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Now on sale: this charming Welsh inn that has looked the same for 90 years

The property is one of the UK’s last remaining Georgian coaching houses

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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There are pubs, and then there are old-school pubs. You know the ones: sticky floors, homey fireplace, guy at the bar who looks like he’s been there since the 1980s. If that’s your vibe, how do you feel about owning one? 

The Douglas Arms Hotel is a Welsh pub and hotel in the charming village of Bethesda. It was built around 1830, refurbished in 1930 – and it’s basically not changed since. Designed as a pitstop between London and Holyhead, right in the heart of Snowdonia, the inn has welcomed weary travellers for generations.

The Grade II-listed building is cherished as one of the UK’s last remaining Georgian coach houses, and it certainly leans into that heritage. There’s a dining room decked out with heavy oak furniture and crazily-patterned carpets, a bar, seven large bedrooms, a sweeping grand staircase and a games room complete with pool table. Outside, there’s a large beer garden.

Douglas Arms Hotel
Photograph: Dafydd Hardy Commercial
Douglas Arms Hotel
Photograph: Dafydd Hardy Commercial
Douglas Arms Hotel
Photograph: Dafydd Hardy Commercial

As this is a commercial property, there are some serious aspects of the property you’d probably need to take into account. There’s a hell of a lot of storage, including a cellar, plus a fully kitted-out kitchen. On the second floor, there’s a residential area where you and your family can live, too.

Think you could take over the inn? It’s on the market for £475,000, and – no pressure – it’s apparently really, really popular, so expect a lot of regulars. Find out more about the property on the estate agent’s website.

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