The Story of a Sporting Hotel
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.
Reviews for Lake Vyrnwy
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel is a true sporting hotel, with spectacular views of the lake and the landscapes of beautiful Wales… If you enjoy reading about history, architecture and special destinations, this book is definitely one for you. And its beautiful cover will be a stylish addition to any coffee table.
Marta Jacyna, BASC, Shooting and Conservation
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.
British Country Sports