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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  • We don’t fill our accommodation with tourism leaflets which quickly become out of date or tatty.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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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.

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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


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Rain, Rain Go Away!

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

There’s been a bit of rain over the last few days but then it is Wales and we’re known for our lush, green scenery.  That doesn’t happen without a bit of the wet stuff.  Although there are down sides to it the upside is that it makes it the ideal time to put on your waterproof and your boots and go off to visit our local waterfalls which should be in full flow by now.

One of our favourite local walks, which is suitable for almost everybody and is pushchair friendly, is the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk in Coed y Brenin.  Mainly along forest roads this path does go quite close to the edge of the river in places so keep youngsters and dogs under control.

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The walk is circular and up near the waterfalls there are some remains of buildings from the gold mining industry in the area and some interpretation boards.

Take a look at this video posted by our friend WezChef a few years ago showing part of the walk.

There used to be a nice downloadable leaflet showing the route but since Natural Resources Wales have taken over from The Forestry Commission it’s disappeared.  You’ll now need to download the app

There are also waterfalls just outside of Gallwyd – Rhaeadr Ddu which is on National Trust land.  Details HERE.  This one is a more challenging walk.  Also look at Dolgoch Falls.  A little further away but again brilliant after rain.

So, Welsh language question for you.  What’s the difference between a rhaeadr and a pistyll?  Both Welsh words for “waterfall”.  I’ll leave you to spot the difference!

If you’d like to come to stay in Snowdonia to check out these places for yourself then take a look at our log cabins 2 miles from Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre HERE


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Beer Steamed Potatoes For Your Stay At Cadair View Lodge

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Everybody loves special food when they’re on holiday but after a busy day it needs to be something simple too.

Try this slightly adapted Martha Stewart recipe to combine a drink and some easy, tasty food.  Maybe try it using a local Purple Moose beer and accompany it local sausages or a steak?

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby or new potatoes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method

  • Place potatoes on a sheet of parchment-lined foil, and season with salt and pepper. Fold and crimp edges to seal, leaving an opening at the top. Pour in 1/2 cup beer (you’ll have some left over). Crimp remaining edges to seal. Cook pack in a hot oven (200 degrees C) until potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Top potatoes with butter.

We recommend that you drink any of the remaining beer whilst you’re waiting for the potatoes to cook.

Check out Cadair View Lodge log cabin accommodation in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales at http://www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk


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St David’s Day in Criccieth?

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As has happened the last few years Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) has announced FREE entry to several of its properties to celebrate St David’s Day.  The locations within 30 minutes of us are Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle and Dolwyddelan Castle (there are several more in North Wales too).  Details HERE.  As we both love to go out exploring on at least one day each weekend we’ve decided to visit Criccieth if the weather is good enough.

Haven’t spent any time in Criccieth for nearly a year.  The last time we were there the weather was good enough to sit on the sea front and to “promenade” along the promenade.  We didn’t visit the Castle last time so it’ll be nice to see over it and refresh my memories of it.  There are fantastic views across Cardigan Bay to Harlech and way beyond from the Castle and surrounding grounds.  Did you know that Criccieth was one of the pioneering Cadw sites that ran a trial of allowing dogs to visit (on a lead and with their owners of course)?  And this has now been extended to more locations.

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As well a visiting the Castle we’ll most likely pop into Cadwaladers for an ice cream… a MUST when you’re in the town.  Their cafe “overhangs” the beach with fantastic views across Cardigan Bay.  They do great cake and coffee too.  Have just heard about a Welsh Cake Sundae that they’re launching on Sunday.  Sneaky peak HERE

There’s also a visit to Criccieth Lifeboat Station on the books too.

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We drop into lots of RNLI stations to say “Hi” as my partner (and his son) is a crew member of Holyhead Lifeboat Station.  There’s always a warm welcome.

For future reference, Dylan’s, the restaurant currently based in Menai Bridge is opening a new venture on the beach (well almost) at Criccieth early Summer 2015.  They’ve got all sorts planned for the town so they’ll be a place to visit maybe next time we visit.  You’ll find some more information HERE.

I’ve also heard rumours that there maybe fish and chips for tea…. but where?  No Dylan’s yet?

So now you know my plans for the weekend… how about you?

Will post some photos of the day if there are any decent ones – fingers crossed for good visibility from the Castle and no rain.

Criccieth is 19 miles from our log cabin accommodation at Cadair View Lodge and it takes about 29 minutes to drive there.