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Hidden gems to find; The beauty of Betws-y-Coed.

NOT just a pretty place, Betws-y-Coed is a great place to visit for a day out or holiday, with its wide array of attractions and amenities. When it comes to shopping, the village offers a wide range of shops catering for your every need, as well as a few hidden gems where you can find that special something, a little bit different.

For example, Betws-y-Coed is the home of Candles Power, which specialises in making and selling a range of handmade and hand-engraved candles.

Here you will find personalised candles for every occasion from weddings, anniversaries and birthdays to christenings, baptisms, first holy communions and much more.

All the candles are individually made and designed with loving care by Chris and Ash, who have been crafting candles for more than 30 years, using their own unique methods and styles.

Remember your loved ones with a memorial candle, or have a photo or emblem of your own put onto a candle to make it a truly personalised gift. The candles are so popular with visitors that the company is now offering an online service and their skills are in demand worldwide.

Said Ash: "In the past we have been flown out, in the capacity of consultants, to set up and train the staff of new businesses in both Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. We were also involved in the setting up of a major Indian candle-making company and have demonstrated our skills in Japan, the Netherlands and various parts of Europe."

Candles Power has even supplied major chains and stores, such as Harrods, with candles, but one of its proudest commissions was being asked to carve a large candle for Pope John Paul which was presented to him during his historic visit to Wales!

?Visit the shop at Unit 5, Station Approach or shop online at www.candlespower.com.

Iechyd Da is an independent family-run delicatessen in Betws-y-Coed offering a wide range of delicious food to tempt you from around the world, and also a good selection of local Welsh products - from cheeses and pates to preserves and cakes, plus fish from a local smokery.

It also specialises in sugarfree food, suitable for diabetics, and gluten-free food suitable for coeliacs, including gluten-free cakes and biscuits.

The friendly staff make hamper baskets in all shapes and sizes, which make ideal gifts for all occasions and contain goodies such as cheeses, chocolates, chutneys, cakes, gingerbread houses and fancy treats. You will also find a wide range of speciality teas and coffees and cakes, biscuits and puddings, as well as other interesting items such as unusual Italian vegetable seeds, fancy pastas, antipasto and juicy olives, salamis and meats, Krakus Polish products, herbs and spices and decorative jars of oils and vinegars.

The shop is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.30pm, so why not call in and see what it has to offer? There is bound to be something to tempt you! ?Call 01690 710944 or visit www.delinorthwales.co.uk.

Pont-y-Pair Inn is conveniently located near the centre of Betws-y-Coed, overlooking the old stone bridge of the same name (Pont-y-Pair) that crosses the river Llugwy.

The traditional inn is ideally located for exploring Snowdonia and the whole of North Wales. Drying facilities are available for walkers with wet waterproofs in case it rains, and picnics cane be made.

Formally known as the Ponty-Pair Hotel, the inn offers visitors a warm welcome, comfortable en-suite rooms, bed and breakfast and evening meals featuring freshly prepared home-cooked food using local Welsh produce.

There are 10 rooms, eight of which are en-suite, with double, twin and family rooms available. All the rooms feature free wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities.

The inn boasts a licensed bar where you can enjoy cask ale and bitter, as well as a beer garden which is perfect for summer months, plus a games room.

Children are well catered for, and there are vegetarian options. You can also pop in for Sunday lunch or afternoon tea.

. ?Call 01690710377 or visit www.hotelbetwsycoed.co.uk.

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Pont-y-Pair .Inn, above, offers a warm welcome. Candles Power creates special candles, left, while Iechyd Da is a family-run delicatessen, below
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Date:May 15, 2015
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