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Foel Gopyn

nr Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

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This interesting, isolated former gamekeeper's cottage lies in the Ysbyty estate, eight miles south-east of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. The cottage, at 1,125 feet, is 450 feet above and a mile from the small village of Ysbyty Ifan where the hospital for the Knights of St John used to be situated. It enjoys magnificent views of surrounding mountains and moorlands. There is no electricity in the cottage, all services are by gas. The small walled garden has magnificent open views.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, bedroom (double) with antique brass/iron bed and bathroom.
First floor
one twin bedroom with antique brass/iron beds.
Visitor notes

Gas wall heaters included.

Although the cottage has no electricity, a gas stove and fridge with ice-box are provided.

For details of trout fishing on the upper reaches of the River Conwy please contact the Contact Centre.

Access to the cottage can be difficult in adverse weather conditions.

The stairs in this cottage are quite steep. The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

As this cottage has a private water supply, in prolonged dry spells and in very hot weather, we would politely ask that water is used sparingly wherever possible.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Double bed
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

North Wales
View to Braich-y-Pwll headland, with Bardsey Island in the distance, from the summit of Mynydd Anelog with characteristic gorse and heather vegetation, and ancient field patterns beyond, on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. © Joe Cornish

Renowned for the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia with its lakes and rock-strewn mountain passes, North Wales also offers a surprisingly varied countryside, from the beautiful Conwy Valley to the tranquillity of the Isle of Anglesey. The coastline is equally diverse, with sandy beaches, rocky coves and spectacular cliffs - and standing proudly over the land and seascape are some of the country's mightiest castles such as Penrhyn. The National Trust owns some 60,000 acres of coast and countryside in North Wales, including some of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, unspoilt coastline on the Llyn, and an array of historic houses and castles.

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline. © Joe Cornish

Some of the most varied landscapes of North Wales lie within Snowdonia. The peaks of Snowdon rise to over 3,000 feet above sea level and provide some of the most magnificent scenery in the region while the dramatic slopes of the Arans are less frequented and offer stunning views and tranquillity. This is a great base from which to explore beautiful Betws-y-Coed with its interesting shops; the market town of Dolgellau; spectacular Cader Idris and the majestic Mawddach estuary. Several of the cottages are situated on the Ysbyty estate which is the Trust?s largest farmed estate consisting of 51 farms, 20,000 acres and over 500 acres of woodlands. National Trust places in and around Snowdonia include Craflwyn estate, Penhryn Castle, the shop and pub at Beddgelert, Ysbyty estate, Ty Mawr Wybrant, Aberconwy House, Conwy Suspension Bridge and Bodnant Gardens. Other attractions and places of interest include Llanwrst, Cerrigydrudion, Ruthin, Bala Lake, Llandudno, Conwy, Nant Gwynant Valley, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Portmeirion, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Harlech, Welsh Mountain Railway and the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis. Activities in the area include walking, birdwatching, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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  • Walking
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • white water rafting.
National Trust places to visit
Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant Traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse
Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden World-famous garden noted for its botanical collections
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Conwy Suspension Bridge Elegant suspension bridge and toll-keeper's house
Aberconwy House
Aberconwy House 14th-century merchant's house
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views of Snowdonia

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Linda Bell
    • August 2013
    • Lancashire
    Views were stunning

    The remote position was brilliant and the views were stunning.

  • Mr P Reid
    • June 2013
    • Cornwall
    Ambience created by woodburner

    Thoroughly enjoyable. The view/remote location made it special for us. No electric and the ambience created by the wood burner & gas lighting were special.

  • Ms Underwood
    • February 2013
    • UK
    Isolation and beautiful views

    No electricity but plenty of hot water! We love the peace created by gas lights and the log burner. Isolation and beautiful views.Beautifully clean and well presented, kitchen very well equipped. No sign of human habitation looking out over the valley. Simply equipped and decor all in keeping with the feel of the property, but warm and comfy. Please keep it this way!

  • Mr Furse
    • December 2012
    • UK
    The absence of electricity brings us back

    This was our 4th stay at Foel Gopyn...The location is what brings us back, and the absence of electricity. Gas lamps and the wood burner make the difference.

  • Katherine Rhoades
    • Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin USA
    magical few days at Foel Gopyn

    We enjoyed a magical few days at Foel Gopyn in October, a most beautiful time of the year to explore northern Wales. The splendor of the stars, the breathtaking vistas, and the pervasive quietude soothed our souls. Priceless! Katherine and Bruce Rhoades

  • Cat and Wayne
    I cannot recommend this cottage enough

    I cannot recommend this cottage enough, while the interior is not as character filled as Braich Melyn the surroundings are breath-taking. Foel Gopyn's simplicity is so fitting for it's location.. We spent the day watching buzzards soar over the fields around the cottage, the evenings watching a resident hare tramp it's way through the garden and the night gazing up at the stars in the beautiful unpolluted sky. For miles around all you can see is nature, all you can hear is the breeze and the occasional lonely sheep and all you can feel is relaxed. It's location is ideal. Right in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon is half hour away by car, the A5 is literally only 15 minutes away (if that) .. that if you want to go out by day it's very easy to make your way. Thankyou so much for sharing this beautiful location with us.. it was possibly the most romantic break we've had away in years... it was certainly the most restful.. PS, Thanks once again to the caretaker who so kindly came out to check the carbon monoxide detectors late one night.. (they really are the most frustrating things!!)

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