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Plas yn Rhiw – Main House
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Image by ell brown
A visit to the National Trust property of Plas yn Rhiw. It’s not too far from Pwllheli in North Wales.

Couldn’t take any photos inside the house, so was only able to get photos outside in the garden and the building exteriors.

Plas yn Rhiw is an early 17th-century manor house in Y Rhiw, Gwynedd in northwestern Wales. The estate consists of a small house of Tudor/Georgian style, a garden of just under one acre in size, and many wooded acres. Located at the base of Mynydd Rhiw, the estate overlooks the beach of Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth), Cardigan Bay, and the Llyn Peninsula.

The history of the manor’s estate predates construction of the house to some 4000 years of the neolithic period. After the house’s construction in the early 17th century (an inscription of I.L. on a window lintel is dated 1634), the manor house witnessed many historical family saga, which finally ended in the 1940s when the three sisters donated it to the National Trust in memory of their parents, Constance and William Keating. Before that, they had refurbished the garden and restored the manor house to its old glory. The three sisters, who lived in the house until each of their deaths, are buried in a church yard near Porth Ysgo, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from their Plas yn Rhiw. Plas yn Rhiw is the only organic National Trust garden in Wales. The original garden was expanded by the trust to include 150 acres (61 ha) of surrounding woodland.

The walls, measuring a depth of 6.5 feet (2.0 m) in places, were constructed of large stones. A third storey was built as an extension to the old manor house built in the 17th century. A stair-wing was added to the rear. It was extended laterally, also. The front elevation, as well as the doors and windows were redesigned with a Georgian façade. Sixteen pane, sash windows, and an above ground floor verandah were added. There is a stone, spiral staircase. The house was restored by the Keating sisters in 1939, with advice from Clough Williams-Ellis, which included removal of the ca. 1816 Regency style stucco to reveal the original grey stone walls.

Located on the grounds, and adjoining the manor home, a two-storey former gardener’s cottage is available for rent. It has its own kitchen, sitting/dining room, fireplace, bedrooms, and a bathroom.

There are several Grade II listed buildings on the estate, such as the cartshed which was listed in 1971, including the manor house and the detached cottage. There is also a summerhouse and a tool shed. An old mill next to a stream was granted Royal permission to grind its own corn.

Grade II* Listed Building

Plas yn Rhiw

History

Medium sized country house rebuilt in 1820, refronting, raising and extending a C17 house, possibly of 1634. The C17 rebuilding was for John Lewis whose family claimed descent from Merfyn Frych, King of Powis, d 834 and had been at Rhiw since at least Tudor times. A Lewis heiress married William Williams owner in 1811 and his daughter married Lewis Moore Bennet, who rebuilt the house in 1820. Sold after the death of his grandson Captain William Lewis Williams in 1874, the estate then had 417 acres (168.9ha). Bought by the Roberts family but tenanted and then empty after 1922 until bought by the three Misses Keating in 1939 who restored it and gave it to the National Trust in 1947. In the opinion of the RCAHM the NE end with the 1634 date is probably a late C18 addition, but masonry breaks indicate at least 2 phases here. The 1820 date came from a dated sash weight. The rear stair wing is of 1820, the NW kitchen wing mid C19. The Keatings altered the house to emphasise the earlier origins, stripping off the front roughcast and much of the interior plaster.

Exterior

Country house, rubble stone, formerly roughcast with low-pitched slate deep-eaved roofs, bracketed on gable verges, and stone end stacks with stepped caps. Three-storey, T-plan with 3-window front of 16-pane sashes above 2 French windows and centre half-glazed door. Ground floor 6-bay veranda on thin iron columns and N end wrought iron gate. Slab lintels, slate sills, slate paving in veranda. Date ‘1634 I.L.’ carved over ground floor right window, possibly a C19 replacement for an earlier stone. S end wall has clear indication of C17 roof line and tall end stack, C17 slot stair-light first floor left, 12-pane horned sash to upper floor right, 16-pane horizontal-sliding casement to first floor right and 9-pane fixed light to ground floor left, replacing C17 slot. W rear wall has similar C17 slot window to right at mid-height and 9-pane window each floor left. Rear wing has S side 12-pane horizontal-sliding casement under eaves, first floor 16-pane sash and ground floor small window and 4-pane window. End gable has stone stack, 18-pane long stair light to left and 16-pane sash below. In NW angle mid C19 kitchen wing projecting slightly further with stone end stack and window each floor to right in W gable. N front has 2-window range of 16-pane sashes, the ground floor left sash replaced by door with overlight. N end of main house also has line of earlier roof and stack showing. 9-pane upper window, main floors with 12-pane sash left and door each floor right, with stone outside steps to upper door.

Interior

Ground floor stripped of plaster and panelling. To right of entry the remains of a Regency screen with pair of double-depth shallow elliptical plaster arches, but the timber columns and responds removed, the columns replaced with rustic posts. 3 crude Ionic capitals survive. Some original shutters. N end small fireplace stripped of fittings. S end C17 heavy chamfered beam and half-beam, timber lintel over big fireplace and recess to right for former spiral stair of which the bottom flight has been removed. Gothick door opposite front door, with glazed intersecting tracery and blank trefoils in spandrels. Rear wing has staircase in line with front door, the lower flight replaced in stone, mid C20. 6-panel early C19 doors to cellar and office to left. Kitchen to right, fireplace with stone lintel. Return flight of stairs is early C19 with stick balusters and scrolled tread ends. First floor S spiral stone stair in SW angle with narrow glazed loops, deep recess in SE angle with stone seat, chamfered C17 beams, one grooved for partition, and scribed joists. Blocked window on rear wall. 6-panel early C19 doors. Upper flights of stairs have reused Jacobean splat balusters as newels.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as a Regency house with substantial remains of the earlier C17, in fine terraced setting.

Image from page 348 of “Villas and cottages” (1874)
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Identifier: villascottages00vaux
Title: Villas and cottages
Year: 1874 (1870s)
Authors: Vaux, Calvert, 1824-1895
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic
Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute
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CIIAMliEE PLAN. ATTIC PLAN.

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BASEMENT PLAN. EOOF PLAN. 344 VILLAS AND COTTAGES. and connected with verandas and terraces, and alsowith a conservatory. In the chamber plan, two bed-rooms, with dressing-rooms, a bathroom, and two otherbedrooms, are grouped together, and separated fromthe rest of the accommodations on this floor; the lob-bies and passages, that would otherwise be dark, beinglighted from skylights above by wells marked L onattic plan. The third story contains four pleasantbedrooms and a bathroom, and six rooms (entirelyseparate from the main hall and guests apartments)are arranged for servants. The kitchen accommoda-tion is in the basement. The plan adopted for the carriage-house and stableis illustrated below.

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Beach Chalet mural
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Image by marymactavish
This is my favorite, or one of my favorites. If the Chalet were torn down, this would be one of those panels I’d buy and have installed somewhere at my house. It’s not hard to miss, on the sloping ceiling under the stairs, in the hallway to the bathroom.

Look at those faces. My guess, given the boats, the faces, and the time, is that these represent women of the Pacific Rim.

(You can see the positioning well here.)

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from Fodor’s
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