I am on a mini holiday!
For the past 48 hours, SK and I have been in North Wales; about 4 hours from where we live, in South Wales, and 2 hours from Mid Wales. Us Welsh are very good at naming the different sections of our country, we also have a West Wales – a very popular tourist destination as it boasts a beautiful coastline- however, we do not have an East Wales as East Wales is just called England.
It is the fastest and longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere… So obviously I didn’t join him. I was happy to sit and watch and panic about our wedding never happening if the zip wire broke.. And also that he would be dead. But obviously he was fine and went on to describe the experience as “it’s like… A really slow skydive…” See what I mean when I say he’s nothing like the real Stephen King?
Although he is much better looking!
He’s enjoying himself quite a bit on this trip. Me on the other hand, I prefer something a bit more relaxing. On our way back from the mountains, we stumbled upon a road sign saying, “Ugly House next right” , obviously I was intrigued so we took the next right and low and behold there was a tiny, boulder-brick cottage that was called “Ugly House tea rooms and gardens.”
There are legends surrounding the building, of course, the only dating evidence they have on the property is that the fireplace has been there since the 1400’s and legend has it that Ugly House was built by highwaymen, smugglers and other not ideal beings, as a safe house. It doesn’t appear on records until the 1700’s but like I said, it’s fireplace was there 300 years before said records. The boulders used to build the house are huge! Either Mountain from GOT helped them out or it was built by a shed load of bad guys!
The law in Wales once stated that:
“If a house can be built and smoke comes out of its chimney in one day, the builder is permitted to call it his home and tend the land around the building no wider than the swing of an axe”
I think that’s brilliant!
The food served there in present day is beautiful! Locally sourced ingredients and all home made.
What a lovely little get away we have had, back to reality!