Tu Hwnt ir Bont, Historic Houses Llanrwst, Conwy County - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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Huddled together with the stone bridge, Pont Fawr, on the west bank of the Conwy River at Llanrwst is one of Wales most picturesque old houses, Tu Hwnt i’r Bont. Built as a residential dwelling in 1480, Tu Hwnt i’r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) is actually considerably older than the Inigo Jones bridge it stands beside. Some years later the building was used as the Courthouse for the surrounding area. From here the most serious offenders could have been taken to Tan y Craig in Llanrwst where they could be hanged outside the old gaol! Over the centuries Tu Hwnt i’r Bont has fallen into disrepair several times and been rebuilt and restored through the generosity of the townsfolk. During the last century, Tu Hwnt i’r Bont was acquired by the National Trust who have since leased the building for over 50 years. The decision made by the original leaseholder, over half a century ago, to turn Tu Hwnt i’r Bont into a traditional Welsh Tea Rooms has proved to be a success. To this day the recipe for the scones remains true and continues to be a well kept secret. And both my wife and daughter can vouch for their taste as they never miss an opportunity to eat them!
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