These opening lines of John
Betjeman’s A Bay in Anglesey capture perfectly the unique
character of this island’s bays and coves. For centuries
the Isle of Anglesey has been known for its endless stretches
of sandy beaches and has attracted visitors from both Britain
and abroad. Adjoining one of these picturesque bays on the
north-western coast of the island this fine Grade II* estate
which has been in the same family since the 17th Century.
The manor is a handsome Georgian house, occupying a sheltered
spot overlooking a lake. Although full of antiques and fine
family portraits – as is befitting of a house of this
calibre – this is first and foremost a much-loved family
home, its warm and welcoming air immediately putting visitors
at their ease. The real joy, though, is its impressive grounds
– from the splendid walled kitchen garden to the wild
marsh and woodland walks which lead down to the beach. It
is all quite magical.
Anglesey & North Wales hold many pleasures for guests.
For children, there are numerous castles to explore, such
as the exceptional Caernarfon and Harlech Castles. There are
5 golf courses on the island, and there are riding stables
just 15 minutes away. The whole family can enjoy the outstanding
beauty of Snowdonia National Park. Also, within driving distance,
is the Italianate fantasy town of Portmeirion, as well as
the extraordinary Gothic Revival home of the ‘Ladies
of Llangollen’, Plas Newydd. Finally, one of the great
advantages of being in Anglesey is its proximity to Dublin,
with fast ferries (90 mins) running up to 6 times each day
during the summer.