Glyngarth, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), LL59 5NS
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Glyngarth, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), LL59 5NS
Chateau Rhianfa Hotel is an enchanting Grade II* listed Victorian home, modelled on the 16th-century French Renaissance château of Chenonceau, that stands amidst spectacular gardens on the Island of Anglesey with commanding views over the Menai Strait and towering peaks of Snowdonia. Close to the picture-postcard village of Beaumaris and just 12 miles from Snowdonia Park.
A private home until 1955, the Chateau Rhianfa estate has undergone an extensive revamp in recent months, to both the house itself and surrounding grounds that comprise four acres and quayside. The Grand Hall, wood-panelled sitting rooms, Music Room, Drawing Room and Dining Room have all been carefully refurbished complete with Lady Sarah Hay-Williams' meticulously renovated painted ceilings.
The opulent 42-foot Banqueting Hall at Chateau Rhianfa is a superb setting for lavish events with wooden flooring, panelled walls and breathtaking views of the Menai Strait that are sure to impress. Elsewhere, wine cellars and tasting rooms, vaulted spa rooms, a games room and lounge bar, as well as a private beach and tennis court are all available. Winner of ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2015? by the Welsh Food Awards and AA Rosette restaurant award.
The whole house has the feel of a regal hideaway making it an ideal location for weddings, business conferences, events, or your next product launch.
There are also a number of cottages in the grounds, luxuriously furnished and available for hire on a self-catering basis.
Chateau Rhianfa also has a Wedding Venue:
Chateau Rhianfa is part of the following Inspirations:
"Anyone familiar with the plots of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Downton Abbey will know the difficulties that used to face English gentlemen whose wives had only presented them with daughters. Jane Austen’s Mr Bennet has no son and so on his death the family home must pass to his nearest male relative, Mr Collins. This will leave his wife and daughters “cast out” (as Mrs Bennet puts it) unless one of them can be married off to the obsequious clergyman. Property that is “entailed” also worries Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion, and Lord Grantham in Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey.
A similar dilemma explains the presence of Château Rhianfa on the Welsh island of Anglesey. The builder was Sir John Hay Williams (1794 – 1859) who was High Sheriff of Anglesey and the owner of Bodelwyddan Castle on the mainland. Sir John had inherited this, the family home from his father. In 1842 he married Lady Sarah Amherst, the daughter of the Earl Amherst, and the couple had two daughters but no son. In his mid-fifties and looking towards the end of his life, Sir John knew that his younger brother Sir Hugh Williams would end up inheriting the family seat. In 1849 he began building a dower house for his wife where she and her daughters could live after leaving Bodelwyddan Castle.
Lady Sarah was responsible for the design of her new home, which was built down a steep slope leading to wide gardens overlooking the Menai Strait. Her design was influenced by the châteaux of the Loire valley where she and Sir John had often travelled. This is why when you look across the strait from Bangor University a sixteenth century French castle full of turrets suddenly rises up on the coast of Anglesey.
The Welsh name Rhianfa meaning the “place of the ladies” was given to the château by a local clergyman and, as a guest today, it is very interesting to explore this more feminine kind of Victorian architecture. There is no billiard room or great hall at Rhianfa but rather a series of four large rooms that can be opened up to create a big space for parties or closed off to create a series of drawing rooms and music rooms. Two of the turrets on the piano nobile are accessed from balconies and have comfy seats where one can sit and read a book on a warm day. And another turret contains an ensuite bathroom. Still today Chateau Rhanifa is a relaxed and pleasant living space.
In 1955 Sir John’s granddaughter gave to house to her grandson as a wedding present. As he lived in London, he sold it on in 1957 and it became a hotel in 2012. Although the grounds have mostly been parcelled off and sold now, there are still lawns running down to the Menai Strait and even steps for sea-bathing. Here’s a hotel in which to live like a Lady rather than a Lord.
"Chateau Rhianfa rises up as dramatically as any castle above the Menai
Strait. Before it was reconceived in the French style, the chateau was known as Plas Rhianfa which means "place" or bower "of the lady" in Welsh. Sir John Williams, Baronet of Bodelwyddan and former High Sherriff of Anglesey wanted to leave his young wife the house of her dreams when he died and so he gave the design of it over to her.
Lady Sarah had made sketches of the sixteenth-century Château de Chenonceau on the couple’s European travels and she brought these to the architect Charles Read for incorporation into their design. Not surprisingly the chateau which was completed in 1851 would not look out of place in the Loire Valley. The house remained in the possession of the Williams family until 1957 when it was sold and converted into a number of apartments. Most of the land surrounding the house was sold off too, leaving just three acres attached to the estate. When the Chateau was turned into a hotel, bedrooms were created that made the most of its spectacular views over the strait that divides Anglesey from the Welsh mainland. Today some bedrooms even have baths in their windows so you can soak up the view and the soap suds at the same time. Guests can also stay one of three self-catering lodges in the hotel grounds.
The hotel offers a number of activities including wine-tasting in the charmingly vaulted cellars, falconry lessons and speedboat hire for an exploration of the Menai Strait. Or you can just enjoy the tranquil home that Lady Sarah created for her impending widowhood."
"If your 2018 doesn’t have enough magic in it yet, you need to pop off to Chateau Rhianfa – a real life fairytale castle overlooking the stunning scenery of Snowdonia. Modelled around the French Renaissance Chateau Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, this confection of architectural loveliness is glamour all the way – it’s even got its own beach. The chateau was built in 1849 by the Baronet of Bodelwyddan as a gift for his wife Lady Sarah (Rhianfa means lady’s abode) and, impressed by the architecture in the Loire while visiting, she embellished it to its present gloriously crazy state."
"Wavestock: Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival combines a free-to-watch wakeboard competition during the day and music from acts including Example, Rudimental and Bastille come night time. As campsites go, the view over Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia Mountain Range may tempt you. But so to, would a couple nights at the luxurious Plas Rhianfa Hotel – with its own private beach on the Menai Strait."
"One for water babes, this Loire Valley style chateau has fantastic views over the Menai Strait, with glorious gardens leading directly down to its private beach. If you want to get out on the water a variety of exhilarating RIB tours are available direct from the shoreline, from one-hour tours of Puffin Island, to a full day out along the Anglesey coast. The Chateau has 21 bedrooms to choose from, but for longer stays opt for either the Coach or Gate Houses. Situated just moments from the Chateau, they offer luxury self-catering accommodation for four to six guests."
"Fancy strolling out of your bedroom, down the stairs and through the pretty parterre garden directly in front of the Menai Straits? Or just sitting in a roll-top bath in your bedroom and watching nightfall over the snow-capped mountains in front of you? The chaps at Plas Rhianfa have optimised their spectacular view over the water, creating luxurious bedrooms decorated with flair (try and get the one with the 7ft round bed and lavish raised dressing room) and a pretty self-contained cottage with its own living room, dining room and picture windows overlooking the Menai Strait. In the four acre gardens, don’t miss the historic Pavilion and Tea Room."
"Plas Rhianfa means Lady’s Bower. It was built in 1851 by Sir John Hay Williams of Bodelwyddan in Clwyd. The baronet wanted to leave his wife a Loire Valley style chateau for her widowhood. Lady Sarah had made sketches of the sixteenth-century Château de Chenonceau on the couple’s European travels and she worked with the architect Charles Read to create Plas Rhianfa with its Mediterranean-style gardens."
"Plas Rhainfa is romance personified. Modelled on a Loire Valley Chateau this Victorian villa has its own private beach leading down to the Menai Straits, a private quayside and picturesque views of Snowdonia . Set in its own 4 acres of gardens the hotel’s décor lovingly reflects the Victorian era with a breathtakingly beautiful banqueting hall to make your reception one to remember."
Information on Chateau Rhianfa hotel , Glyngarth , Beaumaris
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 22 bedrooms and suites, including luxurious self catering accommodation
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Visa
When Closed: 5th to 18th January 2015
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome (children over 12 considered adults)
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: sea views, Honeymoon suites, private beach, private dining
Smoking Permitted: Yes (permitted outside only)
Wheelchair Access: No
Wheelchair Access Details: Château Rhianfa is a listed buiding
Accreditation: Visit Wales 4 Stars, Chateau Rhianfa 2014 Venue Winners for North Wales, Winner of ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2015? by the Welsh Food Awards and AA Rosette restaurant award.
Alarm clock, Satellite TV, Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, Luxury toiletries, turreted showers
4 acres of terraced gardens, Health & Beauty Treatments available on request, Hot Tub, Chateau Rhianfa 2014 Venue Winners for North Wales, Banqueting Hall, Grand Hall, wine cellar and tasting rooms, Games room, multiple bars, TV rooms, Civil Wedding Licence, Wedding receptions, Conference Facilities 8 function rooms, Meetings and conferences, Heli-pad, Private jetty
Snooker table, Games room, pool, Wii, Cocktail Making, Wine Tasting, Afternoon Tea, Wine Cave
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Tennis court, Coasteering, Bounce Below, Jet Ski, Falconry, Rock Climbing / Abseiling, Rib Rides, Fire Pit Experience, Zip Wire, Rafting,Canoeing,Kayaking, Snowdonia Trip, Croquet, Private beach, Cycling (bikes not provided), mountain biking, Extensive grounds for walks
Golf, Sailing, Snowdonia National Park, RIB rides
|Local directions:||Directions from the A55: Leave the A55 at junction 8A and at the T-junction turn right onto the A5, Continue down the hill passing straight over at the roundabout and into the centre of Menai Bridge. Turn left onto the High Street which becomes Ffordd Cadnant. Drive for just under 1½ miles where Plas Rhianfa will be seen on the right hand side.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Bangor (3 miles)
Manchester (95 miles) , Liverpool (85 miles)
Review of Chateau Rhianfa
Posted Carol MCustomer stayed Aug 2012by
Outstanding new hotel. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds near the banks of the Menia Straits.
Hotel is quirky and beatuful with period furniture that matches the age of the hotel.
Our welcome from staff was warm and generous, they introduced us to all the facilities at the hotel and then took us to our standard room.
Standard it was not it was simply lush and I felt we had won the jackpot. The food was also of a very high standard and served in a wonderful dining room with views across the straits to die for.
I would reccommend this hotel it was simply stunning!
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