Medieval Hall in Wales to be preserved, turned into holiday home

A medieval hall house is set to become a holiday rental home, after funding was provided to restore the property. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Cadw, the Welsh government agency in charge of preserving the heritage of Wales, jointly announced equal grants of £335,000 that will allow the Landmark Trust to proceed in securing Llwyn Celyn, a grade I listed, single aisled medieval hall house, considered the most significant inhabited building ‘at risk’ in Wales.

Located in the Llanthony Valley, within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llwyn Celyn is a rare survival thought to date from around 1480. It serves as a textbook example of the development of the British manor house, representing all key developments in British domestic architecture between the 15th and 18th centuries within its walls. These grants from NHMF and Cadw will now enable the Landmark Trust to continue its negotiations to acquire, restore and preserve Llwyn Celyn, its farmstead and surrounding land for future generations to enjoy.

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the NHMF, said, “This is fantastic news. Llwyn Celyn is exactly the kind of rare heritage treasure the National Heritage Memorial Fund was set up to save when it was founded 30 years ago. It offers an amazing insight into the way our homes – great and small – have developed over the centuries. This grant will enable the Landmark Trust to progress its plans to ensure this wonderful building has a sustainable future.”

Once purchased, the Landmark Trust will begin fundraising to enable restoration. When complete, the house will be made financially sustainable by being available for rent as holiday accommodation. Peter Pearce, Director of the Landmark Trust, commented, “We are absolutely delighted. These grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Cadw are crucial in enabling us to safeguard this outstanding piece of Welsh and British heritage – without it, there is a real chance this rare building will be lost forever. The importance of Llwyn Celyn in helping us understand the development of high status Welsh houses more fully cannot be understated.”

The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity founded in 1965 to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and their surroundings from dereliction. Once restored, Landmark gives them new life by letting them as places to experience for holidays. Landmark promotes enjoyment of historic buildings by enabling as many people as possible to experience living in them for a short time, while also preserving their place in the landscape for all. The letting income generated from holiday bookings then pays for the future maintenance of the buildings. As a charity, Landmark relies on fundraising to carry out its restoration projects.

Today, the Landmark Trust has more than 200 buildings in its care of which 190 are available for holidays in Britain, France and Italy. For example, the Bath House in the Welsh city Caernarfon is one of the original towers of its medieval wall. It is now available as a rental property and can sleep five people. Click here for more information about the Landmark Trust.

Source: National Heritage Memorial Fund

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