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Wynnstay is a country house located in an important landscaped park 1.3 km (0.75 miles) south-east of Ruabon, near Wrexham, Wales. Wynnstay, previously Watstay, was a famous estate and the family seat of the Wynns.

Wynnstay, 1793

During the 17th century, Sir John Wynn, 5th Baronet inherited the Watstay Estate through his marriage to Jane Evans (daughter of Eyton Evans of Watstay), and renamed it the Wynnstay Estate. The gardens were laid out by Capability Brown. Wynnstay was Brown's largest commission in Wales, with work beginning in 1774 and completed in 1784, a year after his death. He replaced the older formal gardens with lawns which swept right up to the house overlooking the lake.[1]

Famous occupants of the house and estate included Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 4th Baronet. During the 19th century, Princess Victoria stayed there with her mother, the Duchess of Kent.

In 1858 Wynnstay was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt on the same site.

After the house was vacated by the Williams-Wynn family in the mid-20th century, in favour of the nearby Plas Belan on the Wynnstay estate, it was bought by Lindisfarne College. When the school closed due to bankruptcy, the building was converted to flats and several private houses.

The house is a Grade II listed building. The gardens underwent a process of refurbishment, which was completed by 2016.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Capability Brown Festival - Wynnstay". 2016.
  2. ^ Latham, Laura (14 April 2016). "Capability Brown, the Master of the English Garden". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Hughes, Owen (3 February 2017). "'Live like a lord' in former mansion house of one of Wales's most powerful families". northwales.

External links[edit]

  • Transcript of information from Picturesque Views of Seats of The Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland edited by F. O. Morris (published c.1880) [1]
  • 1860 – Wynnstay Hall, Ruabon, Wales

Coordinates: 52°58′35″N 3°01′52″W / 52.9763°N 3.0310°W / 52.9763; -3.0310