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Surfing Adventures

Let’s face it, when you come to Wales you usually get a little wet, so why not get a whole lot wetter and have a go at surfing! Just 18 minutes from Aberconwy House and you are in the town of Dolgarrog and on the site of a former aluminum rolling and casting works is…

Snowdon Part 1: Myths and legends

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The most talked about and walked about mountain in Britain, Snowdon, is one of the main reasons people come to stay with us at Aberconwy House. As we are only about 30 -40 minutes drive away to some of the main routes traversed up the mountain we have the perfect spot to plan a climb…

Snowdon Part 2: Q&A time about experiencing the mountain.

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How big is it? At 1,085 metres or 3,560 feet, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England (but not in Britain; that honour goes to Ben Nevis, in Scotland). Snowdon is one of more than 90 summits over 2,000 feet in Snowdonia, and one of 15 peaks exceeding 3,000 feet.    How long…

Welsh National Costume: The Welsh Hat, undressed – Part 2

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Following on from Part 1 where I looked at the origins of the Welsh painting ‘Salem’ that depicted what was meant to be typical Welsh costume, my research led me to the understanding that the traditional Welsh costume had actually come about more as a marketing ploy than as a definitive look practised by the…

Welsh National Costume: the origins of a painting – Part 1

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Having recently used some turn of the last century c. late 1800’s early 1900’s pictures from a book, my Dad found at a car boot sale, to put up around Aberconwy House, I was intrigued by the pictures of the women folk in what we consider now as the Welsh National costume. Indeed, we have…

Somewhere over the rainbow….

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Way up high there’s a land that I dreamed of once in a lullaby….. Well we can promise you a beautiful land in the hills and valleys of North Wales and dreams while sleeping in our comfortable bedrooms, but the lullaby is up to you as we don’t offer that as a service here at…

Gotta keep on running….

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We are now in the middle of the season and boy what a season, we are very busy and at times it does feel like we’re running a marathon, started in February at a slow but increasing pace and built up speed around Easter, and now stepping out at a strong and steady pace day in,…

What's in a Name?

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Aberconwy House is one of the more pronounceable Welsh names and there is a story attached to why our guest house has this name. First of all Aber means estuary and therefore Aberconwy’s translation is strictly Conwy Estuary House – doesn’t quite have the same flow to it (excuse the pun). But as we are situated…

You don't have to be Kate Winslet or Bear Grylls to tackle Snowdonia

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According to Mailonline Kate Winslet has joined Bear Grylls for an episode in his new series Running Wild with Bear Grylls which airs in the USA on NBC on 27th July.  They tackle various mountains in Snowdonia and set up camp together.  How well will the Hollywood star adapt to the rigours of mountain hiking and…

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile….

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 That’s it, put your worries behind you and have that well earned break. Yes it’s Summer and the holidays are here, whether it’s a staycation or you are travelling across continents, it is time to kick back, relax and do some of the things you have been promising yourself all year. As the poster says,…

Welcoming Change

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   “How long have you been here?” It’s a question we get a lot at Aberconwy House, but one that usually surprises the enquirer. ‘Just over 9 years,’ is the reply.  Yes, we have been B&B-ers for over 9 years now in beautiful Betws-y-coed and this week we saw the launch of our new website,…

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