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!