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!
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. Shannon McDonald Tate
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.
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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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13  - 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 14 - April 15th -
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 - April 16th -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home.