You’ve had the approval of the in-laws, spent days looking for the perfect ring, and you’re absolutely certain that this one is for keeps. But what comes next is the most nerve wracking part – popping the question to your loved one. It’s daunting enough without the added pressure of finding the perfect moment and place!
Picking the day
This time of year is very special for Welsh lovers. Did you know, we have our very own patron saint of love, Saint Dwynwen?
Dwynwen was a 4th century Welsh princess who, sadly, was unlucky in love. You can read her tragic tale here. Dwynwen become a nun, making her home on nearby Llanddwyn Island, and dedicating her life to praying for lovers to enjoy the happiness she was deprived of.
We celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on 25 January, making it the most romantic day on the Welsh calendar. Besides Valentine’s Day (why wait?), could there be a better day to start your new adventure together?
Setting the mood
We think the Royal Victoria is a charming romantic getaway. Many of our recently-refurbished rooms have stunning views. The mesmerising waters of Llyn Padarn; the constant cliffs of Pen y Pass; and the heroic silhouette of Dolbadarn Castle are just some of the vistas that can be enjoyed from the hotel.
Our beautiful and intimate Victoria Restaurant overlooks the lake, and its decadent surroundings are right out of a romantic movie. Afterwards, you can relax with a nightcap in the Eryri Bar & Lounge and maybe even start planning for the Big Day!
But, whilst we can most definitely set the mood, it’s down to you to find the perfect place to pop the question…
Finding the place
To help, we’ve come up with our five favourite romantic spots in North Wales. We think your special someone will be bowled over by a proposal if you choose one of these legendary places!
1. Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis
If you read our last blog, you’ll know that Dolbadarn, a medieval castle built by Welsh princes, is actually located right here in the grounds of our hotel!
It’s a magical place and often overlooked by tourists because of it’s out-of-the-way position, set back from the road. But seclusion is exactly what makes it perfect for a proposal. Seclusion and the jaw-dropping views, that is.
If you’ve always imagined sweeping your partner off their feet like a valiant knight from days-of-old, this could be the place to win your fair maiden.
2. Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
Without doubt, this is one of the most romantic destinations to be found anywhere in Wales. Llanddwyn translates to ‘the Church of St.Dwynwen’ and Dwynwen, indeed, retired to a life of seclusion here after she lost the love of her life.
It is said that Dwynwen’s dying wish was to be taken to watch the sunset through a cleft in a rock, which still stands on the island. Find this place with your partner, tell Dwynwen’s sad story and let the atmosphere do the rest!
3. Swallow Falls, Betws y Coed
Swallow Falls is hard to beat for back-to-nature romance. It is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales, located two miles west of Betws-y-Coed in the Gwydir Forest.
From the A5 (the road that runs out of Betws into the Snowdonia National Park) there are numerous short walks and picture postcard viewpoints to admire the falls from. However, it’s a popular tourist attraction and can get very busy. And busy doesn’t really equal romantic, does it?
Instead, we suggest you take a walk through the woods and be rewarded with a really dramatic – and secluded – view of the falls. You’ll have time to work up the courage for your big moment and, hopefully, your partner will be spellbound by the beautiful natural surroundings! How could anyone say ‘no’ in such an idyllic place?
4. Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Does your other half love historical romance? Downton Abbey? Victoria? Poldark? Plas Newydd is a National Trust stately home set on the banks of the Menai Strait on Anglesey.
Inside, the house features impressive interiors from days-gone-by; you could be mistaken for thinking you’ve just stepped into a lavish period drama. Outside, you’ll be dazzled by breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia before getting lost in acres of romantic woodland, beautiful in all four seasons.
Take a walk… see where your feet lead you. We’re certain you’ll stumble across a spot that feels just right for that special question.
5. Portmeirion, Porthmadog
Portmeirion is a fascinating place, perched above an estuary, close to Porthmadog. It’s often described as a fantasy village, which is true; it’s just like being in an old fashioned movie (think Roman Holiday or La Dolce Vita).
Built over several decades, the village was a labour of love for it’s creator, the architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis, and this somehow makes it all the more romantic.
Constructed in the Italian Riviera style, you will feel like romantic leads in your own silver screen love story.
Stay with us
We’d love you to visit the Royal Victoria for your romantic getaway and we even have an exclusive package just for lovers. Alternatively, why not join us for an intimate Valentine’s dinner for two on Saturday 11 February? Full details are available here, but booking is essential!
Proposing can be one of the most daunting things you’ll ever do but we hope this blog helps you choose the perfect location for that much-anticipated, special moment – pob lwc (good luck)!
Images: Dolbadarn Castle: Tori Smith (own work), 2017. Swallow Falls: © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence. Plas Newydd: Robin Leicester (own work) under the Creative Commons Licence via Wikimedia Common. Llanddwyn and Portmeirion: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales).