We boast some of the finest holiday cottages Snowdonia has to offer. They occupy some of the most idyllic and reclusive spots you could ever wish to find. Yet if you’re out and about and feel the need for some peace, where should you go?
In need of some ‘me-time’ during your stay at our holiday cottages Snowdonia?
As the summer progresses – and with the best of North Wales’s weather often coming later in the season – it should be no surprise when the main tourist destinations start to get busier. While this adds vibrancy and atmosphere (many people enjoy being among the throng of sightseers and locals) it’s not for everybody.
We’ve chosen three special places that are well worth a visit but are quiet, even during peak season – just remember to keep the secret!
Deganwy has many of the attributes you’d expect to find in the busiest tourist destinations, yet despite its close proximity to Llandudno, it escapes the crowds.
LIke some of our finest holiday cottages Snowdonia, it’s located on the Conwy Estuary, offering spectacular views across the water and inland, with Llandudno to one side and Conwy to the other.
The town is not stuck in the past, with a modern marina and quayside, plus plenty of shopping and dining locations to keep you entertained even during an extended stay.
Deganwy’s beach has its fair share of pebbles, but there’s sand too, and it’s dog-friendly, making it a major attraction for walkers, especially at low tide.
Head to higher ground and you can explore the spectacular ruins of Deganwy Castle – fiercely fought over and all but razed to the ground. The remnants of its walls and towers blend into the natural landscape, we challenge you to spot the distinctly man-made pattern of laid stone blockwork!
From the ruins, you also get an elevated viewpoint across to its better-known big brother, Conwy Castle, making for an excellent photo opportunity.
Rowen, Conwy Valley
Rowen is a small village with a big heart. It has a history of welcoming travellers that dates back to the drovers, who would seek a place to rest here while taking their stock to market.
Just like the drovers, visitors to the area in need of sustenance should head for the award-winning Groes Inn, a tavern which combines fine dining with a traditional ‘local’ pub welcome.
A walk up through Rowen and along the steep climb to the Youth Hostel is the start of a 5-mile walk that soon flattens out along a route dotted with standing stones and monuments.
Alternatively, head the short distance to Conwy Water Gardens; a landscape of woodland, ponds and waterfalls that is home to more than 100 species of fish, ducks, and wildlife including otters.
If you venture out from one of our holiday cottages Snowdonia we’re confident you’ll receive a warm Welsh croeso in Rowen too.
Eglwysbach, Conwy Valley
If you find Eglwysbach difficult to spell, it probably doesn’t matter, as the correct spelling has been a topic of hot debate for centuries – the origin of the name is contested too.
Either way, the village offers traditional local life with the usual selection of shops and other amenities, but we recommend you visit in mid-August when the village’s famous agricultural show takes place. This combines agricultural and horticultural exhibitions with artworks including paintings and photography, making it a true representation of the full range of culture in the village and its surrounding area.
Nearby Bodnant Garden is a National Trust property with gorgeous landscaped gardens, terraces and woodlands that are a joy to explore for people of all ages. Dogs are welcome throughout the winter months, and on Wednesday evenings during the summer, so, dog-lovers, schedule your visit accordingly.
The Bee Inn is one local worthy of a visit, combining high-quality pub food and Sunday roasts with traditional entertainment such as quizzes, less formal pizza nights, and a menu of snacks designed to round off a Friday night in delicious style.
Holiday cottages Snowdonia: peace perfected
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