Posted on: January 19, 2018
The Llyn Peninsula offers quintessentially Welsh views; from the shimmering turquoise waters to the lush rolling hills, there is something for everyone in this picturesque, unspoilt corner of Wales. The diverse landscape offers everything that you could want from your next holiday destination, including traditional seaports and farms, in addition to sparkling bays that are ideal for a family beach day.
Your surroundings when staying in one of our Llyn Peninsula holiday cottages aren’t the only thing that will captivate you. Known as Snowdon’s arm, the area is also rich in history, offering you a wealth of locations to check out when visiting the region. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a day out, you’ll be welcomed with a variety of different days out that are perfect for you and the family; the enchanting Plas yn Rhiw is no exception.
Plas yn Rhiw is a charming, National Trust-ran manor home in the Llyn Peninsula. Nestled in one acre of land, the 16th-century building, which was renovated by the Keating sisters during the 1930s offers you a fantastic day out. Get lost meandering around the maintained gardens which have been split into sections, each bordered with cherry laurel to protect the mixture of plants, trees and flowering shrubs from the cooling sea breeze.
It’s the proximity of the garden to the sea that has allowed the gardens to flourish as well as they have. Creating its own microclimate, you’ll be able to see a myriad of different flowers, some cultivated and some native to the area. As you make your way through the grounds, following the cobbled paths via signposts, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views out over the fantastic Welsh countryside.
Plas yn Rhiw is ideal for a day out with the family, with benches scattered around the gardens for you to take a moment to reflect. Depending on the time of the year, you will be able to enjoy looking at the various seasonal plants. If you return several times throughout the year, watch as the spring bluebells make way for the summer rhododendrons and magnolias.
Throughout the year, Plas yn Rhiw also has a host of plants that are available for purchase if you have been tempted to try your hand at gardening. On offer is a mixture of unusual varieties of plants, so what better time to start cultivating a garden of your own? These also make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one, however, if you’re looking for a more traditional option, the on-site shop offers a range of gifts. From prints which are perfect for framing to silk scarves, you’ll find a present for someone within the shop!
Although small, the Tudor manor is packed with charm and history. As you make your way through the house, you are greeted with the opportunity to enjoy some personal artefacts of the Keating sisters, whose renovation of Plas yn Rhiw finished in 1938. The quirky and quaint features make this a really special gem and one that you’ll be happy to return to should you visit the Llyn Peninsula again.
After walking through the grounds and taking a look at the manor, head towards the tea rooms where you can enjoy hot and cold beverages, accompanied with a large slice of Battenberg cake, a favourite of the Keating’s.
If you’re interested in spending more time in the gardens, then why not pack a picnic for you all to enjoy? The sweeping views over Cardigan Bay and the pleasant sounds of the crashing waves will mean that this is a picnic location that you’ll never forget, so grab a hamper and your family’s favourite sandwiches for a flexible and affordable alternative to the tea rooms!
With turquoise waters and rolling hills, the Llyn Peninsula is the perfect backdrop for your next family holiday and the beautiful grounds of Plas yn Rhiw provide a lovely day out for all the family.
Are you planning a trip to the Llyn Peninsula soon? If so, we believe that Plas yn Rhiw should definitely be on your list of places to visit. If you’ve been, we would love to hear what you thought of the National Trust property, so get in touch via our social media channels and let us know!