Environmental Values and Great Hospitality

Some time ago the AA approached us for an article in their trade magazine Intouch about our Environmental Values and how it impacted on the level of Hospitality we deliver here at Bryn Bella. Imagine our surprise when it arrived in the morning post, full spread highlighting all that is good and great about Bryn Bella. With the accent on sustainability they found our approach to the business quite unique and interesting as you can see from the article below. Bryn Bella was the first B&B in North Wales to receive the prestigious Gold Award from the Green Business Tourism Scheme and named “Most Sustainable B&B” in the Green Snowdonia Tourism Awards. Since then we have continued to improve our credentials by reducing our carbon footprint, a fact recognised in the Carbon Foot Print awards of 2011. In 2012 we became the first guest house in Snowdonia to install electric car charging points as part of Zero Net – the UK’s only unrestricted national electric car charging network. In addition we are happy to announce that we have now been awarded the Green Key International Environmental Award as of July 2016 and that our carbon foot print certificate now rates us excellent in all categories, something we are very proud about indeed. For those travelling by public transport, check out Traveline Journey Planner to see how easy it can be to travel to Bryn Bella. Collection can be arranged from Betws-y-Coed train station with prior notification. We also have a guide to seeing Snowdonia Without a Car for once you are here. Our gardens support a variety of wild life, a combination of mature trees, wild areas as well as flowerbeds and shrubs making up an eco-system helping to attract insects, butterflies, birds and mammals. To see what everyone is raving about take a look at our website and book your break now. We are sure you won’t be disappointed. http://www.bryn-bella.co.uk/eco-friendly/ Eco Friendly

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Gwledd Conwy Feast 2015

Bryn Bella Bed is lucky enough to be in close proximity to the famous Gwledd Conwy Feast, a celebration of food, music and the arts, set in the beautiful medieval riverside town of Conwy. The Gwledd Conwy Feast takes place on the 24th and 25th of October this year, 2015, and is the largest food festival in North Wales. Besides food and drink, the festival boasts live music on the quay, as well as arts and crafts, and other surprises. This year looks like it will be more fun than ever. There is something for all age groups and interests at this year’s Conwy festival – a farming and growing area where you can meet farmers and animals such as cows, pigs and ducks, you can shop at the local produce market, you can watch chefs perform cooking live, taste magnificent street food, partake in wine tasting, and even experience apple day.As part of the apple feast, community groups have been busy making an orchard art installation You can also see work by many fine artists, with artworks from traditional to digital. Activities take place during both the day and the evening, so you can experience items designed to be viewed in the dark. On the Quayside, adjacent to the legendary Liverpool Arms pub, discover Conwy’s microbreweries. This partnership of Purple Moose, Bragdy Nant, Great Orme and Conwy breweries offers a unique taste of 20 North Wales beers and ciders.  As well as the chance to meet the local brewers there will be acoustic music and bands on Saturday night and televised Rugby World Cup Semi Finals all weekend. For more information and tickets go to conwyfeast.co.uk For those looking for accommodation near the Gwledd Conwy Feast, the Bryn Bella is the perfect choice for a place to stay. Bryn Bella overlooks the village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, so you can enjoy stunning views alongside our first rate facilities, and you will be in easy travelling distance to the Gwledd Conwy Feast.To book your gourmetv weekend break simply go to www.bryn-bella.co.uk

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Things to do, places to see, attractions to visit in and around Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia

Bryn Bella in Betws-y-Coed is the perfect bed and breakfast accommodation location for exploring the Snowdonia National Park, and the rest of North Wales. overlooking Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy Valley in the Snowdonia National Park close to Llandudno and North Wales coast private parking Wales is well known for castles, and the nearest ones to Bryn Bella are at Conwy and Dolwyddelan. There are also castles at Criccieth, Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon within easy reach. Local steam railways include the Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway which goes to the summit of Snowdon (these can all be reached by bus or train from Betws-y-Coed). Other key attractions that are well worth a visit include Bodnant Garden which is just down the valley, and the Italianate village of Portmeirion. There are numerous activities to enjoy around Betws-y-Coed including walking, climbing and mountain biking. Mountain bike storage is available in the garage at Bryn Bella We are happy to provide information on the local attractions, especially regarding walking, climbing or the local wildlife in this beautiful part of Snowdonia. Climbing and walking guides can also be found in the lounge, feel free to browse them at your leisure. For walkers it is possible to plan your next walk using Memory Map Navigator which will not only plot your route on a 1:50,000 OS map and show you the route in 3D, but also produce a route card for the trip. Ask for details well in advance so that we can assist you in preparation of the route before you set off. Don’t forget you can also see where you have been once you get back to the warmth and safety of Bryn Bella.

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Trefriw Walking Festival 15 – 17 May 2015

Trefriw Walking Festival 2015 This year we have three days of wonderful walking experiences for all the family –   see the following pages for all the details. There will also be a fun Quiz Night on the Saturday, a Grand Raffle, and the indulgence of a Cake Fest on Sunday afternoon to conclude the festival. Cotswold will provide a Boot and Walking Poles Clinic, and there will be a display of Trefriw’s history in the Village Hall. This year is new in that Trefriw was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in October 2014 – the smallest village in Snowdonia to achieve this. You will see that all our walks are free. However, fundraising for the Festival is always challenging, and this year we would hope that everyone talking part will make a small donation, suggested at £3.00 for a half day and £5.00 for a full day walk. This will help us to make sure that the Festival can continue next year. Please use central booking to secure your places on walks. For More Information Click_Here

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Snowdonia Gardens and Homes

North Wales is home to some of UK’s most outstanding gardens and homes. Offering beautiful scenery using a variety of interesting plants from all over the world, you’re sure to be amazed with the colour and natural beauty of these gardens. The homes are of another era, delivering grand elegance to their grounds. In the Snowdonia National Park there’s an abundance of wild nature, but looking at gardening as an art form, North Wales showcases some of the most inspiring gardens around. Bodnant Gardens, open between March and November and then December, has 80 acres of garden. The upper garden is based around Bodnant Hall, and the wild garden, known as the “Dell”, is formed by the valley of Hiraethlyn. The gardens offer a world of colour with plants from North America, China, Japan and Europe which are suited to the Welsh soil.  Bodnant Gardens, most glorious during summer months, are perfect for the whole family, with entertainment bags for the children and a new and exciting playground for 2012, and a cedar-shingled tea room.  Through spring to autumn you’ll see a wide range of flourishing colours. In early spring to late April the camellias, magnolias, daffodils and other spring bulbs light up the grounds with bursts of colour. Early April to mid-May is the time to see the beautiful collection of rhododendrons. Then, in early June the 55 metre long laburnum arch can be seen in all its yellow glory. In the summer, down in the “Dell” where the giant conifers grow, the herbaceous plants are in flower as well as the blue flowering hydrangeas along the riverbanks.   Portmeirion is a village resort, a popular visitor attraction near Porthmadog. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis the village was constructed between 1925 and 1975. The grounds are spectacular, surrounded by the picturesque Italianate village.  It holds seven self-catering cottages and a four star hotel, and a castellated mansion. Portmeirion Village offers a perfect getaway, with its own restaurants and cafes interspersed with grand listed buildings in beautiful colourful surroundings. Portmeirion even has its own spa, offering bespoke treatments to make your stay even more relaxing. With an amazing backdrop of estuary and mountain the village is also suitable for a number of events including weddings, dinners and parties.   Set on the banks of the Menai Strait is Plas Newydd country house and gardens. The elegant house was redesigned by […]

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Heritage And Historical Attractions Around Betws y Coed – Snowdonia

A popular destination for visitors who have the great outdoors on their minds, Betws y Coed is also an excellent base for discovering historical gems. Here are a few of our favourites. The beautiful village of Betws y Coed is known as the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’, and is a popular destination for visitors who want to explore all that the mountainous Snowdonia region has to offer. While many tourists visit Betws y Coed for the huge selection of outdoor activities on offer in Snowdonia, many others are drawn to the history and heritage of the region. In Betws itself, and in the surrounding areas, there are many wonderful heritage and historic attractions that are well worth a visit; here are four to get you started. Conwy Castle Only half an hour’s drive from Betws y Coed is Conwy Castle. The castle, constructed between 1283 and 1289 and rich in heritage, is set in the heart of Conwy, evoking a medieval feel to the town. Built as part of the “iron ring” of walled towns in North Wales by the English monarch Edward I, the castle forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris Castles.  The views from the battlements are outstanding and this is part of the reason why it’s still so highly regarded today. The views and its historic presence make Conwy Castle a perfect place for photography enthusiasts, providing out of the ordinary imagery and setting.   Ty Hyll (“The Ugly House”) In actual fact, the Ugly House isn’t really ‘ugly’ in any way or form. It is the most idyllic, picturesque little stone house set in front of a beautiful forestry backdrop. The tale goes that it was built by two outlaw brothers in one night in the 15th century. Based on old Welsh law, if you could build four walls and have smoke coming out of the chimney before sunrise, freehold of the land is yours. With this, the length of the land from which you could throw an axe from the house would also be yours. Although the strong structure of the house proves that being built in one night was not possible, there is evidence to suggest that the law did in fact exist. Its name is thought to have derived from its first owners, who had an ‘ugly’ outlaw nature. Since the inside of the house was […]

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