Top five places to have a picnic on the Lleyn Peninsula

Visitors to our Lleyn peninsula holiday cottages often say how they had a wonderful time visiting the area and they would highly recommend it. If you are planning on travelling to the region with a family, there are plenty of beaches to keep the children entertained and we have five of our favourite picnic destinations for you to take a trip to in our list below.

Classic wicker picnic basket in the grass near our Lleyn peninsula holiday cottages

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Largest underground zip-line course in the world opens in North Wales

If you’re thinking of staying in our North Wales holiday cottages and have a thirst for adventure, this news may be music to your ears, as the world’s largest fully underground zip-line opens as part of a new attraction in the vast Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Snowdonia.

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Mynydd Llanybydder – 50 shades of green!

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50 shades of green!

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.

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Red Kites soar over Mynydd Llanybydder

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.

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Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Gallery in Lampeter’s Old Town Hall

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”.

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The ancient market town of Llanybydder

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.

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Explore Mynydd Llanybydder with ponies and sheep for company

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.

Caerau Uchaf a Fairytale Garden in the Clouds

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Caerau Uchaf Garden

At well over 1000 ft, Caerau Uchaf Garden, near Bala, is probably the highest in North Wales. It is privately owned by keen gardeners Toby and Stephanie Hickish and open to the public 5 days a week during spring and summer (closed Tues & Wed). Continue reading “Caerau Uchaf a Fairytale Garden in the Clouds” »

US based Lego builder to visit sites of inspiration in Wales

An American man who has recently shot to fame thanks to his talent of creating Lego replicas of Welsh castles is set to pay his first visit to the country.
A pile of multi-coloured Lego bricks – Quality Cottages Bob Carney, 72 hails from Illinois, and will be visiting 74 historic sites across Wales and England with his wife, visiting numerous sites that have inspired him throughout the years.
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Improve your walking experience in Pembrokeshire

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You can improve your walking skills in Pembrokeshire

Learn new walking skills or brush up on your knowledge with Pembrokeshire experts. Ian and Carole live in the beautiful Gwaun Valley surrounded by stunning walking (and cycling) trails. Continue reading “Improve your walking experience in Pembrokeshire” »

Envirotrek event coming to North Wales this weekend, get involved!

If you are enjoying a stay in our Cottages in Snowdonia and are an outdoor enthusiast, or just love doing fun things then why not take on the chance to help clean up the countryside in a National Park as well as enjoying the opportunity to try out a range of really cool activities?

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Lake Padarn Snowdonia

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