You might have read in my five frugal things post on Friday that I was thinking about a cheeky little getaway over the May Half Term break.
I think we’re pretty much set on Wales as we don’t want the hassle of going abroad but we do want to feel like we’re on holiday if you know what I mean. I think we fancy North Wales, specifically Anglesey as it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.
Anglesey is actually an island which is reached by a short drive across the Menai Suspension Bridge, which I believe was the first modern suspension bridge in the world. It’s the fifth largest island off the coast of the UK and the guidebooks say that it offers 125 miles of amazing, beautiful beaches which have helped the island earn the honour of being named an area of outstanding beauty.
Aside from the beaches, from what I’ve been told by some family friends who visit every year, everything about the Isle of Anglesey is beautiful and the scenery and pretty villages make it a great place to visit for some R&R which is exactly what we’re after.
I specifically want somewhere life is a bit slower and not rushed because I think that’s what we all need – some time to recharge, reconnect and take stock of things after the pretty awful start to the year we’ve had.
I’m thinking about a cottage more than a hotel for similar reasons – I want to spend a week living life at our pace and not being constrained by time. Having to get up for breakfast or be ready in time for dinner isn’t what I want from this break so a cute little cottage is what I have in mind.
There’s so many to cottages in Angelsey to choose from – ranging from picture perfect traditional style to modern sea front properties and I’m torn between what I want.
Normally, when I choose a place for us to stay, I go down the list of facilities and make sure the wifi box is ticked because that’s pretty much essential for us but this time, I’m tempted to go for one where the wifi isn’t amazing – you know the kind with super thick old walls. We can just pack a load of our old favourite board games into the back of the car and play them instead of being online as it’s been a while since we’ve done that!
I’m tempted to go for one with a cheeky hot tub which I know the kids would LOVE and one with a log burner which I know I would love.
There’s plenty to do in Angelsey to keep us occupied when we do venture out though – these are the top five places on my must-visit list:
Parys Mountain has a history dating back 1,800 million years and apparently, its super brightly coloured orange, purple and green landscape due to exposed minerals in the land are going to make us feel like we’ve just landed on Mars.
I do love a good wander around a castle and from what I can see, Beaumaris Castle is a great place to spend some time. I’ve read that it’s considered to be the most technically brilliant castle in Britain so even though I have no idea how a castle in ruins can be technically perfect, I’m determined to find out.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Anglesey Sea Zoo is Wales’ largest marine aquarium and is apparently home to some of the best of British marine wildlife from all around the coasts of the UK. We usually love having a wander around our local Sealife Centre so I suspect this is somewhere the kids will enjoy.
This is somewhere our friends have recommended that we visit for the men of the family although I’m not 100% sure it’s my sort of family attraction. The website says that ‘Beaumaris Gaol is well known for its brutal methods of keeping its prisoners in check and the scene of public hangings’. It sounds a bit gruesome to me but I suspect they’ll love it!
Visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Train Station
I just want to visit this place to take a photo! At 63 letters long, it’s the longest place name in Europe and I just want to go get a photo. 😉
So that sums up what I want to do this Half Term – let’s hope Mr Frugal can get the week off work! He’s gone in today with his holiday form and has to wait a few days to find out.
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