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 I 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.