Caerynwch provides and bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in the form of Caerynwch House and Torrent Walk Cottages. Torrent Walk Cottages are 3 self-catering holiday cottages near Dolgellau, Snowdonia, North Wales - ideal for families with pets, walking holidays and mountain biking. Caerynwch House & Gardens is one of North Wales’ most enigmatic stately homes. The estate, which is familiar to travellers as the imposing historic mansion visible through the trees bordering the A470 just south of Dolgellau has belonged to the same family since about 1650. The gardens, which were established in the 1800 and feature a collection of special rhododendrons brought back from China in the 1900’s by Mary Richards, a renowned botanist, are slowly being restored by her grandson Andrew Richards and his wife Hilary. Plas Hen - Family Holiday accommodation in North Wales - Sleeps up to 10. Comfortable manor house ideal for family celebrations with secure garden for pets and within easy reach of Dolgellau and the Torrent Walk. Ideal Artists and Writers Retreat. An historic 15th Century Welsh Manor House set in its own garden, Plas Hen has 4 double rooms (2 double bedded rooms and two twin bedded rooms) and 2 single rooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen with an Aga, dishwasher, dining room, sitting room and separate TV room, both with open log fires, bathroom with shower and an additional bathroom with shower and loo. Additional downstairs loo. A cot or folding bed can be supplied if required. Douvets with covers and pillows are provided but no linen (except by special arrangement - mainly for overseas visitors). Garden Cottage - Holiday Cottage near Dolgellau Snowdonia - Sleeps 2 to 5. Peaceful newly modernised cottage with stunning views of Cader Idris and a secure garden for pets, ideal for family holidays. The Cottage has beautiful views of Cader Idris and the Mawddach Estuary. Set in its own garden it has 3 bedrooms; 1 double bedroom, 1 3ft bunk bedroom and 1 single room. There is a sitting room with an open log fire and TV, a fully equipped kitchen (inc. microwave & dishwasher) with dining area. There is also a downstairs bathroom with shower & heating throughout. A cot or folding bed can be supplied if required. Blankets and pillows are provided but no linen (except by special arrangement - mainly for overseas visitors). Caerynwch Cottage - Self-catering holiday accommodation in North Wales - Sleeps 2 to 4. Comfortable bungalow with access to large garden, ideal for disabled and elderly visitors and also families with young children. This is an easily accessible bungalow, which is set in the garden of Caerynwch House. It has a large sitting room with dining area and log fire, and looks out onto a small private garden. There are 2 spacious bedrooms with one double and two single beds. There is also a small well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom. Private parking is close to the front door. All rooms on ground floor, no steps to encounter. A cot or folding bed can be supplied if required. Douvets with covers and pillows are provided but no linen (except by special arrangement - mainly for overseas visitors). Wi-Fi access in all 3 properties: we welcome walking groups and mountain bikers. Country Pub The Cross Foxes in walking distance from the house along peaceful river path. Experiment with local Welsh food and Aga cooking. Family pets welcome. Extensive garden and grounds and access to private river with lovely picnic area. Challenging Mountain biking and guided adaptive mountain biking for disabled riders available. Also Go-Ape activity in near-by Coed-y-Brenin forest & other locations, new trails up-graded recently, comfortable self-catering properties for exploring Southern Snowdonia with open log fires,explore the second highest mountain in Wales - Cader Idris, Local scenic Golf Course and White Water Rafting at Bala, short breaks offered in low and mid season, 15 minutes from Cambrian coast - beautiful beaches Private , lake and sea fishing fishing available nearby, Young Children welcome - ideal for family vacation with pets, beautiful walks and bike rides along The Mawddach Trail and in Coed-y-Brenin forest, Magnificent views of Cader Idris, Lake, sea and private river fishing, Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Arrivals and Departures: Booking Saturday to Saturday. Arrive after 3 pm and depart by 10.30 a.m. Pets: By arrangement only. Gardens: Caerynwch, one of North Wales’ most enigmatic stately homes, has magnificent 15 acre gardens. The estate, which is familiar to travellers as the imposing historic mansion visible through the trees bordering the A470 just south of Dolgellau, has gardens which were established in the 1800s and feature a collection of special rhododendrons brought back from China in the 1900’s by Mary Richards, a renowned botanist. The gardens are slowly being restored by her grandson Andrew Richards and his wife Hilary. There is a newly-discovered Victorian riverside walk to the site of the original tennis court on the banks of the river Clywedog which is currently undergoing major renovation.” Caerynwch has belonged to the same family since about 1650. Plas Hen (which is part of Torrent Walk Cottages) was the original Caerynwch (C15th) and then this much bigger Georgian house was built by Baron Richards in 1780 and the name was transferred to this house. Caerynwch translates as 'Ynwch's Camp' and is very ancient - going back to the brigands and the Red Men of Mawddwy- we think. The earliest confirmed records of the family at Caerynwch are for Robert Vaughan of Caerynwch who died in 1693. However, wooden panelling in the main hall of 'Old Caerynwch' which can be dated to around 1600 or before suggest a much earlier connection. Robert's daughter Grace inherited the estate and following her marriage to William Humphries the estate passed through 2 further Humphries generations until, on Robert Vaughan Humphries death, the estate went to his daughter Catherine. She was born in 1758 and in 1785 she married Richard Richards of Coed. He was the son of Thomas Richards who owned land just across the valley from Caerynwch. The house at Coed is still in the Richards family and is now lived in by my brother Henry Richards. Catherine and Richard married in St Mary's Church, Dolgellau by Richard's Uncle Rev William Parry warden of Ruthin School. There are various versions of events surrounding the marriage, one of which suggests that the couple eloped. However, given the account of the wedding and the reception at Caerynwch, this is unlikely - the details of the occasion are recorded by Elizabeth Baker a prominent local diarist. Richard proved to be a highly gifted young man being educated at Ruthin School and Oxford. He entered the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 1780. His career at Chnacery Bar prospered and from 1794 until he became a judge he was Solicitor General to the Queen. He twice served as a Member of Parliament for Heston in Cornwall in 1796 and again in 1807. On each occasion he gave up the seat shortly afterwards by applying for the Chiltern Hundreds. Richard was a great friend of Lord Chancellor Eldon hence Eldon Square in Dolgellau. He was knighted in 1814 and in 1817 was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer. For a short period during 1819 Richard was appointed acting Speaker of the House of Lords whilst Chancellor Eldon was ill. Back at Caerynwch Catherine produced 10 children and, finding the house at Caerynwch too small, the Richards built the present house in 1780. The name Caerynwch passed to the new house with the old house becoming known as Plas Hen or Old Hall. Plas Hen continues in family ownership complete with its flannelled hall and is a listed Grade II building of considerable architectural significance. The Richards family have continued to occupy Caerynwch with its surrounding farms and estate. Succeeding generations have followed careers in the legal profession. The Chief Baron's son another Richard became Accountant General of the Exchequer. The pattern was broken by the war years of 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945 with my Grandfather serving in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and my father in the Royal Navy. My family have been proud to serve their county and five generations have acted as High Sheriff of Meirionydd and more recently Gwynedd. Robert Vaughan Humphries was Sheriff of Meirionydd in 1760 and more recently I was High Sheriff of Gwynedd in 2006.
Andrew and Hilary Richards welcome outdoor enthusiasts and families to Caerynwch Estate. We enjoy sharing the beautiful peace and space of this lovely area of Southern Snowdonia with our guests. We hope visitors will enjoy the Torrent Walk, mountain biking in nearby Coed-y-Brenin, hiking up Cader Idris and the glorious beaches of the Cambrain coast.
This estate has belonged to the Richards family for 6 generations. The main house Caerynwch was built in 1780.
Our 3 properties are on private land with full access to our garden and grounds and a lovely river which children enjoy for family picnics.