From countryside to coast, the surrounding area is so rich in history and legends.
Tan-y-Foel Country House provides an ideal base from which to explore the nearby tourist attractions, or choose one of the many leisure activities like mountain biking, cycling or walking one of the many public footpaths that North Wales has to offer.
Presiding from it's perch above Conwy estuary it throws out a ring of ancient town walls which still effectively encircle the central core of Conwy town.
Belonging to The National Trust, covering 80 acres, it is highly regarded as one of the finest gardens in Great Britain.
Built by Edward 1, used by the Prince of Wales during the 1969 investiture.
Built by Clough Williams-Ellis it is a visual extravagance of a fantasy village.
Runs from the mountains of Blaneau Ffestiniog to the sea at Porthmadog. Breathtaking views of the Snowdon range towers over the River Glaslyn.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
A narrow-gauge line that climbs 4.5 miles to the upper terminus - just short of the summit.
A typical British seaside resort with a wide promenade backed by row after row of elegant Victorian facades.
A spectacular multi-level waterfall on the River Llugwy near Betws-y-Coed.
The physical background, the geology and landforms, the flora and fauna are so interesting within the Snowdonia National Park, that walking and Mountain Biking is an obvious choice during your stay at Tan y Foel Country Guest House.
Mountain Biking & Walking in Snowdonia : Walkers can explore lost villages, Neolithic tombs, stunning countryside and of course "Wales" highest peak Snowdon which sits 3,560 feet above sea level the tallest mountain in England and Wales. Do you ever wonder what the view from the top is like? Or do you just want to experience the mountain at a leisurely pace. Whatever your motivation, and inspiration Tan y Foel is an ideal base being only 20 minutes drive time away from Mount Snowdon. Tan-y-Foel also benifits from the breathtaking scenery of the Gwydr Forest, which is easily accessible from the A5, A470 or A55 making it a great location to base yourself for a Mountain Biking holiday, being a short distance from the start of Marin Trail (Gwydyr Trail), Penmachno with its two trail loops and only a short drive from Coed-y-Brenin the mountain bike mecca of North Wales. We can also supply undercover parking for your bikes and washing facilities to clean them. There is also Beics Betws within a short drive which supplies urgent repairs and spares, they also hire some of the latest bikes too. If you are looking for something gentler for all the family to enjoy then you will not be disappointed as the area has some of the most enjoyable forest tracks for you to explore. Lower level all-weather walks provide an ideal alternative when the mountains are shrouded in mist or white with snow. From Tan-y-Foel Country House to Capel Garmon and the Neolithic Tomb, an easy and pleasant walk on a rolling plateau to the east of the Conwy, where, unimpeded by trees, you can enjoy wide views of Snowdonia. From Betws y Coed you can explore Conwy Gorge, Fairy Glen, Conwy Falls and the Machno Falls, following one of the loveliest stretches of water in the district as Afon Conwy falls over a series of rapids and waterfalls to the pool below Beaver Bridge. From Trefriw walk to Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd, hidden in the hills two of the loveliest Snowdonia lakes. From Beddgelert follow Gelert's Grave Walk, discover the popular legend about Prince Llywelyn and his wolfhound, Gelert. Alternatively, coastal walking can be discovered with the Great Orme as you head out east from the main Snowdonian peaks, visiting a limestone headland thrusting out into the sea from the Victorian seaside resort ofLlandudno.
SNOWDONIA wALKING FESTIVAL
This event in the past couple of years has hardly warranted much applause, however, this year we hope for a better turnout. The Army Cadets under the guidance of Amanda Burnham are giving people guided walks complete with information on the walks. There are 4 walks(twice a day on Saturday and once a day on Sunday) covering different terrain and aimed at different levels of ability although the walks are directed at those new to walking. Leaflets should be available shortly. This event is being held in the half term school holidays on 25 and 26 October, 2013.
Challenge is a new 10k trail event bringing the popular pursuit of trail running to the beautiful wooded hillsides around Betws-y-Coed.Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge is being organised in conjunction with Betws Ymlaen and wil be held on 9 November. We hope to attract 500 runners plus their families. For accommodation and food contact Tan-y-Foel direct 01690 710507.
Betws y Coed Choir Festival 2013 St Mary's Church, Betws-y-Coed - Welsh Male Voice Choirs Sunday nights at 8pm from 14th July - 29th September Tickets at 5.00 GBP each available from Tourist Information Centre Betws-y-Coed (Tel: 01690710426) or on the door.
Walks throughout Autumn
Many walks throughout the area are on offer free of charge with qualified leaders. You and your guests may be interested in participating. None of them are on at the same time as the SWF. Click here for details.
One week on Wednesday (18 September) at 2.10 the cyclists will enter Llanrwst from Abergele and then at 2.20 will pass through Betws y Coed and on to Capel Curig and up to Pen y Pass. Fantastic opportunity for us and our guests to cheer them on.
CAMBRIAN RALLY - Saturday 19th October 2013 The Cambrian Rally is the last round of the Reis Get Connected BT RDA Series and is set in the challenging rallying forests of Alwen, Betws-y-Coed and Penmachno. Contact North Wales Car Club for further information.
Fishing : There are a range of lakes and rivers including a well stocked trout lake 4 miles from Glan Conwy and A55 (around 10 mins drive) that is open all the year round and has both fly and worm fishing for brown and rainbow trout which would be ideal for use by those staying at Tan y Foel. Also there is a coarse lake near Llanfair TH and another near Conwy for coarse fishermen also staying at Tan-y-Foel as well as various stretches of the River Conwy, River Elwy and River Clwyd for salmon and sea trout fishing. All this is included in the Corporate Membership. Also included in the BGA Corporate Membership is Llyn Syberi (near Rowen) a well stocked coarse fishing lake on the bodnant estate near Glan Conwy off the A470 (2 mins drive). Should you require further details please contact Ken Oliver Membership Secretary to subscribe: Tel 01492 879533 or 07826 853012.
Car Hire Services/Nearest Train Station - Tan y Foel is situated 30 minutes drive from the main line railway station at Llandudno Junction, this is a stop off for the fast train service from London Euston to Holyhead, the journey from Euston to Llandudno Junction is approximately 3 hours journey time. Car Hire is available at this station from Enterpise & Avis contact details are as follows: www.enterprise.co.uk or www.avis.co.uk/Llandudno, hire charges are reasonable and they also offer a free pick up service.
VIP Tour Travel Service - We also recommend the professional personalised guided tours service, they offer a door to door service from airport to hotel aswell as local tours. Email them for further infomation at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0750-020-9464 or view Web site www.viptravelservices.co.uk
Half Day Tours of the Conwy area & Conwy Valley during June 2013 : Why not try the escorted inspirational tour off the well-trodden tourist paths, allowing you to experience some panoramic scenery and visit some hidden treasures of the Conwy area. Tour 1: - Departs Conwy 9.45am & Returns 1.15 pm This tour includes visiting the dramatic Sychnant pass, a secret charming gem of a village, old Churches, the site of a Roman fort and an old Welsh Castle which existed well before Conwy Castle was erected. Tour 2: - Departs Conwy 1.45pm & Returns 5.15 pm The tour follows the meandering Conwy river up the picturesque valley. email:email@example.com or tel 01492 577577 for details.
More adventures to discover
Gwydir Trekking and Riding Centre - Situated amongst the superb scenery of Snowdonia National Park, they offer delightful rides in and around the Gwydri Forest. Contact Tel:01690 760248
High Ropes Adventure - High in the tree tops near the village of Betws-y-Coed is an exhilarating "Tree Top adventure" like no other, 29 obstacles to negotiate : Rope bridges, zip wire and balancing beams. Contact Tel: 01690 710914
Whitewater Rafting - Situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just outside Bala, one of the longest and steepest commercial whitewater rafting runs in the UK. Contact Tel: 01678 521083