Château Rhianfa

Anglesley Wales Scotland

From: 720 to: 1250 / week.
Night : 104

Château Rhianfa

Castle - Anglesley

Castle weddings for up to 120 guests. Sleeps up to 80 guests in 24 rooms.

Château Rhianfa is the location to live out all of your fairy-tale fantasies. The luxurious setting provides a stunning backdrop for romantic memories, not to mention beautiful wedding photos! Experience the romance as you wander through the stunning Parterre Garden leading down to the shores of the beach on the edge of the Menai Strait.

Château Rhianfa stands proudly amidst spectacular gardens on the isle of Anglesey, with views over the Menai Strait and the towering peaks of Snowdonia.
Every last detail has been thought about at Château Rhianfa. From the music and drawing rooms to the turret showers and summer and winter balconies, it’s easy to be impressed with this beautiful château. This hotel and exclusive-use venue, set in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales, is ideal for short stays, family vacations, wedding receptions, celebrations, meetings and corporate events – Château Rhianfa is a truly sumptuous property.

Property Features

Château Rhianfa's History

Construction of the House of Rhianfa began in early spring 1849 by Sir John Hay William Baronet of Bodelwyddan and his wife Lady Sarah Hay Williams. Originally, Plas Rhianfa was built as a dower house for Lady Sarah and was intended to provide both Lady Sarah and the couple's two daughters with a comfortable residence in the event of Sir John's death. Having no male heir of his own, Sir John's title, along with his many properties and ancestral estate at Bodelwyddan, were to be inherited by his younger brother, Hugh Williams. The Williams drew inspiration for the design of the house from their experiences of travelling in the Loire region of France, and were particularly enamoured with the architectural style favoured in this region during the reign of Francois I (1515-1547). Five castles specifically caught their attention; Blois, Chambord, Amboise, Chenonssaux and Chaumont. Lady Sarah was a proficient artist and had been trained to draw by Peter de Wint, the eminent English watercolourist and landscape artist whose works now appear in the National Gallery and Tate Gallery, London. Lady Sarah made many sketches of the Loire Valley Castles and these served as the primary influence for the external architecture of the house. However, these sketches were needed to be put into working order and in order to do this successfully an architect was to be employed. Charles Reed Esq., of Liverpool was given this grand task but was made to strictly conform to the original idea and was allowed only to draw the plans of the shell of the house. John Rogers of Beaumaris was the builder who took the contract for the house and built it. Interestingly, after the mere shell of the house was finished, Reed was dismissed and everything relating to the interiors was left to Sir John and Lady Sarah. It can be seen that Lady Sarah wanted everything in the house to be perfect, so not only was the architecture delicately chosen, so was the name. The name "Rhianfa" (which means lady's habitat or abode) also took much consideration. The name was proposed by the Rev. Williams Hicks Owen, senior Vicar of St. Asaph Cathedral. However, before this name was fully adopted, it was submitted to several distinguished Welsh Scholars who entirely approved it. In 1859 Sir John died leaving Lady Sarah to live in the house until her own death in 1876 at which point Lady Margaret, one of their two daughters, inherited the property. Soon after this her husband, Sir Edmund, inherited his family estate of Claydon in Buckinghamshire and the couple moved away from Anglesey. Lady Margaret nevertheless continued to maintain her relationship with the Anglesey and North Wales communities. After the death of her husband in 1910, Lady Margaret moved back to Plas Rhianfa permanently, although in 1922 the house became advertised for sale, the reasons for which still remain unknown but a sale never materialised and Lady Margaret remained in the house until her own death in 1930. Little is known about what happened to the property following Lady Margaret's death, but in 1955 the house was given to her grandson, Dr Andrew Verney, and his wife, as a wedding present, although due to work commitments in London the house was sold soon after this gift in 1957. The house was converted into apartments and much of the land sold off leaving only 3 of the 12 acres in the possession of the estate. Despite the many changes over time Plas Rhianfa has retained much of its original character and through its restoration by Clarenco the property is still as beautiful now as it was when it was first constructed and still retains much of its original character.


Château Rhianfa's table of pricing

From: 720 to: 1250 / week.
Night : 104

Room Type From rate
Standard Room From £104
Lodge Room From £74
Sea View Room From £129
Lodge Sea View Room From £89
Executive Room From £129
Suite From £154
Lodge Suite From £104
Superior Suite From £179
Rooms in the château are priced per room, per night including a complimentary full Welsh breakfast and VAT at the current rate. Self-catering cottages are price per cottage, per night, including VAT. A 3-course fine dining experience is available at the château.

Low: November - February (Excl. December) Mid: March - May (Excl. Easter) High: August - October Premium: June - August Please note that the rates shown in the tables to the right are from rates.


How to reach Château Rhianfa

Anglesey is the perfect place to enjoy activity holidays in Wales, and Château Rhianfa is the ideal base for exploring the local area. Whether you want to explore the island of Anglesey, or you fancy heading over to North Wales, Château Rhianfa is conveniently located close to many great attractions and activities. The estate lies within 2 miles off the A55 expressway facilitating access across the North Wales coast to Cheshire and Greater Manchester and linking with the national motorway network. For travel further afield, there is an Inter City rail service from Bangor to London Euston via Crewe. With helicopter landing facilities, you can arrive in style. Or why not get picked up by private RIB or boat and taken to Château Rhianfa, where the team will be on hand to greet you.

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