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 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 in 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.

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 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, 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 Ingleborough and return back to the village of Horton in Ribblesdale, where you can celebrate your achievement with a refreshing glass of bubbly.

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.

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.