A Royal Respite: The Isle of Anglesey

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This little-known isle became home to one of the most famous couples in the world, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Following the Royal wedding, they retreated to Anglesey to begin their married life away from the spotlight of the media. Visit the undisturbed beauty and the peaceful surrounds of this tiny island in northwest Wales.

On this enchanting island where the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have set up house, the Snowdonia Mountains glisten across the sparkling waters of the Menai Strait. With its winding roads and expanses of breathtaking beaches, Anglesey’s villages and hamlets offer unparalleled splendor. The rugged coastline varies along its 125 miles; the island is rimmed with bays, inlets, and sandy stretches that contain many hidden treasures along the water’s edge. An invigorating walk provides an opportunity for bird-watching and wildlife sightings amidst the lush flora, fauna, and crashing waves.

Those who roam the island’s scenic shoreline and experience local Welsh hospitality quickly understand why Anglesey is a well-kept secret. The hidden historic enclaves and spectacular natural landscape provide a royal respite for all who visit.

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A stroll down a groomed path through dense woodland offers a glimpse into the life of the titled aristocracy at the National Trust property of Plas Newydd, on the Isle of Anglesey. Erected in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and later significantly rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style during the eighteenth century, the magnificent estate consists of a splendid manor house and sprawling, elaborately landscaped grounds.

The long, sloping lawn extends from the house to the waterfront of the Menai Strait. Designed with an artistic eye, the formal gardens are terraced in the Italianate style, and the mile-long walkway leads to the renowned rhododendron gardens that bloom gloriously in late spring.

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