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Andrew's Cottage

TREFRIW BY Betws-y-Coed

 

 THE COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL COTTAGE PROMISES AN AT-HOME FEELING.

 

HISTORIC LODGING in a national park village LESS THAN 5 MILES from bustling BETWS-Y-COED.

 

THE ACCOMMODATIONS:
          Andrew's Cottage occupies half of a traditional Welsh home in the village of Trefriw, 4.5 miles north of the famed resort town of Betws-y-Coed. The two-story stone cottage offers a spacious, historic, and very comfortable lodging for 2-3 persons.
          The ground floor features a large living room and dining area and a well-equipped kitchen. The living room is furnished with leather upholstered sofa and chair, and features a modern H-D cable TV next to a functioning, wood-
fired fireplace. Guests might find it a hard choice whether to watch the "telly" or the roaring fire after a long day of

Single bedroom with a view at Andrew's Cottage. Photo © Home At First.
SINGLE BEDROOM with a view
from ANDREW'S Cottage.
Photo © Home At First

touring, walking, cycling, or canoeing the

 

Welsh countryside. Entrance to the cottage is through an entrance foyer where boots, coats, umbrellas, and outdoor wear may be shed.

 

ANDREW'S COTTAGE

DOUBLE BEDROOM

Photo © Home At First

 THE COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL COTTAGE PROMISES AN AT-HOME FEELING.

 

          The upper floor — reached via a steep stairway with a landing at the top —

 

provides two bedrooms and a bathroom. A step up

Bathroom with shower at Andrew's Cottage. Photo © Home At First.
ANDREW'S Cottage BATHROOM.
Photo © Home At First

from the landing leads to doors for the double bedroom, the bathroom, and the hallway to the single bedroom. This step from the landing is not ideal for young children and unsteady adults, or for use in the dark. (We recommend using the stairs/hall light when moving to/from the bedrooms and bathroom at night.) The double bedroom features a comfortable king-size bed that can be converted into twin beds. The single bedroom is small, with a single twin-sized bed. The bathroom is narrow, with a toilet, wash bowl, and a very good modern glass shower with excellent water pressure and lots of hot water. All rooms have modern heating. Furnishings are well-made and in keeping with the traditional Welsh cottage style.

          Outside, a walkway leads from the entry door to the cottage's furnished terrace patio. Steps lead to an ornamental gate by the on-street parking spot for one car 25 yards from the front door of the cottage. Although the cottage is located along the main street of Trefriw village, traffic is minimal. The cottage has double-glass windows which dampen most of the

 

sound of occasional passing cars.

 

THE HOSTS:  The friendly, knowledgeable owner/host couple live just yards away in a neighboring house. They are welcoming and informative — eager to help visitors appreciate the long, fascinating history of Trefriw village, and the attractions and activities possible in the regional area, the Snowdonia National Park, throughout Northwestern Wales, and across the border into western England.

 

ANDREW'S      COTTAGE

—KITCHEN—

Photo © Home At First

 THE COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL COTTAGE PROMISES AN AT-HOME FEELING.

 

THE SETTING: Andrew's Cottage occupies half of a classic stone house on the edge Trefriw, a village about 4.5 miles north of the resort town of Betws-y-Coed. The house is set on a lot on a small hill looking across the Trefriw's main street and the open fields toward the River Conwy. In years gone by river boats carried passengers and freight between Trefriw and the small coastal city of Conwy about 15 miles to the north.

          Trefriw is a large village with a population of about 1,000. The village has two modest shops (one a small

Andrew's Cottage is the right half of this classic stone Welsh house. Photo © Home At First.
ANDREW'S COTTAGE IS THE RIGHT HALF
OF THIS CLASSIC STONE WELSH HOUSE.

Photo © Home At First

grocery), a post office, two lively

 

pub/restaurants, and a full-menu restaurant at the Princes Arms Hotel. The village is

 

perhaps best known for its namesake

Looking south along the main street of Trefriw. Its shops, pubs, and restaurants are within easy walking distance of Andrew's Cottage. Photo © Home At First.
Looking south along the main street
of Trefriw. Its shops, pubs, and
restaurants are within easy walking
distance of Andrew's Cottage.

Photo © Home At First

woolen mill and outlet shop, which bring many visitors to Trefriw.

          A wider variety of shops, services, and restaurants may be found in the sizeable town of Llanrwst, across the Conwy River, a 7-minute drive from Trefriw, and in Betws-y-Coed, a 10-minute drive south of Trefriw.

          Trefriw is on the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park. The highest mountains in Britain south of Scotland are a short drive west of Trefriw. Many visitors come to Snowdonia to tour its dramatic hills and valleys, and to hike and cycle amid outstanding scenery. Indeed walkers and cyclists frequent Trefriw

 

to enjoy its hiking paths and quiet

cycle routes. One popular, pleasant walking trail that parallels the River Conwy is accessed through a "kissing gate" across the street from Andrew's Cottage. A convenient one-mile walking and cycling route connects Trefriw with the cross-river town of Llanrwst (pop. c. 3,000) and Llanrwst North train station via the unusual Gower suspension footbridge.

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THE LLANRWST BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER CONWY

Photo © VisitBritain - Britain on View

 INIGO JONES'S 1636 NARROW, ARCHED PONT FAWR BRIDGE CONNECTS TREFRIW WITH LLANRWST.

 


Floorplan of Andrews Cottage, near Betws-y-Coed Northwest Wales. Drawing copyright Home At First.


 

THE LOCATION & POPULAR ACTIVITIES:  Trefriw village is located in scenic Northwestern Wales in the Welsh County of Conwy on the northeastern edge of Snowdonia National Park  (see map). Conwy Bay, an arm of the Irish Sea, is about 15 miles north of Trefriw. The sea is one of two focal points of this part of Wales. Many visitors come to the north of Wales to enjoy the resort towns and seaside golf courses that line the coast. The closest sea resorts and coastal links courses to Trefriw are Llandudno and Conwy at the River Conwy estuary.

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CONWY CASTLE ON RIVER CONWY ESTUARY

Photo © VisitBritain - Britain on View

 northwestern wales is home to several of the world's greatest medieval castles.
CONWY CASTLE IS ON THE CONWY RIVER ESTUARY IN THE SMALL SEASIDE CITY
OF CONWY ABOUT FIFTEEN MILES NORTH OF TREFRIW.

 

          The second visitor focus in Northwestern Wales is Snowdonia National Park, a region of high mountains and convoluted valleys that includes much of northwest Wales from the north coast at Conwy inland south and east to Bala and along the west coast from Porthmadog south to Aberdovey. The mountains of Snowdonia rise dramatically from sea level to the peak of Mt. Snowdon — at over 3,500 feet (nearly 1,100m) and less than 10.5 air miles from the ocean. Snowdonia National Park draws outdoor enthusiasts to hike, bike, and climb, artists to paint and photograph, and tourists to explore the region by

Hiking on Mt. Snowden, highest — and probably busiest — mountain in Britain south of Scotland. Photo copyright VisitBritain - Britain on View.
Hiking on Mt. Snowden, highest — AND PROBABLY
BUSIEST — mountain  in Britain south of Scotland.

Photo copyright VisitBritain - Britain on View

car and motorcycle. Betws-y-Coed,

 

less than five miles south of Trefriw, is a key visitor center for the park. Despite a population of only about half that of Trefriw, Betws-y-Coed offers numerous restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries, outfitters, and adventure tour operators.

 

          Rail fans — casual and serious

Ffestiniog Railway steam locomotive preparing for departure. Photo copyright VisitBritain - Britain on View.
Ffestiniog Railway steam locomotive preparing for departure.
Photo © VisitBritain - Britain on View

— also flock to this region. While Trefriw village does not have train service, the nearby town of Llanrwst has two train stations and Betws-y-Coed also has one. Five trains in each direction (daily except Sunday when buses replace trains) follow the Conwy Valley Line from Llandudno and/or Llandudno Junction to the central Snowdonia town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Here the regular trains of the former British Rail network (now operated by Arriva Trains Wales) share a station with the narrow gauge steam Ffestiniog Railway, probably the best-known of the several Great Little Trains of Wales. The

 

Ffestiniog Railway operates trains

southwest through Snowdonia National Park to the coastal town of Porthmadog where it connects with Arriva Trains Wales Cambrian Line to Birmingham, England, and to the scenic, narrow gauge, steam-powered Welsh Highland Railway north to Caernarfon.

 

TOURING NORTHWESTERN WALES

HARLECH CASTLE – SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

Photo © VisitBritain - Britain on View

 BUILT BEFORE 1300, HARLECH CASTLE REMAINS A MONUMENT TO ENGLISH DOMINATION OF WALES.
LIKE CONWY AND CAERNARFON CASTLES, HARLECH IS REACHABLE BY ROAD AND RAIL.

 

          History buffs — casual and serious — come to Northwest Wales to see its many noted fortress castles, some Welsh and some English. Four of the English castles, all built on order of King Edward I ("Longshanks") to suppress Welsh rebellion, remain some of the best-preserved or best-designed examples of medieval fortress castles in the world. Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris, and Harlech castles are recognized as a group by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and are heavily visited by visitors from around the world.

 

TOURING  NORTHWESTERN WALES

PORTHDINLLAEN, ON THE LLEYN PENINSULA

Photo © Wales Tourist Board

THE TY COCH INN, BELOW NEFYN GOLF COURSE: A STOP EN ROUTE, OR PERHAPS THE DESTINATION ITSELF.

 

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information of ANDREW'S COTTAGE, TREFRIW NEAR BETWS-Y-COED, NORTHWESTERN WALES, call HOME AT FIRST at
(800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com.

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