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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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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.

Cadair View Lodge... Log Cabin Accommodation in the Heart of the Snowdonia National Park

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Rough Guide – 20 Things Not To Miss in Wales

Out of the 20 locations shown in the article, 7 are in North Wales and of those 5 are within 30 minutes drive of our accommodation at Cadair View Lodge!!

There is an amazing amount to do in the area and fantastic things to see… all year round. ¬†As you can probably imagine much more than the 20 things featured in the article.

Come to stay with us and discover lots of them for yourself.

Our accommodation can be seen at www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk


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How Will Your Children Experience Halloween This Year?

ImageI’m passed the time now when I have to plan what my children do at Halloween. ¬†I’ve gone through the Brownie’s parties, the duck apple at a friend’s house and the “trick or treating” around the neighbourhood followed by a “sleepover” but I know that many of our readers are still there.

When they’re younger there’s often the demand for more and more expensive fancy dress (what happened to painted boxes and made over clothes?) and as they get older there’s the demands to let them out with friends “trick or treating” without supervision.

As Halloween is in half term holidays for many of you why not come away for 1 night or longer and enjoy one of the local organised Halloween events.  Both you and your children are sure to have an exciting time.

Here are some suggestions:

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre Р31st October 6-8pm Halloween at a forest centre!  Suitable for 6 to 11 year olds (accompanied by an adult). Booking Essential. (Places strictly limited) Cost: £3.50 per child. Details: 01341 440747

Ffestiniog Railway Halloween Train¬†– 29th, 30th, 31st October from Porthmadog. ¬†Includes train, meal, fireworks, “frantic fun in the big scary forest”! ¬†Always sells out so book early

Talyllyn Halloween Train Р30th, 31st October From Tywyn, includes train ride, activities and meal.  Another one that sells out!

Llechwedd Slate Caverns – 31st October. ¬†Halloween fancy dress kids disco in the caf√© ¬£2.50 per child, with refreshments etc on sale, and prizes for the best costume ages 0-5 and 6 ‚Äď 11.

King Arthur’s Labyrinth – 31st October – Ghost Tours!

Greenwood Forest Park Р19th October Р3rd November!  Halloween crafts, lantern parades, prizes for fancy dress plus lots more.

Penrhyn Castle – 30th, 31st October Ghost tours of the castle by candlelight!

Penrhyn Castle – 31st October – Batty fun day!

Bodnant Garden – 31st October – Spooky night walk

Bodnant Food Centre Р31st October Р6 Р8pm £2 per child.  Book in advance

Llyn Padarn Railway – 27th October – 2nd November Halloween Hunt

This is not an exhaustive list but gives lots of ideas of places to go to suit different ages, tastes and pockets.

Check out our accommodation late deals HERE. ¬†If you can’t see the dates or length of stay that you require please contact us as all availability isn’t shown on this page. ¬†Our email address is info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk¬†or call us on our office number 01978 759603.

We also welcome those who are looking to escape the knocks on the door! ¬†Quiet and peaceful location but we can’t rule out the odd owl or bump in the night.


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Mountain Biking UK – Welsh Special Edition 2012

Check out the Welsh Special Edition of Mountain Biking UK magazine on sale tomorrow – June 1st.

You’ll see our advert alongside a feature on the recent Fetish UK Gravity Enduro series round which took place at Coed¬†Brenin over an extremely¬†wet and wild weekend. Several of the teams taking part stayed with us – bet they were REALLY glad that they were in a nice, warm dry log cabin and weren’t camping!

There’s also the first feature with brilliant photos of the soon to be opened Antur Stiniog – One Big Adventure Gravity Bike Park¬†alongside Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog. ¬†This is a wonderful new development with 4… yes 4, downhill / free ride trails, uplift service (with push up track coming soon for outside of uplift running hours) and a Visitor Centre with cafe, showers, bike shop and roof top viewing area. ¬† We’ve also been told that there will be a¬†separate¬†free ride skills area built along side of the Visitor Centre. ¬† There’s loads of parking on site.co

Get a flavour for what riding here is going to be like here

I also love this film of the build. ¬†The music is no reflection of my thoughts about those who participate in hard-core downhill mtb… honest!

Next year, the new Tan-y-Grisiau Lake XC route will be opened. ¬†This will be a spectacular ride! ¬†Having walked the area regularly I can tell you that the scenery is immense! ¬†Just west of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a short ride from Antur Stiniog it will be well worth the visit… great cafe by the dam too!

We were enormously proud to be asked by the Antur Stiniog Team to do a presentation, at the launch of Eryri One Big Adventure back in March, as a showcase of how local accommodation providers should cater for the mountain bikers visiting the area.  We were also featured on ITV Wales News as part of the project.

This new Centre is about 15 – 20 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge Log Cabins and boosts the number of “official” trails that are within an hour’s drive of our accommodation to well over 20! ¬†Far too many for ONE weekend’s stay!

And finally, Mountain Biking UK features the Wales Coast to Coast route which comes right past our front door! ¬†If you are coming this way remember¬†that we offer single night stays all year except Christmas and New Year. ¬†We have a pub 5 minutes away for food (including breakfasts) ¬†and “refreshment”. ¬† Our famous Welcome Basket provides basic provisions (bread, milk, tea, coffee, etc. washing-up liquid, loo rolls) is standard with EVERY stay. ¬†We can also have bed linen on your beds for when you arrive exhausted! ¬†And don’t worry… we’ve seen a muddy shower or two in our time!

Enjoy the magazine and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

For more information about what we offer See Our Website

To book, or for more information call me, Sue, on 01978 759603 (office hours usually 10am – 7pm Monday – Friday and weekends). ¬†If I am out leave me a message and I’ll call you back.


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Fancy A New Hobby in 2012?

This is the time of year when many of us resolve to “change our lives”. ¬†It may be that we resolve to make a lifestyle change – lose weight, get fit or stop smoking or it may be to learn something new.

Whilst a visit to us in Snowdonia can be part of your lose weight, get fit and stop smoking resolutions we also have lots to offer in the learning a new skill side too. ¬†We’ve put together a list of suggestions for courses local (within 30 minutes drive) to¬†Cadair View Lodge¬†accommodation. ¬†Remember that our log cabin accommodation prices are per property and not per person. ¬†So you could bring your family to enjoy a break in Snowdonia whilst you attend your course and the accommodation would cost the same.

Learn Photography¬†– This is our sister company. ¬†Based at Bronaber,¬†Learn Photography.co.uk¬†offer 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 hands-on, customisable digital photography tuition. ¬†No previous knowledge is expected or required and attendees don’t even need their own camera – one can be provided. ¬†Course content it flexible to suit each attendees requirements. ¬†The group size is only one or two people (e.g. for a couple) so attendees get the full attention of the tutor and can ask as many “silly” questions as they want without¬†embarrassment. ¬†This also means that elements can be gone over and over until attendees “get the idea”.

Courses are usually run over 2 days and the price include accommodation in a 2 bed roomed, self catering log cabin for 2 nights.  Attendees are welcome to bring other members of their family to use the accommodation during the course.

Wild Welsh Wood¬†–¬†Wild Welsh Wood¬†specialise in producing furniture made

Mini Story Telling Chairs Made By Wild Welsh Wood

from reclaimed materials. ¬†Their one day course would see attendees learning the skills and completing a rustic chair or stool. ¬†Longer courses to make more detailed pieces of furniture can be arranged. ¬†Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge and taking ¬†a Wild Welsh Wood one day course between January and end of March 2012 will receive 10% discount on their course. ¬†We love Wild Welsh Wood’s story telling chairs. ¬†These are the child sized versions of the originals. ¬†The Company are ¬†based at Dolgoch Falls, about 40 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.

Sylvanflair, at Corris Craft Centre, also offer wood furniture making courses.

Mountain Bike Skills Course РSteve, from Wheelism provides a wide range of mountain bike skills courses at Coed y Brenin trail centre which is 2 miles from Cadair View Lodge.  He also runs bike maintenance courses.  Campbell Coaching also provide courses in the area.

Snowdonia Safaris – If you’re thinking big game hunting across the hills you’d be wrong. ¬†A¬†Snowdonia Safari¬†will help you to learn more about and to experience the food (and drink) that is produced in our area. ¬†The selection of safaris is steadily growing and I believe that there will soon be an¬†opportunity¬†to attend a workshop with an artisan baker as part of a safari. ¬†Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge will receive a discount on their safari.

Nature and the Environment РTeaching children through being outdoors is becoming ever more popular with Forest and Beach schools being talked about regularly.  When you come to Snowdonia check out what Ranger activities are being held at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre just down the road from us.  For those who are a little older the Centre for Alternative Technology  hold a wide range of day and multi-day courses about 40 minutes away from us.

Mountain Skills – Many people come to Snowdonia for the Great Outdoors. ¬†Some time spent learning the basics from an experienced instructor can help you to start enjoying your chosen discipline far quicker and also help to keep you safer. ¬†Our friends at Seren Ventures (based in Betws y Coed but operating across the National Park) offer a wide range of courses and guiding. ¬†If they can’t help you they will be glad to give you the details of somebody who can.

Kayaking  РThe Tryweryn and Mawddach are just two of the local rivers that prove very popular with kayakers  To be safe and to enjoy the sport take a course with an experienced local coach.  The team at Canolfan Tryweryn can provide a full range of coaching at the National White Water Centre at Frongoch, about 15 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.  Also check out FlowFree Coaching who can provide coaching at all levels.

Drive A Steam Train – Snowdonia is well-known for its steam railways. ¬†Come to stay and have a go at driving a train yourself. ¬†The Fairbourne Railway offers “exclusive use” of their railway on non-passenger days. ¬†The Talyllyn Railway offer a “full day” driving experience.

Quilting + PatchworkingBumble Bee Quilting in Corris run workshops, courses and demonstrations for all skill levels of quilters and patchworkers.  They also have a well stocked shop (and an online shop) to provide all of your quilting, patchworking and other crafting needs.

Fishing Courses РWith access to rivers, lakes, estuaries and the sea, Snowdonia is an ideal location for those who love to fish.  The North Wales Fly Fishing School based near to Bala offers courses in all aspects of fresh water and sea fishing.  See their website for full details of their courses.

Bill Swann Glass Courses¬†–¬†Bill’s courses¬†run at his extensively equipped¬†workshops in Porthmadog (about 20 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge). ¬†The courses are mixed ability which gives beginners a chance to see what can be achieved by more experienced students. ¬†The courses run over 3 days to allow for the preparation of materials and the overnight firing of pieces. ¬†I attended one of Bill’s courses last February and came away with some small pieces to use in jewelry, a couple of slump glass pieces that have been transformed for use with candles and a couple of fused pieces that stand on a window ledge.

Bushcraft Skills РAre you a budding Ray Mears?  You can really experience the wild and decide whether or not foraging and building your own shelters and fires is for you under the supervision of Firefox Bushcraft who run a variety of courses   close to us in Snowdonia.

Cookery CoachingWild in the Pantry offer¬†occasional¬†cookery coaching sessions. ¬†There are usually a number of different topics to choose from each lasting for half a day. ¬†Groups are kept small – usually no more than 4 people, and are as “hands on” as is practical given the space.

Our accommodation is very flexible.  Guests can stay with us for any number of days (except Christmas and New Year) and we can often arrange early arrivals and late stays with advance notice.  All of our guests receive our famous Welcome Basket (bread, milk, tea, coffee, biscuits, dairy spread, etc.) no matter how long they stay.  Contact us to book

If you would like to run a course, training session or team building event in Snowdonia then contact us to discuss your requirements. ¬†Our guests have access to a free training room locally. ¬†This room can be fully catered. ¬†It will seat up to 40 people “restaurant style” (i.e. in tables of 4) but can configured to meet individual requirements. ¬†It can also be blacked out for slide shows.

There is so much happening within the Cadair View Lodge 30 Minute Ring¬†that I am bound to have missed something out. ¬†If you run a course or training that would be of interest to visitors to southern Snowdonia then please contact us and I’ll add you in an update. ¬†If you’d like to work with Cadair View Lodge in 2012 then let me know too.