This morning we woke up to a rainy Newport but that wasn't going to stop us. The rain in Wales seems to be a recurring theme after our wet day yesterday! J joined me on the roof of the lighthouse to have a soak in the lovely warm hot tub at 7.30am whilst enjoying views over the sea and being sat next to a life size Tardis. Totally surreal but totally super!
We were sad to say goodbye to one of our new friends, an adorable 5 month old border collie named Archie.
Today's journey was one of the longest (around 4 hours) and we somehow managed to do it without any stops (except for one sick break - poor D was feeling car sick again - and this time actually was sick).
The boys also managed without gadgets for the journey - again unheard of in this family!
And I wasn't even very well stocked up on snacks as we've been in so many rural spots that we've hardly set foot in any shops.
Yet the beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks was enough to get us through the long journey until we eventually reach the very pretty holiday village of Portmeirion where we are staying for tonight.
|We had an amazing view of Portmeirion village from where we were staying|
Decor is antique style - but not musty and dusty. It is very opulent looking with grand curtains with pelmets, rich wallpaper and drapes around the bed, crystal style lights and glass knob door handles on wardrobes.
The opulence doesn't end there. The bathrooms had lovely l'occitane soap, shower gel and shampoo to use. Little touches like this really make a big difference to giving that luxury feel.
There was a very well stocked tea tray with lots of tasty biscuits so having skipped lunch on our long journey, we all enjoyed a much needed hot chocolate with biscuits instead of lunch today.
Although our accommodation did have a kitchenette area, we were unsure of what facilities there would be so we had booked in for an evening meal at the Castell Deudraeth restaurant.
We enjoyed a little look around Portmeirion before dinner (the sun had come out for us by this stage). There are stunning views across the river and postcard perfect views around Portmeirion itself.
|Another surreal moment - this part of the promenade was designed to look like a boat|
An exciting day due tomorrow with a visit to Bounce Below en-route to our next destination...Liverpool.
A few more of my fave piccies from today:
|This is a model of the 'Unicorn' building we were staying in at Portmeirion. This was on the mantlepiece there.|
|Running around outside Castell Deudraeth|
|Amazing views of Snowdonia National Park|