One of Rhondda’s most fascinating historic houses is opening its doors to the public as part of a country-wide heritage initiative.
Glyncornel House in Llwynypia is perched on a hillside amidst oak woodland, enjoying views over the scenic Rhondda.
Built in the early 1900s by Cambrian Coal Combine as a manager’s home, Glyncornel is set in a local nature reserve, part of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Following its use as a mine managers home it has been a maternity hospital, a home for evacuees in World War II, a geriatric hospital, a youth hostel and an outdoor education centre.
Richard Woodhouse, who has lived there for 26 years, will share his knowledge with visitors who will have an opportunity to see the house and gardens and some interesting paintings and photographs.
The opening of Glyncornel is part of the “Open Doors” initiative which celebrates the country’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with various organisations and individuals, are making this year’s Open Doors event the best yet.
During the month local residents and visitors to the area will be able to view the interior of a whole host of fascinating buildings which played important roles in the development of the entire County Borough.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “What better way to celebrate the remarkable history of Glyncornel than to literally open its doors for guided tours for local residents and visitors to the County Borough.
“Open Doors will include a number of churches and chapels being open, historical talks and tours and some rare opportunities to see inside and gain an insight into buildings that are not normally open to the public. I’m sure the many activities will entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough.”
Glyncornel House and Grounds opens on Saturday September 7th from 10am to 4pm. Hourly tours will take place from 10am. Glyncornel is situated off Nantygwyddon Road in Llwynypia.
For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk