Discover Dyffryn House

Discover the partially restored home of the Cory family. The present house, which was built in 1895, is an eclectic mix of many different styles of decor.

Dyffryn house stands at the heart of the gardens. Listed at grade II* status, it had been remodelled from an earlier mansion in 1893 and was completed in 1895.

The Cory family were industrialists and made their wealth through coal. The house provided a secluded family home within commutable distance of their business interests across south Wales.

A National Trust house with a difference

The house came to the National Trust in 2013 without a collection. No original belongings, pieces of furniture or art remain in the house. This has given us a great opportunity to do something different.

" Dyffryn House is not your average National Trust place. There are many spectacular fireplaces and views of the gardens, but we are continuing to work on conserving and opening more spaces. This requires more research and learning about all areas of Dyffryn's history and your stories are a part of that. Please share any of your memories and ideas with us."
- Christina Hanley, House Steward

A few of the rooms in the house have been furnished, but with a twist. The family friendly house with its spectacular fireplaces and grand features has been designed to be touched and has several interactive elements.

Books, billiards and Bach

We have returned the Blue drawing room back to a music room complete with an 1830s grand piano.

Our volunteer, Dave, showing off his piano playing skills in the Blue drawing room
Our volunteer, Dave, showing off his piano playing skills in the Blue drawing room

The Red library is now a second-hand bookshop with comfy sofas to enjoy a good book on a rainy day, and one of the upstairs rooms tells the story of Dyffryn in its conference centre days.

You can also pretend to be the Lord or Lady of the manor and challenge your family and friends to a game of billiards.