Monday, 2 September 2013

Historic Houses along the Dee

One aspect of the Corwen Walking Festival was to introduce us to some of the historic houses in the area which are never open to the public. The ones we visited were all on the hillside overlooking Corwen and have from time to time been part of the Rhug estate. Most of them were occupied by the family of Baron Cymer, who was an illegitimate son of the last king of Powys. 

The Georgian front to the mediaeval house Hafod y Calch. This means "Summer House of the Limestone Quarry." The quarry is nearby

Side view of Hafod y Calch

Plas Gwerchlas. The original house was built in the mediaeval period, but was rebuilt in 1768. 

Plas Uchaf. This has been heavily restored by the Landmark Trust, and can be hired as a self-catering house.

Interior shot of the roof of Plas Uchaf.
The low doorway into Plas Uchaf, which was originally a longhouse, very few of which survive.

This was the state that Plas Uchaf was in before its restoration. Note the stylish tin roof!

Plas Isaf. The original foundation of the building dates back to the 13th Century. This structure was built in 1805, and has now been converted into a wedding venue.

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