by Luke Edwards
We’ve been lucky enough to add the Cadw-owned Harlech apartments to our portfolio; Branwen, Bendigeidfran, Efnisien, Gwern and Matholwch. But whilst they are luxuriously finished, and well worth a visit in their own right, here are five more things that might just tempt you to a holiday in Harlech – be warned!
Harlech is probably best known for its imposing castle – and you can see why. This Edwardian fortress keeps watch over the town and its coastline, and is thought to be one of the best examples of medieval British defensive architecture.
Harlech is just one of six heritage sites managed by CADW throughout North Wales, all of which you can visit for FREE thanks to the complimentary Explorer Pass you will receive as a guest at any one of the Harlech apartments. The pass is worth £17.50 per person.
The pass entitles you to visit as many sites as you wish during a three day period. Other sites in the area include Beaumaris castle, Criccieth castle, Caernarfon castle, Conwy castle and Plas Mawr Elizabethan Townhouse.
One of the finest traditional links courses in the world, Royal St David’s is home to undulating fairways and fast true greens. Established since 1894, visitors will enjoy a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting.
Royal St David’s is one of the most popular golf clubs in North Wales, set beneath the iconic Harlech Castle.
Whatever the time of year, Harlech is a great destination for a walking break.
Choose a short stroll such as the Branwen Walk which takes in the castle, beach and dunes, set out along the Wales Coastal Path, or head inland to the old Cwm Bychan and Cwm Nantcol drover’s roads or explore the Rhinogydd mountains. There is something for all abilities and interests.
If you are coming on holiday in Harlech you can’t really miss the beach – it’s big, very big. Easily accessible via a boardwalk, this wide arc of golden sand is a great spot for a lazy day doing nothing, a quick dip in the waves or a sunset stroll.
After all that activity (or not, as the case may be), your thoughts will inevitably turn to food. We can highly recommend:
– Harlech castle’s new visitor centre, opening Summer 2015. It will also have a cafe offering home-cooked fayre and local produce, and just a few steps from the apartments. Very handy!
– Llew Glas – this dear little cafe tucked away in the square is the hub of the town. The lovely Freya will offer you a warm welcome and delicious food (our personal recommendations are the homemade quiche – made fresh each morning, followed by one of Freya’s delicious scones).
– Castle Cottage Restaurant – It’s no wonder that this restaurant features in the major food guides. Local seafood, lamb & beef from the local butcher, dry-cured bacon from the Llŷn Peninsula, an extensive wine list….the list goes on. All carefully prepared and presented in this 400 year old building.
If you are on holiday in Harlech you can enjoy a stroll out to the castle, down to the beach, or into the town where you will be greeted with a warm welcome.
Each of the five luxuriously appointed, one-bedroom apartments owned by CADW look out across the castle and beyond to the sea – what a view to wake up to!
Perfect for: Couples, history enthusiasts, golfers, walkers…..or simply a weekend away from it all.
Disabled Access: Bendigeidfran is also suited to wheelchair users – with lift access, wide doorways and adjustable worktops in the kitchen.
In addition to the Harlech apartments, we have a number of other properties in the local area which you can see here.
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Interests/hobbies: Spending time with my two little boys, I am a HUGE sports fan. Love food and craft beer.
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