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Adventure #1 – Year of Adventure

As many of you will know 2016 is The Year of Adventure in Wales.  We’re encouraged to #FindYourEpic and do something adventurous.  What does “adventure” mean to you?   According to the dictionary…

Def:  adventure meaning an unusual and exciting or daring experience

So what would you do that you’d class as an “adventure”?

My first adventure of the Year was on 4th March at Dylan’s Restaurant at Criccieth.  A restaurant doesn’t sound like much of an adventure does it?  I was invited to a briefing for local tourism businesses.  As part of the day we were treated to a sampler lunch of local produce… always worth attending these things – especially when they’re hosted by great restaurants.  As part of the lunch there was local seafood on offer.  Now I’ve tried lobster, shrimp and mussels before but there was also clams, crab and oysters available.  I’ve always fancied trying oysters – not because I particularly fancied the flavour but more for the challenge.  If I was faced with a plate of oysters could I cope?  I like to eat out and to try different things but I’m not a huge seafood fan.  I wouldn’t order oysters in a restaurant just in case I didn’t like them but this was a great opportunity to just try one and I knew, being as it was Dylans, that they’d be great quality AND be prepared properly.  So….

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Oyster There!

here it is… one oyster!  I squeezed a little lemon on to it… slid my knife under it to make sure that it was going to come out of the shell without a big fuss.  Had my napkin ready… just in case.  Closed my eyes… held the shell to my lips… tipped and swallowed.  No chewing was going to happen.

Oyster Empty

Oyster Gone!

A taste of lemon and of the sea!  Smashed it!  Thanks to Dylan’s for facilitating this experience.

First “adventure” down! Bring on the next!

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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 🙂

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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Everything Stops For Tea!

Cadair View Lodge Tea Time

You’ve driven for hours but now you’ve arrived.  You’ve opened the cabin door – it’s warm and welcoming inside.  The promised welcome basket is there waiting for you.  The kettle is ready filled.  Flick the switch, get the cups out, grab some tea bags (or coffee sticks) and the packet of biscuits from the welcome basket.  Boiling water, milk from the fridge, RELAX!

Your holiday has begun!

Open the information pack and the biscuits – the car can be unpacked later.

Welcome baskets containing bread, milk, biscuits, tea, coffee, milk, butter, washing-up liquid, loo rolls, bin bags, kitchen towel and more provided FREE OF CHARGE with all stays at Cadair View Lodge in Snowdonia (even one night stays).  We’ve provided it so that you don’t have to remember it.

Check out what else makes us special at www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk .

You can also call us on 01978 759603 or email info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk

Come to stay for a relaxing break soon


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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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Where Can I Book A Short Break In Snowdonia?

Montage of Cadair View Lodge log cabins in Snowdonia

Cadair View Lodge Log Cabins

 

If you are looking for a short break in Snowdonia (or anywhere else for that matter) you may struggle to find self catering accommodation.  Most self catering accommodation providers prefer you to stay either for a full week (and it MUST be Saturday to Saturday) or, out of season, they may allow you to stay Monday to Friday. 

At Cadair View Lodge we are different.  We will allow you to stay for a short break right through the year.  Guests can book to stay for as little as one night right through the year.  The only exception is over Christmas and over New Year when we ask that guests stay for a minimum of 3 nights.  So we can give you a price to stay just for a Saturday night, if that’s what you want.  It is also possible to start longer breaks on any day that you want too.

Although we allow you to stay for a short break, the longer you stay the lower the nightly rate gets. 

So if you’d like to book a short break in one of our log cabins in the Snowdonia National Park either call us on 01978 759603 or email us on info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk to check short break availability.

You can see details of our cabins and any special offers that we have on short breaks in Snowdonia on our website www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk

This blog was written as part of the #30dayblog challenge.


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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

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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.