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Gregynog Hall, Newtown

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Gregynog is a large country mansion in the village of Tregynon, 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Newtown in the old county of Montgomeryshire, now Powys in mid Wales. There has been a settlement on the site since the twelfth century. From the fifteenth to the nineteenth century it was the home of the Blayney and Hanbury-Tracy families. In 1960 it was transferred to the University of Wales as a conference and study centre by Margaret Davies, granddaughter of the nineteenth century industrial magnate and philanthropist, David Davies 'Top Sawyer' of Llandinam.The original mansion was rebuilt in the 1840s by Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley. Its concrete cladding, designed to replicate the black-and-white timber-framed architecture of Montgomeryshire farmhouses, is among the earliest examples of concrete use in building in the modern era. The Sudeleys were also pioneers of the use of concrete in the building of new cottages and farmhouses on the Gregynog estate, and many Cadw-listed examples can still be seen in Tregynon and the surrounding countryside. At its largest, the Gregynog estate was over 18,000 acres (73 km²) in extent, but the estate was broken up in 1913, leaving the mansion with 750 acres (3 km²) of farms, woodlands and formal gardens. The sunken garden and arboretum are of particular note.
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  • After a walk around the beautiful grounds with the spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas, we arrived at the courtyard cafe for lunch. We were delighted with the imaginative menu listing many local foo...  more »
  • The cake was dry and had very little taste and all this for far too much money . I will never order cake here again  more »
  • We live quite close to Gregynog so often have a walk through the grounds. It is a beautiful tranquil place to visit and the walks are nice but not taxing. You can apply for membership which gives you ...  more »
  • Came here for a maths conference - wonderful building and really pretty on a nice day. Loved exploring all the hidden passageways - don't miss the pianos in the library and lounges. Great food too!
  • A beautiful house in the Welsh countryside, with a good bar. Accommodation is barebones but serviceable. For a conference or meeting this is ideal.
  • This was a really nice place to stay. The room was very clean and tidy (good maid service). Although we were only there for two days we were made so welcome by all the staff who made our stay enjoyable. Breakfast was very good with numerous choices to suit most people. An evening meal was really good even though the menu was small it was cooked and presented wonderfully. We had a few drinks from the bar and had a wander through the various rooms (library, music room, and various other rooms with beautiful wood paneling) a true delight. The grounds offer gardens and walks in beautiful scenery. We fell in love with Gregynog Hall and will visit again. Thanks to all the staff who helped us do that.
  • Beautiful place to visit, stunning hall and gardens. Really enjoyed walking the grounds, will definitely be visiting again. The best jam and cream scones I've ever tasted.
  • Really nice accommodation. Like living in the 19th century. Food is pretty good too. The gardens are lovely and a great place to go for a jog.