Located on the A5 between Capel Curig and Betws y Coed, Tŷ Hyll (or ‘Ugly House’ in English) is anything but ugly and is in fact rather charming! Nobody knows for sure how the house got its name. Some say it was built by thieves who would target travellers which gave it its fearsome reputation, whilst others believe the name is derived from the river it lies on – the Llugwy. Others still say that it is the big crude boulders outside that gave the house its name.
Although nobody knows who built it or when, the cottage is full of history and legend. The first known resident was local shepherd John Roberts, who resided there in 1900 before the people who lived there the longest – The Rileys, who turned the house from a single living room and bedroom in the loft to having an upstairs with bedrooms and a bathroom as well as a separate parlour and scullery downstairs. Edward and his wife Lillian lived in the house from 1928 to 1961 and entertained visitors with their tales and pet cockatoo.
The Ugly House was bought by the Snowdonia Society in 1988 and is now a tourist attraction with its own tea room serving up rarebit, sandwiches, cream tea and other Welsh treats.
Tŷ Hyll is found in Betws-y-Coed, just off of the A5.
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