I love travelling, no matter how small the destination I like looking back and saying “I’ve been there”
Luke and myself love weekend breaks, whether it’s London, Portsmouth, Brighton, or somewhere a little further away like Ireland. We love packing up the car and heading off on a little adventure.
For Luke’s Birthday this year, I was keen to take him somewhere and do something memorable, North Wales was the leading contender for a long time and eventually the winner with the prospect of climbing Mount Snowdon whilst there.
Luke’s mum managed to find the most beautiful farm house situated in the Snowdonia National park, which was perfect to accommodate the 7 of us (both of my parents, both of Luke’s parents and my Nan, oh I best not forget Daisy the dog too)
It was a good 4 hour journey from Essex to Rhyd-Uchaf, Bala, North Wales and we arrived at about 11.30pm!
There was a slight concern among us as we were the first family to ever stay here since it was converted to a rented farm house, and with not many pictures to go by we were a little worried at what might be waiting for us.
The house is a little off the beaten track and there are many winding roads to tackle before getting there! As it was the Easter bank holiday weekend it was still freezing cold feeling more like winter than spring, and being so late at night none of us were particularly looking forward to walking into a cold house.
Finally we found the house Bryn Melyn tucked away down a little country lane. Happy to have arrived we quickly unpacked the car and made our way inside.
The house we found was warm and cosy, the first room we went into was the kitchen where we found a homemade cake, welsh cakes, dog treats and tea cups all set out, what a cute welcoming!
The kitchen was beautiful and spacious with a big table in the middle that can seat 8 people
There was also a large cooker, a butlers sink, a large fridge freezer and a dishwasher.
Although it was late we carried on with the mini tour of the house. We found a lovely cosy lounge with 2 sofas and 2 chairs and a beautiful log/coal fire
We found a smaller snug type room next door to the lounge with an Xbox 360, sofa and some games and books.
There are 2 bathrooms one downstairs with a shower cubicle and one upstairs with a bath and shower.
Heading upstairs there were 4 bedrooms, one twin room, one room with bunk beds and 2 spacious rooms with double beds. The beds were super comfy with thick duvets on that were snug and cosy.
When I woke up in the morning it was the first time I got to see the scenery, as it was too dark when I arrived. I can sum it up in one word STUNNING, the scenery was literally beautiful, green fields, and snow capped mountains in the distance. It looked like something straight out of a book! And if the view wasn’t enough there was a hot tub right there in the garden overlooking the amazing view! It was also heated to a lovely temperature which meant that even in the 6 degree cold March evening you could chill out in the hot tub with a glass of prossecco!
Unfortunately we only had 3 days and 4 nights here which really wasn’t long enough to see what North Wales had to offer. We spent the Friday climbing Mount Snowdon which took all day. Saturday we visited Bala Railway (albeit a very very short visit) and Sunday was spent at Zip world as Luke would be taking on Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the WORLD and the longest in Europe. Unfortunately I didn’t book this beforehand as I was unsure whether or not I wanted to do it, but it looked like it was so much fun, I was disappointed they were completely sold out on the day!! Definitely don’t forget to book this before you go to avoid disappointment, it’s a bit pricy at £85 but Luke said it was definitely worth it and would do it again.
We spent an amazing 3 day’s in North Wales, despite it being cold and wet! The hot tub was used to its full potential every-night, the house was always lovely and warm, and we took a selection of good fun games to keep us entertained in the evening! Oh and did I mention there was a games room?…. I didn’t?! Well yep outside in one of the sheds there was a games room with a pool table, table tennis table and a Foosball table!! I managed to beat my dad at a few rounds of table tennis!….
I would love to head back to this part of the country, it’s beautiful and I’m pretty sure there is so much I haven’t yet done here! I would love to see more sights and do more things, so I think next time I would probably spend a week exploring this pretty part of the UK.
I definitely would recommend staying here at Brynn Melyn, it was so peaceful and quiet, the house was well decorated, cosy and comfortable. It very comfortably slept 7 of us without it feeling over crowded. I have to say it was one the most relaxing weekend’s I have had in a while and I was sad when it was over and we were driving back to Essex!