Newton House, Dinefwr Estate a National Trust Property

Built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate. 

Most of what you see of the grand building today dates back to the 1850s, when it was given a fashionable Gothic facelift, with stone cladding and four impressive turrets. 

With recent years The National Trust reinstated some missing interior fixtures, the dining room and drawing room fireplaces. 

The National Trust commissioned Master carver Emyr Hughes to help reinstate the Drawing and Dining room fireplaces at Newton House Llandeilo, after enduring research, Emyr drew the plans and carved detailing, and later visited John Beavan who constructed the fireplaces, with each mould detachable, enabling Emyr and his son Dafydd to hold the moulding in a vice for carving, knowing that the standard of work and detailing will be nothing but outstanding, the pair of carved fireplaces, now tastefully painted, one creamy/white and the other a dark grey and reinstated in these magnificent rooms. 

There is a booklet in both rooms, Dafydd and Emyr’s names are acknowledged as master carvers of both fireplaces. 

Dinefwr Park is one of the most illustrious places in Welsh history, a stunning 800 acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo. 

Most Haunted – Spooky tales 

Newton House is thought to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain and it’s clear to see why. Many have a spooky tale to tell about a ghostly encounter or paranormal experience. The servants’ basement seems to be an area of high paranormal activity with visitors claiming to have seen, heard and even smelt the tobacco smoke of Walter the Butler. 

Some people have also experienced a choking sensation as they climb the sweeping cantilever staircase. It’s believed that this stems from the tragic tale of Lady Elinor Cavendish, who was strangled by her suitor when she refused his advances.