Snowdonia boasts some of the UK’s highest peaks, lushest forest and dramatic scenery – ideal conditions for slow living connected to nature. Within this peaceful setting this sylvan home nestles deep in the heart of the Gwydir Forest Park.
Capel Curig, which means Curig’s Chapel, is a small village in Conwy County on the River Llugwy, home to around 200 people. This Welsh property is located just outside the hamlet and dates from the 1920s, though it’s been extensively renovated inside and out.
Its long, single-storey design is clad in charred Japanese Cypress to protect it against the weather – fitting, given the area is one of the wettest places in the UK with a temperate maritime climate. Its sleek black skin contrasts the greenery of the enveloping tree canopy and the soft and natural interiors to be found inside.
A central hallway boasts enormous views of the Gwydir forest, and natural materials have been used throughout the interiors: hemp and lime plaster for the walls and patinated 15th-century floorboards salvaged from the Lake District.
The result is a textural wabi-sabi feel that celebrates traditional techniques and crafts.
Large picture windows frame views across the valley while adding soft natural light to the interiors, and sliding glass doors connect the living room to an expansive terrace, sheltered by the cantilevered roofline, with tiered gardens down to the forest trails.
The two-bedroom home is for sale via The Modern House for £350,000. The Eryri National Park is on the doorstep, offering prime climbing and hiking opportunities. For more sedentary pursuits, Capel Curig has several cafes and restaurants at hand, plus a post office and general store, while Rhaeadr Ewynnol Swallow Falls and Ty Hyll tea room are a five-minute drive away. The Victorian coastal town of Llandudno is also around a 45-minute drive.