Welsh Wildlife Wonderland Saved

The National Trust should be saluted for protecting one of Wales’ most stunning and renowned pieces of land, by raising one million pounds. ‘Llyn Dinas’ lake and ‘Llyan Isaf’ farm were scheduled to be transformed into a water-sports centre, which would demolish the natural beauty this countryside scene beholds.
The widely admired wildlife spot is the alleged mythical battle ground between the magical red and white dragons. According to the famous fable, the red dragon won the battle, thus it became the country’s beloved national symbol, adorning each of their flags. Llyan Isaf is sprinkled with patriotic history, home to the origin of the Welsh iconic emblem.
The bid to save Llyan Isaf has proven to be the biggest countryside appeal in over a decade, generating donations from over 20,000 people.

Welsh born celebrities such as Matthew Rhys and Catherine Zeta Jones fronted the campaign, contributing generous sums themselves, as they are proud of their homeland and the understated geographical gems buried within. ‘Rhys Evans’, the National Trust’s manager was quoted ‘’I am extremely bowled over by this extraordinary response’.
The farm situated in Snowdonia, sited next to ‘Nant Gwyant Valley’ is regarded as one of the most important environmental stretches of land in Wales, as it remains untouched by intensive farming.

Home to a large community of various wildlife species such as otters and kingfishers, Llyn Isaf epitomises raw natural composition overlooked in everyday life.

The picturesque land looks almost like something out of a fairy-tale. Towering oaks accessorised with copper leaves, huddled emerald mountains, pools of royal blue water, meandering flint walls are all rustic fixtures blanketing the petite brick cottage, enviously positioned in the centre.

One of the world’s remaining story-book beauties remains free of the suffocating interference of man, not destined to be another building site any time soon.

Article by Emma Boyle

Guide to the West Country cottages

With more Brits than ever choosing to stay at home for their holidays, the West Country continues to enjoy buoyant trade as the UK’s favourite holiday destination; with families, couples and those in search of adventure returning year after year to enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that span the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset.

With more Brits than ever choosing to stay at home for their holidays, the West Country continues to enjoy buoyant trade as the UK’s favourite holiday destination; with families, couples and those in search of adventure returning year after year to enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that span the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset.

With that in mind, local company and property specialists Farm and Cottage Holidays have created a unique set of holiday ideas to ensure that those visiting can enjoy the very best of all the South West has to offer. Providing all prospective customers with plenty of choice, to suit all budgets and requirements, these holiday ideas are also backed up with in-depth information on how to further explore and enjoy the type of break chosen.

For those who want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of rural life, the ‘Working Farms’ holiday idea is the perfect get-away for families wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic lifestyle; or if you are choosing to stay in the UK to cut down on your carbon footprint, a ‘Green’ holiday might be just what you’re after.

‘Group Holidays’ with the extended family are becoming increasingly popular and with that comes the need to cater for a wide range of specialist requirements, so the ‘Accessible’ holiday idea, which highlights properties tailored for those with such particular needs is definitely a section worth exploring.

Families who wish to bring every treasured member on holiday, can now do so with the ‘Dog Friendly’ holidays idea, which offers a vast amount of information about properties that accept dogs, as well as attractions and events that cater for your four-legged companion, whilst enjoying a break in the West Country.

A ‘Romantic’ holiday isn’t just for the couple wanting to escape to a cottage on the coast for a long weekend; with a range of premium cottages, situated in the most awe-inspiring scenery, a West Country honeymoon might also be worth considering and with so many stunning properties, boasting an array of great amenities, a ‘Luxury’ holiday is the perfect retreat.

For those who wish to dig a little further and explore the holiday ideas in greater detail, there are also a wide range of articles to read on the Farm and Cottage Holidays website; ranging from where to find the best ‘bucket and spade’ beaches and the most accessible places to eat, to how to ‘cow spot’ in the countryside. There is a holiday idea to suit one and all.

Farm & Cottage Holidays are family run and owned holiday cottage rental specialists with over 30 years of experience, offering a collection of around 1200 of the finest cottages in the South West. View the diverse collection, check availability and book securely online at http://www.holidaycottages.co.uk or, with lines open 7 days a week, you can speak to a member of the team on 01237 426269.