Lake Vyrnwy: The Story of a Sporting Hotel

Lake Vyrnwy: The Story of a Sporting Hotel
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Since 1890, the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel has been welcoming visitors to the shores of the beautiful Lake it calls its home. This book tells the fascinating story of a hotel built as part of the extraordinary enterprise to construct the Lake itself, at the time the largest artificial reservoir in Europe. Lake Vyrnwy captures in vivid detail the development and evolution of this archetypal Victorian sporting hotel, famed as a renowned fishing destination and still, today, an integral and important part of the local community, economy and culture.

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Since 1890, the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel has been welcoming visitors to the shores of the beautiful Lake it calls its home. This book tells its fascinating story.

The story of the evolution of this Victorian sporting hotel is matched only by the story of the Lake itself, which was, when constructed, the largest artificial reservoir in Europe, the waters held at bay by the first large masonry dam in the country. Built to provide water for the growing city of Liverpool 68 miles away, its construction also meant the relocation of the old village of Llanwddyn. Given the Lake’s remote location, the building of a hotel on its shores seemed a natural development. Early visitors included Liverpool dignitaries and others drawn to witness at first hand the extraordinary engineering project the new reservoir represented. But, as the engineers left the site and the Lake settled into its new surroundings, the Hotel came to represent a haven for visitors who came to fish or shoot, walkers, naturalists and artists or holidaymakers drawn simply by the peace and tranquillity the Hotel still offers to this day.

Lake Vyrnwy captures in vivid detail the unique character and location of the Hotel, its fame as a renowned fishing destination, how the Hotel has moved with the times, and how, today, it remains an integral and important part of the local community, economy and culture.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Lt-Col Sir John Baynes, Bt left the regular army in 1972 after 26 years of service and joined Mrs Ruth Moir as co-proprietor of Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. After 14 years the two partners sold the hotel and Sir John resumed his distinguished career as a military historian.

George Westropp has fished Lake Vyrnwy for trout for over 60 years. Throughout his career in journalism and public relations, he maintained close links to Vyrnwy and is Vice Chairman of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK.

Simon Baynes grew up at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He served as the County Councillor for Llanwddyn between 2008-12 and continues to be involved in the community at Vyrnwy. He is the  founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and author of The Forgotten Country House.

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Sub Heading A Revised and Updated Edition of this Classic Story of the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
ISBN 9781846892981
Author Sir John Baynes Bt, GV Westropp, Simon Baynes
Binding Hardback
Extent 144 pages,
Illustrations 8 pages colour and 8 pages black & white
Ebook No
Reviews

'This concise 130 page history of Lake Vyrnwy - the story of the hotel and the lake is a delightful and very interesting read. Beautifully bound and presented.' Gary Creighton, British Country Sports

 

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