We’ve just got back from a little break away from home to Wales and it has been wonderful. Just what I needed, some quality time with my two favourite males, my husband and our Little Mr. We had booked our brilliantly cheap hotel back in October and paid for two nights at Llanelli Central West Premier Inn (£65 for two nights room only). We’re not snobs, it serves our needs fabulously as a small family. The rooms are big enough for us all plus Little Mr’s travel cot (we haven’t braved letting him sleep in an actual bed yet!) there is a clean bathroom with a powerful shower/bath and towels and it also has tea and coffee making facilities. Perfect for our needs and lets us get a good nights sleep ready for our days out exploring.
The hotel is next to a Brewers Fayre where they served breakfast buffet style. With every adult enjoying a full cooked breakfast (my husband) the kids eat free so Little Mr was able to have toast, croissants, scrambled egg and sausages free of charge. I enjoyed the lighter continental breakfast and enjoyed fresh fruit salad with weetabix and porridge with fruit. All with as much breakfast tea as we could sink.
Llanelli is where we have friends of the family so it had come on their recommendation that we would enjoy the ten minute stroll around the lake to the beach, various family pubs in the area and plenty to see and do. We were not disappointed.
The beach at Llanelli is beautiful. It’s obvious that it’s had a bit of love and attention over the last decade as there are some brilliant paths as well as abstract art along the route. We spent Friday morning walking along the route with Little Mr in his pushchair for the first half an hour and then letting him out and exploring the beach. He absolutely loved it. Dressed in his wellies and his snowsuit (the first chance he’s got to wear it this year) he loved jumping in the puddles and making welly footprints in the wet sand.
It was cold but we were all wrapped up warm and it was fantastic. It was a great chance for both my husband and I to forget about work, the usual routine, no washing up and just enjoy the moment. We all absolutely loved it.
In the afternoon, we got in the car and drove to the Mumbles area of Wales. We ate lunch in a fantastic restaurant called Verdis which had listed the most amazing ice cream sundae menu I have ever seen. Unfortunately it was too cold for ice cream so we ate a sensible lunch (chicken salad for me, ham sandwich for Little Mr and a steak sub for the husband) and we set off to explore the town in between rain showers.
In the evening, we got dressed up for dinner and went to a local Beefeater to enjoy a well deserved meal and a drink. I have tried to be SO good with staying on plan over the last few days. I have chosen salads over chips and said no to pudding. My husband had the most amazing curry on Thursday night but I’m desperate to see a good loss on those scales so have always had that in the forefont of my mind over the last few days. We even went to a local supermarket to stock up on fruit for me to snack on and to get yoghurts in for me to eat after we had returned to our room.
On Saturday, we packed up our things and drove back towards Cardiff via the coast and a local halfords tyres to pick up a new spare that we had used thanks to a nail in the pub car park. We headed into Porthcawl and found a great little car park right next to the beach at Trecco Bay. It was absolutely stunning. Freezing but a really lovely bit of beach that dogs could be walked on and children set free to explore rock pools and seaweed.
We have loved exploring the South Wales coast over the last few days but next time we’ll definitely make sure we pay a bit more attention with our autocare before travelling and whilst we’re away. I did love spending time with my husband and Little Mr without having to worry about washing up or sticking to a routine. It’s so nice to forget everything once in a while and just live in the moment with my two absolute favourite people. Roll on the next mini break.
We paid for all elements of our mini break. We can’t wait to go back.