Fairytale history of an Anglesey Castle

Our History

Unique Fairytale Hotel

Our story is a special one going back many years to the exquisite scenery of the Loire Valley in France. Today it is told through the magnificent architecture of our Grade ll-listed Château in North Wales, nestled away on the picturesque Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait with breathtaking views overlooking Snowdonia.

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From the Beginning

From the Beginning

Our real-life fairytale is one we enjoy telling, but even better, it’s one we like to show you as we take you on a exciting journey back in time. The Château was built in 1849 by Sir John Hay-Williams, Baronet of Bodelwyddan as a gift for his wife Lady Sarah. The Château was originally built as a dower house, beautifully positioned on the water. However, inspiration and artistic imagination influenced the design from the couple’s travels in the Loire region of France, where they were particularly enamoured with the architectural style favoured in the region during the reign of Francois I (1515-1547).

As time went on

As time went on

Our beautiful Château tells an exciting history both inside and out, following Lady Sarah’s dream that everything would be perfect and no detail overlooked. The magnificent interiors were chosen by her own hand, and to honour her exquisite taste and connect the French-style Château to its newly formed Welsh roots, the house was christened “Rhianfa” (put forward by the local vicar), which means ladies abode.

Our story continues

Our story continues

Our story so far is precious to us and one that we want to tell for years to come to all who discover the hidden jewel of Château Rhianfa. Over the recent years we've taken great care to preserve our treasured French-style architecture through gentle restoration to ensure the historic charm and unique character of Château Rhianfa will last forever like any true fairytale should. Over time our charming character, inspired by an enchanting love story, lives on for you to admire today as you make it part of your own during your stay at Château Rhianfa.

What Our Guests Say

We cannot thank you all enough for making the day perfect.
Every member of staff from bar staff to the guys cleaning up as we left, were amazing and the day would not have been the same without them all.

Our guests kept saying all night how lovely, helpful and organised they all were.

Hotel Guest

Apologies for not emailing sooner but I would like to thank you and your team (kitchen staff, waiting- on staff and bar staff) for an enjoyable festive lunch last Wednesday. It is always difficult to decide where to go for a meal and to keep everyone happy and without doubt everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.  We had fantastic food and professional service, so thank you again.

Hotel Guest

Thank you for putting together what was a fantastic evening enjoyed by all. I have had favourable messages from everyone there during this week.

Your staff were extremely busy as they were seeing to quite a few events, and we would like to extend our thanks to the for making the evening run well.

I look forward to the next.

Hotel Guest

Thank you for making our dinner evening a success!

It was enjoyed by all and your staff were very attentive.

I look forward to next year’s event!

Hotel Guest

A truly fantastic weekend.  Fantastic hotel in lovely surroundings and such friendly staff. 

Top marks!

Hotel Guest

Just a quick note to thank you so much for helping to make our daughter's wedding day so special.  The venue was superb as were you and the other Château Rhianfa staff.  We all had a most enjoyable day and apart from the weather (which could have been kinder) we wouldn't have changed a thing.

Hotel Guest

I would like to extend a great big Thank You to all at Château Rhianfa who made my two day 70th Birthday celebrations so memorable. The cleaning staff who ensured that all our rooms were immaculate. The outside staff who made sure that the lovely gardens were in the peak of condition. The Chef and catering staff who prepared all of our incredibly delicious food. The waiting staff who attended to our every need and the management who ensured everything ran like clockwork .All my guests commented on how friendly, efficient and helpful all the hotel staff were. Nothing was too much trouble. I shall be back for my 80th!!

Hotel Guest

I am writing on behalf of the team to say thank you so very much for a fantastic evening at Château Rhianfa last night.  The preparation beforehand, the rooms, the service (I was particularly impressed by the waiting on staff – fantastic!) and of course the marvellous food

Hotel Guest