Hafod Elwy Hall

History of Hafod Elwy Hall

Hafod Elwy is first referred to in the "Survey of the Honour of Denbigh", in 1334, as comprising 650 acres, capable of grazing 180 animals and was valued at 40 shillings.

The Welsh term "hafod" means a Summer home. Transhumance, or seasonal migration from the hendre or permanent lowland farm, to the hafod or upland summer dwelling, played an important part in the annual agricultural cycle, by keeping stock away from the hay meadows in the lowlands.

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There is a record relating to a family at Hafod Elwy with only a wooden box to serve as a dining table and with stones around it for chairs. This may have been an indication of temporary occupation of a hafod where such make-shift arrangements were not unusual.

The Gunroom was the original kitchen of the old house and the bread oven still exists at the side of the fireplace.

On the 28th April 1864 Hafod Elwy was bought by Alexander Robb Cox for the sum of 4,175 from Charles Chester." The full list of residents is not known, however, we do know that the property was once in the same ownership as Chirk castle.

There is a beautiful old stone stable and barn complex close to the Hall upon which the date 1647 is carved. This building once housed the estate horses and livestock.

The Robb Cox family bought Hafod Elwy primarily on account of the sporting rights and the farm existed more or less as a sideline. Game, particularly grouse, was plentiful and the bags were good. To-day though we are aghast at the thought of shooting our black grouse for sport.

bathroomIn the early 1880s central heating fired by a boiler in the scullery was installed, followed by two large baths and a hot water system in 1918. These lovely Victorian baths take pride of place in two of our guest bathrooms.

Guests will be pleased to note that although Hafod Elwy Hall retains many original features, including a thunderbox, it now enjoys more modern comforts.