Guest Blog - From the Netherlands to North Wales
Hello, my name is Anneke and together with my partner I spent a week at Rivercatcher in Ghillies Cottage. What a great way to spend a vacation!
As we arrived at Rivercatcher we were overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery around the venue. The views from the cottages overseeing the river Dee and the countryside are just gorgeous. We settled into Ghillies cottage and enjoyed a Thai meal, which we picked up at the little (and the only) convenience store in Llandrillo. I must say, good cuisine and an easy way to fix your dinner;)
So what did we do all week? Well we could have just hung out in and around the wonderful cottage all week, because it is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some peace and quietness, but we didn’t come all the way from the Netherlands to stay indoors. So we made quite a few daytrips from Rivercatcher out into the countryside.
We made a gorgeous road trip towards Pwllheli through Snowdonia towards the coast. A great way to experience Welsh countryside and the coastal area. We drove to the bay in Morfa Nefyn for a walk over a golfcourse and up to some impressive cliffs. The way the golfcourse is surrounded by cliffs and the sea makes the spot remarkable. We even spotted two seals at sea. From the footpath you are able to walk down to the beach to enjoy a drink or lunch at the well known pub Ty Coch Inn (see http://www.tycoch.co.uk/). It’s quite a drive but definitely worth it.
Another road trip we decided to head off to Chester, a beautiful historical city about an hours drive from Llandrillo. Perfect place for shopping and a stroll along the ancient walls of the city. Tip: a real easy and convenient way to leave your car outside the city center is to use the Park & Ride, just before you drive into the city. You can’t miss it, but be aware that parking closes at 19:00 hrs. A bus takes you directly into the city center.
If you are up for a long walk check out the trail from Llandrillo up the Cadair Bronwen (walk 1256). It’s quite an intense walk with steep incline and at places very muddy, but an absolute great experience with real nice panoramic views. If you want to get up close and personal with the real locals (sheep) it’s a great way to get acquainted. We even had to come to one’s rescue. And after such a physical activity what better way to relax than to hop into your private hot tub back at the cottage.
For food and drinks, there are enough great traditional pubs and restaurants nearby. If you want to go out for a local meal at the Berwyn in Llandrillo, best to book your table in advance. Unfortunately we discovered this too late… but check out Tripadvisor for more information and recommendations. Furthermore you can get all the necessities from the little convenience store in Llandrillo, but for your extensive shopping better to head off to Bala.
All in all, we had a great and unforgettable stay at the Rivercatcher and would strongly recommend you to go check it out for yourselves!!
Ty Coch Inn - Morfa Nefyn Chester City Centre Cadair Bronwen Walk from Llandrillo