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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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Earth Day 2016 @ Cadair View Lodge Ltd

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April 22nd 2016 is #EarthDay.  You may’ve heard about it in the media but what does it mean to you?  Have you thought about what small changes you could make that might have a positive effect on your environment or on the planet as a whole?  Here are some ideas from The Independent though there is a lot of other information about.

So what do we do to be greener?

  • We have 30 solar panels on our office roof which give us FREE green electricity to run our office for most of the year… with energy to spare.
  • We DON’T print marketing material as we recognise that the majority of leaflets, brochures and flyers end up in the bin (or as litter)
  • We print the absolute minimum that we can in our office and recycle as much paper that we receive as we can.  Last year we took 80kg + to the recycling centre
  • In the office we boil the kettle at the beginning of the work day and fill a flask which keeps us in tea (usually) until home time
  • All of our laundry and the majority of our welcome pack shopping is done within 3 miles of the log cabins.  This cuts down on the miles AND benefits our local community
  • Things that we can’t buy locally we try to buy in bulk to avoid the need to drive
  • We maximise our use of digital communications to cut down on the need to drive
  • We don’t fill our accommodation with tourism leaflets which quickly become out of date or tatty.  We encourage our guests to plan their activities via the internet before they come.
  • We highlight to our guests businesses, attractions, activities and locations which are within 30 minutes drive of our accommodation.  Cutting down on the number of miles that they drive (cutting down their stress, the impact on our roads AND the impact on our environment) and encouraging spend in our local economy.
  • We encourage our guests to ride their bikes down to Coed y Brenin using the back lanes and tracks rather than driving the 2 miles.
  • We highlight greener activities to our guests – cycling, running and walking
  • Most of our cabins are now stained rather than being painted.  The stain lasts far longer than the paint used to do therefore reducing the impact on the environment.
  • There are now recycling facilities on site and we encourage guests to recycle all that they can.
  • We are beginning to fit devices to our heaters (4 cabins converted with the next one planned) which means that they only stay on for a fixed amount of time (up to 2 hours) before switching themselves off.  This means that guests can have the cabins as warm as they like when they are in the cabin BUT the on demand heaters can’t be left on when guests go out for the day.  Don’t panic… the storage heaters still provide background heating.
  • In most cabins water is heated when needed… we don’t have hot water tanks.
  • The light bulbs in our cabins are being changed for LED bulbs where possible to reduce their impact too.
  • Our cabins are fitted with up to date TVs which use less power.

If you would like help, advice or support with running YOUR self catering property in Anglesey or Gwynedd then please get in touch with me Sue Hall at sue.hall@cadairviewlodge.co.uk 

To find out more about Cadair View Lodge accommodation in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park take a look at our website www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk

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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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Ever Seen A Shooting Star?

Well have you?  Did you make a wish?

Shooting Stars

Many people haven’t had the opportunity to do that… either they’ve not been looking in the sky at the right time or they’ve not been looking in the right place at the right time.  I’ve been fortunate to see two or three properly (i.e. not just a flash of light out of the corner of my eye) and I can remember the occasions vividly.

Do you know that the Snowdonia National Park was named as one of only 10 Dark Sky Reserves in the World in December 2015?  So our location is now officially one of the best places to see a shooting star (and many other astronomical events and sights) in the UK.

So, equipped with the list of meteor showers anticipated (on the “What’s On” page of our website), NASA’s guidelines for watching meteor showers and some decent, clear weather hopefully you’ll see a shooting star during your stay at Cadair View Lodge log cabins in Snowdonia.

But what will you wish for?  No!!  You can’t tell us.

Ogwen Valley 8th Sept 15


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Journey To + From Work 8th September 2015

You may or may not know that I live on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales, but our holiday accommodation at Cadair View Lodge is in Southern Snowdonia.  There are several routes that I can take – the quickest (and shortest) is via Caernarfon and Porthmadog.  A good functional route but it can be a bit slow and although picturesque by most people’s standards not THE most picturesque route.

When I set out yesterday to do the journey it was a beautiful, cloud free morning and so I decided to take a stunning route across the mountains.  See my route HERE

I always love the drive up the Nant Francon valley.  The mountains tower above you as you climb towards Cwm Idwal and Tryfan.  As always, it seems, there was no chance of stopping on the way up to take a photo but once passed Ogwen Cottage I stopped at the lay-by on the left, by the lake and took a few snaps on my phone.

Ogwen Valley 8th Sept 15

Ogwen Valley 8th Sept 15

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Even at 10am on a Tuesday morning the car parks were getting full and there were lots of people on the hills already.

I continued on my journey along the A5 to Betws y Coed where I picked up the A470 towards the cabins.

Again a stunning drive with the heights of Cnicht looming ahead.  Nowhere to stop or too much traffic behind to get photos – sorry.

Climbing up over the Crimea Pass (did you know that there used to be a brewery where the layby is now?) and into the barren landscape of the slate quarries.  After a long slow climb up the hill I was glad that the coaches ahead turned off into Llechwedd Slate Caverns.  Whether they were going on the underground tour or going to Bounce Below or on the Zip World attractions I don’t know but I was glad that they’d gone.  Down and through Blaenau Ffestiniog which is quite pretty (honest) on a bright sunny day.

Once out the other side of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llan Ffestiniog and Ffestiniog (it carries on for longer than you’d think) I was back out onto the rolling hillsides.  Glimpses of the Rhinogau ahead and occasionally the sea, I found a place to stop to look across towards Tanygrisiau and the mountains beyond.  Then onwards again.

Looking back towards Tanygrisiau 8th Sept 15

Looking back towards Tanygrisiau 8th Sept 15

Turning left though still on the A470 I’m almost there.  Trawsfynydd Lake looks spectacular but no time to drop into the cafe today (that was yesterday’s treat).  Now driving south with the Rhinogs to my right.  The three peaks of Cadair Idris come into view – left turn at Bronaber and I’m there!

Panorama taken from Sunset View deck

Panorama taken from Sunset View deck

A day at work looking over cabins and making notes of things that need to be done… that time of year.

Time for home but far too nice for the inland route… and I needed a cup of tea so decided to head over to Criccieth where I was sure to get a parking space next to the beach – I love to paddle whenever I get the chance, shoes and socks are off… big kid in me!

Criccieth Beach 8th Sept 15

Criccieth Beach 8th Sept 15

Then off to Cadwaladers for tea and cake… and managed to get a window seat overlooking the sea again.

All good things must come to an end… well sort of.  As I said I live on the wonderful island of Anglesey and when I got home as it was such a beautiful evening we decided to have fish and chips on the beach… so… this is where I had my tea.  Overlooking the Menai Straits with the sun just beginning to set on Caernarfon Castle opposite us.

Caernarfon Castle across the Menai Straits 8th Sept 15

Caernarfon Castle across the Menai Straits 8th Sept 15

If you would like more information about Cadair View Lodge log cabin accommodation in Snowdonia see our website http://www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk


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You’re Looking For Pet Friendly Accommodation?

This is a testimonial from some very happy guests.

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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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Do You Usually Go Away Over Easter?

No – this isn’t a selling pitch this is just for your information.

Easter at Cadair View Lodge

Easter at Cadair View Lodge

Have you checked your children’s “Easter” holiday dates for 2016?  Easter is very early next year and some local authorities are not ending their Spring Term until a week AFTER Easter!  That is to say that some schools will close Good Friday and Easter Monday but then continue until the following Friday before breaking up.  So if this applies to your LEA and you usually take advantage of the 2 Bank Holidays and schools being closed to take a holiday then you’re scuppered!

Good Friday 2016 is Friday 25th March

Easter Monday 2016 is Monday 28th March

See your children’s school holidays by Local Education Authority HERE  Fingers crossed that the same holiday range applies to all of them.

If you would like to come to stay at our log cabins in Snowdonia, North Wales for Easter 2016 then please get in touch as soon as possible.   I can see a lot of stay-cations happening over Easter 2016 so book early.  See our website HERE  Minimum stay 3 nights