Now that it’s been converted from holiday apartments into a luxury hotel, I was able to get permission to poke around Plas Rhianfa, a François 1er chateau on the banks of the Menai Straits. I’ve always been interested in it because my grandmother died here at the beginning of the second world war. My grandparents were staying with Sir Harry Verney, who had served in Asquith’s government and owned Claydon. She was buried nearby, but I’ve never been able to find the grave.
This is the house:
It was designed by a Liverpool architect, Charles Verelst, on the instructions of Lady Sarah Hay Williams, one of the daughters of the original owner. She lived at Bodelwyddan and had been taught to draw by Peter de Wint. I particularly liked the summer house: