Going off grid.. a weekend in Wales
‘It’s always wonderful to step away and slow down for a few days, and take the time to explore another beautiful corner of this isle of ours.’
A few weeks ago Rachael took a long weekend off grid to discover the Welsh countryside for the first time.
After the long drive from London we arrived at The Welsh House, our home for the next 3 days, and were greeted on the long gravel drive by the property’s sweet cat Mrs Jones. Soon after, we were welcomed officially by owner Dorian, who opened the door of the cottage with the words ‘welcome to the past’. Aptly chosen, as not only has the cottage been restored authentically to reflect the time it was built (in 1755) with beautiful antiques throughout, there is also no tv, no wifi and very limited phone signal, giving visitors little choice but to leave the modern world behind.
After a cosy night in, the next morning we headed out to explore the area. On Dorian’s advice we headed out to the south coast to visit Barafundle Bay, a beautiful little cove accessed via a short walk around the headland. Despite the beautiful autumnal sunshine, there was barely anyone on the beach and we simply sat and watched the waves wash in and out, enjoying the peace and quiet, and the sun on our faces. Continuing our walk around the headland, our path took us inland on another cove, and around beautiful lakes that backed onto the beach. The late afternoon light caught the golden leaves of the trees, framing the deep blue of the water perfectly.
The rest of our weekend was spent in a similar vein. We had rain on Sunday but lucked out with 2 full days of sunshine in which to explore more of Wales’ wild and rugged countryside and its quaint, quiet towns. Although we remind ourselves it’s a luxury to live in vibrant, bustling London, it’s always wonderful to step away and slow down for a few days, and take the time to explore another beautiful corner of this isle of ours.