7-Night Southern Snowdonia Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours

From the fantasy village of Portmeirion to ancient Harlech and Powis Castle, Snowdonia is full of intrigue. You’ll journey through the hills and mountains above ground and the train at Llechwedd Slate Caverns takes you deep underground.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the coastal Harlech castle
  • Wander to the beautiful woodland waterfall of Dolgoch
  • Discover the fantasy village of Portmeirion
  • Journey on the Talyllyn Railway

These highlights apply to the 7-night itinerary. Please see the full itinerary for locations specific to this holiday.

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


On our journey today, we spend time at the coastal resort town of Aberystwyth, with its castle, cliff railway and promenade, and locations in the remote Cambrian Mountains.  Our views include a beautiful estuary, fascinating small market towns and spectacular mountain scenery.  A highlight is the fascinating Red Kite feeding station. 


A day of contrasts.  We can take a scenic estuary walk then immerse ourselves in two periods of history with a visit to a Neolithic burial chamber followed by the spectacularly sited Edward I castle at Harlech.  Later we can discover some more of what makes Snowdonia what it is at the National Park’s impressive study centre.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 


We get a sense of the historical and recent strategic importance of Wales with a visit to the spectacular Powis Castle and the reservoir at Lake Vyrnwy. Garden lovers will enjoy the extensive castle gardens, and bird lovers will enjoy the RSPB reserve at Lake Vyrnwy.  Bala is one of those mid-Wales market towns that deserve a leisurely exploration.


A day of views, an estuary village, a railway and some walking. The village, Aberdyfi, merits a leisurely inspection.  The railway, the Talyllyn, is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales.  The walk at Dolgoch gives close up views of delightful waterfalls. See the remote, ruined Castell y Bere is in marked contrast to Harlech Castle. 


We venture into the northern part of the iconic Snowdonia National Park, with visits to Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion.  Our route through the centre of rugged Snowdonia includes the inland resort villages of Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert and, if we are lucky, a view of the summit of Snowdon itself.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.

Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.

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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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