Capel Maentwrog is a wonderful piece of the North Wales’ history………
An early 19th century Calvinistic Chapel, used for over 150 years as a place of worship, the chapel was very popular with local residents and a lot of wedding ceremonies took place here.
The building started deteriorating in the 1980’s and was completely derelict by the early 2000. The only salvaged piece of internal decoration is the now the white painted, mahogany ceiling rose, which enhances the beauty of the nine metres high lounge.
The full reconstruction began in January 2002 and was completed by May 2005. During the 41 month project, the chapel was stripped to its stone shell, which was then reinforced, underpinned and insulated.
A new roof was constructed and tiled. New floors were created and a custom-made staircase now unites the three levels. Once a rectangular, open plan building with a suspended ceiling rose, the chapel now has a variety of luxurious rooms: bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, utility etc., all of which are kept snug and warm using an under-floor heating system.
To preserve the feeling of airiness and lightness, as well as the building’s good acoustics, the front of the property has been left open plan in a mezzanine format.
There are two suspended landings on the first and second floors, each of which commands magnificent views over the valley and the surrounding mountains.
In the latter stages of the project, all the groundwork was prepared and new stonewalls erected. The area around the building was covered with paving slabs and new fire escape was added.
The main and side gates are hand made and incorporate pieces of the original railing.