New Harlech apartments to take names from traditional tale

Friday 17 July 2015

New luxury apartments at Harlech Castle will be named after classic characters from Welsh mythology, following a winning suggestion by a local resident

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

  • Picture of the Harlech Castle apartments

    Harlech Castle apartments

The five apartments, which form part of the £5.9m development to enhance visitor facilities at the World Heritage Site, will take their names from characters in the Mabinogi, a collection of Welsh myths compiled in the Middle Ages.

Joe Patton, of Harlech, entered a competition run by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, to find names with a connection to Harlech and its rich history.

The apartments’ names, submitted by Mr Patton, are taken from the Mabinogi tale of Branwen ferch Llŷr, which is set mainly in Harlech. They are Bendigeidfran, Efnisien, Matholwch, Branwen and Gwern.

Images of the new accommodation have now been made available, providing a first look at the chic and modern apartments — all five of which feature contemporary furnishings, sourced from local suppliers, and bright, open-plan living areas.

Mr Patton, who has won a luxury break in the new accommodation, said:  “I’m thrilled to be making a contribution to this spectacular development at Harlech Castle.

“The castle is so important to the heritage of Wales and is intrinsically linked to the Mabinogi.  

“I hope the names will inspire visitors who stay in the luxurious apartments to read the wonderful stories that been passed down through the generations.”  

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “The aim of this project has been to enhance the overall visitor experience at Harlech Castle, while creating another income stream to ensure the sustainable future of this culturally important site.

“The self-catering or catered apartments for two, or groups from two to ten, will complement the current providers in the area.

Harlech Castle’s apartments reflect Visit Wales’s wider Tourism Strategy and are sure to strengthen the tourism offer in north-west Wales as a whole.”  

A significant part of the £5.9m development at Harlech Castle has been funded through the £19m Heritage Tourism Project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, and is led by Cadw.

The luxury apartments will be available from end of August but bookings are being taken now. Contact Menai Holiday Cottages on info@menaiholidays.co.uk or call 01248 430 258 for reservation enquiries.