There’s a real ‘buzz’ about Plas yn Rhiw

Have you ever visited Plas yn Rhiw on Llŷn? It’s a real gem with an ‘enchanted garden’ feel to it and awe inspiring views across Cardigan Bay. With its new tearoom, there’s really no excuse!

Two of the staff at the new tea room at Plas yn Rhiw © National Trust

Two of the staff at the new tea room at Plas yn Rhiw
© National Trust

The 17th century manor was left to us by the Keating sisters and the tearoom is now serving Battenberg cakes, the Keating’s favourite! In addition to the house and ornamental gardens there’s a network of footpaths with access to an orchard, mature woodlands and the Wales Coastal Path.

As well as a few new faces in the tearoom there are also new ‘workers’ in the garden and grounds, too. We are very pleased to welcome a local beekeeper and his hives to the Plas. Their contribution will be all-important in the pollination and fertility of the garden and orchard.

Plas yn Rhiw is also part of the ‘Ecoamgueddfa’ – the Llŷn eco museum, the first of its kind registered in Wales. The concept of a ‘museum without walls’ originates from Europe and is very popular in France & Italy.

Click here for more information about Plas yn Rhiw.

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Restoring a way of life on Llŷn

An inspirational heritage project is underway on the Llŷn peninsula which is reconnecting a community with their cultural inheritance and breathing new life into the area’s architectural traditions.

Nestling among lichen-encrusted granite boulders and surrounded by gnarled gorse bushes, stand two small traditional tyddyn, or ‘crog-loft’ cottages, overlooking the dramatic sweep of Porth Neigwl beach near Plas yn Rhiw on the south coast of Llŷn.

Members of the community gather with National Trust staff to celebrate the restoration of Fron Deg.  © Gareth Jenkins / National Trust

Members of the community gather with National Trust staff to celebrate the restoration of Fron Deg. © Gareth Jenkins / National Trust

Tan yr Ardd, and its twin Fron Deg have been standing empty and apparently unloved for over thirty years; their chimneys lacking the wisp of smoke that indicated the presence of a community. But all that’s set to change thanks to the Heritage Lottery-funded Llŷn Landscape Partnership.

Fron Deg has been restored using authentic building materials and methods and is due to be opened as a destination for educational visits. Nearby Tan yr Ardd will be reunited with its dozen acres of overgrown pasture and let as a smallholding. The lucky tenant will be expected to grow their own produce whilst being available to welcome visitors to Fron Deg.