A Coast to Coast Welsh House Party Discovery Tour
With Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
April 20th - May 4th, 2018
Two weeks in Wales with one week in Tenby, Pembrokeshire at Castle View
House, a fine early Victorian town house dating from 1840. The magnificent
first floor drawing room has spectacular views through the vast bay window
of the harbour, the castle and out to sea. There is a home cinema room with
Sky+ and DVD player and a second TV and DVD in the Sun Room. The
Games Room contains a full sized table football and an upright piano and
there is Wifi throughout the house. Several of the bedrooms benefit from
having sea views as well. The good-sized garden is enclosed and sunny, with a
paved courtyard, lawns, decked seating platform and barbecue area. The
house is in an ideal location and close to the harbour and North Beach. A
lovely way to spend a week in beautiful Pembrokeshire and Southwest Wales
exploring castles, cathedrals, stately homes, sandy beaches, spectacular
coastlines and everything this amazing area of Wales has to offer.
Our second week will be spent in a coastal retreat in a remote area of
Anglesey in North Wales at
Llanlliana, a beautifully renovated, luxury
Country House set in 168 acres of private estate in a designated 'Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a private beach, coastal cliff top
walks, St Patrick's Island and the most northern point of Wales. The house is
truly luxurious with everything from underfloor heating throughout the
ground floor & all bathrooms, to whirlpool baths, private balconies and
romantic four poster beds. Beautiful period details combine with an
abundance of modern technology including Wifi, Ipod docks, the Wii and
ample games. House is very secluded and just a five minute walk to the cove
and Anglesey Coastal Path. North Wales has 4 of Edward I's Iron Ring of
astounding castles, amazing stately homes, lovely seaside towns and villages
and spectacular coastline. We will spend a week taking in everything that this
lovely area of North Wales has to offer.
This tour is one of our special house tours where you stay in one location for a week and a second location for another week. You
will be served breakfast each morning and in the evening Mario and I will cook dinners in the house. One night we will be out to
a pub, one night out to a restaurant and one night will be on your own. We will prepare a proper afternoon tea while at each
house. This beautiful tour covers two spectacular regions of Wales where you will relax in luxury accommodations and take in all
the breathtaking beauty of the Pembrokeshire Region and the North Wales countryside and small villages. Price includes 14
nights luxury house accommodation, 12 dinners, 12 lunches and breakfast each morning, all activities,
sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges. Guided minibus travel with airport pick up
and drop off and luggage handling. Due to the nature of these tours, we cannot cater for special diets.
$5995 per person. $500 deposit to book your place. 1 double or Single Still Available!
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Day 1 - April 20th - Arrive into Cardiff  Airport, but our adventure begins west of the city to Llanelli and Stradey
Stradey Castle is the home of the Mansel Lewis family. The Stradey estate, on the edge of Llanelli, has been in the
family for some 200 years. The present House has remained virtually unchanged since it was built around 1850, and extended in
the 1870's. After a lovely private guided tour we will sit down to a very special
Afternoon Tea! We then leave Llanelli behind as
we make our way to
Laugharne, home of Dylan Thomas. While here we will visit his Boathouse, Grave and Writing
. From the Parlour of the boathouse, you look out on the landscape from which Dylan drew so much of his inspiration. You
can literally see the sources of his poetry and the structure of the Boathouse is largely as it was when the family lived here. We
then continue on to Pembrokeshire and
Castle View House, our home for the next week. Buffet Supper and Overnight at
Castle View in Tenby (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we make our way through Penally and Manorbier on our way to Pembroke. The Medieval Castle
of Pembroke
that is at the heart of Pembroke town. This birthplace of Henry VII is idyllically set on the banks of the river
estuary and this mighty fortress is steeped in history. The late 12th century keep is both an outstanding feature and architectural
novelty, for it has a massive cylindrical tower with an unusual stone dome. Then our drive takes us through
Milford Haven,
Sandy Haven, St. Anne's Head, Marloes, St. Brides, Little Haven and Broad Haven.
Protected by their National
Park Status,
Pembrokeshire’s beaches have some of the cleanest waters and sands with many awards to show for it with eleven
blue flags, twelve green coast, eleven seaside, and twenty one rural seaside awards! That makes Pembrokeshire beaches the best
in Wales. After exploring this beautiful area of Wales we return home.
Dinner and Overnight Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
Today is a free day to enjoy the house and its surrounds. Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and
it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Tenby is a walled city surrounded by beautiful beaches stretching to the
north, the west, and the south of the town while the walls surround many restaurants, shops, cafés and pubs all linked by cobbled
streets. We can shop, explore, walk on the beach and take the
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for fantastic views of Caldey
In the afternoon we will gather at Castle View for a true Welsh Afternoon Tea. After tea you will want to visit the
Tudor Merchant's House, a 15th century relic of Tenby's prosperous seafaring days. Step back 500 years and discover how
the Tudor merchant and his family would have lived in this fascinating three storey house. We will have entry tickets for you. You
will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You will want to sample one of the many eateries to be found
in Tenby town centre.
Overnight Castle View (B,L)

Day 4 -
Today we make our way to one of very favourite places anywhere in Wales, St. David's. St. David's Cathedral has
been the dominant presence since the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages. In the
6th century a monastic community was founded by
Saint David, Abbot of Menevia. There has been a church on this site
since that time and for the past 1500 years prayer and worship has been offered on a daily basis which continues to this day. St.
David's is also the most
Westerly Point of Wales and has a lovely town square with quaint shops including a wonderful
chocolate shop! We will stop for you to find some lunch and have a wee wander around St. David's before we make our way to the
most popular megalithic site in Wales,
Pentre Ifan. It is a splendid burial chamber with a huge capstone delicately poised on
three uprights. Once known as
Arthur's' Quoit, Pentre Ifan means Ivan's Village. The monument dates back to about 3500
BC and is a great example of a burial tomb or dolmen. We will drive through the lovely
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
on our way back home for dinner.
Overnight Castle View. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we visit Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire's finest stately home. Picton is a most unusual
ancient building being in design half fortified manor house and half fully developed medieval castle. With its four half round towers
and gatehouse entrance flanked by two narrower towers it looks like a miniature version of a great
Edwardian Castle such as
Conwy in North Wales
. However as soon as you enter the gatehouse you find a series of finely planned rooms typical of the
grand country house that it is. There is no other building quite like it in Britain! The we will
Lunch in the Castle before a visit
Carew Castle. When the Normans extended their conquest of England into Wales, Gerald de Windsor was constable
of Pembroke Castle on behalf of
Henry I when he decided to build his own fortification on the Carew River, some ten miles up
the tidal waterway from Pembroke. Over the years the castle went from a
Medieval Fortress to Elizabethan Manor. Then
we return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Castle View. (B,L,D)

Day 6
- This morning we make the short walk to Tenby Harbour to take a Seal Safari Cruise to explore the hidden bays on
the Atlantic side of
Caldey Island. Our local guides will share an in depth knowledge of the island’s wildlife and surrounding
waters. As we make our way to the ocean side of the island, we drift amongst the
Grey Seal population. We then return to
Tenby for some more time to explore and find some lunch on your own. After lunch we take the 20 minute journey across to
Caldey Island. Caldey Island has been inhabited for many centuries by various orders of monks and is currently owned by the
Cistercian Order who live in the beautiful Abbey, found just a few minutes walk from the landing stage. There is also a
Chocolate Shop in the Abby Gift Shop! Exploring a little further on and we discover the Old Priory with its old limestone
church and also the little Norman Church of St David's. On the cliff overlooking Priory Beach we also find
Caldey Calvary and
the Watchtower Chapel
. On the far side of the island we can walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the spectacular views. We then
return home before an outing to
Mulberry Restaurant for Dinner. Overnight Castle View. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning our journey will take us to mid Wales and my favourite Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-Cwm-Hir.
Along the way we stop in the lovely village of
Llandeilo. There can be fewer towns in Wales more attractive than Llandeilo,
sitting proudly on a hill above the
River Tywi. And there are fewer valleys lovelier than the Tywi, the longest river which flows
entirely through Wales. We will have a bit of a leg stretch and perhaps some shopping before we continue or journey to Wales
most unique and beautiful stately home and historic house. This
52 Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion sits in 12
acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of the
12th century Cistercian Abbey and is almost beyond description! Before our
tour of the house we will have a
Lovely Lunch in the House and then we will wander through all 52 rooms of the house
hearing wonderful stories and learn its history up to present day. After a lovely days outing we head just a bit further north tour
our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Mid Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Today's journey will take us to North Wales and Anglesey, but we will head west toward the sea before making our
way north. Once we reach the sea we will stop at the lovely seaside town of Barmouth for a walk along the sea and perhaps some
ice cream. Just a short distance furtheron we find
Harlech and Harlech Castle. This spectacularly sited castle seems to grow
naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye
Snowdonia. The English Monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of
the most formidable of his
'Iron Ring' of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness. We will stop for
Lunch at the Cemlyn Tearoom before exploring Harlech and then journeying further north through Porthmadog,
Caernarfon and across to the Isle of Anglesey
and then to our home at Cemaes Bay for the next week. Dinner and
Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
After our long journey yesterday, we stay closer to home today just spending our day on Anglesey. We will take the
beautiful coastal route with many spectacular vistas through
Amlwych, Llanelian, Benllech and Mariandyrys to
Penrhyn Castle at Bangor
. This 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings sits between Snowdonia and
the Menai Strait
. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings,
plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding collection of paintings. The restored kitchens are a delight
and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum and a model railway museum. After our long journey
yesterday, we stay closer to home today just spending our day on Anglesey. On the way back home we will stop in the lovely
village of
Beaumaris. At Beaumaris you can explore a medieval castle, picnic on a beach, take a boat trip, discover
pastel painted houses and see the work of local artists or just kick back in an ancient pub and try some award-winning food. We
will do just a few of those things when we visit
Beaumaris Castle, Edward I's great unfinished masterpiece. It was never
finished as money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Nonetheless, it is an awesome sight and
regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales and also, the last! Then back home for
Dinner and
Overnight Llanlliana. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we make our way to Conwy for a visit to Conwy Castle with a stop at
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village that has the longest name in
Wales and translates to  
"The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St.
Tysilio's of the red cave".
Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle as it is by any standards, one of the great fortresses of
medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-
towns over the years. Conwy is also home to
Britain's smallest house, measuring 10 feet by 6 feet. The structure was used as
a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters) fisherman named
Robert Jones.
After some time to explore Conwy we make our way just a little further north to
Llandudno, a seaside resort, town and
community located on the Creuddyn Peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. While in Llandudno we will have
Tea at the St. Tudno Hotel
on the promenade. We will also take a Tramway to the Great Orme more than 650 feet above
the sea.
The Great Orme is an astonishing coastal landmark with Stone Age origins and nature reserve status. Buffet Supper
and Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning will be spent taking in this amazing Luxury Country House set in 168 acres of private estate in a
'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a private beach, coastal cliff top walks, St Patrick's
and the most northern point of Wales. You can take the fabulous coastal walks over the Iron Age Hillfort with
Choughs and Peregrines
nesting on the cliffs. Quiet and peaceful, perfect for walkers, photographers & wildlife enthusiasts yet
only ten minutes drive from the pretty seaside village of
Cemaes Bay, with shops, pubs and local fishing boats. We will gather in
the house this afternoon for a
Traditional Afternoon Tea and then the day is yours again. We will take the short journey into
Cemaes Bay
for anyone who might want to find some dinner this evening. Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we visit Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles
in Wales. Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Edward I and his architect Master
James of St. George
built Caernarfon as an intended seat of power - and as a symbol of English dominance over the subdued
Welsh and they did not fail! We will have lunch in Caernarfon before making our way further into the
Snowdonia National
Park to Beddgelert
, considered to be the prettiest village in Snowdonia, set in stunning scenery with a wide range of shops,
pubs and cafés where you can find some lunch on your own. You can also visit the
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of legend
and explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures of
Rupert Bear. Then it is on to Blaenau Ffestiniog for a
Welsh Highland Railway
ride through the slate hills of Snowdonia from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. We will
explore Porthmadog for just a bit before making our back home stopping for dinner on the way.
Overnight Llanlliana. (B,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we visit  Plas Nywedd House and Gardens, an enchanting mansion and gardens, with spectacular
views of Snowdonia. Set on the shores of the
Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was
redesigned by
James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and
contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. We will stop for
Afternoon Tea before visiting
Bodnant Gardens at Glan Conwy. Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres
and is situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia
range. The Garden has two parts. The upper garden around
Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns
shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the "Dell" is formed by the valley of the
River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild
garden. We then return home for a light supper.
Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we leave Llanlliana behind as we head to the Manchester Airport. We make our first stop at Betws-
Y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park.
Betws-y-Coed can be found where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries
flowing from the West, the
Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal
village of the Snowdonia National Park. We will take some time to explore this delightful village and then we make our way to
Llangollen where we depart from picturesque Llangollen Wharf on a Canal Boat to enjoy two hours of peaceful cruising
along the stunning
Dee Valley while being served lunch! Live commentary from the crew gives history, local knowledge and up
to date gossip along the way. Then we make our way to just outside of
Manchester for our last night together. Farewell
Dinner and Overnight near Manchester Airport. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - May 4th -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home. (B)