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Trenewydd Farm Cottages

Cardigan Pembrokeshire Wales

Heulwen Bed & Breakfast

Borth Ceredigion Wales

Abercelyn Country House & Cottages

Bala Gwynedd Wales
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Located near Bala, Snowdonia, North Wales, Bed and Breakfast and self-catering accommodation is provided with easy access to the activities and attractions available around Bala and also within the Snowdonia National Park and North Wales.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

Llanwddyn Powys Wales
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Undoubtedly, one of Mid-Wales's premier country hotels

On the fringe of Snowdonia, located in a spectacular mountainscape overlooking the famous lake, it's the destination for pleasure or business.

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The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Llandrindod Wells Powys Wales
Description : 

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is Grade II* listed as one of Wales' finest example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture.

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Built in 1834 by Thomas Wilson the great Victorian improver, the house was doubled in size by the Philips family in 1869, who then added the snooker room in 1894. The architects were Poundley and Walker of Liverpool

Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and have spent 9 years restoring it to a building of Gothic splendour. Their achievements have been featured on BBC "Discovering Welsh Houses," "Fishlock's Wales" and "Wales Today", on ITV "Wales Tonight" ,"Great Welsh Roads"and "How the other Half Lives" and on S4C. The house and gardens are now open for tours by the public throughout the year. Visitors are asked to pre-book wherever possible.

Architecture & Design

Externally, the hall is a splendid example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture. Notable details include:

Gothic windows with carved stone surrounds
Steeply pitched roofs with finials
Original cast iron down pipes and guttering
Dressed stone south and east facing elevations
Carved stones from the Abbey have been built into the walls of the house and the garden.

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Internally, all 52 rooms have been restored to create a marriage of style and beauty accenting their original features. This is so through:

The Formal Reception Rooms and Bedrooms with their marble fire places, bell pulls, gothic widows and shutters, rococo and stained glass ceilings.

The Former Domestic Quarters with their original slate slabsurfaces, unique ceiling designs and wrought iron fire places.
The Cellars and Garden Room with their vaulted ceilings and amazing collections.

Indeed, items from a life time of collecting form part of the 'style impact' in each of the rooms.  Collections include phonographs and radios, enamel signs and packaging, art and photographic collections, books and kitchen memorabilia

In terms of Interior Design, the house bursts with ideas. Many rooms are themed, and there is much hand painting on to wallpapers and surfaces.

The Gardens

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

The gardens and grounds of The Hall have also been restored for visitors to enjoy. Features include:

A 1.5 acre walled garden
Sweeping lawns and terraces
4 courtyards
Some splendid mixed woodland
A lake and waterfall.
The gardens are particularly lovely through the months of May-September with their shows of rhododendra and roses.

At Christmas all 52 rooms of the house are decorated to individual themes from Nov 6th to Jan 6th each year- something unique within the UK. The hall is also decorated for Valentines and Easter. 

The Hall is open throughout the year. Daily tours are focussed around 10.30am and 2 pm. To book phone 01597 851727 or email info@abbeycwmhir.com

Entrance fees for the guided tour of all 52 rooms, and for full access to the 12 acre gardens is £14 pp for individuals or groups of less than 10 persons. For groups of 10 or more, or for repeat visitors, the fee is £12 pp Children aged 12 or under are £5 pp.

The website containing a downloadable brochure and slideshows on interiors, gardens, Xmas and Car Clubs Visiting is www.abbeycwmhir.com    

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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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