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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  • We don’t fill our accommodation with tourism leaflets which quickly become out of date or tatty.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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Where Can I Book A Short Break In Snowdonia?

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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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Plan Before You Come

Don’t know about you but when I go on holiday I like to have a good idea of places to go and things to do before I get there.  I think that this is even more important on a short break as you don’t want to waste a precious moment of that break wondering what you should do.

With this in mind you might want to take a look at our Facebook page,  our Twitter stream and our daily online newspaper The Cadair View Lodge Times.  All of these have been set-up to bring together news, gossip and information about things going on in our area.  There are photos, videos and blogs to whet your appetite for some of the local attractions and scenery plus details of things that are happening locally too.

So please LIKE, Follow or Subscribe to the links below!

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Follow CadairViewLodge on Twitter

Read The Cadair View Lodge Times

See our website http://www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk for late deals and information about our accommodation.

This blog has been written as part of a 30 day blogging 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 – Swn yr Nant 29th May 2010

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Swn y Nant a Cadair View Lodge Ltd log cabin in Snowdonia

We’ve just had the most awesome half term holiday at Swn y Nant log cabin =) the most stunning views from the cabin and beautiful sunshine. We tackled Snowdon the hard way and enjoyed the fab tracks around Coed y Brenin.. m’boys did black route v.proud of themselves indeed, while we girlies enjoyed pony trekking along… the beach. Looking forward to going back in 2011

See Swn y Nant for yourself


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Testimonial – Haulfryn – 5th June

We would both like to thank you for a really great enjoyable stay. We will definitely be coming back I have converted my partner to staying at a lodge. He thought it would be like a caravan. We loved the mountain views and the freedom to come and go as we pleased.
We are both extremely proud of the fact that we climbed to the top of Cadair Idris!!!! The views were outstanding and we felt really proud of our achievement.
Looking forward to our next stay probably in the Autumn.

View from living area of Haulfryn