The Studio (Snowdonia)

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

A snug Snowdonia bolthole arranged around a vast boulder, once home to Victorian artists inspired by the setting. Heaven for romantic hikers


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

There’s no mistaking the Welsh hills. And the magnificence of the landscape surely inspired the Victorian artists who named this solid stone cottage their studio. Step straight into a modern, country-cosy, slate-floored kitchen, a great place to cook a romantic meal after a day up Snowdon… then cuddle into the bright two-seater sofa by the wood-burner in the large living room, where rag-washed ochre walls compliment the drape of rich fabrics and modern art. Then it’s an easy hop up open stairs to a mezzanine bedroom above – the result of the entire building being constructed around a vast boulder. Here lies a smartly dressed wrought-iron bed with an elegant throw and cushions, peeling back to reveal super-crisp linen. Just as dazzling the bathroom, small but perfectly formed, with Welsh soaps laid out below a fun mosaic mirror. It’s all about the walking here – up to a picnic bench in a woodland clearing with views along the Lledr Valley, or to the neolithic burial chamber behind. Ian and Gwawr are terrific hosts who run a B&B next door, and know a thing or two about making a stay special.


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

Special offer: Snowdonia Autumn: Short-break from 3 nights at £270. ‘The Studio' self-catering (sleeps 2 adults). Now taking bookings for 2020/2021. Government guidelines will be followed.

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £400
Damage deposit
£100, non refundable
Short breaks from £80 per night.
1 Cottage for 2
From £751 bed1 bedroom


We spent a most enjoyable week at The Studio and can't recommend it highly enough. Despite the covid19 restrictions, Gwawr made us feel most welcome and nothing was too much trouble - the welcome pack was much appreciated, especially the cakes! The studio is cosy and extremely well-equipped and we wanted for nothing. It is a good base for exploring the area and we were able to do a number of walks in the National Park. Thank you Gwawr for making our introduction to North Wales so pleasant.

Deborah, Fyfield

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful cosy little cottage. The area is stunning - mountains, lakes, waterfalls, forests - so much to see & do. The cottage is perfect for 2 and has everything you need provided for you, including many extras - homemade bread, welsh cakes & breakfast things. Fresh flowers and clean crisp sheets. A cosy wood burner for cooler days. The decor is lovely, warm yellows and rich fabric curtains. Views of trees all around and a great view of the valley from up above the studio. Grawr & Ian are very welcoming and friendly hosts. Highly recommended! We will be back..

Lisa & John, Upton Upon Severn

This was our 8th visit in the past 11 years. The Studio so a magnificent and cosy destination surrounded by wonderful scenery. It contains everything you need to be a home from home including a dishwasher and a washing machine. There are also books and games if you want some time to chill out. The hosts in the big house next door are very knowledgeable about walks around Snowdonia and about other activities and restaurants in the area. We find there is much to do and see and always wish we had more time. The wifi is great too if you want to be connected. We strongly recommend The Studio

Liz, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gwawr & Ian Mowatt

  • ‘The Studio’ 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.
  • WALKING/CLIMBING: Ideal base for walking in Snowdonia - Snowdon, Tryfan, Glyderau, Siabod, Moelwyn, Rhiniog,Carneddau, Cwm Idwal – all within 25 mins drive, Cadair Idris 50mins or gentler hill walking,even from doorstep. Lledr Valley, Fairy Glen nearby
  • MOUNTAIN BIKING/ZIP WIRE etc: (0.5 – 25 miles): Marin Llanrwst, Penmachno, Coed-y-Brenin., Llandegla & AnturStiniog... ZIP WIRE:Titan (Blaenau Ffestiniog), or Velocity (Bethesda). Bounce Below ,TreeTops. Go Below (HQ/Challenge - 1m)
  • NATIONAL TRUST: (5 – 25 miles) 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, Canoeing, White Water Rafting, Karting, Skills Courses, 2015 World Mountain Running
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Portmeirion, Llechwedd Slate Mine, RSPB Conwy & Glaslyn Ospreys, Car Group Driving(EVO Triangle), Art Galleries/Courses, Waterfalls, Welsh Food Centre, Day Tours, stunning Beaches. Photography