Summit Snowdon - Snowdonia's mountains are incredible. However, if you leave your exploration to chance, then you risk missing some of its most memorable sights. Snowdonia National Park has 15 mountains above 3,000 feet. Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa) the highest of them all, offering seven different ways to the summit and impressive bragging rights. Climbing with a personal guide, like those at Climb Snowdon, is a great way to ensure the experience is the best it can be.
A Bird’s Eye View - One of the best ways to appreciate the scale of the beauty of Snowdonia is from the air. Whizzard Helicopters and Hover Helicopters are two local companies providing sightseeing tours from the air. For a more bespoke journey, contact a charter company like Atlas Helicopters, to whisk your partner away for a day of sightseeing, shopping and eating before returning to your property at a time that suits you.
Bespoke Sightseeing - There is nothing luxurious about generic, guided tours for groups. Your downtime is precious, so make sure you don't waste a minute by arranging a private experience explicitly tailored to your interests. Celticos has a great reputation for designing private tours, as do Boutique Tours. Mountain bikers can make the most of their time on the trails and pick up a few tips with an expert from Treads and Trails, who also arrange private hiking tours.
Shooting and Fishing - Snowdonia is an angler’s paradise, particularly when you have a fishing ghillie such as David Thomas with you. Seasonal shooting is also a pleasure. Just over the eastern border of the national park, Lotts hosts one of the consistently best shoots in Wales at Llechweddygarth. If golf is more your thing, then the Royal St David’s course at Harlech is superb and offers guests the opportunity to book private lessons. Renowned course designer, James Braid, is responsible for nine courses in and around Snowdonia, with each featured on the James Braid Trail.
Body and Soul - Nurture your body and your spirit with the help of Alison Richmond at Snowdonia Massage Therapies. Alison is a mobile masseuse and will visit you at your cottage, offering a variety of therapeutic treatments using Neal’s Yard organic products. Jane Eldrige takes inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia in her quest to help her yoga clients with their Hatha flow.
Nourish your body with seasonal dishes and fine dining at restaurants like Penmaenuchaf Hall and Castle Cottage in historic Harlech. Alternatively, keep it private and book a personal chef to cook for you at home. Chad Hughes from AmberMaze has an impeccable cooking background and can cater for two to 24 people with ease. Keep your aperitif regional with your choice of gin from Foragers. This genuinely Welsh gin is carefully distilled in small batches to ensure every drop is delicious.
You will find that a self-catering cottage holiday in Snowdonia is as indulgent as you could wish it to be. There is so much space and privacy, yet you want for nothing.