Self catering Holidays in Snowdonia
Snowdonia, known as Eryri in Welsh, is a popular country cottages holiday destination. Snowdonia attracts visitors from across the globe year-round who come for the rugged natural scenery, magnificent castles, historic houses, natural beauty and of course Mount Snowdon. Snowdonia is most famously home to the highest summit in Wales, Mount Snowdon. Mount Snowdon is popular with walkers and climbers alike. If you want to enjoy the views from up high but don’t fancy the trek up or have mobility problems, don’t despair, there is a train for those who prefer to get up to the top the easy way!
Snowdonia National Park, which is synonymously used for Snowdonia, is a beautiful place to explore and take a self catering break. Perched above the rolling moors and hills, it was the third National Park to be established in Britain. Blessed with towering mountains and beautiful lakes, this park is home to diverse flora and fauna.
Attracting millions year-round, Snowdonia is an ornithologist’s paradise where they can see the rare Snowdon lily, Gwyniad, Tegi, Freshwater pearl mussel and much more. The park is also inhabited by blackbirds, robins, wrens, bats, red squirrels, buzzards, owls, cuckoos and various other animal species, great for keen wildlife watchers. Snowdonia, is an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is an ideal spot for hiking, mountaineering, kayaking and other adventure activities.
The great outdoors of Snowdonia offers the opportunity to indulge in an array of activities ranging from geocaching, rock climbing to golf that everyone can enjoy during their country cottages break. Tourists can also engage in walking, cycling, white water rafting, horse riding and climbing. There are also numerous watersports that tourists can try by the Snowdonia coast such as surfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding.
It is a little known fact that Snowdonia covers both mountainous areas but also extends in to parts of the Welsh coastline. There is 200 miles of coastline in total in Snowdonia including many beautiful sandy beaches. There are several beaches, such as Aberdaron, Aberdyfi and Barmouth, where you can enjoy varied beach activities like surfing and kayaking. There are plenty of opportunities for families to relax or spend quality time with their children at the beach, building sand castles or playing games.
Along with the outstanding natural beauty of the place, there are various other landmarks in Snowdonia to visit. The castles adorning the landscape include the magnificent Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey, Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle, Criccieth Castle and the Harlech Castle, amongst others. Additionally, the stunning Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House is also visited by many.
There are also many historical large country houses in Snowdonia that have survived centuries. If you belong to the national trust, check out their website before taking your self-catering holiday to find out which large country houses they have to visit near Snowdonia. These buildings stand testimony to the history and culture of the region. During your country cottage holiday see the ‘Smallest House in Britain’ near the Conwy’s harbour front. At the entrance, tourists are greeted by a lady clad in traditional Welsh costume. Exploring this minuscule 16th century house is a lot of fun and very interesting, especially for tourists who are used to living in big city apartments.
The finest regency Glynllifon Mansion, the 16th century Plas yn Rhiw and the medieval townhouse, Aberconwy House, are a few amongst the dozens of magnificent historic houses. Other wonderful large country houses that may be of interest to you are Y Gegin Fawr, Portmeirion’s Town Hall, Pennal – Cefn Caer, and Ty Mawr Wybrnant.
One thing that almost everyone loves doing is shopping and there are many shopping venues in Snowdonia where you can get some retail therapy. You can shop for crafts at Corris Craft Centre or head towards the individual craft workshops and woolen mills.
Bryncir, Trefriw, Dinas Mawddwy, Inigo Jones Slateworks and Portmeirion are names of a few of the popular shopping destinations. In addition, you can also head towards Betws y Coed, Celtica and Kerfoots. Market days and farmers’ markets are quite popular with those enjoying a self catering cottage stay in Snowdonia.
There are various other things that tourists can do in Snowdonia, such as visit the renowned Welsh Slate Museum, Caerau Uchaf Gardens and Snowdon Honey Farm and Winery. Other popular tourist attractions that can be visited are Aberdovey Golf Club, Plas-y-Brenin Mountain Centre, Surf-Lines and Electric Mountain. Tourists can also frequent Blaenau Ffestiniog Slate Mines, Hafod Eryri and Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall, to name just a few. And if you enjoy taking train rides to appreciate attractive scenery then you should not be disappointed in Snowdonia. There are a number of these, such as Llanberis Lake Railway, Welsh Highland Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway, which enable you to see the wonders of Snowdonia from the comfort of the train.
The wealth of heritage, culture and wildlife that Snowdonia boasts makes it a great country cottages holiday destination. Moreover, there is lots of choice when it comes to self catering cottages in the different parts of Snowdonia. From pet friendly cottages, large houses to romantic cottages for 2, there should be something for everyone in Snowdonia.
Those looking for fun and adventure can head towards Snowdonia without a second thought. Hence, whether tourists wish to spend time with a loved one or with their entire family, we trust that you will have an enjoyable and fun time in Snowdonia, with many happy memories.
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