May 12, 2012
The Ugly House, North Wales
Situated in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales The Ugly House, or Ty Hyll in Welsh, appears to unfairly labeled.
Legend has it that its origins date from the 1500s when two outlaw brothers homesteaded the land. At the time the law allowed that if between sunset and sunrise you could build four walls and have smoke coming out of the chimney the building was yours. A property line was defined by standing at each corner of the house and throwing an axe as far as you could.
It’s unclear why it was named The Ugly House. One account maintains the home was named for the less than attractive outlaws, who used it as a hideout.
The last private owner moved out in the 1960s. The cottage lay derelict until the late 1980s when the Snowdonia Society bought it. It is open to the public during the peak summer season.
What do you think? Is this house ugly?