In the Llyn
My family and I have been visiting Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula for the past 25 years. In fact, my in-laws have a holiday home there and since retirement probably spend the better half of the year in Nefyn. For families it’s a wonderful setting. Kids can embrace the best of the British coastal countryside and unlike a foreign holiday abroad, where parents are limited to a suitcase or two, Daddy’s can pack the car full of the children’s favourite toys (no matter how big) or even leave things there for next time. The key is finding the right location that you would be happy to go to time and time again without getting bored.
However the main benefit of owning a holiday home for me is “freedom”, the fact that you can wake up one morning and decide to go to Nefyn for the weekend just because the weather is nice or you feel like a weekend away. No passports or money exchange required! It is a fabulous investment in leisure time with friends and family. Familiarity is also a bonus, knowing where everything is adds to the ease and relaxation – after all a holiday home in my book is really about relaxation and time out as well as quality family time.
There is so much to do on the Llyn Peninsula that you can do as much or as little as you like. The coastline is spectacular, with an abundance of small bays to explore. Nefyn is also known for its links golf course (where I got married!) with its pathway to the famous Ty Coch Pub on the beach. Many a day has been spent on this beach and Lifeboat Bay around the corner in my father in laws boat, returning to the chalet later that day for freshly caught mackerel on the BBQ. Llanberis and Snowdon are only a 40 minute drive away and the beautiful Island of Anglesey is also about the same distance, a good rainy day option with children as there is a sea zoo and butterfly farm. If surf culture, trendy boutiques and coffee shops are more your thing then the popular tourist hot spot of Abersoch is also only 15 minutes away .
Having a holiday home is definitely worth considering for all of the reasons mentioned above, just make sure that you get the right location for you and keep up to date with your holiday home insurance. The freedom and flexibility is fabulous as long as you are happy with the same views, in the same spot, surrounded by the same places and people. I will never tire of the views of the Irish sea across to Anglesey in one direction and Nefyn Mountain in the other or the stunning coastline around Nefyn. Welsh sea air is good for the soul and I for one can’t get enough of it so good job that we can go there whenever we like.