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The best mini-moon destinations in Wales

June 28th, 2016

Are you looking for a mini-moon or romantic staycation to celebrate your big day? Whether you’re getting married this summer or marking an important anniversary, we’ve listed the most exclusive honeymoon destinations right here in Wales.

Stackpole Inn

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The Stackpole Inn is located in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Surrounded by beaches, headlands and cliffs it is perfect for a secluded romantic getaway. The bed and breakfast offers high quality king size rooms and award winning home cooked food. Double rooms at the Stackpole Inn start at just £90 per night. Just two miles away is the stunning Bosherston Lakes, where you can take a romantic stroll through the woodlands and visit the impressive lily ponds.

Venetia

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Inspired by one of the most romantic cities in the world, the Venetia is a combination of Welsh and Italian cultures. The menu comprises Italian inspired dishes with locally sourced produce. Staying at Venetia costs between £80 and £148 per night. Venetia is situated in the fashionable resort of Abersoch, an idyllic location to take strolls at sunrise or sunset along the never-ending beaches.

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Jordanston Holiday Cottages

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The Jordanston Holiday Cottages are located in St Florence, near Tenby. There are a variety of cottages available, meaning you can pick the one most suited to your needs, but all offer modern kitchens and open plan living rooms. Prices for staying at the Jordanston Holiday Cottages depend on the size of the cottage, so with this in mind it could be the perfect opportunity to get together with friends for a couples holiday. The pretty harbour town and seaside resort of Tenby is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, and many of the cottages have log fire burners, meaning you can cosy up after a day of exploring the seaside town.

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Hunter Lodges

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The Hunter Lodges are located in the grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. This is the perfect place for a luxury romantic getaway with a group of friends. The Hunter Lodges are priced from £1,680 for a short break. The interiors are sophisticatedly modern, with amenities such as chill-out rooms and indoor saunas. The luxury lodges overlook the Usk Valley, meaning you will be able to take in the breathtaking views from the outdoor hot tub. Alongside this, a number of treatments are available in The Celtic Manor Resort itself, allowing you to fully relax.

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Upper Gelli

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Upper Gelli is located in the stunning countryside near Welshpool. This luxury lodge gives off a chic yet homely feel, allowing guests to settle down for a relaxing evening after exploring the rural surroundings. Upper Gelli prices range between £350 and £990 for a short break. Just a 20-minute drive away is Montgomery Canal, perfect for a relaxing romantic canoe ride. But if canoeing is not your thing, just a 15-minute drive away is Powis Castle, where you can explore Elizabethan-furnished rooms and grand terraced gardens before stopping for tea and cake in the tea rooms.

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Welsh wildlife breaks

June 2nd, 2016

 

It’s not hard to spot wildlife in Wales thanks in part to the abundance of lush nature reserves. All year round these environments flourish, offering shelter to some amazing creatures. If you’re looking to get close to nature in the late spring then our run down of what you can spot is essential.

WHAT: Bottlenose Dolphins 

WHERE: Cardigan Bay has a reputation for attracting a variety of sea creatures, but most notably it is home to the UK’s biggest pods of bottlenose dolphins. They have thrived here, which highlights the strong healthy ecosystem. The best place to spot them in the late spring is off the coast of the seaside town of Aberystwyth, before they head south towards New Quay for summer.

STAY: Gwesty Cymru is a luxurious hotel right on the seafront, with stunning views of the bay. This contemporary hotel offers a fresh inventive menu with local ingredients.

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WHAT: Grey Seals & Manx Shearwater’s

WHERE: The islands of Skomer and Skokholm are home to much of Cardigan Bay’s wildlife, including an abundance of marine birds. Skomer is home to around 120,000 pairs of Manx Shearwater’s, with an estimated 45,000 on Skokholm. The two islands provide a home for the largest population of these birds currently known.

As well as the birds, Skomer offers safety to hundreds of grey seals as they gather on the island, providing entertainment for onlookers as they squabble for the best places. There are boat trips daily to Skomer, with the exception of bad weather. The website and their Twitter account are updated frequently to inform visitors of any changes.

STAY: fields Lodge is only a twenty-minute drive from the Lockley Lodge Visitor centre. This quaint B&B mixes traditional and modern stylings, offering comfort after a long day of exploring.

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WHAT: Puffins

WHERE: Puffin Island, off the tip of Anglesey, has been turned into a bird sanctuary, home to a range of different seabirds including Puffins, kittiwakes and razorbills. The birds’ breeding season falls between April and July, so visiting in late spring offers the chance to see an abundance of wildlife and possibly even some early hatchers. Cruises are offered around the island, but it is advised to pre-book via the website.

STAY: Fifteen minutes drive from Puffin Island is Beaumaris’ Ye Olde Bull’s Head Inn and Townhouse, which seamlessly combines old wooden beams with contemporary décor. It is also one of the top places to eat in North Wales.

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WHAT: Ospreys

WHERE: The Dyfi Valley is part of the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. Located near the town of Machynlleth, the breeding programme in place here led to the first successful breeding of Ospreys in over 400 years. There is a 360 degree observatory allowing spectacular views of the birds in their habitats and the Dyfi Estuary beyond.

STAY: Situated between Machynlleth and Aberdyfi, Llety Brynawel is a beautiful Georgian guesthouse in a perfect location for both coast and country.

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WHAT: Red Kites

WHERE: Otherwise known as the King of Wales, these large majestic birds of prey are common across the lush Welsh landscape. Rhayader is home to Gigrin Farm, where they have scheduled feedings of this magnificent birds allowing for onlookers to see them in action in their natural habitat.

STAY: Indulge in luxury after a day exploring the countryside at the Metropole Hotel, which is a short drive away in the nearby Llandrindod Wells. This impressive Victorian hotel boasts a four star rating, and also offers

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