and saving the house
Dan & Nikki first came to Anglesey in 2003 to follow their interest in scuba diving and marine biology to study Shellfish Farming on a Masters course at the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai bridge on Anglesey. ‘We love the island’s diversity, fabulous beaches, good diving, fishing, canoeing in the straits and of course an abundance of fresh local seafood. Low water fishing for razor clams, summer BBQs with local welsh lamb and stunning mountains just a stones throw away.
Following our course we got married, in our old school chapel! and turned our hand to property renovating to begin moving up the property ladder and fulfilling our idyllic dream of finding a farm by the sea.
We moved to Llanlliana in 2007, this beautiful farm had been derelict & abandoned for a number of years and had an undiscovered feel to it, the coves, cliffs, porpoises, seals, choughs, mats of bluebells and the stunning landscape with historic ruins was quite overwhelming, we instantly fell in love with this special place just as our guests do now.
The farmhouse was in need of major renovations so we bought an old caravan and set up home in the field for 2½ years during the building work.
We were careful during the build to use local materials such as welsh slate for roofs, patios & floors, and stone from an Anglesey quarry. We also took inspiration from the style and architectural details of the old house and applied them throughout the build. In doing this we have managed to recreate many period details that you would expect in a country house and combine them with all modern luxuries. Many rooms are ensuite, some with whirlpool baths, the whole ground floor is underfloor heated. We insulated the whole building externally so the house remains very warm and takes very little heating.
Blind ambition, woolly hats and gloves kept us going in the caravans during cold winters with intermittent water & electric. During this time we had our 2 eldest sons, Tom & Peter who are now building experts, especially with diggers!
Finally on completion of the house in October 2010 we welcomed our first guests to Llanlliana. We had no idea how incredibly rewarding it would be seeing young cousins playing together in the gardens we’d created.
During the last four years we have welcomed many different groups to Llanlliana. From four generations of family coming together to celebrate everything from 90th Birthdays to 50th Wedding Anniversaries to VIP's arriving in style and landing helicopters in the front field! In this time we have also had 2 more arrivals of our own, George and recently Charlie complete our family of 4 sons.
The stunning landscape here has also captured the imagination of the camera men with Llanlliana featuring on both BBC's Weatherman Walking series and S4C's Dudley ar Daith cooking program!
With our marine biology backgrounds we particularly enjoy sourcing local shellfish so our guests can enjoy the treats that Angleseys shores produce. We love it here at Llanlliana, there is something for everyone and many special memories to last a lifetime.’