Gregynog Hall is a one hour drive from home.

Let’s get the pronunciation right first. The ‘y’ is not pronounced as ‘ee’ as in ‘silly’ but ‘i’ as in ‘bite’. The ‘greg’ part is emphasised more than the rest. Sorted!

This style is the sort of thing that you would have seen on farmhouses in Montgomeryshire many centuries ago but this building is not what it seems and it has a rather complicated history.

There has been a building on this site since the 12th century but the original medieval hall was demolished and rebuilt in 1577 and then demolished and rebuilt again in the late 1840s. So is that the end of the story then? Well, no, it isn’t because it isn’t actually a timber-framed building. The facade that you see is concrete moulded and painted to appear as a timber-framed building and is one of the earliest uses of concrete for such a purpose.

So the current building is Victorian but includes some parts of the older buildings. The building itself is not normally open to the public because it is now used as a study centre for the University of Wales but today it was open as part of ‘Wales Open Doors’, the equivalent of the English ‘Heritage Open Days’. The grounds are normally open to the public but we didn’t look around the grounds because the weather was poor. We will probably return to explore the gardens at some stage.

So let’s go in.

This entrance takes us straight into the Lounge.

That ‘Chesterfield’ style seating looks very loungy and it was, as we discovered later, when we lounged there drinking our coffee and eating our very scrumptious cake.

The room next door was the Blayney Room which featured the original medieval wood panelling.

The carving over the fireplace was very intricate and amazing.

Just down the hall was the Library and what is now called the Senior Common Room. I don’t know the Common Room’s original name; looks pretty comfy though.

That was the end of our short visit but we hope to return with better weather to explore the grounds and gardens although on this visit Amanda found a Rose Border which looked very interesting. Our next visit may not be until next year.