Scottish Dream Tours Presents
A Welsh House Party Tour With Castles, Stately
Homes, Gardens, Tearooms and Afternoon Tea.
September 4th - 18th, 2020
Our second week will be spent 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.
Pembrokeshire is the perfect destination with golden sands backed by
towering cliffs teeming with wildlife and covered in a riot of flowers,
especially in spring. The Pembrokeshire coast path runs the length of
the county and affords views to take your breath away. Crystal clear
waters make it perfect for spotting dolphins, or seeing seals hauled up
in secret coves. Pembrokeshire is home to some of the loveliest
coastal drives in Wales and we will travel the coastal route through St.
Anne's Head, Marloes, St. Brides, Little Haven and Broad Haven. We
will also visit the lovely towns and villages of Saundersfoot, St.
Lawrence, Gumfreston, Penally and New Hedges. No matter where
you go, there is amazing beauty and breathtaking scenery at every
turn and around every corner!
Our first week will be spent at LLwyn Du, a lovely country house on
the Llyn Peninsula in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within a
short walk is the charming and fashionable seaside resort of Abersoch,
which is situated between two glorious bays, and is one of the most
popular sailing venues in north Wales with important sailing regattas
held there throughout the summer months. It also has a fine selection
of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. There are three main beaches to
choose from, the long sandy Warren beach, small and sheltered Porth
Bach and sandy Porth Ceriad with its high cliffs. Most of the coastline
is owned by the National Trust and there are many remote bays,
sandy beaches and cliffs, as well as wildlife havens like Bardsey Island
to explore. Beach ½ mile. Shop pub and restaurant ½ mile.
The North Wales area is home to two of the three UNESCO World
Heritage Sites in Wales. These are Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
and, collectively, the Edwardian Castles and town walls of the region
which comprise those at Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy and Harlech.
Snowdonia is the crowning glory of the region. A tightly packed bundle
of soaring cliff faces, jagged peaks and plunging waterfalls. North
Wales is passionate about language, music and history, magnificent
castles, railways and festivals, fine beaches, tumbling rivers and of
course the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. North Wales is also full of
beautiful coastal villages and lovely towns and cities that are begging
to be discovered and explored.
This is one of our special house tours where you stay in one location for a week and a second location for another week. The
first week is in a lovely country house at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales and the second week in a very
informal Victorian beach house on the waterfront in Tenby, Southwest Wales. From coast to coast a lovely stay in two
entirely different style of properties with all the comforts of home!
You will be served breakfast each morning and in the evening, the Scottish Dream Tours Team will cook dinners in the house.
One night we will be out to a pub, one night out to a restaurant and two nights on your own. We will prepare a
proper Welsh Afternoon Tea while at each house. This beautiful tour covers two spectacular regions of Wales where you will
relax in comfortable accommodations and take in all the breathtaking beauty of the Pembrokeshire Region and the North
Wales countryside and small villages. Price includes 14 nights accommodation, 10 dinners, 10 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 hotel pick up and airport drop off and luggage handling. Due to the nature of these tours, we cannot cater
for special diets.
$6295 per person. 4 Spots Left.
Day 1 - September 4th - You will be met this morning at our Manchester Airport Hotel. Our first stop will be Little
Moreton Hall
, an Iconic Tudor Manor House. The Hall is a superb example of a Timber-Framed Moated House
with rich ornamental panelling. The oldest parts of the house – the great hall and those chambers immediately to the east of
it – were built around 1450 for
Richard de Moreton, whose family had been landowners in the area for several hundred
years. After a tour of the hall we make our way the
Davenport Tearoom and Farm Shop for Afternoon Tea. This is
one of my most favourite places in all of the UK for afternoon tea and I love their
Alice in Wonderland Themed
Tearoom!
After tea we start our long journey across the North of Wales to and across to the Isle of Anglesey and then
to our home at
Cemaes Bay for the week. We will stop along the way and then once we are settled into our accommodation
we will have a light
Welcoming Buffet, get to know each other and set up the weeks adventures together. Dinner and
Overnight Abersoch. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we keep fairly close to home as we head to Caernarfon to 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! After you find some
lunch in Caernarfon we board the
Welsh Highland Railway for a Train Excursion along the Snowdonia National
Park to Porthmadog
. After arriving into Porthmadog we will take some time to explore before we make 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. You can visit the
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of legend and
explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures of
Rupert Bear. We then make our way home with a stop for
Pub Dinner on the way. Dinner and Overnight Abersoch. (B,D)

Day 3 -
We will be spending most of our day on the Isle of Anglesey. Our first stop this morning is 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.
Afternoon Tea at Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour in Beaumaris before visiting 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! Dinner and
Overnight Abersoch. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent at our lovely home on the Llyn Peninsula at LLwyn Du House. We will have a Late
Brunch
and then the day is free for you to wander and explore or just take it easy and relax. Abersoch is just a short walk
away with a fine selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. There are also three main beaches nearby to choose from,
the long sandy
Warren Beach, small and sheltered Porth Bach and sandy Porth Ceriad with its high cliffs. Most of the
coastline is owned by the National Trust and there are many remote bays, sandy beaches and cliffs, as well as wildlife havens
like
Bardsey Island to explore. In the late afternoon we will gather on the Terrace for a Welsh Afternoon Tea
prepared by the Scottish Dream Tours Team. Then the rest of the afternoon and evening is free again for more exploration
and the village is nearby if you need further sustenance!
Overnight Abersoch. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we make our way to Conwy for a visit to Conwy Castle and Walled Town. 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 you can find some lunch and explore
where lovely seaside resort town where
Lewis Carroll met 8 year old Alice Liddell, his inspiration for Alice in
Wonderland.
You can wander through town and along the promenade and take in all of the Alice in Wonderland
theme. We are then home before dinner
. Dinner and Overnight Abersoch. (B,D)

Day 6 -
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 Lunch in the Tearoom before a visit to
Bodelwyddan Castle. This historic house with over 500 years of history, has been restored to the height of its Victorian
splendour as a family home to the
Baronets of Bodelwyddan. There are nine historic rooms to discover with collections
from the
V&A Museum & Royal Academy of Arts as well as original features dating back over 300 years. As a regional
partner of the
National Portrait Gallery unique to Wales and the surrounding area, on display are a large collection of
Victorian portraits.
Pub Dinner Outing this evening. Overnight Abersoch. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we visit we visit Plas Nywedd House and Gardens, an enchanting mansion and gardens, with
spectacular views of
Snowdonia. The house was one of Anglesey's principal residences and owned successively by
Griffiths, Baylys and Pagets, it became the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey, and the core of a large
agricultural estate. 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 have a
Sumptuous Afternoon
Tea at Chateau Rhianfa, a 5 Star Fairytale Country House Hotel.
We then visit Plas Cadnant Hidden
Gardens,
described as one of North Wales best kept secrets. The hidden world of the gardens is situated at the side of the
Menai Strait, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge. We will stop in the town of Menai Bridge on the way home for a
bit of exploration and for you to find some dinner on your own before our last night together in North Wales!
Overnight
Abersoch. (B,L)

Day 8 -
This morning we start our long journey south to Tenby with a first stop at 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. After some time to explore Harlech we stop for
Afternoon Tea before
resuming our journey. Our next stop will
Aberystwyth, an ancient market town, administrative centre, community, and
holiday resort along the coast of Wales. It is located near the confluence of the
Ystwyth and the Afon Rheidol Rivers and
is always a perfect half way stop! We then continue on to Tenby where we will get settled into our accommodation and then
have a late supper.
Dinner and Overnight Tenby (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
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
with a stop for you to find some lunch along the way. 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 a
wonderful day of exploration we return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Tenby. (B,D)

Day 10 -
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 stop in
Lawrenny for Lunch at the Quayside Tearoom before a visit to 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 back home for dinner in Tenby. Dinner
and Overnight Tenby. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
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 Island. 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 Tenby. (B,L)

Day 12 -
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! St. David's is a perfect place for you to find some lunch on your own and have a
wee wander around 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 with a stop for dinner.
Overnight Tenby. (B,D)

Day 13
- 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. We will bring a
Picnic Lunch with us to enjoy on the island. 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 where you
can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Tenby. (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning our journey will take us to 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 some time to explore the gardens we then
make our way to our accommodation just outside of Manchester where we will get settled in before dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight near Manchester. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - September 18th -
This morning we all depart to Manchester International for the journey home.
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