Waking to 5am sunrays peeking through the blinds, birds singing, the promise of a blindingly beautiful summer’s day. It can be difficult to envisage whilst winter’s chill still bites and the nights continue to be long and dark – however, having a summer holiday scribbled in the diary to count down to is a wonderful way to emerge from your winter cocoon.
You might be thinking about how to mark a special anniversary, you may have marital milestones or celebrations to revel in, or there may be a big birthday coming up that creates the perfect excuse to gather the whole family. Whether you’re seeking show or slow, summer in North Wales is the season for it – days are long, the weather is (more!) reliable and little ones can join the fun out of term time.
Seeking show: How you can make your celebration shine this summer
If this year is a special one for you and family or friends, now is the time to start plotting. Whilst diaries are still crisp and blank and many are still hunkered down after the excesses of the festive season, start planning your escape with a celebration to remember.
Summer in North Wales is like no other; you can forget your passports and airport queues, and simply slip into the slow lane in one of our beautiful spaces, waiting for you and your clan to descend onto.
For a family gathering, a space like Glan Y Mor in Menai Bridge is just idyllic. Watch yachts and kayakers drift up the sparkling Menai Strait, either from the upper floor balcony when the weather is bright or from the shelter of the bi-fold sitting room doors if a summer shower breezes through.
If you’re planning on extending out the invites, Tir A Mor sleeps 7 and is a cottage that midsummer dreams are made of. Drive through winding ancient green lanes to arrive at the cottage, tucked away on the side of a hill – the deep blue sea shimmers with summer sunshine and sheep graze in surrounding green meadows.
For a real showstopper, book country pile Ty Fry Manor whilst it’s available – this incredible Grade II listed building has space for the whole clan to romp and roam. This is an unforgettable setting for a really special occasion. With rolling grounds and historic gardens, picture balmy summer evenings dining alfresco with your loved ones. Self-contained Ty Fry Cottage is also an extra escape for 4, hidden away in the manor’s grounds.
Secure the scene for your summer celebration here.
Seeking slow: How your summer escape to North Wales could look
If you’re seeking a slower scene this summer rather than a packed calendar, you’re not alone. Those in the know have suggested that simply having something to look forward to can help boost your mood – so, even if you don’t have a particularly celebratory occasion coming up, booking in a lowkey stay this spring or summer could still make all the difference.
North Wales can be a wonderful place to slow down and recharge. Summer is an ideal time to reconnect with nature; the days are long and mild and the various Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are at their very best. Rewild in the Anglesey AONB’s indigo moorlands or fall in love with cobalt blue coves on the Llŷn Peninsula. If you fancy sneaking away even sooner, avoid the midsummer crowds and book a May half term family getaway. Choose Gwyndy Bach for panoramic vistas of Trearddur Bay or brand new sparkling home The Papered House for a tucked away Beaumaris town stay.
Looking back at what has come before us can be really grounding, too. North Wales and Eryri (Snowdonia) is home to some incredible geology. Hike through the mountains and you can see with the naked eye how, 18,000 years ago, the Ice Age formed the dramatic scenery around you. Cwm Idwal is an outstanding area to explore, with craggy outlines shaped by volcanic activity millennia ago. Stay in Bodfan Bach for easy exploration of the Dinas Dinlle coastal hillfort; a fascinating place which takes its name from Lleu Llaw Gyffes, one of the legendary figures of the mystical world of the Mabinogion stories. One of our newest spaces, Ty Cwyfan, is the perfect place to rewild. From the cottage, head out to GeoMôn, a Global Geopark and one of the world’s top 100 geosites.
To find your summer space and solace, head here.