Overview

Plas Brondanw was built by Clough Williams-Ellis's ancestor around 1550. He was given the house by his father in 1908. "It was for Brondanw's sake that I worked and stinted" he wrote, "for its sake that I chiefly hoped to prosper".

Although less well known than his village and gardens at Portmeirion, the gardens of Brondanw are nevertheless considered by many to be Clough Williams-Ellis'smost important creation. All proceeds and donations go directly towards the cost of maintaining the garden.

The house itself is now also open to the public and houses an art gallery of ever changing artists and some of Susan Williams-Ellis's art work and artefacts.

Plas Brondanw is also host to a charming cafe. The ideal venue to taste local Welsh produce, at its very best, whilst enjoying the tranquility of the gardens.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Gardens: 10am to 5pm, every day, all year.

House: 10.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday to Sunday from Easter to the end of September.

Café: 10am to 4pm, every day from April to September.

Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens: 10am to 5pm, every day, all year.

House: 10.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday to Sunday from Easter to the end of September.

Café: 10am to 4pm, every day from April to September.

Find Us
Find us

Driving 

Please use the postcode, LL48 6SW, when driving. Plas Brondanw Gardens are located within the Snowdonia National Park near the village of Garreg Llanfrothen, off A4085, between
Penrhyndeudraeth and Beddgelert on the road to Croesor, 5 miles from Poerthmadog. Please follow the brown signs. 

Public Transport 

Local buses are available to and from Porthmadog and Beddgelert. 

Please view our website for more information.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free of charge

Taxi

B & M Taxi 01766770851

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard Entry: £5.00

Gift Aid Entry: £5.50

Children Under 16: £1.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Guided tours of the gardens at Plas Brondanw can be arranged with Paul o’Byrne, our Head Gardener. 

Please book in advance, for groups or tours of 12 or more people and coach parties, by emailing or calling us. 

enquiries@plasbrondanw.com

01766 772 772

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

The Orangery at Plas Brondanw is registered for weddings and civil ceremonies.

The Plas Brondanw gardens offer an incomparable setting for weddings and special celebrations of all kinds. The romantic setting of the gardens, the beauty and special atmosphere of the Orangery and the small scale of the reception facilities all make this the perfect choice for very special occasions.

For use of the gardens and Orangery for half day, the fee is £350.00. There is an additional cost for a small marquee.

We cater for small intimate celebrations and can offer full sit-down meals for up to 25 people (between October and March only) and a reception with finger food for up to 100 people.

Alternatively some people use the very special setting of the garden for wedding photographs and have their receptions elsewhere.

Facilities

  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Today
Today’s opening hours

Gardens: 10am to 5pm, every day, all year.

House: 10.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday to Sunday from Easter to the end of September.

Café: 10am to 4pm, every day from April to September.

Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens: 10am to 5pm, every day, all year.

House: 10.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday to Sunday from Easter to the end of September.

Café: 10am to 4pm, every day from April to September.

Find Us
Find us

Driving 

Please use the postcode, LL48 6SW, when driving. Plas Brondanw Gardens are located within the Snowdonia National Park near the village of Garreg Llanfrothen, off A4085, between
Penrhyndeudraeth and Beddgelert on the road to Croesor, 5 miles from Poerthmadog. Please follow the brown signs. 

Public Transport 

Local buses are available to and from Porthmadog and Beddgelert. 

Please view our website for more information.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free of charge

Taxi

B & M Taxi 01766770851

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard Entry: £5.00

Gift Aid Entry: £5.50

Children Under 16: £1.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Guided tours of the gardens at Plas Brondanw can be arranged with Paul o’Byrne, our Head Gardener. 

Please book in advance, for groups or tours of 12 or more people and coach parties, by emailing or calling us. 

enquiries@plasbrondanw.com

01766 772 772

Other opening

ORIEL BRONDANW

The gallery, Oriel Brondanw, is run by the Ymddiriedolaeth Susan Williams-Ellis Foundation. This is not the same foundation that runs the Gardens and café. If you wish to find out more information regarding the Oriel please contact 01766 770590.

Oriel Brondanw is a gallery and cultural centre established in late 2016 at the Plas Brondanw house. The Oriel will host exhibitions, residencies and workshops by new and recognised artists as well as literary, music and other art orientated events.

Susan Williams-Ellis (1918–2007) is probably best known as the instigator of Portmeirion Pottery, and Plas Brondanw is Susan’s ancestral home. She was the eldest daughter of Clough and Amabel Williams-Ellis.

Alongside the visiting exhibitions, there is a permanent representative display of non-ceramic art by Susan Williams-Ellis. The size and content of that presentation will vary according to what else is exhibited at the same time in the unique and intimate artistic space that is Oriel Brondanw.

At present Oriel Brondanw holds very little Portmeirion Pottery, but space has been set aside for a future permanent exhibition of Susan’s iconic designs which we are acquiring.

Entrance to Oriel Brondanw is free but please note that there is no entry to the Gardens via the Oriel.

Oriel Brondanw is open 10.30 – 15.45, Wednesday to Sunday, April to October.

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Plas Brondanw's history and features

The house was built by John ap Hywel in about 1550, and another member of the family, William Williams, made various improvements in 1660. The names Williams and Ellis became linked together in 1807 when the Reverend John Ellis married Jane Bulgin, who was heiress to the Williams estate. Clough Williams-Ellis inherited the run-down Plas Brondanw from his father in 1908, when he was aged 25, and set about restoring both the house and the gardens. The house itself had by this time been split into apartments, and the garden had been turned into allotments.

In 1951 the property was badly damaged by fire, and this event, and the subsequent restoration of the property, is commemorated by a flaming urn statue, mounted at the top of a waterfall. The restoration was completed by December 1953.

Also across the road, but within the grounds of Plas Brondanw, Williams-Ellis had constructed a folly named Folly Castle. A plaque records that the castle was "a wedding present from the Welsh Guards to Clough Williams-Ellis and Amabel Strachey in 1915." Located on a small hill, it affords good views of the surrounding landscape. Scenes from the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and the Doctor Who episode The Five Doctors were filmed at the folly.


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Fun Facts
This was Clough Williams-Ellis's home and there is a collection of Susan Williams Ellis's art work here.