With June just around the corner, we thought we’d bring you the best of what’s to come over the next few weeks, perfect for those thinking of going on last minute cottage holidays. Wales has something to offer for everyone, from music to sport, and we’ve selected four of the more unusual and quirky events unfolding this June.Continue reading “4 great events to enjoy in Wales this June” »
It is always satisfying to get out into the countryside and walk, especially in stunning Welsh landscapes. Continue reading “Walking in the beautiful Elan Valley” »
If you are looking for utter peace and tranquillity in 50 shades of green, maybe we can help. Mynydd Llanybydder in the Welsh heartlands is surrounded by sparsely populated, bucolic, undulating patchworked hills and fields not so neatly threaded with winding country lanes and rambling hedges teeming with birds and other wildlife.
Walk in any direction or enjoy gentle motoring through the rural landscape with Red Kites soaring over head and sheep and ponies for company. Visit tiny villages, charming market towns and convivial country pubs.
Lampeter is a small town, home to the oldest university in Wales. Jen Jones’ Welsh Quilt Centre in the Old Town Hall is well worth a visit. It was opened in 2010 by Price Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. “The vibrancy of the quilts and the exquisite workmanship is truly part of Wales’ national heritage”.
The ancient market town of Llanybydder straddles the beautiful River Teifi. The little town swells in numbers on market days. Evans Bros Auctioneers, a local family firm founded in 1895, run the largest horse sales in Wales, a fascinating day out even if you are not buying. Sheep, livestock and antique sales are a specialty too.
Brechfa Forest, part of the ancient Gly Cothi Forest is a stunning natural playground with opportunities for walking, mountain biking, fishing and horse riding. Lose yourselves in the magical 18,000 acre woods.
The National Wool Museum of Wales is housed in the historic former Cambrian Mills in Dre Fach Felindre. Entry is free. The fascinating story of one of the most important and widespread industries in Wales is portrayed through permanent exhibits, temporary exhibitions and special events.
Discover a Welsh hero in Llandovery. On a hill top on the edge of town stands a magnificent statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, who famously helped rebel Owain Glydwr in his efforts to repel English domination. King Henry IV condemned him to a slow and public execution for refusing to betray his leader. Llandovery also has some Roman history. Visit the Roman Fort on Llanfair Hill. The remains of Norman and Medieval Llandovery Castle dominate the skyline a short walk from the town. It stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river. An ideal spot for picnicking.
Llandeilo offers a charming distraction for shopaholics. The pretty hilltop town has an interesting range of independent traders. No chains here! Many creative folks have settled in the area and sell their unique arts and crafts in little boutiques and galleries throughout the town. Take a break in any one of the cafes, inns, bars and restaurants. Heavenly Exquisite Desserts is highly recommended for delicious artisan chocolates, sweets, ice-creams and addictive cakes.
Mynydd Llanybydder area is easily accessible for visitors staying in Carmarthenshire holiday cottages, Cardigan Bay holiday cottages and some Mid Wales holiday cottages. A day trip out from any one of them will uncover lots more little gems.
The annual Gregynog Festival is a veritable feast of music and the oldest classical music festival in Wales. Continue reading “Gregynog Festival of Classical Music” »
Award winning Welshpool Airshow and Festival of Transport provides exciting entertainment for the whole family.
Recently reopened attraction Cardigan Castle, near our West Wales cottages, is to hold its first concert next month, celebrating Welsh music and literature in a traditional style.Continue reading “Reopened Cardigan Castle to hold first concert next month” »
With miles and miles of wonderful countryside and stunning riverside walks Red Gables is a great location for visitors with dogs. Continue reading “Woof! Red Gables in beautiful Mid Wales, now welcomes up to 3 dogs.” »
Located in the stunning National Park, Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre offers a great day out for visitors staying in Brecon Beacons holiday cottages. Continue reading “National Tourism Wales 2015 award finalists Cantref Adventure Farm gives a Best Visitor Welcome” »
A remarkable exhibition ‘The Knitted Bible’ created by members of St George’s United Reformed Church in Hartlepool is on show in Newtown Baptist Chapel for 2 weeks only. Continue reading “The Knitted Bible Newtown Baptist Chapel” »