History of Llanfyllin
The town, with a population of around 1200, was granted its charter as a borough in 1293 and still has its town council and elected Mayor. The town is named after Saint Myllin, a 7th Century Celt to whom the Church is also dedicated.
It has long served as the trading centre for the south-eastern slopes of the Berwyn Mountains just as Bala has served the northern slopes and Dolgellau on the western side.
The Lonely Tree in the picture is a favourite place for locals and visitors to climb up to. Many a relationship has been secured under its branches. It suffered wind damaged in the big storm of February 2014 but was still voted Welsh Tree of the Year 2014 later that year. It has since died but we have planted seeds from the tree and one has now reached a height of 15cm. it is hoped this will be planted a replacement before long. It is a short but exhilarating climb from the cottage rewarded by some stunning views of surrounding valleys.
There is a series of five walks around the area that all start from the gate outside the cottage. Guide leaflets for these are available in the cottage.
At the eastern edge of the town there is a children's playground with a wide range of play equipment.
Towards the centre, the leisure centre includes a swimming pool. There is also a library with full internet facilities.
At the other end of the town is a picnic area in the middle of the wetlands area with ponds and board walks in natural marsh land by the River Cain.
There is plenty of opportunity to go for walks from the town. The cottage has guides to several walks that start just outside the gate.
This area is becoming well known for quality fresh produce.
For a small town, we are blessed with shops selling quality local foods including Peter the butcher, Mark who has a wonderful fruit and vegetable shop and another Mark who has a well-stocked Spar store. Derek brings his fresh fish trailer into the town every Thursday morning.
Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda all provide a delivery service to the town. If you wish, you can place an order for delivery on the day of your arrival at the Cottage. If it arrives before you, we will receive it on your behalf.
We have our own chickens so eggs are available on the doorstep.
Seeds Restaurant, within walking distance of the cottage, is a high class restaurant for that special occasion.
The Cain Valley Hotel and The Old New Inn, also in the town centre, provide pub food.
There is also a Fish and Chip shop in the town.
A couple of miles to the East, The Stumble Inn is a very friendly pub serving good food.
A further mile or so brings you to Llanfechain where Plas yn Dinas has just been refurbished and serves good food.
A couple of miles to the North is The Green Inn which also serves good food.
The Plough is Llanrhaeadr is also likes by our visitors. The Plough is just at the end of Waterfall Road at the top of which is the tallest waterfall in Wales - even taller than Niagara.
About ten miles to the West, with stunning views over the lake, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel has a restaurant and Tavern Bar serving meals. It also has a wonderful lounge serving afternoon teas - scones with cream are not to be missed.
Interesting buildings in the town
The Cain Valley Hotel (pictured above) on the edge of the main square has been Llanfyllin’s principal inn for centuries. It started as the Goat Inn, then became the Wynnstay Arms and is now the Cain Valley Hotel. It was built in the 17th century and still has its original staircase. The brick front was added in the 18th century.
The Hall in Vine Square was built by the Price family, great landowners in the Llanfyllin and surrounding areas. The house was built sometime in the 16th Century. Charles I stayed there in September 1645 when escaping to Chester from the battle the royalists lost at Montgomery.
The first Pendref Chapel building dated from 1707. This was subsequently destroyed by an anti-nonconformist mob, and rebuilt at the government’s expense in 1717. A second rebuilding took place in 1829 with the only element incorporated from the earlier chapel being a memorial stone, unusual for a non-conformist chapel as it includes Latin text. Remodelling works took place in the 1890's and a lean-to vestry added during the early twentieth century. The present chapel, dated 1890, is built in the Simple Round-Headed style with a long-wall entry plan. The celebtrated hymn-writer, Ann Griffiths, was converted to Non-Conformism in an outdoor ceremony at this church in 1796. Pendref is now Grade 2 Listed.
Opposite the Cain Valley Hotel is an impressive black and white timber framed building. It became a temperance hotel in 1901 and was later enlarged in its present mock-Tudor style. It is now a private residence.
The Manor House, opposite the Hall in Vine Square, was built for the stewards of Lord Powis who owned all of the manors in the Llanfyllin area. The front of the house was built in 1737 but the back is mostly early 17th century.
The Council House, opposite the Church is now the Danby’s Pharmacy. Council meetings were held there between 1775 and 1791. The walls of a first floor room are covered with paintings by Jacque Pierre Augurard, a prisoner of war in Napoleon’s army who was one of 148 officers billeted in Llanfyllin from 1812.
You are most likely to approach Llanfyllin from the East and the first significant building you will see is Y Dolydd, the Union Workhouse. This was built in 1838 as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1934 to accommodate the poor of twenty five neighbouring parishes. It is now being renovated and given a new life as workshops, a performing centre and a residential training centre.
Being a regional centre, all of the main services are here including the surgery with medical and dental facilities. There is a pharmacist in the town. The fire and ambulance emergency services are here and there is a part-time police station.