16 August 2011

Time to take a peek in the bunkhouse

Did you bring your hard hat? Good, pop it on and I'll take you for a quick tour round the bunkhouse and show you what we've been up to these past couple of weeks. Hope you brought plenty of imagination as well.

We'll go in this door, just mind the skips.

That's it, watch out for the cement mixer as you come in.

We've come in to what will be our open plan kitchen/living/dining room. Stand with your back to the mixer, mind you don't get mucky though, that's it. What you're now looking at is part of the area where our kitchen will be, minus the toilets of course.

Take a turn to the right and go up the step and you're in what will be the walk-in larder, currently home to three delightful showers. I did say that you'll need a good imagination!

Back down now into the toilet/kitchen, turn to your left and you're in the future living room. 

As you can see the builders have had to hack off all the plaster due to the rising wet dry rot that we had but in doing so the original walls have been exposed. These are extremely solid, thick stone walls which have stood the test of time from when it was originally built as stables.  Also notice that the doorway has been narrowed in the past, infilled with bricks.  If we go through this door we'll come into a small room which will be our office, but I do need to get a comfier chair.

Passing on through here we come to what will be the bedroom.

The far left hand corner where the poles currently are will be our en-suite

and the corner with the scaffolding will be our walk-in wardrobe.

If we all turn round now with our back to the wardrobe/ensuite you'll see that this room has two external doors, both are down to be removed. This wall has been re-built in the past and is much thinner than the original walls.

Well that's all there is to see in here, we'll turn round and make our way back out through the bedroom.

Through the study and out into the living room.

Make your way past the cement mixer in the kitchen, turn left and out through the door.

Take a big deep breath of fresh air and admire the view of the mighty Mynydd Mawr through the trees.

Hope you enjoyed your visit to the bunkhouse, there'll be another guided tour when there's something new and of interest to see. Don't forget your hard hat.


  1. Michelle

    the right hand end as you look at the building was once the garage or coach shed with large doors.

    It was converted into more sleeping accommodation in the late 50's (according to my Dad), so that explains the thin walls.

    Peter the Plasite

  2. Thanks Peter, another mystery solved.

  3. Hello there, I have posted before maybe a year ago or so, I just watched country house rescue about Pentillie house in Cornwall & thought of you at Plas y nant. It was very similar to Plas y nant, 10 bedrooms with a quite a few acres of gardens & a boat house. The couple there inherited it as a house when an old lady died & spent £1.2m giving it the once over in about 8 months, & turned it into a country house hotel. Did you know plas once had a boat house on the lake? & boating & fishing rights, I remember dozens of us out in boats down on the lake. It was very cold.

    When I looked at the possibility of buying Plas it was going to cost more than £1.2m to bring it up to hotel standard, so it was sadly beyond my budget even with venture capital, so its great to see you taking it on with gusto!.

    I am so looking forward to staying when its been all poshed up.

    All the best & keep up the amazing work.


  4. Hello Liam,

    Yes, I did know Plas y Nant had a boat house on Llyn Cwellyn. We now have all the original deeds and paperwork for every property transaction that took place relating to Plas y Nant and unfortunately the boat house was sold by the Christian Endeavour group to Castell Cidwm. However, when Castell Cidwm purchased the boat house they granted Plas y Nant the right to build a new boat house on a certain part of the lake foreshore - so you never know what might happen in the future.....

  5. The Elephant out of one window and a bubbling waterfall at the end of the block. Absolutely idyllic. I have stayed in the 'Bunkhouse' many, many times in the 50s/60s.
    Any chance you might retain some trace of its former name 'Everest'?
    What a super job you are making of it.
    best of luck

  6. Thanks for your comment Colin. We're counting the days now until we can move in.

    A new name for the bunkhouse is currently in discussion, at the moment it's simply called 'The Cottage' but we're also considering a few Welsh names. However, unfortunately for those of you who remember it in it's previous life, it won't be called Everest. A decision I know that won't be popular but I'll take it on the chin along with everything else!

  7. There are so many lovely Welsh Names for you to select and it'll match" Plas-y-Nant."

  8. We shall have to have a brain storming session - involving a bottle of wine, or 2!

  9. Everest !! Once had the 'pleasure' of staying in Everest in the 80's on one of many yearly school trips to Plas-y-Nant. I remember all the rooms had mountain names, Snowdon, Ben Nevis etc.

    Always loved the trip, right from finding out which of the rooms we had, playing table tennis in the chapel, and seeing Zulu's grave at the top !

    Whilst in Wales 2 years ago, went to Plas-y-nant for a look round but was dissappointed to see it closed off, looking forward to seeing it restored.

    Back in Wales in August, will take a drive by and see how its going !!

  10. Hi Fishy, thanks for leaving a comment about your stay in the old bunkhouse. Unfortunately when you come back to Wales this August you're going to be disappointed again as we're not yet open to the public! However, keep following the blog and facebook to find out when we do eventually open and then maybe you'll be able to book a holiday at Plas y Nant.

  11. I remember many stays in Everest, boys dorms with bunk beds and much fun and mischief. Glad to see the old buiding is getting a new lease of life.