Nestled at the bottom of a secluded part of the Aeron Valley in Ceredigion, west Wales, you'll find Llanerchaeron, a charming country estate that's home to a little known gem – an early Palladian villa by the renowned Regency architect John Nash. In 1789, Colonal William Lewes inherited Llanerchaeron, then a small country estate made... Continue Reading →

Newton House and Dinefwr

Over the summer I was working at the National Eisteddfod, the annual Welsh cultural festival that this year took place near Tregaron in west Wales. Deciding to make something of a weekend of it before I started work, I stopped off at Llandeilo in the neighbouring county of Carmarthenshire so I could spend a couple... Continue Reading →

Île aux Moines

The Golfe du Morbihan, off the southern coast of Brittany, is studded with islands – 42 to be exact. The largest of which is the Île aux Moines (Monks' Island). Having glimpsed the island a few days earlier from the Pointe d'Arradon (Brittany's riviera, which is home to some very posh houses), we were keen... Continue Reading →

Le Bono

The friendly town of Le Bono, on the banks of the River Auray, was the place we called home during our week-long sojourn in Brittany. With a number of shops and restaurants, a superb pâtisserie, a couple of intriguing sights, and lots of interesting walking trails, it proved to be an excellent place in which... Continue Reading →

Brecon Beacons: Elidir Trail

Inspired by my recent visit to the Four Falls Trail, I was keen to explore more of the Brecon Beacons' waterfall country. So when I was looking for something to do on my birthday earlier this summer, I decided a hike along the Elidir Trail would be the perfect way to spend the day. This... Continue Reading →

Brecon Beacons: Four Falls Trail

Nestled in the heart of waterfall country in the Brecon Beacons National Park is the Four Falls Trail, an 8.4km circular route that takes in four of the park's most impressive waterfalls. I first became aware of the trail a couple of weeks ago when my brother mentioned how incredible it was, and looking for... Continue Reading →

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Now that the lockdown restrictions have eased here in Wales, I've tentatively begun venturing a little further afield and the bank holiday weekend a couple of weeks ago seemed the perfect time to go on my first big day trip of 2021. My destination? The National Botanic Garden of Wales (Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol Cymru in... Continue Reading →

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