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Special Offers And Last Minutes Bargains

Last Minute Availability
Discounts available from today
Please mention website code (below) when booking 

Christmas and New Year Specials 2012 -2013  
just a few 4 night breaks left in the weeks of

21 - 28 December

28 December - 4 January

(7 night price in brackets)

Horseshoe Cottage (5 persons) Click to enlarge Horseshoe Cottage (5 persons)
 4 nights £720 (£1010)
Byron's Barn - Click to enlarge Byron's Barn (4 persons)
4 nights £485 (£680)
Stables Cottage - Rear - Click to enlarge Stables Cottage (6 persons)
4 nights £860 (£1200)
Hayloft - Balcony - Click to enlarge The Hayloft or The Dairy (4 persons)
4 nights £590 (£820)
Chapel Barn (4 persons) - Click to enlarge Chapel Barn (4 persons)
4 nights £535 (£745)
The Old Schoolroom (8 persons) - Click to enlarge

The Old Schoolroom (8 persons) 
7 nights1150 £1615

Barn Owl Lodge (8 persons) - Click to enlarge Barn Owl Lodge (8 persons) 
4 nights £1150 (£1615)
Keeper's Cottage (8 persons)
4 nights £1180 (£1650)
When booking mention website code NEW31

Surprise the family with a midweek break!

To books: mention website code 
NEW31

Quiet beaches just ten minutes away

Three Cliffs Bay minutes away from Clyne

Walk on quiet beaches or marvel at the views from Cefn Bryn. Gower is vibrant in all year round and short breaks have never been better value at Clyne Farm Centre and Clyne Estate. 

Check back here for special online offers Weekend or Mid Week breaks can be less than £7.50 per person per night.

New!! Our 2012 self catering price list  - full details here.  Call or email now to confirm your perfect 2012 getaway.  For example, Christmas and New Year booking fast so get in quick!!

 

When it's gone it's gone!!!!

Christmas at Clyne

Christmas events for all ages at Clyne.
 
Book now for next year

  • For young children we have our popular 
    Winter Wonderland Programme 

    Find all the animals at Clyne, have your face painted and meet the one and only Santa in his grotto.  More...

Local girl wins BAFTA

Catherine Zeta-Jones has won her first British Film Academy Film and Television award. Her award came for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the musical Chicago.  Clyne Farm overlooks Catherine's family home (and no we are not giving you the address!), so we were all pleased to her hear her thank her "Mam and Dad in Swansea!" Catherine and her husband Michael Douglas stayed in Swansea for the few days before the ceremony.  They found time to take in an exhibition in the Dylan Thomas Centre, and a coffee in Mumbles.  What recently ran a competition to guess the name of Catherine's second baby Click here to find out the result

...and an Oscar!

Catherine Zeta Jones added to her trophy cabinet (or Welsh Dresser!) by winning an Oscar for her supporting role in Chicago.  Her statue was presented to her by the great Scot Sean Connery.  Again all her friends and family in Swansea got a mention in her emotional acceptance speech.  A medical team was standing by at the ceremony in Los Angeles in case Catherine went into labour during the proceedings.  Luckily everything went smoothly.  If she had gone into labour that night do you think she may have named her baby Oscar? 

Our European Eagle owl escaped from his enclosure when it was battered by high winds recently.  Go to his own special web page to find out more about Clyne Farm's fugitive.  
Keep a look out, Mr Whoo is about!
Update: 
Mr Whoo has been found...find out more...


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Six Little Piggies


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We had a very big surprise recently with nine new arrivals at Clyne Farm - no they weren't an unexpected Challenge Valley party, but nine tiny piglets!  Lily and Louie are the proud parents.  Check out the Animals Page for more details.

Welsh Hills Works in Porth, Rhondda is now a thriving recording and television studio called The Pop Factory and was the unusual venue for interviews for the Wales Tourism Awards 2002

 

Geoff being interviewed at Pop Factory

Clyne Farm's Geoff Haden in the hot seat being interviewed for the award ceremony on 11 April. Geoff says "We have based our website firmly as part of the information we provide for customers. It is as much theirs as ours."

Sign up for the electronic newsletter Advantage Gower today. Just say 'Subscribe' in the subject box

The St Davids Park Hotel at Ewloe in Flintshire 
housed Wales Tourist Board's prestigious Wales 
Tourism Awards 2002 on 11 April 2002. 

Clyne Farm were pipped at the post by a community 
website from Betws-y-Coed in North Wales and had 
to settle for the runners-up sport with WTB supported 
Activity Wales in the 'Making IT work for Tourism' 
category where it  based its submission on combining 
the use of new and old technology. 

Says Geoff Haden "The Foot and Mouth crisis of 2001 
brought forward the launch of the newsletter 
Advantage Gower
initially launched to provide advice 
and news to tourism businesses in the Swansea and 
Gower area and this has been very much part of our 
move into new technology."

An early visitor to Clyne Farm after the launch of 
Advantage Gower
was Assembly Business manager
Andrew Davies who saw at first hand how a rural 
business was coping with the disaster. As Minister for 
Tourism he provided the keynote speech at the awards 
hosted by tv personality Rhodri Williams

Since then it has mushroomed to a circulation list of 
nearly 1,000 and has been a key feature in the 
development of an internal booking system for the 
Centre's nine self catering cottages which had 
previously been booked using an agent.

Bookings are also generated by the website, mailshots, 
selected press advertising and press release campaigns. 
Many of these feature the activities available at 
Clyne Farm including archery, climbing, horseriding and Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in 
the world !! - which is the most filmed location of 
'You've Been Framed!'

A feature of the website is the Photo Gallery which 
features pictures of visiting groups who are able to 
use the Centre's digital camera. Photographs can be 
on the web within fifteen minutes of an activity finishing

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We began Advantage Gower at the start of the Foot and Mouth outbreak to provide a balanced view of the disease and its impact on local businesses. From a starting base of fifty it has grown so that now nearly 1,000 people receive the newsletter which aims to be a mixture of the good and bad about the area. Dip into the archives and if you want to subscribe just send us an e mail

Here are a couple of editions...
Number Twelve February 2002 - Valentines Day for Horses
Number Thirteen March 2002 - Clyne to be Pop Idol  

Number Eighteen January 2007 - Reserve your cottage

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Celebrity News

Why baby Dylan won't be christened at Clyne Chapel
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas latest
The media machine that is Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas keeps rolling and guaranteeing Swansea lots of world wide coverage. Louise Jeffrey writes

Baby Dylan, the talk of Swansea town

Well - what do you know - the world's media and the Zeta Jones circus have woken up to the fact that the christening of babies Dylan and Carys will not take place in Swansea in mid September. Catherine is quoted as saying that it is difficult to organise and a problem having so many religions in the family - could it be that Priests at St Joseph's Cathedral have had a quiet word about just what the implications of christenings entail? What did we tell you eighteen months ago - see below!

The latest speculation is that baby Dylan with new sister Carys will be christened at Clyne Chapel which, like Clyne Farm, was once part of the Clyne Estate, on the first weekend in September. Dedicated Zeta watchers will remember that Clyne Farm overlooks the Jones family house at St Andrews Close, Mayals. 

Locally the Mumbles Community Council - whose chief claim to fame is spending lots of our money fighting any plan to redevelop the eyesore Oystermouth Bus Station site - are reported to be planning on making Catherine a Freeman of Mumbles.

Well, inCLYNE can reveal exclusively that the christening is unlikely to be at the chapel. 
We think that Jewish born Douglas and Roman Catholic Catherine might find it uncomfortable in a Church in Wales Protestant church! The vicar Rev George Bennett says that he hasn't been approached
More to the point we’ve assessed the logistics of bringing a few hundred celebs into a town with a few hotels which would meet their standard, a top class self catering complex (one cottage still vacant for the first weekend in September!), a church which is bursting at the seams with a congregation of fifty or so let alone the Hello! or OK! Photographers.

However, if Swansea is to be the venue then our bet is on the RC St Joseph's Cathedral in Greenhill - not far from where grandmother Zeta lives, close to father Dai's favourite watering holes and big enough to take a few hundred guests.


So, don't forget, you’ve heard it here first!!!                                                                                                    
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New for You
1.  Painting and drawing courses
2.  Walk of the Month
3.  Beach and Pub Rides
4.  Extended children’s play areas
5.  Extended nature walks
Also of interest
7.  Team building programmes
8.  Unaccompanied children’s holidays
9.  Specialist weekend courses

Wild Walks
Walking is definitely one of the most popular activities (along with horseriding) for visitors to Clyne and our range of walks of all levels is increasing.
This year we are asking people who are born and bred in Gower and some of our regular instructors to give us their favourite walks which may throw up some interesting new places. 
We plan to publish these on the web page each month.
One of my favourites is the walk from Stormy Castle near Cheriton to Llangennith over Llanmadoc Hill. The views are probably the best on Gower particularly over Whitford Burrows and the Loughor Estuary. The Bulwark Iron Age remains are something for children of all ages to explore. 

Check out Gwen's Armchair Walk - a dog's guide to Three Cliffs and e-postcards to send

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So that we can introduce our visitors to what we have to offer we will continue to run our extremely popular free ‘taster’ sessions most weeks during the year for week long bookings. These usually take place on a Monday morning and are a short introduction to what we offer

To whet your appetite the sessions can include
Archery - learn just how good (or lucky!) Robin Hood and William Tell were!
Indoor Climbing - our indoor wall offers challenges for the beginner and expert alike
Horseriding - if you don’t know one end of the horse from another our stable staff will point you in the right direction.

During the week we will have details of any other activities that we have on offer: 
Activity days such as
The Cliff Challenge - climb and abseil, rock hopping, sea cave exploration and problem solving on the spectacular Gower coast.
Gower Challenge - an expedition around some of Gower’s most beautiful beaches solving problems to plot your route.
The Dinas Challenge - a day out gorge walking in waterfall country at the top of the Neath Valley
Canoeing - our most popular off site activity last year for children and adults alike.

We can also arrange cycle hire and surfboard hire with local providers and our activity database can point you in the direction of almost any activity on offer in the area including golf and fishing.
If you fancy a game of tennis we have rackets for hire and use of the community courts at Bishopston which are rarely busy.
On site there is table tennis and pool to keep adults happy while the children prepare the evening meal.

Taster session update...

Clyne Farm’s FREE Activity Taster Sessions have now been extended to guests from a 
number of selected partner accommodation providers. This means that if you are staying in 
Swansea and Gower for a week you can take advantage of a taste of what Clyne Farm 
Centre has to offer.

Says Clyne Farm's Geoff Haden "Children and adults love our Monday morning and afternoon 
sessions which can give an introduction to horseriding, indoor climbing, archery and orienteering 
and is a perfect complement to our weekly activity programme."

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Paul Llewellyn does and his illustrated conservation talk raise some thought provoking points about local issues and environmental issues in the news. This is no dull lecture but a fascinating insight into how man affects the natural world and is illustrated with colour slides and a selection of little animals at the end. Suitable for ages from about six upwards  If you have someone in your party in a wheelchair or who has other problems which may affect the enjoyment of their stay please let us know. In that way we can make sure that we do everything possible to help.




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