Cyclists Welcome - Showing that at Brynhonddu Country House we are happy to provide facilities for those exploring Wales on cycles with lockable undercover area for the safe storage of the bikes, access to water/hose pipe for washing them and details of the nearest cycle repair shop. We are also able to offer creature comforts such as drying facilities for wet clothes and tea/coffee facilities. The History of Brynhonddu Country House
Bwlch Trewyn Estate, Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 7PD, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1873 890535Enquiries 'at' Brynhonddu.co.uk


Walkers Welcome - The symbol that walking enthusiasts should look out for when looking for somewhere to stay in Wales, as it shows that at Brynhonddu Country House we have undertaken to provide features that walkers find welcoming - drying facilities for wet clothes and boots, storage space for rucksacks, details of local public transport and packed lunches when required.
 
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At Brynhonddu Country House we are very proud of our 3* Grading for very good quality in the overall standard of furnishings, service and guest care
At Brynhonddu Country House we are delighted to have been given a Welcome Host Award by the Wales Tourist Board Voted the Best Bed & Breakfast in Wales by Overseas Visitors Click here to read more about the Green Tourism Business Scheme and our commitment at Brynhonddu Country House to effective environmental management
Brynhonddu captured on film at around the turn of the century, showing Edwin Ely and his family
Brynhonddu captured on film in 1880 showing Edwin Ely and his family

The photograph above was very kindly donated by the Lewis family who visited from The States and who are descendants of the Ely line.

Brynhonddu originates from around the sixteenth century as a small estate known as Bwlch Trewyn;  (Bwlch translates as 'Gap in the Mountain' and Trewyn as 'House of the Whites').

It was sold in 1790, by the owners of Trewyn Estate (a neighbouring superior estate occupying land to the north) to the Reverend Morgan Morgan, Rector of Oldcastle and Vicar of Walterstone, and was later extensively extended.  The house passed down through the distaff line of the Morgan family, named Ely, then in 1928 it was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Festing.

In 1922 the house was renamed from Bwlch to Brynhonddu (translates as 'Hill above the Honddu River').

In 1945 it passed to Mr. & Mrs. Llewellyn who at the time owned Llanvapley Court (situated to the East of Abergavenny) which was being utilised by the Land Army for food production.  Brynhonddu served as a dwelling and as a base for their horse breeding activities.  Mr & Mrs Llewellyn's son, William, currently holds office in the clergy at Brecon, Powys, and their daughter Harriet is married to a diplomat in Canberra, Australia.

In 1951 Brynhonddu was passed on to the Wall brothers and their families, who in 1960 split the house into two separate dwellings due to a difference of opinion between their wives!  Children of the Wall brothers have visited on a number of occasions over the past few years.

Currently the main house is split into two dwellings.  The separate building to the north, was originally joined to the main house by a glass conservatory, within that conservatory were the stone steps leading up to the ballroom, situated over the coach-house beneath.  This building is now also two separate dwellings.

It is understood that in the past the complement of staff employed by the occupants of the main house included 4 maids and 6 gardeners.

We also believe that one of the owners from the 19th Century traded in tea and introduced some non-indigenous tree species from around the world.  We are fortunate to have in the grounds one of the oldest Ginkgo biloba species in the country.  (A pre-historic fruit bearing conifer, having no living relatives and originating in China).

The property is mentioned in Sir Joseph Bradney's 'A History of Monmouthshire' in Part 2a - The Hundreds of Abergavenny (Part 1) and much more details of the Genealogy behind Brynhonndu have been put together by the current owners and can be seen in a separate pdf document by Clicking Here.

For a more detailled view of the history of the house Click Here.


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