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School’s out for summer

Summer seemed to step quickly into autumn this year and with the new school term in full swing, Gower makes for the perfect retreat for those looking to escape to quiet beaches and coastline. It’s a walkers’ paradise with temperatures still decidedly pleasant and the peninsula lush with greenery.

Home From Home has late availability in all manner of properties from cosy fisherman’s cottages in the heart of Mumbles to rustic farmhouses with stunning sea views. And with dogs free to roam all beaches from 1st October, there’s no better time to bring man’s best friend along too.

Take your pick from https://www.homefromhome.com/late-availability or give us a call on 01792 360624.

 
 What's New

360 Beach and Watersports may not be new to Swansea Bay’s offering of leisure activities but the opportunity to enjoy everything for £5 certainly is. That’s what this superb beachfront facility is offering visitors over the weekend of 30th Sept to 1st Oct in celebration of its fifth birthday. Anyone booking kids’ clubs, kayaking, paddle boarding and volleyball court hire - or ordering a mean meal from the café - can do so for just £5. Now that’s worth celebrating.

 
 What's On
 

There’s plenty on the menu for people of all ages as we head towards October half term and Halloween. The Swansea International Festival (30th Sep to 16th Oct) returns for another burst of all things musical, theatrical and cultured.

Swansea International Festival

Venues across the city will play host to visiting artists from all over the world. Puccini’s Tosca is to be performed by the Russian State Opera at the Grand Theatre; there will be male voice choirs, pianists, harpists as well as orchestras including the world-renowned St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra set to appear at the Brangwyn Hall.

Swansea Big Weekend

For lovers of alternative comedy and entertainment, the Swansea Big Weekend forms part of the festival when for two days (29 Sept to 1 Oct) high energy fringe style acts take to the stage in the city centre alongside street food, film and poetry.

Comedienne Jo Brand will be delighting audiences with her wit and wisdom at the Grand Theatre on 13th Oct plus there’s the chance to savor and celebrate all things to do with cider and German beer.

Cider Festival

These popular tipples will be served up over the weekend of 7th to 8th October, when the Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill hosts its annual Cider Festival with cider-making demos on its 150-year old press, food and live music. Then Swansea’s love of the Oktoberfest continues when on 21 Oct the Brangwyn Hall transforms itself into German Beer Festival featuring the Alpine Stompers Oompah band.

 
 Half Term Happenings
Halloween

Gower Heritage Centre Halloween party nights 29th to 31st October. Open to kids and adults alike, expect ghostly and ghoulish goings on between 6 and 9 pm. And between 28th and 31st Oct there are plenty of smelly and spooktacular frights planned at the National Waterfront Museum.

 
 Business of the month - Langland Golf Club
Langland Golf Club

Gower is blessed with exceptional golf clubs and where Langland Bay named Welsh Golf Club of the year 2013, sits closest to the village of Mumbles.

Home From Home visitors can enjoy 25% off green fees on this challenging 18-hole parkland course which may not the longest but is certainly one of the most spectacular. Its cliff top elevation boasts fabulous views to Devon in one direction and the Brecon Beacons in the other.  www.langlandbaygolfclub.com

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Summer’s settled in nicely on Gower and as we gear up for the school holidays, there’s a great timetable of events on offer for those planning a visit over the coming weeks.

We’ve some late availability too if you fancy heading to this majestic peninsular while it’s bathed in warmth. Our new web page – please scroll down and take a look – lists all those properties open to a last minute booking. https://www.homefromhome.com/late-availability

To help our visitors plan activities and make the most of the area, be sure to download our Gower Visitor Guide App (www.homefromhome.com/home-from-home-holiday-app).

And for social media fans, have some fun capturing and sharing your holiday snaps simply by tagging #hfhmoments when using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You may find one of your memorable moments starring on this fun page www.homefromhome.com/hfhmoments

What's New
Oyster Wharf fronting the promenade with a plaza and three restaurants

Anyone returning to Mumbles should notice quite a transformation. There’s a striking new development called Oyster Wharf fronting the promenade with a plaza and three restaurants all boasting panoramic sea views. Prezzo, Croeso Lounge and Bistrot Pierre are all open for business with a fourth, La Parilla, soon to take pride of place on the top floor.

What's On
German Bierfest Swansea 2017

Hot foot it to the 2017 Gower Chilli Festival & Cook-off near the village of Port Eynon (22-23 July). Family friendly, the 2-day event includes street food stalls, live music and general chilli mayhem.

Have fun at the National Waterfront Museum’s Teddy Bears Picnic (20 July). Or get creative at its K’Nex making days (25-29 July).

Shiver your timbers at Pirate Week in the Gower Heritage Centre (22 July – 6 Aug). Meet Captain Jack Sparrow, take part in treasure hunts and pirate duck races and pan for gold.

Oystermouth Castle provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor theatre with the Comedy of Errors (26 July). As well, enjoy archaeological fun (22 July) and a Dungeons & Dragons Day (29 July).

The revamped Glynn Vivian art gallery has a range of holiday activities including a family film club every Tuesday (25 July – 22 Aug).

From 6pm Mumbles’ main shopping street, Newton Road, gets closed off to traffic for a mid-summer’s evening of live music, street entertainment, food stalls and fair rides (27 July).

German Bierfest Swansea 2017 will see organisers create the city’s largest ever open-air beer garden at Museum Park next to the LC (3-6 Aug).

The Gower Show celebrates its 100th year as the ultimate agricultural show (6 Aug) set in the beautiful rolling grounds of Penrice Castle Park.

Business of the month - Afan Forest Safaris
Business of the month - Afan Forest Safaris

Take part in a Land Rover Safari of the Afan Forest Park. Afan Forest Safaris provide 4 x 4 tours of this 48-square-mile park located just outside Swansea. With deep narrow valleys and forested mountains, the area is well known for its mountain biking, hiking and hillwalking trails.

There’s the option to tailor your day by adding lunch and rounding it off with clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or paint balling.

Whatever you choose, you can be sure this award-winning safari will bring you close to wildlife as you’re driven expertly through this rugged landscape.

Visit www.afanforestsafari.co.uk to find out more and enjoy a 10% discount through our exclusive Home From Home Visitors Club.

 
What’s Occuring?
 

Swansea and Gower venues have got keeping kids amused during school holidays all sorted with a host of egg-cellent events lined up. There’s a Dungeons & Dragons Day at Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles (8 April) as well as Animal Encounters at Plantasia (11-13). Both the National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre offer Easter holiday craft activities daily (8-23 April) as will the Gower Heritage Centre at Parkmill.

 
Gower Visitor Guide is App-tastic
Gower Visitor Guide APP

We love helping visitors make the most of the area so don’t forget to down load our Home From Home app, the Gower Visitor Guide. It’s a handy pocket guide as to what to see and do, the beaches you can visit, and our favourite attractions, activities and restaurants.  Ready to download at the Android or Apple app store it’ll give you directions too when you’re on the move. To find out more simply visit https://www.homefromhome.com/home-from-home-holiday-app.

 
Coffee, Crafts & Clay Pigeon shooting
 

A café, craft shop and clay pigeon shoot may seem like an odd combination but it’s proving to be the perfect recipe for a great day out on Gower. Gower Clay Pigeon Shooting near Llanmadoc is making the most of 11-acres of land overlooking a beach to offer clay pigeon shooting for 6 to up to 25 people at a time (kids must be aged 10+). And with the Cym Ivy coffee and craft shop alongside, it’s a great place to recharge following a shoot or where those who don’t fancy joining in can relax while they wait. Visit www.gowerclaypigeonshooting.co.uk to find out more.

http://www.madhatters.co.uk/
 
Restaurant of the Month



There's only one word to describe The Beach House at Oxwich Bay – exceptional. From the quality of the food to the service and the location, it’s fine dining on a beach at its best. Set within an old coal house treated to some stunning interior design, it really is a gastronomic delight and the kind of place where you might like to ‘put on something nice’ and not shuffle off the sand in shorts and flip flops in search of a coffee. There is an a la carte menu with the option of three courses for £24 during the day. Visit www.beachhouseoxwich.co.uk or call 01792 390965.

 
 
 
Three Cliffs Bay Gower
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Christmas comes but once a year and at Home From Home we love finding our visitors a holiday ‘home from home’ that ticks all the right yuletide boxes.
 

The beauty of Gower is that you’re never too far from a beach or fabulous sea view. From craggy coves tolarge sweeps of sand sheltered by dunes, with some 20 bays dotted across this 18-mile peninsular you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to enjoy a bracing walk after lunch.

2016 has been a bumper year for us, adding scores of fabulous properties to our collection of over 240 holiday homes which means there’s still time to book your cosy Christmas retreat. Check out three of our favourite new property additions that are ideal for couples, small families or a large group.

And once tucked up in your holiday haven, there are a host of events and activities billed in December to keep you entertained from pantomimes and concerts to art galleries and fairground fun.

If planning ahead to next year then please look out for our new 2017 brochure which will be available in the New Year, or browse our site www.homefromhome.com or give us a call on 01792 360624.

 
Tin Box Traveller - family travel blog Reviews Bryn Parc in Mumbles
Bryn Parc Mumbles
 

Review: Bryn Parc in Mumbles – a Home from Home holiday cottage. Earlier this month we were invited to stay in a beautiful holiday cottage in Mumbles on Swansea Bay. Bryn Parc is one of 250 properties that can be rented through Home from Home – a holiday letting agent that specialises in luxury self-catering properties which make perfect bases for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To say I was a tiny bit excited when I popped online to check out our pad for our weekend in Wales was an understatement. Bryn Parc ticked all the boxes on my perfect holiday home checklist.

Click Here for the full review...

 
The perfect couple’s bolthole – Anchorage on Park Street (ref 670)
The perfect couple’s bolthole –<br />
Anchorage on Park Street (ref 670)
 

We love this classic Victorian mid terraced cottage in the heart of Mumbles village offering stylish holiday accommodation for 4 people in two bedrooms. Newly renovated with some delightful coastal design details, this trendy open-plan space comes with two bathrooms and Sky TV.

It is well placed for making the most of all that Mumbles has to offer with shops, cafes, pubs, galleries and the seafront promenade all within strolling distance. There’s even a pub at the top of the road and a cosymicro watering hole, the Mumbles Ale House, at the bottom.

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Awe inspiring Oxwich apartment – Bayview (ref 363)
Awe inspiring Oxwich apartment – Bayview (ref 363)
 

A super stylish apartment with exceptional views across Oxwich Bay that combines luxurious living with coastal comfort. Set in an elevated position on the Oxwich Bay Leisure Park, with two bedrooms, a king and a twin, it’s simply perfect for a family of four.

The beach is within walking distance, there’s a convenience store plus the option to dine at the Oxwich Bay Hotel or the Beach House restaurant both set on the fringes of the beach and offering incredible vistas out to sea.

Click here for full details

 
Hot tub and sea views at Southgate – Sea View House (ref 393)
Hot tub and sea views at Southgate – Sea View House (ref 393)
 

Big, breath taking and beautiful best describe this exceptional holiday home that with five bedrooms, sumptuous and spaciouscomes complete with a hot tub and sea views. Set in Southgate only a 10-minute drive from Mumbles, it’s a stone’s throw from the multi award-winning Three Cliffs Bay with an incredible cliff top walk to enjoy en route.

There are cosy treats on the door step including hot chocolate and freshly baked Welsh cakes at the Three Cliffs Coffee Shop as well as drinks, evening meals and live bands at the Southgate Club oh and some great golf to be had at Pennard Golf Club.

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Entertainment
 

There’s never a shortage of shows and spectaculars in Swansea to delight and entertain. 

A regular favourite of ours is the Waterfront Winterland which for over a decade has transformed Museum Green in the heart of the city into a festive fairground and ice rink complete with Alpine grotto and big wheel.It runs until 8 Jan.

And it is panto time again. Oh yes it is! Swansea’s splendid Grand Theatre will play host to Sleeping Beauty between 9 Dec and 8 Jan with theBritain’s Got Talent winning magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones among the spellbinding cast.

For some festive classics head to the Brangwyn Hall for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Christmas Celebrations. It is a feast of a concert on 16 Dec with the chance to enjoy some seasonal sing-alongs.

Enjoy some quiet and savour some modern and traditional art at the newly renovated Glyn Vivian Art Gallery. Free to enter, Leonardo DaVinci’s 10 drawings from the Royal Collection are on display alongside a colourful exhibition by GlynysCour, a famous local Swansea artist.

 
Restaurant of the month
Copper Bar, Castle Street, Swansea
 

Copper Bar, Castle Street, Swansea

In the heart of the city sits a bright new bar and coffee house, Copperwhich is a vibrant outlet for the locally based Boss Brewing Company. Decked out with a cool copper interior reflecting Swansea’s industrial heritage as a centre for copper smelting, it is laid out over two floors with comfy lounge areas and a covered patio area out front.

Boss Brewing is a micro-brewery that produces an interesting mix of ales and ciders. These are on offer alongside paninis and sharing boards during the day, with a wider selection of meat and cheese sharing platters in the evening that are simply delicious and a sociable and casual way to eat, drink and chat.

Call: 01792 456689

www.bossbrewing.co.uk - www.facebook.com/CopperBarSwansea/

 
walk to the worm


It's the perfect season to visit

The summer holidays may well be over for another year but ‘the fall’ is the perfect season to pay our equally perfect peninsular a visit. Temperatures are warm and pleasant, the colours rich and green, and from 1st October dogs are once again welcome to roam the local beaches.

Ok things may be a little quieter but there’s no slowing down on the events scene. As well as the natural splendour of Gower, its beaches, coastline and countryside, there’s plenty to entertain in this epic enclave of South Wales.

As to where to stay on your first or returning visit, check out our extensive range of self-catering holidays homes at www.homefromhome.com or give us a call on 01792 360624.

Swansea's iconic Glyn Vivian Gallery
Milestone Opening

Swansea's iconic Glyn Vivian Gallery in the city centre reopens mid-October following a multi-million pound makeover. There are new spaces for art collections and exhibitions, lectures, a library devoted to visitor research, plus a cafe and shop.

A new state-of-the-art extension will link the historic Grade II listed 1911 building with the new public entrance, and improvements to facilities and access will ensure the Glynn Vivian is fit for the 21st Century. A weekend of launch celebrations will begin with a parade on 15th October followed by free events and live music that carry on into Sunday.

 

Swansea Festival
Swansea International Festival

For 20 consecutive days and nights, Swansea will be the stage for a rich and varied celebration of music and the arts. Between 30th September and 16th October artists from all over the world will perform at a myriad of events under the banner of the Swansea International Festival.

From orchestras, intimate concerts and recitals, traditional and contemporary dance, drama, talks, films, comedy and visual arts, many of the events are free and will take place across a variety of mainstream venues plus galleries and museum spaces.

Look out for returning favourites such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, La Serenissima performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons as well as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. Find out more at www.swanseafestival.org.

Rhian White
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Make the most of your October half term...



October Half Term is a great time to take a break and step away from the norm before the winter really sets in.

And at Home From Home we believe Gower is the perfect spot to enjoy some quality time away with the family and your pets.

Whatever the weather, the Swansea Bay area is both outdoorsy and indoorsy. There really is loads to do with a host of Half Term events and activities set to take place across the peninsular at a variety of venues.

2016 has been a bumper year for us with some 30 more properties joining our portfolio which is why we’re pleased to say we’ve still got some availability.

Whatever size of your party from a two bedroom apartment in the marina sitting midway between seaside and city fun, to a spacious rural hideaway or a cosy coastal cottage, check out the properties below or enter your dates into the property search function at www.homefromhome.com.

Alternatively pick up the phone and talk to a member of our team on +441792360624 who can help you choose a Half Term home from home that’s just right for you and your brood.

Bluebell Cottage, Cilonen - Ref: 486 / Gower, Swansea
Swansea Festival
 

Bluebell Cottage is an enchanting barn conversion, situated in the heart of the Gower alongside the historical Gower Way. This stone built cottage offers a blend of traditional exterior stone clad walls combined with a beautifully restored contemporary interior.

This cottage along with its identical neighbour 'Daffodil Cottage', have both been completed to a very high standard and offer spacious and luxury accommodation set in this rural landscape.

With both 'Bluebell' and 'Daffodil' cottages being located next to one another it creates an ideal opportunity for not only the smaller parties to enjoy but also for larger numbers to accommodate both properties.

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Bwthyn Y Bryn, Mumbles - Ref: 381 / Swansea
Celebrations of Cider & Beer
 

A delightful 2-bedroom fisherman's cottage in the heart of Mumbles village, with stunning sea views. Bursting with character and coastal finishing touches, this turn of the century stone property is typical of the area, set amongst winding hillside streets.

Quiet and cosy, Bryn Terrace is a 5 minute walk to the seafront promenade and the cafes, parks, shops and galleries that make Mumbles such a popular visitor destination. A 25 minute stroll will lead you along the coastal path, beyond the pier and around the point to the beaches of Rotherslade and Langland.

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Awel Y Mor, Nicholaston - Ref: 667 / Swansea
Walk to the Worm walk
 

A large, modern, practical detached house in the heart of Gower within walking distance of some of the peninsula's most spectacular beaches.

Light and bright and beautifully decorated throughout, this 5-bedroom holiday home is set over three floors and boasts 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, a fabulous kitchen plus utility room and beautiful coastal views.

Located in Nicholaston, a rural hamlet within the village of Penmaen close to Oxwich, Awel Y Mor is the ideal base for a holiday on Gower with delightful walks through woodland and across dunes to the beaches of Three Cliffs and Oxwich., West Glamorgan

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White Knight Gardens,Bishopston - Ref: 647 / Bishopston, Swansea
Walk to the Worm walk
 

A modern detached family house in the Orchard, an exclusive residential development in Bishopston close to Caswell Bay. Light and bright and beautifully decorated and styled throughout, it sleeps 8 comfortably in 4 bedrooms with two en-suite shower rooms, as well as a family bathroom and downstairs cloakroom.

With an enclosed rear and side garden and plenty of parking and loads of storage space in the bedrooms and kitchen, White Knight Gardens is a must for a family or group of friends looking for a comfy coastal retreat.

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