As you all know we love to travel the UK and visit new places. The UK has some amazing places to visit and we try to holiday somewhere different each time, that way we get to see somewhere new. After trawling the internet I stumbled upon a company called Dioni, who specialise in holiday cottages in North Wales & Snowdonia. Their cottages look beautiful and are set in some stunning locations.
Now, I was a little hesitant at first, purely because we live less than 45 minutes from the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park and it is somewhere we visit regularly for days out and have camped many times along the coast either at Shell Island or Nantcol. But I realised that we had never really stayed in Snowdonia and spent time exploring in more depth. Day trips have normally been to one location and stops to and from that place and whenever we have camped – well, we never drink and drive and I personally find that camping is a little more bearable once the wine/cider or prosecco starts flowing so then we would be restricted to stay where we were camped. We have had fantastic weekends camping, but normally once the car is parked, it stays that way, so we only get to see what we can explore on foot
So, we had a good look through the pet friendly cottages at Dioni and finally narrowed it down to a spacious 2 bedroom cottage located in Dyffryn Ardudwy. The cottage is located in the next village along from Llanbedr where we have always stayed, but we had never been into the village and looked around. We always just drove through it on the main road heading South for the day.
Upon arriving at the cottage we immediately felt at home. We were greeted by Ben the owner who brought us a welcome pack full of goodies including Welsh Cakes, Kettle Chips, fire lighters, a bag each of kindling and logs plus a very welcome bottle of Mud House wine. The cottage is beautiful inside, with the kitchen range still in situ in the kitchen, log burner and comfy sofas in the living room, under floor heating downstairs, pretty little bathroom with rain-fall shower, 1 double bedroom & 1 twin. The views to the rear of the property look out over fields and hills to the East and to the front you can spot the dunes and sea in the distance (approximately 20 min walk). The cottage is located on a lane with only a few houses along and a very pretty church opposite. There was hardly any traffic, just walkers and the occasional cyclist or horse rider, everyone saying hello as they passed, all enjoying the fresh air and stunning scenery
Mia made herself at home straight away, either lying in the garden sunbathing during the day or curled up in front of the log burner in the evening.
Each morning we would come downstairs to the sunlight flooding in from the rear of the property, and the mist slowly lifting off the hills and mountains. The location really did offer a relaxing and peaceful week away.
We were in walking distance of the local dog friendly beach (please check seasonal restrictions to the South end) and we found that we had the beach to ourselves most of the time. We even managed to time a visit at sunset and were rewarded by the most beautiful colours and a real sense of tranquillity.
The cottage was a great base to explore the surrounding area and we visited Barmouth, Nantcol Waterfalls, Abersoch & Criccieth. We ate lunch at the Victoria Inn in Llanbedr, drank hot chocolate at Davy Jones Locker in Barmouth & ate fish and chips from the Mermaid in Barmouth whilst sitting watching the tide coming in
We didn’t want to leave our little slice of heaven, but unfortunately we had to come back to reality. Mia did seem a little perplexed on Sunday as to why we weren’t having our daily 2 hour walk along the beach! We have had a lovely week away, recharging our batteries, spending time together as a family making memories and sandcastles. We would definitely recommend the area for dogs with the majority of cafés and pubs welcoming our four-legged friends and there are some fantastic walks with your dog – we will visit these in future blogs.
So, thank you to Ben for letting out your beautiful Welsh stone cottage and thank you to Dioni for all your help in finding somewhere stunning to stay.