This reivew of Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages is the fourth and final post in a series of posts about our festive weekend away in Snowdonia . . .
As you know we took a festive trip to Snowdonia with Attractions of Snowdonia in the middle of December. (You can read more about our adventures in the following posts: Father Christmas at Bounce Below, Father Christmas at GreenWood Forest Park, Bodnant Garden, Snowdonia)
Today I want to tell you about Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages, our accommodation for the weekend.
We had set off to Wales straight from picking Ben up from school on the Friday afternoon. The drive took around 2.5 hours in total and by the time we arrived it was absolutely pitch black. Finding the cottages in the dark was a little tricky and despite using out sat nav we both managed to drive past initially. (It’s worth bearing in mind that your GPS on your sat nav may well drop out once or twice due to a lack of reception)
When we arrived Dave went up to the big house to collect the keys and a welcome sheet which included clear instructions for the heating etc. (This was in addition to the extensive file of information in the living room about the property and leaflets about things to do in the area.) The moment we walked through the door Ben was dashing about, exploring every nook and cranny – he was so excited, and of course glad to stretch his legs after the long car journey!
|The Christmas tree in the living room|
The cherry on the cake was finding a fully decorated Christmas tree all lit up in the living room – as we hadn’t got round to putting our own decorations up at that point this was a really lovely touch and really made Ben and Chloe’s day. We also appreciated the tray in the kitchen laid out with tea & coffee making facilities, milk in the fridge, buttered tea loaf and a nice message inviting us to make ourselves a brew after our long journey.
Even though I had looked at the website and seen pictures of where we would be staying I was really surprised by what we found. I guess “cottages” conjures up images of tiny little places but no – this place was huge. Three decent sized bedrooms – two twins and a master bedroom with en-suite, a spacious main bathroom, downstairs toilet, large living / dining space with ample sofa seating. Oh and free Wifi – always a winner!
|Living / dining area|
|Twin Room 1|
|Twin Room 2|
Everything was really clean and comfortable, and whilst it’s not the most modern of decor it suits the cottagey feel of the place.
We had asked for a travel cot and high chair to be provided and these were both waiting in the property when we arrived. In fact it wasn’t just a travel cot – set up in the master bedroom was a proper cot which was a real bonus as it meant Amy was much more likely to have a decent sleep. She went to sleep without a peep which was a bit of a surprise and slept just as well as she would have done at home.
|Cot in the master bedroom|
Although there was plenty of space for Ben and Chloe to have their own rooms, they chose to sleep together and we decided this was probably for the best as if they woke in the night they would feel more reassured if they knew the other was there rather than getting in a panic. Again once they were tucked in for the night they settled relatively quickly, there might have been a little bit of landing exploration and a stern word from Daddy but I think that’s understandable really when they were so excited!
|Two children ready for bed!|
And of course I have to mention the surroundings . . . when we had arrived the last section of the journey was long and dark and a little hairy at times but we knew it would be gorgeous in the daylight. In fact absolutely nothing could have prepared us for the spectacular sights which would greet us the next day! From the view out to the back of the cottages to every corner we turned on our adventures over the course of the weekend the views were absolutely epic. Snow covered mountains, beautiful expanses of open water and forests which wouldn’t have looked out of place in Narnia. We were both awestruck, even Ben seemed to be able to appreciate the beauty of the place.
|And what a view|
|Can you imagine having this in your back garden?|
Overall our stay at Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages was completely pain free and we would most definitely love to return! I think it would be especially lovely to book a number of cottages & go with a group of friends. The last word on the cottages must go to Ben though who said “Mum, I wish we could live here forever“.
*We stayed at Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*