I’m pretty blessed that many people around me are privileged enough to own holiday homes; be it a villa in Florida, an apartment in Spain or a cottage in Aberdaron North Wales. It is to the latter that I have begun frequenting annually, as it affords me so generously the separation I need from the rat race we all undertake each day, in a little part of the world called Aberdaron.
If you’re looking to have everything on your doorstep and accessible, Aberdaron is not for you. The village itself consists of one post office which also acts as a newsagents, open out of season in the mornings only; there are two pubs; again, only one opens out of season – during the summer months there is far more going on, but as it is a friends rental, we only really stay out of season – many peoples’ nightmare, for me, utter bliss.
The journey takes us approximately 6-7 hours from Surrey – it may seem like a long trip to undertake, however the drive itself is stunning enough, permitting you the most breath-taking views of Snowdonia National Park as you approach your destination. A definite must see.
Aberdaron is a quaint fishing village located in the Llyn Peninsula of Snowdonia. Whilst the village is small, there is so much to do and take in locally for the explorer; here are a few of my favourites:
St Hywyn’s Church – located at the bottom of the hill and quite literally on the seafront, this church very quickly became my favourite place in the whole of the UK – quite a statement, I know, but if you were to sit inside for five minutes you’d know exactly what I mean!
Hell’s Mouth Beach – Gwynedd. You can drive right up on to this sandy beach (which is extremely lucky when the Welsh weather is freezing, as you can enjoy all the sights from the comfort of your car!).
Coastal Walks – take your pick! With so many beautiful hikes to chose from, there is something for everyone.
As I mentioned, Aberdaron is entirely remote. But not to despair! The gorgeous town of Pwllheli sits 17 miles away, with an array of supermarkets, high street and unique boutique shops to peruse – there is also a Costa Coffee here (cue chorus of angels). Just make sure you write a good shopping list, as you wouldn’t want to disrupt your holiday too much by having to drive into town every time you need something small.
For me, this is the perfect escape to study and write in absolute peace and serenity with such beautiful landscapes for inspiration at my very fingertips.
The views across the rolling hills are stunning. I love returning and reconnecting with nature – we even have sheep as neighbours that sit and graze metres away whilst we drink our morning tea outside the cottage – it is bliss.
The particular rental we use, Fisherman’s Cottage, is perfect for couples wanting a romantic hideaway, or for families wanting an exciting adventure – it even has a ship’s staircase to a mezzanine floor where you can peer through a telescope at the sea and the cliffs, and a secret bedroom on it’s own floor, accessible by shifting a wooden board. Despite having all modern commodities, it is easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time in this gorgeous cottage. Take a look at where I stayed for yourself here.
Although I am obviously biased, the owners are absolutely wonderful and it is their family who live nearby and maintain it, so they are fully invested in its upkeep and ensuring your comfort during your stay.
So, for anyone wanting to escape away somewhere peaceful and idyllic, take a trip to Aberdaron – I recommend it!
Read about my time in Budapest