Outrage after developer changed Welsh name on Anglesey country retreat

A holiday home company has been met with anger after changing a Welsh language name to ‘Sandy Retreat’.

Developers boasted they “renamed” a holiday home on the island of Anglesey from the Welsh language to a quaint English name.

The title was previously called Gwel-yr-Wyddfa – roughly meaning “Snowdon View”. Mount Snowdon, Wyddfa in Welsh, dominates the area.

They said, “We have renamed our property Gwel-yr-Wyddfa!

“It is now known as 9 Sandy Retreat – available for 8 guests, pet friendly and in the beautiful village of Llanfaelog. Are you ready to book your stay?’

Anglesey Homes has renamed its property Gwel-yr-Wfddfa, which overlooks Mount Snowdon in North Wales. The company changed the name to the more English-friendly Sandy Retreat

Anglesey Homes has renamed its property Gwel-yr-Wfddfa, which overlooks Mount Snowdon in North Wales. The company changed the name to the more English-friendly Sandy Retreat

Anglesey Homes has renamed its property Gwel-yr-Wfddfa, which overlooks Mount Snowdon in North Wales. The company changed the name to the more English-friendly Sandy Retreat

The decision was slammed by Plaid Cymru Welsh Senedd member Rhun ap Iorwerth, who called it

The decision was slammed by Plaid Cymru Welsh Senedd member Rhun ap Iorwerth, who called it

The decision was slammed by Plaid Cymru Welsh Senedd member Rhun ap Iorwerth, who called it “shocking disrespect”.

The title was previously called Gwel-yr-Wyddfa - roughly meaning

The title was previously called Gwel-yr-Wyddfa - roughly meaning

The title was previously called Gwel-yr-Wyddfa – roughly meaning “Snowdon View”. Mount Snowdon, Wyddfa in Welsh, dominates the area

Mount Snowdon pictured is known in Welsh as Wfddfa. There are large numbers of Welsh speakers in the Anglesey area

Mount Snowdon pictured is known in Welsh as Wfddfa. There are large numbers of Welsh speakers in the Anglesey area

Mount Snowdon pictured is known in Welsh as Wfddfa. There are large numbers of Welsh speakers in the Anglesey area

But the decision was slammed by Plaid Cymru Welsh Senedd member Rhun ap Iorwerth, who called it “shocking disrespect”.

He tweeted the company and said: “Hello Anglesey Homes. Perhaps you could explain what is happening here.

“This is a property in 9 Gwel yr Wyddfa that you have now changed to 9 Sandy Retreat, yes? Is the eradication of the Welsh language/culture part of your business plan?’

Outraged locals took to social media to protest. Sion Meredith said: “Why change the name and brag about it too? This is wrong, but also short-sighted.

“More and more discerning tourists are interested in Welsh. Our language and culture is a feature that draws you to Wales. How about doing the right thing? Reverse your decision.’

Lowri Llewelyn commented: “Utterly disrespectful to the Welsh community who live here year round – yet another developer prioritizing those coming to ‘the island’ for just a few weeks in the summer.”

Outraged locals took to social media to protest. Sion Meredith said:

Outraged locals took to social media to protest. Sion Meredith said:

Outraged locals took to social media to protest. Sion Meredith said: “Why change the name and brag about it too? It’s wrong, but also short-sighted’

Richard Martin wrote:

Richard Martin wrote:

Richard Martin wrote: “Awkward people. That’s not a good idea, it’s a bad idea’

Richard Martin wrote: “Awkward people. That’s not a good idea, it’s a bad idea.’

Angharad Walters said, “Not a good look, folks.”

Lisa Parry added: “I really don’t see why you would do that. Disrespect aside, many English people I know now refuse to book cottages in Wales with English names on the assumption that they have been altered and they hate it too.

“We wanted to book with you soon. And now we won’t do it.’

The detached house was described on the company’s website: ‘A newly built property on a new estate just outside Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey, 9 Gwel-y-Wyddfa is a detached and modern property ideal for a Family or a large family group wanting to explore the Anglesey coast.’

The company has previously sparked controversy in North Wales for appearing to market property to second-home owners rather than local residents.

Anglesey Homes said the home’s owners decided to add the name before it was rented out.

A spokesman said: “The owners of the property have independently decided to place a plaque on their home ‘Sandy Retreat,'” he added.

“They feel like their home is a place of retreat for them — as an owner, you have the right, like anyone else, to place a plaque on your property,” Anglesey Homes said in a statement.

“But this does not affect the address of the development and the street that proudly bears the name of Gwel Yr Wyddfa and will continue to be called Gwel Yr Wyddfa.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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