A building existed here many, many centuries ago and the old road passing near the Castle existed in ancient times as a drovers trail through Llanberis Pass and beyond even as far as England. It is an ancient landscape.Group at Bryn Bras Castle, 1925 including HRH Edward Prince of Wales, Mr David Lloyd George, Dame Margaret & Lady Megan Lloyd George
The Castle was built in the Neo-Romanesque style on an earlier structure between 1829 and 1835 for Thomas Williams (1795-1874) a cultured Welsh speaking attorney at law, and his wife Lauretta Maria (nee Panton). The design is attributed to the architect Thomas Hopper (1766-1856) who was building Penrhyn Castle, Bangor at the same time. Its style reflects the romantic historicist ideas current at that time.
The additions that have taken place over the centuries have made Bryn Bras Castle into a charmingly rambling and distinctive building; but the general style of the Norman Revival is very much in evidence with its round arched opening, its chevron, billet and cable decoration. A great many embellishments were added in the earlier part of the twentieth century, when much of the stained glass and wooden paneling was fitted.
The architecture of towers and turrets and battlements creates an inspiring and distinctive environment, but this Castle was built for peace, not war - it is a Castle created for the pleasure of living in a stately environment. The story of the people of Bryn Bras span a period of centuries; a tale of life, ambition and wealth; of change, success, and strife. Bryn Bras Castle now stands as a noble and living epitaph to all those people whose efforts and aspirations made its existence possible.
Many distinguished guests, such as Edward Prince of Wales later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor, and the Prime Minister of the time David Lloyd George, have stayed here, particularly when it was the home of the millionaire Duncan Elliot Alves (1870-1947). The Castle has been used for television films, documentaries and features plus being mentioned in numerous articles in newspapers, magazines and books.
Today, the building and the extensive gardens of Bryn Bras Castle – one of Wales’ great Regency Castles – have an enchanting comfortable and gracious atmosphere. The Castle is officially Listed by CADW as a ‘Building of Special Architectural and Historic Interest – Grade II*’ making it one of the top 9% of Listed Buildings in Wales. The letting of the exclusive Apartments assists in the preservation and conservation of this Historic House and Garden - a part of Wales’ great, and fragile, heritage. In the face of relentless modern development we are, all of us, only trustees for those that come after us, and together we really can save the past for the future.
The historic nature of Bryn Bras Castle with its distinctive structure and style, and the natural beauty of the Snowdonian grounds create a special environment for the holiday Apartment cottage suites within the Castle. Thought and care have been taken in providing plenty of space with modern comforts and conveniences, yet, at the same time respecting the integrity, elegance and style of this important Grade II* Listed Building. The collections of antiques throughout the Apartments create an individual atmosphere in each one and make them genuinely special. The decoration is in keeping with the Castle’s character with rich wallpapers and fabrics enhancing the furniture and furnishings. The somewhat empty minimalist harshness of modern conversions does not suit Bryn Bras.
We have been letting the apartments since 1965. We are pleased to welcome guests who will respect the integrity of our property and we value your support and wish you all the most enjoyable holiday in our home.
We are grateful to guests for staying at Bryn Bras Castle and for contributing towards the important task of maintaining an Historic Building and Gardens which form such an important part of our National Heritage.
Lovely time spent in an historical home.
D.L. West Midlands
The importance of our listing can best be described by explaining the relationship in percentages between the various categories of all Listed Buildings.
Grade I : approximately 4% of all Listed Buildings
Grade II* : approximately 5% of all Listed Buildings
Grade II : approximately 91% of all Listed Buildings
“Bryn Bras Castle is Listed Grade II* on account of its very fine interior and the part the building plays in the evolution of the romantic historicist architecture during the 1830’s, its two original construction phases (1830-2 and 1832-5) marking the transition from an ordered symmetrical composition to the more adventurous and picturesque neo-Romanesque style associated with Thomas Hopper, also the architect of nearby Penrhyn Castle” CADW 1999
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