Yr Hafod Country House
Spectacular gardens at Yr Hafod
The dining room
The four poster in bedroom 1
Fine dining at Yr Hafod

Yr Hafod Country House

An introduction to Yr Hafod Country House


  • Dog/Pet Friendly
  • Group Friendly
  • Open Fire or Stove

Quality Country House Hotel Accommodation and Restaurant in Trefriw near Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, North Wales. £35-£47.50pppn Discounts for multiple night stays.

Quality Country House Hotel Accommodation and Restaurant in Trefriw near Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, North Wales. Situated in Trefriw, near Betws-y-Coed on the northern edge of Snowdonia in North Wales and overlooking the lovely Conwy Valley, Yr Hafod (The Summer Dwelling in Welsh), was formerly a farmhouse and dates from the Middle Ages.

£35-£47.50pppn Discounts for multiple night stays.

This non-smoking country house style guest accommodation in Snowdonia is an ideal location for a relaxing break or holiday in North Wales. Bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation is provided, although most guests also take advantage of the excellent evening meals.

The restaurant (The Driven Goose Bistro Bar) is open to non-residents and can cater for those on a gluten-free diet.

Here your host, Chris Nichols, has set about creating a special place for guests to stay; a small informal, non-smoking country retreat away from the crowds and providing warm hospitality, with exceptional food at its heart. Children under 11 are not allowed. Dog friendly accommodation is provided.

• comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation
• each bedroom has its own individual character
• quality food - breakfast and restaurant (open to non-residents)
• ideal location in Snowdonia, between Betws-y-Coed and Conwy

As well as our AA and Wales Tourist Board ratings, we are referred to in the 'Rough Guide to Wales' as "... lovely Hafod Country Hotel" and also feature in the 'AA Essential Guide to Wales", which picks out a very limited number of places.

The Accommodation
The ground floor of Yr Hafod contains the residents lounge, bar and dining room. All the bedrooms are on the first floor. Dogs are welcome.

The lounge has a small alcove off it. Comfortably furnished, with a mixture of modern and antique furniture and having no television, it is a relaxing place for guests to unwind in.

The bar is thought to have been the hall of the late medieval house, it has been fitted with antique oak wall panelling and has a small well stocked bar which has been made from Victorian chapel fittings. Together with some antiques, these features create a room of great character.

The dining room is believed to have originally been a farm building. It contains a huge fireplace, which may have well been the farm's forge and is used in the winter months to burn logs.

We take the view that good food is essential to our guests' enjoyment of their stay. See our food page on our website for more information about the quality food (breakfast and evening meals) on offer at Yr Hafod including a sample dinner menu.

There are six bedrooms, all of which are en-suite, and are individually decorated and furnished. A balcony surrounds most of the building, and all bedrooms have direct access onto it - a place to enjoy the sun and views, or even to listen to the sounds of the many owls in the surrounding trees and woodlands at night.

The Rooms
Each of the six bedrooms is furnished individually and none are suitable as family rooms. Chris and Rosina have used many antiques to provide a character, which suits the age and style of the hotel. Each has been named after one the many lakes, which are such a feature of the hills above Trefriw. Each has those extra touches, flowers, sherry and fruit, that make a guest feel special, as well as the usual room facilities that guests expect. Mineral water and fresh milk are provided in a mini-fridge in each room.

Room 1 - Crafnant
• Four poster double bed.
• Views over the garden and Conwy Valley.
• Large en-suite bathroom with a whirlpool bath, separate shower, wc and basin.
• To the left of the bed is a ships chest of the early 16th/17th Century.

Room 2 - Geirionydd
• Zip and link bed which can be set up as a twin or a double.
• Views over the garden and Conwy Valley.
* En-suite bathroom with bath, wc and basin.

Room 3 - Parc
• Double bed.
• En-suite bathroom with a large shower with a seat, wc and basin. Contemporary in style.
• A cottage room, with antique oak furniture, exposed 17th Century beams.

Room 5 - Dulyn
• Double bed ( brass).
• En-suite bathroom with bath (shower over), wc and basin.
• Antiques including a William IV library table.

Room 6 - Eigiau
• Zip and link bed which can be set up as a double or a twin.
• En-suite bathroom with shower, wc and basin.
•  Furniture includes a fine Idian 19th Century chest of drawers.

Room 7 - Cowlyd
• Double bed.
• Victorian style en-suite bathroom with bath (shower over), wc and basin.
• Includes a fascinating Gothic style table which may have come from Gwyrch Castle (near Abergele).

The Driven Goose Bistro Bar - Restaurant Food of a High Quality

'The Driven Goose' at Hafod is a bistro bar in Trefriw near Betws-y-Coed that is open to residents and non-residents. It is open to non-residents:

• Wednesday to Sunday for lunch (12.30 -2.00)
• Wednesday to Saturday for dinner (7.00-9.30).

Chris is a restauranteur of some years experience having previously run two well known restaurants in his native Pembrokeshire. Chris draws inspiration from around the globe and, wherever possible, fuses those ideas with with the best of local ingredients, to produce a robust cuisine full of forthright flavours.

Above all, he believes that the primary purpose of food is to satisfy the customer, not the ego of the chef. As an added bonus the restaurant is a gastronomic haven for those on a Gluten free diet as Chris is on one and the same!

The restaurant is open to non-residents, although those looking for accommodation in the area will find the all inclusive dinner, bed and breakfast rates to be good value.

Changes are made to the dinner menu daily, so guests are not confronted with working their way through the same menu, yet offers choices on each course. Everything is prepared inhouse, even down to the bread used for breakfast.

Breakfast includes speciality cured bacon, local sausages, and free range eggs (including our own duck eggs). Smoked haddock, kippers and smoked salmon are also available. All marmalades are homemade (2 kinds) and homemade sourdough breads are available.

There is an impressive selection of wines including:

• Les Vignes Retrouvees, VDQS Cotes de Sant Mont, from the renowned Producteurs Plaimont cooperative. 2001.
• Vina Gravania Bianco Crianza, Rioja, Spain. 1993
• Cariad Rose, Llannerch Vinyards, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. 2003
• Brampton OVR (old vines red), Stellenbosch, South Africa. 2002
• Weinarts Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina. 1997.

Located in Trefriw between Betws-y-Coed and Conwy, in the Conwy Valley in North Wales, Yr Hafod is set in grounds that include an off road car park, and extend to some two and a half acres. The landscaped gardens are a perfect place to unwind at the end of the day, and the rhododendrens (see below) are particularly attractive in spring and early summer.

The village of Trefriw nestles into the north eastern edge of Snowdonia, an area full of lakes, woods and hills and which offers a great diversity of walking, from a gentle lakeside amble to the challenge of Carnedd Llewelyn, a mountain only a little lower than Snowdon. Mountain biking and horse riding is also well catered for in this area of Snowdonia.

For guests of a less active disposition, this is an excellent base for exploring Snowdonia and the rest of North Wales with Bodnant Gardens, Betws-y-Coed and Betws-y-Coed all within 15/20 minutes drive. Other attractions include the castles at Conwy, Caernarfon and Dolwyddelan, the steam railways of Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland Railway, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway, National Trust properties at Bodnant Gardens, Penrhryn Castle and Plas Newydd, and much, much more.


Bed and Breakfast Tariff

Room 1
1 night £42.50 - £47.50 pppn
2+ nights £37.50 - £42.50 pppn

Room 2
1 night £40 - £45 pppn
2+ nights £35 - £40 pppn

Other rooms
1 night £35 - £40 pppn
2+ nights £30 - £35 pppn

Evening Meal Tariff

Four course menu
1 night - up to £29.50
2+ nights - up to £25.50

- pppn = per person per night, based on two sharing a standard room.
- Single room supplement - £5.
- See the rooms page for details of each room.
- All prices include VAT.
- Bookings for a minimum of 2 nights taken over Bank Holiday weekends.
- Residents can eat up to 4 courses from an a la Carte menu for the maximum spend above, but may spend less than than this. Residents can also eat from the Bistro Menu.
- Special Christmas and New Year packages are available - please enquire.
- Discounts for groups and long stays available - please enquire.
- We are a non-smoking establishment.
- No children under 11years old.
- Dogs can be accommodated at £5 per night.
- Check in is between 3p.m & 6.30pm (unless we have been advised of a late arrival)
- Check out by 11am on the morning of departure.
- An a la carte menu is also available.
- A credit card number will secure your booking. A non refundable deposit of £25 perroom per night is required.
- Guests are respectfully reminded that a booking, unless clearly stated to be and confirmed as provisional, constitutes a binding contract. In the event of cancellation, the full bed and breakfast rate applicable will be charged. We shall make every effort to re-let the accommodation, which had been booked, and will allow a refund of any monies so obtained, by ourselves.
- Hafod Country House (Trefriw) Ltd. is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 3377242. Registered Office: 333/5 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd.


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Contact Details

Yr Hafod
LL27 0RQ
T: 01492 640029