- Unit 1
This lovely renovated chapel is quite possibly the most romantic cottage in north Wales
Capel Pennant is an old estate chapel on the Chirk Castle estate within the grounds of a seventeenth century manor house, in an idyllic setting at the head of secret valley although only a mile as the crow flies from the National Trust castle.
Plas Pennant has been restored over the last twenty years by Nick Davies, Cadw's Inspector of Historic Buildings in north Wales. The chapel is furnished with antique furniture and paintings with fully fitted kitchen and shower room. There is full central heating as well as a wood burning stove. There is a paved terrace in front of the chapel with table and chairs and the chapel garden is for the exclusive use of the chapel guests.
The chapel is for the exclusive use of the guests. The chapel has its own garden but guests are welcome to explore the gardens of the manor house.
Nick and Derek live in the main house and will be on hand to offer and advice and suggestions.
There are free range hens, ducks and geese in the orchard and farmyard and you will often have a hen or two pecking around the threshold of the chapel. There are two Jack Russels and a Border Collie in the main house but all very friendly. Nick and Derek breed Irish Draught horses so there will be mares and foals in the surrounding fields.
We have change over days on a Monday and Friday and offer full week 7 night breaks commencing on either day; 3 night weekend breaks arriving on Friday afternoon and leaving on Monday morning; or 4 night weekday breaks arriving on Monday afternoon and leaving on Friday afternoon. We can be a bit more flexible during quiet times of the year, so get in touch to discuss.
Plas Pennant is in the Ceiriog Valley, within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Chirk Castle Estate. The National Trust own the historic Edward I castle and 600 acres of surrounding parkland. Plas Pennant is at the head of an isolated private valley only a mile as the crow flies from the castle, 3 miles from Chirk and 2.5 miles from Llangollen. There is a pub and post office at the nearby village of Pontfadog 1.5 miles.
Most visitors arrive by car and there is undercover parking for your car in the cart shed. Others come via train, arriving at Chirk station - about 3 miles from Pennant. There is a store room for push bikes etc.
The nitty gritty...
Fully central heated throughout
Bedroom Area :
Double brass bed
Bedside tables with lamps
Balcony view of living area
Living/ Dining Room :
Comfy 2 seater sofa and chairs
Dining table and chairs
Kitchen Area :
Fully fitted Shaker style kitchen units
Outside area :
Paved terrace area
Table and chairs for alfresco dining
Beautiful gardens to roam
Things to do in the area :
Places to eat :
1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, Kitchen /Dining room, Log burner
SleepingBed linen, 1 Double bed
CookingCooking utensils, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
HeatingCentral heating, Fireplace
EntertainmentDVD-Player, TV (Satellite)
SanitaryEssentials, Shower, Towels supplied, Washbasin
LaundryIron & Board
MiscellaneousCarbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, Smoke Detector
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden
The property is approximately at its postcide if using SatNav (just carry a bit further towards the mansion after it says you have arrived). If you don't have SatNav then:
DIRECTIONS TO PENNANT - FROM THE SOUTH (Shrewsbury)
- Continue on the A5 from Shrewsbury travelling north towards Oswestry
- The A5 by-passes Oswestry to the east
- North of Oswestry, at the Chirk roundabout take the B5070 towards Chirk (2nd exit from roundabout)
- After about mile you'll come into the centre of Chirk
- DON'T take the first left turning (B4500)
- Take the 2nd left turning directly opposite the Hand Hotel just after a short row of shops. A war memorial is at the entrance to this road
- Follow this road past the Cadbury factory down towards the station, go straight on at the mini roundabout and over the railway bridge
- Up to the main entrance to Chirk Castle with ornate white gates
- Follow the lane round to the right
- After another half mile or so you'll pass another entrance to the Castle on the left with a pair of neo-classical lodges. Keep straight on at this junction
- After a mile take the first turning on the left signposted Pontfadog & Nantyr
- Follow this lane for mile or so, you'll see the castle over in the distance to the left
- The lane then turns sharply to the right and starts climbing up hill
- Half way up the hill there's a fork in the road, with a cottage within the fork (Wern Tower Cottage)
- Take the left hand fork signposted Pontfadog
- After 100 yards there's a very narrow lane off to the left, Keep Right here
- The lane then drops down into a bit of a dip and you'll pass a scruffy farm on the right - Wern Tower Farm.
- The lane then climbs up steeply out of the dip and continues on the level for a mile or so before dropping down again, into the valley where Pennant is sited
- You'll see Pennant down to the left
- At the bottom of the hill, turn left and the lane will bring you into the farmyard, the house is on the left looking down the valley and the farm buildings on the right
- It sounds complicated but it's only about 5 minutes drive from Chirk
DIRECTIONS TO PENNANT FROM LLANGOLLEN:
- Travelling east along the A5 from Corwen towards Chirk you'll arrive in the centre of Llangollen at some traffic lights.
- At the lights keep straight on. (The turning to the left would take you down the main street towards the river and the old railway station).
- Immediately after passing through the lights, turn right i.e. take the right hand fork up the hill. (The former Grapes Hotel will be on your left and the Greenbank restaurant on your right)
- Follow this narrow winding lane, climbing out of the town, passing Plas Newydd, the Ladies of Llangollen's house on the left after a few hundred yards.
- Just after Plas Newydd the lane goes very narrow for 100 yards, keep straight on.
- The lane then drops down into a dip, over a little bridge
- And then you'll come to a council estate on the left
- Keep straight on, the road narrows to a country lane with high hedges on either side and the primary school fields to your left.
- After 100 yards along this lane, turn right (it should be signposted for Glyn Ceiriog)
- The lane climbs very steeply uphill, passing through some forestry and up to the top of the hill.
- At the top of this hill the lane meets the road that runs along the ridge, at a staggered crossroads.
- Go straight on, across the crossroads, i.e. turn left and then immediately right
- Follow this narrow lane for about a mile
- At the fork in the road, take the left hand fork
- The lane continues on the level for a few hundred yards then starts to drop downhill
- Passing a modern farm on the right hand side
- At the bottom of the hill, a lane joins you from the right, but keep straight on
- Pennant is then straight in front of you, with the old chapel the first building you see on the right.
- The lane passes through Pennant, with the farmyard and barns on the left and the house on the right
- It sounds complicated but it's only 2 miles from Llangollen to Pennant.
When you arrive park on the large parking courtyard behind the main house, and walk down to the chapel, which is on your right as you look at the rear of the main house. Go through a small iron gate and turn right to access the chapel.