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BRITAIN'S BEST-KEPT SECRET INVITES DISCOVERY

CAERNARFON CASTLE, NORTHWESTERN WALES, SITE OF THE INVESTITURE OF THE PRINCE OF WALES

Like Castles? Find more medieval castles per square
mile in Wales than anywhere in the British Isles.

Like walking? Like mountains? Like golf? Like trains?
Wales is a great destination for you.

Like horses, food, fishing, antiques, history, mystery?
Yep — Wales should top your bucket list.

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INTRODUCTION: WHY WE GO TO WALES

Much more than great scenery,
       hearty food, and legendary castles.

          Probably the most overlooked British travel

 

destination, Wales offers some of the best food in the U.K. as well as its own distinct music, art, history, and language. Rarely noted is the superb variety of unspoiled scenery of Wales, including three distinct regions worthy of national park status, the highest mountains south of Scotland, and cozy, undiscovered villages.
          Wales is closest to England geographically. Perhaps because of this proximity the Welsh are the most nationalistic and culturally separatist of all the British. The Welsh identity is tied to its history as a Celtic population under siege by their neighbors in England. These original Britons were forced into hiding by invading waves of Angles, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans. They retreated into the rugged, mystical mountains and vales that dominate the Welsh landscape.
          Today the Welsh variety of Gaelic is alive and growing while most other Gaelic languages are disappearing. Welsh cuisine,

Autumn in Snowdonia: the Llanrwst Bridge over the River Conwy. Photo  Home At First.
AUTUMN IN SNOWDONIA:
Llanrwst Bridge over the River Conwy
Photo Home At First

custom, religion, music, and mentality all can be
said to be more than just dialectical versions of their English, Scottish and Irish relatives, and each is maintained with the prideful caring due national treasures.

(For more on this theme, see: ST. DAVID.)

 

In our customers' own words—

           "We received a number of 'strange but interested' looks and comments from people when we mentioned Wales as our vacation destination. We have certainly been touting its superior vacation qualities since our return. There is so much to do and see we still have a list but, by the same token, it was very relaxing. Most days we were out of our lodgings at a leisurely 10AM and back around 6PM. It was a pleasant pace."

— K. & D. Attenborough, Massachusetts

           "Wales was beautiful with masses of daffodils everywhere. The roads were narrow and twisty but surfaces were good. Very different from when I was last there just after the war when it was looking very run down and uncared for."

— M. Still, Virginia

          "One lady was giving us directions and we had to go through a little toll bridge. She offered to give us 50 pence for the toll if we didn't have it. What friendly people!"

— B. Crandall, Ohio

 

HOME AT FIRST offers travel programs to two regions of Wales:

(CLICK ON EACH DESTINATION TITLE TO GET FULL TRAVEL PROGRAM DETAILS & PRICES)

SNOWDONIA
— NORTHWESTERN WALES —

        Home At First's northwestern Wales cottages are in or near Snowdonia National Park, where Britain's highest mountains south of Scotland rise sharply from the sea. Snowdonia's folded landscape offers rugged hiking, expansive beaches, great little steam trains, challenging seaside golf courses, impregnable medieval castles (like Caernarfon, pictured here), and friendly villages with unpronounceable names.

GO TO: SNOWDONIA (NORTHWESTERN WALES)
TRAVEL PROGRAM PAGE

NOTE: For those not wishing to drive themselves in NW Wales, we offer drivers and driver/guides available for hire at most times of year.

DRIVER/GUIDES AVAILABLE IN WALES

 

 Caernarfon Castle is the traditional home of the Prince of Wales. It is one of four 13th century castles ringing northwestern Wales together comprising a UN listed World Heritage Site. Photo  Home At First.
Several great castles — including all
four of the U.N. listed World Heritage
Site
— are within easy day-trip reach
of Home At First's cottages in
Snowdonia, Northwestern Wales.

Photo Home At First

 

 

 

MID-WALES
— NEAR THE ENGLISH BORDER —

        Home At First's Mid-Wales cottages are in the midst of superb scenery between the mountains of Brecon Beacons National Park and the English border. Nearby is scenic wilderness inviting discovery on foot, on horseback, or by car. Search for King Arthur and Merlin here. Cross the border into Shakespeare country and the Cotswolds easy days away. Another secret the Welsh may be the friendliest people in Britain.

GO TO: MID-WALES TRAVEL PROGRAM PAGE

NOTE: For those not wishing to drive themselves in Mid-Wales, we offer drivers and driver/guides available for hire at most times of year.

DRIVER/GUIDES AVAILABLE IN WALES

Hay-on-Wye is the Mid-Wales town famous for its many second-hand bookshops, and the Hay Festival of culture that happens every May. Photo  Home At First.
Hay-on-Wye is home to more than two
dozen second-hand book shops. Like all
our Mid-Wales villages, Hay-on-Wye is
just minutes from the rugged mountain
and white water streams of Wales as
well as much of Western England.

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