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Join Us At Cadair View Lodge Feb ’16

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Time is flying by… here we are at the end of January and looking towards February half term, Valentine’s Day and… my birthday ūüôā

February in Snowdonia has lots to offer. ¬†As in this photo from 2013, it can be crisp and clear or we could have more snow again (there’s currently just a bit more snow than this on Snowdon but if this warmth continues it could thaw).

Think about walking in the forests if the weather is a bit blowy but it’s also a great time to wrap up and walk on the beach. ¬†Afterwards there’s always time for tea and cake. ¬†See our Facebook page The Great Snowdonia Cake Trail for places to tempt¬†you with their goodies!

Valentines Day is always busy as it tends to fall during February Half Term week.  Even at the busiest time we are always popular for romantic breaks with more than 150 proposals (that we know of) having taken place during stays with us.

The fishing season on Trawsfynydd Lake begins on 1st February.  Trawsfynydd is the 3rd largest lake in Wales at just under 3 miles long.  It has a cycle path around it and a cafe with lake views (and free WiFi) just off the A470.  Fishing permits can be obtained from the lakeside and boats can be hired too.  Kayaking is permitted on the lake and the cafe also have bikes for hire.  The lake is often the venue for international fishing competitions.

At the end of the month Coed y Brenin (2 miles from our log cabins) hosts¬†The Fox Anti Freeze Enduro mountain biking event. ¬†A a multi lap, staggered start, chip-timed challenge! ¬†There is also a Junior Anti Freeze event for youngsters the day before – start ’em young. ¬†The weekend before there is a yoga for mountain bikers session too to stretch the muscles.

Updates on what’s happening can be found on our What’s On page of the Cadair View Lodge website.

If you would like to visit southern Snowdonia during February 2016 (or at any other time) visit our website www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk¬†to see what we offer and also to check out the latest deals on our log cabin accommodation.¬† ¬†Or call me, Sue, on 01978 759603. ¬†There are still some “5 Nights for ¬£200” deals available and “5 Nights for the Price of 2” (¬£270 per 2 bed roomed cabin) for Half Term Week (arrival on 14th February).

Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge during 2016 will (at the activity providers discretion) receive discounts of:

10% at Canolfan Tryweryn National White Water Centre

10% at Go Below Underground Adventures

10% at South Snowdonia Soft Tissue Massage Therapy

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon about a stay at Cadair View Lodge.


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You’re Looking For Pet Friendly Accommodation?

This is a testimonial from some very happy guests.

Whiskey at Cadair View Lodge

Whiskey at Cadair View Lodge

“Four¬†adults and our pet labrador decided to spend a week in Snowdonia National Park. and found what we believe is the best holiday web site we have ever seen. It is so informative about the various log cabins, the site amenities, places to visit etc and if like ourselves you want to take your pet on holiday the web site has a brilliant write-up on all the things dogs want from a holiday, and written by Whisky the resident dog. TAKE A LOOK. ITS BRILLIANT.

We stayed in Cadair view lodge cabin, 2 bedroom, large extended kitchen, and our dog had plenty of room for his bed to sleep on, and a large decking for him to lie out on and for us adults to sit out and relax and eat outside when weather permitted.
Shop on site and a great pub only 5 minutes walk from our cabin which we found very friendly and do great meals and dogs allowed in as well.
5 minutes drive takes you to Coed y Brenin forest where you can walk various trails, cycle (definitely taking our bikes next time) picnic by the river or simply sit and have one of the biggest cups of coffee you will ever have at very reasonable price.
Porthmadog, Harlech, Criccieth, Barmouth, Dolgellau,Pwllheli, Abersoch and Portmerion are all within half hour or so drive and we visited them all. William, our lab, says he liked Black Rock Sands the best.  Miles of wonderful beaches for him to run and play on (adults loved it as well).
You will find all the information on what to do and where to go on their website which means when you get there you can enjoy your holiday knowing you have all the information you want to hand.

Great directions on how to find the site as well.
Doubtful if you will need much help in deciding if this is the place you want to holiday at, but if you do need help ring Sue Hall, she is extremely pleasant and helpful and will tell you all you need to know.
The accommodation is not a 5 star Hotel, it’s a log cabin in Snowdonia National Park, but we had more fun than any 5 star hotel we have ever stayed in and look forward to returning later in the year.”

See our Pet Friendly Accommodation Details HERE


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Rain, Rain Go Away!

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

There’s been a bit of rain over the last few days but then it is Wales and we’re known for our lush, green scenery. ¬†That doesn’t happen without a bit of the wet stuff. ¬†Although there are down sides to it the upside is that it makes it the ideal time to put on your waterproof and your boots and go off to visit our local waterfalls which should be in full flow by now.

One of our favourite local walks, which is suitable for almost everybody and is pushchair friendly, is the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk in Coed y Brenin.  Mainly along forest roads this path does go quite close to the edge of the river in places so keep youngsters and dogs under control.

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The walk is circular and up near the waterfalls there are some remains of buildings from the gold mining industry in the area and some interpretation boards.

Take a look at this video posted by our friend WezChef a few years ago showing part of the walk.

There used to be a nice downloadable leaflet showing the route but since Natural Resources Wales have taken over from The Forestry Commission it’s disappeared. ¬†You’ll now need to download the app

There are also waterfalls just outside of Gallwyd РRhaeadr Ddu which is on National Trust land.  Details HERE.  This one is a more challenging walk.  Also look at Dolgoch Falls.  A little further away but again brilliant after rain.

So, Welsh language question for you. ¬†What’s the difference between a rhaeadr and a pistyll? ¬†Both Welsh words for “waterfall”. ¬†I’ll leave you to spot the difference!

If you’d like to come to stay in Snowdonia to check out these places for yourself then take a look at our log cabins 2 miles from Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre HERE


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St David’s Day in Criccieth?

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As has happened the last few years Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) has announced FREE entry to several of its properties to celebrate St David’s Day. ¬†The locations within 30 minutes of us are Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle and Dolwyddelan Castle (there are several more in North Wales too). ¬†Details HERE. ¬†As we both love to go out exploring on at least one day each weekend we’ve decided to visit Criccieth if the weather is good enough.

Haven’t spent any time in Criccieth for nearly a year. ¬†The last time we were there the weather was good¬†enough to sit on the sea front and to “promenade” along the promenade. ¬†We didn’t visit the Castle last time¬†so it’ll be nice to see over it and refresh my memories of it. ¬†There are fantastic views across Cardigan Bay to Harlech and way beyond from the Castle and surrounding grounds. ¬†Did you know that Criccieth was one of the pioneering Cadw sites¬†that ran a trial of allowing dogs to visit (on a lead and with their owners of course)? ¬†And this has now been extended to more locations.

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As well a visiting the Castle we’ll most likely pop into Cadwaladers for an ice cream… a MUST when you’re in the town. ¬†Their cafe “overhangs” the beach with fantastic views across Cardigan Bay. ¬†They do great cake and coffee too. ¬†Have just heard about a Welsh Cake Sundae that they’re launching on Sunday. ¬†Sneaky peak HERE

There’s also a visit to Criccieth Lifeboat Station on the books too.

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We drop into lots of RNLI stations to say “Hi” as my partner (and his son) is a crew member of Holyhead Lifeboat Station. ¬†There’s always a warm welcome.

For future reference, Dylan’s, the restaurant currently based in Menai Bridge is opening a new venture on the beach (well almost) at Criccieth early Summer 2015. ¬†They’ve got all sorts planned for the town so they’ll be a place to visit maybe next time we visit. ¬†You’ll find some more information HERE.

I’ve also heard rumours that there maybe fish and chips for tea…. but where? ¬†No Dylan’s yet?

So now you know my plans for the weekend… how about you?

Will post some photos of the day if there are any decent ones – fingers crossed for good visibility from the Castle and no rain.

Criccieth is 19 miles from our log cabin accommodation at Cadair View Lodge and it takes about 29 minutes to drive there.


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Busy Weekend in Snowdonia

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Don’t get too excited… the Rhinogs don’t look like THIS just yet but with the weatherman saying it’s getting colder this week you never know WHEN it might happen!

We’re heading into a REALLY busy weekend. ¬†There is¬†lots happening on the weekend of 6th – 7th December and we’ve got some great accommodation deals on so that you can come and enjoy the pre-Christmas excitement.

So what’s happening?

2014 December 6th Coed y Brenin – Christmas Market with Father Christmas and local crafts for sale
2014 December 6th – 7th Portmeirion Food + Craft Fair Lots of local food to buy for Christmas plus unusual gifts
2014 December 6th – 7th Betws-y-Coed – “Nadolig Llawen yn Betws-y-Coed”¬† Lots happening in the Village all weekend.¬† Click the link for news.
2014 December 6th – 7th Bala Lake Railway – Santa Specials Details HERE
2014 December 6th – 7th Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Visit Santa at Bounce Below (and have a bounce too!) Details HERE
2014 December 6th – 7th Welsh Highland Railway – Santa Trains run from Caernarfon to Waun Fawr Details HERE

What do YOU fancy? ¬†Personally,¬†I would like to see “The Big Man” (and I don’t mean Sean Taylor!) on Bounce Below. ¬†If you would like to join in this fun we have one night stays on 6th or 7th December for ¬£130 per cabin or 2 night stays for ¬£200 per cabin. ¬†See all of the details on our Special Offers Page.

To see what’s happening locally for the rest of December (and into 2015) see our What’s On Page.

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Beach? In Wales? In Winter?

10644959_10152618407192515_2215375162071131024_nWe often suggest that our guests go to the coast (and onto the beach) during Winter stays. ¬†Some people think that we’re out of our minds. ¬†Well the last few days have served to prove what a wonderful experience it can be.

This is a photo of me having a paddle on Saturday 29th November 2014. ¬†The waves were very inviting and the sun was warm. ¬†OK I didn’t stay in very long but long enough to quell the urge and I kept my jeans dry!

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And this photos was taken during a walk on Friday 28th November 2014.  A bit blowy but we were wrapped up enough and again the sun was warm.

I was fascinated by the rainbows that formed as the wind blew the spray off the tops of the breaking waves.

Children love the beach at any time of year. ¬†A pair of wellies and a waterproof with¬†a back-up set of clothes in the car just in case, make for a great day out (and tired children!). ¬†Did you know that dogs are allowed on all areas of our beaches from September until May (usually but check exact dates)? ¬†Most of our local beaches are huge and so there’s lots of space for everybody… but you are likely to have the place to yourself.

Who else will go in for a paddle during their stay this Winter?  Remember to post your photos.

See our accommodation in the mountains of Snowdonia with several beaches within 30 minutes drive HERE.  For details of some of our local beaches CLICK HERE


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Once upon a time…

Marketing people keep telling us that story telling is a great way to engage potential guests – so here goes.

Once up on a time… a dog…  Dog with toy

wanted to take his family away on holiday.  He’d heard that although there were lots of places where his family could stay there weren’t so many places where he would be welcomed.  Dogs in the park had told him stories about taking their families away on holiday.  Some had been forced to stay in the car every night as they weren’t allowed to go into the house.  Some said that they’d had to sleep in a shed in the garden.  Others said that their families had gone away on holiday without them and they’d missed out on all of the fun, having to spend their time in the kennels with lots of other homesick doggies.  This dog didn’t want any of this to happen to him.  He wanted a holiday where he could get off his lead, run on the beach with the children, splash in the puddles in the forest, snooze in front of the fire in the evenings and enjoy a sly sausage under the table when they went out to eat.

Being a very technology savvy sort of dog he turned to the internet.Image

After a bit of Google-ing he found a website with a dog on that looked a lot like him.  

Whiskey at Cadair View Lodge told of a Snowdonia, wonderful place full of mountains and beaches where a doggy could have a great time… and so would his family.  She explained about which of the log cabins, families with just one doggy could stay in and there’s also a cottage where families with 2 doggies can stay too.  She told about the enclosed 3.5 acre dog walking area – great for stretching the legs before getting in the car in the morning and about the pub 5 minutes walk away, where dogs can sit quietly under the table in order to catch stray sausages!  There are castles and shops and visitor attractions where doggies can visit with their families too… Whiskey had really done her research!

There seemed to be just a couple of rules…. doggies must not get on the furniture or on the beds – well our doggy wasn’t allowed to do that at home anyway.  And doggies must not be left in the log cabins or in the cottage by themselves – who’d WANT to stay behind when there was so much fun to be had?!  Doggies also had to stay on their leads around the Village – for their own safety as much as anything else.

As a special Thank You for bringing their families doggies staying in the log cabins get their own little welcome pack when they arrive… including a bag of treats!

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As in all of the best stories there is a happy ending.  The dog’s family booked to stay at Cadair View Lodge and had the break that they all had dreamed of… in fact the dog can regularly be seen dreaming about running on the beach and jumping in the waves!

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except it wasn’t… because the doggy brought his family back to Cadair View Lodge again…

and again… Image

and again…

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and…

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you get the picture!

Hope that you enjoyed the story and we hope to see you and your dog at Cadair View Lodge soon.

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