Welcome to our Spring blog. Well, its been an eventful New Year and Winter. We've had snow, ice, lots of rain and cold temperatures. Just when we think the weathers going to improve, the wonderful diverse Welsh weather springs another surprise with 8 inches of snow at the end of March. Hopefully it wont last over Easter, but even if it does it doesn't deter our visitors.  

Whatever the weather it hasn't stopped visitors from all over the globe visit this part of mid-Wales. The diverse weather is part of the experience visitors treasure and memories they take home. The scenery from our cottages is vast and views of rolling hills do not get spoilt by snow. In fact, snow really show off the contours of the land with wonderful shapes and stunning views.

If your looking for somewhere to go for your next holiday, consider mid Wales as a destination. With lovely walks, cycling routes, hill walking, canal walks, fishing etc. there is plenty to do regardless of the weather. The Montgomeryshire Canal, is now being reborn. The canal is teeming with wildlife and is very tranquil with many sites to see along the way. 7 miles long, a short stretch at Llanymynech, and a central section of the canal around Welshpool and restoration work is continually being carried out to expand this.

Our local theatre in Newtown, Powys is also having a popular Easter with a host of events taking place. At the moment they have performances such as Annie,  Alice in Wonderland - Royal Ballet, an exhibition by Chris Nurse: Titled FFFFFF. If you fancy a trip to the theatre which is about half an hours drive from our cottages then check out their website http://www.mwldan.co.uk/ where you can see what performances they have coming up.

Whatever the reason for your visit, there is something that you will enjoy here in Mid Wales. Please feel free to give us a call at Brynglas holiday cottages on 01938 810287 and ask or use our contact page, I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised. Have a happy Easter.



 
 
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With Christmas soon upon us your probably now making plans on where you want to spend your time for the festivities. If, like many people you are thinking about getting away from it all, then look no further than Brynglas Cottages. 

If you are planning a holiday and are thinking of Mid Wales as a potential destination then there are plenty of activities for all the family to get you into the Christmas spirit. 

If you'r a young family then why not take your children to meet Santa on the lovely Llanfair to Welshpool Light Railway. Travel in warmth from Llanfair Caereinion on a steam train beside the River Banwy.  Whilst the train makes its journey your child/children will receive a present from Santa at their seats.  Check out their website for more information at 
http://www.wllr.org.uk/santa.htm

If you would like to venture further than Llanfair Caereinion then there is also the Bala Railway @ Llanuwchllyn station and meet Santa. http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/events.html.

If its Santa you want to meet then he is very busy in Mid Wales over this festive season with visits at Powis Castle, Gregynog Hall,  Broneirion, and a Winter Wonderland at Llanidloes Leisure Centre.

If you are not interested in meeting Santa but just want a relaxing break away from it all over the Christmas period then our cottages are the perfect getaway . Fully furnished with lovely and relaxing log burners to keep Jack Frost away keeping the cottages cosy and warm. Our cottages are perfect for putting up your feet and having the tranquil surroundings of the Welsh countryside to make your Christmas that extra bit special. 

If you would like to see what other events that are happening in Mid Wales  then visit the MId Wales Events page where there is a specific timetable of events that may be of interest .... 
http://bit.ly/Rfs41x.

Whatever you decide to do this Christmas, we at Brynglas Cottages wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda oddi wrthym i gyd ar Cottages Brynglas.


 
 
Olympics has finally finished and what a fantastic event for Britain it was, coming 3rd in the medals table behind the USA and China. We at Brynglas Cottages are very proud of our British athletes and must admit have been glued to the television over the last couple of weeks. I thought I couldn't really produce a blog this month without a mention of the Olympics and our country's success. 

Now that the Olympics is over tourism in the UK can get back to a bit of normality and people are looking to take their holidays and maybe thinking mid Wales as a destination of choice. With sport pretty much on the forefront of peoples minds then an outdoor activity holiday may be for you and mid Wales a destination you should seriously consider, particularly as we have so much to offer locally in the form of outdoor sports that we've done so well with internationally. For example, if you like kayaking or canoing then there is much choice with the River Severn and Lake Vyrnwy just a stone throw away, running with the wide variety of roads and paths for you to explore, cycling as we have some of the most scenic routes you will find in the UK. 

Whilst the Olympics has been going on, we've had a few internationals ourselves in Mid Wales with the British Open, European and World DTL shooting competition at Trefeglwys shooting school. This is a very popular event attracting visitors from all around the world. One of the biggest challenges for competing teams is finding good suitable accommodation that is of a high standard. Well, if that's what your looking for then please contact us, we believe we have just what you need.

If you want to find out more or want to look at what other outdoor activities that are available nearby to our cottages, then visit the visitmidwales.co.uk website where there is a range of outdoor activities and adventure listed.


 
 
Welcome to June's edition of our blog. Well, we're half way through the year already so for this edition of our blog we thought we would discuss all the wonderful things that is going on throughout the summer in Mid Wales. So far we haven't had our great deal of sunshine, but regardless of the wind / rain this blog should give you an idea of some of the things you can do to make your holiday all that more special. 

Whatever your favourite pastime there is lots to do in Mid Wales and we're sure you will find an activity to enjoy, if you either coming here to stay on your own or as a family. 

Firstly, if shooting is your thing then there is the World shooting competition at Mid Wales Shooting Centre which is situated in 300 acres of land surrounded by some naturally beautiful countryside and it is ideally located, just forty minutes drive from Brynglas Cottages. The Mid Wales Shooting Centre caters for the novice to the expert shooter, providing a vast range of shooting facilities which includes 16 Trap Layouts, 4 Skeet layouts and 18 Sporting Stands. To view their numerous events throughout the year then check out their events page on their website @ http://www.midwalesshootingcentre.com/events.html.

If shooting is not your thing then maybe the Royal Welsh Show may interest you on the 23-26th July. Although we are an hour and half drive from the Royal Welsh Showground, the popularity of the show means that finding accommodation near to the show has proven to be difficult. Have a look at the showground website to check out what other events they have to offer throughout the year and feel free to contact us regarding our availability during these peak times http://www.rwas.co.uk/en/society

If you like music then there is the 2012 Gregynog Festival which is Venezia, featuring some of the world's greatest exponents of the music of Venice. Festival events will take place at various locations - Gregynog Hall, Kerry, Montgomery and at the National Museum in Cardiff from Fri 15 Jun - Sun 1 Jul 2012. 

Whatever the recreation of choice, i'm sure Mid Wales has something for you, and if you need help in your research then take a look at the Visit Mid Wales website which contains a list of events for Mid Wales & Powys, and its attractions, and don't forget if your looking for somewhere to stay then check out our availability by contacting us

If there is an event that you feel should be mentioned in this list then please feel free to
 
 
Welcome to our 3rd blog post... Well, as its now Spring we thought we'd blog about cycling and what mid Wales has to offer you.  It is widely known that cycling is one of the best ways for people to achieve good health and fitness and is a very popular form of tourist attraction. People who cycle regularly live longer than those who do not and lead healthier lives, so its no wonder that cycling holidays are so popular.  

Some market research sourced from Mintel states

"Despite being a niche market, demand for cycling holidays is set to reach new heights. Although 16% of adults (8 million) have already been on some kind of cycling holiday, as many as 12% have not been on one, but would like to do so in the future. This suggests that (6 million) Brits are on track to become first time cycling holidaymakers."
"Although fly and flop still dominates the mass market, many well-travelled and well-off consumers are growing bored with sun worship and are seeking more active experiences," comments Richard Cope.

"The growth of independent travel is creating a new breed of holidaymaker, who is resourceful, adventurous and hungry for a taste of authenticity away from the crowds. Cycling is a great way to explore the hidden secrets of a region, enjoy intimate contact with local culture and an opportunity for travellers to feel good about benefiting local economies," he adds."source: Mintel (http://bit.ly/HIXeIE)

If you are thinking about having a cycling holiday then include mid Wales in your plans because we have some of the most beautiful, scenic, and quality number of cycling routes in Wales. 

The county of Powys is located in the central and east of Wales and is the largest county, therefore we have a number of diverse and challenging cycling routes. The county is very mountainous making it a great place for hiking and mountain biking. Powys boasts the highest waterfall in the UK, Pistyll Rhaeadr, also four cave systems can be found within the area and six castles. For a sample of some of the fantastically stunning cycling routes this area of Wales has to offer then start with Guilsfield to Bala circle via Llanfyllin and Llangynog, Lake Vyrnwy to Bala Lake Loop, Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy to Llangadfan and Bwlch Y Groes, Llanfyllin to Hirnant and Vyrnwy Loop, Machynlleth Loop via Llanwrin Heol Pen'rallt, Newtown to Cefn Coch and Carno Loop. 

You will find these routes are a mixture of relaxing and not to challenging to those that are not for the faint hearted. If you want to know more and what we can do for you as accommodation providers to make your stay in mid Wales as easy and relaxing as possible then please contact us.

We can offer you quality accommodation, advice on where to cycle, what routes to take and provide safe and secure storage for your bikes and to top it all off, we are located in a remote location, out in the lovely countryside surrounded by quiet country lanes that are perfect for a leisurely cycle. If you wish to stay here for a full week or as a stop on a route through Wales please don't hesitate to ask. 

So if your planning a cycling holiday please don't discount Mid Wales as we are Britain's hidden little secret when it comes to quality cycling. More information is provided by Visit Wales @  http://tourism.powys.gov.uk/index.php?id=29.  And for information regarding different cycling events happening in our area then visit  the British Cycling website for event information http://bit.ly/HHqdrl. 

There is also a fantastic resource for cycling routes at this page http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Powys-Routes-54.html.

 
 
Well, here it is, our first proper blog post. This is all new to us here at Brynglas holiday cottages so you'll have to bear with us over the next few months. Firstly we would like to say a Happy New Year to all, and hope that 2012 brings you much happiness and opportunity. Must say however, the weather here in Mid Wales, particularly Powys is giving us a right battering. You might say not the best time to be outside but you would be wrong. 

If you like walking there are lots of walking websites out there to promote particular areas in the UK such as Cumbria, Scotland, Yorkshire etc. but Mid Wales is very often missed. So I thought I would take this opportunity to tell the world about what amazing walks and routes we have, particularly as Mid Wales is proud to have Powis Castle near Welshpool voted the best walk in the UK by the National Trust. Being only a 20 minute drive from Brynglas Farm I must say it comes to no surprise that Powis Castle have won this award, it truly is a fantastic walk. For more information, please visit and check out the story on Wales Online.

Wales is now in New York Times' top 40 places to go in 2012 specifically for its hiking and walking routes which says a lot about the quality of our walks.  http://nyti.ms/wBpDEa
So what else do we have in Mid Wales to encourage the active walker? Well, there are many routes for you to try out such as the fantastic Ann Griffiths walk which is a seven mile Walk winding  down the Vyrnwy valley from Pont Llogel to Pontrobert. 

For a truly fantastic walk why not combine this walk with the Glyndŵr’s Way which runs alongside the Ann Griffiths Walk, check out this map  of the walks provided by Powys Tourism. These walks take you next to rivers, over hills with fantastic views and past interesting sites to see. Glyndŵr’s Way begins in Knighton, on the border with England, where it connects with the Offa`s Dyke Path. It goes through small market towns in Mid Wales and tiny villages, going through Wales to Machynlleth and back across Powys to Welshpool.

We've only mentioned 2-3 major walks here but there are many more such as Ffynnon Y Clawdd Llesg up the road in Meifod, Gregynon near Llanfair Caereinion, Kerry Ridgeway, Severn Way and many more. I would write in more detail about all these walking routes but that would take me a very long time as there is so much to talk about so instead i'm going to direct you to a fantastic BBC website which has these routes in more detail http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/mid/sites/walks/
 
With these walks only a stone throw away from us, when your planning your next walking holiday and need somewhere to stay, then we are perfectly located central in Powys with easy access and information on all these routes to make your stay a very active or relaxing as you like.

Feel free to comment on this blog and share with us your walking experiences in Mid Wales and of any routes that are worth a mention. 

Also check out Powys Ramblers for news and information regarding our lovely local walks http://powysramblers.org.uk/
 
 
Welcome to the Brynglas Cottages' Blog. This blog will be updated on a monthly basis to include events, activities and general tourism topics that effect mid Wales and Wales generally. 

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