The fire has been laid, awaiting your arrival. A few special treats have been placed in the kitchen and the hot tub is calling you even as the temperature drops.

It may just be one of the most picturesque places you could wake up on Christmas Day and as you usher in your New Year to the spectacular backdrop of Dinas Gynfor from the comfort of the sumptuous hot tub you just might think at that moment that life couldn’t possibly get any better.

Llanlliana Hot Tub & Dinas Gynfor

While the big city is hosting thousands of revellers; the country, the serenity and your handful of family and friends will be cozied up and welcoming in the festivities in peace and style.

While you’re in the neighbourhood we thought, you’d like to know what other things the north of North Wales offers. Here’s a few things you could do over the festive season.

When in Wales, visit the castles.

Fun fact: There are more castles in Wales (per square mile) than anywhere else on earth. With more than 600 castles, we are truly steeped in history. North Wales has three fine examples, all of them happen to be set in dramatic landscape with incredible views.

If you want a day trip from Llanlliana House you could go to Beaumaris Castle, Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle. The two latter castles are a bit of a drive, but the surrounding area and scenery is well worth a visit.

Year of Legends

Are you a National Trust member? We know people travel far and wide to visit National Trust properties and we have three stunning locations practically on our doorstep.

Plas Newydd is a manner house that boasts exquisite gardens and a remarkable panorama of Snowdonia. It is 15 minutes from the Britannia bridge and alongside the incredible landscape, there’s a stunning mural by Rex Whistler that delivers an optical illusion as you stroll by the painted panels.

Penryn Castle is full of wilderness, history (some of it dark) and den building, park running fun. The architecture is exceptional and the surrounding acreage beckons all ages to explore.

Bodnant Gardens offers a serene break from the cut and thrust of the other two locations. While children are still encouraged to explore, and interact with nature; there’s a somewhat calm atmosphere that radiates from the exceptionally well-managed and loved gardens.

Feeling brave?

If, after relaxing in the hot tub, venturing across the land at Llanlleiana and exploring the local villages, pubs and beaches you feel like spicing things up a little; there’s plenty nearby to get the blood pumping.

Bounce Below, Llechwedd Slate Caverns is a trampoline centre quite unlike any other. With a complex of interconnected large cargo nets suspended in mid-air in a cave, there’s nothing quite like bouncing five metres in the air then looking at the twenty metre drop below the net to shake off the Christmas cobwebs.

There’s also the Bear Grylls Adventure Rib ride based out of Holyhead and also with charters docking at Menai Bridge. You will be taken care of by consummate professionals in incredibly powerful boats as they take you on one of several thrill seeker packages. A taster would be under the two bridges and a brief run down on some local history (along with a look at Plas Newydd from the water).

Alternatively, you could go out to Puffin Island and to the open water, check out the local wildlife and return for a steaming hot chocolate and another dip in that awesome hot tub (you’ll need it after seeing the Menai Straits at a 45-degree angle from the rib doing doughnuts).

Rib Ride Menai Bridge

If you’re feeling particularly dangerous and want to know what it feels like to fly, try Zip World. Zip World boasts the longest zipline in Europe and the fastest zip line in the world. It is not for the faint hearted. In addition to the zip wire there’s a wonderful world of suspended cargo nets in Bounce Below that traverses the cave system so you and the kids can explore the underground like never before. It’s an otherworldly experience, trampolining on nets suspended 20 metres above ground.

Finally, as you’re on the way home, you could make a quick stop at the longest place name in Wales. Only ten minutes from the Britannia Bridge, LlanfairPG (as it is locally and affectionately known) is another little diamond among the ruggedness of Anglesey’s landscape. Why not take a last selfie for your FB profile?