North Wales is famous for its stunning mountain ranges, adventure-packed landscape, history-filled castles and beautiful coastline - it truly has something for everyone.
We are on the doorstep of Snowdonia National Park which boasts breath-taking mountain scenery, crystal clear lakes and cascading waterfalls. Climb Snowdon, which at 1085m is Wales' highest mountain, or travel to the summit in style on the quaint Victorian Mountain Railway - a real must! (Around 45 minutes away through breath-taking mountain scenery)
You can also explore the beautiful coastline: bustling Colwyn Bay (20 minute drive), historic Conwy (15 minute drive), Victorian Llandudno (25 minute drive), the University town of Bangor (30 minute drive), Caernarvon or the Isle of Anglesey (45 minute drive). There are seven Welsh castles within an hour's drive.
The Granary cottages are in the peaceful Conwy Valley in the lovely village of Eglwysbach, situated just a short drive through beautiful countryside from the World Heritage Site of Conwy town. Eglwysbach is a tiny, quiet village, with a church, a lovely pub - The Bee Inn (with fantastic food and very welcoming hosts) and a famous Country Show which for a few days in August sees the village transformed into a lively centre of activities for farmers, country people and tourists alike.
The National Trust's Bodnant Gardens are a ten minute drive away – it is one of the UK's top gardens and home to the famous Laburnum Arch - flowering in late May and early June.
A few minutes drive away at Furnace Farm you'll find the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre; with the Hayloft Restaurant - fine dining in the evening and a reasonably priced, high quality menu all day, cookery school, national bee-keeping centre, butchery, bakery, dairy , tea rooms and farm shops. All food is supplied by local farmers and producers and it is truly Welsh with high quality, local produce and excellent service.
Llanrwst, 5 miles away, is dominated by the 16th century narrow stone bridge, Pont Fawr, designed by Inigo Jones which is the gateway to Gwydir Castle and the huge Gwydir forest beyond.
Conwy is 6 miles away - it's a world heritage site with a superbly preserved castle and enclosed by its Norman town walls – fortifications which include 21 towers and three gateways, creating an almost unbroken shield around the old town.
Conwy is home to the smallest house in Great Britain, CADW's Plas Mawr – the finest surviving Elizabethan house in Britain – and directly behind it the modern Royal Cambrian Academy where you can see the best of recent Welsh Art; and the National Trust's Aberconwy House – a perfectly preserved Medieval merchant's house – is a short walk away. You can visit the Mussel Museum, enjoy the views from the picturesque fishing harbour or see a huge range of wildlife at the RSPB bird sanctuary on the estuary .
In addition to its fascinating historic landmarks, the town is also set against a stunning backdrop of beautiful hills and the incredible Snowdonia National Park – just a 20 minute drive away. Here, you can enjoy walking, cycling, climbing and bird watching and a wide range of historical and action packed attractions. Even the grand Victorian resort of Llandudno offers a stunning cable car ride, a spectacular funicular tramway and dry ski slopes and snowboarding; all in spectacular surroundings.
The recently opened Surf Snowdonia – only the second inland self-contained wave park in Europe. The impressive wave lagoon can be seen clearly from our cottages - on the other side of the Conwy Valley: it's a 15 minute drive away.
Zip World Fforest (formerly Tree Top Adventure) is a unique, fully-equipped high ropes centre suitable for a wide age group. It has the highest (106ft) Power Fan Plummet in the world. The Skyride is Europe's highest and first 5 seater Giant Swing. Thrill seekers are hoisted 80ft to the rear up into the trees and on pulling the release cord they end up 120ft above the Conwy Valley way above the reception building. The Junior Tree Trail will also keep any little adventurers busy (20 minute drive away). You can enjoy a journey through the canopy of the trees on Zip Safari or bounce and explore to your hearts content on Treetop Nets. Tree Hoppers will also keep any little adventures busy.
North Wales is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for adventure holidays - we are currently the zip-wire capital of the UK, with two of the longest and highest zip-wire experiences available at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bethesda - both are around 35 minutes away by car. The Blaenau site also boasts massive slate caverns for exploring and the unique Bounce Below experience. See if you dare!
North Wales isn’t usually associated with winemaking, but Conwy’s own vineyard opened to the public recently. An acre of vines was first planted at Gwinllan in 2012, producing still and sparkling wines within sight of Snowdonia National Park and Conwy’s medieval walls. You can enjoy a tour of the vineyard, cheese and biscuits – and of course taste a range of white and red wines.
Voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 5 years, days out don’t get much better than at the 17 acre Greenwood Forest Park (45 minutes away). Board the world’s only people powered roller coaster, master the Jungle Boats, build a den or whoosh down the huge Green Great Run. Hours of fun with constantly changing special events.
Portmeirion is a unique Italianate village built by Clough Williams Ellis from 1925 to 1975. Famous as the setting for ‘The Prisoner’, but now a popular place to spend a relaxing day. Beautiful walks, shops and cafes, and two fine dining restaurants - 45 minutes drive through some stunning mountain scenery.
Penrhyn Castle is a 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings - including acres of gardens and an adventure playground - and lots to see indoors - a railway museum, immaculately maintained interiors and a changing programme of events throughout the year (35 minutes away).
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is set high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views (20 minutes away). Spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world including Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers. Enjoy the Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, Lemur Lookout, Condor Haven and the Children's Farm plus much more. Visit 'Sea Lions Rock' and watch Californian Sea Lions being trained. Children can enjoy the huge Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground.
Or for those days when the weather isn't quite so glorious, try Anglesey Sea Zoo - a unique aquarium displaying the best of British marine wildlife. You won’t find man-eating sharks, tropical fish or sea turtles – instead you’ll find fascinating creatures from around the coasts of the UK, such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, conger eels and small British catsharks! (50 minutes drive).
If you are fascinated by Wales' history, you'll enjoy the new deep mine tour at Llechwedd Slate Caverns which tells the story of the men who built this incredible industry which roofed the world. Experienced from the point of view of the mine workers, the tour uses cutting-edge enhanced reality technology to tell the story of their determination and resilience, their risk and endeavour (35 minutes away).
For a relaxing trip back through time you can try the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway which stretches for 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery in comfort whilst savouring the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages (35 minutes drive).
For a fascinating trip back to ancient times visit the Great Orme Copper Mines . Uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of the Great Orme, the copper mines represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent times. Dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age they change our views about the ancient people of Britain and their civilized and structured society 2,000 years before the Roman invasion (25 minutes away).
Or for a smaller scale trip into recent history try Trefriw Woollen Mills where - manufacturers of Welsh tapestry bedspreads, tweeds and travelling rugs from the raw wool. You can see products being woven on a power loom (Monday - Friday, mid Feb - mid Dec) and view the water powered turbine which generates electricity to power the mill (20 minutes drive).