Gardens above Hell’s Mouth

Plas yn Rhiw

The only organic National Trust garden in Wales

Plas yn Rhiw is an early 17th-century manor house in Y Rhiw, Gwynedd, in north-western Wales.

Located at the base of Mynydd Rhiw, the estate overlooks the beach of Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth), Cardigan Bay and the Llyn Peninsula and consists of a small Tudor mansion, a large garden and woodland.

It is the only organic National Trust garden in Wales, with the original site having been expanded by the trust to include 150 acres of the surrounding woodland.

The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ hedged with cherry laurel and bay, which provides protection from the sea winds, and there are many flowering shrubs and trees, as well as attractive herbaceous borders.

Old unused buildings are landscaped into the garden and there are boxed areas filled with roses.

After the manor's construction in the early 17th century the estate experienced many family sagas, which finally ended in the 1940s when it was donated to the National Trust by the three sisters who owned it in memory of their parents, Constance and William Keating.

The three sisters, who lived in the house until their deaths, are buried in a churchyard near Porth Ysgo, about 5km from Plas yn Rhiw.

The charming manor house is also open to the public and was restored in the 1930s.

Visit the Plas yn Rhiw website