Plas Rhianfa

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:



One thought on “Plas Rhianfa

  1. Charles Saumarez Smith says:

    My first cousin has pointed out that my grandparents were not actually staying in Rhianfa when my grandmother died, but in a hotel owned by the Verneys on Red Wharf Bay. They had gone on holiday in the summer of 1944 in spite of my grandmother suffering severely from stomach pains. She fell sick while having a picnic and was rushed into Caernarvon Hospital where she died, tall and thin, of gangrene of the intestine. She’s apparently buried in Llandegfan churchyard, not that I have been able to trace the grave.

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