The Oakeley Arms Hotel and Self Catering Cottages
in the Heart of Snowdonia


Welsh Whisky

Posted On: Sun 26 Feb 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

The Penderyn Whisky Distillery, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is finally putting Welsh whisky back on the map. It is the only distillery in Wales, and the unique taste of the whisky that is produced there is certainly holding its own against its better known Scottish and Irish cousins. Just over ten years ago, a group of friends gathered together for drinks at a pub near Aberdare. Conversation flowed, but the friends all lamented the lack of a real Welsh whisky, when the other Celtic nations so clearly had their own spirit identity. And so it was that out of this evening e ... read the full story

Free Things to do in Snowdonia

Posted On: Tue 21 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

So, the happy half term holidays are here already (it only seems like two minutes ago that the kids were going back to school after Christmas!), and we know that entertaining your little darlings for a week can soon add up to a budget blowing week of fun and games. So, if you're visiting Snowdonia this half term, or indeed if you live here, and are looking for some penny saving ideas that will keep the whole family happy and occupied this week, then look no further. Here are our top ideas for free things to do in Snowdonia...... The National Slate Museum, Llanberis - the Slate Museum is ... read the full story

A Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms

Posted On: Thu 16 Feb 2017 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

We absolutely love good food here at the Oakeley Arms, and breakfast is no exception. We pride ourselves on fresh ingredients, and local ones wherever we can. We think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you're staying with us, so a Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms is one of our favourite dishes! But just where did the idea of eating an array of items all together at breakfast time come from? And how long have we been doing it? According to research, the Full English breakfast is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. The gentry of the time were ... read the full story

Bracing Beach Walks in Snowdonia

Posted On: Mon 13 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Walks Posted By:

Along our stunning Welsh coast are hundreds of beautiful beaches – some are wide and long, stretching as far as the eye can see, and others are hidden among the crags and coves of the shoreline. Some are easy to reach, while others take a little more determination to find. Some beaches are scattered with rocks and pebbles, and some are lined with golden sand. We think that every one of our lovely beaches is worth celebrating, so today's blog is a celebration of some of the best bracing beach walks in Snowdonia. The fresh coastal breezes can leave you feeling refreshed and energised, ... read the full story

Beautiful Anglesey AONB walk

Posted On: Sun 12 Feb 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Last time on the Oakeley blog we delved into the history of the region's AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), so today we thought we'd feature a beautiful Anglesey AONB walk, so that you can explore more of the region's most stunning places...... Where:              Church Bay, Anglesey Distance:          Approx 6 miles Difficulty:          Fairly easy – coastal paths and country lanes Start:                Church Bay Car Park (A55 to junction 3 for the A5, then follow the A5025 through Llanfachreth and at Llanfaethlu follow signs t ... read the full story

Snowdonia’s AONBs

Posted On: Mon 06 Feb 2017 Posted In: Uncategorized Posted By:

The beautiful scenery of Snowdonia is as varied as it is magnificent. Characterised by rolling hills, sweeping valleys, limestone ridges and epic forests, the unspoilt area that defines the National Park is truly beautiful; over centuries its majesty has helped to define the history of the area in which it sits. And thankfully, we’re not the only ones to think so. As well as the National Park itself, Snowdonia is surrounded by AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - most of Anglesey's coastline as well as much of the Llyn Peninsula, and to the east, the Clwydian Hills and the Dee Va ... read the full story

How to Stay Safe in a Storm

Posted On: Thu 02 Feb 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

As Storm Doris (read our previous blog post for the reasons behind the UK's interesting storm names!) is hitting the UK towards the end of this week, coastal regions being particularly at risk - we take a closer look at how to stay safe in a storm (apart from not going out and hiding under the table!).... Actually, you should avoid going out if at all possible. Indoors is the safest place to be when the wind is howling and the rain is hammering down. If you do need to venture out, then only do so if it is absolutely necessary. Avoid bridges (many will be closed anyway) and anywhere w ... read the full story

Nant Gwrtheyrn Walk

Posted On: Thu 02 Feb 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

Last week on the Oakeley blog, we featured the sad, sad story of the tragic Nant Gwrtheyrn lovers, so today we thought we'd write about details of a fantastic coastal walk - so you can explore the beautiful area more, and delve deeper into the legend. Discover the secrets of tragic lovers at Nant Gwrtheyrn with this lovely Nant Gwrtheyrn Walk Where:             Llithfaen and Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llyn Peninsula Distance:          Approx 3.5 miles Difficulty:          Moderate – good paths but steep hills Start:                Car Park north of ... read the full story