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Llandudno attractions have bumper summer

great orme 300x183 Llandudno attractions have bumper summerTourist attractions in Llandudno have had one of their busiest ever summers thanks to growing numbers of visitors to the area. Thanks in part to people staying in our Aberconwy holiday cottages a number of attractions in and around Llandudno have seen record numbers of people come through their doors this summer. Continue reading “Llandudno attractions have bumper summer” »
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Cheer yourself up by going out for an autumn stroll, it really works!

As if being on holiday wasn’t enough and you needed that extra little incentive to up your mood then try a stroll through the countryside and all the beautiful autumn colours located around our Snowdonia holiday cottages. Research suggests it is just the thing to lift people’s mood as the nights draw in. Snowdonia in Autumn 300x200 Cheer yourself up by going out for an autumn stroll, it really works! Continue reading “Cheer yourself up by going out for an autumn stroll, it really works!” »
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‘Speed Design’ by Deborah Withey

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House Doctor

Do you remember the House Doctor, Ann Maurice? She was the Californian real estate stylist, interior designer to you and me, who specialised in decluttering and restyling homes to sell during the late 1990′s?

Well it seems we have our very own house doctor in Wales. She is an American too or I should say a Welsh American.

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Deborah Withey specialises in Speed Design

Deborah Withey, an accomplished artist and designer, has lived in St Davids for the past 5 years. You may have enjoyed one of her design workshops in her Cheese and Pickles Studio or admired her work in galleries all over Wales.

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Deborah is also experienced in ‘Speed Design’ and promises she can transform your living space with a moderate budget.

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Deborah said “I have experience in interior design in the States but not in Wales — yet — and I’d like to change that. I am particularly strong in “speed design” as in….. a client gives me a budget which does not have to be large, and says “ help us to make our property look fresher, more contemporary or make my property look more classic and sophisticated….. or warmer, more inviting, etc. and I make it happen. Sometimes it’s deciding on a new colour palette for the wall, paint and cushions or removing clutter or making the most of what they already own by repositioning the furniture.”

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Deborah also said “I would be willing to travel around Wales — in fact, it would be inspirational and a nice challenge. One of my creative director positions in the States was to oversee  the design of more than 30 publications around the USA where reflecting a sense of place was important to the success of each. Every village and landscape, even a mile in each direction has its own character. Its a smart idea to reflect some of it in the interior design. 

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Of course, the property can also reflect the character of it’s owners – but holiday homes can be fun and look quite different to owner’s  main residence which can be an exciting concept for both the home owner and their guests”.

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If you would be interested in having Deborah restyle your Wales holiday cottages or any other Welsh home do get in touch.

07570 872 400

cheesepicklesstudio@gmail.com

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Map which helped Lawrence of Arabia set to go under the hammer

What does a famous traveller by the name of Lawrence of Arabia share with the holiday cottages Llŷn Peninsula lay claim to? Well, one was the birthplace of the traveller who was destined to explore further afield and the holiday cottages are great resting places for intrepid explorers looking to discover beautiful parts of Wales. Now, the only map ever drawn by Lawrence of Arabia during a key struggle against the Ottoman Empire is set to go under the hammer at auction and is estimated to fetch up to £100k. T.E Lawrences hand drawn and annotated sketch map titled Hejaz Railway to Wadi Sirhan detailing Lawrences traverse on 19 24 Map 1917 168x300 Map which helped Lawrence of Arabia set to go under the hammer Continue reading “Map which helped Lawrence of Arabia set to go under the hammer” »
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The calm after the storm

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3 miles of golden sands at Newgale Beach Pembrokeshire

Seeing Newgale flourish this summer has been a real pleasure. Following the severe storms that played havoc earlier in the year it was hard to believe the beautiful coastal village and 3 miles of golden sandy beach would ever be the same again.

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The clean up operation at Newgale after the 2014 storms

A storm surge and high tide collided one wild and wet night in January. Gigantic waves tore over the beach and rolled up and over the pebble bank washing all in its path onto the road behind. The road disappeared under tons of pebbles and biblical floods consumed the buildings and fields beyond.

wave 50 The calm after the stormDetermined locals, business owners, volunteers and Pembrokeshire County Council pulled out the stoppers. They worked tirelessly for days. Diversions were set up redirecting traffic through the country lanes to bypass the devastation. Meanwhile the big clean up operation got under way. Heavy plant was required to shovel up the pebbles and clear what was left of the road. New tarmac was laid, pavements too.

wave 50 The calm after the stormGreat swathes of sand were washed away from the beach revealing more pebbles, bedrock and petrified forest. Fortunately the beach is so vast there is still plenty left for the usual beach fun, walking, watersports and all important surfing. The beach is still beautiful and over time we expect nature will replace what it has displaced with such ferocious force.

wave 50 The calm after the stormThe long hot summer of 2014 has seen many visitors, perhaps more than ever, all thoroughly enjoying Newgale again. Guests in Newgale holiday cottages have certainly had a wonderful time. Many already planning their return visits.

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