Immerse yourself in the culture and landscapes of North and Mid Wales. Soak up the stunning scenery, beautiful wildlife and incredible artisan foods, all the while enjoying exceptional, hand-picked accommodation
Beaumaris – 3 nights
Llangammarch Wells – 2 nights
Discover the ancient history of Wales hidden in the hillsides, as the country and coast play host to a mix of historic sites and World Heritage fortresses which form links in the medieval ‘iron chain’ built by Edward I. Explore slate quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres. Centuries ago, pilgrims in their thousands were finding their way to Bardsey Island, drawn there by stories of the special peace to be found at the edge of the western world, drawn to the place of the setting sun, that sense of a sacred place that continues to draw pilgrims here today. Experience a different aspect of Wales each day on our journey of discovery as we explore; from the myths and legends to the coast and mountains that inspire them. Journey to the mountain’s summit and travel deep into the country’s heart. Revel in inspirational landscapes and a living Welsh language. Snowdonia National Park and Llŷn Peninsula are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Brecon Beacons is a living, working landscape. Discover the artisan produce created in the regions, all whilst delighting in a luxurious fairy tale chateau, on the banks of the Menai Strait, the perfect location from which to explore Anglesey and North Wales, and discovering the charms of a country house and spa located in the rolling hills of Llangammarch Wells, ideally situated for the Welsh countryside and the Brecon Beacons.
Landscapes & Nature
Steam Rail Journey
New Domestic Tour
Artisan Produce Tastings
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 8 – 15
Day 1 Arrive in Beaumaris and the fairytale Chateau Rhianfa for a three-night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner and relax with a drink as you listen to the myths, legends and tales of the Tylwyth Teg (Welsh fairy folk). (D)
Day 2 Explore Beaumaris, home to the ‘greatest castle never built’. Wander the narrow streets of pastel-coloured homes, art galleries and craft shops. Visit Newborough Forest and walk out to the iconic lighthouse on Llanddwyn Island. This small tidal island is beautifully wild and romantic, home to St. Dwynwen, Wales’ patron saint of lovers. Visit Halen Môn and discover how the finest Anglesey Sea Salt is made, and perhaps the most unusual food tasting you’ll ever try! (B)
Day 3 The Llŷn Peninsula juts out from the mainland’s west coast into the Irish Sea and two miles beyond lies Bardsey Island, (Ynys Enlli), the island of 20,000 saints and legendary burial site of Merlin, now mostly populated by wildlife, including choughs, Manx shearwaters, seals and rare plants. Then head to Cwrw Llyn, enjoy a tour of this little Welsh brewery, concluding with a well earned tasting session in the taproom! (B)
Day 4 Discover a little of North Wales’ famous slate! Known as ‘the town that roofed the world’, Blaenau Ffestiniog is home to Llechwedd slate mine, travel deep into the caverns and see how today they help create some fine Welsh cheeses. Continue to Elan Valley, famed for its spectacular dams, six in total, together they create a spectacular sight. Enjoy a Ranger guided drive of the Estate, discover the area’s rich history. Then to the Lake Country House Hotel for a two-night stay. (B, D)
Day 5 Journey through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Pant. Step back in time and enjoy a steam train journey to Torpantau, the summit of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway. On the return journey, stretch your legs with a walk along Pontsticill Reservoir. Home to Wales’ most famous spirit, tour the distillery and taste their award-winning whisky and gin. (B, D)
Day 6 Enjoy breakfast then bid Wales a fond farewell and begin our return journey. (B)
The Grade II listed Château on the banks of the Menai Strait is the perfect location from which to explore Anglesey and North Wales. Inspired by Lady Sarah’s sketches of the Châteaus of the Loire Valley, her husband Sir John Hay-Williams set about building Château Rhianfa for his wife and daughters between 1849-1851. Today the Château welcomes guests to sit back and relax whilst enjoying the stunning architecture, on the banks of the Menai Strait with breathtaking views overlooking Snowdonia. The gardens were compared to Lake Como, by William Robinson in his 1879 book the 'English Flower Garden', referencing the informal planting of imported plants.
The hotel has a wine bar, sauna, hot tub and tennis courts, three magnificent lounge spaces; the Drawing Room, Morning Room and Music Room, a cosy dining room and beautiful grounds with breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and the Snowdonia Mountain Range. All 27 bedrooms, each of different sizes and steeped in character bedrooms, have TV, tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi (free).
Set in 50-acres of lake-dotted grounds The Lake Country House Hotel and Spa lies in the heart of the Welsh countryside in Llangammarch Wells with sweeping lawns, rhododendron lined pathways and riverside walks. The country house is an architectural bagatelle, begun in 1840 and remodelled in 1900, originally a hunting and fishing lodge, then a barium spa resort renowned for its healing waters. Its repute attracted lords, ladies and other notables, Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife included. This sophisticated 19th-century retreat offers beautiful lounges and thoughtfully furnished rooms with fine antiques, paintings and sumptuous furnishings. The hotel has a spa, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre and sauna. Using local produce the restaurant creates modern Celtic cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list. Alternatively, enjoy a traditional Welsh tea in the drawing-room or in the beautiful gardens. The 31 spacious, individually designed bedrooms combine classic and contemporary styles, have a sitting area, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi (free).
per person in a twin/double room
per person in a twin/double room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £395
(Jul & Aug £495; Oct £295)
Rail Travel from London’s Euston (Via Crewe) to Bangor, returning from Llangammarch (via Swansea) to Paddington £125
Extra nights - Beaumaris
(per night with breakfast) £175
Single supplement £95
Extra nights - Llangammarch Wells
The Lake Country House Hotel
(per night with dinner) £185
Single supplement £45
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, scenic, steam rail journey, Bardsey Island cruise, beer tasting, sea salt tasting, cheese tasting, whiskey/gin tasting, itinerary as described, car parking at Beaumaris and return transfer for vehicle collection, services of expert local driver/guides and representative.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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