Inside mansion which hosted Winston Churchill but desolate after fire

Inside mansion which hosted Winston Churchill but desolate after fire

Pictured: Inside grand mansion which hosted Winston Churchill and actor Richard Burton but now left desolate after tragic fire which saw owner’s wife die

  • In 2020 a fire broke out at Bontddu Hall – a woman died at the scene 
  • The building would need to be re-built before it could trade, agents said

A grand mansion which once hosted Winston Churchill but was left desolate and half burnt down following a tragic fire is up for sale – and has had its price cut by £200,000 to £750,000.

Bontddu Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, has in the past also hosted Neville Chamberlain and actor Richard Burton on visits to the Welsh countryside.

But almost three years ago it was hit by tragedy when it was badly damaged by a serious fire which killed the owner’s wife. 

Agent Christie and Co said: ‘It has hosted a number of famous guests over the years including Sir Winston Churchill.

‘Unfortunately the property has recently suffered a serious fire and is no longer able to be utilised as a property in its given state although the structure, in part, still stands.

Grand mansion Bontddu Hall is up for sale for £750,000 – it is in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park

The mansion half burnt down following a tragic fire nearly three years ago 

Photos inside the property show the devastating aftermath of the fire which left one woman dead

‘Therefore, the opportunity is being offered to the market predominantly for redevelopment of the existing hall, or for an incoming buyer to develop as required.’

Firefighters were called to Bontddu Hall near Dolgellau in June 2020 after receiving reports of a large fire at the building, ITV reports.

A woman was pulled from the building, but then died at the scene, fire officials said at the time.  

Burton stayed at the luxury three star hotel, near Barmouth, when he made his 1949 film debut The Last Days of Dolwyn.

The 20-room mansion became the jewel of north Wales attracting wealthy clients including former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

A London-based businessman won permission to turn it from a hotel into a home back in 2004.

Tourism chiefs slammed the conversion of the hotel as a ‘sad loss’ for an area which has already suffered hundreds of tourism job losses.

The hall was built originally in 1873 for a wealthy English family.

The 20-room mansion became the jewel of north Wales attracting wealthy clients including former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain

Grand mansion Bontddu Hall is up for sale for £750,000 and is currently desolate

Firefighters were called to Bontddu Hall in June 2020 after receiving reports of a large fire

Tourism chiefs slammed the conversion of the hotel as a ‘sad loss’ for an area which has already suffered hundreds of tourism job losses

A bar inside what was a hotel, once visited by Winston Churchill 

Old furniture destroyed by the fire in the building, with debris seen strewn on the ground 

‘The site offers a range of possibilities for a buyer depending on their requirements,’ agents said


Due to the condition of the building it would need to be completely re-built before any business could trade, agents have said


Photos reveal what is left inside the desolate Bontddu Hall, as it goes up for sale 

The hall was built originally in 1873 for a wealthy English family

Later the hall passed into the ownership of the Hall family who also owned other hotels in the region.

The price has been cut twice from its original asking price of £950,00 – first last spring down to £850,000 and now down to £750,000.

The Christie spokesman said: ‘Bontddu Hall Hotel once traded as a successful business and could again. However, due to the condition of the building it would need to be completely re-built before any business could trade.

‘The site offers a range of possibilities for a buyer depending on their requirements.’

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