Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Welsh House Party Discovery Tour
With Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
April 1st - April 16th, 2019
I fell in love with Wales the first time I every stepped foot on Welsh soil. My grandmother
Jones' grandfather, John Jones came from Wales and several years ago on the spur of the
moment, my mother and I went to Wales and spent two weeks taking in as much as we
possibly could. This began my love affair with Wales and resulted in many more trips and
then deciding to do tours of Wales about 15 years ago. We are very excited that Wales is
starting to get so much recognition in the tourism industry and that people are starting to
find out what I have known for several years, that Wales must be seen! And just our
opinion, but what better way to see any country than on a small group tour that takes lots
of time for exploration and taking in all the sights of this amazing country?
Wales is spectacular from the Brecon Beacons and all the way up to Snowdonia with ever
changing landscapes and marvels around every turn. April is a lovely time to be there as
the new lambs are frolicking everywhere we go and the daffodils, which is the Welsh
National Flower are still in abundance. Wales is also known for having more castles per
square mile than anywhere else in Europe and we try to do them justice by including as
many different types of castle that we can. Wales is also well known for tearooms and the
afternoon tea ritual with Bara Brith, Welsh Teacakes and Scones. I have tried to include
as many different afternoon tea experiences as I could, as well as visiting some local
tearooms. You can't visit Wales without visiting a few pubs as well and the array of pubs
is amazing including places in 900 and 1000 year old buildings!
     
This tour takes in two amazing properties over two weeks with one week in
Monmouthshire area of Wales. While here we will visit Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle,
Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons National Park, Cardiff and Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly
Castle, Castell Coch, Caereon Roman Fortress and Baths, Llanthony Priory, Raglan Castle,
Llangoed Hall, Tredegar House, Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal Boat Cruise and much
of what this area has to offer in lovely villages and unspoilt countryside.
The second week will be spent in North Wales where 4 of Edward I's Iron Ring of Castles
are prominently sited. Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy are all waiting to be
explored! We will also take in Penrhyn Castle, Britain's Smallest House, a Llangollen Canal
Cruise, Bodnant Gardens at Glan Conwy, Snowdonia National Park and a ride on the Welsh
Highland Railway. Come join me on an excursion to the land of my ancestors.
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 15 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.
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Day 1 – April 1st – We begin our tour at Cardiff International Airport, but our adventure starts at Caerphilly Castle. Caerphilly
is one of the great medieval castles of Western Europe. Its immense size, making it the
Largest in Britain after Windsor, its large-
scale use of water for defense and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain all contribute to this. The castle was
constructed by
Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between
Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. We then make our way to
Chepstow for Afternoon Tea at Toast Tutshill
Tearoom.
After tea we will take in Chepstow Castle, superbly set high upon its river cliff above the River Wye. Chepstow still guards
one of the main river crossings from
Southern England into Wales. Few castles in Britain tell the story of medieval fortification, from
beginning to end, as does this mighty stronghold. We then make our way to our home for the first week.
Welcoming Buffet Supper
and Overnight near Monmouth. (L,D)

Day 2 – April 2nd -
Our journey this morning takes us to Tintern and Tintern Abbey. This Cistercian Abbey is one of the greatest
monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales, and was founded on 9 May 1131 by
Walter de Clare. This is one of my favorite stops in Wales and has been romanticized by many including in a painting by J M W Turner
and a poem by William Wordsworth. We will Lunch in the 900 Year Old Anchor Inn in Tintern before also taking in Raglan
Castle
. It was built in the 1430's for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for thirteen weeks in
one of the last sieges of the
Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. Enough remains
to still impress. Dinner back at home this evening.
Dinner and Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – April 3rd
– This morning we make our way to Hay-on-Wye with a stop at Llanthony Priory. Llanthony was one of the
earliest houses of
Augustinian Canons to be founded in Britain and is famous for its wild and beautiful setting in the picturesque Vale
of Ewyas
, close to the Black Mountains. It was built in the early 12th century by the wealthy nobleman William de Lacy and these
haunting remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales.  Our next stop is the spectacular
Llangoed Hall
for Afternoon Tea
. Llangoed Hall is believed to have been the legendary White Palace, home of the first Welsh Parliament, so that
has been a house on this site since 560AD and a mansion house since 1632. We then make our way to Hay-on-Wye which lies on the east
bank of the
River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye is a
destination for bibliophiles with over thirty bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. We will stop for a
Pub Dinner on
our way back home.
Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – April 4th –
Today will be a free day spent in and around the house and grounds. We will be staying in Penblaith Barn, a lovely
18th Century 5-Star Luxury Traditional Stone Barn Conversion
just 4 miles north of Monmouth and 5 miles west of Ross-on-
Wye
on a working farm. Their is a games room, complete with table tennis and a pool table, as well as other outdoor games equipment,
allowing you to make full use of an extensive garden. Overlooking magnificent views towards t
he Cotswolds, a paved patio runs the entire
length of the barn, with a hot tub and barbecue perfect for an unforgettable rural retreat. In the afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional Country Farmhouse Tea and then you will have some more time to either relax or explore. Dinner on your own this
evening.
Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L)

Day 5 – April 5th –
Today we make our way to Wales Capitol City, Cardiff. Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital
of Wales in 1955, making it the youngest capitol city in the UK. We will visit
Cardiff Castle which is located at the heart of the capital and
within beautiful parklands. The Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history and much of what you see today is the
19th century restoration by the
3rd Marquis of Bute and his architect William Burgess. We will take some time for lunch and some
more exploration before a private after hours tour of
Castell Coch, another fairytale creation designed by William Burges for the 3rd
Marquis of Bute. The castle is known as a romantic folly supposedly reproducing a small medieval Welsh chieftain's stronghold. It possesses
the most remarkable interior decoration. We will find a cozy place for dinner on our way back home.
Overnight near Monmouth. (B,D)

Day 6 - April 6th -
Today will be spent in the Brecon Beacons National Park which has been designated as an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We will wind our way through spectacular scenery to just near Brecon where we Board A Canal Boat
for a Cruise
on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. This historical waterway, a fantastic feat of engineering was built before
roads and railways. We will cruise through a
Canal Lock and over an Aqueduct over the River Usk, all while enjoying an Amazing
Lunch Onboard.
We then make our way to Penderyn Distillery which produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the
foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons. During the hour long tour you will learn about the founding of Penderyn, how their award-
winning whisky is made and what makes it so unique. We will
Tour the Mill, Mash Tun, Innovative Single Copper-Pot Penderyn
Stills
and their latest addition, a pair of Pot Stills. At the end of our tour we will  sample some of our products in the Tasting Bar. We
then return home for dinnner.
Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - April 7th -
This morning we visit Tredegar House, one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant
late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. Situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, this delightful red
brick house provides an ideal setting for a fantastic day out. For more than 500 years the house was home to one of the greatest Welsh
families, the
Morgans, later Lords Tredegar. The Morgan family owned more than 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire
and Glamorgan
at the end of the 18th century. After a tour of the house you may wander around the grounds until we meet for Lunch
at the Brewhouse Tearoom.
Before making our way back home we visit Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths. We will visit the
Frigidarium, Tepidarium, Caldarium and Natatio
, all part of the wide range of facilities on offer to the Second Augustan
Legion
and other residents of Roman Britain. You will be on your own for dinner tonight. Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L)

Day 8 - April 8th -
This morning our journey will take us to mid Wales and my favourite Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-Cwm-Hir.
Along the way we pass through the lovely villages of
Kington, Old Radnor and Crossgates with a stop in Kington, a 1000 year old
market town. After stretching our legs and a wee wander around town,  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 9 - April 9th -
Today's journey will take us to North Wales, 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 further on 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 over
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
Portmeirion and Porthmadog and to our home for the next week. Dinner and
Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - April 10th -
. This morning we will have a tour of 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. Then on to Beaumaris where 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 North Wales. (B,D).

Day 11 - April 11th -
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
Afternoon 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 North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - April 12th -
This morning will be a free day to enjoy the house and surrounds. Glan Y Mor is a 5 Star Luxury Side by Side
Victorian
on the seafront in the village of Criccieth. The houses benefit from Superb Sea Views with the Cambrian Coast,
Harlech
and a section of the Snowdonian Mountain Range being within view. Access to the beach is directly opposite the houses and
the small, unspoilt Victorian town with its castle ruins and all the  many local pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops are all within a short stroll.  
You can take a walk on the beach or explore the nearby village before we gather in the
Drawing Room for Afternoon Tea. You will
then have the rest of the afternoon and evening for more exploring and then you can grab a bite to eat in the village whenever you are
ready.
Overnight North Wales. (B,L)

Day 13 - April 13th -
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 may 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 North Wales. (B,D)

Day 14  - April 14th -
This morning we visit 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 will
Stop for Afternoon Tea before 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 then return home for a light supper.
Overnight North
Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - April 15th -
This morning we leave Criccieth 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 16 - April 16th -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home.