This summer has been mostly a non event with cool temperatures, rain and wind much in evidence, but now and again when clouds permit, nature has shown us some beautiful sights.
The castle took over fifteen years to complete and after seeing the incredibly intricate and opulent interior I could appreciate why.
From its elevated vantage point, the views from Penrhyn Castle are spectacular and far reaching. From the seascape (when the tide’s in) to Llandudno Bay and the Great Orme to views over the Menai Strait and Anglesey, or inland to Snowdonia, whichever way you look there are stunning vistas.
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 beautiful gardens at Belsay Hall in Northumberland….