A brand new lodge 195 years within the making. · The Misplaced Govt

Excited about it, when John Whitehead Greaves based Llechwedd Quarry in Gwynedd, Wales within the 12 months 1836, I ponder if he ever imagined that his office would evolve a lot. Lengthy after the demand of slate went into decline, this location has turn out to be a spot synonymous with historic worth, pure magnificence and journey.

A boutique lodge, Plas Weunydd provides extra than simply consolation and magnificence for guests and company however a singular historic expertise. Not solely is the world, which has remained within the Greaves household for over 150 years, of serious worth for its magnificence however it is usually a possible UNESCO World Heritage Website (the choice to be made come late 2021.)


The quarry might as soon as have been a vista of gray stone caverns and mud, the place the clanking of equipment and the coarse sounds of onerous work had been the lifeblood of the slate business. Right now it beats to a distinct pulse and households, {couples}, solitary travellers and people looking for consolation and journey in equal measure to get pleasure from what has turn out to be a spot of beautiful magnificence.

Guaranteeing that each side of the caverns and panorama will be correctly loved has been a precedence for the minds behind Plas Weunydd points of interest. The lodge and glamping website, the world’s solely underground trampoline park (Bounce Under) and Zip World Slate Caverns, present distinctive and charming methods to understand this particular slice of historical past.

“There are additionally quite a few seashores, castles and mountains all inside a brief drive of the lodge,” says Adam Lemalle, Advertising and marketing and Occasions supervisor for Plas Wuenydd, “However now we have many company who journey throughout the entire nation and even additional afield to go to us.”


Catering to the complete vary of contemporary day traveller, Llechwedd Glamping provides six en-suite, 5 star rated safari tents for the intrepid glamper looking for to benefit from the kind of glamorous tenting expertise that North Wales is legendary for. For many who favour accommodations, Plas Weunydd provides 24 en-suite bedrooms styled in a recent, family-friendly setting that includes the artwork work of native artists across the constructing.

Adam explains that they needed the lodge to be snug and classy, while additionally referencing the wealthy cultural heritage of the constructing and quarry as a complete. That is notably evident within the bar and restaurant which options many photographs and maps from its 200-year historical past.

“We’ve got discovered that conserving the historical past of a spot alive is a part of the splendour and magic of the place,” he says.

Llechwedd, as an attraction was opened in 1972 following the decline within the demand for slate in the course of the 20th Century. They first opened with a Miner’s tramway tour, earlier than the well-known Llechwedd Deep Mine tour adopted in 1979.

Initially, Plas Weunydd was constructed because the on-site residence of John Whitehead Greaves over 150 years in the past. It stayed because the household residence till the mid 20th Century, when it turned the location workplaces for the attraction. After variety of years unoccupied, a plan was put collectively to transform it right into a boutique lodge, serving company visiting for Llechwedd, Zip World and Snowdonia normally.


Solely not too long ago established, the brand new lodge has been born into an business that’s solely now coming into the sunshine in spite of everything that occurred in 2020. So, not like many bigger accommodations or lodge chains which have needed to adapt and pivot to fulfill the necessities and assurances of the trendy day traveller, Plas Wuenydd has began its journey with these in thoughts.

“We function business main Covid procedures which are ever current however not looming,” Adam explains, “There’s a stability to be discovered. Company really feel reassured once they can see that cleansing, sterilizing and precautions are put into place however don’t want to really feel that these are encroaching upon their enjoyment of their keep.”

In response to Adam, relationships with company, the staff of twenty workers and native companies is paramount in making the lodge successful. Boutique accommodations that supply one thing completely different thrive in an setting the place individuals are speaking about them in a beneficial gentle. Particularly in at the moment’s social media savvy world, accommodations want to supply far more than only a room, a mattress and a cushty pillow.

“With at the moment’s requirements a profitable lodge can depart nothing out,” says Adam, “The showers need to be higher than the showers they’ve at house, the beds and pillows should present the very best sleep ever and the lodge must work to take advantage of the situation. Right now a lodge must be a vacation spot on itself and never only a place to remain.”

And, crucially, they need to at all times develop and alter with developments and tastes. Adam reveals that they hope to supply much more lodging types in 2022 the place they plan to construct on the success, they’ve had with their glamping website and their model new lodge.


The typical value per room, per evening for the lodge is £120, while the glamping tents are £150 per tent, per evening and sleep as much as six individuals.

Glamping inside.

ADDRESS: Plas Weunydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd. LL41 3NB

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01766 610 006

EMAIL: [email protected]

WEBSITE: www.plasweunydd.co.uk

*The Misplaced Govt and its writers can’t be held accountable for experiences had at this vacation spot. Regardless of how superb, memorable and fulfilling they might be. Expertise is right down to the person. Do your analysis previous to reserving.

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