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NPRN 15830

Map Reference SH57SE

Grid Reference SH57037338

Unitary (Local) Authority Isle of Anglesey

Old County Anglesey

Community Cwm Cadnant


Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Rhianfa was inspired by Lady Sarah Hay-Williams of Bodelwyddan's sketches of chateau in the Loire Valley in France. Designed by Charles Verelst, the Liverpool Architect, the building achieves a fairytale quality when viewed from across the Menai Strait. Completed in 1850, the building has steep roofs covered in fish-scale slates and a skyline dominated by curved and straight pitches and spires. On the seaward front there are narrow drum towers with conical roofs at the corners and a galleried upper floor running between. The ironwork around the entrance is exemplary and the doorway includes a quotation from Psalm 90.

Source: Haslam, Orbach and Voelcker (2009), The Buildings of Wales: Gwynedd. Pevsner Architectural Guide, page 150.

RCAHMW, October 2009

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