Ultimately the best B&Bs are mostly about the hosts, and there's no doubt that you've struck gold if you decide to stay with Julie and Pete at their very peaceful Anglesey guesthouse – which is very appropriately called Bod Hyfryd, literally ' a beautiful dwelling'. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you can't move for places called Bod Hyfryd in this part of Wales, but in this case the name really works – because this is a house with both an interesting history and a lovely, rural and relaxing location – plus that all-important welcome from the hosts couldn't be warmer!
A former sea captain's house, built for Captain Ismael Williams in 1874 when he was the master of a 3-masted schooner that regularly sailed from Anglesey to South America and beyond, Bod Hyfryd retains a lot of the original features, including roof timbers reclaimed from old ships. There are two rooms in the main house – Schooner, decorated in a nautical theme – and Rivendell, which is more 'boutique', with sumptuous wallpaper and a padded headboard worthy of a swanky hotel. Each room has a double bed with high quality linen, wifi, Freeview TV, tea-and coffee-making facilities, robes and slippers, and they share a well-appointed contemporary bathroom, which has a luxury shower and toiletries. Bod Hyfryd's third bedtime option is a luxury glamping pod in the garden, which is a perfect cosy romantic getaway for couples, made from local wood insulated with sheep's wool to keep you warm and toasty whatever the season, and equipped with a comfy double bed, DAB radio and and its own cute little eco-composting toilet (The Wee-Hoose!), in an adjacent structure (though there's no access to the shower). Finally there's a very welcome, eco-friendly wood-fired hot tub in the garden, which guests can use for a small extra consideration.
Anglesey is an intriguing part of the UK, and a very special part of Wales, and there's plenty to do, but the nice thing about Bod Hyrfryd is that it's such a great place to do nothing – from mornings waking up to the sound of birdsong to evenings gazing at the stars whilst soaking in the hot tub. In between, you can start the day with a brilliant breakfast that includes eggs from their own chickens and everything from a sumptuous Full Welsh to more unusual options like grilled halloumi or spinach baked eggs with parmesan toast, before departing on any number of great days out recommended by the delightful Julie and Pete. It's in a great location for many of the "adrelaline attractions" in the area, they are less than an hours drive from Mount Snowdon, Zipworld and Surf Snowdonia - you'll be spoilt for choice!
The Owner Says
Located on the coast of the beautiful of Isle of Anglesey, Bod Hyfryd (“Beautiful dwelling”) is a house with a fascinating history….a former Captains House, it was built for Captain Ishmael Williams in 1874; He was the master of a locally made 3 masted schooner called “The Gaelic”, which regularly sailed from Amlwch Port to South America and beyond.
Our two B&B rooms and glamping pod are situated in a rural idyll, surrounded by open countryside and only half a mile from the sea, yet you can still walk to the port area, local pubs etc in less than 20 minutes!
Our favourite room
I think it has to be Schooner, as it reflects the nautical heritage of our house so well.
The local area
That's easy....no traffic! Seriously though, Anglesey has everything, great beaches, beautifully clear water, excellent coastal walks, a wide variety of birds and wildlife, and some amazing traditional pubs and eateries.
Best local places to eat and drink
Gadlys/The Bay View Hotel, Cemaes Bay; Catch 22, Valley; The Boathouse, Red Wharf Bay; Ann's Pantry, Moelfre; Sosban/Old Butchers Shop, Menai Bridge; Dylans, Menai Bridge.
Why stay with us?
The Port at Amlwch has a fascinating history, and there is a small museum there called "Copper Kingdom" which explains Amlwch's importance as the biggest exporter of copper ore, as well as the Geomon museum, with information on the amazing geology of the island (Anglesey has some of the oldest rocks in the British Isles), Parys Mountain near Amlwch is well worth a visit, as well as the famous beach and "Lovers Island" at Llanddwyn/Newborough Forest. Lastly, the castle at Beaumaris is a fantastic example of a medieval castle, complete with moat and very well preserved.
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