About Us

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We’re a husband and wife team, with two small children. We live here at Bryn Eisteddfod and open our doors to guests from Spring to Autumn. Our aim is to offer informal, good quality accommodation at a reasonable price in outstanding surroundings, and make your stay or visit with us a memorable one.

We’re blessed with lovely sea views from our bar/conservatory, bedrooms and gardens and  the property is ideally located as a base for exploring the stunning mountain countryside of Snowdonia and the beaches and villages of the Llŷn peninsula.

We are both locals who have lived year all our lives and know the area inside out. We’re here to help you should you need any information or guidance.

Give us a call or simply book online with us here and now!


A bit of history

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Bryn Eisteddfod around 1918-1920

Bryn Eisteddfod was built in 1890 by a preacher, inventor and poet called Howell Roberts but known coloqually as Hywel Tudur. He came to the village to live to be close to his bardic hero, Eben Fardd. The original conveyancing document from January 1st, 1890 outlining the details of the purchase of the land the proposed building specification is still proudly displayed on our lounge wall in our reception area.

In keeping with Welsh poetic traditions Hywel named the property ‘Bryn Eisteddfod’ literary translated as ‘the hill of the eisteddfod’. An ‘eisteddfod’ is a cultural festival that encompasses poetry, prose, dance, art, music, theatre and much more. At one time, many centuries ago, it is believed that such a festival was held here, where the property now stands.

There are over 130 local eisteddfod held in Wales each year. They all culminate with the National Eisteddfod held at a different location in Wales every August. It attracts competitors, young and old, from far and wide, has over 250 tradestands and has an attendance that reaches around 300,000 for the week. Highlights of the National Eisteddfod are broadcast on Welsh tv and radio morning, noon and night.

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The Chairing Ceremony at a recent National Eisteddfod.

The highlight of the festival is the chairing of the bard, a tradition that dates back to 1176. A poetic competition is set 9 months previously and the winner is announced in a ceremony held at the National Eisteddfod in the company of the Gorsedd of the Bards. It includes presenting the winning bard with a chair and elevating him or her to the position and title of Chief Bard, considered one of poetry’s highest accolades.

As it happens, your host at Bryn Eisteddfod, Mei is a Chief Bard and won the National Eisteddfod Chair in 1993. The large oak chair is displayed in our reception lounge along with a few other pieces of eisteddfod memorabilia.

 

 

• For more information about the ‘eisteddfod’ tradition, click here (opens Visit Wales’ webpage).
• More about Hywel Tudur here. (opens new page).

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