Just a thank you

by Cath

Dear Wil

The hubby and I have spent one glorious sunny June week holidaying on your wonderful island of Anglesey and wanted to thank you for the invaluable info on your website.

It certainly helped in exploring and planning our trip.

Yes Anglesey is a most enchanting place and so much so we would love to come and reside (probably in retirement, but hopefully sooner if the lotto nos come up).

It has been suggested that we visit again in the 'bleaker' months to see if we are still as committed.

So do you feel that Anglesey is a place to live all year round?

We may be looking through rose tinted specs, holidays do that to you when you are away from the hum drum routine of everyday life.

Where can I find out about the harsh realities of island living to prepare us for the day to day living?

Any info gratefully received.



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May 10, 2016
by: Margaret

We (husband and I) retired to Anglesey in November 2014 from the south east of England. We had only ever been to Anglesey twice before retiring, also for wonderful holidays. We have not regretted moving here for a single moment and would not want to live anywhere else. Ok, it gets wet and windy, but we're retired, we don't have to go out in it! So far there has been no Ice or snow to contend with, a big plus in your dotage, not quite at that stage yet. We love walking both coastal and inland but also have bus passes and a car so really have many choices to explore the rest of north Wales which is also very beautiful. We have popped across to Dublin as well but remain convinced that a day of sunshine on Anglesey is worth at least 10 of anywhere else!

Jun 21, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Anglesey's main drawback - the wind.

Not only will you need to thoroughly secure your roof, shed, greenhouse etc.

You will probably buy somewhere then find a forest of wind turbines going up on land and at sea to spoil your views. Also, if you are concerned about nuclear......

Still, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

There you go.

Jul 13, 2011
Living Here All Year Round
by: Wil Anglesey Hidden Gem

Dear Cath

First of all, a VERY BIG THANK YOU to you for your extremely kind words. I am so glad that the information on Anglesey Hidden Gem helped you enjoy your stay on Anglesey.

Spring has been brilliant. It really has, and my garden is thriving - despite bleedin' rabbits - and the Island looks astonishingly lush and emotionbally idyllic in the very rural areas.

The Island is beautiful in Spring and Summer and glorious in Autumn.

Anglesey Snowy Winter

Right, I'll be honest with you, these last two Winters have been appallingly cold. The coldest I can remember. This is somethng you need to take into consideration while making any plans to come and live here 12 months of the year.

Hundreds (and more) people have moved here years ago and still live here. They still adore it. Check out Wendy Steele's Le Jardin Wendy as one of many examples.

Anglesey suffers from Fuel Poverty. Now what that means is for large parts coal, oil, wood and electricity are the main sources of heating.

If you wish gas central heating - don't we all? - then the gas mains corridor is along the A5, the old main road across the island. No gas in Gaerwen.

The gas main reaches all the way to Holyhead and to the north part of Trearddur Bay. It's limited to the south of the beach.

The north of Anglesey has no mains gas supply. Neither has the east side.

With the prices of heating fuel going up all the time, then heating cost is something you really have to think about.

On fine Winter days Anglesey remains astonishingly beautiful, with coastal and rural walks. Anglesey has some fabulous restaurants and very good cafes and you'll find some decent shops on the Island and in Bangor.

But you always want to come home to an affordably warm home.

As long as you remember you need a warm home in Winter and plan your retirement properly, then it is one of the best places in the whole of Britain on which to live.

I thought that this is the correct kind of advice to give you.

You have been kind enough to show your appreciation of my website, so I am obliged to be honest with you.

Dear Cath, Please feel free to ask any other questions that might help.

Warmest regards


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