Tanybwlch Mansion 3730

Aberystwyth, Wales

Brief Description

Tanybwlch was built as a Regency villa overlooking the sea lanes to Aberystwyth harbour. Much extended in 1892, it now has the appearance of a part castellated Victorian house. There are landscaped paths, a walled garden, stables, gardener's cottage and a sinuous drive. There was formerly a castellated tea cottage on the coast.

History

The site was purchased by Lewis Davies, who built the house in 1827 and laid out the garden. Substantial alterations and improvements were made between 1890 and 1892. The mansion was extended to more than twice its original size and the castellated tea cottage, new stables, gardener's cottage, and laundry cottage were added to the estate.From 1946 to 1966 Tanybwlch was an isolation hospital. From 1966 to 1984 it was a Hall of Residence for the College of Librarianship, Wales. It is currently undergoing restoration and conversion into 13 flats. (John Birch, resident 1980-1984)

Features
  • Tea House
  • Description: Gothic castellated cottage of rock dressed local stone set at the foot of Alltwen cliff, and overlooking the sea. Demolished 1957.
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  • Garden House
  • Description: A garden house already existed attached to the walled garden, but this was extended and enlarged in 1892 along with the new stable block.
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  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: A Regency mansion, clad in 1891 with rock dressed stone, and extended with a large Victorian wing by architects Tatham and Flowers.
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  • Stable Block
  • Description: Three sided stable block in rock dressed stone with yellow brick facings, with coach house and stabling for nine horses.
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  • Kitchen Garden
  • Description: Lozenge-shaped walled garden, first shown on the tithe map, with paths and doorway linking it to the mansion.
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  • Drive
  • Description: The present route of the sinuous drive hugging the flank of Tanycastell hill avoids the direct route through the farmyard.
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Access & Directions

Directions

From the A487 take the side turning west in Rhydyfelin towards Morfa Bychan. Cross the River Ystwyth, then take the private road to the right. The mansion is at the end of a private drive, with stables up a track to left.
References

References

Contributors

  • Caroline Palmer

  • John Birch- resident, 1980-1984