Baby George’s First Holiday to Niagra Lodge in Llangollen, Wales

Today’s post is a very special post as it’s George’s first guest post. Hopefully it will be the first of many as we travel and explore together.

 The Travel Hack at Niagra Lodge in Llangollen

This weekend I took my first holiday to Llangollen in North Wales. It was my first time away so I was a little nervous but I had nothing to worry about, travelling is a lot of fun.

I might not look like I’m having much fun in the photo above but I am really, mum just caught me at a bad angle and got all my chins in the photo! Here I am with my friend Captain Calamari. We were enjoying the views across the lake and you can see our lodge tucked away in the background behind the trees.

If you’re wondering how to say Llangollen (I don’t blame you, it’s one of those tricky Welsh words I’m still struggling with), it’s pronounced clang-o-clen. Sort of. That’s obviously not how you properly say it and I’m sure all the Welsh people out there are cringing at me, but if you don’t speak Welsh that’s the easiest way for me to explain it. What ever you do, don’t say lan-golen. Everyone will roll their eyes and think you’re a real tourist 😉

We spent the weekend staying in this incredible, Canadian style lodge called Niagra Lodge. It’s just on the edge of Llangollen in a secluded 33-acre valley and is surrounded by mountains and trees. I couldn’t believe this was Wales! Everyone kept saying it felt more like Canada but I’m not sure because I haven’t been there yet.

We sat out on our veranda in the sunshine and could hear nothing but birds chirping and streams shushing all around us.

There were a few other lodges that surrounded lots of pretty lakes and perfect gardens but we barely saw or heard anyone else all weekend. It was perfect for my first chilled out holiday.

Niagra Lodge Llangollen Holiday Lettings rental

Niagra Lodge review Llangollen

The Travel Hack in Llangollen

Niagra Lodge Llangollen living space

Niagra Lodge in Llangollen

Walks in Llangollen

Walks to Valle Crucis Abbey

The Travel Hack in Llangollen

Baby George's first holiday

On Saturday we visited Valle Crucis Abbey, an old monastery built in 1201. It was just a 5 minute walk from the lodge but the road to the abbey doesn’t have a pavement so we were lazy and drove there. We then followed the public footpath for a big walk up the mountains where we passed fields full of bluebells and curious sheep followed us along. We then headed into Llangollen for ice creams and a stroll around the pretty village.

My mum will be writing a proper review from the lodge this week so keep your eyes peeled. I’ve got lots of trips coming up over the next few weeks so I’ll be sharing more from my adventures and some tips for travelling with a small person like me.

Big thanks to Holiday Lettings and Robbie, the owner of Niagra Lodge, for our stay. We had a fantastic time! 

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • May 18, 2015

    Ahh so sweet! This place looks lovely and very much somewhere I would like to visit.

  • May 18, 2015

    Ah I adore Llangollen! My grandma lives just outside so I’ve been going there since I was about George’s age 🙂

    I’ve always pronounced it ‘Thlan-gothlen’, the double L makes the ‘th’ sound I think, but you have to use your tongue to kinda make a funny sound with it? I might be wrong though, my Grandma can say it as she has the accent but I don’t so can’t do that throaty thing the Welsh do haha!

    C x | Lux Life

  • May 18, 2015

    He’s such a cutie Monica!!

  • Jen
    May 18, 2015

    Love this! SOoo cute!

    I want to meet him… any plans to visit London?

    I am in Wales in July for a wedding but I think the opposite end. x

  • May 19, 2015

    This is so cute. He’s gorgeous.

    Katie x

  • May 23, 2015

    Too cute!!! I love his chins 😉

  • May 23, 2015

    Very cute! I love Wales and spent a lot of childhood holidays there – and this really does look like a slice of Canada in the middle of it.


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