HF Holidays is 100 this year
HF Holidays, the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holidays provider, offers holidays in Wales at three of its Visit Wales-assessed properties. HF Holidays is celebrating a milestone in 2013, a centenary of walking holidays and the enjoyment of the outdoors. The former Holiday Fellowship’s history and early beginnings are closely tied to North Wales with its first headquarters set up at Bryn Corach in Conwy, a centre purchased in 1914 and owned by the society for 97 years until 2011. TA Leonard, Holiday Fellowship’s founder, lived at Bryn Corach for much of his later life. He also helped create the Youth Hostels Association and chaired the first national meeting of the Ramblers Association in 1935.
Expansion at Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert
HF Holidays expanded on its offering of walking holidays in Snowdonia by acquiring National Trust’s Craflwyn Hall at Beddgelert on a long-term lease arrangement in early 2012. Originally a hunting lodge, the property is now assessed as 4* Guests Accommodation level and offers fantastic location at the base of Snowdon.
In response to very positive feedback from guests, HF Holidays is pleased to have received approval from the National Trust to convert former stables and offices behind the main house to create an additional 12 new bedrooms, and work is underway now in time for the 2013 season.
Award-winning Dolserau Hall
Dolserau Hall near Dolgellau has been presented with a Visit Wales’ Gold Award for its outstanding comfort and hospitality. The Victorian manor house which holds 3* Hotel grade provides accommodation to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the Welsh coast, Snowdonia National Park and beyond. The 23-bedroom Dolserau Hall offers delicious food in an AA rosette-standard restaurant and bistro, spacious lounges to relax in and 5 acres of gardens to explore.
Louise Oakley, Dolserau Hall’s Hotel Manager, has commented on the news: “We are thrilled to receive such recognition amongst all hotels in Wales. It rewards the dedication and hard work of the entire team at Dolserau Hall who tirelessly look after our guests all year round. We look forward to building on our success this year and welcoming many more guests to our wonderful part of Snowdonia.”
Exploring the best of the Beacons
HF Holidays offers walking holidays in the Brecon Beacons from its 4* Guest Accommodation Nythfa House on the edge of Brecon. For 2013, the walking holiday programme has been revamped and improved linking together the peaks and vistas showcasing the absolute best of the region.
John MacLeod, UK Walks Operations Manager, explains: “Walking from Brecon is a fabulous proposition for anyone – easily accessible high broad crests where you get high and stay high all day, and some of the best waterfalls in the UK. If you live in the south you’re blessed that it’s your nearest wild mountain country, 170 miles/3hrs 30mins hours from London.”
Holidays to inspire
Craflwyn Hall at Beddgelert offers an outstanding base from which to visit the celebrated narrow-gauge railways of Wales. Great little trains of Wales holiday includes the highlights of journeys on Talyllyn, Llangollen and Ffestiniog railways, each with unique locomotives and stunning scenery. The 7-night holiday starting on 22 June costs £799 per person and includes full board en-suite accommodation and a full programme of tours with an experienced leader with all journeys included in the price.
Dolserau Hall will be hosting a selection of brand new leisure activity holidays this year including the Music of Dvorak music appreciation break which explores aspects of the composer’s remarkable life and shares his best known symphonies as well as some unfamiliar works too. The 3-night break starts on 18 October and the costs just £389 per person inclusive of full board accommodation and a complete holiday programme with a music tutor.
Nythfa House in Brecon is just the perfect location for a singing holiday complete with a centenary celebration. HF Holidays’ Singing for Pleasure breaks are all about group singing for the fun of it sampling a wide selection of music from traditional folk songs to Gilbert & Sullivan and show tunes. The 7-night Singing for Pleasure Centenary holiday starting on 3 August costs £679 per person and includes full board accommodation, complete holiday programme and an added celebratory gala dinner toasting to 100 years of HF Holidays.
0845 470 7558, www.hfholidays.co.uk