Relaxing Garden at our B&B in Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia
Bryn Bella has a large rear garden that can be used by guests. During the day it is a haven for birds, insects and small mammals. During the evening, when there is no cloud, the lack of light pollution means we get beautiful starry skies, which, combined with the sounds of the courting owls and the many bats, make it an enchanting place.
The garden is accessed by the path at the side of the house. There are 2 steps at the bottom of the path and further steps at the top with hand rails where necessary. There are two patio areas at the rear with seating and parasols, as well as other seating areas dotted around the garden for your enjoyment. The garden is lit purely by solar lighting.
Admire the industrious birds as they fly in and out of the nest boxes feeding their young. Watch the butterflies and bees flit from flower to flower collecting pollen. In the evening listen for the hedgehogs snuffling around in the undergrowth. Listen for the familiar "twit twoo" of the courting tawny owls and look out for the bats as they fly by collecting insects.
We have removed the non-native conifers and replaced them with native species. We now have a wildlife pond which encourages more wildlife into the garden and have created flower beds which have been seeded with native flowers including bluebells.
There is also a front garden which catches the sun all day with a relaxing patio area. In addition there is a pond area as well as a selection of bird feeders which provide plenty of entertainment throughout the day.
The garden is not just an area of beauty; it is also a working garden.
Relax on one of the patios
Meet the local wildlife
The front garden
A Working Garden
We keep chickens in the back garden. They were rescued by the British Hen Welfare Trust and have their own large self-contained and secure area which helps to protect them from foxes. Their delicious eggs are served at breakfast.
We grow some of our own vegetables in tubs and beds all around the garden and in the nursery area. The trees and bushes provide cherries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and gooseberries, when we get to them before the birds, and are served up for breakfast when in season.
There are about 20 water butts around the house which are used to capture rain water and grey water, i.e. water from showers. The grey water is used to water the garden and plants; the rain water is used for the chickens as well as the garden.
All garden waste is composted in compost bins; in addition we also have a Bokashi composting system for food waste and a Wormery, when mulched down all this is used in the garden together with spent hops from the local brewery.
We hope you find the time to relax and enjoy the garden.
One of our chickens
Growing our own food
For more information please contact Mark & Joan Edwards at:
Bryn Bella, Lôn Muriau, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales, UK. LL24 0HD