A strikingly beautiful country estate steeped in history

Nestled in the heart of North Wales, the Bodnant Estate sits proudly within the Conwy Valley. 

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Our History

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In 1792 Colonel Forbes built Bodnant Hall
An Italianate mansion to replace an earlier house and developed the parkland around Bodnant Hall, in English Landscape style.
The Hanmer Family
On Colonel Forbes' death in 1820 the estate passed by marriage again to William Hanmer of Bettisfield Park in Flintshire.
Pochin/McLaren family bought the Estate
In January 1875, Henry Davis Pochin (1824-1895) purchased the Bodnant Estate.
The Garden was gifted to the National Trust
After WW2 ended in 1945, Henry McLaren gifted the garden to the National Trust. They still operate the garden today!

5 Generations

Henry Davis Pochin
Laura & Charles McLaren
Henry McLaren
Charles McLaren
Michael & Caroline McLaren
The McLaren Family | Bodnant Estate History

The Bodnant Estate is predominantly agricultural, with some woodland and a few lakes, and also some mountain land in Snowdonia.

The main part of the Estate lies on the east bank of the River Conwy, centred on the Eglwysbach valley. West of the Eglwysbach valley, between it and the River Conwy, the Estate rises to about 767 feet (234m) at Mynydd Cauedig (or Garth Mountain), which has two lakes, fine views and good walking.  East of the Eglwysbach valley, the Estate rises to about 1,118 feet (341m) at Moel Gyffylog, where there is an Edwardian shooting lodge and panoramic views of Snowdonia.

Some of the Estate lies in the flood plain on the west bank of the River Conwy. This includes the Estate’s largest farm, some woodland and two historic sites – an old Roman camp at Caerhun and an ancient Welsh camp at Bryn Castell. 

The Estate also has some land high in Snowdonia, in the upper part of Cwm Eigiau, a wild and very unspoilt valley high in the Carneddau range of mountains. This runs from the lake (Llyn Eigiau) at an altitude of 1,312 feet (400m) up to the peak of Carnedd Llewellyn, which at 3,491 feet (1,064m) is the second highest peak in England and Wales and only slightly lower than Snowdon itself.

There are over 20 miles of tracks through the woods and over the farms on the Estate.

 Except where there were existing footpaths and bridle paths, most of the tracks were made in the early 20th century by Henry Pochin, so as to enable his mother to drive her pony and trap around the Estate.  Our Holiday Guests are welcome to walk on all these tracks, which we try to maintain and keep clear. 

The Estate is wonderful riding country, because of the dramatic lie of the land, the beauty of the scenery and the presence of all the Estate paths. So, our policy is to try to develop facilities for equestrian activities on the Estate.

There is fishing on three lakes on the Estate, including the largest (Llyn Syberi).  This fishing is let out, as is the fishing on parts of the River Hiraethlyn and the right to fish on parts of the River Conwy.  Likewise, the pheasant shooting on the Estate has been let out. 

Our furry residents

The agriculture on the Estate, typically of the area, is predominantly the rearing of sheep, with some dairy and beef cattle.  There is little arable farming.  The Estate comprises about a dozen relatively small farms plus some smallholdings.  All the farming is let out to tenant farmers, and none is kept in hand. 

The woodland on the Estate is quite extensive.  Most of it is hardwood, and much of it is mature or over-mature.  Some of the woodland is categorised as “semi-natural ancient woodland” (predominantly sessile oak) and has changed little for centuries.  The Estate’s policy is to attempt to manage the woodland more actively than occurred in the past, where possible on a continuous cover basis (as opposed to clear felling).  However, very depressed timber prices and difficulties of extraction make the active management of the woodland quite a challenge.


Stay with us

We have 10 charming rural cottages on the Bodnant Estate, perfect for a country escape. 

Enjoy everything we have to offer; from private woodland walks to serene fishing lakes and local adventures as well as being only a 10 minute drive from the coast – our cottages have it all.