by - February 19, 2018

I'll let you in to a secret, when Jay and I book any sort of trip, we will cram in as much as we possibly can. We fit what people do in a week in a couple of days, neither of us can bare wasting any time when we're away. Booking Snowdonia was no exception, in fact I went even more adventure crazy. 

We set off at 6:30, we always fill the car up on the morning that we go so we can stop for some much needed coffee. We had a plan of stopping about 3 hours into our journey so we could explore our first village, when we were about 40 minutes from there we came across this beautiful farm shop and cafe and decided we would stop for brunch. It wasn't raining but it was quite chilly so I was really happy when they let us know we could take Thor in and much to our amazement he was as good as gold. Rhug Estate was beautiful and the food was delicious.I would absolutely recommend stopping here if you're ever in that area.
Next stop was Betws-Y-Coed, now if you type in Snowdonia into Pinterest this place will be one of the top results you will see and from the minute we drove in I knew exactly why. We went for a little wonder and you don't have to walk far to find beautiful waterfalls, bridges, rivers and wildlife.
When we arrived we parked just by the little train line, so once we had finished our explore we had a wonder around there, it was adorable and full of colourful art. There was a mini steam train you could go on but as we found a few times having a little four legged friend with you means you'll miss out on certain things. 
The main attraction for stopping in Betws-Y-Coed was Swallow Falls, my goodness what a sensational waterfall it is, it was breathtaking and for a minute we all just stood there in silence and listened and watched as the water crashed down. The kids were mesmerised and Noah is still talking about it.
We left here full of fresh air in our lungs and lots to talk about. We arrived at our cottage  we had booked for the weekend through Airbnb at around 3pm and settled in. The cottage was beautiful and in an incredible location, it had everything we needed including a basket of treats on arrival and really felt like a home away from home. You can check it out here, its also a massive bargain at only £50 a night. Everyone was exhausted so after a little walk around the village we snuggled down with a Chinese, prosecco and a roaring fire.
Day one was pretty glorious, and I can't wait to share with you what we got up to on day two.

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