Gardens of Snowdonia, North Wales

Snowdonia is not only famous for it’s stunning scenery, but it is well known for it’s amazingly beautiful gardens too. You will find everything from award winning vegetable gardens, to wild gardens full of natural drama, as well as historically accurate gardens. The Gardens of Snowdonia located beside the sea, with a great rainfall, the area provides extremely favourable conditions for plants and trees, including the 18 record-breaking trees at Bodnant Garden. Snowdonia is the ideal place for gardeners, and also those who appreciate gardens, to visit.   A few gardens of note to visit include Bodnant, in Conwy, North Wales, which has lily ponds, formal lawns, as well as collections of Chinese, North American and Japanese plants. Plas Brondanw, Gwynedd, offers a section built in the mid-16th century, with yews, as well as an orangery. Nearby Portmeirion was first planted over 150 years ago, and boasts Himalayan Firs, Variegated Sycamores, as well as wonderful lakes and woodland. Plas yn Rhiw, again in Gwynedd, is now a National Trust site, where much rare botany can be found. As well as a massive choice of gardens you can visit, you can also browse nearby garden centres which offer local plants and unique gifts.   If you fancy taking a garden themed holiday or a short horticulture break, then a great place to stay is the Bryn Bella Guest house in North Wales. Our eco-friendly guest house offers stunning mountain views, as well as high quality accommodation, peace and comfort. Bryn Bella has a large rear garden that can be used by our guests. During the day it is a haven for birds, insects and small mammals. During the evening, when there is no cloud, the lack of light pollution means we get beautiful starry skies, which, combined with the sounds of the courting owls and the many bats, make it an enchanting place Bryn Bella Garden. It is a perfect base from which you can travel to all the gardens on your list, as well as asking us about our recommended sites. There is something for everyone, be it gardening enthusiasts, or those who enjoy walking around beautiful grounds – this is a wonderful way to experience outdoors Snowdonia without the hiking to the top of a mountain. For more information on the Gardens of Snowdonia click here National Trust North Wales

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Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

  This year the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza is back, promising to be bigger and better than ever as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary! Why not come along and enjoy your May bank holiday weekend while staying with us at our guest house Bryn Bella in Bets-yCoed? Every May Day bank holiday weekend for the last 30 years Llandudno has played host to this Victorian Extravaganza. The event features a Victorian street fair, old time fair rides, fun stalls, steam engines, people dressed in Victorian costumes and so much more. There is also a fabulous street parade at 12noon each day along with street entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. The main goal of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza is to provide visitors with a varied selection of entertainment, ensuring there is something for people of all ages. For example, last year there was the May Queen crowning along with the official opening ceremony of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza and over the three days there were performances from Linzi Grace School of Dance, Chris Marley the Juggler, Magician Jay Gatling, Clwyd and Gwynedd Corps of Drums, Jinx 103, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Rhyl Silver Band, Wirral Pipe Band, Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show, Professor Voltini & Madame Electra side show, stilt walkers, clowns, circus acts, Newtown Youth Marching Band and so much more.   As you can see, last year was definitely a fun packed May Day bank holiday weekend with loads to see and do, but with this being the 30th anniversary of the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza the event promises to provide all the activity from last year and so much more! So give us a call now to book your room at Bryn BellaGuest House, a beautiful place to stay, and with stunning panoramic views overlooking Betws-y-Coed and the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, you simply couldn’t ask for more. For more information and to book online Click Here    

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Gran Fondo Conwy – Sunday 17th April 2016

Spring is well and truly here and along with it the third annual Gran Fondo Conwy – Sunday 17thApril 2016.  Growing in size and popularity each year the Gran Fondo is a spectacular cycling sportive through the beautiful scenery of North Wales.  Taking in the best views that Conwy and Denbighshire have to offer riders can tackle one of three routes of varying difficulty.  For intermediate riders the Bach takes participants around a leisurely 43 miles while the Canol pushes cyclists over a more challenging 70 mile course.  Those looking for a truly testing ride can take on the tougher Mawr over 102 miles.   Beginning in the shadow of the majestic Conwy Castle riders will experience the spectacular scenery of the local area and pit themselves against each other in the ‘Storm the Orme’ time trail.  This timed circuit of the breathtaking headland is the only competitive element of the Gran Fondo Conwy with fastest male and female cyclist being crowned on the day. The Gran Fondo Conwy also offers an opportunity for cyclists of all levels to join in the fun.  The Teulu is a free family ride over 4 miles of smooth car free roads.  Children are able to cycle with an accompanying adult and experience all the fun and excitement of the event in a safe environment.   For spectators and cyclists alike the Event Village based at Conwy Marina offers a range of facilities, live music and entertainment alongside a fantastic atmosphere. Bryn Bella Guest House offers the perfect base for your visit to the Gran Fondo Conwy.  We are situated in the village of Betws-y-Coed just half an hour outside Conwy and can offer comfortable, modern accommodation to weary cyclists and spectators as well as breath-taking views of Betws-y-Coed and Gwydir Forest. Our 4 star award winning guesthouse is also perfectly placed for our guests to access the other outdoor pursuits that Snowdonia National Park has to offer be that more cycling, hiking or even surfing at the world’s first indoor surf lagoon!   As outdoor enthusiasts ourselves we can advise guests on a range of activities and understand the need for a relaxing base for your action packed holiday! Visit Gran Fondo Conwy to find out more about the Gran Fondo Conwy and to secure your spot in this exciting event. Love the sound of the Gran Fondo Conwy? Then you should also check out […]

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Snowdonia Real Ale Trail 16th April 2016

If you enjoy the sightseeing of beautiful scenery and you love a pint of real ale or two then the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail could be exactly what you are looking for, further to popularity and huge success of the event it now runs not once, but twice a year. The Snowdonia Real Ale Tour is a bus based tour that travels through the stunning villages and gorgeous towns of Snowdonia National Park, travelling all through the mountains right through to the coast giving attendees spectacular views that a camera is definitely needed for. There are 8 pubs on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail, starting at The Ship in Porthmadog which is a bustling and popular pub that dates back to the 19th century and has buckets full of character. The next stop is historic pub on Porthmadog’s High Street known as The Australia; this pub offers an interesting range of beers from four local breweries as well as Welsh and European lagers. The third stop on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is a friendly village pub called The Union Inn and is in the picturesque village of Tremadog, this pub prides itself on excellent food as well as a fine range of locally brewed ales and is ideal for all weather conditions with a warm and cosy roaring fire or the sunny beer garden. Half way through the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail are pubs 4 and 5, The Ship Aground in Talsarnau which is an important part of local life and always offers a warm welcome and Y Pengwern in Ffestiniog which is an old drovers inn which serves a wide range of local real ales that can be enjoyed in the beer garden that offers breath taking views to die for. Next stop on the Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is the Y Manod in Blaenau Ffestiniog which has recently been returned to its former glory as a traditional miners tavern, with stripped wooden beams and feature fireplace this is a really cost stop on the real ale tour. Then the real ale trail heads to one of the most historic hotels in Wales, The Oakeley Arms in Maentwrog that has an abundance of period features and charm to be admired. The final stop is The Lion Hotel in Criccieth and is a surprising place to find great ale; it’s a family run establishment serving great Welsh hospitality making […]

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