us, a bunch of flowers just doesn’t cut it.

Most of us want to give our mothers an experience they’ll love, and it can be difficult to get the right balance, something that’s special enough but not completely over the top.

What about a nice meal at a restaurant which has been mentioned in the Michelin guide? Fine, you might think, if you could take out a personal loan in order to afford it.

Thankfully, you won’t have to do that. A very little known insider tip to the locals of Llandudno, a beautiful seaside town on the North Wales coastline dubbed the Queen of Welsh Resorts, is the St Tudno Hotel. This beautiful period building, like Llandudno in itself, has been lovingly maintained and serves to be very much the same as it was in Victorian times.

Period but clean, well maintained (and more importantly, with interiors designed to be as period as possible) and very unique, the St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno features a fantastic restaurant in Llandudno called The Terrace, which locals flock to within the winter season. Why? The Terrace has been mentioned extensively in numerous Michelin Fine Dining Guides, and boasts a pair of extremely talented chefs which provide an absolutely outstanding dining experience.

Treat your mother to good food, fine wine and service of the absolute highest order. That, as well as outstanding prices. One Course is only £9.50, Two is £14.95 and should you wish to treat your mother to bells, whistles (and a seriously tasty pudding) is only a mere £17.95.
   

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a rewarding yet challenging trek, which will have you taking on the three famous Yorkshire peaks. There’s also another, and very important aspect of the challenge – the whole trek has to be completed within 12 hours!

Along the way you can expect to witness some truly spectacular views of the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside. By the end of the trek, you’ll have walked and climbed an impressive 23.5 miles in total.

Whether you’re doing the three peaks trek for your favourite charity or perhaps just want to challenge yourself, completing the challenge is a rewarding experience. Taking time to train yourself before the challenge ensures that you’ll be able to take it on with ease once the day arrives.


Pen-y-Ghent


Pen-y-Ghent will be the first peak of your trek. The fell can be found east of Horton in Ribblesdale, a small village within the Yorkshire dales. You’ll begin your challenge in the village, typically very early in the morning to ensure the challenge is completed before it gets too dark. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before!

Pen-Y-Ghent is the smallest peak of the challenge, taking an average of around 2 hrs to complete and standing at 694m. Along the route and atop the summit you’ll experience fantastic views of the surrounding area, and after descending the peak you’ll reach the first check point of the challenge at the Ribblehead Viaduct. Once there, you can have a short rest and enjoy a much needed hot cup of tea before continuing the trek.

Whernside

2 miles from the Ribblehead Viaduct, Whernside will be your next challenge. This mountain is the tallest of the three peaks, standing at 736m, making it a little bit more of a challenge than the first. The peak of Whernside is the highest point in the county of North Yorkshire and on clear days boasts spectacular views of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.

It’s a rather long yet gradual climb to the summit, and typically takes around 7.5 hours to complete. Reaching the summit marks a total walking distance of 14.5 miles. Once you’ve rested up and taken in the dramatic views, it’s time for a steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale, the final checkpoint of the challenge.

Ingleborough
 

By the time you begin the challenge of Ingleborough, it’s likely that you will have completed 19 miles and 10 hours of steady walking. To reach the peak of Ingleborough, it’s a zigzag path all the way up to the top.

Ingleborough is the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, standing at 723 metres tall. This mountain is rich in history, with remains of round towers and Iron Age hill forts along the way.

Once you’ve conquered the summit, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views across all three of the peaks. It’s likely to take around 1.5 hours to descend the mountain of Ingleborough and return back to the village of Horton in Ribblesdale, where you can celebrate your achievement with a refreshing glass of bubbly. You've then got the choice of continuing to celebrate...or find some much needed rest!

Choosing a Professional Guide

Choosing to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge with an experienced guide makes the journey a lot safer. You’ll be accompanied by staff professionally trained in First Aid, so if any unlikely accidents happen along the way, you’ll be in safe hands.

Experienced guides are also likely to have done the route before. This means they know exactly where they’re going, so you won’t run the risk of getting lost during the trek. They’ll also have access to a support vehicle and driver, should it be needed.

Taking on the challenge with Adventurous Ewe means the whole trip will be organised for you, and you’ll also be able to take part in their 9 week training programme to make sure you’re ready for the challenge.

Your drinks and snacks are also included in the price, as well as a very handy 15% discount voucher for Cotswold Outdoor so you can be properly kitted out in preparation for the day.

You’ll need to bring your own personal meals and drinks and be able to travel to and from the challenge starting point. It’s best to book a B&B for the night before the journey, and perhaps one for the evening after the trek.

Remember - if you're feeling particularly fatigued, don't try to push on with the journey. Take time to stop and ensure that you're fit enough to go on. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Beautiful Stays at Ogwen Bank Holiday Park


The weather is brightening up and there’s not many better spots to holiday in North Wales within than the glorious Ogwen Bank Country Club and Holiday Park. While indeed there’s more than a few holiday parks in North Wales, Ogwen Bank stands apart from others by the fact that it’s just so expansive.

While Holiday Parks might make you think of lines and lines and lines of caravans in meticulous and somewhat oppressive little rows, with no flavour or personality to be seen anywhere, nothing could be further from the truth at Ogwen Bank. Most likely as you visit, you'll be so taken with the place you'll be interested in their series of lodges for sale in North Wales!

 The Holiday Homes at this beautiful part of the UK benefit from being nestled within the woodland, by the fact that each and every Holiday Home, be it a caravan or a lodge (or even a nifty little S-Pod!) is a respectful distance from the other and absolutely respectful to the land around it. Each and every holiday home within Ogwen Bank is placed well, and to be frank, there’s no bad views to be had at all.

Ogwen Bank is, after all, on the bank of the Ogwen River and within the summer it’s absolutely enchanting to watch small fish within the river bed, and laze away warm days on the river bank. There’s a series of charming little bridges throughout the park, as well as points of natural interest which are decorated with hand carved posts and pillars – to break up so much woodland.

When the great outdoors gets too much for you, you’re welcome to retreat to the inside of your gorgeous lodge, which features all of the comforts of home. Fluffy carpets, modern lighting, super soft leather sofas, gigantic flat screen televisions, central heating and of course absolutely gorgeous interior design awaits you – there’s no comping about this whatsoever. Staying within one of Ogwen Bank’s beautiful lodges is reminiscent of stepping into an ultra-fancy and high quality hotel.


Ogwen Bank Holiday Park offers all the outdoorsiness and the freedom of a camping holiday within the middle of Snowdonia, and all the comfort and luxury of a top-notch hotel as well. Give it a try this year – you certainly won’t be disappointed – and we highly recommend booking before the season really kicks off at Easter in order to get yourself a bargain.   

Monday, 27 February 2017

An Authentic Victorian Stay


Lots of people visit Llandudno every year, hoping to experience a fantastic seaside resort which boasts original buildings which have been painstakingly maintained and cared for, every inch the glorious sight they were in Victorian times.

There’s something magical about this beautiful seaside resort, which touches the soul and resonates with Victorian elegance and splendour. Whether it’s the beautiful stretch of perfectly clean and pristine beaches, it’s variety of amazing things to do and see within and a few miles drive away, Llandudno has absolutely something for everyone and it’s no wonder that the resort has been crowned the Queen of Welsh resorts.

Part of Llandudno’s fantastic success is partly owed to its row of stellar hotels in Llandudno, and while they’re all of an excellent standard, the beauty of Llandudno is very much thanks to the beauty of the hotels within it. Some of course are more beautiful than others, and an excellent addition to its very many rows of wonderful hotels is the St Tudno Hotel on the North Parade, which emulates in its decor the romantic beauty of this period.

The St Tudno Hotel is one of the very oldest buildings within Llandudno, which has a much storied history. Did you know that Alice Liddel, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland stayed within this very hotel on one of her much loved holidays with her family. The room which she stayed in is affectionately known as the Alice Suite – which offers unparalleled comfort and décor which both children and adults will love.

The St Tudno Hotel also boasts an award winning restaurant, which is very well known in Llandudno. This restaurant is well known for providing excellent quality fine dining with a twist – gorgeous décor of Lake Como and the chandeliers themselves are wrapped in flowers on a daily basis.

St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno can offer you absolutely everything you need for an excellent holiday, wrapped in all the grace and splendour of the Victorian era.

The Groes Inn Is Mentioned In the Michelin Guide 2017


Who remembers the Groes Inn? This wonderfully quaint and oldy timey restaurant in Conwy as well as a pretty decent hotel was a wonderfully kept secret in Wales and the UK for the quality of it’s food and very reasonable rates for a number of years, which directly benefitted from numerous Michelin Guide mentions as well as having the rather illustrious position of holding an AA Rosette for well over ten years.

The Groes Inn then seemed to take it easy for a number of years. While indeed the building was never ignored or left to stagnate, and the quality of the food remained quite good, the Groes Inn almost seemed to burn out and never really managed to recapture former glories. Why is a very difficult question. Perhaps it was the very well documented fact that restaurants in North Wales and indeed the UK upped their game in the era of online reviews. Perhaps the Groes Inn even lost their way a little.

Many people have very fond memories of this coaching inn which claims to be the oldest licensed premises in Wales – whether it’s through the fact that the Groes Inn’s staff have always been exemplary in their high attention to detail and excellent standards of service, or even that the building has and always will be dog friendly – the place bleeds history. Whether it’s the history of North Wales, or even its patrons, there’s always a sense of looking back in time when you visit the Groes Inn.

It seems that since the building was sold by the Humphreys family (longtime owners of the Groes Inn) and purchased by another family business, JW Lees (a very well-known brewery which is still owned by the Lees Family with absolutely no shareholders) The Groes Inn is starting to push for awards once more with excellent service and new menus, which offer new takes on the Welsh classic dishes they’re very well known for – as well as the same quality which has brought the Groes Inn so many accolades in the past.


It appears that JW Lees has had a very positive effect on the Groes Inn already – with the fact that they’ve already been mentioned by the Michelin Pubs Guide for 2017! Clearly this lovely Welsh Countryside Inn is rising back into notability – and all it needed to become a foodie paradise once more was a little bit of love. We look eagerly on to what the Groes Inn will become with a new lease of life and the care and attention JW Lees are investing into it.    

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Award Winning Llandudno Hotel Opens for 2017


We’re very big fans of holidaying in the UK and most specifically Llandudno, a beautiful seaside town in North Wales which is unlike all of the others in varying ways. Llandudno is very well known for a number of things including outstanding seafront accommodation and of course the town in itself, a living, breathing, perfectly maintained and very well loved restored relic from Victorian times. Lots of people flock to Llandudno hotels for their holidays, and overall, we can absolutely see why.

Llandudno has achieved a wonderful amount of praise in recent years for the quality of it’s breaks – the town in itself being awarded a place in the Lonely Planet’s top attractions in 2016, as well as recently being crowned the Queen of Welsh Resorts in recent years. There’s also amazing choice and quality in this beautiful seaside town with it’s hotels – the Elm Tree Hotel in particular being awarded TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award in 2017 as the very best Bargain Hotel in the World.

This comes with a series of other accolades including being listed as the 3rd best hotel in the world for customer service, and also winning the very much coveted Best Small Hotel in the UK award. But what can you expect from your time at the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno? Quite a lot, it seems.
Situated in the very best spot of Llandudno – the stunning North Parade – The Elm Tree Hotel offers you an awful lot for your money. Guests are encouraged to use their honesty bar, gym and games room (which even has an Xbox 360 for those of us which simply can’t stand to be away from our games consoles) as well as partake as well as an excellent free breakfast that we were staggered to find that we weren’t charged for.

A cold assortment of cheap sausages this is absolutely not – the breakfast in the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno was absolutely phenomenal, alike their excellent quality rooms and amazingly helpful and friendly owners.

Llandudno is fast rising in the world of holidaying, and with hotels like the Elm Tree, it’s not difficult to see why at all. You’ll be pleased to know that the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno has kicked off it’s season of 2017, and is now officially open for business following the Winter period.

Why not enjoy a break in a hotel that truly is a home away from home?     

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Choosing Hotels in Snowdonia, North Wales

Hotels in Snowdonia offer complete tranquillity, in an area which is famed for its natural beauty. If you’re looking to take a short break away from the stresses of your typical daily routine, North Wales is one of the best regions to do so.

Whether you’d prefer to take a peaceful stroll along some of the coastal paths, or challenge yourself to a tough hike up one of mountains in the Snowdonia range – North Wales offers inspiring walks and views throughout.

When it comes to selecting a hotel within the region, those within the Snowdonia National Park offer some of the best room views in the UK. Expect yourself to be looking out from our room onto rolling welsh hills and dramatic mountainous landscapes.

The Bryn Tyrch Inn is situated right in the heart of the national park, close to the popular village of Betws-y-Coed. Each of the eleven rooms have been aptly named after the lakes, valleys and mountains within Snowdonia.

Holidays should be all about treating yourself, especially through great food. A hot and cold breakfast buffet is included within the price of the rooms, which offers a range of choices that suit all dietary requirements and tastes.

Enjoy a choice of toasts and fresh bread with a selection of marmalades and jams, as well as fresh fruit and assorted cereals before having either a full Welsh or vegetarian breakfast.

If you feel like indulging a little further, the evening menu at the Bryn Tyrch Inn offers a range of freshly prepared and locally sourced dishes to choose from, which once again cater to a variety of diets.

If you’ll be out exploring the national park during your stay, the Bryn Tyrch Inn also prepares a variety of packed lunches and picnic hampers.

With rooms facing onto spectacular views of the Llugwy River, Snowdon Horseshoe and the lush green valleys of Snowdonia, it would be difficult to anywhere more peaceful to spend your well-earned break at than the Bryn Tyrch Inn.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Visiting North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park


Everyone needs a good holiday from time to time. It’s a chance to relax, unwind and leave any worries you may have at home. For those who have found a favourite holiday location along the way their travels, a holiday home can be the perfect investment.

Caravan parks in Snowdonia are the ideal location for those looking for a tranquil and picturesque area to have their holiday home. If you haven’t visited the area before, you’re in for a treat.

Snowdonia is full of fantastic natural wonders – mountains, valleys, beaches and woodlands are just a few of its varied and beautiful environments waiting to be discovered by guests of the national park.

Snowdonia alone sees over 6 million visitors a year, a number which is steadily increasing. It’s also home to Wales’ tallest mountain. Snowdon, which stands at 1,085m tall. It’s known for being a mountain that can be completed by a range of fitness levels, thanks to its well-defined trails which have varying difficulty levels.

The whole area is popular with those seeking walking or adventure holidays, but there are plenty of areas within Snowdonia to relax and enjoy the tranquillity if your holiday time is dedicated exclusively to some well needed rest and recuperation.

However, if you will be looking to get outside and try some activities whilst you’re in the national park, you won’t have to look far. Whether you fancy trying zip lining, boat rides, surfing or horse riding, you can find all of these and more - all within a fairly short distance of each other.

North Wales is also a region that’s very proud of its culture and heritage. You’ll find that a number of events occur throughout the year here; including days such as the Victorian extravaganza, regular local produce markets and jam-packed food & drink festivals.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Las Vegas Doesn’t Use As Much Electricity As You’d Think

When most of us think of massive amounts of power and wastage, Las Vegas in Nevada springs to mind. The region is famous for its miles upon miles of absolutely sprawling casinos, each of them lit up to the eyeballs with all manner of lights and bulbs, and as such, it’s pretty apparent that there should be a few spinning meters, right? In fact, Las Vegas is lit up enough that it really should be seen from space.

While indeed, most likely you should be able to see Las Vegas from space, it’s not even half of the energy hog it once was. The state has changed from wasteful, inefficient neon strips to LED strip lighting, and while just as flashy as the older neon (if not more so, actually!) there’s a completely staggering 83.75% power saving on the newer LED Strip Lighting than the older, wasteful neon.
That, and LED lighting is much, much safer. That 83.75% on neon lighting is pure wastage – coming out in heat and some seriously harmful C02 emissions that are one, a fire hazard, and two, a very real hazard to the planet itself. Casino displays are designed to draw the eye – though we’re certain that most casino owners don’t feel like drawing the eye by the virtue of a gigantic fire.

LED Strip Lighting and LED Rope Lighting are also far more favourable than neon lighting because quite simply, they don’t break. Compared to neon lighting, LED lighting lasts 20,000 to 50,000 operational hours longer – meaning that the casino owner’s time and money has been spared by ensuring that constant work to repair and replace bulbs simply doesn’t happen. Essentially, LED Bulbs, strips and rope lights last for years upon years upon years.

With the advances made within recent years, LED lighting means that the days of spending £20 to £50 on a single bulb are over. Nowadays, you can find LED bulbs for the same price as older, wasteful CFL lighting. If huge companies such as Las Vegas casinos are making the switch, why can’t you?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Driving Around Snowdonia in a Campervan



The Snowdonia National Park is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. If you don’t fancy wild camping, yet also aren’t looking to spend a fortune on hotels during your stay – a campervan hire might just be the answer to your accommodation troubles.

It also means that you can visit all of the major landmarks within the National Park in a shorter space of time than if you were to walk or use public transport.

It’s understandable that you might be thinking about the space constraints of sleeping in a campervan, but they typically sleep up to four people – which is plenty enough room if there’s only two of you.

Camper vans also come with all the basic essentials you need – cooking equipment, cutlery, gas cooking hobs, and even a television at times! It’s likely you’ll need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bags, but the rest is taken care of for you.

So where do you begin once you’ve started your journey around Snowdonia?

Snowdon

The first landmark that springs to mind for many is Snowdon. This famed mountain is the highest in Wales, and thousands of tourists reach its peak every year.

 If you don’t fancy the climb, you can reach the summit via the Snowdon railway service. There’s a car park at the Pen-Y-Pass route for Snowdon, however this can fill up very quickly, especially in high tourist seasons.

Aber Falls

For a slightly easier trail, Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall found in the north of the Snowdonia National Park. There are two car parks where you can begin your walk from, and it typically takes around an hour to reach the waterfall.

Along the way you’ll discover beautiful Welsh woodland and mountain scenery, as well as a number of wildlife species which are resident to the area. If you’re looking for a taste of true welsh scenery, the Aber Falls path is a great place to start.

Betws-y-Coed

Betws-y-Coed is another place that is certainly worth a stop whilst you’re driving through. This village is popular with avid walkers, and features a number of trekking shops where you might be able to grab a bargain, as well as a number of cafes for a hot drink on those cooler days.

Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen (or Faerie Glen) is a beautiful natural attraction which is a short five minute drive from Betws-y-Coed. The path down to the river can be quite slippy if you don’t take extra precaution, but the peacefulness once you’ve made the descent makes it all worth it. It’s just another example of the natural beauty that North Wales offers.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Year of Legends 2017 to Boost Welsh Tourism



Wales has had a huge boost from the recent Visit Wales initiative; ‘Wales Year of Adventure’ campaign 2016 that has seen recognition for all things Wales, with particular focus on the opportunities for adventure.

2016 saw new big name adventure attractions enjoy success, with the likes of Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below gaining momentum in their operations. Famously and traditionally known for its range of natural landscapes, Wales – and particularly North Wales has enjoyed increased visitors, attention and recognition.

2017 will see a brand new campaign, further pushing Wales’ offerings, though this time with a more historical theme, celebrating the special legends of the country.
                                                            
Officially named the ‘Year of Legends’, the campaign will set out to educate those visiting the area about the rich Welsh history and intriguing folklore that has embedded itself in welsh culture and tradition.

Businesses within Wales are expected to embrace this campaign and as such, we may well see some special legend themed events, products and services come about very soon!

Not only historical figures and legends will be included, but more modern Welsh heroes, individuals and groups will be featured throughout the campaign, showcasing some of the most historical and finest examples of welsh representation.

Wales has a plentiful array of folklore tales, many of which will indeed inspire you, with the likes of Merlin, Gelert and the giant known as Cadair Idris.

October 2016 was a particularly successful month for North Wales, as it featured in Lonely Plant’s Top 4 Regions in the entire world! An incredible achievement that will only add further excitement and interest to the country!

The projected increase in tourism is wonderful news for the area, as it would as expected, lead to an increase in job opportunities to meet the raised demands for services. The general infrastructure and publicly available

The increase in tourism will mean an increase in jobs as a whole supporting the local area further. With aim to cement Wales’ reputation further onto the grand stage, this period is very much one that benefits almost all of the participants.


Visit Wales are embarking on a road show that will promote the ‘Year of Legends’ Campaign, and will be hosting such events at towns including Colwyn Bay, Caerphilly and Aberystwyth. Taking place from May 2017 onwards, it offers the chance to learn more about the campaign and how to become involved.