Themed Short Breaks
Here are a few ideas for short breaks with a special theme. When you come with a clear idea of what you want to do you can save precious time deciding what to do each day. Save money too when you stay for two nights or more. We can supply you with maps, leaflets, local knowledge and advice - and even packed lunches if you wish!
Introduction to Chicken keeping ~ 3 night break
Enjoy a 3 night break in beautiful rural Wales and find out first hand about back garden chicken keeping as well as enjoying their eggs.
On arrival have tea and cake made with our hens' eggs.
Day 1. Enjoy a hearty Welsh breakfast including our eggs. At 11am we'll meet for our 'hen party'. You'll be introduced to our hens, have a go at handling them, learn the basics of chicken keeping plus see an Eglu Classic in use. You'll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions as we go along. This will be followed by a light lunch. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the area.
Day 2. Again enjoy a hearty Welsh breakfast and then you have the opportunity to visit a chicken supplier near Aberystwyth - Pentwyn Poultry or a supplier of free range eggs - Birchgrove Eggs. The rest of the day you are again free to explore the local area.
Day 3. Another breakfast and then time to go..
Price for a 3 night break for 2 people is £220 in our smaller room and £250 in our larger room. We can accommodate children in the larger room at an additional cost of £80 per child (£95 for child over 12). Stays can be extended by £58 per night in the smaller room or £68 per night in the larger room based on double occupancy.
Remember to bring wet weather gear and wellies.
RSPB Ynys Hir and The Osprey Project
The BBC Springwatch series was based at RSPB Ynys Hir near Machynlleth for 3 years, so you may well have seen it on TV. Nearby are the famous Dovey Ospreys at Cors Dyfi. You can view many of the areas featured on Springwatch and take in a visit to the nearby Dovey Osprey Project at the same time - or even include a visit to the Glaslyn Osprey Project a little further north - or perhaps visit the Red Kite feeding station at Nat yr Arian to the south. The whole Dovey Valley area is ideal for birdwatching and recognised for its wildlife and landscapes with UNESCO Biosphere status.
Great Little Railways Break
Machynlleth is ideally positioned for exploring the famous Welsh narrow-guage railways.
The Talyllyn and Corris railways are very close by. The Fairbourne, and the Ffestiniog, the Welsh Highland, and the Welsh Highland Heritage railways are a little further north and the Rheidol Valley is a little way south. You can even visit most of them by the standard-guage railway from Machynlleth Rail Station - just at the bottom of our road!
A little further afield you can visit The Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Llanberis Lake Railway, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, and Bala Lake Railway. You can get full details and a 20% discount card from The Great Little Trains of Wales. Why not stay for a week and try to do them all!
Extreme Mach-ine! Mountain Biking Break
Pump some pedal for an energy and thrills break. There are 3 mountain biking trails running out of Machynlleth called Mach-1, Mach-2 and Mach-3. They run through forests and hills to the south and vary in difficulty and length. About 3 miles north is the custom-built Climach-X trail in the Dyfi forest. It's a 15km round trip, with 9km of built single track with compressions and whoops, rock slab drop offs and some beautiful flowing turns. The last descent is the longest in Wales and features rocky jumps including the 'eye of the needle'; a huge jump with a narrow landing between two trees on the other side.
Dyfiview is only a few minutes from the town centre and the start of the 3 Mach trails. We can offer storage space in our garage for your bikes and you can hose them down or pressure wash them here too if needed. We are also situated mid way between the Coed y Brenin and Nant yr Arian mountain biking centres if you want to stay longer go a bit further afield.
Music, Art and Culture
Machynlleth must be one of the smallest towns to boast both an exceptional art gallery with free entry, (MOMA) and a reknowned annual music festival. The festival takes place each August with concerts, masterclasses, lectures, etc. throughout the week, all held in a fabulous venue called The Tabernacle. Dyfiview B&B is just five minutes walk from the venue! Buy a season ticket for a discount price and stay all week. Or you may wish to pick and choose your favourites events and fill in the days with trips to other nearby cultural centres such as Aberystwyth, which is home to The National Library of Wales.
Seaside Specials and Wales on Rails
Machynlleth is an ideal location for visiting a range of beaches - and what better than the nostalgia of arriving by train? From Machynlleth station, just at the bottom of our road, you can visit sandy beaches north and south either by road or better still by rail!. To the north you can visit Aberdovey, Tywyn and Barmouth and many more as the coastal railway snakes its way between the mountains of Snowdonia and waters of Cardigan Bay, crossing the Dovey and Mawddach estuaries en-route. Getting bored with the beach? Add a visit to Harlech Castle, a ride on a miniature railway or a 'Trailways' walk from station to station.
Or travel south to Borth beach, with the Ynys Las nature reserve, Petrified forest, Animalarium and cliff top walks - or on to Aberystwyth, complete with pier and cliff railway. Gentlemen - give the nostalgia a boost by wearing rolled-up trousers and a knotted handkerchief on your head! A perfect excuse for buying some of those saucy seaside post cards! "Nice out today!"
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