We put this lovely lodge to the test at a stunning Betws-y-Coed park!
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A lot of our home reviews are carried out at shows, or sometimes at manufacturer showgrounds, although we also get the opportunity to check them out ‘in-situ’ on parks fairly regularly too, and sometimes that even involves a stay in them to really road test them fully. That’s always a bit of a joy and it gives us a great opportunity to see if potential buyers might want to make any adaptations to the standard specification. Our location on this occasion was a particularly well-situated park location – Hendre Rhys Gethin lodge park in Betws-y-Coed known as the gateway to Snowdonia. Lodges here are available for short stays, including the Muskoka we stayed in.
This two-bedroomed version of the Muskoka had a different layout in the second bedroom to the original launched which we felt worked so well that it’s well worth flagging up for those considering buying one as an investment lodge or part of hire fleet on a park, adding extra space for a second ensuite and a walk-through clothes area. It’s a simple tweak, but if two couples are holidaying together it would make the bedrooms equally appealing to choose from, either with twin beds or a double, and by leaving the twin beds in it retains its appeal to families too. The rest of the lodge performed well under scrutiny too, and the time we had in it gave us an opportunity to check out the quality and practicality of the lodge, which in typical Aspire mode was spot-on.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Our visit took place in the autumn when were treated to a spectacular display of colour, looking out onto a hillside surrounded by autumn golds and russets, with sheep grazing in the fields below. It’s fair to say that this spot would be beautiful at any time of year though, and we had a very warm welcome from the owners who popped in regularly to service the hot tub and were a terrific source of useful information helping us to plan our break and make the most of the trip. A stay on this park would be fantastic anyway, but if you’re thinking of buying a Muskoka and fancy checking this version out, then why not treat yourself to a little break – it’s the perfect excuse!
Betwys-Y-Coed is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Wales. The biggest hitting Snowdonia mountains are a 10 minute drive away and in-between you’ll find Swallow Falls, the highest continuous waterfall in Wales – jaw dropping after rain, and thunderingly impressive when we visited as there had been quite a bit of rain. We spent days pottering in the village, visiting nearby attractions such as Beddgelert and exploring the wider local area, both on foot and in the car. There are some great bistros and restaurants within walking distance of the park, and on the last day we stepped out of our comfort zone to brave Zip World’s Fforest coaster – not everyone’s cup of tea but while we were there we wanted to give it a go. Actually I should say I did this, not we. My companion decided it looked a little too scary and watched in glee as I got out of the coaster, white as a sheet, suggesting a gentle walk or pub lunch as the next activity. I’m still glad I did it though. Thankfully this is an area where you can have as sedentary or adventurous holiday as you want, and there’s plenty for all generations – adventurous or not, to enjoy!
For further information about Aspire
T: 01766 800 200
For Hendre Rhys Gethin
T: 01690 710322 / 07770 697012