Y Bragdy

Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

Y Bragdy

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Priced for 2 (sleeps 4). A modern rustic Snowdonia holiday cottage retreat near Betws-y-Coed. This cottage is the perfect base to explore the lakes and mountains of beautiful Snowdonia National Park, and visit the gorgeous beaches of Anglesey.

Set within the curtilage of Plas Tirion, a Grade II* Tudor manor house, Y Bragdy enjoys privacy on the edge of an ancient apple orchard. It was built in 1498 as an early cruck-framed timber house and later used to brew ale when the big house was built in 1565. Saved from dereliction and lovingly restored over five years, the cottage is a rare survival, full of history and atmosphere. 

A true celebration of craftsmanship, the cottage has been repaired using original techniques and beautifully crafted materials, with hand-cut slates, and timber milled on-site from windblown trees. The comfortable, peaceful interior is filled with beautiful Welsh country antiques, handmade crafts, and local mill-woven textiles. It is kept warm and cosy with underfloor heating throughout, and a wood-burning stove in the living room, fuelled by logs from the owners' nearby woodland. The bedrooms and kitchen look over the orchard, which is filled with blossom and wildflowers in spring and summer. 

There are twenty acres of fields to walk in, with views down the Conwy Valley, and footpaths that lead to miles of woodland tracks.  



latest review

A very lovely place to stay - warm, clean and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the fresh flowers and leaves in each room which made the cottage feel very welcoming. A first class little house in...

Mark W, 2024

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arrival at
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strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin

facilities at Y Bragdy

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
no pets
media & technology
wifi broadband internet
cleaning services
washing machine
high chair
relatively accessible (ground floor bedroom)
electric vehicle charging
3kw socket

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in detail

Wifi internet, underfloor heating and wood burner

Ground floor:

Kitchen: Small but well equipped with fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher, oven, induction hob, with a spacious dining area that looks out towards the orchard.  Bi-folding doors open right out for fresh air dining and lead onto a timber terrace and an outdoor seating area alongside the orchard.

Bathroom: Warm, light, well-fitted bathroom with a shower and a stone sink.

Master bedroom: A comfortable, warm, light room with three windows, the view from the bed is straight into the orchard with its birdlife and wildflowers.  This historic room has a rare surviving split Chestnut ceiling, and a restored plank and muntin oak screen. The double bed has a memory foam mattress and high quality organic, Fairtrade, cotton bedding.

Lounge: A cosy area for reading or relaxing in front of the fire, windows front and back, with views towards the woodland, and a door that opens out into the cottage garden with a bench that catches the morning sun. 

Washing / Drying room: opposite the cottage is a room where there is a washing machine and drying racks.  There is an additional drying rack in the cottage, and pegs in the laundry room for drying wet coats.  Its also a good place to dry wet walking boots.

First floor: 

Second Bedroom: A sweet, cosy, restful bedroom, with twin single beds, memory foam mattress and high quality organic, Fairtrade, cotton bedding.  This room has a wealth of historic features, including 500-year-old cruck frames and an original oak and plaster screen.  Characterful little windows look over the orchard and the cottage garden of Plas Tirion.

Outside: Both the front door and the large kitchen doors open onto gravel garden and seating areas, which are full of wildflowers, cottage garden plants and seasonal pots of colourful flowers.  The cottage is surrounded by a historic garden landscape on all sides - orchards, meadows, woodland and the cottage and formal gardens of Plas Tirion. From Y Bragdy you can walk up into our fields, with views up and down the beautiful Conwy Valley.

You can charge your electric car via a dedicated 3-pin socket (slow 3kW) - payment arrangements are to be made directly with the owner. 


local area

  • Snowdonia National Park. In just fifteen minutes you can be at Capel Curig, a good starting point for both easy and challenging walking trails.
  • Mountain biking - Y Bragdy looks towards the Gwydir forest across the valley, here you will find some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK. 
  • Go Below - underground caving and mine exploration trips - 5 miles (8 mins)
  • Horse Riding - Anglesey Riding Stables, these excellent stables have well-schooled horses to suit all ages and abilities, with rides around the beautiful coastline of Anglesey - 40 mins (31 miles)
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns - 11 miles (28 mins)
  • Steam Railways - at Llanberis, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog and Snowdonia summit- all within easy driving distance.
  • Betws y Coed - centre for outdoor activities, outdoor clothing and equipment shops, cafes, pubs and famous Cadwalladers Ice cream. - 3 miles (7 mins)
  • Llanrwst - historic market town - good local provision shops, cafes and takeaways - 1 mile (5 mins)
  • Trefriw Woollen Mill - traditional working mill - 4 miles (8 mins)
  • Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant - National Trust, traditional C16th farmstead - 8 miles (15 mins)
  • Dolwyddelan Castle - a nice walk with dramatic views over the Lledyr Valley once at the top - 7 miles (20 mins)
  • Conwy - Castle and Plas Mawr - Historic market town with nice shops and places to eat, and three fantastic CADW run historic buildings to visit - the 700-year-old medieval castle, Plas Mawr, the finest example of an Elizabethan townhouse in Britain, as well as the smallest house in Great Britain! 15 miles (24 mins)
  • Bodnant Gardens - open in all seasons and worth a visit at any time of year - 8 miles (13 mins)
  • Zip World Fforest - Brilliant fun for the whole family just a very short drive or even a walk away!  In a stunning forest location just above Betws-y-coed, you will find an alpine coaster, bouncing treetop nets for little ones, zip lines and adventure courses for both children and adults, Europe's highest giant swing, and a 100 ft high plummet for those brave enough! - 3 miles (5 mins)
  • Adventure Park Snowdonia - adventure park with indoor and outdoor activities, a world-leading outdoor surf lagoon, indoor climbing, indoor adventure courses, indoor caving and soft play for little ones.  Paddleboarding and gorge walking can be booked with APS - 5 miles (11 mins).
  • Beaches - golden sands and donkeys can be found at Llandudno, and gorgeous beaches of Newborough on Anglesey and Borth-y-gest are a 40-minute drive away, for sea swimming, beach walks and play on the beach.


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customer reviews for Y Bragdy

A very lovely place to stay - warm, clean and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the fresh flowers and leaves in each room which made the cottage feel very welcoming. A first class little house in a quiet but convenient location. Thank you Ned and Sophie - we will definitely book again.

- Mark W,

We had the best time at Y Bragdy! The house was stunning, beautifully restored and decorated. We had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay as a family of four. Our kids loved roaming in the field next door, and the views from the cottage were gorgeous. It was also very conveniently located, with easy access to many activities, towns and dramatic landscapes. Highly recommend and cannot wait to return!

- Eva B,

The cottage has been beautifully restored and you could see the history all around. It has a lovely blend of old and modern, with a lovely well-appointed shower room alongside the ancient original architecture of the lounge and main bedroom. It was lovely and cosy and had everything we needed (including plenty of logs for the fire). Top job.

- Wendy L,

Y Bragdy is the most exquisite cottage, I delighted in every detail of its painstakingly taken restoration. Every aspect of it is considered without being pretentious..It’ gently sits within the landscape of our ‘Fathers and mothers’ But for me what I found most soothing was the quiet depth of an energetic connection to our ancestors, it’s a special place, you will find peace there

- Lynne P,

Y-Bragdy is a beautifully renovated historic cottage property, every aspect carefully considered. We really enjoyed staying over Christmas and felt cosy, warm and safe, even in the stormy weather. Ned and Sophie thought of every detail to make our stay a delight, including a lovely Christmas tree and decorations! When venturing out of the cottage there were amazing walks near by: lakes, forests, hills, mountains, villages and beaches all to choose from, as well as great pubs to have a 'rest' in. We are hoping to return. Thank you again and Happy New Year!

- Anna L,

An exceptionally lovely place to stay with warm, caring hosts. Really special.

- Tancred D,

We had the most wonderful stay at Y Bragdy. The cottage is just beautiful, with so many home comforts like cosy blankets and fresh flowers in every room. The kitchen is incredibly well equipped, as well as beautifully designed. We loved reading about the history of the building and its journey to becoming this fabulous little holiday home. It’s obvious that lots of thought, love and care has gone into this cottage, and we were truly sad to leave. We can’t wait to return. Thank you for having us xx

- Jen M,

Beautifully restored cottage. Very tasteful with fresh flowers in every room. We enjoyed our stay. Just a suggestion and in no way a complaint two pillows in the double bedroom per person would be lovely. Also I found the portrait in the living area gloomy and would move it to hang above the wooden seat in the hall. Perhaps replace it with something more cheerful/colourful. I loved the owners prints and the flower painting in the double bedroom. Just suggestions and the kitchen/dining area is beautifully done. Lovely little spot to stay.

- Amanda T,

What a stunning cottage in a beautiful location. A real Welsh cottage that feels far away from modern life and perfect for those who want to switch off, get away from the internet and enjoy the outdoors. The cottage is very comfortable and has everything you need. To stay in such a sympathetically restored cottage with such attention to detail was a real treat. We hiked and ran in the Gwydir Forest, enjoyed the gravel tracks on our cx bikes which we recommend. There is so much to do on the doorstep. The gallery next door has a great atmosphere, good cakes and coffee, the Tudor house (Gwydir Castle) is well worth a visit to name a few. We highly recommend a visit!

- Charlotte J,

Y Bragby gave us the rest and relaxation we wanted from our 3 night break.The property is finished to a high standard throughout. We cooked our supper on all nights and loved the kitchens layout and facilities.. The buildings sympathetic restoration really does make it feel as though you are staying somewhere unique and special . Finally ,it's position is perfectly placed to get into the hills, and if not wanting to drive there are nice walks from Y Bragby itself

- Simon A,

Fabulously renovated cottage with craftsmanship and taste throughout. We enjoyed the flowers. Lovely peaceful atmosphere.

- Peter J,

We had a lovely visit to Y Bragdy. It's a beautifully restored house, with great facilities. The owners are very accommodating and friendly. We would heartily recommend a stay in the delightful house. We went to Conwy, to look around and to eat. we trundled around the area, but the weather wasn't conducive for walking far. Thanks for a good stay.

- Paul B,

A beautiful cottage in an absolutely stunning location.

- Llewellyn F,

We had a lovely time at Y Bragdy, it was perfect, spotless, fresh flowers in every room, such a sense of history to the cottage. Sophie and Ned were the perfect hosts, friendly but not intrusive. Thank you.

- Elizabeth robertson ,

Lovely cottage, restored with great care and provided with nice touches. What's not to love?!

- Paul D,

Beautiful cottage and very sympathetically renovated. Warm, comfortable and tastefully decorated with great attention to detail - all in keeping (where possible) with its age and history. Good location, with easy access to coast and countryside. Would highly recommend.

- Helen stringer ,

Our second time at this lovely cottage. Beautifully conserved, designed and thoughtfully and luxuriously kitted out. Flowers in every room, treats on arrival and owner’s printed cushions etc make it really special. Lovely setting, friendly hosts and lots to do nearby, with both coast and mountains close.

- Jeanine G,

Y Bragdy has to be one of the most soulful places we have ever stayed. The cottage has been breathed back to life beautifully by Ned and Sophie, with great care for the history of the building and the surrounding environment (in addition to the kitchen design, the staircase has been constructed using wood from a felled local tree). As well as the sympathetic use of materials, the cottage is elegantly furnished and comfortable throughout. Warm too, the underfloor heating system is wonderful. In terms of location, it is perfect - the cottage sits nestled in the beautiful and quiet Conwy Valley, with multiple glorious beaches, awe-inspiring mountain passes, legendary castles, waterfalls, and stunning gardens all within 30-40 minutes drive (in different directions, Bodnant Garden and Swallow Falls are even closer to Y Bragdy - about ten minutes away). This is a really special place to stay.

- Daryl M,

A last minute break at Y Bragdy, the cottage is delightful and a credit to Sophie and Ned, carefully refurbished with skill incorporating traditional techniques alongside a hint of contemporary. We had poor weather so spent more time in the cottage than we would normally, it is quiet and restful. We hope to return maybe with less rain next time!

- Simon C,

We had a fantastic time at Y Bragdy, a beautifully renovated cottage in a stunning setting. It was the perfect base to explore Snowdonia and to relax after long walks in front of the fire. The owners were very welcoming and helpful and we can’t wait to return.

- Thomas bell ,

This is a beautiful place to stay. The situation is glorious and the house itself is a gem. It has been wonderfully restored and renovated by the owners using all their extensive knowledge of old buildings and restoration methods. Everything is done to the highest standards and it is furnished with wonderful pieces which have been bought from sales locally. The bathroom is the height of modernity and works very well indeed. The small but perfectly formed kitchen is built using wood from a tree which used to grow on their land. The bed is wonderfully comfortable with a view over the orchard. The internet is not very reliable, however; sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't! This was a bit of a problem as we were there when the Queen died and it was frustrating not to be able to access the news whenever we wanted to. My husband is a retired journalist and not having accessible news is rather distressing for him! All in all a wonderful place to stay, which we would recommend to anyone.

- Gillian T,

Stunning cottage in a lovely spot - perfect for exploring this part of North Wales. We stayed with our 2 children so the twin bed room was perfect for them. The cottage is presented beautifully and has everything you need. The outside space is lovely to sit and enjoy the views

- Charlotte K,

We had a wonderful stay in this fabulous cottage restored recently by its talented conservator/ artist owners. Everything is thought through, everything done for a reason, it is quietly and perfectly furnished and decorated. It felt a privilege to be allowed to be there. On the edge of the national park, there are many interesting places to visit and our days were packed with stimulating walks and visits and we’ve come home invigorated.

- Joanna C,

Fabulous cottage, beautifully restored. Full of character and interest. Brilliant!

- Alice F,

I couldn't ask for a better place to stay in North Wales! Y Bragdy embraced us in its unique charm and peacefulness. Ned and Sophie have done the most incredible job of transforming a very sad, one could say derelict, 15th-century cottage into a most joyous 21st-century one without losing anything of its remarkable history. Would we come back? Yes, in a heartbeat!

- Rachel D, Morning Bay (Australia),

Perfect Easter break at the cottage. We appreciated the craftsmanship, interiors,furniture, blankets,fresh flowers- all of it! It made for a calming and relaxing base to explore the area. Loved Zip World, fresh pizzas from Hanging Pizza in Betsw y Coed, train up Snowdon and National Trust Gardens. Plus walking and exploring the local area.Thank you Sophie and Ned for sharing your gorgeous cottage.And the Easter treats and Welsh cakes.

- Kerry L,

A truly idyllic place to stay - super warm and cosy in the winter months a very historic building brought back to life in a charming way . We loved the spring flowers, welsh cakes and beer left for us by the owners on our arrival .

- Kathryn W,

We had a brilliant stay at this lovely cottage. It is excellently located for all the Snowdonia has to offer, and the cottage itself is outstanding, with great attention to detail. We hope to be back.

- Erik baurdoux ,

A beautifully restored 15th century cottage, a sheer delight to stay in. Lovely home made brownies on arrival and fresh flowers in every room. Such a treat as part of our family birthday celebrations, with a trip to Olif, the tapas restaurant in Betws, to finish off a wonderful break.

- Joanne D,

A beautiful, well designed and comfortable cottage. We felt at home as soon as we opened the door, cut flowers abounded and a thoughtful welcome basket awaited including GF items especially for our son. A perfect spot to recharge, relax and revive.

- Christine D,

This is an amazing property, lovingly restore by the very friendly and kind owners. It’s an exceptionally beautiful place, finished to a luxury standard. There were fresh wild flowers in every room on our arrival and each room is beautiful and welcoming whilst also being highly functional. The kitchen was kitted out with the best quality products we’ve ever encountered in a rental place, and Sophie’s own beautiful prints are on the walls. The location is also great for both the mountains and the coast, and we had days out with coasteering, gorge scrambling and the great fun of Zip World Fforest— all three activities are much recommended! We had most of our meals at the outside table which, although you can hear the traffic from the road, feels private and secluded. A lovely stay, and we’d love to come back.

- Julia simon ,

Absolutely beautifully renovated cottage. A pleasure to spend time in, and enjoyed reading the story of the renovations. A lovely welcome to the area from the hosts and much to explore. No formal internet (3G only) did make some things a little trickier but the escape from emails was also nice! would highly recommend, a wonderful place to chill out.

- Alex T,

We absolutely loved our stay at Y Bragdy! The setting was idyllic and close enough to nearby towns as well as day trips to Portmeirion and Anglesey, but secluded enough that we ate breakfast and dinner alfresco every day. Oh and the weather was incredible so thanks for arranging that too! ;)

- Elizabeth E,

We were one of the first to stay in Y Bragdy after its restoration. Parts date date to the sixteenth century and it has been beautifully restored and furnished with antique pieces and many of Sophie's prints. It is cosy and comfortable. Sophie and Ned are very good hosts and made us feel at home with flowers and a welcome basket. There are good outdoor spaces, although in a cold and wet May we mainly stayed warm and dry inside. A good base for this part of North Wales; we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

- Philip luscombe ,

Wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place and our hosts could not have been friendlier or more helpful.

- Katie R,

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Y Bragdy. The house is both beautiful and comfortable. The owner, Sophie, couldn't have been more helpful. The location is perfect for anyone hoping to get out to do some walking in Snowdonia. We are hoping to return in the near future. :)

- Rachel N,