Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Class on the Llyn

I am often asked, "which is the best hotel in the Llyn region"? I always answer that Plas Bodegroes is clearly best for food and that the Porth Tocyn Hotel is best for views, but that Plas Dinas, near Caernarfon is top for atmosphere and historic links. The son of the house, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, was once married to Princess Margaret, and became the Earl of Snowdon.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge recently hosted a private party there.

The rear view shows that it is a jumble of buildings from different eras, the first being Jacobean / Elizabethan.
 It was much improved in the 19th Century, and is still owned by a member of the local Armstrong-Jones family. In contrast, it did feature in a recent episode of "Four in a Bed" on Channel Four.
 The original furnishing and paintings still adorn the public rooms. 
 The house has a great vantage point over the Foryd, and along the coast to Caernarfon.

The gardens are very attractive and the whole setting is very tranquil, as it is a good distance off the main road. The only intrusive sound is the hoot of the Welsh Highland Steam Train in the distance.
Andy and Julian currently run the house as a hotel.

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