Anglesey is the making of Wales.
The island itself is beautiful and varied but the Wales you see breathtaking glimpses of between houses in Beaumaris and from the magnificent beach at Newborough is something special.
The Menai Straits that divide the two pieces of land gives a distance and perspective to the views of the sensational Snowdonian mountains .
And it gives Anglesey an identity and character of its own. That character is beautifully expressed at Plas Cadnant and its fantastic gardens.
We stayed at on the estate of the award-wining Plas Cadnant in the gatehouse lodge in a lovely setting.
With three good-sizes bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen/dining room the accommodation is comfortable and classy.
And the luxuriant and extensive banked gardens have a surprise - a lovely summer house with views of the Menai Straights where you can enjoy breakfast or a drink in the evening.
The lodge is at the entrance to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens which have been transformed over the last 17 years by owner Anthony Tavernor.
They were completely overgrown when he bought the place - trees were growing inside buildings that are now wonderfully restored holiday cottages.
“The restoration of Plas Cadnant has been a labour of love for me from the outset,” said Anthony..
“In 1996 I tried hard to create a special atmosphere here furnishing the cottages with beautiful old pieces, including four-poster beds. The Hidden Gardens are full of wonderful plants and it gives me real pleasure to see how much guests enjoy the experience.”
A walk into the Hidden Gardens is an excellent way to spend an afternoon - topped off by a visit to the tea rooms for a cream tea.
Away from Plas Cadnant Anglesey has much to offer - including the most wonderful pine-fringed beach at Newborough on the south west of the island.
Wide open, clean with crystal waters and the most sensational views of the Welsh Mountains.
You could be on any of the world’s most picturesque shores and you will not have a better view.
All that sea and fresh air makes for big appetites and we tried Dylan’s seafood restaurant in Menai Bridge with its stunning views of the Menai Straights.
The food was excellent with sweet scallops, beautifully cooked sea bass, chunky hake and hearty burgers .
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and few restaurants anywhere have better views.
• Cadnant Lodge - £300 to £660 per week with short breaks possible.
• Coach House - sleeps 11 - three days from £1,000 andfrom £1200 to £1700 a week
• Garden Cottage - available for £380 for three nights up to £680 a week
•The romantic brewhouse sleeps two - £230 for three nights, £480 for a week.
For more information go to: http://www.plascadnantgardens.co.uk/