Adventurers find themselves in outdoor heaven at Mostyn Cottage, with both self catering and bed & breakfast accommodation in the heart of Snowdonia’s Coed y Brenin forest. The spot is just yards from the forest’s famous mountain bike trails and the whole area is geared for exciting outdoor activities, with options including white water rafting, trail running, gorge walking and mountaineering. Inbetween, visitors can enjoy the River Mawddach and stunning scenery.
Hosts Keith and Glenda Morey have two en suite bed & breakfast rooms and two cosy, dog friendly log cabins. Each cabin sleeps up to four people and provides secure storage space for four bikes. They can be configured with either double or twin rooms and they have fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms and living areas. What they don’t have is a mobile phone signal or wi-fi, which many people find a joy. Mostyn Cottage does have both an internet connection and a landline, however.
At the time of writing all 64 guest reviewers have awarded Mostyn Cottage top marks. They particularly praise the location, cleanliness, great value and Keith and Glenda’s excellence as hosts who find nothing too much trouble to please their guests. Keith is a qualified mountain biking and walk leader who will happily devise routes to suit anyone from complete novices to the most experienced thrill seekers.
Luxury North Wales Cottages
Adventurers, history lovers and peace seekers can all be in their element staying in Luxury North Wales Cottages. These two delightful self catering properties on the edge of Clocaenog Forest offer easy access to the north and mid-Wales mountain ranges, amazing bike trails, coast, castles and adventure sports. They even have a mile of the River Dee where guests can fish free on production of a Post Office rod licence.
Luxury North Wales Cottages are former farm buildings which have been carefully converted, furnished and equipped to cater for modern holidaymakers, two in one property and six in the other. Spacious and contemporary in style, they stand on the Bryn Dreiniog smallholding in the secluded countryside near Corwen and the larger town of Ruthin.
Owner Jane Donnelly keeps a flock of sheep, a horse, a Shetland pony and some hens and is delighted to help her guests extract the very most they can from their time in this unspoilt landscape.
“North Wales is the Adventure Capital of the Northern Hermisphere and people can enjoy zip wires, underground trampolining, mountain biking and white water rafting from here,” says Jane. “We’re only 25 minutes from Snowdonia but we’re also an easy drive from the amazing Roman city of Chester, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site and lovely towns like Llangollen, Betws y Coed and Bala.”
Some of Wales’s most popular holiday locations lie at the doorstep of the Lion Hotel, on the sun soaked Llŷn Peninsula famous for horse riding, sailing, surfing, and Blue Flag beaches with a backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia.
Right on the coast in the village of Tudweiliog, the Lion Hotel offers a hospitable family friendly base with four en suite double or twin rooms, a regular menu of home cooked meals and a safe garden with a play area.
The pub is run by a family who have been there for nearly 50 years and provides quality food and drinks for all.
The bar offerings include cask ales from local breweries, more than 100 malt whiskeys and at least 15 gins, as well as many beverages, alcoholic and otherwise.
Many guests choose to take not only breakfast but also their evening meals at The Lion, finding it the obvious, affordable and very pleasant option when they return from a busy day out exploring.
Local attractions are varied and plentiful, from golf to sea fishing, but for horse lovers the Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud and Riding Centre, closely associated with the pub, is unmissable. It provides riding holidays for people with or without their own horses, and users may do as much or as little riding as they wish.
Bryn Woodlands House
Bryn Woodlands House offers 4 Star guest accommodation in the North Wales town of Colwyn Bay, only five minutes’ stroll from the beautiful Blue Flag beach and the town centre which has numerous restaurants, shops and bars, a theatre, cinema and railway station.
Colwyn Bay has been recently revitalised by multi-million pound investment, including refurbishment of the beach and promenade. A new development, the Park by the Sea, has added a seafront watersports centre and restaurant.
Guests of Bryn Woodlands will be able to enjoy these enhanced local amenities as well as exploring the huge range of attractions such as the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Sygun Copper Mine and Snowdonia Railway to name a few. It is within easy reach of Conwy, Llandudno, Caernarfon and Anglesey.
Run by Tracey and Joel Toulmin, helped by their daughter Hermione-Rose (13), Bryn Woodlands House is warm and welcoming.
“You can walk through the door and kick your shoes off,” says Tracey.
It has nine en suite boutique bedrooms to let, one with four poster bed to add romance. They all have hospitality trays, flat screen TV with Freeview and very comfy beds. Guests can expect a sumptuous breakfast including a buffet of cereals, fruit and juices, a traditional full cooked meal or lighter options such as smoked salmon in scrambled eggs.
Cadwgan House Hotel
Cadwgan House Hotel is a wonderfully welcoming family run hotel between the sea and mountains of north west Wales, only 500 yards from picture perfect Benar Beach.
Situated between the popular seaside resort of Barmouth and the handsome heritage town of Harlech, the Cadwgan House Hotel provides an excellent base for exploring the world famous attractions of Snowdonia National Park.
It has eight comfortable and well equipped en suite rooms for guests, all with enticing views. The accommodation offered by hosts Jo and Richard Scully includes a premium double with a four poster bed, a twin room, three large doubles and three family rooms. All have complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and multi-channel TV.
Portering and room service are available from friendly staff as required. Guests benefit from on-site parking if they have a car and a nearby frequent train service direct to Birmingham International if they don’t. There is a large garden and, as many visitors like to go mountain biking in this area, Cadwgan House provides secure storage for bikes.
Breakfasts are varied and appetising, with a buffet of cereals, juices, yoghurts and fruit to enjoy as well as a full cooked meal or continental options.
Jo says: “We’re in a really quiet location in the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy and it’s ideal for a relaxing break.”
Groups of up to 24 people can share a holiday in 5 Star comfort complete with private sauna
thanks to Crugeran Farm Holidays, on the picturesque Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales.
Crugeran is a large working farm with five top quality holiday cottages resplendent with the wow
factor. All have been imaginatively created from former livestock buildings. The larger two, for 10
and 14 people, are about a mile away. They can be hired separately or joined together for larger
gatherings while still allowing people to enjoy some personal space.
A hi-tech shower in each the larger cottages doubles as a steam cabins. One also has a whirlpool
bath for 2 and a 4 poster bed.
All 5 properties are furnished and equipped to exceptionally high standards with many enjoyable
features. Outdoors, guests can enjoy private dining patios as well as touring the farm. There is a
large communal play area with a trampoline and climbing frame and there are wonderful walks all
around. Crugeran, near the Coastal Path, has Walkers Welcome status from Visit Wales.
Owner Rhian Parry says: “Within a few miles you can visit the popular sailing destination of
Abersoch, go to the quaint village of Aberdaron on the tip of the peninsula or perhaps try Tŷ Coch,
which has been voted 3rd best beach bar in the world.”
Contact details: Crugeran Farm Holidays, Crugeran, Sarn Mellteyrn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8DT; tel
01758 730 375 or 07891 389143 email firstname.lastname@example.org website
Castellor Bed & Breakfast has become almost as much a destination as Anglesey itself for visitors who have discovered it. They love the boutique facilities of this grown-ups only venue, together with stunning sea views over the ruggedly beautiful Cemaes Bay on the northern coast of this Welsh jewel of an island.
Reviews and testimonials pay tribute to the exceptional standards of comfort and attention to detail provided by hosts Lavinia & Neil Walker. Luxurious amenities in the five guest rooms include superior pocket sprung beds, finest linens and en suite facilities. Special touches include high quality complimentary toiletries and guest tray with homemade lemon drizzle cake, a drying room for dealing with wet walking and cycling gear and deliciously superior breakfasts, not just a perfect full Welsh but also alternatives like pancakes and scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
Castellor is a newly renovated Georgian house on a hilltop half a mile from the village of Cemaes, which has pubs, shops and a heritage centre. Close by is the sandy beach of Traeth Mawr, along with the promenade, harbour and slipway. The area is also handy for Holyhead, the ferry port for Dublin.
Castellor notches up near perfect marks on the Booking.com website. Lavinia says: “We offer a totally personal service and the location is excellent. People are thrilled by it.”
Staying at Aberconwy House puts you in the heart of Snowdonia National Park and within easy reach of all the fabulous attractions for which North Wales is famous, including the gigantic Mount Snowdon, Zip Fforest adventure park and the scenic steam trains of Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
Aberconwy House bed & breakfast overlooks beautiful Betws y Coed, which is surrounded by the Gwydir Forest and known for its magical woodland, rivers and waterfalls, specialist shops for outdoor adventurers and a 1930s suspension bridge.
Betws y Coed is serious walking and climbing country and your host at Aberconwy House, Pippa Crawford, can happily help you plan your ideal itinerary.
The house has nine en suite letting bedrooms, some with king sized beds and the others either super king sized or split into twin beds depending on your preference.
This child friendly non-smoking facility has been recently refurbished and the tastefully decorated rooms each have generous hospitality trays, flat screen TVs and other comforts. Traditional full cooked breakfasts are served with the best of local products including yoghurt and Welsh cakes.
Min Y Mor
Family friendly, disabled friendly, dog friendly and in the Snowdonian seaside resort of Barmouth, the seafront Min Y Mor Hotel is the perfect place for a get away break at any time of year.
The Min Y Mor is a 26 bedroom hotel in a quiet spot on the promenade with a sandy Blue Flag beach across the road. It is only a few minutes’ walk – on the flat – into the town centre where you can find an array of shops, cafes, pubs and amusements.
Walkers and cyclists are spoiled for choice in this mountainous and famously beautiful part of Wales, and the Min Y Mor has secure bike storage and a drying room for wet clothes. Sea fishing, horse riding, golf and exciting cycle trails are all nearby and the hotel is wonderfully well placed for numerous fascinating places, including the historic castle towns of Harlech, Criccieth and Caernarfon and, of course, Mount Snowdon.
Run by Faith Atkins and her mum, Helen, The Min Y Mor has a restaurant, bistro, bar, beer garden and children’s play area. Excellent chefs mastermind all meals to tasty perfection using fresh local ingredients and guests can enjoy special breaks with bed, breakfast and evening meal. The guest bedrooms are modern and well furnished.
“It’s a fantastic location,” says Faith.
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