A Bit of Cottage History

Uwch-y-Don as it was in the 60's, 70's and early 80's

Uwch -y-Don was built as a lead miners cottage and stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Lleyn Peninsula. It was bought by Hubert & Mary Cooper in the 1960's as a holiday home for them and their family Simon, Janice and Paul..

Many visitors will remember it as it was in the picture on the left with it's basic amenities and nearly always "a little job to be done".

During this era Hubert & Mary would only let the cottage to friends and relatives as the accommodation was slightly on the primitive side and cleaning had to be done before your departure.



Following discussions between Hubert and Paul (youngest son) the cottage underwent radical improvements during the closed season of 1995/96.

Tragically Hubert never saw the improvements as he died following a road accident close to his home in Lincolnshire before plans were put in place. The family were devastated and took some time to recover, however it was eventually decided that the cottage would remain with the family and the planned improvements would take place. The cottage is a fitting tribute to Hubert and is a place where he will always be especially remembered by his family.

There is now a third generation of Coopers enjoying the peace and tranquillity of "The Welsh Cottage". It remains principally a family holiday home although a local contact and cleaner now looks after the place. The guest books make fascinating reading, you can read all about a family growing up and a cottage falling into disrepair and eventually being brought back to life.

A final note for regular visitors who have expressed concern about Mary's "last" entry in the guest book, Mary did manage a further visit with all the family to celebrate 50 years of ownership in May 2016. Sadly this was to be her last visit as she passed away in January 2017. Bookings continue to be handled by Janice, her daughter who can be reached on 01507 354892.

In the final stages of conversion in 1996

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