Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mostyn Hall

Just three miles north East of Trelawnyd lies the historic country house Mostyn hall. The 15th Century house is a private seat of the latest Lord Mostyn who is 29 years old and the 13th richest man in a Britain under the age of 30.
The house has been opened to the public for a few weeks this year for the very first time, so, after a glowing report from my sister who had a guided tour of the Hall last week.I drove up to have a look for myself.
It was a fascinating hour out of my day. With only 8 of us on the tour, we had time to look at Charles The first's death warrant signed by Oliver Cromwell ( Oliver P)', learn all about the flamboyant Savage Mostyn who was responsible for the design of the modern sailor uniform!
and notice the cans of coke almost hidden away on the drinks trolley in the library.
As usual with these ancient family homes of Britain, the interest was not only in the grand public rooms which were a real delight, it was the quick glimpses of the 1970 avocado bathrooms which gave the whole visit a grounding in the normal

A painting of Mostyn hall's delightful library


44 comments:

  1. What a lovely old pile. I have to drive two hours and pay through the nose to visit our local chateau, Biltmore. A very commercial estate today, and not a single avocado or harvest gold fixture in sight.

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  2. John, just bought the season 4 of Walking Dead. Have you heard the latest about Daryl?

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    1. Donna....well I heard the producers were hinting he was gay!
      If only

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  3. Savage Mostyn? Hmmmm, flamboyant, as you say - with that camp hand on hip pose, the other hand ready to catch the cannonball as it's fired.

    And (of course!) you meant Charles 1st rather than James.

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    1. Well I think I did
      And yes
      Savage never married!

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    2. The penny's just dropped. That 'Savage' was obviously a case of irony. Slow me!

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  4. That would be Charles I. His dad James died with his head intact a long time before Cromwell was on the scene.

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    1. Ti thought I wrote Charles ..well near enough

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  5. Avocado baths and tins of coke eh? Under the skin (and sans bank balance) we are all the same aren't we? We only had our avocade bath taken out about five years ago when my blackouts meant I could no longer take a bath but had to have a shower.

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  6. Gee, looks just like my house........

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  7. Well I feel extremely good about my bathroom renovations now lol.

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  8. That is quite a country house! Do they charge admission to visitors?

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    1. 5£ for charity

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    2. Five pounds for Charity? What do they charge everyone else?
      Jane x

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  9. There was a PBS series about some of those grand old houses in England. I guess it was a reaction to the Downton Abbey craze. I loved looking at those houses. They were probably ostentatious in their time, but now they seem a labor of love. I think it's wonderful their owners have found it worthwhile to preserve them. They don't do that here, they tear down old buildings and build condominiums.

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    1. This house had a lovely feel to it
      Cosy somehow

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  10. Sounds like a good place to visit. The young Lord Mostyn owns around half of the property in Llandudno I've heard.

    Nice that he's let some of it out so that we are about to get a Prezzo .... yay .. I'm happy :-)

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    1. Yes....sue...if it wasn't for one of the mostyns llandudno would look very different today
      She put an order on the promenade, ensuring the hotel fronts are never changed

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    2. Clever girl ...well it just had to be a woman thinking that far ahead :-)

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  11. Was there a walled kitchen garden, John? I love walled kitchen gardens like Heligan.

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    1. We couldn't access the gardens..... I would have liked to have thought they had one

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  12. I'm drooling... I love 'old'! Nice digs!

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  13. That's a fairy tale house for the princess who doesn't need Prince Charming, who isn't all that bright anyway.

    Love,
    Janie

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  14. Ah, wish I was there. T'is one of those things I miss from my old country... (Sigh)

    Thanks for the peek :)

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    1. South Africa must have a few early Victorian houses dani?

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  15. Beautiful !

    cheers, parsnip

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  16. Reminds me a little of The Biltmore house here in the states. Looks lovely.

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  17. Mostyn is the name given to a man with a big cock. Justin is the name for a man with a small one. As you can tell, I am now being alerted to other people's posts.

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    1. A non shit post for a change and you have to go and mention cocks!

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    2. And your latest is called 'Arsehole'.

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  18. A smaller version of where I work.Sounds like the National Trust is involved if the house has been recently opened to the public. They have to do that once a year and will probably apply for grants to get rid of the avocado bathrooms. I've got 'housemaid's knee', an occupational hazard of my job - I'll be like Mrs Overall soon!

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  19. He supports Arsenal.

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  20. Wow. And I think it was Deborah, then Duchess of Devonshire, who first starting opening up homes and gardens as a fund-raiser. And if I lived there I would go. Often.

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    1. Chats worth house is the BEST house I have ever been to

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    2. It is good isn't it? But then I'm ever so slightly biased!
      Gill

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  21. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon out. You needed that after working nights last weekend.

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  22. Our old farm kitchen was avocado back in th 70's eeek!

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  23. I love learning that fancy-schmancy rich people have just as bad taste as I do!

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  24. I am somehow comforted to know that one of the richest people in Britain does not feel the need to update his bathrooms every decade.

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  25. Oh, I envy you! That house looks beautiful.

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  26. Oh my, I'd love to see that place! And even more, I'd love to see the gardens! And the stables!

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  27. One of the richest men in Britain has an avocado bathroom? I need to move across the pond.

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