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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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After The Storm

Unless you’ve been sitting in an underground bunker so as to avoid storms you will know that we’ve had a bit of stormy weather over the last few weeks.  Last week (6th – 14th February 2014) was probably the worst for us around here.  I live on the Isle of Anglesey, looking over the Menai Straits at the “Snowdonia” mountains.  We were hit by a southerly gale.  The Holyhead Port weather station told us that the wind was force 10 gusting to force 12 (which is hurricane force).  It then went to F11 gusting to F12 and then our power went off in the house.  If you know anything about the Beaufort Scale you’ll know that it only goes up to Force 12 and so if the wind was Force 11 then the gusts were well above Force 12!  Winds were recorded of 108 mph on the end of the Llywn peninsula which is a touch gusty.

Here at Cadair View Lodge we’d put a lot of effort into promoting our Valentine’s weekend stays as we are known for romantic breaks.  We had lots of guests booked in for 2 night stays arriving on Friday 14th and for longer stays beginning over the weekend (as it was the first half term week).  Although the worst of the storm was on Wednesday the power to the log cabins hadn’t been reconnected on Friday morning and there was no schedule for its return.  The local transformer at Bronaber was standing at a precarious angle and engineers were “swarming” all around it I was told.  Somebody else said that it looked like a big job to repair it.  As all of the cabins are heated and lit by electricity we had to make a decision over what to do.  Of course this was complicated by our local mobile phone mast being down meaning our operations manager having to drive to Dolgellau (a 24 mile round trip) each time he needed to update me in the office.

We took the decision to phone everybody who was booked to stay and give them the options to cancel with full refund, to move their stay until a later date (at no extra cost) or to sit tight until later in the day in case the situation changed.  A guest coming from London and who wasn’t planning to leave until early evening decided to sit tight for news but all of the others asked for a refund so that they could try to find somewhere else for the night.  Of all nights Valentine’s Night when people build themselves up for a romantic stay!  With a heavy heart I refunded all of the money… after a long winter giving people money back on what looked to be such a good earning weekend was difficult I must say.

Just before lunchtime the call came (after another trip to Dolgellau) that the power was back on (but, as seems to be usual, the phone mast wasn’t)!  More phone calls back around everyone… “The power’s back on!  We don’t know whether it’ll stay on but we’ve got he heating on in all of the cabins… come if you are prepared to take the chance”.  EVERYBODY said that they were prepared to take to make a go of it.  One lady said that she didn’t want to go anywhere else.  She’d researched her stay for so long she couldn’t even contemplate anything else.  A regular guest said that February half term wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t stay with us.

So my afternoon was spent reprocessing all of the payments.

We made sure that all of the cabins had new batteries in the torches and that there were candles available.  We advised everybody to bring a flask and to keep a flask of hot water at all times during their stay so that if the power went off again at least they could have a hot drink.

Guests started to arrive from 3pm.  Some had obviously kept their cars packed just in case they could come and had jumped in the moment we gave the all clear.

The electricity did stay on but the weather wasn’t very pleasant on either Friday or Saturday.  Sunday morning, our guests awoke to clear blue skies, sunshine and spectacular views of the mountains.  A couple of guests had booked late stays and so they had the opportunity to enjoy it but I felt sorry for those who were leaving us during the morning.  At least they’d had a chance to see why people come back to us again and again.

Now the feedback is coming in and it makes all of the hard work worth while.

“Thanks for your amazing customer service – you kept us informed and did everything possible to make sure our Valentines’ weekend went ahead”.

“Now we’ve seen how stunning your location is – even if just whilst we were packing to come home – we will definitely be back”.

“You made sure that we were cosy and warm, even with the foul weather outside – we will be back”.

“Our family will love it here… please can we book for New Year?”.

“As always, fantastic, friendly customer service with nothing being too much trouble.  Once again thank you for all of your hard work.  We’ll see you again soon.”

Lastly, of course, I must thank the people who made the weekend possible for these guests, the Scottish Power engineers.  The power companies themselves are (rightly or wrongly) criticised endlessly but it’s the engineers and linesmen (and women I assume) who put themselves at risk in dreadful conditions and work long hours to restore our power.  THANK YOU!

If you’d like to know more about what we offer and our location see the Cadair View Lodge website or call us on 01978 759603 – personal, friendly, helpful service not an online booking system!

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Meal Out At Cross Foxes Bar Grill + Rooms

I’ve only been to the Cross Foxes (at junction of A470 + A494 south of Dolgellau) in the day time and on a grey and miserable day, so arriving in the dark gave a totally different impression.  The outside is subtly lit with the slate steps leading to the front door in-laid with blue LED lights.  Once through the front doors we were met by the homely smell of wax from candle lanterns and the smell of an open fire.

It was a mid-week night so the bar / dining room wasn’t very full but due to the layout it felt quite cosy and not as though we were in an empty space.  Whilst I’m talking about it feeling quite cosy, it was also nice and warm due to the underfloor heating.  I only know about this as the last time I was at The Cross Foxes I was attending an energy efficiency workshop and we were given a guided tour of the building to see all of the renovations and to hear about the energy efficiency measures that had been put in place.  Anyway back to the meal…

The menu isn’t huge but with the addition of the specials list there is plenty to choose from.  For starters two of us chose breaded brie with sweet chilli sauce, one chose a goats cheese and beetroot tartlet and the other chose carrot and coriander soup.  Dewi, the owner, who was looking after the bar and serving meals too, did warn that the soup had a kick to it and I’m told that he wasn’t wrong!

For main course we eventually chose battered sea bass and chips, faggots with mashed potato and two chose local pork sausages with mash.  Rachel had a good laugh at me choosing faggots… not for the reason that you might suspect.  She’s a bassoonist and the word “fagot” appears at the top of many of her musical scores (being the German word for bassoon) and the thought of a bassoon with mashed potato “tickled her”.  My faggots were lovely.  Lots of flavour and not at all dry (some that I’ve had elsewhere have been).  Everybody who had the mashed potato said that they could’ve eaten more (although we did receive a sizable portion) as it was so nice… especially mixed with the really tasty gravy.

For dessert Olli decided that he could fit in a portion of sticky toffee pudding with ice cream… but then he could eat for Britain I’m sure.  The rest of us decided that we could only fit in ice cream.  We had poor Dewi scurrying backwards and forward to the kitchen asking about flavours.  Being one to try the more unusual I had to try the Welsh Rarebit Ice-cream, and yes, it does have little chunks of Snowdonia Cheese in it and I can recommend that you try a scoop or two if you get the chance.

All in all we had a lovely evening.  The service was very relaxed, at no point did we feel rushed.  The atmosphere was cosy and warm – we certainly didn’t feel like jumping up and dashing away.  There was some Spanish music playing in the background and then The Best of the Eagles CD.  Loud enough to hear but not loud enough to be obtrusive.

If this is the usual standard of The Cross Foxes then I am not at all surprised that they have a mention in the 2012 Good Food Guide and a string of other awards.  I have no hesitation in recommending that you pay Dewi and Nichol a visit.

If you are driving to Cadair View Lodge from South Wales or from Shrewsbury direction then you will pass The Cross Foxes.  They serve dinner until 9.30pm and serve lunch from 12pm – 2.30pm (12pm – 9.30pm on a Sunday).  They also serve tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake in their cafe throughout the day.


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Testimonial Pine Tree Lodge – 16th April 2011

View out from Pine Tree Lodge showing deck

View from deck of Pine Tree Lodge, a Cadair View Lodge Ltd log cabin in Snowdonia

Thank you so much for the stay, we absolutely loved it! The lodge was cosy and comfortable on a great location! We went to Go Ape at Coed y Brenin in the day which was brilliant fun! Then we came to find the lodge and settled in. We went to the pub to book a table at around 4.30 but ended up staying til 9 because the atmosphere was great!! Dinner there was fantastic and the pudding was to die for! Returned to the cabin for a cosy night in!

Great weekend. 

We’ll definitely be coming again!

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Testimonial Heddychol – 9th September 2010

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We just wanted to say thank you for a lovely warm welcome at Heddlychol lodge. The welcome pack was much appreciated too, especially the cookies that Ronnie munched straight away! hahaha
The lodge was so comfortable and cosy with beautiful furnishings and the added touch of fairy lights in the sun room made it quite magical for our little boy. We fed the birds, chatted to the rabbits who stopped by for yummy grass every morning and hooted to the owls at night. So peaceful. The secluded aspect was also ideal. The weather wasn’t too kind to us but thankfully our last evening was clear and dry and marvelled at the night sky for hours. As you can tell, we loved staying at Cadair View Holiday Village and look forward to booking another holiday with you again.

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Testimonial – Encil Rhinogau 9th July 2010

Outside of Encil Rhinogau Log Cabin showing deck

Encil Rhinogau - a Cadair View Lodge log cabin

Just wanted to say thank you for our recent stay in ‘Encil Rhinogau’.

We had a relaxing time with some great walks in lovely countryside and in spite of the weather we still enjoyed ourselves. We used the cabin as a base to visit surrounding areas such as Portmadog, Dolgellau, Coed y Brenin & Harlech Beach (thanks Whisky, Molly particularly enjoyed Harlech), Rhiw Goch Inn (near the cabin) & The Grapes Hotel (in Maentwrog) both served great food & made Molly very welcome.

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Testimonial – Swn yr Nant 29th May 2010

Photo of outside of Swn y Nant

Swn y Nant a Cadair View Lodge Ltd log cabin in Snowdonia

We’ve just had the most awesome half term holiday at Swn y Nant log cabin =) the most stunning views from the cabin and beautiful sunshine. We tackled Snowdon the hard way and enjoyed the fab tracks around Coed y Brenin.. m’boys did black route v.proud of themselves indeed, while we girlies enjoyed pony trekking along… the beach. Looking forward to going back in 2011

See Swn y Nant for yourself