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A Weekend in Wales

Having made the decision with my partner earlier in the year that this summer we would stay in the UK, I have been more determined than ever to see as much of the country I call home.

Resident in the UK my whole life, like many other people, I have seen shockingly little of the country. I have visited around 20 countries in my 25 years, but as for exploring places closer to home, I simply have not.

My Mr and I decided to book a last minute trip to somewhere we had both heard was meant to be incredibly beautiful – North Wales, and boy oh boy, did it surpass our expectations.

I had never visited Wales at all before, and my partner had previously only visited the south, about a decade before, so we were both looking forward to exploring a new place.

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The sky was rather ominous for much of the drive

We booked a two night stay in the Victoria country house hotel of Northop Hall, perched on a Flintshire hill in the middle of several acres of woodland, and surrounded by cows. A popular destination for weddings, the hotel amply served its purpose although the decor and upkeep left a little to be desired. Clean and tidy, the hotel could have used a bit of renovation work. White paint thinned through to wood on several doors, wallpaper so dry it began to peel in the upmost corners of some corridors, wildly patterned carpets thread bear after numerous years of downtrod – the little things can really add up. Further to this we were left unimpressed that our room was never turned down after our first night. This is something that you expect, along with replacement bathroom linens, even in the simplest two star hotels, so for our room to be ‘missed out’ was quite disappointing.

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However, this type of thing is nothing to get us down and the breakfast in the hotel made up for it. A small, family run hotel, the breakfast consisted largely of the basics for a cooked breakfast, but everything was cooked perfectly and served hot which is often an issue with buffets. There were fresh juices, teas, coffees and cereals available as well.

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Our first evening in Wales was a Sunday, so we headed to a town not too far away, for a Sunday Roast, in a pub calledย The Fat Boar. Opting for one roast beef (below, right) and one lamb, the roasts came with all the trimmings you would expect, plus some cauliflower (YUK!). You could get one course for ยฃ12, two for ยฃ15 and three for ยฃ18, which compared to London was a great deal.

We got up bright and early on our first full day in Wales and headed to Llandudno for some tobogganing and a mini hike. It was then on to a tiny, but beautiful village of Beddgelert in Snowdonia for some lunch. There will be separate blog posts coming about both of these things, very soon as I have too many pictures, especially of Beddgelert, for only this post.

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How can you not stop to take some pictures of the views?

Between all of the places we visited, we frequently stopped to take pictures of the lakes and valleys as we went, even pulling up on the side of the road to get out and take photos because the place was just so pretty. One of the best things about the trip was the fact it was self driven. That being said, there was a lot of driving to be done and on this trip alone we easily surpassed over 500 miles of driving, so a big thank you to my Mr (and Mercedes) for all of that.

Overall, it was great to explore a new area of the UK. It is definitely somewhere I would like to see more of in the future. I would say that it would be best to visit in summer, as there would be less chance of snow, although the powdery white stuff could be very pretty if one happened to be trapped in a cabin, in the hills, with lots of food and a log fire burning.

Have you ever visited North Wales? Is it somewhere you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

35 thoughts on “A Weekend in Wales”

  1. Looks a lot like the Lake District and parts of Scotland .
    Very dramatic scenery.
    Thing is… I’m a sucker for a blue sky and as I live in north east England I don’t see it a lot….so when I go away I don’t want “Gateshead Gray” slate coloured sky I get that every day at home.
    …..”bring me sunshine ” in the words of the old song๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿœ

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    1. I love the sunshine too! I didn’t mind that in Wales it wasn’t too sunny, I was just glad that it didn’t rain! I am looking forward to going to Aberdeen in a few weeks which will no doubt be grey as well! X

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    1. ๐Ÿคญ Hehe right? I know exactly what you mean! I love a good breakfast where everything just tastes so good and looks great. I’m looking forward to going to Scotland later this month again! ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you so much for reading x

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    1. It sounds really bad but I didn’t realise how huge the Snowdonia area was so although I have been I don’t feel like I have ‘done’ it yet – if that makes sense. I would like to visit Cardiff – I have heard some lovely things about it. I honestly can’t recommend this place enough – I have two more posts coming soon on the places I visited and where I stayed โ™ฅ Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    1. Yeah – but it wasn’t terrible so it didn’t ruin the time away! (Thankfully) I have a few more Wales posts coming soon about some of the beautiful little villages I visited, if you need any recommendations! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. It’s quite funny how we always try to go as far as possible to see something beautiful, but have so much of that beauty around us. I love exploring Slovenia as well, it is a lot smaller than UK, but I still haven’t seen all the wonderful places.

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  3. Oh I canโ€™t ever forget how lovely those views were. Definitely go back again and next time in winter ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    I love driving and itโ€™s always amazing to go away with you on a long drive. ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. I would love to go back there for sure – to a different hotel of course. I have a post coming soon about the little villages we visited which will be so good to look back on. I don’t know about going in winter, I’m cold enough in summer – need to stay cosy โ™ฅ I love being in the car with you on our long drives as well – like Edinburgh in the Spring and Wales just last month. I think we will have another long drive before the year is out…

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  4. I went to Barmouth a few years back which was a nice little coastal town in North-ish Wales I guess. It’s such a pretty country, definitely one I need to see more of.

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  5. I love visiting Wales! South Wales was the first place I lived in the UK and I go back often and my boyfriend and I spent a long weekend up north near Snowdon in a town called Criccieth a couple years ago, the weather was terrible but oh my was the scenery stunning!

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    1. Oh wow, I would sorta like to visit in the snow at some point just to see how it gets! I think it will be like being at home! I have a post coming soon about the little village I visited, it was so pretty ๐Ÿ˜ x

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  6. A few years ago I was staying in a cottage near Beddgelert with my extended family. I loved the village and the railway, and the fudge was to die for! I did struggle with the lack of options to buy real food to take back to the cottage though.
    It’s a really beautiful area that’s great for walks, although I found my phone signal was very erratic so do make sure that you let other people know where you are planning to go and what time you’re planning to be back because if you get into trouble you may find you don’t have signal to call for help (something we’ve got very used to)
    I also prefer if hotels don’t change my bath linens unless I ask them to, especially because I wouldn’t use a fresh towel every day at home, so why would I contribute to damaging the environment by wanting a fresh one every day when away?

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    1. I loved Beddgelert so much. I have a blog post coming about it soon in more detail becuase it was just so pretty. I know what you mean about the phone signal though – but i was trying to stay off socials when i was there so it was ok! In the hotel I wasn’t bothered too much about the towels being changed but as it was a service we had paid for we expected the bed to be made and stocks within the room to be replenished ๐Ÿ˜ฆ it was a shame but it definitely didn’t ruin the trip! ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much for reading my post :))

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      1. Oh I hadn’t even thought about staying off socials XD it was causing issues for us because we were trying to co-ordinate where people were in the day and half of us didn’t have signal XD

        I actually found out I had a new job half way up a mountain!

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      2. What a place to get the good news! I like to stay off socials from time to time and try and step away from everything. Although I still have my phone in my hand for pictures of course. I’m lucky in that sense because my Google maps still works with no signal or in flight mode – it’s really useful in that part of the world! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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