Create your own personal writing retreat

Are you a writer? When you’re working, learning, taking care of family and generally just living life it is so easy to lose focus on your writing. Even when you do promise yourself you will sit for a few hours and really get stuck in, it’s so easy to get distracted by doing the dishes, putting the washing out on the line or even writing an entire kitchen inventory and a shopping list because you made a cup of tea and noticed you’re running low on milk.

Getting out of the house and immersing yourself into your own little bubble of creativity is sometimes the only answer to letting those creative thoughts flow without distraction. Some people choose to fly off to month long writing retreats in warmer climates to be immersed in the creativity of others, some simply head to their local coffee shop a few times a week. Others book a secluded cottage like Gwel y Mynydd for the weekend to recharge their batteries and escape the distractions of everyday life.

Whether you plan everything down to every minute detail and book months ahead or prefer to be spontaneous with one of our last minute special offers we are sure to have the perfect place to let your creative juices flow away from the daily hustle and bustle.

Here are some tips for planning your own personal writing retreat.notepad with flowers, pen and coffee

Wi-fi or no Wi-fi?

You may want to segregate yourself from the world entirely with no distractions of social media or the greater world wide web. In which case you’ll need somewhere like Little Bothie which is secluded not only in geography but in technology too! Of course, you may be writing a fact heavy book where ‘googling’ is essential so somewhere like Llys y Frân will be more suited to you.

Pack plenty of snacks

Stopping to cook a meal will be the last thing on most writers minds when they are immersed in their creative space. But even starving artists need to eat at some point! Make sure you bring plenty of snack foods that is ready to eat at any time.

Pack plenty of drinks

Along the same vein as the snacks, keeping yourself hydrated is not only good for the body but is vitally important for the mind too. Make sure you take your favourite drinks with you so there’s no need to pop out and hinder your creative thought process.

Create a portable office

Make a list of everything you need to fully dedicate yourself to this writing retreat. Pack your notepad and pens, an inspirational book or magazine, your laptop, maybe an mp3 player with all your favourite songs to write to. Don’t forget all the charging cables too!

Take a dog

Fresh air is highly underrated. Take your dog to make sure you get out to stretch your legs at least a couple of times a day. The gardens at Bwthyn Trehilyn are fully enclosed so you and your pooch can sit out in the sun without the worry of him wandering off!

Complete Isolation or people watching?

Some people prefer to get right away from it all to places like Drumskinny Farm where they are isolated from the rest of society and its distractions. Others like to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of people to get their inspiration. Somewhere like Aeron Bach, which is just a short walk away from Aberaeron town and gives the best of both worlds.

Have you ever considered taking a little writing retreat, or even just a personal retreat? What property would you choose?

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5 things to do in Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park has no end of stunning places to visit and is filled with activities from hiking to horse riding, cycling to caving and everything in between! Here are our top 5 things to do in Snowdonia and the properties close by.

5 Things to do in Snowdonia

Snowdonia Mountain Range

Climb up Snowdon (or take the train!)

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. Known in Welsh as Yr Wyddfa, meaning ‘the tumulus’ or ‘the barrow’ it is designated a national nature reserve and is the busiest mountain in the UK with almost 600,000 people visiting each year.

There are a number of paths up to the summit, varying in difficulty and length, click here for information on the six main routes to the summit.

If you would rather make the journey to the summit by train, Snowdon Mountain Railway have services leaving Llanberis every 30 minutes. Tickets bought on the day are subject to availability so it’s best to ring +44(0)1286 870223 or even easier book your tickets online.

Blaen y Buarth

Blaen y Buarth blue skies

Set in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Blaun y Buarth is the perfect base for a holiday full of activities and adventures, not least a hike up Snowdon. This quaint little mountain cottage, which uses Welsh slate both inside and out, sits in 7 acres of land and is accessed by a private lane.

Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau July 20-22Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau 2018 poster

Y Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau promises to be a jam-packed weekend full of live music, comedy and literature throughout the festival and Dolgellau. The festival is family friendly with plenty of activities for the kids, including a twmpath (like a ceilidh) a procession and storytelling workshops.

Cae EinionCae einion cottage with red door

Located just a short distance away, Cae Einion is the perfect spot to escape to after a day at the Sesiwn Fawr festival. Guests staying here have access to over 750 acres of mountain to explore if your legs aren’t all danced out after the twmpath!

Centre for Alternative Technologycentre for alternative technology © Katie Humphrey

The Centre for Alternative Technology is a great day out for anyone interested in living a more sustainable life. With practical demonstrations on everything from eco-sustainability to renewable energy, this unique visitor centre is full of valuable information. The staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Ysgubor Dyfi 

ysgubor dyfi, barn with bike leaning against gate

The perfect pairing for the CAT centre is the most eco-friendly holiday home available on Under The Thatch. This converted barn is entirely off-grid, but it’s interior is both luxurious and comfortable.


snowdon fest 2018

With a line up of fantastic talent from around North Wales, Snowdonfest promises to be filled with music, film, fun, food and adventure. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 28th-29th, the family-friendly festival is being held in Gwydir Park in Llanrwst.

 Ty’r Gofalwrty'r gofalwr through walled entrance

This converted caretaker’s cottage has a 5* interior and sits in a lovely country house estate made up of 14 acres of grounds, parkland and a Victorian Kitchen Garden. Ty’r Gofalwr is also in Llanrwst so is the perfect escape to spend the rest of your weekend after the fun at Snodwonfest.

Zip World

With three sites around Snowdonia offering a huge variety of adventures, Zipworld is a must-do activity while you’re in the area. Whether you want to fly through the sky on the fastest zip wire in the world of bounce on trampolines in underground caverns there is something for everyone.

Bryn Dedwyddbryn dewydd, white cottage surrounded by trees

Sleeping 10, Bryn Dedwydd is the perfect place to stay whether you want to set out on a Zipworld adventure across Snowdonia with family or a large group of friends. The modern interior is a great place to relax, with plenty of comfy seating after your day of zipping through the skies or climbing through the treetops.

These are our 5 things to do in Snowdonia. What would be on your list?

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