The moment you step inside Newton House you will be entranced by this wonderful place which allows you to see, touch and feel for yourself what it must have been like to live a hundred years ago.
The ground floor and basement of Newton House have been restored to the Edwardian era, transporting you back to 1912 and to life above and below stairs.
The rooms are exquisitely filled with period furniture and set out exactly as if a family, butler, housekeeper and servants were living there. A fascinating collection of books, gadgets and possessions help set the scene. But it’s below stairs that the house really comes alive. Here you can touch, smell and even try on the assortment of hats in the Brushing Room, open kitchen cupboard doors and peek inside tins and boxes.
You’ll discover bedrooms, bathrooms, a trunk room and a few surprises down here. The butler’s room is simply furnished and a breakfast tray is beautifully prepared waiting to be taken to his lordship upstairs. There’s toast and marmalade, a pot of tea, sugar and milk and, of course, a copy of The Times which has just been meticulously ironed.
Get to know the housekeeper and her maids, the footman and the scullery staff by learning all about the characters that might have lived below stairs at Newton House at this time.
An exhibition on the first floor of this National Trust property tells the story of the history and the landscape of Dinefwr.
Newton House is the centrepiece of Dinefwr Park and Castle, a stunning 800-acre estate and one of Wales’s most important historic and cultural sites. The imposing rooms offer views out over one of the best 18th-century landscapes in Britain where you’ll see White Park Cattle, fallow deer and a landscape newly restored to its 18th Century design.
There’s a gift shop, tea rooms and a small play and picnic area for families.
Dinefwr Park & Castle
Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
01558 824512. nationaltrust.org.uk