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The Clytha Estate in Monmouthshire is a classic 18th-century landscaped park combining fine architecture, grand sweeping views and tranquil countryside in a timeless atmosphere.
Clytha is situated to the east of the market town of Abergavenny where steep valley sides give way to a broader, flatter landscape.
It was originally built with money from the coalfields and ironworks of the nearby valleys and includes a large house, gardens, cottages, farms and parkland.
Clytha House is Grade One listed and was rebuilt in the classic Greek style in the 1830s by architect Edward Haycock, and is probably the last ‘Greek-style’ house in Wales.
The square exterior faced in Bath stone, opens into the most impressive room in the house – the entrance hall. It's oval in shape with a magnificent concave ceiling supported by seven Tuscan pillars painted to simulate yellow marble.
There's a second hall beyond this, with a room on either side, while a cantilevered stairway leads to a first floor gallery that runs right around the four sides of a square hall.
Clytha Castle is considered one of the outstanding 18th-century follies of Wales.
It was designed by John Davenport and built in 1790 by William Jones of Clytha House. He built it as a memorial to his late wife Elizabeth, last surviving child of Sir William Morgan of Tredegar House, with the purpose of ‘relieving a mind afflicted by the loss of a most excellent wife’.
The folly stands on top of Clytha Hill, on the edge of an old grove of chestnuts, and is currently cared for by the Landmark Trust.
Can I go inside?
The house is currently occupied and the tenants do not open the house to individuals. However, requests for access from heritage or conservation-based groups will be accommodated where possible, and you can contact us to make an appointment.
The parkland is free for you to wander in all year round, and with a charming route along the River Usk, it really is a wonderful day out.