The royal heartbreak hotel! Five-star boarding house where Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon lived before divorce hits the market for just £375,000
- Plas Dinas in Bontnewydd was the home of the Royal couple following their glamorous wedding in 1960
- But the union swiftly descended into acrimony as the Princess and her Earl engaged in bitter rows
- The former home is now on the market, offering a 23-year lease of the 10-bedroom mansion near Caenarfon
The former Grade II listed mansion in which Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon lived has gone on the market for just £375,000.
Plas Dinas in Bontnewydd, near Caernarfon, has since been converted into a country hotel but retains many family portraits, memorabilia and original furniture.
The 17th century home is on the market for £375,000 – but there’s a catch. The sum will only buy a 23-year lease on the property and there’s also rent of £34,450 per year.
Commercial agent Christie & Co, who are marketing the property, said it is ‘steeped in history’. The 10-bedroom home sits within 15 acres of grounds and is close to the Snowdonia mountains and many other tourist attractions.
The 17th century home is on the market for £375,000 – but there’s a catch as the sum will only buy a 23-year lease on the property and there’s also rent of £34,450 per year
Ornate paintings decorate the 10-bedroom home that was once shared by Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon before their 1960 marriage descended into bitter rowing
This is just one of the 10 bedrooms at the mansion, which is near Caernarfon and used to be the home of the Royal couple before their divorce
A sprawling sitting area is just one of the luxurious features at the 17th century mansion which used to house Princess Margaret and her husband
Features include a pretty gardens, reception rooms full of antiques, a Snowdon bedroom – with views towards the Snowdonia Mountains – and a Princess Margaret honeymoon suite.
The glamorous union between Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon plummeted rapidly after the glorious wedding day in 1960 when crowds cheered as the romantic couple waved from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The Princess and the Earl (pictured) descended into bitter arguments after moving into the house
It wasn’t long before Margaret and the Earl were having bitter rows and fervent affairs. In 1978, they divorced — the first royal divorce since Henry VIII split from Anne of Cleves in 1540.
The property came into the possession of the Armstrong-Jones family in the nineteenth century through marriage.
The family, who lived in London, used it as there country home but it was leased out as a nursing home in the 1980s before being converted into a luxury country hotel.
It was at the property that a young Antony Armstrong-Jones contracted a form of polio, called poliomyelitis, while on holiday and he spent six months at Liverpool Royal Infirmary.
His experiences later led to him becoming a passionate campaigner for the disabled. In 1960, he married Princess Margaret at Westminster Abbey and a year later became Lord Snowdon.
The photographer and film-maker became the first commoner to marry into the royal family in centuries. During their 18-year marriage, the couple regularly spent weekends at the house and it is said that locals knew Princess Margaret as ‘Maggie Bont’.
It was used by Lord Snowdon as he designed the setting for Prince Charles’ investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.
In recent years the mansion was visited by Prince William while he was serving as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley.
The 10-bedroom home sits within 15 acres of grounds and is close to the Snowdonia mountains and many other tourist attractions
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A Christie’s spokesman said: ‘This five star award winning country house hotel is steeped in history and is part of the Armstrong-Jones family estate, where in 1960 Antony Armstrong-Jones married HRH Princess Margaret. Plas Dinas still retains many family portraits, memorabilia and original furniture.’
They hope the property will attract a lot of interest due to its commercial potential as well as its history. The most recent trading information available, according to the Daily Post, shows the property made £433,484 in the year ending December 2017, with a gross profit of £332,118 and an operating profit of £46,560.
The property (pictured) came into the possession of the Armstrong-Jones family in the nineteenth century through marriage
A review of the hotel, in the Daily Telegraph, reads: ‘Staying at this 17th-century property feels a bit like attending a country house weekend party, although it’s spacious enough that mingling feels optional.
‘It was the ancestral home of the photographer Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret’s husband. The lounge and dining room, with their antique furniture and giant portraits, resemble rooms at Hogwarts.
‘The Gun Room is particularly kitsch, overflowing with artefacts including stuffed birds, while a collection of walking sticks decorates the ceiling.
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