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Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst

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Gwydir Castle is situated in the Conwy valley, Wales, a mile to the west of the ancient market town of Llanrwst and 1.5mi to the south of the large village of Trefriw. An example of a fortified manor house dating back to c1500, it is located on the edge of the floodplain of the river Conwy, and overlooked from the west by the now-forested slopes of Gwydir Forest.HistoryThere has been a fortification of some sort on the site since AD 600, and in the Middle Ages a large number of skirmishes were fought in this area between the various rival Welsh princes and their forces, the most significant being in 610 and 954.By the 14th century some form of manorial house had evolved, and the first recorded owner was Howell ap Coetmor, who fought in the Hundred Years' War and was a commander of longbowmen under Edward, the Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.Gwydir became the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family, descended from the Kings of Gwynedd, and one of the most significant families of north Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods.
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  • Just off the beaten track enough to miss the crowds ... incredible restoration with family living inplace. Wandered the grounds and building for hours and felt there was so much more yet to see ... Th...  more »
  • I loved this place! Having read Judy's book, Castles in the Air we came with an open mind and an understanding that where we were staying was a medieval house clutched back from dereliction and loving...  more »
  • A lovely warm welcome from Judy. She made us a cup of tea which was a lovely touch. Our room was quirky and very of the period. Very clean and stylish, basic and comfortable. Different and fun. No tv ...  more »
  • Visited for a afternoon with my grandchildren aged 14and 11 we had a lovley time exploring this jewel of a place rescued by the efforts of owners from being lost to us forever. We look forward to coming again
  • The History just incredible. ..
  • even though Google as the castle on the wrong side of the road, they have the chapel.. a fantastic place to visit if you like going to these places. i was 6 years old some 59 years ago on my first visit , full of wonderful things Armour, swords .guns and Peacocks in the grounds , then i rediscovered it again in the mid 90s, and it had been used for music raves the people who bought it were going to restore it and just found most of the stuff that had been sold to America and was just about to buy it back from America. anyway left with a sadness after the visit . of what i had seen and what was their then ...but i called again with some friends some 20 years later 2013 they have done a fantastic job with the house and gardens and now have 15 Peacocks in the gardens. well worth a visit ,,still on going work to be done but what a transformation well done to all involved , will call again when near to see how its going on ,hope one day to see it back to how i remember it nearly 60 years ago WELL WORTH A VISIT FANTASTIC
  • Felt very privileged that the owners would allow us to stay in their labour of love and take care of us with such pride. Room was tremendously comfortable and breakfast was delicious. A truly memorable stay!
  • Very good service