The idea for Cadair View Lodge was conceived in early 2003 over a bottle or 2 of good red wine. I won’t bore you with the details but my ex and I found ourselves with a chunk of money and no reason to get out of bed on a Monday morning anymore… no the red wine wasn’t drunk on a Monday morning! We looked at the skills that we had (jointly 40+ years in IT and an interest in photography) and decided to set up a photography business. We already owned a log cabin in Snowdonia (that we used ourselves) and thought that buying another one to rent out would be a good investment for our chunk of money rather than leaving the money in the Bank.
There was / is a log cabin management company on the site where we operate and the bottle of red wine helped us to see that there were opportunities in the area that they were missing out on. So we decided to focus our business on exploiting those opportunities. We bought our first log cabin to rent and were up and running in August 2003. Our intention was to concentrate on our other business interests and to let the cabin as a sideline.
By October 2003 our first cabin was booked solid and so we bought another cabin. As previously our intentions were no larger than this.
By Christmas 2003 we had people who owned log cabins on the site knocking on our door asking if we would manage their log cabins for them. They’d seen how many bookings our log cabins were getting and wondered if we could do the same for theirs. And so the business grew – and continues to grow. At the peak we managed 26 cabins (some are only available through the Summer) and 2 bunkhouses. We have never advertised for owners to let us manage their cabins – it has always been through word of mouth.
Times have changed and water has gone under the bridge but I’m still here managing holiday accommodation and running the business.
Unfortunately due to the economic downturn in 2007-8 many of our cabin owners sold their cabins but we still have a core of 5.
The business has just taken on the management of a 20 bed hostel / bunkhouse in Trawsfynydd. This place has 3 separate rooms. Each has it’s own ensuite toilet / shower room. There is a shared kitchen. Two rooms sleep 6 each and the third sleeps 8. Stays from 1 night upwards. If you’re interested in this sort of accommodation or looking for accommodation for a group please contact me through the website.
Cadair View Lodge’s business is (and always has been) based on giving guests what we would want ourselves from a stay. Good service, comfortable well-equipped cabins and help to make sure that they have the best possible break. We pride ourselves in going beyond our guests’ expectations. The feedback on our website is testimony to this.
See our website at www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk