A VAST mansion worth a cool £2million which once hosted a grand ball held by King Charles – now lies empty after it failed to sell.
Plas Glynllifon, on the outskirts of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, dates back to the 1830s and 1840s when it was built by Lord Newborough.
The neo-classical mansion was originally a playground for the rich and aristocracy.
Originally, a series of earlier houses stood on the site and was the family seat of the Glynn family until the 1700s and then passed to the Wynns.
It’s located in the heart of Parc Glynllifon, which is now under the ownership of the local council Cyngor Gwynedd, and is a huge country park which remains open to the public.
A timber merchant bought the estate in 1948 and then in 1954 the house and park were sold to Caernarfonshire County Council with the estate building later being transferred to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, the Daily Post reports.
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In 1969, Plas Glynllifon was the location for the Prince of Wales Investiture Ball.
It was sold at the end of 2020, to a Manchester developer, after going into receivership following a failed plan to turn it into a luxury hotel.
Its last listed guide price was for a hefty £2m.
The mansion is believed to have left empty for the past three years.
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It has 102 rooms, a ballroom, library, not one but six wine cellars, an orangery and its own bat cave.
The council owns the park estate though and is open to the public and the entrance fee for adults is £4.
It includes gardens of historical and scientific important that have Historical Garden (Grade I) status as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Wales’ historic environment agency Cadw and the Countryside Council for Wales.
There are eight miles of paths to walk in total, which takes in many rare species of trees and plants, many of which were planted more than 150 years ago.
A key feature of the park is water and includes terraced waterfalls as well as the remains of a water mill that once powered the sawmills on the estate.
There’s also a play area for the kids as well as a café and gift shop at the entrance.