£ 12million Snowdonia hotel development gets green light


Planning has been secured for a £ 12million gateway to Snowdoniahotel development.

The Royal Oak Hotel has applied to redevelop the Waterloo Hotel and the adjacent old gas station and Little Chef site on the A5 at Betws-y-Coed.

Cadnant Planning was commissioned to undertake a pre-bid consultation last year and in March the draft was submitted to planners at the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

The plan included:

Proposed Waterloo Hotel in Betws-y-Coed

Now the planning committee has approved the project, allowing them to continue with the ambitious redevelopment.


A coaching inn has been on the site since the 1800s and has been expanded over the years – becoming a larger building by the turn of the century.

Waterloo Hotel, Betws-y-Coed in 1892

This was demolished in 1975 and the existing Waterloo Hotel was erected. The new plan was inspired by this original building.

The applicant’s mother is Anna Davies, who in 1956 opened her first store selling Welsh wool, textiles and clothing from local manufacturers and mills and today the applicant’s sister, is responsible for management and development daily from the store.

Cadnant Planning said: “Ten years after the store opened, the plaintiff’s parents purchased the neighboring building, the Royal Oak Hotel, and the family has since developed a passion for the hospitality industry.

“In 2001, the company acquired the Waterloo Hotel and Lodge, then purchased the Esso gas station and Little Chef store which adjoined the main hotel.”

Waterloo Hotel & Lodge, Betws-y-Coed

Brand Haus

The project would be developed under the HAUS brand.

This would include four-star Visit Wales accommodation and a retail offering with brands that embrace ethical consumerism.

Bake HAUS is all about offering quality artisanal and innovative products, along with the best brewed coffee and in-house roasting.

Experience HAUS aims to recruit and develop a creative outdoor team that works, lives and plays within Snowdonia.

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