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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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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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Lights! Camera! Action!


Train Crossing Barmouth Bridge

Just spotted that they’re planning a remake of the 1941 film “The Ghost Train” starring Arthur Askey.

The basic plot behind this comedy was that a group are stranded at a remote railway station overnight, which is haunted by a phantom train.  The original film had scenes filmed on Barmouth bridge and at Fairbourne Station, both within 30 minutes of us at Cadair View Lodge.  The remake is being filmed on the  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Have you ever taken a look at our Film + TV Location page on the website?  You’ll be surprised at how many big films have been filmed, at least in part, in Snowdonia.  Carry On Up The Kyber was filmed on one of the paths on Snowdon.  Lara Croft has run up our mountains too.  Found it hilarious that due to the wonders of editing Richard Gere could jump into the lake at Trawsfynydd, get out and ride his horse along Black Rock Sands, then up an incline at Blaenau Ffestiniog only to enter a slate mine in Harlech (bet somebody will correct me on one of those) all apparently contiguously.  That’s films for you.

Tomb Raider 2, Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life was meant to cause a huge tourist boom in the area around Beddgelert but it never happened.

Anyhow, next time that you’re watching one of the films on the list try to spot Snowdonia and then maybe come to visit the actual location for yourself.  Cadair View Lodge makes an excellent base for exploring the area and many of the film locations mentioned are within the Cadair View Lodge 30 Minute Drive Ring