“Nous revenons d\'un séjour de deux semaines dans le nord du Pays de Galles, chez John et Christine. Ce fut un échange très réussi! John et Christine sont très accueillants et habitent dans un "petit coin de paradis". Leur maison se situe en pleine campagne et est entourée d\'un magnifique jardin! Elle est idéalement placée pour découvrir le nord du Pays de Galles. Une très belle région ponctuée de petites montagnes et d\'un patrimoine bâti très intéressant. Situé à l\'entrée du parc national de Snowdonia, de nombreuses randonnées dans des paysages magnifiques de landes et de tourbières sont accessibles à proximité immédiate de leur maison. Nous conseillons vivement un échange avec John et Christine. Vous ne serez pas déçus!”
John And Christine's reviewsAs a host (5)
“In July 2014 we exchanged houses with John and Christine in Llangygnog, Wales, UK. It was a very nice experience to live in such a picturesque cottage with its own unique style and character. The house matches the beautiful surroundings being situated in a long narrow valley near Snowdonia. The cottage has many small rooms, on different levels that are interconnected with narrow hallways with a couple of low staircases. Very exiting especially for the children to explore. The beds were very comfy. The garden is lush and inviting, a lot of birds around the house as well that can easily be observed while they are eating the birdseed we gave them. We were so fortunate to be allowed to take care of Tigger, the family dog and the two Shetland ponies. Tigger is very stoic and never made a fuss, friendly and easy going. We took him along on almost all of our trips around the countryside, on foot and by car as well. Needless to say that he was the star of the show during our two weeks in Llangygnog and the children still talk about him today. Taking care of the ponies was very interesting for the children and was not at all time consuming. Communication with John and Christine was easy and straightforward. John and Christine took care of our home and our two dogs and we found our home just as we left it and our dogs were relaxed and at ease and in great shape! They had obviously been taken very good care of! Big plus was that they gave us a written description of how to find our way traveling from Manchester and the house once you have arrived in the village. Especially appreciated because our own gps device would not start! Another very nice touch was that we got to read a book John wrote. The plot and story is situated in the region and after reading it you will appreciate your stay in this part of Wales even more. All in all a very positive exchange!”
“This charming little cottage is nestled among the most delightful gardens - goodness me, these family must have the world's best green fingers! It is a fine example - inside and out - of a cosy Welsh cottage even down to the spinning wheel. The views are stunning in all weathers and the surrounding area is great for exploring, walking and in our case, fly fishing. John and Christine are an extremely accommodating couple. They are great at responding to all queries and we went into an exchange with them confident that they, and we, knew all there was to know about our respective destinations. It was an added bonus that the sun shone for us on the Welsh hillsides throughout our stay!!”
“La charmante maison de Christine et John est nichée au coeur du Pays de Galles, dans un petit village, avec les randonnées dans les montagnes galloises à proximité et les plages et la côte à 1h de voiture. Bien que bous n'ayons pas vu nos hôtes (ce que nous regrettons), nous avons facilement échangé avec eux (en anglais comme en français). Un bel échange pour découvrir le Pays de Galles. ”
“Nous avons passé deux semaines délicieuses dans la maison de John et Christine. Leur maison est magnifique et très typique, très agréable à vivre avec notamment une pièce entièrement vitrée donnant sur le jardin. L'extérieur est luxuriant et plein de charme avec plusieurs tables en des coins différents du jardin pour déjeuner dans un écrin de verdure. Le Pays de Galles mérite d'être découvert. les paysages sont magiques avec de belles cascades, des lacs et des montagnes passant du vert au mauve de la bruyère sauvage. Il y a profusion de châteaux et de jardins. Rencontrer John et Christine a été un plaisir. Ils sont vraiment très gentils et accueillants. Nous avons eu plaisir à converser avec eux. Leurs nombreuses recommandations nous ont été très profitables. Nous vous recommandons cet échange.”
Where is it?
Tanymarian is situated one kilometre north west of the village of Llangynog at the head of the Tanat Valley. The village is small and quiet: it has no shop though there are two pubs as well as a mountain bike park. Our house is 5 km from the eastern boundary of the Snowdonia National Park and 20 km from the English border, in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains. There are beautiful mountain walks from the doorstep, and other scenic areas within easy reach. It is a short drive to the ancient pilgrimage church at Pennant Melangell, to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in Wales, to Bala Lake and to Lake Vyrnwy, where boats and bicycles can be hired. Bala has a swimming pool and is popular for windsurfing, and the National White Water Canoeing Centre is nearby. There are hill-top golf courses at Bala and Llanymynech. Powis Castle and its world-famous gardens are about 40 minutes away by car: other National Trust properties in the area include Attingham, Chirk Castle and Erddig. In an hour or a little more you can explore the historic towns of Chester and Shrewsbury, the spectacular mountain scenery around Snowdon or Cadair Idris, the great medieval castles of Harlech, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris (World Heritage Sites), the great aqueduct of Pontcysyllte, the slate mines and steam railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog, the gardens at Bodnant, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums or the beaches at Harlech or Barmouth. New attractions include the longest zip wire in Europe at Bethesda and Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley.
The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester.
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