To make the most of the last days of summer and squeeze in a final holiday, Drew and I booked a last minute trip in September. As we’re still renovating our house, our budget was fairly limited so we decided on a staycation to North Wales.
After a search on Airbnb, we discovered the Pigsty in Caerau Gardens, Sarnau; set in beautiful open gardens with incredible views of the Welsh hills and its own private lake.
When we arrived we took full advantage of exploring the gardens and the local area. Drew even commandeered his own boat.
We spent the evening taking full advantage of the sauna, playing with the owner’s dog and eventually falling asleep after watching the stars through the Pigsty’s skylight.
The next day we headed out to Portmeirion – a tiny village created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925-1976. He purchased the land to show how an area of natural beauty could be developed without spoiling it.
I first visited Portmeirion with my family when I was about 12 or 13 and fell instantly in love with the village. I was then introduced to The Prisoner by my Dad and become even more obsessed. So, visiting again over 15 years later was amazing; it was even more beautiful than I remembered.
On our final day, we planned to take the mountain railway up to Snowdon’s summit. However, once we arrived in Llanberis we discovered all trains were full and foolishly we hadn’t pre-booked. With a lack of walking boots we vowed to come back to Snowdon another time and climb the 3,560ft to the summit.
After an epic full English breakfast at Pete’s Eats and a walk around Llanberis we headed home. Thanks for a great 72 hours Wales, we’ll be back soon.
Photos by yours truly on a Nikon EM, 28mm 2.8, Fujifilm Superia 200 and iPhone 4S