Every now and again for a special treat we head off into Gwynedd Wales where we stay in the most fantastic country house,Plas Mynach. Set in its own overgrown grounds the house is beautifully positioned high up overlooking the pretty sleepy seaside town of Barmouth.Originally built for the Lea & Perrin’s holiday home the house is an impressive rambling old girl. Built in the 1880s and was designed by Chester based architect John Douglas, the house was described as being the perfect country house and today it has Grade II*listing status.
According to the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales
‘Plas Mynach is an imposing country house, comprising a tower, main building and gatehouse wing extending to the east, enclosing a turning area. It was built in 1882 for the Perrins family of Lea and Perrins as a holiday home. It is approached via a long causeway from the north, which is flanked on the main road by former lodge buildings. The building is finished in the Arts and Crafts style, with, externally, a carved sundial on the south face. Internally the main reception hall is paneled, while the main ground floor rooms on the west side are augmented with stained glass windows and carved wooden fire surrounds.’
Just back from another successful break, it is the most magical house in which to spend the weekend,with its cavernous kitchen with its beautiful old aga and roaring fires and wood paneled walls I can’t think of a better way in which to start the Christmas holidays.The house is self catering but has everything you ever need to cook meals and the bedrooms are shabbily beautiful,my favourite being the Captains room with its hidden Narnia style bathroom.Perfect views of the sea with the coastlines dramatic skies together with the surrounding mountains you cannot fail to take amazing pictures. I can’t wait to go back for another adventure.
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