The Ugly House Isn’t Really That Ugly


When I visited the Smallest House in Great Britain, which is located in Conwy, Wales, I thought it was very small indeed. But as for The Ugly House near the picturesque town of Betws-y-Coed, Wales? Well, I don't think it's ugly at all!

Now, I didn't go inside (it was closed) so maybe there's a chance that the decor is absolutely hideous. But I think that the reason why it's called the Ugly House has something to do with its name in Welsh (Ty Hyll). Ty Hyll translates directly into Ugly House, but our guide told us that its original name was slightly different and did not translate to Ugly House. The name was modified by just a letter or two and it became Ty Hyll to attract tourists. Because who can resist stopping at something called The Ugly House? I know I couldn't, especially because it's so cute.

An interesting fact about The Ugly House is that the original house was built overnight in the 15th Century. Back then, if you could build your house over the course of one night, you could lay claim to the land. Below are more photos of The Ugly House — as you can see, it really doesn't deserve its name.

4 Responses to The Ugly House Isn’t Really That Ugly

  1. Stephanie September 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    you are right- that house is adorable!

  2. The Envoy September 22, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    I think that it might seem quaint to the modern eye, but in those times, it probably just looked….shabby.

  3. Russell September 24, 2009 at 5:25 am #


  4. John April 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    When I was a kid this house was devoid of the creepers and other plants that give it its cute appearance displayed in your photos. It certainly didn’t look pretty then.
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