Brynkinalt, Chirk, Wrexham
Brynkinalt has been home to the Trevor Family since it was built in 1612 by Sir Edward Trevor and generations of Trevors and their families have worked hard since to maintain the beautiful Grade II* house, located on the Wales/Shropshire border. The Trevors are direct descendants of a union which took place in 942 between Tudor Trevor, King of Gloucester, and Angharad, daughter of Howel Dda, King of Wales. The family are also descendants of Llewellyn the Great, Prince of Wales (1194-1240), and the Kings of Ireland, and the present Prince of Wales inherits his most recent Welsh and Irish blood through the Trevor Family. The family includes several renowned characters including Sir John Trevor who was one of the few Welsh Speakers in the history of the House of Commons to date. The Duke of Wellington’s mother was also a Trevor and the Duke used to visit his grandmother here and accompanied her to nearby Llangollen to see the now infamous Ladies of Llangollen.
The impressive great hall, which was once an open courtyard, was enclosed and extensive wings and a conservatory added in the early 1800s by Charlotte, Viscountess Dungannon who also added a range of gothic features and follies including various gate lodges and a double-walled kitchen garden (now sadly derelict but plans are underway to restore it) with an unusual tunnelled entrance. Some of the features of her design are recorded in a historic book of drawings, plans and sketches giving a fascinating glimpse of the thoughts and ideas that led to her final designs. The original Jacobean oak-panelled hall still remains, giving a glimpse of the original house.
Recent projects include restoring the west garden with its formal beds and large herbaceous borders and the ornamental shrubbery with mature redwoods and a variety of new and old rhododendrons. Although still remaining a family home, the house and setting is now used for a wide range of business activities, bringing new life to historic buildings, restoring landscapes and hopefully ensuring that the estate retains a viable place in the nation’s heritage and local community long into the future.
Tour of formal ground floor rooms plus several bedrooms and talk through the family history by a member of the Trevor family. Visitors welcome to explore the west garden and ornamental woodland shrubbery on their own before or after the tour.
December tour includes house decorated for Christmas (family-style).
This was the second time I have visited your home and it was a real pleasure. All our little group were very impressed with your knowledge and really enjoyed seeing so many of your treasures.
Please note – do not use the postcode with sat nav systems as this will take you down tiny lanes to the rear of the estate.
From the main street through the middle of Chirk Village, turn into Trevor Road which is located down the side of the large church. Continue past houses on the right hand side, until you reach a left hand bend. On this bend, turn right through the main black and gold estate gates. This is the Gate Lodge and the main entrance to Brynkinalt. Travel for three quarters of a mile, passing over a small stone bridge and then a larger bridge over the by-pass. You will reach a fork in the drive where you will see a signpost directing left to the Business Centre. Do not take this left but carry straight on and follow the drive to the front of the house.
Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits/cake. December tour includes coffee and mince pies on arrival.
No dogs except guide dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Ground floor only within house. Gravel & grass paths in west garden, rougher grass paths and some slopes in shrubbery.