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Wales Historic Homes

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Abbey Cwm-hir Hall
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
7 miles north of Llandrindod Wells on minor road in countryside; accessed from A44-A483 and A470; map on website
Tel. 01597 851 727
Open: year round, daily, by tour only; tours start 10.30am and 2pm; two hour tours must be prebooked by phone number above or by emailing Abbey Cwmhir Hall
Grade II listed Victorian country house; built in gothic revival syle late 1860s; 52 rooms with original architectural features; marble fireplaces; billiard room; Minton Hollis tiles; below stairs area; eclectic mix of furniture; walled garden; grounds include lake and waterfall; parking
For photos and more details see our article Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall
Web: Abbey Cwmhir Hall

Abeerdeunant
Carmarthenshire
Taliaris, Llandeilo
Tel. 01558 823902
Open: April-Sep, first Sat and Sun of each month, noon-5pm; Oct-March, first Sat each month noon-4pm; guided tour must be booked in advance
National Trust property. Traditional Carmarthenshire farmhouse in unspoiled setting

Aberconwy House
Snowdonia
Castle St, Conwy, Caernarfonshire
On the A55
Tel. 01492 592246
Open: end March-end Oct, daily except Tue from 11am-5pm
National Trust property; AV presentation; shop. medieval merchant’s house features an exhibition on life in Conwy from Roman times to the present.

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Bodelwyddan Castle
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Located off the A55 between St Asaph and Abergele, Denbighshire
Tel. 0 1745 584 060
Open: Jan-Mar, Nov, Dec, every day except Mon and Fri, 10:30am-3:30pm; April-Jun, Sep and Oct, every day except Fri, 10:30am-4:30pm; Jul and Aug, every day, 10:30am-5pm
19th century fake castle complete with fake armour and original weapons; National Portrait Gallery collection of paintings

Bodrhyddan Hall
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
On the A5151 between Dyserth and Rhuddlan, Denbighshire
Tel. 0 1745 590 155
Open: June-Sep, Tue and Thu, 2-5.30pm
Historic Houses Association; 17th century house with 19th century additions; armour, pictures, and period furniture; In grounds are a woodland garden and a formal parterre
Web: [url=http://www.bodrhyddan.co.uk/[Bodrhyddan[/url]

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Carswell Medieval House
Pembrokeshire
1.5 miles east of St Florence
Off the B4318, 3 miles west of Tenby
Open: limited access
Cadw property; two-storey later medieval house with a barrel-vaulted basement

Castell Coch
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Tongwynlais, near Cardiff
Signposted off the A470
Tel. 029 20 810101
Open: daily: April-end Jun, Sep-end Oct and March, 9.30am-5pm; July-end Aug, 9.30am-6pm; Nov-end Feb, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm; closed Jan 2011; last admission 30 minutes before closing
Cadw property; Victorian fantasy castle of Marquess of Bute and William Burges—owner and architect of Cardiff Castle; outstanding architecture and design with rich decorations--a feast for the eye; parking

Cochwillan Old Hall
Snowdonia
Tal y Bont, near Bangor, Gwynedd
On the A55
Tel. 01248 364608 for appointment to view
Considered one of best examples of Welsh medieval estate centre; survives almost unaltered; late 15th century hall house has hammer beam roof; only hall, solar, and buttery are on view

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Dyffryn House and Gardens
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
St Nicholas, near Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, on the A48
Tel. 0 2920 593 328
Open: April-end Sep, Sun-Thu, 12 noon-4pm, Fri and Sat, 12 noon-3pm; Oct, Fri and Sat, 12 noon-3pm; Nov-Feb, Sat and Sun, 12 noon-3pm
National Trust property; mansion house; house has great hall, drawing rooms, billiard room, bedroom on display; 55 acre Grade One listed Edwardian garden with eleven garden rooms designed by Thomas Mawson and owner at the time Reginald Cory; arboretum; lawns; 15 statues; tea-room; shop; plant sales; parking; special events; organic produce for sale; children’s play area

Dylan Thomas Boat House
Carmarthenshire
Laugharne, on the A4066
then along a footpath with a steep staircase leading down
Tel. 01994 427420
Open: 10am-6pm, Easter-Oct, 10.30am-4.30pm, Nov-Easter
Small home where Dylan Thomas, famous Welsh poet, lived; some of the rooms still the way he left them; a few original writings and a small bookshop; tiny tearoom provides snacks

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Erdigg House
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Two miles south of Wrexham, on the A525/A5152
Tel. 01978 355314
Open: House, restaurant and garden open varying days and times depending on month of year; check National Trust website for details
National Trust property; built in 1680s; upstairs are 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain, and glass; downstairs exhibition, blacksmith shop, saw mill, stable yard, carriages, laundry, bakehouse, and kitchen; 18th century walled garden considered important historically; restaurant, shop; parking; plant sales; second hand book shop; virtual tour; bicycles available for hire

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Fonman
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Barry, on the A4226/A4050
Tel. 01446 710206
Open: April-end Sep, Tues and Wed only from 2-5pm by guided tour
Email: fonmon_castle@msn.com
A lived in medieval castle built circa 1200 and added to and renovated over the centuries; Georgian interiors; hall, drawing room (once used as a meeting room by John Wesley), library, and kitchen (c1650) on view

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Gwydir Castle
Snowdonia
On the A5106, .5 mile west of Llanrwst, Gwynedd
Tel. 0 1492 641 687
Open: March-end Oct, daily, 10-4.30pm
Built circa 1500 by the Wynn family with 17th and 19th century additions; Tudor courtyard house sitting in Grade 1 listed garden; mid 17th century panelled dining room; famous for peacocks and ghosts, known as one of most haunted houses in Wales; also has bed and breakfast
Web: Gwydir Castle

Gyrn Castle
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Llanasa, Holywell, Flintshire
Off the A55
Tel. 01745 853500 for appointment to view
Built 18th and 19th centuries; large picture gallery, panelled entrance hall; woodland walks

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Hartsheath House and Garden
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Off the A5104 southeast of Mold, Flintshire Tel. 01352 770217 for prior booking
Open: 1st, 3rd, 5th Wed every month, 2-5pm
18th and 19th century house in parkland

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor and Living History Museum
Cardiff, Coast and Valleys of South Wales
Nelson, Caerphilly
Off the B4254,south of Merthyr Tydfil
Tel. 0 1443 412 248
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-Feb, closed on Mon; closed 24 Dec-2 Jan
House built circa 1530 is living history museum; life during the English Civil war in 1645 shared by guides; visitors can dress in period costumes and experience authentic crafts; ongoing program of events; restaurant; shop

Llanelly House
Carmarthenshire
Bridge Street, Llanelli
Tel. 0 1554 772 857
Open: must be booked by tour (bookings@llanellyhouse.org.uk or phone)
History of 300 year old Georgian home shown by tour; variety of tours available (see website); tours by guide and digital, exhibits and artefacts; cafe, restaurant, accessible (elevator)
Web: Llanelly House

Llanerchaeron
Ceredigion
Ciliau Aeron, Llanerchaeron
2.5 miles southeast of Aberaeron
On the A482
Tel. 01545 570 200
Open: weekends in March, April-Dec, daily; house 11.30am-5.30pm; farmland, shop, cafe, and garden 10.30am-5.30pm
National Trust property; rare survivor of a Welsh gentry estate; designed by John Nash in the 1890s; courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house; walled kitchen garden; pleasure grounds with restored lake and waterwheel; home farm is working organic one; walks; special events; parking; shop sells local products; NT gift shop; restaurant; picnic areas

Llanerchydol Hall
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
On the A458
Tel/fax. 0 1938 552 322; mobile 0 7970 498 212
Cadw property; several listed buildings; 19th century Gothic house, park, gardens; paranormal events; wedding venue

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Margam Castle
Swansea, Gower, and the Vale of Neath
Margam, in Margam Park, by Port Talbot
On the A48/M4
Partial ruin of a Tudor-Gothic fantasy castle-home built in 1835; gables, turrets and towers; AV presentation on its history, an orangery, a park, formal gardens, an Iron Age hillfort, and a maze in Margam Park

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Nantclwyd y Dre House
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Castle St, Ruthin
Tel. 01824 709822
Open: April-Sep, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15), Fri, Sat, and Sun
Oldest timber-framed house in Wales; mansion, begun c1435; enlarged in Jacobean times, Stuart additions; became Victorian girls’ school, Edwardian rectory, and judges’ lodgings; Arts and Crafts additions; became derelict; now restored showing in different rooms the different periods of use; includes 1942 hall, 1916 rector study, 1891 schoolroom, Georgian bedroom suite, 1690 cabinet, Jacobean bedchamber, and 15th century chamber. Bat camera show attic bats; interactive displays

Newton House
Carmarthenshire
Dinefwr Park
Llandeilo, on the A40
Tel. 01558 823902
Open: mid-March-end Oct, 11am-5pm, daily; Nov-mid Dec, 11am-5pm, Fri, Sat, Sun
National Trust property; set in a large park, built in 1660, altered in 18th and 19th centuries; rooms restored and furnished in 1900 style; AV presentations and hands-on activities; park walks; 3000 new trees planted in 2007; Dinefwr castle is in the grounds. National Trust shop; tea-room

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Penarth Fawr
Snowdonia
Four miles east of Pwllheli by A497 and minor road on the Lleyn peninsula
Open: Easter-end Sep, Tue-Fri, 10am-5.30pm, Sat and Sun, 2-5.30pm; closed rest of year
Well-preserved example of Welsh gentry house built in the mid 15th century with 1700s wing; hall has superb timber roof; gallery and cafe on premises; also on premises and for sale (May 2008) is stone farmhouse

Pencerrig
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Llanelwedd, by Builth Wells on A483, Powys
Cadw property; home of Thomas Jones, Welsh landscape painter of 18th century and member of one of the premier Welsh families; grounds are landscaped

Penrhyn Castle
Snowdonia
One mile east of Bangor, Gwynedd
On the A5122
Tel. 0 1248 353084
Open: April-end June, Sep, Oct, noon-5pm, Wed-Mon; July and August, same days, 11am-5pm; grounds open one hour earlier than castle
National Trust property; fake Neo-Norman castle built between 1820-1840; outstanding plasterwork and paintings collection; Victorian kitchen and servants' rooms; stable block has industrial railway museum, model railway museum, and dolls' museum; 60 acres of grounds with tree and shrub collection, and Victorian walled garden; tea-room; parking; shop

Plas Machynlleth
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Machynlleth, (A499/487) Montgomeryshire, Powys
Interesting and important (listed building) Welsh gentry house with parkland on the edge of a small town; house and garden were given to the town as a public park

Plas Mawr
Snowdonia
High St, Conwy, on the A55
Caernarfonshire
Tel. 0 1492 580 167 (info line)
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 9am-5pm; Oct, daily, 9.30am-4pm
Cadw property; Elizabethan townhouse, considered an architectural gem; especially noted for ornamental plasterwork and original furniture; AV tour; shop; use town car park

Plas Newydd
Anglesey
At Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, on the A5. National Trust. House open April-end Oct, daily except Thu and Fri, 12-5; garden 11-5. Plas Newydd (not to be confused with the house of the same name at Llangollen) was built in the 18th century in the classical and gothic styles. There is a large mural by Rex Whistler and an exhibition on his work.

Plas Newydd
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Hill St, Llangollen, on the A5
Tel. 0 1978 861 314 for opening times or check with the Llangollen Tourist Information Centre.
Black and white timbered house was home of two eccentric Irish ladies, known as the Ladies of Llangollen; set in historic park

Plas-yn-Rhiw
Snowdonia
Minor road from the B4413 to Aberdaron, Gwynedd
Tel. 01758 780219
Open: April, Thu-Sun, 12-5pm; May-June, Thu-Mon, 12-5pm; July-Aug, Wed-Mon, 12-5pm; Sep, Thu-Mon, 12-5pm; Oct, Thu-Mon; 12-4pm; open BH
National Trust property; small medieval manor house with Georgian additions; ornamental gardens and woodland; plant sales; shop; drinks only refreshments; parking

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Scolton Country Park, House, and Museum
Pembrokeshire
On B4329, at Scolton, north of Haverfordwest
Tel. 0 1437 731 457
Open: park, daily except Dec 25,26; April-Oct, 9am-6pm; Nov-March, 9am-4:30pm; manor house, stable block and exhibition hall, April-Oct, Tue-Sun, 10:30-5:30pm; also open Bank Holidays in season
1842 manor house of country squire, furnished, 11 period rooms; woodland centre; children’s play area; picnic area; special events; museum with artifacts relating to Pembrokeshire country life
For photos and more details see our article Scolton House and Country Park

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Tower
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Nercwys, one mile south of Mold, Flintshire
Tel. 01352 700 220
Open: afternoon; a few days in May and some days in August; check the website or phone for specific dates and times
Grade I listed building, also used as a B&B
Web: Tower

Tredegar House
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
2 miles south-west of Newport, Gwent
Off the M4
Tel. 01633 815 880
Open: Good Friday-end Sep, Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm; house tours start 11am and end 4pm; park open 9am-dusk
17th century house; historic home of Morgan family; future generations became impoverished; house passed into public ownership, now owned by Newport City Council; grounds are a public park; interior has carvings, wood panelling and gilding; state rooms; servant quarters; restaurant

Tretower Court
Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Tretower village, off the A479
Five miles northwest of Crickhowell
Tel. 01874 730279
Open: due to reopen 27 May, 2010; March,9am-4pm, Tue-Sun; April-end Sep, 10am-5pm; open BH Mondays
Cadw property; 15th century medieval mansion with fine timberwork and walled courtyard; restoration reflects life of the times; ruined castle with 13th century round keep and late medieval garden share the grounds

Trewern Hall
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Four miles from Welshpool, Powys
Off the A458
Tel. 01938 570243
Open: last week April, May, Mon-Fri, 2-5pm
Grade II listed building, considered an important timber framed house

Ty Mawr Wybrnant
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
Four miles southwest of Betws-y-Coed on minor road from Penmachno
Tel. 01690 760 213
Open: 3rd week March-end Sep, Thu-Sun, 12-5pm; Oct, 12-4pm, Thu-Sun
National Trust property; 16th century stone farm dwelling where Bishop William Morgan, first translator of Bible into Welsh, was born in 1545

Ty’N-y-Coed Uchaf
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
¾ mile walk from Penmachno
near the Woolen Mill on the B4406
Off the A5
Tel 01492 860 123
Open: April-end Sep Thu, Fri, and Sun, 12-5pm; Oct, Thu, Fri, and Sun, 12-4pm
National Trust property; traditional small holding with 19th century farmhouse and outbuildings intact; reached by 3/4 mile walk through meadows; car park

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Wern Isaf
North Wales Coast and Borderlands
Penmaen Park, Llanfairfechan, on the A55
Tel. 01248 680437
Open: March 11-4pm, daily
1900 Arts and Crafts house with original furniture and William Morris fabrics

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