Award-Winning, Eco-Friendly Snowdonia B&B Sees Surge In Car-Free Visitors

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Bryn Bella - a Snowdonia bed and breakfast ranked #7 the UK's "30 Coolest" by The Times and recognised as a sector leader for sustainability - is witnessing a surge in car-free visitors to the picturesque North Wales National Park. By using public transport, Bryn Bella's car-free guests save time, money and hassle - and reduce their impact on the environment.

An award-winning, eco-friendly Snowdonia B&B is seeing an increase in guests who are choosing car-free holidays in the picturesque North Wales National Park.

According to the owners of Bryn Bella in Betws y Coed - a four-star B&B ranked in the UK's "30 Coolest" by The Times - more and more visitors are discovering how fast, inexpensive and easy it is to travel to Snowdonia via public transport.

"According to Visit Britain, up to a fifth of British domestic holidaymakers have decided the car is too much hassle," says Mark Edwards, who co-owns Bryn Bella ( with his wife Joan.

"Every year around 3 million British tourists take a holiday in North Wales. You can see why public transport makes sense for them - it only takes a little over two hours on the train to get here from Manchester or Birmingham, and just over three from London.

"Guests with cars are always welcome, but we're pleased to see an increase in visitors arriving on public transport. We were rated the Most Sustainable bed and breakfast in Snowdonia for 2009, and have a strong commitment to locally-sourced food and renewable energy. We use solar power to heat our water, and we're pleased to see any development that reduces reliance on fossil fuels."

Mark's car-free visitors are anything but stranded. Betws y Coed is known as the Gateway to Snowdonia and the National Park's most lively and picturesque village. "We've got a lovely village station, and our car-free visitors usually make arrangements for us to pick them up when they arrive," says Mark. "Once they are settled in they can take the path into the village and enjoy the local attractions.

"If they want to go a little further afield, there are regular direct buses to Snowdon and other areas of interest. They can even catch a train and reach places like Llandudno (45 mins) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (30 mins).

Nick Price has been visiting Bryn Bella with his family for seven years. "There's an enormous amount you can do in Snowdonia without a car," he says. "We can find an interesting local walk, get the train to the beach in Llandudno or relax in the garden.

"The warm welcome makes a big difference too - Mark and Joan even print a daily weather forecast on the back of each day's breakfast menu, so it's easy to decide what to do!"

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Mark Edwards is available for interview, and can be contacted on 01690 710627 or by email at .

High-resolution photos of Bryn Bella and surrounding countryside are available for download at:

Link to Times "30 Coolest B&Bs" feature:

Links to local attractions in the Betws-y-Coed area can be found at .

"Betws y Coed" is pronounced "Bettus uh Coyd". The name roughly translates as "Chapel in the Woods".


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