Brithdir Hall, Welshpool, Wales
Substantial 16th century timber framed hall house with large 17th century porch all encased in Regency remodeling of circa 1815. Current owner’s family have lived here since 1906. Filled with interesting family memorabilia. Estate tour includes early 19th century flannel mill, corn mill of 14th century origins and a recently created Gothic ‘ferme ornée’.
Believed to be on the site of a grange of the local Cistercian abbey Strata Marcella, the very pretty stuccoed house nestles between its flanking brick stable and laundry pavilions with far reaching views over the Severn valley. The grounds include rhododendrons part of the documented regency planting, a fine avenue of yew trees partly cut down to build the house, a 1950’s woodland hillside garden topped by a pair of carved stone memorial urns designed by William Kent and a recent terrace supported by cyclopean stone blocks. The tour is guided by the owner who has spent 30 years restoring the estate and is now turning his hand to the main house- so this is very much work in progress.
Having worked in a major auction house and been on the National Trust Committee for Wales the owner has much of interest to say not only about the architecture and contents but also his fascinating ancestors.
Tours will include the ground and part of the first floor of the house, the outbuildings, gardens and exterior of the two estate mills and if time the exterior of the ‘ferme ornée’ on the hill opposite.
A really interesting visit to this property – fascinating! Jeremy Rye was an entertaining and knowledgeable host and the afternoon was a delight.
From Welshpool take the A483 for 4miles south in the direction of Newtown. Turn right into Brithdir Lane immediately after the ‘Horseshoes ‘public house. Go 700 yards up Brithdir Lane and drive entrance is between stone gate piers on the right hand side and clearly marked.
Tea/coffee and biscuits and cake.
No photography in the house. Dogs on lead on estate only and not in garden. All well behaved and properly supervised children welcome.
Large cloakroom with plenty of room for wheel chairs.