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A grand seaside

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of France

Plas Rhianfa, on the Isle of Anglesey, sits in a commanding position on the shores of the Menai Strait with panoramic views across the water towards the Welsh mainland and the towering peaks of Snowdonia. It was built in 1849 for Sir John Hay Williams, a descendent of Sir William Williams who created the much larger Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire. Together with his wife, Lady Sarah Hay Williams, he spent 10 years creating a magnificently lavish mansion surrounded by enchanting gardens. The house, four acres of grounds and the private quayside have been extensively refurbished to restore this romantic home and estate to its former glory. Recalling an earlier age when the British Empire was at its giddiest heights and the gentry lived a life of privileged ease, Plas Rhianfa now provides a wonderful setting for entertaining on a grand scale and events that are truly out of the ordinary.


romantic masterpiece straight out of your


Modelled on the Renaissance chateau of Chenonceau – Plas Rhianfa, with its circular turrets, balconies, mullioned, sash and Gothic bay windows, is a charming reincarnation of its big sister in the Loire Valley, France. The interior is still much as it would have been in its Victorian heyday with a wonderful wood-panelled sitting room, elegant dining room, drawing room and music room, with glorious coffered painted ceilings, solid oak floors, huge antique doors, stained glass windows and carved stone fire places. The recent refurbishment has created four different bars, including a vaulted wine bar and tasting room. There’s also a sauna, hot tub and adjacent gymnasium, games room, games bar, sun lounge and reading room. Guests can relax in the splendid gardens amidst a beautiful profusion of mature trees and a series of terraced lawns lead down to the private jetty and beach allowing you to make a grand entrance or departure by boat or helicopter.


A great night’s


after a hard day of



The upper floors of the chateau have been sympathetically refurbished to create 16 supremely comfortable bedrooms with all the modern comforts you could wish for, including three spacious Principal Suites with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy. Each bedroom has its own slate-finished en-suite bathroom, some with ‘his and her’ sinks and roll top baths and every room enjoys its own distinct character, ranging from high Victorian to unashamedly contemporary – a four poster bed in one, a circular bed in another. The main house sleeps 32 but luxurious self-catering accommodation is also provided in the Coach House, which sleeps six, and Gate House which accommodates another four guests.


splendid banquets to informal barbecues From

The dining arrangements at Plas Rhianfa are eminently flexible – enjoy a quiet family supper, or invite dozens of the great and the good to a grand formal banquet. Whether you are organising a major celebration such as a wedding or birthday party, or staging a corporate event such as a conference or a presentation, the 42ft long Banqueting Hall, with its panelled walls, polished wooden floors, tall windows and breath taking views, is perfect – it will comfortably accommodate 120 guests for drinks and up to 80 seated for dinner. Other dining and entertaining options include the Grand Hall, The Dining Room, The Drawing Room, The Music Room, Private Dining Room,and Garden Room. Each has its own distinct character and style so whatever the kind of event you have in mind there’s a setting that will prove perfect. The extensive grounds also offer a number of delightful possibilities for al fresco dining and entertaining, from a barbecue on your own private beach to a picnic on one of the terraces.


The pleasurable

possibilities are endless

The waterside setting, ample accommodation and extensive gardens make this the perfect playground for those with plenty of energy and a love of the great outdoors. With the waves at the bottom of the garden Plas Rhianfa is obviously ideal for those who enjoy the water. As well as sailing and kayaking, guests can embark on a number of exhilarating rib-riding adventures. These include a trip to see the seals and seabirds on Puffin and Llanddwyn Islands, excursions to historic Conwy and picturesque Beaumaris, plus an amazing 80 mile voyage around Anglesey itself. Plas Rhianfa also makes a great base for cycling and walking expeditions – explore the rugged coastline or the magnificent landscapes of Snowdonia. The Island of Anglesey boasts a number of golf courses and there are many beautiful beaches within easy reach. For those who can’t bear to leave this enchanting house, there’s the spa, sauna, gym, hot tub, plus a tennis court, games room and wine cave.


There’s Something for Everyone At Our Amazing Retreats: Whisky Tasting • Golf • Shooting • RIB rides • Hiking • Kayaking • Falconry • Cycling • Spa Treatments • Archery • Stalking • Fishing • Horse Riding • Climbing and Abseiling • Quad Riding Ackergill Tower, Wick

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Clarenco’s collection of amazing retreats spans the entire country from our castles in Scotland down to Victorian sea forts in the Solent off Portsmouth. Each of our properties provides a personal escape from the everyday into a captivating world of history and luxury, indulgence and adventure. Our aim is to find unique and unusual properties and to refurbish these properties to a luxurious standard, and ultimately offering beautiful venues of distinction. We have a commitment to heritage, preservation, restoration and most importantly, consideration. Our ethos is to use and enhance whatever is already available as much as possible, preferring always to restore rather than renew. This gives us the opportunity to play an important part in safeguarding this country’s historical legacy. Clarenco is a privately owned company giving us full control over our portfolio ensuring that the highest standards of finish and levels of service are maintained to make your stay with us your most memorable ever.


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How to Find Us Plas Rhianfa, Glyngarth, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL59 5NS • 01248 713 656 • •

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By Road The estate is 4 miles off the A55 from the mainland and easy to reach from the motorway network. 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 is on the right.

By Air or Sea There are helicopter landing facilities. We can also pick you up from the mainland in a boat or rib and take you to the private quay below the house. Helicopter Landing Coordinates: N53:14:17 W4:08:38

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