The Big Cambrian Mountains Christmas blog

Christmas in the Cambrian Mountains is a magical time for the whole family. You can make sure you don’t miss out on the celebrations and find something truly unique for your loved ones this year with our Big Christmas in the Cambrian Mountains guide.

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What’s on:

Santa’s Grotto at Gregynog Hall (Sunday 8th December)
Gregynog Hall is worth a visit in its own right to explore the grand mansion and its perfectly manicured gardens. This Christmas, why not bring the children for a wander through the woods to discover a magical grotto on the 8th of December.

Christmas Celebration at Nanteos (18th-23rd December)
Step back in time in this historic Georgian Mansion as they celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way. This will involve three nights of fine dining, dancing and live music. There’s no better way of getting into the Christmas spirit!

Starting and finishing at Y Talbot hotel, this leisurely 4 mile walk gives you the chance to walk off the Christmas indulgences while also enjoying the beautiful scenery as you hike above Tregaron. Starting at 3pm, the walk is free to get involved with and has been known to bring together as many as 90 local people keen to try a little post-Christmas day exercise.

Where to shop for food:

In an area with such high quality local produce, you’d be crackers to settle for a supermarket deal this year…

dsc_0516Caws Teifi Cheese
There is no better occasion to splurge on a selection of great cheeses than at Christmas. Caws Teifi Cheese produce several award-winning cheeses using only the finest, locally sourced unpasteurised milk. Perfect for a gift for the foodie in your life or simply to add a luxurious touch to that Christmas Day spread.

Da Mhile Whiskey
Whatever your chosen Christmas tipple is, you can’t go wrong with a Da Mhile whiskey. These guys are the makers of the world’s first organic whisky using 100% organic barley, yeast and pure water. Or why not present guests with their seaweed gin for something entirely different? Maybe even give them a blind tasting, they’ll never guess!

For truly unique gifts:

Erwood Station Craft Centre and Gallery
Situated in an old railway station, the Erwood Station Craft Centre is a staple of Welsh culture. The shop stocks authentic Welsh artisan crafts, from traditional love spoons for a partner or uniquely designed ceramic cups for tea-loving Grandparents, this is a haven for trinkets and treasures.

Wye Lavender
Despite being used traditionally for fragrance and sprays here lavender is also transformed into tea, biscuits and fudge, or keep is simple with a pretty bunch. Whatever you go for their products are undeniably irresistible.

Where to Stay for Christmas & New Year:

Ynyshir Hall
Once owned by Queen Victoria, Ynyshir Hall is perfect for those who want to celebrate Christmas like a Royal. In preparation for the festive celebrations it’s decorated beautifully with a humungous tree and holly and ivy from the gardens, ready for their three day long Christmas house party.

Blaenglanhanog Holiday cottage
Enjoy a 10% discount and a free bottle of champagne for New Year’s in this cosy cottage which is full of character with beamed ceilings and an inglenook fireplace. Dogs are also welcome and guests are invited to sample the organic produce of the owner’s vegetable plot or even try the honey from their bee hive.

Woodhouse Farm Bunkhouse 
In the heart of Wales lies this remote farm bunkhouse which sleeps 20 making a great alternative for New Year’s. Opportunities for winter activities such as cycling, horse riding, canoeing or even skiing are on the doorstep. When groups book a 3 night stay over the Christmas period for sole occupancy they are also given a free turkey!

New Hall Guest House
Celebrations at this home from home include a torchlit walk followed by Blues and Rock live music with Sir Dangerous Dave in the Neuadd and drumming the New Year in with Brecon Samba. To start 2014 with a clear head New Hall also run a guided walk on New Year’s Day to hike away that hangover.