Plas y Coed, Port Penrhyn

South façade of the Victorian gothic mansion


24 March 2012

Port Penrhyn, Bangor

SH 59408 72465; 53.23055°N, 4.10771°W


Around 1790 a house was built just outside the grounds of Penrhyn Castle at Port Penrhyn for Benjamin Wyatt, agent to the Penrhyn estate. This neoclassical villa, known as Lime Grove, was designed by Benjamin’s brother Samuel and survived until 1864, when, having been deemed to be unfashionable, it was demolished.

In 1878 a larger mansion house, Plas y Coed, was built on the site of Lime Grove as the residence of the estate’s agent (at the time Captain Pennant Lloyd), a role it was to continue to play until the Second World War. It thereafter became a care home for the elderly, which was run by Gwynedd Council up until its closure in 2005.

London-based Gloria Healthcare submitted plans in 2008 to construct a 106-bedroom residential facility for the elderly next to the Grade II listed building and to convert the latter into a day-care centre. Planning permission was turned down on the grounds of over provision of care and the detrimental effect of the design on the setting.

The 15-acre site was purchased by local developer Watkin Jones in 2010. In November 2011 Watkin Jones made a planning application to convert Plas y Coed into 12 flats (including 4 ‘affordable’ units) and to build 17 detached houses in the former grazing land adjacent to the mansion.

Plans for 29 homes at former Bangor care home Plas y Coed (Bangor and Anglesey Mail, 21 Dec 2011)

Finial and jackdaw

The house was built in 1878 to replace the neoclassical villa Lime Grove

Balcony detail

Hopper head – 1878

Walled garden

Stable block

Bay window decorative corbel

Bay window corbelling, east elevation


East-elevation bay window

East elevation

The house has been vacant since it closed as a care home for the elderly in 2005

Bay window, south elevation

South elevation


13 thoughts on “Plas y Coed, Port Penrhyn

  1. the finial shot is perfect… i tried and tried to catch similar last week and just couldnt get it 🙂

  2. As always, you bring us up close to the details and that’s where the magic lies. The ‘balcony detail’ is just so cleanly finished–I can imagine the patient, exacting/self-demanding hands which made that happen. Thank you again for taking us places we’d never know to go, yet are the richer for having seen.

  3. This place looks magical. I love the details. I need to remember details when I go out with my camera!

    I like the idea of turning it into flats, however I think it would be much more interesting as a hotel. I would definitely stay there! But location may be prohibitive. Do they plan on making the detached houses blend in architecturally with this magnificent structure? I sure hope so.

  4. Beautiful photos, as always, Graham. I love the contrast in the construction between the varied types of igneous stone in the snecked work, then the equisitely tooled stone used for quoins. Your detail shots are very fine indeed, and shot 6 and 13 where a real sense of atmosphere is conveyed. The new development…some problem with the council server meant that I couldn’t see, but it would have just driven my blood pressure up.

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