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Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostToday is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.  Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year. 

These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.

One place you should visit today is Llancaiach Fawr, a 16th century manor house and, reportedly, the most haunted house in Wales.  Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie and that of an unidentified young boy. 

Llanciach Fawr is marking Halloween with a spooky ghost tour where visitors can see if any spirits are coming out to play.  Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.

Aside from the ghost tours, Llancaiach Fawr itself is a great day out.  Visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time.   Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

Take a look at their website for more details.

GTOA All Set for Southern Wales

Caerphilly CastleA busy weekend is in store for us as welcome the Group Travel Organisers Association Western Branch to the region for a familiarisation visit.

The group, who are in Cardiff for their AGM, will also take time to visit some of the area's best attractions and sample some legendary Welsh hospitality.

The tour will kick off with a visit to Llancaiach Fawr, a 17th century manor house near Caerphilly, which takes you back in time to see how the servants worked and lived during the civil war.

Back in the present day, and the group will then head for Wales' only distillery at Penderyn in at the top of the Rhondda Valley.

From there they head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet near Bridgend, to browse (and spend) in some of the centre's 90 designer and big name stores.

Dinner at Llanerch Vineyard will round off the day in a relaxing manor.

The following day, the group will head for the St Fagans National History Museum and enjoy a trip aboard the Cardiff Bay Road Train.  Whilst in the Bay, they'll also visit the Norwegian Church and the Senedd.

The weekend will then be rounded off in unforgettable style with a sumptuous feast at Cardiff Castle's famous Welsh Banquets.

The group will be guided by Steve Griffin from Griffin Guiding.

We hope the GTO's have a great time and that they will be inspired to return with their groups in the not too distant future.

History and Handlebars

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Caerphilly is all about the castle.

To be fair, covering 120,000 m2 Caerphilly Castle does tend to dominate the town.  It was built by Norman invaders but it was an attack during the 17th century that left the castle with its most striking feature - a leaning tower, which at 10 degrees has more of a tilt than its more famous counterpart in Pisa.

When you've finished exploring it there is a lot more to do in this corner of Southern Wales.  A journey of 8 miles and almost 400 years brings you to Llancaiach Fawr Manor and the year 1645.  You'll meet the servants of the manor who are busy looking after the house for the master, Colonel Pritchard.   They'll regale you with tales of what life is like for them amidst the turmoil of the civil war which rages around them.

What you need with so much history in an area is a museum to bring it all together.  Well, luckily for Caerphilly there's the Winding House.  As the name suggests, the building housed the winding mechanism for the local colliery (in fact you can still see the engine in action on special days throughout the year).  Today the museum is home exhibitions and artefacts charting the area's past.

Back in the 21st century and over in the next valley is Cwmcarn Forest's Mynydd, quite possibly the biggest, hardest, most technical downhill mountain biking track in the country.  It also has terrific views over South Wales, not that you'll be able to take them in as you hurtle down the side of the mountain.  There are also a number of other tracks at the centre if you're not quite up to the big one or if you're after something a little more sedate you can enjoy the beautiful 7 mile long forest drive.

To find our more about Caerphilly, please visit the website

A Day Fit for a King

Event - King's Day
Location - Llancaiach Fawr, Nelson, Caerphilly
Date - Sunday 1 August 2012

Llancaiach Fawr KingCelebrate with the residents and servants of Llancaiach Fawr Manor as His Majesty King Charles I comes to visit.  Hoping to persuade Lord of the Manor, Edward Pritchard to remain loyal to him during the on-going Civil War, the King will preside over a day of activities and re-enactments taking place around the manor and it's grounds.

Llancaiach Fawr is a Grade One listed Manor House that has been restored and furnished according to its appearance during 1645. Visitors will now encounter live role-playing interpreters portraying the household staff during the time of the Civil War.

For more information please visit the Llancaiach Fawr website


A Blog from the Past

Llancaiach FawrToday's guest blog has been written by Steffan Matthias, Agent and Surveyor at Llancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly.

You'll have to excuse the writing style. After all, Steffan is almost 400 years old.

"My Master Edward Prichard owns the capital Manor House of Llancaiach Fawr in the parish of Gelligaer in this year of our Lord 1645. He is one of the most powerful men in Glamorgan, being a landowner, a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace, and a Commissioner of Array for his Majesty King Charles.

You shall be afforded a most gracious welcome to my Master his house. Edward Prichard is the direct descendant of Cedrych ap Gwaithfoed, the olden Lord of Ystrad Twyi. My Master still follows the ancient traditions of Perchentyaeth, the obligations brought by the office and privilege of Landowner.

The Master will offer protection and hospitality via his servants, who will attend gentle visitors and provide guidance about his fair house and speak of their experiences and their lives in the house during this most horrid Civil War. Fortunately Llancaiach is far removed from the distractions of War, and all of my Master's visitors will be assured of a safe haven and pleasant discourse during their visit."

Llancaiach Fawr is a Grade One listed Manor House that has been restored and furnished according to its appearance during 1645. Visitors will now encounter live role-playing interpreters portraying the household staff during the time of the Civil War.

For more information please visit the Llancaiach Fawr website

The Most Haunted House in Wales

Llancaiach GhostLlancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly is a great day out.

It's an old manor house built in 1530 and today visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time. Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie, a young boy and even the spirit of the Colnel Pritchard himself.

Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.

Take a look at their website for more details.

Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostThis weekend is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.  Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year.  These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.

There are plenty of events happening throughout Southern Wales to celebrate Halloween.  St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff are running a series of ghost tours through their site calling at some of their haunted buildings as you go. 

Meanwhile Tredegar House on the outskirts of Newport is getting all creepy.  Visitors are invited dared to explore the cobwebbed halls and living graveyard.

If you're feeling really brave then you should head for the most haunted house in Wales - Llancaiach Fawr near Caerphilly.  Strange goings-on have been reported throughout the house and grounds.  They're marking Halloween with a Psychic Evening and Ghost Tours

The Most Haunted House in Wales

Llancaiach FawrLlancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly is a great day out.

It's an old manor house built in 1530 and today visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time. Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie, a young boy and even the spirit of the Colnel Pritchard himself.

Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.