Plas Brereton, Caernarfon

Plas Brereton

Plas Brereton

Date

19 March 2016

Location

Bangor Road, Caernarfon
SH 49128 64492; 53.15611°N, 4.25782°W

Information

Plas Brereton is a 19th century villa overlooking the Menai Strait on the north-eastern outskirts of Caernarfon. The villa is set in an 11-acre estate which also contains a lodge, a former stable block, a former dairy, other outbuildings and a private dock and dock keeper’s house. The manor house was built around 1820 and was owned by the family of High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire Thomas Turner (c 1811-1873). Turner was a magistrate and served as Mayor of Caernarfon from 1846 to 1848. He also had a wine merchants’ business, Messrs Turner & co., and was agent for the Vaynol Estate. In the latter capacity he supervised Dinorwic Quarry and it was during a visit to the quarry that, falling over some rails, he sustained a spinal injury that was ultimately to lead to his death.

Plas Brereton was put up for sale by public auction in 1896, when it was described as being “in a good position, and would make a capital residence for a gentleman who has inclinations for a rural life, but whose profession compels him to spend a portion of the day at an office in a town.” It was bought for £8,270 by a Miss Turner, who then put it up for sale in 11 separate lots.

More recently, in 2000 local developer Chris Goalen had joint regeneration plans for Plas Brereton estate together with the adjacent Plas Ty Coch. Plas Brereton villa would have been converted into a seven-bedroom hotel and 96-seat restaurant. Outbuildings would have become a fitness centre and swimming pool. And the private dock and former dock keeper’s house would also have been restored. The proposed development scheme did not, however, come to fruition.

In 2008 the then owners Cheshire-based Dowhill Developments Ltd were also granted planning permission to convert the main house into a boutique hotel with an associated spa, gym and swimming pool.

A 26 ft static caravan situated next to the villa burnt down to the ground in 2012. The couple who had been allowed to stay in the caravan in return for watching over the property only narrowly escaped from the blaze.

In 2013 the estate was put up for sale by public auction administered by Manchester-based asset-recovery group Winterhill Largo. The property was purchased for £591,146 by London-based developers Cabot Park Ltd.

In October 2015 Cabot Park obtained planning consent, based on designs created by Llanfairpwll-based DEWIS Architecture, to convert the villa into a nine-bedroom boutique hotel, to build a single-storey extension for a 120-seat restaurant, and to convert existing outbuildings and construct new buildings to create a total of 18 self-catering holiday units. It was then announced that the developers were embarking upon their search for potential operators to run the proposed facilities.

Further Reading

Caernarfon’s Plas Brereton hotel plan given go-ahead (Daily Post, 19 Oct 2015)

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20 thoughts on “Plas Brereton, Caernarfon

  1. such a beautiful building… it’s a shame it is not used and left to deteriorate among all that waste and garbage…
    what does “come to fruition” mean in English? (blush)

  2. Sound like an awful lot of talk but not much action over the past few years. Hopefully it won’t have deteriorated too much and the current plans will eventually be realised!

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  4. I pass this most days at the moment and had been wonderinhg about the site. I hope the wonderful architecture is saved, at least in some vestigial form. Interesting that the Turner family were involved in this, as another famous Turner lived across the road at Parcia, William Turner of Diffwys quarry fame. You’ve done a nice job of recording the builkdings, great photos.

  5. Lovely details Graham, especially that tiled floor and the roof. I just hope they are included in the new plans, its such a shame when the beautiful architectural past is overlooked and scrapped.

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  7. Ive been around the sites, you will all be dissappointed to know that in both plas brereton and plas ty coch almost every original internal feature has been removed by the at time and still current owner of plas ty coch. Despite being grade 2 listed Gwynedd Council dont have the funds to push through a compulsory purchase order. Plas ty coch has been missing a roof for over 4 years, you can only imagine how bad the insides must be.

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