Towers and turrets, ramparts and romance. The relaxed luxury of a bygone age.
Glandyfi Castle was built in 1820 by George Jeffries, descendent of the infamous Judge Jeffreys of Shrewsbury. George Jeffries and his wife Justina were friends with many of the Regency romantic poets and Thomas Love Peacock was a regular visitor who eventually got married at the castle. Keats and Shelley are also said to have visited.The castle was built as a statement of high fashion at the time, probably on the site of an existing building.
The castle remained in the Jeffries family for over a hundred years and since then its most notable owners were Sir Bernard and Lady Docker of BSA motor cycles who bought the castle during the 1950's. Lady Docker ( or Naughty Norah as she was known) was infamous for her outrageously ostentatious behaviour and the purchase of the castle from BSA funds led to a shareholder rebellion which lost Sir Bernard his job as well as the castle.
For many years the castle stood hidden amongst the ivy and the trees, unknown even to local people - like sleeping beauty's castle, waiting to be discovered. That happened in 2007 and the building has now been completely refurbished to a very high standard. The emphasis has been upon retaining all the original features - such as the beautiful oak staircase carved in 'strawberry hill' style - whilst installing modern, stylish bathrooms. A derelict courtyard has been completely glazed to create a stunning room, and this ancient draughty building is now snug and welcoming with the benefits of under floor heating, Wi- fi in all rooms, wood burners, central heating and gallons of hot water provided by a Bio-mass boiler. A perfect marriage between ancient and modern.
Glandyfi castle was built as a statement of fun and imagination. It was never intended to be formal and stuffy. This is exactly how the current owners intend their guest house to be.
"This has been the perfect sanctuary for our 4 weeks of Springwatch. I have been instantly uplifted by the best bathroom I've ever been lucky enough to stay in. Food excellent, great hospitality and exquisite renovation which is a privilege to enjoy."
- From the springwatch presenters and producers.