Penrhyn Castle, or country house as it was, is situated between the Menai Strait and Snowdonia and was built in the early 1800s on the site of, and incorporating parts of the original medieval fortified manor house and a later reconstruction. Thomas Hopper was the famous 19th century architect, well known for his unusual and elaborate designs. In this instance neo-Norman was decided upon.
The castle itself occupies one of the original 40,000 surrounding acres. It took upwards of fifteen years to complete and houses one of the finest art collections in Wales.
The massive fortunes of the Pennant family were built on sugar from the Jamaican slave plantation they owned and when the slave trade was abolished, slate quarried locally at Bethesda (more of that in a later post)
Blocks of ice were where brought to the Ice Tower during the winter, stored in the base and used to keep food chilled during the summer.
Just concentrating on the actual building in this post, there was so much to see and many photos were taken. Next time, the spectacular setting.