Anglesey Weekend Break

When faced with an unshakable urge to travel somewhere recently, we decided to hire a car and head to the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales for a relaxing weekend of food, culture and breathtaking scenery.

Our Welsh break in Anglesey was filled with castles, coastal views and plenty of colour! We stayed on a farm near Red Wharf Bay on the east coast and enjoyed pure peace and quiet along with a delicious breakfast each morning overlooking rolling fields and Snowdonia.

Red Wharf Bay Harbour.

Red Wharf Bay Harbour.

Dainty wild flowers at Red Wharf Bay.

Dainty wild flowers at Red Wharf Bay.

Colourful plant pots outside a cottage on Red Wharf Bay.

Colourful plant pots outside a cottage on Red Wharf Bay.

Anglesey is only around an hour-and-a-half’s drive away from Liverpool. I used to visit Wales regularly on family holidays as a child and have fond memories of wandering around fields with my parents and little sister, taking nostalgic steam trains up misty mountains, staying in farm cottages (some charming and others not so much!) and, at one lovely farm, feeding carrots to ‘Sammy’ the goat.

Despite it being at least two decades since I last visited Wales, I hadn’t forgotten its incredible natural beauty. Driving over the Menai Bridge to Anglesey reveals particularly stunning views. Practically the whole coastline has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and it’s easy to appreciate why.

Beaumaris Beach.

Beaumaris Beach.

Colourful houses in Beaumaris.

Colourful houses in Beaumaris.

The 13th century Beaumaris Castle - the last castle to be built under the reign of Edward I.

The 13th century Beaumaris Castle – the last castle to be built under the reign of Edward I.

Beaumaris Castle with fields filled with cows in the background.

Beaumaris Castle with fields filled with cows in the background.

The weather forecast indicated a weekend of rain, but it was actually bright and sunny on Saturday – our only full day. So we really made the most of it by driving around the island and taking in as much as possible in the short time we had.

We went on a cliff-side walk to the South Stack Lighthouse near Holyhead, visited Beaumaris Castle, stuffed our faces with hearty welsh fare at every opportunity and even found time to stop off at the historic walled city of Conwy, North Wales on the way home.

Yeyy roadtrip!

Yeyy roadtrip!

The South Stack Lighthouse near Holyhead.

The South Stack Lighthouse near Holyhead.

Conwy Castle - another 13th century marvel.

Conwy Castle – another 13th century marvel.

Conwy Harbour.

Conwy Harbour.

The view from Conwy city walls.

The view from Conwy city walls.

Where we stayed

 

Seeking a restful stay, we went with Parc Yr Odyn in Pentraeth, Anglesey. This is a working farm featuring five-star rated bed and breakfast and self catering options.

We stayed in one of only two rooms in the farmhouse and enjoyed a comfortable, elegantly decorated space with gorgeous countryside views of fields and mountains.

The tasteful room at the Parc Yr Odyn farmhouse B&B.

The tasteful room at the Parc Yr Odyn farmhouse B&B.

 

The farm was a short drive away from Red Wharf Bay and Beaumaris. Breakfast featured continental and cooked options with delicious locally-sourced produce including fresh eggs off the farm. I was impressed with the selection of cereal, seeds, fruits and fresh berries laid out on the table each morning.

There were even cakes placed in our room every afternoon. The host made us feel very welcome with a friendly and approachable manner.

Where we ate

 

On our first evening in Anglesey we enjoyed a pub meal at the Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay. This place serves quality pub grub including fish and chips, sausage and mash and chicken curry. A cosy traditional pub atmosphere right on the waterfront.

Cheese on toast

Cheese on toast at the White Eagle Pub.

We forgot to book somewhere on Saturday night so ended up going for a pretty tasty curry at Meghna Tandoori in Beaumaris. By chance (i.e. we got lost), we also stopped off for lunch at the White Eagle Pub in Rhoscolyn. Their cheese on toast with caramalised onion was fabulous!

Overall, it was a lovely little weekend break! 

 

Have you visited Anglesey in North Wales or do you plan to? 

 

5 Comments

    • July 6, 2015 / 11:51

      Thanks Fernando, it was a lovely change of scenery.

  1. July 17, 2015 / 13:53

    How lovely! We spent a few days at a B & B next to the castle in Conway a number of years ago and loved the area. Didn´t get to Anglesey though. Glad you got away.

    • August 1, 2015 / 09:06

      Hi Darlene, apologies for this shockingly late reply! Conway is gorgeous isn’t it?! We could definitely have spent a few days as oppose to a few hours there. Hope all is well in Spain and you’re enjoying the sunshine :-)

      • August 2, 2016 / 21:42

        It is very warm here right now but we are loving the sunshine. Got away for a few days in Provence which was lovely. Hugs to baby.