3 Generations Weekend at Ty Llewelyn
Published: Monday 30th Apr 2018
The Llŷn Peninsula is only about an hour’s drive away for us, perfect for a weekend break. “Needs a hot tub”, said Hazel, my 13-year-old daughter, “close to the beach”, said my Mum (age not disclosed!), “somewhere to go biking, and close to a family friendly pub”, I said.
Ty Llewelyn in Tudweiliog ticked all the boxes, and had a games room, so on a sunny Friday evening we threw a few things in car and off we went. The drive down was just stunning: it never fails to impress me, that mix of sparkling sea and ancient landscape. With a sea mist just creeping onto the mainland, it created a mysterious other-worldly atmosphere as we looked down on the huge sweep of beach at Porthdinllaen near Nefyn.
Our house didn’t disappoint; spacious and modern, we soon made ourselves at home. We had done a quick shop in the store in Morfa Nefyn, which really was a cut above your normal garage shop, with local produce for sale, lovely fresh vegetables, and a butcher, bakery and café section. A night in for us then! Dinner, a board game (just like to say I won!), followed by a relax in the hot tub with a glass of Prosecco as the evening sun went down over the sea - just perfect.
Tudweiliog is in a good location on the north west coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, close to some of the lesser known beaches of Porth Colmon, Porth Oer and Porth Iago, but for us it was a stroll from the cottage to the beach at Porth Towyn, a chance to explore the Llŷn coastal path, dip our toes in the sea (wetsuits remained at home as to be fair it was only April!) and for Hazel to take some photos for her Instagram…..After a lovely day we returned via Cwt Tatws, a lovely little café and homewares shop on the owner’s farm, selling local wares and run by Daloni, a household name in these parts having been a TV presenter on Welsh TV for 20 years. Drinks in the evening sun on the balcony followed by dinner at The Ship Inn finished a perfect day.
Sunday started well, after our traditional holiday breakfast of bacon butties (thanks Mum), I rallied the troops for a 19-mile circular bike ride, called Mynydd Yr Ystum, which would take us through rural countryside and on to the pretty village of Aberdaron, where I could lure Hazel with treats of cakes and ice cream!
It really was a lovely ride, the deserted lanes filled with spring flowers, and glimpses of beaches yet to be visited.
We eventually arrived at Aberdaron. We had been to the National Trust’s, Porth y Swnt visitor centre before, but it really is worth a visit and offers an introduction to the history and culture of Llŷn through haunting multimedia presentations. For us it was the lovely Becws Islyn (bakery and café) for homemade cakes on the terrace. After a near mutiny from the teenager, we ambled slowly on, gaining a bit of height, which was worth it for the views, and back to Ty Llewelyn for a final soak in the hot tub and a look at those lovely views from the balcony.