As a lot as I like to journey overseas you actually can’t beat a staycation, significantly when you have got attractive climate like we did this weekend.
On Friday night my boyfriend and I travelled from our residence in Chester to Penmaenuchaf Corridor Resort. I do know what you’re pondering as you phonetically sound out that unusual assortment of letters and marvel the place on earth this might presumably be. Penmaenuchaf Corridor is in Dolgellau in north west Wales. It’s simply an hour and a half from Chester however it appears like one million miles from residence and the drive there may be breath taking. We dipped and soared by the countryside, winding by the lanes with the home windows down, the wind in our hair and our favorite tunes blasting on the radio. That is the best way to start out a weekend!
Penmaenuchaf Corridor is an award-winning nation residence inside 20 acres of woodland and lovely gardens. It appears to be like over the mountains of Snowdonia and can also be near the seaside and plenty of Welsh castles. The corridor has a grand but quaint allure with luxurious furnishings however a homely environment.
We arrived at Penmaenuchaf Corridor and excitedly made our method alongside the slender however spectacular driveway. The encircling bushes and flowers virtually make a tunnel across the highway and it feels such as you’re driving right into a hidden secret.
There’s no formal reception on the corridor because the managers favor a homely welcome. We got a fast tour by the corridor, the library, the drawing room and the morning room earlier than being proven to our bed room.
We’d introduced the canine together with us – one thing that normally means you get the worst room within the lodge – however this room was lovely. With a four-poster mattress, loads of area for a settee and dresser, enormous wardrobes and a contemporary lavatory, this was even higher than I’d imagined. We even had a big balcony with views out to the backyard.
We bought the pup settled and excitedly headed downstairs for dinner.
There have been simply 18 individuals staying in Penmaenuchaf Corridor whereas we had been there so there was a pleasant really feel as we sipped champagne within the drawing room. Folks had been chatting and many individuals had stayed right here earlier than – the certain signal of an excellent lodge – so that they instructed us about their previous experiences.
Dinner was served within the backyard room the place we had views out to the gorgeous gardens.
We had been on a particular weekend package deal which included a 3-course set menu. Whereas it might have been good to have 2 or 3 choices, the set menu was scrumptious so it wasn’t an issue. The package deal additionally included Welsh breakfast the next morning and Welsh cream tea.
The breakfast was completely scrumptious however I used to be disillusioned with the cream tea. You’re meant to have the cream tea the day you arrive however as we got here within the night we missed it. I paid an additional £10 to have it the next day however wasn’t instructed it’s solely served between 3-4.30pm. OK, not an issue, we’ll go to the seashore and are available again for it. However after we got here again we discovered that it’s really only a scone and a small cup of tea – undoubtedly not value paying an EXTRA £10 for or going again for.
Reserving by Bespoke Affords
I used to be working with Bespoke Affords on this journey and located them to be an absolute breeze to guide by.
Bespoke provides is a brand new service from Barclay Card and, just like the title suggests, they supply bespoke provides and reductions. There are just a few web sites like this already however the distinction with Bespoke Affords is that they don’t bombard you with one million and one emails a day with irrelevant provides. The provides you’re despatched are curated to your pursuits so it’s really one thing you need in your inbox. Generally you’re taken to a 3rd occasion web site – for instance this provide was by TravelZoo – however it’s good to have all of the provides you’d be desirous about in a single place. Good however sort of harmful as a result of I’m greater than somewhat tempted to guide every little thing I get despatched.
My provide at Penmaenuchaf Corridor Resort was a 1-night stick with Welsh cream tea, a 3 course dinner, Welsh breakfast and a room improve for two individuals for £150.
That is an absolute discount, particularly whenever you’d usually pay round £80 for dinner alone.
I then paid £20 further to remain on the weekend, £15 further for the canine and £10 further to have tea on the next day. All of it provides up however I nonetheless suppose it’s value it for a wonderful staycation.
I significantly preferred staying on the Friday evening as a result of after we left on Saturday afternoon I felt like I’d had a vacation however nonetheless had a day and a half of weekend left. I feel Friday evening staycations are my new favorite holidays!
The next day we went to Talybont Seaside which is a couple of 30 minute drive from the lodge.
All photographs had been taken utilizing the Nokia 1020. Most are unedited however some had been enhanced in iPhoto.