The all-time classic British
Built in 1810 as a remote mountain farmhouse, extended and used as a coaching inn and later as the training headquarters of the first successful Everest climbing expedition in 1953, and now run as a haven safe from the relentless grind of modernity, there are few hotels that can boast such a unique history and location as the Pen-y-Gwryd. Stay here and you have the genuine chance to engage with beauty, tradition and history. We’ll look after you too, with wholesome food, drink and good company.
Main picture: Enter a world of traditional hospitality where guests swap stories and a gong announces meal-times. Above: Hillary and Tenzing during the 1953 first ascent of Everest. The expedition used the Pen-Y-Gwryd as their training base. Left: Mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts continue to use the hotel. Below: The hotel's reliquary of items used by the Everest team.