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.