Eight Exceptional Holiday Cottages on the Isle of Anglesey

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Elidir Cottage Upgrade

Elidir Cottage Upgrade

Elidir Cottage Master BedroomImprovements to Elidir Cottage

We’ve just completed the finishing touches to Elidir Cottage which has been upgraded ready for the season ahead.

This special family cottage has been completely decorated throughout, and boasts new furniture and soft furnishings in each of the bedrooms, as well as several other touches to make your holiday enjoyable. We’ll let the photographs speak for themselves!

 

Elidir Cottage Twin RoomElidir cottage still has a few weeks available over the next few months, including a week during the Easter break. Click here to check latest availability.

Elidir Cottage Lounge

Whatever cottage you choose to stay in, we look forward to welcoming all of our guests back to Cerrig y Barcud this season.

Elidir Twin

 

 

 

For more information on Elidir Cottage, including availability, just click here

 

 

 

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Yr Eifl Cottage Refurbishment

Yr Eifl Cottage LoungeRefurbishment to Yr Eifl Holiday Cottage

We’ve spent the last few weeks refurbishing Yr Eifl – our special Holiday Cottage for 5.

Included in the refurbishment are new wooden flooring in the lounge / dining area and hallway of the cottage. This complements the new bathroom and kitchen that were installed just a couple of years ago.

Of course, the wood burning stove remains in place, albeit with a fresh coat of paint, and continues to provide the perfect accompaniment to any cosy evening.

Yr Eifl Master BedroomMaster BedroomIt’s upstairs that you’ll notice the main difference though, with new beds and matresses throughout the cottage, as well as furniture and lighting improvements. The picture of the twin bedroom shows it made up for children staying this week

Needless to say, the whole cottage has been fully Yr Eifl Twin Bedroomdecorated throughout, and we look forward to welcoming our guests back to Yr Eifl, and all of our cottages this season.

Whilst it may be a bit chilly today to sit out on the balcony off the master bedroom, the sun has come out to provide a beautiful backdrop of blue skies as we look towards the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia

Yr Eifl Holiday CottageFor more information on Yr Eifl Cottage, including availability, just click here

 

 

 

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Ynys Môn – A Poem

Ynys Môn – A Poem

Llanddwyn - Ynys Mon
Ynys Mon / Anglesey, Llanddwyn Island

We’d like to thank Vic for sharing his lovely poems with us. This is just one of many poems he has written of Anglesey. Vic and Marie are regular guests here at Cerrig y Barcud, and we look forward to welcoming them back again at the end of the month

Ynys Môn

The Island of Anglesey so ancient and proud
A place to escape from the bustling crowd
Cross Menai Straits to this island so dear
It’s coastal waters so clean and so clear.

From Menai Bridge to Beaumaris so grand
To Red Wharf Bay and Benllech sand
The lifeboat stands ready at Moelfre bay
To make sure the sea doesn’t have the last say.

The gem that’s Amlwch Port lies hidden away
And around the coast lies Cemaes Bay
A favouite place to make castles of sand
As on the sea wall plays the local band.

Holyhead mountain and South Stack rocks
Fast ferries to Ireland wait in the docks
Holy Island and the standing stone
Then cross Four Mile Bridge and back to Môn.

Rhosneigr is the place for surfers so brave
Whether it be wind or whether it be wave
Ancient Malltreath with its cob and its sand
The dunes at Newborough with forest so grand.

This island of treasures too many to impart
But we leave with sadness in the heart
We must return, we can’t leave it alone
So here’s to next time – Ynys Môn.

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King Arthur returns to North Wales

King Arthur Film shooting in Snowdonia
King Arthur Film shooting in Snowdonia

The latest Guy Ritchie film, King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table is just about to begin filming in Snowdonia.

The film stars Charlie Hunnan as King Arthur and Jude Law as the villain Vortigern in the first of a planned series of six King Arthur films by Warner Brothers.

As well as a star-studded cast, the producers will be using many locals as extras, and are intending to minimise disruption to those using Snowdonia as they film on the slopes of Tryfan next week. More information can be found here

The film is the latest of several to be filmed in the area. 20 years ago, another King Arthur film, First Knight, starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere was shot in Snodonia, as was Tomb Raider featuring Angelina Jolie. The remake of Clash of the Titans was filmed in Dinorwig Quarry near Llanberis where you’re now more likely to launch yourself down a zip wire at Zipworld. George Lucas visited Beddgelert with Warwick Davis to shoot the fantasy advernture Willow

Anglelina Jolie returned to North Wales the next year – this time coming to Anglesey for a cameo in The Fever, and Demi Moore visited the enchanted Llanddwyn Island to shoot the supernatural Half Light

King Arthur’s Legend in North Wales

It is little surprise that North Wales shoud be a choice for filming a film of King Arthur. It’s easy to imagine Snowdonia as a land of giants, dragons, wizards and of course heroes. Legend has it that King Arthur and his knights sleep in a cave deep below Snowdonia’s mountains, ready to rise again when Wales is in need of him.

Arthur’s history is unclear, but there is a strong arguement that if he did exist, then he is likely to have been Welsh.  His name is believed to derive from the Welsh words for bear (arth) and gold (aur), whilst the family name of Pendragon is Anglo-Welsh, translated as “Dragon’s Head”.

King Arthur’s legenday Camelot is often linked with Caerleon, in the south east of Wales, still many stories place Arthur and his knights in the Snowdonia region

Arthur’s sword Excalibur is believed to have been thrown into either Llyn Llydaw or Llyn Ogwen, both in Snowdonia, and just a few miles apart.

Bardsea Island, off the Llyn Peninsula is said to be where Merlin lived out his later years as a hermit and was later buried or alternatively Avalon itself, the final resting place of King Arthur

Whatever the truth, it seems that this area of North Wales will be forever linked with one of Britain’s most legendary kings

 

 

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Tryfan Cottage Refurbished

Tryfan Cottage Refurbished

 

Refurbished Holiday Cottage
Tryfan Holiday Cottage

We’re pleased to announce that we completed the refurbishment of Tryfan Holiday Cottage at Cerrig y Barcud in time for this beautiful Easter Break

Bedroom of Tryfan Holiday Cottage
Tryfan Bedroom

Tryfan is our compact one-bedroomed cottage that has proved extremely popular with many of our regular guests who return time and time again. The cottage has now been fully refurbished with a brand new kitchen and bathroom.

Bathroom at Tryfan Holiday CottageTryfan cottage was one of the stone-built outbuildings from the original Cerrig y Barcud farm which dates back approximately 150 years.

The insulation in all of the cottages converted from these original outbuilding has been upgraded with insulated plasterboard which provide makes them even more cosy for winter evenings, and cooler during the summer months. The insulation of Tryfan has now been completed with this refurbishment

We still have a few breaks available in Tryfan during May, as well other cottages available later this month, so please take a look at our offers here and take advantage of this stunning weather by booking your break today.

 

 

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“Four on Anglesey” – Cerrig y Barcud

“Four on Anglesey” – Cerrig y Barcud

 Overlooking the Menai Straits
Four on Anglesey Overlooking the Menai Straits

We were delighted to find that a unique new Art Exhbition titled “Four on Anglesey” has chosen the hillside above Cerrig y Barcud Cottages as the location for one of its wonderful paintings

The Four on Amglesey Exhibition features four large acrylic oil canvases painted over the course of a week in March this year by artist Anthony Garrett.

The paintings have all been hoisted onto steel easels in the locations in which they were painted, and are described here in this Daily Post article

Painting overlooks Cerrig y Barcud Cottages
Painting overlooks Cerrig y Barcud Cottages

Paintings can be seen at Lligwy Beach, Penmon Point, Rhoscolyn, and on the hillside above our cottages at Cerrig y Barcud.

IMG_1773The paintings will stay in place until October this year.

The painting near Cerrig y Barcud is in a beautiful position and depicts the stunning view across the Menai Straits to Caernarfon and Snowdonia, as well as the llyn Peninsula.

We took a walk up to the painting on a lovely morning today, and we hope that many of our guests will choose to do the same during their stay with us

 

 

 

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Anglesey Sea Salt – Halen Môn opens new Visitors’ Centre

New Halen Môn Saltcote

 

The new home of Anglesey Sea Salt
The new home of Anglesey Sea Salt

Yesterday we visited the brand new Saltcote and Visitors Centre at Halen Mon.

Located in a glorious position on the Menai Straits, just a stone’s throw from Cerrig y Barcud Cottages, Tŷ Halen Môn – Anglesey Saltcote – is a brand new and unique £1.25m bespoke building next door to Anglesey Sea Zoo.

The Visitors’ Centre is a beautiful building, and offers a lovely range of gifts from Anglesey in addition to a huge variety of sea-salt based products (including Green & Black’s Chocolate with Anglesey Sea Salt)

Salt Harvesting
Salt Harvesting

The centre will also offer tours behind the scenes for those who are interested in discovering what makes Halen Môn / Anglesey Sea Salt the seasoning of choice for home kitchens and top restaurants around the world.

IMG_1575At the end of the tour, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy “salt tasting” where you’ll find that all salts are certainly not created equal.

 

Tours take about 50 minutes and are available at £6 for adults and £4 for children. We’d recommend calling to arrange your tour in advance

Halen MonHalen Mon Visitors' CentreThere’s plenty of parking for both cars and bikes, or alternatively choose a lovely sunny day and take a stroll from your cottage down to Halen Mon where you can pick up all your souvenirs for the folk back home

For more ideas on places to visit during your stay at Cerrig y Barcud, click here

 

Anglesey Sea Salt
Anglesey Sea Salt
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Celebrating the Menai Bridges

Celebrating the Menai Bridges

Today is quite a day for the Menai Bridges

Happy Birthday Brittania Bridge
The Britannia Bridge was first opened on this day in 1850
At the time, the bridge was simply a railway bridge, until 1970 when reconstruction following a fire led to some improvements and the addition of the road

Menai Suspension BridgeMenai Bridge to Feature on Royal Mail’s latest set of stamps
10 iconic river crossings are to feature on the latest set of stamps, including Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge

More information on the bridges can be found here

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There once was a family from Brum…

There once was a family from Brum…

There omce was a family from BrumWe’d like to say a big thank you to the Robinson Clan who stayed with us at Cerrig y Barcud this week.

When they departed this morning, they left a lovely bar of chocolate from Anglesey Farmhouse Chocolates next door at Foel Farm Park, and also a delightful poem written in our guest book

Just in case your eyes aren’t good enough to read the poem from the photo, we’ve copied it out here…

There once was a family from Brum

Who in February were feeling quite glum

But thanks to Matt and ‘Marie’s cottages in Anglesey

The family had wonderful fun

 

From the fish at the Marina to the calves at Foel Farm,

This Welsh little island has plenty of charm.

From the lighthouse at Holyhead, to the town with a long name,

This Birmingham family were so happy they came

 

They had travelled quite far for this Valentine’s Day

But their hosts were so lovely they wished they could stay

And although they were sad to leave Elidir

They hope to return to this cottage next year!

 

Thank you again to the Robinson Clan – we’re glad that you’ve all had such a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you again

 

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Spring’s Arrived!


 
Spring has arrived on Anglesey this weekend, with glorious sunshine, lambs playing in the field, and even a fly past from the RAF Search & Rescue team
 
February on the Straits

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