A HISTORICAL Welsh farmhouse in Gwynedd has scooped an award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) grand finals 2018.

Yr Ysgwrn, which was once home famous Welsh poet Hedd Wyn (Elis Evans), has been named the best Building Conservation project in the UK.

Based in Trawsfynydd, the home reflects a period of social, cultural and agricultural history at the turn of the 20th century.

The prestigious annual RICS contest – hosted by ITV news anchor, Nina Hossain, was held at The Brewery in London on Friday, November 2.

It celebrated the UK’s most inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors that are having a significant positive impact on the communities they serve.

Yr Ysgwrn won the Building Conservation category of the Grand Final against still competition from the likes of Canterbury Cathedral, Depare Abbey in Northampton, and the Tropical Ravine in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens.

The conservation project, which tastefully and carefully restored the historic farmhouse and artefacts on display including a black chair originally carved in wood by A Belgian WW1 refugee called Eugeen Vanfleteren, was delivered by surveyors Cavendish Bloor, architect Purcell UK and Grosvenor Construction.

Judges hailed it as "a cultural symbol for the people of Wales."

"Great conservation projects enhance the understanding of the building, its story and significance," One of the RICS judges said.

"The conservation of this humble dwelling in such a remote area with its view across Snowdonia provides a much more powerful understanding of its significance in cultural & literary contexts as well as the historical juxtaposition with the horrors of the Great War that might otherwise have been lost."