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.