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 still has a few weeks available over the next few months, including a week during the Easter break. Click here to check latest availability.
Whatever cottage you choose to stay in, we look forward to welcoming all of our guests back to Cerrig y Barcud this season.
For more information on Elidir Cottage, including availability, just click here
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.
It’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 decorated 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
For more information on Yr Eifl Cottage, including availability, just click here
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
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.
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
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
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.
Tryfan 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.
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)
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.
At 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
There’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
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
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