WALES: Holidays in History; ANCIENT HOUSE REOPENS FOR GUESTS

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Byline: By HYWEL TREWYN

A MEDIEVAL house painstakingly refurbished by the National Trust for pounds 350,000 has been reopened as luxury holiday accommodation.

Nestled at the foot of the Rhinog hills, just north of Barmouth, Egryn forms part of a historic settlement which sweeps down to the sea.

The profits made from guests staying there will be ploughed into paying for further conservation work at the property.

There is evidence of continuous human occupation on the site from Neolithic times.

From the outside, Egryn appears as an elegant Victorian farmhouse but step inside and you go back another 350 years - to 1510.

On June 7-8 therewill be an open day for the public to get a chance to learn about the house's redevelopment and history.

National Trust spokeswoman Heledd Jones described Egryn as a house of two halves: one side, Victorian elegance, the other an example of an early 16th century dwelling including a vast fireplace, ancient stone mullion windows and mediaeval roof structure.

"The restoration and refurbishment of Egryn took over 22 months, involved over 25 people including a National Trust archaeologist, building surveyor, curator, gardener, warden; the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, a local specialist conservation building contractor, and advisors on historic paintwork, heating and textiles," she said.

"The project cost a total of pounds 350,000. …