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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 0344 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
Bodysgallen Hall Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Lamberto Coccioli
    • February 2015
    • Italy
    Made special by:

    The unique location and the lack of electricity. It is also a small cottage,so it is cosy and warm and the ideal size for two people. Everything on arrival was just perfect - the cottage was immaculate, the wood by the wood burner, flowers and Welsh cakes on the table - what else could we ask for?

  • Anonymous
    • October 2014
    • ---------------
    Very special place

    The isolation of Foel Gopyn makes it a very special place to wind down and relax. Very satisfied with the service received and the helpfulness of staff.

  • Clare Sparks
    • December 2013
    • Essex
    Perfect weekend get away

    The perfect weekend get away, so relaxing not having electricity and getting away from the noise of everyday life!

  • Gully
    • November 2013
    • England
    Get away from it all

    Foel Gopyn is a really nice cottage to get away from it all. The lack of electricity was a pleasure rather than a chore. Thoroughly enjoyed our short stay there.

  • 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.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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