Lake Vyrnwy

The Story of a Sporting Hotel

Simon Baynes, George Westropp



ISBN: 9781846892981

PUBLICATION DATE: April 18, 2019

CATEGORY: Country Houses, Art and History

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 144 pages

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.

Meet the author Simon Baynes

Simon Baynes grew up in Montgomeryshire where his father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he won the Dunster History Essay Prize. After a career at stockbrokers Cazenove & Co. and as Managing Director of the merged JP Morgan Cazenove investment bank, Simon moved back to Wales where he now focuses on writing and the local community.

He ran a second-hand bookshop for five years, is founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and co-author of Lake Vyrnwy: The Story of a Sporting Hotel. Simon has stood for parliament and been Mayor of his local town. His wife, Maggie, is an architect and he is Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and together they share a strong interest in heritage and old buildings.

Meet the author George Westropp

George Westropp has fished Lake Vyrnwy for trout for over 60 years, catching his first of many trout there in 1957 at the age of 13. Throughout and after his career in journalism and public relations, he has maintained close family links to Vyrnwy and his children and grand-children are the fourth and fifth generations to fish the Lake. Salmon and trout fishing consume his spare moments and he is Executive Vice President of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK.

Books by Simon Baynes

The Forgotten Country House

Simon Baynes