Tommy Davies

Coed y Glyn Log Cabins

Growing up on the Family farm has its perks, however looking after hundreds of sheep soon has you associating Mountains and valleys with long days and hard work and not relaxation and excitement. Having come back from university with a new perspective and a hunger to start a business, the opportunity to provide a unique accommodation experience presented itself, my small village of Glyndyfrdwy, with its meandering River Dee, Steam Railway and a touch of tranquillity, surely people would want to stay here, wouldn’t they?

With no experience in the hospitality industry, I decided to start Coed-Y-Glyn Log Cabins, two luxury lodges on the banks of the River, it was huge learning curve not just from the design and construction side but also from setting up the website and booking software, a total minefield for a newbie. Nevertheless the two lodges opened in June 2013 and then the real work began. The saying ‘If you build it they will come’ felt like leaving it too much to chance, I wanted to create a unique accommodation experience, even though were self-catering, I wanted to provide more of a 5* hotel service and embed the ethos that when guests are staying at our lodges there staying in North Wales and wanting them to make the most of it.

The first summer was a success, and as we moved into the winter I wanted to be able to offer more to our guests rather than just a nice place to stay, setting up partnerships with various business has help create and expand the options available to our guests, from Archery and White-Water Rafting to Therapeutic Treatments and Romantic Packages I’ve tried to offer what I think would really compliment their stay, whether its adrenaline or relaxation.

The success of this is down to the quality of the product provided and the fluidity of the guests booking experience, this isn’t just suggestions on a page with a link to another providers website, all can be booked through our website and has really helped build Coed-Y-Glyn’s reputation as well as create an upward cycle of growth in the local tourism sector which in turn helps minimise the use of voucher based website that take huge commissions and lose that personal touch.

With that being Coed-Y-Glyn’s formula, the business has gone from strength to strength, opening our largest lodge in 2015, with room for 12 guests and having partnered with the local outward-bound industry it really helped to capture the large family and single sex groups coming to enjoy the fantastic experiences available on the doorstep.

Winning the ‘2017 Go North Wales Young Tourism Person of the Year Award’ was such an honour, having been recognised for what I’ve tried to achieve has really inspired me. 2018 has been a great year for us, our 4th Lodge opened in March and is something very special, nestled into a cliff face and in the canopy of the trees it really is the epitome of a secluded gateway and our guests love it, its not been empty since. I think the best part of my job is listening to guests saying what a beautiful and peaceful location we have, which, ironically, was there before I started.