The 10th century holds the earliest record of Miskin Manor, with the origins of it's name thought to allude back to the words 'Maen Cun' or 'Lovely Plain'. The 'Lovely Plain' on which Miskin Manor currently stands is as stunning today as it was 916 years ago. In 1100, the daughter of the Prince of Glamorgan, lived in a manor on the side of what is now Miskin Manor.
Welsh heritage tells us that for the next 6 generations the estate was home to the Basset family. In 1857 the estate was sold to Mr David Williams, also known as his bard's title 'Alaw Goch'. In 1864 the Manor was constructed, beginning the life of what is now our country house hotel.
Gwilym, the son of Judge Gwilym Williams of Miskin Manor, inherited Miskin Manor after his father's death. Wales, with its rich sense of history, made much of the fact that Gwilym's wife was a descendant of the original Nest herself.
In the 1900s Miskin Manor was passed on to Sir Rhys Williams, whose wife Juliet, was the daughter of the scandalous novelist Elinor Glyn, who also lived in Miskin Manor. Under the ownership of Sir Rhys Williams, Miskin Manor saw a great deal of society life, and even had the honour of entertaining the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) as well as then Prime Minister Lloyd George.
Miskin Manor had suffered two major fires during the 1900s. The first took place in 1922, destroying all but the external walls. (We have photographs on the ground floor illustrating the extent of the damage). The second fire occurred in 1952, shortly after Miskin Manor was transformed from its war-time occupation as a hospital into post-war flats.
In 1985, Miskin Manor was sold, converted and extended. The current owners, the Rosenberg Family, purchased Miskin Manor in 1996. Their care and attention to detail in the restoration of Miskin Manor shows itself very clearly in the Minstrel Hall, which, with its Gallery, is a truly magical room. Miskin's extensive history gives it the richest atmosphere and ambience of any of the idyllic country house hotels in Wales.
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