An historic Eryri hotel famous for its links to one of North Wales' best known legends has gone up for sale. The Royal Goat Hotel was originally built as the Beddgelert Hotel in 1802 by Thomas Jones, whose wife had inherited the Beddgelert estate.

Aside from being one of the longest-running hotels in the national park, the hotel is perhaps best known as the place where the legend of Prince Llywelyn and his faithful hound Gelert was sold to the world. It was conceived to cater for the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Yr Wyddfa 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.

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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

It was last taken over in 2016 and is now back on the market for £800,000. The hotel has never fully reopened since the pandemic and has deteriorated in parts due to the closure, according to the listing. The current owners are "reluctantly selling to let another purchaser take on this project [of restoring the hotel to its former glory days]".

The hotel has not fully reopened since the pandemic

The sale is being handled by Christie and Co who write in the listing: "A Grade II listed 32 bed hotel over four floors, originally constructed in 1802. There is a dining room, restaurants, separate bar and function room ideal for weddings.

"There are paved patios for outside seating and two parking areas for guests. There is an additional two story annex. Parts of the hotel are in need of capital expenditure as the hotel has deteriorated in areas during lockdown and require refurbishment."

For more information, you can view the listing here.

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