Saturday, 28 May 2022

Mid-week break

We're back home again following a lovely four night break in a very comfortable cottage just over an hour's drive from home. We'd stayed in the village once before and to be honest when booking I thought it was in the same place we'd stayed many years ago but not so but we weren't disappointed far from it. The cottage was a barn conversion in what was originally an old farm dating back to the 1790's. The owner lived on site and was very helpful with advice about the local area and things to do. The first photo is the front door facing into what used to be the farmyard and now used for parking and the second photo was the kitchen with it's enclosed garden perfect for Tilly. In the yard was a doggy cleaning station but Tilly didn't need to use it :) To the side and rear of the cottage was a huge field and even on a misty morning waking to that view of the field and the mountains and the peace and quiet was wonderful.



On our first full day on the Tuesday we went into Caernarfon and although we weren't able to take Tilly into the castle we settled for a meal in a dog-friendly pub on the harbour side. The reason for that visit was to find  the whereabouts of the Welsh Highland heritage railway station and finding a car park nearby ready for the following day's trip.

So Wednesday being our wedding anniversary I'd booked a trip on the steam train taking us to Beddgelert and back. An hour and a half's train ride each way with an hour and a half in the village. I'd prebooked a luxury hamper for the outward train journey and we toasted each other with a glass of prosecco and there was enough delicious food that I took the bara brith and welsh cakes back to the cottage with us. We've visited Gelert's Grave on at least two previous occasions so this time we stayed in the village and enjoyed an ice cream from the extremely popular ice cream parlour.



 

The cottage is directly on the Wales coastal path and my plan was to walk Tilly to the beach on Thursday my last full day of the holiday but as things turned out it was a very windy, grey day with rain forecast. Undettered we set off on our walk and I followed the path to the estuary and we crossed over the bridge. Now I will own up to being afraid of heights and with concerns that Tilly may jump off the bridge we did walk across but very nervously. Once on the embankment with the view of the airport and the it's museum in the distance, I had to zoom in for that photo and knowing the beach wasn't far away from there I had a sudden change of mind as it was so very windy and looked so desolate we returned to the warmth of the cottage.


 


The forecast rain arrived but it didn't last for long so on our final afternoon we visited a rather lovely garden centre and as luck would have it they had a farm shop inside and so we were able to buy some delicious goodies to take back to the cottage for our last evening meal ithere. They also had these wonderful giraffe dog beds for sale but I resisted the temptation to buy one :) 

 

We definitely would have liked to stay for longer in the lovely, comfortable holiday cottage but another time maybe.

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a nice few days in spite of a bit of rain. The view from the cottage garden looks lovely, I could happily wake up to that every morning. The anniversary day out by train sounds very enjoyable, I've been to Beddgelert a couple of times but like most popular tourist places I found it too busy though I did like Gelert's grave. I don't use that car park when I go to Caernarfon, I park for free on the road at the other side of the estuary, or at the golf club when I visit my cousin :)

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    1. It was a very nice few days away and I didn't get wet as it only rained once I was back in the cottage and cleared up for a pleasant afternoon. It is a really lovely view from the cottage. It was a very enjoyable day out on the train and we both enjoyed it very much. Beddgelert was incredibly busy, a very popular touristy place.

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  2. That sounds like a lovely break, and congratulations on your anniversary. The cottage looks super and I like the doggy en-suite!

    There is ~NO~ shame in changing your plans on a walk if the original idea no longer feels right, I do it all the time. xx

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    1. It was a lovely break and I'm so glad I booked the steam train ride for our wedding anniversary treat. The doggy en-suite is rather nice but Tilly seemed to be obsessed with the wet room shower in the cottage, she loved going in there for some reason :) I wasn't up for battling the wind and it seemed so bleak up there, we'll drive to the beach if there's a next time although it's somewhere we have been to before.

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed your break and belated wishes for your Wedding Anniversary. I have very happy memories of a holiday in the same area (way back in 1969, though) and have never been to Caernarfon Castle either as preparations were underway for the investiture of Prince Charles and we weren't allowed in. It's a beautiful area and lovely that you could take Tilly with you.

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    1. Thank you for your wedding anniversary wishes and it turned out to be a lovely day out for us. I remember the investiture well although only watching it on TV and I have never been inside the castle there. I did work for a while as a relief manager in our company's Caernarfon branch and staff and most customers spoke Welsh and I felt like I didn't belong there :) I would always choose a dog-friendly holiday and I paid a £2 fare for Tilly on the steam train, a bargain and she was well behaved :)

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  4. Happy belated anniversary. Sounds like a great time was had by all three of you, even with some threatening weather. With summer so near, hopefully a lot more gorgeous days for some great walks in the near future. We are predicted snow on Mon/Tuesday this week, even down to low levels, though probably not as far down as we are. Have a good week, take care & hugs.

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    1. Thank you Susan, forty-eight years married and it was a lovely time and we both enjoyed it. Our weather is still very changeable day to day and I look forward to the summer months. I hope you escape the predicted snow! Take care.

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  5. Wishing you both a belated happy anniversary. It sounds like a lovely break away from it all, and the cottage sounds perfect if you're taking a furry friend with you. What a special way to celebrate the anniversary itself with a trip on the steam train, especially with the luxury hamper. Glad you had such a lovely time.

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    1. Thank you Jo. It was a lovely break away and the cottage was warm and cosy and had everything we could have needed and more and Tilly settled very well there. We enjoyed the ride on the steam train and I'm so glad I ordered the luxury hamper to make the trip more memorable.

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  6. Happy belated anniversary to you both! Sounds like you enjoyed the perfect little getaway! That cottage looks lovely and you chose well, since it had an enclosed area for Tilly to explore (although, I guess she preferred the shower room? :D ) The train ride (especially the hamper!) sounds like a lovely way to spend your anniversary. That's a lovely story about Gelert. I was very intrigued to see the meditation garden with a Buddha statue next to that fierce looking dragon (the Welsh dragon, I presume?). I'm glad you turned back, half way through your walk, as that area does look rather desolate in the photos, not to mention it was windy, and there was rain in the forecast.
    Your mention of bara brith reminded me that I have not yet tried making it! Need to add a package of dried fruit to my grocery order!

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    1. Thank you Bless. The cottage was wonderful and the owner had added some extra touches which were very nice. I suppose Tilly enjoyed exploring her new surroundings even down to visiting the shower room :) The legend of Gelert is nice but but very sad. I don't know what the significance of the Buddha statue alongside the Welsh dragon is I'm afraid but they are in front of a shop that I didn't go into. I wasn't comfortable continuing the walk as it seemed to be a long way to get to the beach and I didn't feel comfortable going there on foot. You really should try some bara brith it is delicious spread with butter as a tea time treat.

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  7. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    Think we could have lived there, it looked so lovely. Glad you had a good holiday.

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    1. I actually said to M that I could happily live in that cottage although I wasn't too keen on the four miles of rural roads leading to it :) It was a lovely holiday though.

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  8. Looks like a good time was had by all.So glad you had some relaxing time together and of course the gorgeous Tilly.Thanks for sharing.x

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    1. It was a lovely break and a nice way to celebrate our wedding anniversary and with Tilly of course.

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  9. Belated Anniversary wishes to you both. Your short break sounds perfect and the cottage looks lovely - I do like a red door! I would love to take a ride on that steam train, especially with a luxury hamper. What a wonderful celebration. Xx

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    1. Thank you Jules. Interesting you should mention the red door. The owners property is called Tai Coch (or Tŷ Coch) which in English means Red Houses named in homage to the old red barn door that they had to remove during the renovation. The individual names of the three holiday cottages are named after his three grandsons so Tŷ Macsen in which we stayed is named after his grandson Macsen. I photographed that information from the welcome folder :) You would enjoy the steam train journey and luxury hamper I'm sure, it's a really memorable day out.

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