Kinmel Hall, Conwy, Wales

Kinmel Hall aka Cuckoo Hall or Lotus Hall, Wales

The now disused Kinmel Hall is the largest surviving country house in Wales. The lavish house has 52 bedrooms plus accommodation for 60 servants.

Visited August 2014  UK Conwy, Wales Abandoned

Hsitory of Kinmel Hall, Conwy, Wales

Kinmel Hall was built 1871-76 on the same site as two previous houses to designs of the famed architect William Eden Nesfield. The house has 52 main bedrooms and quarters for 60 live-in servants. The huge house even included a room solely for ironing newspapers! [1]

The house was commissioned by Hugh Robert Hughes, affectionately known as “HRH” when the Kinmel Estate was passed to him following the death of his uncle William Lewis Hughes, second Lord Dinorben. The estate had only been handed down to William 8 months prior following the death of his father, William Lewis Hughes, Dinorben of Kinmel.

The impressive Neo-palladian style stable block was added in the 1850s to designs by William Burn. [2]

The Hughes family remained in the home until 1929. By this time the estate was considerably smaller than when the hall was built, owing to the lavish lifestyles of the family and the extensive building programme embarked upon by HRH. The house was converted for use as a ‘rheuma spa’, a health centre to treat people with rheumatism. The house was used as a hospital during World War II.

Kinmel Hall - The house had extensive landscaped gardens
Kinmel Hall – The house had extensive landscaped gardens

Clarendon Girls School and Christian Conference Centre

After the war the house became Clarendon Girls School and suffered a large fire in 1975. The school was forced to close but the house was restored by businessman Eddie Vince to become a Christian conference centre.

As is often the case with large properties such as this, a number of failed redevelopment opportunities took place. Currently plans have been proposed to convert the house into a hotel but work is yet to begin.

Kinmel Hall - Grand Main Hallway
Kinmel Hall – Grand Main Hallway
Kinmel Hall - Main hallway
Kinmel Hall – Main hallway
 
Kinmel Hall - Main Staircase
Kinmel Hall – Main Staircase
Kinmel Hall - Through the archway on the main staircase
Kinmel Hall – Through the archway on the main staircase
Kinmel Hall - On the stairs
Kinmel Hall – On the stairs
Kinmel Hall - View from top
Kinmel Hall – View from top
Kinmel Hall - Top of stairs
Kinmel Hall – Top of stairs
 
Kinmel Hall - View up the stairs
Kinmel Hall – View up the stairs
Kinmel Hall - Arch in hallway
Kinmel Hall – Arch in hallway
Kinmel Hall - Hallway with red carpet
Kinmel Hall – Hallway with red carpet
Kinmel Hall - Grand entrance hall
Kinmel Hall – Grand entrance hall
Kinmel Hall - Looking into the red room
Kinmel Hall – Looking into the red room
Kinmel Hall - The red room
Kinmel Hall – The red room
 
Kinmel Hall - Red room fireplace
Kinmel Hall – Red room fireplace
Kinmel Hall - Ballroom ceiling in all white with gold highlights
Kinmel Hall – Ballroom ceiling in all white with gold highlights
Kinmel Hall - The white ballroom
Kinmel Hall – The white ballroom
 
Kinmel Hall - Ballroom balcony
Kinmel Hall – Ballroom balcony
Kinmel Hall - The library after the carvings were stolen
Kinmel Hall – The library after the carvings were stolen
 
Kinmel Hall - Carvings gifted by Queen Victoria
Kinmel Hall – Carvings gifted by Queen Victoria
Kinmel Hall - Feature-full rooms
Kinmel Hall – Feature-full rooms
Kinmel Hall - Door to the Clarendon Room
Kinmel Hall – Door to the Clarendon Room
Kinmel Hall - Clarendon Room
Kinmel Hall – Clarendon Room
Kinmel Hall - One of the 52 bedrooms
Kinmel Hall – One of the 52 bedrooms
 
Kinmel Hall - Another staircase
Kinmel Hall – Another staircase
Kinmel Hall - Ironwork through window
Kinmel Hall – Ironwork through window
Kinmel Hall - External view from the front
Kinmel Hall – External view from the front
Kinmel Hall - External angled
Kinmel Hall – External angled
 
Kinmel Hall - Stable block
Kinmel Hall – Stable block
Kinmel Hall - Lion outside the stable block
Kinmel Hall – Lion outside the stable block
Kinmel Hall - Neo-palladian style stable block
Kinmel Hall – Neo-palladian style stable block
Further Reading
If you liked this report you might also want to check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Lotus aka Cuckoo Hall Report

Queen Victoria's gift stolen from Kinmel Hall BBC News article.

References

1. Source: http://www.kinmel-estate.co.uk/html/history.html
2. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinmel_Hall

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