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Penychain Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Llannor, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9007 / 52°54'2"N

Longitude: -4.3396 / 4°20'22"W

OS Eastings: 242734

OS Northings: 336263

OS Grid: SH427362

Mapcode National: GBR 5F.P8BG

Mapcode Global: WH44K.9CS2

Entry Name: Penychain Farmhouse

Listing Date: 8 February 1999

Last Amended: 8 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21337

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The farm is on Pen-ychain headland, c4 km E of Pwllheli and close to the W side of the holiday camp, and is reached by a farm road from the A497.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Pwllheli

Community: Llannor

Community: Llannor

Locality: Morfa Abererch

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Penychain was built by the Glynllifon Estate in the mid C19 as a model farm.


The house is built of rubble stonework with a slate roof. The main garden front faces N, and is of 3 bays, gable end to the road, with a rear wing alongside the road and extending to a shorter cross range on the S. At the centre of the N front, a margin-glazed door with 5-pane rectangular overlight, set under a flat canopied concrete porch supported on iron Corinthian columns. Four-pane sash windows to both floors. Gable end stacks. The rear wing is of 3 bays, with timber windows and a gable end stack, while the S range is hipped in, running W, also with a gable end stack. The garden is surrounded by a high stone wall completing the rectangle which includes the main yard and farm buildings. The side entry to the rear yard on the S side of the rear wing retains the original metal slat gate.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good C19 farmhouse, and part of the well preserved Estate-designed farm group at Penychain.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Farm Outbuilding at Penychain
    Penychain farm is on the headland some c4km E of Pwllheli, and is reached by a farm road off the main road.
  • II Piggery at Penychain
    The farm is on the headland, c4km E of Pwllheli. The piggery closes the farmyard at the NE corner, and is separated from the hammel by a narrow service passage.
  • II S Range of Farm Buildings at Penychain
    Penychain farm is on the headland, c4km E of Pwllheli, at the W side of the holiday camp. Access is by a farm road from the main road.
  • II N Farm Range at Penychain
    Pen-ychain farm is situated on the headland c4km E of Pwllheli. This range, on a hilltop, forms the long N side of the farmyard.
  • II Stables with Granary, Cartshed and Farmyard Entrance Piers at Penychain
    Pen-ychain farm stands on the headland, c4km E of Pwllheli. This building forms the SW corner of the farmyard.
  • II Ysgubor Degwm
    Situated approximately 0.5km E of Penarth Fawr and midway between B4354 and A497. A field barn reached along a farm lane.
  • I Penarth-fawr
    The house stands on a minor road running N from the A497, W of Pwllheli towards Llanarmon.
  • II House at Penarth-fawr
    Penarth-fawr stands by the minor road running N from the A493 E of Pwllheli to Llanarmon.

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