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 Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon

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PostSubject: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:01 pm

Five years ago we booked Warner’s holiday at Bodelwydan in Wales for a four day break with the mother-in-law but unfortunately the mother-in-law fell and had to have a hip operation before we were due to go and the only way the holiday was going to happen was for her to be pushed around in a wheelchair.

The accommodation at Bodelwydan is in a castle that Warner’s had sympathetically renovated into a holiday centre for adults only.







The accommodation was superb overlooking the courtyard and grounds, I believe, we had what is classed as a signature room.





A full breakfast was provided and was help yourself, so you never went hungry.

Meals in the evenings were generally a carvery roast and different joints were brought out each evening, there were of course, other choices if you did not like the meat dishes. IMO the food was excellent.

During the day, entertainment was laid on, like archery, bowls, darts and various other things.

The evening entertainment usually started with a quiz and then a game of bingo, followed by the main entertainment provided by its own entertainment staff and at that time, the lead singer was ill and the standin was disappointing. A lot of Warner’s entertainment can be quite good, if you pick the right week/weekend with stars and tribute act appearing

The drinks were IMO expensive and we were a captive audience but all in all, we do enjoy the Warner Breaks

We had a trip to Llandudno for our first day and then on our second day we decided to go to Portmerion to see the Italian style buildings and grounds which became the location for the cult TV series The Prisoner.

No 2's accommodation


You can hire accommodation there if you want to live the series



No 6 The prisoners accommodation below



I was a little disappointed, as parts just weren’t wheelchair friendly, however we did have a good day there.

The beach where the balloon rose preventing escape



Many years ago I had the experience of going to the top of Snowdon by the train and it had been on our itinerary to take the mother-in-law up the mountain but now as she was in a wheelchair, would it be possible. Well, we gave it a go and I telephoned the office at Snowdon and they were really helpful.

At Llanberis where the railway starts we got her into the train leaving the wheelchair behind.







At the summit they had placed a wheelchair against the wall for us. So I was able to get the mother-in-law 3495 ft up a mountain but unfortunately the summit was covered in mist that day and there was nothing to see but she did enjoy the experience.

Yes we did bring her down again.

The grounds of Bodalwydin





I can do another of these if not boring


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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:15 pm

Not boring at all Delboy. Yet another fantastic review with your excellent photo's, keep them coming. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:41 pm

All your photos amaze me the quality is brilliant

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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:51 am

Boring?? Not at all.....I love them and all the pictures, the beach and your train trip looks amazing. :tup:
Castle and grounds are beautiful.....I wanna go!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:07 pm

Fantastic Delboy cheers One of the guys I go walking with each year wants to do a walk down there especially to visit Portmerion.

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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:10 pm

You can walk up Snowdon I think it was 4,5 miles up hill.
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:12 pm

delboy wrote:
You can walk up Snowdon I think it was 4,5 miles up hill.

And how far back down again Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:17 am

Nice one del, I saw this, this morning, but the pics wern't coming up for some reason, so I left it.

Not boring at all, I love it, but this is a review really, not banter, so I think you might have to go to the naughty corner for a while Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:54 am

Just something different to fill the forum stocking lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:01 am

Very good stuff del.We have been to Bodelwyddan a few times as we can drive there in less than an hour.When you were there did you encouner Steve Hodge who plays in the resident band but also plays guitar and keyboards in more exclusive lunchtime (in the library) and late night sessions? What a talented guy.Could you envisage a solo entertainer performing Bohemian Rhapsody? Steve does.I suspect for the late night sessions he needs a bit of chemical help Twisted Evil but fair do's he is a marvellous entertainer.Ask him to do Dire Straits' Sultans of Swing-he even plays the Knopfler riffs!Had to laugh-I saw in today's (yesterday's?) Sunday Telegraph Bodelwyddan was recommended.Said it is a folly castle (true) overlooking the sea (not true unless you have very strong binoculars!).
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:53 pm

just highlighted for Bella as she is considering Warner's
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:10 pm

Did the MiL run over the hare with the wheelchair?
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:12 pm

lol! lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:06 pm

Loving the pics. Brought back some memories. I got the train up Snowdon but walked down to take in the views.
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:34 pm

embarassed to say that jan and i went to north wales on a sun holiday staying at port madoc to do some serious walking but ended up meeting some great people and drinking too much every night and the walking boots never saw the light of day Embarassed

had some nice drives and a great time though Laughing

want to return some day
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:22 pm

delboy wrote:
just highlighted for Bella as she is considering Warner's

Cheers DB...... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:38 pm

Think you should Y.With your penchant for mountains there are more than enough for you to go at in Snowdonia.The Llanberis path up Snowdon (the one that is parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway) is the easiest way up but not the most interesting.I recommend the PYG Track which starts from the YHA at Pen-y-Pass.PYG stands for Pen-Y-Gwrd.That was the hotel where the Everest ascent party that conquered the world's highest mountain for the first time in 1953 was based for their pre-Himalayas training.

The PYG Track meets up with the Llanberis path about 500ft of ascent short of the summit.Mt Snowdon 3,560ft is the highest mountain in England and Wales.The highest mountain in England is Scafell Pike 3,210 ft.All overshadowed by Scotland's highest Ben Nevis 4,406ft (a long slog!).I have been up them all and many more besides.These days I can't climb our 2 flights of stairs without gasping for breath! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:43 pm

Fab mountain shots DB v... Rep for you - Just like parts of Kerry!

I presume the hare was in mid-flight and not just lying down on the path Very Happy

Cough . . . . was that signature bed big enough for you all . . . .

'There were 3 of us in this marriage' . . lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:45 pm

yes I frightened the hare and the bed was Mrs DB's treat
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PostSubject: Re: Wales, Warner's, Bodelwydan, Portmerion and Snowdon   Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:48 pm

So - did you and MiL take the sofa . . . lol!
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