A little gem

We decided it was time to explore the neighbourhood at the weekend, so after some well deserved chips in Betws y Coed, we headed for Gwydir Castle.

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This old house in the outskirts of Llanrwst is a pure gem. Apart from the fascination on my part of the peacocks, I liked the simplicity of the property, the gentle decadence of the place and the no frills laminate sheets and the solitude of it all.

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What’s different with a National Trust property?

• cheaper entry
• only 1 member if staff
• only 4 other people whilst we were there
• simple interpretation inside the house
• ‘pure’ experience, the property is allowed to express itself

What could be better if NT did look after it?

• most likely better conservation
• tearoom!
• more informative interpretation
• education opportunities

I loved my visit to Gwydir castle, I think it is a great little gem worth exploring. Let the place embrace you and your imagination transport you back to times gone by.

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