Pengwern Country House (Snowdonia)

Betws-y-Coed, Conwy
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1690 710480

Wonderful hosts at this traditional but upbeat B&B, where imaginative breakfasts set you up for glorious hikes in Snowdonia


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

The steeply wooded Conwy valley snakes down to this stone and slate property set back from the road in Snowdonia National Park, and the walks are wonderful. Inside has an upbeat traditional feel: a large sitting room with tall bay windows and pictures by the Betws-y-Coed artists who once lived here. Settle with a book by the wood-burner; Gwawr and Ian are naturally friendly and treat guests as friends. Bedrooms have rough plastered walls, colourful fabrics and super bathrooms; one comes with a double-ended roll top tub and views of Lledr Valley. Breakfast on fruits, herb rösti, soda bread – superb.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Packed lunch £5.50. Pubs/restaurants within 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £75
Damage deposit
Singles £65-£80.
1 Twin/double
From £75
1 Double
From £75
1 Four-poster
From £75



Fantastic in every respect. Would not hesitate to stay again.

Dave, Newcastle

We received a warm welcome from Gwawr and Ian as we arrived. Pengwern is a charming guest house with off road parking and the use of a lounge as well as our own room; everything was impecably clean. Prior to our arrival we had been sent some very useful information sheets regarding where to eat and visit during our stay. Our breakfasts were cooked exactly as we asked and there was no shotage of food. We very much hope to return in the near future.

Robert, Peterborough

We felt very welcome, able to relax in this lovely home and our hosts were always ready to help with anything we needed. A peaceful place, surrounded by trees and the valley beyond. Our room was carefully and tastefully decorated and very comfortable. A beautiful walk along the river to the main town. We would very happily stay again.

Elaine, Christchurch

Beautiful peaceful house with lovely hosts. Room was excellent with views over the wooded valley. Breakfast choice was excellent and served with a friendly good morning greeting. House is on the main road just over a mile from Betws y Coed. Unfortunately not walkable on the main road, but the short drive takes you into the lively village - packed at weekends - with great shops, restaurants and bars. And all of Snowdonia is just a short drive. Loved it.

Malcolm, Canterbury

We had a lovely few days at Pengwern in a stylish country house just outside the town. Welcoming hosts with excellent taste in decor and the best breakfast we've had in Wales so what else could you possibly ask for in a B & B. Highly recommended.

Martin, Virginia Water

Excellent stay

David, Manchester

We were warmly welcomed with tea on the terrace and were delighted with the beauty of the location as well as the comfort of the house. We were made to feel completely at home. The breakfasts were enough to fill you for the day. We will hopefully return as soon as we are able.

Emma, Solihull

A very special stay at Pengwern Country House in the beautiful Conwy valley. Gwawr managed to make us feel very welcome and comfortable despite the difficulties of the current situation; the breakfasts were particularly noteworthy. The bedroom and en suite bathroom had views to die for and sharpened your appetite to get out and explore! Thanks Gwawr and Ian for your hospitality.

Graham, MALDON

Gwar and Ian are so welcoming nothing is to much trouble. Gwar’s breakfast is wonderful with a good choice of cereal and fruit. The parking is good and the rooms are very comfortable and nicely decorated. Peng wern is on the outskirts of Betswy co Ed we thought it was to far to walk into Betswy so used the car. parking in Betswy was never a problem.

Andrea, Bradford

Gwawr really went out of her way to make us feel welcome at Pengwern. The breakfast was first class and the room was beautiful, clean and spacious. Pengwern is in an ideal location. 10/10 would recommend.

Louise, Cambridge

Great place to stay - comfy bed, view from the bathroom and a warm welcome. Lots of advice and information on the area. We hope to return sometime and spend more time in the area.

Susan, Woodbridge, Suffolk

We were very pleased with all aspects of our stay at Pengwern Country House, The location is a short drive to the castle towns (Conwy, Caernarfon) and Snowdonia National Park. The room was clean and average size with a very comfortable bed and an en-suite bathroom. Breakfasts were terrific with at least 5 choices on the menu each day. Best of all, our hostess, Gwarw, was very helpful and informative, particularly relating to Welsh culture, customs, and language. Individual attention is always better with a smaller property like Pengwern.

Joseph, Easton, PA USA

We had a lovely Easter break at the Pengwern Country house. The house is beautiful and has everything that you need, it has a great homy tone to it. The room and the common area are spotless and there is great attention to detail. Breakfast is great and the service is fantastic. The location is perfect, you can walk to the village in 30 minutes or drive in 5. The hosts are great, both Gwawr and her husband took great care of us. They gave us a lot of very useful tips, before we arrived and during our stay. I would 100% recommend staying with them, we loved our time there

Paula, London

Really lovely place to stay. The house is perfectly placed so that the front bedroom we were in let us look down the valley. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the breakfast in the morning is very tasty with a wide selection that would suit pretty much anybody. The house is well appointed, and guests have a living room to use. Owners Gwawr and Ian was really helpful and informative, with good advice in where to eat, and also on the best walks in the area. There are a lot of good local restaurants. It was a easy drive to Cadair Idris, and there were other lovely local walks.

Finn, London

Pengwern is a beautiful B & B tastefully furnished very much in keeping with age and style of the house. We had the two rooms at the front of the house both with stunning views down the valley. We were met on arrival with a welcome cup of tea and Welsh cakes which was much appreciated after a five hour journey. Breakfast was fantastic offering a wide choice to suit all tastes, I tired them all. Also the dishes were available in small or large, I don't eat a lot so this was great. One of the best aspects of a stay here is Gwawr, a great source of local information, so friendly and helpful.

Denise, Durham

We were so glad we had two nights at this excellent, affordable and delightful place. Gwawr is full of local knowledge, whether history, places to visit or to eat, and makes marvellous breakfasts, tailored to the individual's taste and dietary needs. Our room was full of character, with an enticing corner bath in the attached en suite, and moreover was quiet, with early bird song to help us wake happily and peacefully. No wonder the fellow guests we met were multiple-time visitors. We have every intention of following their example.

Matthew, Wymondham, Norfolk, UK

Gwawr was a delightful person and did everything possible to ensure that we had a lovely stay, providing us with great ideas about activities and things to do. Gwawr also gave us some great back ground on Wales which we found very interesting. Our room was beautifully appointed and breakfasts enormous and delicious. Thank you.

Rod, Loomberah

A delightful home with a great welcome from Gwar with tea and welsh cakes on arrival. We had a lovely room the George Wightwick which had every possible comfort. The bed was superb and the decor delightful. There is a very comfortable lounge for guest use which we used on both evenings. We were treated as house guests and will definitely return for a further stay when possible. Fabulous breakfasts! Highly recommendable. Thank you.


We spent four lovely days at "Pengwern Country House". The bedroom was so well furnished and the bed was really comfortable. The view from the bedroom was amazing. Gwawr cooked the most amazing breakfasts - enough to set you up for the whole day! She thought of everything and was most helpful with her knowledge of the local area and suggesting places to visit and places to eat. Betws-y-Coed is a lovely town, just down the road.


We had a wonderful weekend at Pengwern Country House. The House is a wonderful old artists home and the rooms reflect this interesting past. Our room was beautiful and had an amazing view across the valley. Gwawr is an excellent host. and really looks after her guests. The breakfasts are fantastic - more than enough to fuel you up for a long day on the hills. We shall definitely return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gwawr & Ian Mowatt

  • ‘Pengwern' 1m from Betws-y-coed, The Gateway to Snowdonia National Park, with cafes, restaurants, pubs, mountaineering and craft shops. Overlooking beautiful Lledr Valley with 'BBC Countryfile' Landmark of 2017 Conwy Falls & Fairy Glen short walk away.
  • WALKIING/CLIMBING: Ideal base for walking in Snowdonia - Snowdon, Tryfan, Glyderau, Siabod, Moelwyn, Rhiniog,Carneddau, Cwm Idwal – all within 25 mins drive, Cadair Idris 50mins. Hill walking,even from door. Lledr Valley, Conwy Falls & Fairy Glen neaby.
  • MOUNTAIN BIKING: (1 – 25m): Llanrwst, Penmachno, Coed-y-Brenin., Llandegla & Antur Stiniog. ZIP WORLD: Titan (11m), Velocity (16m), Fforest(2m). GO BELOW: (HQ/Challenge (1m), Other 12m.Bounce Below, Surf Snowdonia, Fishing, White Water, Kayaking
  • NATIONAL TRUST: (5 – 25m) Bodnant Gardens, Plas Newydd, Penrhyn Castle, Aberconwy House, Conwy Suspension Bridge, Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant...CASTLES: (6 – 27m) Caernarfon, Harlech, Beaumaris, Conwy, Dolwyddelan. Historic tours available.
  • OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: (1 - 30miles) Surf Snowdonia, Snowdon Marathon, Trail Betws, Cycling, Golf, Fishing, World Rally Championship, Trekking, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Karting, RSPB, Bounce Below. SNOWDONIA DARK SKY STATUS
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Portmeirion, Llechwedd Slate Mine, RSPB Conwy & Glaslyn Ospreys, Car/Bike Group Driving(EVO Triangle), Art Galleries/Courses, Waterfalls, Welsh Food Centre, Day Tours, Beaches. Photography.