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B&B decorated by Welsh pop music
Sarah Heyworth and John McKenzie-Murdoch
Sarah Heyworth and John McKenzie-Murdoch are both music lovers
Guests at a new bed and breakfast in Gwynedd will have their stay brightened by album covers of Welsh language pop from the '60s and '70s.

The owners of Graig Wen, near Dolgellau, which includes a campsite, yurts and holiday cottage, have decorated six rooms with the artwork.

Each of the rooms are also named after the independent record labels of the period and quirky pop acts.

Prog rockers Brān and girl group Sidan are among those featured in the rooms.

Owners Sarah Heyworth and John McKenzie-Murdoch were inspired when they came across some old Welsh language records at an auction in Porthmadog.

"We loved the eye-catching record sleeves and were intrigued to hear what they sounded like," said Mr McKenzie-Murdoch.

"We discovered Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys had helped put together a couple of collections of Welsh records and stumbled upon a cult scene of weird and wonderful music, shot through with radical politics and Celtic cultural references.

Artwork on display at the guest house
Some of the artwork on display at the guest house

"Much of the music originated from Gwynedd and north Wales, so as newcomers to the area we've been fascinated by this curious slice of social history."

Ms Heyworth said they were both music lovers and they thought guests would be interested to see there was more to Welsh music than Tom Jones and male voice choirs.

The records bring a colourful twist to some of the more traditional interiors at Graig Wen, which overlooks the Mawddach estuary and opens for business at Easter.

The couple spent 18 months living in their camper van with their two dogs waiting for an appropriate campsite to become available after leaving their jobs and selling their home in Brighton.

They travelled throughout the UK researching their dream, which was inspired by a three month trip around Europe in their camper van.

The couple are now planning to make 45-acre Graig Wen as green and sustainable as possible.

"It's a very special area of the national park," said Ms Heyworth. "We are trying to bring back some measures to protect the wildlife, planting trees and using environmentally-friendly products."


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