Plas Yn Rhiw House and Garden, Rhiw, North Wales

Acquired by the National Trust in the 1940s,  Plas yn Rhiw is an unassuming but truly charming 16th Century Manor House and Garden with tea rooms. Tucked away off the beaten track on the Llyn Peninsula, this house nestles in the hills above Hell’s Mouth beach and affords spectacular views across Cardigan Bay.

Plas Yn Rhiw House and Garden, North Wales

Plas yn Rhiw is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. The house itself was lovingly restored in the 1930s by its former inhabitants, the Keating sisters, and little about it has been changed since then. As you wander around its reportedly haunted rooms, you can almost feel yourself being transported back in time to a simpler and quieter era. The garden is undoubtedly a gardener’s garden and even those insensitive to the great goblets of magnolia will catch their breath at the view from the terrace.

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Visit The House That Rises From The Sea

The Keating sisters first fell under the spell of Plas yn Rhiw when they visited the Llyn Peninsula for their childhood summer holidays. In 1938, they purchased the Manor and commenced their loving restoration of the house and gardens after years of neglect, consulting Clough Williams Ellis, the eccentric creator of Portmeirion village, who believed that the house would indeed make a fine home.

Go For a Woodland Wander

Wander around the garden and you’ll spy a plethora of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, with beds framed by box hedges and mossy grass paths. There’s something to surprise you around every corner whatever the season, whether it’s the formal parterre with its spectacular sea view or its cottage-style vegetable garden, cobbled courtyards, mossy mountain spring water features or ancient woodland and wildflower meadows.

 

Plas yn R gardens

Have a Welsh Cream Tea

Plas yn Rhiw’s tea room is housed in a beautifully converted farm building. The decor inside pays homage to the traditional style of the house with dark oak Welsh settles and tables. On a sunny day, sit outside under parasols and drink in the views over Hell’s Mouth beach and Cardigan Bay.

Eat a Slice of Battenberg Cake

A particular speciality is the tea room’s homemade Battenberg cake which was reportedly a favourite of the Keating sisters. It was first baked in 1884 to celebrate Prince Louis of Battenberg’s marriage to Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. The sponge cake has distinctive yellow and pink squares (said to represent the four Battenberg princes), which are covered in a layer of jam and marzipan. In the north of England, it’s affectionately known as ‘Chapel Window’ cake.

 

Plas yn Rhiw cafe and tea room
 Welsh Wooden Spoons hanging in the cafe at Plas yn Rhiw

Tips

  • Plas yn Rhiw is closed during the winter months

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DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in North Wales

Dogs must be kept on a lead and are unfortunately only allowed in the woodlands beyond the car park. Why not take me for a walk at Cardigan Bay so I can have a good run around?

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND PLAS YN RHIW HOUSE & GARDENS

National Trust, Plas Yn Rhiw, Rhiw, Gwynedd, North Wales LL53 8AB

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