Bod Gwynedd was built at the turn of the 19th century and is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in this part of the village as maps of this part of the village show no other building in close proximity until 1895 when a major mapping revision was undertaken.
The building dates to before the Victorian tourist influx and was originally a farm house with land and livestock to the rear. The building is built almost entirely of slate which would have been sourced locally including from the now defunct Hafod Las Quarry which can be found hidden in the tree covered hills at the rear of the property near Llyn Elsi. The walls are approximately 2 foot (60cm) thick with the latest (A rated) double glazed windows to keep the weather out and the heat in. In coming years we hope to improve on our Green Credentials by adding solar water heating (a significant part of any B& B) and solar panels.
We know Bod Gwynedd has been a B& B for at least 116 years as one of our first guests showed us photos of family members sitting in the field next to the property and a postcard of Bod Gwynedd complete with its B& B sign dated 1901!
The building has undergone substantial improvements in recent years including new sash double glazed windows, a 300 litre Heat Store water tank with new plumbing to ensure powerful showers, comfortable beds, A+ rated lighting, A+ 24 inch Smart TVs and BTs latest super hub and superfast broadband.
Bod Gwynedd is situated 5 minutes from the centre of Betws-y-Coed, opposite the Afon Llugwy (River Llugwy) and with tree lined hills to the front and rear. We are 20 minutes from Snowdon by car with an hourly bus service to Llanberis and other major set-off points stopping outside. Less than 1/2 mile up the road is the wooden Miners Bridge which crosses the Llugwy allowing for a scenic walk back along the river into Betws-y-Coed. For the slightly more energetic the beautiful Swallow Falls is just 1.4 miles (2Km) up the road (see our Facebook page for footage) whilst Llandudno, Conwy, Zipworld, Surf Snowdonia and the beauties of Snowdonia are all within easy reach of Bod Gwynedd.
Jackie and Gary moved to Bod Gwynedd from the New Forest National Park on the southcoast of England where they lived ever since meeting on a Greek island called Skyros many years ago. As you can imagine moving from one national park to another both Gary and Jackie are outdoors people, enjoying nature, walking, mountain biking, photography and exploring. Checkout our Photos of Bod Gwynedd & our adventures in Snowdonia on this website for some of our adventures or keep tabs on our our Facebook page
Our approach to running a B& B is to build one we would like to stay in ourselves so comfortable beds, powerful showers, good facilities, a great breakfast and friendly hosts are key to the way we run Bod Gwynedd.
We look forward to welciming you to our home and helping you get the most from your holiday.