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“Peace and quiet, elegance and great art.”

Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
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Owner description: Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views of Snowdonia.Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association, containing his largest painting and exhibition.A military museum contains relics from the 1st Marquess of Anglesey's tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.There's a fine spring garden and Australasian arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and wild flowers, a summer terrace, and massed hydrangeas which give autumn colour.A woodland walk gives access to a marine path beside the Menai Strait.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I admit that I am horribly biased, so this is probably not the most subjective review you will ever read, but I just love this place. The house, still occupied by the family, is steeped in history, particularly with regard to naval warfare and paintings thereof, Waterloo (ditto) and, for me, the absolute best part is Rex Whistler's huge mural of various places, some genuine and some mythical, all joined together to make a picture you can (and I have) spend hours looking at, and yet somehow, every time you spot something different. I have no doubt that I will go back again, and equally have no doubt that I will bleat on about it again,m but it's so good that you just have to. Try and see if I'm right!

Thank Dafydd M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely National Trust property is in a gorgeous location overlooking the Menai Straits.
Plenty of parking and toilet facilities located at the main reception.You can catch the small buggy to take you down to the house or take the lovely walk along the path by the woodland,which is what i did.
As the red squirrels are located here,you can join one of the walks with a volunteer who shows you where you are likely to see them.
I was lucky enough to see a couple of them,one on the way to the house and the other as i were on the walking tour with the guide.
The red squirrel walk is situated around a lot of woodland and several feeding posts are along the route so you may hopefully get to see one.
The house itself is spectacular and the son of the current Marquess of Anglesey ,lives in the house with his wife but part of the house is for people to enjoy and learn about the history of this splendid house.It was very interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable about the family and the generations who have lived in the house.
The gardens are lovely and well maintained throughout,the Italian garden is particulary colourful and very picturesque and well kept.
As you walk through the woodlands you come across an amazing tree house which is beautifully made and also a children"s play area.
You can also take a lovely walk to the Rhododendron gardens,as you enter them they are full of spectacular colours.Paths and bridges lead you to a maze full of colour and great for any one who enjoys photography.
There is plenty of seating situated around the whole estate where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the lovely views of the Straits and Snowdonia mountain range in the distance.
There are a couple of cafe"s and also a shop selling the usual National Trust gifts and souvenirs.
This is a great day out and i would certainly recommend a visit.
Access with wheelchairs users can get to see inside the house and gardens without any problems.Disability parking available and disabled toilets.
You can even take your dog as long as it is on a lead but you cannot take the dog into the house or Italian garden.There is a small playground for children by National Trust entrance and one in the woods.

Thank PhilfromCheshire
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plas Newydd is perfectly placed on the shores of the Menai Straits which gives it top marks for it's setting!
The walk from the car park down to the house is lined with amazing trees and these have the children's play area hidden inside them which is fabulous for the smaller members of the family.
The house itself is well laid out and you can't go wrong as you follow the route around all the accessible rooms. In case you have any questions, there are guides on hand in each of the areas and the explanation of the mural is fascinating - well worth listening to.
As we visited on a glorious day, the gardens were very special with the Italianate Garden being one of the best we've seen at a National Trust property - pristinely maintained and full of colour - a perfect place to sit and take in the vista.
Finally, a lovely touch was a cup of tea in the cafe which is accessed by walking across the front of Plas Newydd and you'll find it located at the side of the property - our tea was served in vintage mismatched china cups and saucers which I was told had been collected and donated by the volunteers at the site - there's nothing better than a cup of tea out of fine china - a lovely end to our visit - thank you Plas Newydd!

Thank The_Van_Rhijns
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house here is great and the position of it is amazing overlooking the Menai Strait with a view of Snowdon on a clear day.
But for me the whole reason to visit was see the dining room which is adorned with Rex Whistler's incredible mural. It is not just a painting, it is a story, a trip round Europe, it has humour and items viewed in different positions change perspective. It is without doubt his best work. And painted only a few years before he joined the Welsh Guards ( he wasn't connected with Wales, they were the only regiment to offer him a commission)
The small exhibition is real treat as it is the only place that has a permanent exhibition on, with a great mix of his work from an early age. But it can only give you a glimpse into how prolific and talented he was. He even carried on his artwork in the army and had a special container made to hang off his Cromwell tank for his painting implements. He was a tank commander when he died in Operation Goodwood in 1944.

Thank LadyFranklyn
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plas Newydd is a wonderful mansion set on many acres with gardens and surrounding woodland on the bank of the Menai Strait on Anglesey island, in North Wales. You could quite easily spend most of one day strolling through the vast acres of parkland before you even get to the main attraction, a magnificent mansion built in the 13th century with a mystical history and intrigue, you see the house over the 700 years has changed owners many times due to marriage for wealth and by inheritance. The rooms that are open to the public are a living history of an era long since gone, but one particular room stopped us in our tracks. In the 1930s the artist Rex Whistler became friends with the family who owned the estate at this time and he became a regular visitor to Plas Newydd. Prior to his death in WW2 on the dining room wall he painted a 15 metre mural of his memory of a Mediterranean holiday, but in the background lies the mountains of Snowdonia, but that's not what's amazing. It is very hard to find the words to actually describe the magic. I will try, imagine a living painting that changes as you walk along the dining room, he uses light and his artistry to provide the illusion that the scenery alters as you walk . Scenes literally change as each step that you take. We do this today by using 3D and hologram technology but he achieved these feats by his artistry, quite an amazing experience to see this close up A really big thanks to the guide for pointing this out, without him we would have said "nice mural painting", next room. Apparently it is called "The tricks of perspective" that literally means "the scenes appear to change when seen from a different part of the room".
In all my future travels I will never forget this one single room and witnessing the brilliance of this artist. Without doubt pencil this one in if visiting the North of Wales.

Thank Michael T
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