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Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4YE

01766 890224

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The hotel has 33 en-suite bedrooms, two residents’ lounges, a public bar and two restaurants.


Brief history

The Royal Goat Hotel was originally built as the Beddgelert Hotel in 1802 by Thomas Jones, whose wife had inherited the Beddgelert estate. It was conceived specifically to cater for the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Snowdon. The first tenant manager, David Pritchard promoted the story of Gelert, the loyal hound mistakenly slain by his master and created a monument known as Gelert’s Grave in a nearby field in an attempt to further boost tourism.

The hotel became the Royal & Goat Hotel in the 1870s to commemorate a visit by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. Other famous guests who have stayed at the hotel include Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman (while filming The Inn of the Sixth Happiness).

Owners:

1851 Goat Hotel

1865

1878

1909

1939

1998 Nov 25

2001 – 2016

2016 –

Innkeeper Judith Pritchard

David Pritchard

Richard Humphrey

J. P. Pulhan

Hotel Proprietor Winifred M Adams | Hotel Manager Humphrey W Griffiths

Grade II Listed Building

Ben and Vicky Doodson

David and Michelle Cattrall, directors of Parkfield Snowdonia, who also operate the recently refurbished Saracen’s Head

 

Also see:

2016: Royal Goat Hotel sold

1944: For Sale: The Royal Goat Hotel

1865: Brynfelin and Rhyd Ddu Copper Mines

 

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2016: Royal Goat Hotel sold

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Gelert legend hotel where Ingrid Bergman was a guest has been sold

The Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert has been sold for £875,000.

Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert
Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert

A famous Beddgelert hotel – where the legend of Prince Llywelyn and his faithful hound Gelert was sold to the world – has been bought. The Royal Goat Hotel – whose guests have included Ingrid Bergman – was originally built as the Beddgelert Hotel in 1802 by Thomas Jones, whose wife had inherited the Beddgelert estate. It was conceived to cater for the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Snowdon and was the birthplace of a marketing masterstroke by the first tenant manager David Pritchard. He promoted the story of Gelert, the loyal hound mistakenly slain by his master Prince Llywelyn and created a monument known as Gelert’s Grave in a nearby field in an attempt to further boost tourism.

It worked, as the legend became a talking point in Victorian homes and to this day thousands of people visit Gelert’s grave. The hotel became the Royal Goat in the 1870s to commemorate a visit by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. Other famous guests who have stayed at the hotel include Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman, while filming The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Real estate advisors Colliers International completed the sale of the Royal Goat Hotel to Parkfield Snowdonia Ltd.

Acting on behalf of previous owners Ben and Vicky Doodson, who have sold the business to concentrate on a recently launched restaurant venture in Abersoch, Colliers secured the sale from an asking price of £875,000. The new owners are David and Michelle Cattrall, directors of Parkfield Snowdonia, who operate the recently refurbished Saracens Head pub restaurant with accommodation in Beddgelert, and plan to invest in the hotel. The hotel has 33 en suite bedrooms, two residents’ lounges, a public bar and two restaurants.

Neil Thomson, associate director, hotels agency at the Manchester office of Colliers International, believes it demonstrates a materially improved hotel landscape throughout North Wales during the past 12 months. Mr Thomson said: “We’re very pleased to announce this sale. This improved hotel landscape throughout the region has been, and continues to be, driven by a strengthening economy and the subsequent rise in hotel trading performances within popular destination locations such as the Snowdonia National Park. There is no indication there will be any slowdown in demand, and Colliers remains prominently and pro-actively involved in hotel transactions and advisory work throughout the area.”

The Gelert story, as written on the tombstone reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here. The spot is called Beddgelert.”

Published by: The Daily Post, Monday 6 June 2016

 

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2010: Hotelier’s drive ban

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A hotelier was banned from driving after he admitted using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Ben Doodson, a director of the Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert, was disqualified for six months after he accumulated 12 penalty points.

Magistrates at Pwllheli heard the 37-year-old already had two speeding tickets and another driving offence on his licence when he was stopped at Tremadog last September. The court heard he was seen by officers holding the phone to his left ear while driving through the village.

Doodson, who lives at Tan y Gaer, Abersoch, argued a driving ban would cause hardship for himself, his family and the business. His solicitor Richard Williams said he worked long hours and would not be in a position to employ someone else to undertake his duties at the hotel. He added it was financially not possible to employ someone to drive either.

Bench chairman Gareth Haulfryn Williams said they had considered everything that had been said but they had concluded it did not amount to exceptional hardship. “It may amount to exceptional inconvenience but we do not consider it to be exceptional hardship,” he said.

Doodson was also fined £60 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

North Wales Daily Post, 24 June 2010

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1944: For Sale: The Royal Goat Hotel

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For Sale, Freehold, £9,750. – The Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert, N. Wales. The valuable fully-licensed Hotel in a lovely district; 35 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 8 w.c.s, 6 lounges, large dining-room, &c., large cafe building for 170; garage 15 cars; main electricity and water. Farm buildings, gardens and land (let). The hotel is requisitioned. In all about 47 acres. Salmon and trout fishing. – Sole Agents, Chamberlaine-Brothers & Harrison, Shrewsbury (Phone 2061).

Published by Liverpool Daily Post, 15 July 1944

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1865: Brynfelin and Rhyd Ddu Copper Mines

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Dinner at the Goat Hotel.- On Monday evening last, the new Company which have purchased both of the above mines gave a dinner to all the workmen employed in them, to the number of 53, at the Goat Hotel, Beddgelert. Mr. Wm. Powell, the Agent, likewise invited a number of his personal friends to join in the festive proceedings, so that the total number of guests which sat down to dinner was 68. The day was held pretty much as a holiday in the village and cannons were fired in rapid succession from morning until night. The spread provided by Mrs. Pritchard, was a most recherche and superb one, and did great credit to this renowned establishment. It was served up in the large coffee room of the hotel. Dinner was placed on the table at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the Rev. R. E. Priestley occupying the chair, and Mr. Pritchard, Proprietor of the Hotel, the Vice Chair. Amongst the Company, in addition to the above two gentlemen, were the following–R. Roberts, Esq., Surgeon, Portmadoc; Mr. Powell, Agent at the two mines in question; Mr. G. Hughes, Agent at the Ffirdd Slate Quarry; Mr. J. Roberts, Agent of the Prince of Wales Quarry; Mr. J. Roberts, Agent of the Snowdon Slate Quarry; and Mr. W. Jones, Agent of the Berllwyd and Gerynt Quarry. After the dinner was concluded a most pleasant and convivial evening was spent by all the guests, and the healths of the Brynfelin and Rhyd Ddu Copper Mine Company; “Mr. Powell, the Agent,” and “Mr. Pritchard, for his very excellent dinner” were drunk with the utmost enthusiasm and good will. A great number of capital songs were sung during the evening and altogether a more pleasant and agreeable evening has not been enjoyed in the beautiful little village of Beddgelert, for some time past.

North Wales Chronicle, 25 February 1865

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1863: Visit of Prince Arthur

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It is not long since we noticed the extensive demonstrations of loyalty made at this charming and picturesque spot, on the occasion of the marriage of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. It has, within the last few days, been again the scene of rejoicing on the occasion of H.R.H. Prince Arthur, the third son of our beloved Queen, honoring it with a visit. In the few hours’ notice which were given previously to his Royal Highness’s arrival several triumphal arches were erected, and from many of the houses were suspended flags, banners, and other emblems of joy.

Many of the inhabitants and strangers assembled to receive his Royal Highness and gave him a hearty welcome, but so quietly and unassumingly did he travel, accompanied by Major Elphinstone, and the Rev. Mr. Jolly, that he passed on foot through the crowd, and gained the Royal and Goat Hotel, without being recognised. During the evening of Tuesday, there were frequent discharges of cannon, in honor of his arrival, and a little excitement prevailed; but before half-past nine o’clock all was perfectly quiet, and the solitary guardian of the public peace, and safety of the district, finding himself all alone in his glory, retired from the scene. Surely ours is a glorious land of liberty, where such a state of things prevails. We understand his Royal Highness makes the Royal and Goat Hotel his head quarters during his stay in this part of the country, and if the weather which we have had continues, we have no doubt his Royal Highness will thoroughly enjoy himself while he remains in this part of her Majesty’s dominions.

Source: The North Wales Chronicle, published 1 August 1863

Note: H.R.H. Prince Arthur was aged just 13 years old at the time of this visit.

 

 

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