Help with southeast Wales hotels please

Old Jul 13th, 2006, 04:14 PM
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Hi Caroline and Frances!

Yes Caroline I thought it was a set itinerary too until our guide emailed and said we will work the attractions around the accomodations. It appears much is the same from the website's itinerary and they will do some fine tuning for us I believe. So far I only received a list of destinations which I'll copy and paste from our email correspondence:

Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle, Caerleon Roman Town, Chepstow, The Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey, Brecon.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay on Wye, The Black Mountains, Llanthony Priory, Patrishow Church.

Carmarthenshire, Laugharne, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Tenby, St David's.

Preseli Mountains, Pentre Ifan, Nevern Church, Cardigan Bay.

Aberystwyth, Machynlleth,Snowdonia, Portmeirion, Beddgelert

Snowdonia National Park, Betws Y Coed, Caernarfon, Llanberis Pass, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy Valley.

....including visits to 3 national parks. When I speak to the guide again I will tell her I'd like to stick to the original itinerary as much as possible but I'd like to add the suggestions which you all so graciously helped me with during my previous inquiry. I want to completely scratch off the day we visit the iron mills and follow the attraction list you all helped me with.

Francis, I really love the sound of the Ynyshir area. If I have to choose between the two properties I guess I'll go with the Llangoed. I'm thinking we will have 3 nights at each hotel. If there is more time I wouldn't mind adding in the Ynyshir at all if time allows. Thanks you so much for the descriptions and insights.

I'll repost again as soon as this is all figured out. I forwarded the hotel choices to Mr. Davies as I think our main guide is out of town or perhaps touring with another couple
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Old Jul 13th, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Travelinwifey:

If you have a little spare time in the Carmarthen area, try to visit Bethlehem. You can have a lovely snack at the post office and arrange to have all your holiday cards mailed from there.
The postmaster, as I recall, was an absolute delight.
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Old Jul 14th, 2006, 07:03 AM
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Thanks much Vcl, I will look into that also Carmarthen seems to be fairly close to the Fairyhill, I'll see what we can come up with.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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Hello, here is a general itinerary including hotels at this point. I have posted a separate message for the Llangoed Hall and/or Peterstone Court:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2

Peterstone seems to have very good reviews but by the website photo the Llangoed appears to be a superior property?

Here's the way things are shaping up so far:
Aug 26th - Pick up Gatwick. Overnight Llangoed Hall
Aug 27th Travel to West Wales. Overnight St Brides Hotel Saundersfoot (the view here is spectacular harbour & seaside)
Aug 28th West Wales. Overnight St Brides Hotel, Saundersfoot
Aug 29th Travel to North Wales. Overnight either Ynyshir (to break up journey) or Bodysgallen
Aug 30th North Wales. Overnight Bodysgallen
Aug 31st Travel to Mid Wales. Overnight Bodysgallen Hotel
Sept 1st Travel to South. Overnight Peterstone Court, Brecon (or you could use llangoed again)
Sept 2nd South / Mid Wales. Overnight Peterstone Court, Brecon
Sept 3rd South / Mid Wales. Overnight Peterstone Court, Brecon
Sept 4th Transfer back to Gatwick


I think we will try to add the Fairyhill in on the 1st or 2nd of Sept instead of the Bodysgallen or Peterstone? one night. How does this sound to everyone? I can't believe the time is drawing near, one month, one week, and one day until I arrive \/ I can't wait to dine, visit pubs, and smell the fresh air and flowers in your lovely country.
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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ttt of for any Welsh friends to see as I posted this late US time Warmest regards
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Old Jul 19th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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Frances : "Why can't you do anything else on the beaches on the Gower? What have I missed?" I was implying that I hoped nobody was expecting tropical weather, sunloungers, umbrellas, beach bars, etc

Travelwifey : DH had a summer job as a waiter at the St Bride's Hotel in Saundersfoot when he was a teenager ! His family lived in Saundersfoot for a few years. We've looked at its website & it's obviously *much* posher now - it sounds lovely - but apparently it was quite nice even in his youth. Here are his memories of it : "I don't know what it's like now...probably changed a bit...but in my day the rooms were fine and there was an excellent view over the bay from the restaurant. Food wasn't bad, used to get fresh fish in, lobster etc."

You have a fabulous trip lined up - I wish we were coming with you !
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Old Jul 19th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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Awesome Caroline! Now I'm looking forward to reading more about St. Bride's Hotel. We may be foregoing the Fairyhill, we'll see as I don't want the guide to do too much driving on our account.

Thanks again to all of you, as soon as we get going on a set itinerary I will try to add in all of your suggested stops along the way and of course I will add a trip report. Cheers!
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Old Jul 19th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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Well, not the right week to say you can't expect good weather in the Gower- last night my Dad said the temperature was 90F at 9p.m.- about 20 miles north of the Gower.
I also remember the St Brides and was amazed to see pictures of its revamp. We used to stay in a caravan on the hill facing the St.Brides as you walked up towards Coppit Hall. It must have been the caravan in the best location in all of Wales and rivalled the view from the St. Brides!
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Old Jul 19th, 2006, 09:48 PM
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Yea! Thanks Frances! I can't imagine what 90 degrees would feel like in Wales, scorching! I am used to the heat being from Las Vegas but we were in London once when it was 85 a long time ago and I felt like I was melting, totally different heat. To think of 90!

More great comments about the St Brides, that is wonderful. And this accomodation is a new discovery. I was studing the web page tonight. And I am really looking forward to Welsh cooking.
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