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In the era of globalisation and global warming, we feel that we should make an effort to respect the environment, and that includes the cultural as well as the natural environment. We have solar panels, we have good insulation, use low energy bulbs and dimming switches, our cleaning products are eco friendly, we recycle or compost all possible waste, and we make an effort to conserve water. We collect rain water and use it to water the garden.

We believe in buying food locally, some of it organic, and some vegetables, herbs and fruits come from our own garden in season.

We realize that there is room for improvement, but we hope that we are on the right track.

Y Goeden Eirin is located in an area with limitless attractions, whether rain or shine. The natural beauty of the peninsula beyond the Eifl mountains towards Aberdaron, the mountains of Swnodonia and the Isle of Anglesey is breathtaking, and there are endless opportunities for visitors to walk, climb or bike, to observe wildlife, fish, ponytrek, swim, play golf, or numerous other activities.

We are keen to advice guests where to go and how to get there. We know about public footbaths and biking lanes, and can offer suitable maps and guides.

 

Of course there is layer upon layer of history and literay tradition here. You can visit T H Parry-Williams’ birthplace at Rhyd-ddu, or Kate Roberts’ heritage centre at Rhosgadfan, the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy, the history centre of Uwchgwyrfai at Clynnog or the Lôn Goed in Eifionydd. The Italianate village of Portmeirion is a very popular attraction, and the castles of Harlech, Cricieth, Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy and Dolwyddelan are within easy reach. You can visit two National Trust properties – Plas Newydd on Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle between Bangor and Bethesda. Tunnicliffe’s paintings can be seen at Oriel Môn, and a section devoted to the work of Kyffin Williams will open there in 2008. The splendid beauty of Bodnant Gardens beckons. There is a new creative arts centre at Caernarfon, called Galeri. Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival is held annually at the end of August, and the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd National Eisteddfod visit the area once in a while. There are slate museums at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llanberis, and the Electric Mountain can also be visited at Llanberis. Or why not take the ferry to Ireland from Holyhead? … One could wax lyrical about numerous other things.

Eluned comes from Tre-garth near Bethesda. She studied Geography and Geology at Aberystwyth University and then taught and lectured in Wales for many years. She is a member of the Society of Welsh Translators.

Although she has been for short cookery courses with chefs such as John Tovey at Miller Howe in Windermere, she is largely self-taught. Many years ago she won The Sunday Times’ ‘Cook of the Year (Wales, South-west England and the Channel Islands)’ prize. She was the author of Tai Bwyta Cymru, a guide to Welsh restaurants published by Y Lolfa.

 

John (1938-2015) was brought up in Trawsfynydd, Meirionnydd. He studied Welsh and Music at Bangor University and gained a D.Phil at Oxford. Later he was a lecturer at Swansea, Trinity College Carmarthen, Lampeter and Aberystwyth, where he was a Professor in the Department of Welsh. On his retirement he and Eluned returned to Y Goeden Eirin. As well as critical volumes, John published seven novels. He was editor of several popular and academic magazines and also enjoyed his work as general editor of the University of Wales’ series 'Y Meddwl a'r Dychymyg Cymreig' (Welsh Thought and Imagination).

 

John had a strong interest in music, food and wine. He played the piano and was taught by Kendall Taylor of the Royal College of Music, London. He won a number of diplomas including LRAM and ARCM. He contributed regular articles on food to the magazine Barn, and visited restaurants throughout Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands as an inspector for one of the most prominent guides in Britain. He was one of the team of inspectors who produced the volume Eating Out in Wales 2004 under the leadership of Colin Pressdee.