Penrhos Court at Lyonshall is about a mile from Kington and dates from the 15th century.  Additions to the original farmhouse were made in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it was much restored in later centuries.

There is a glorious banqueting hall with a minstrels gallery and crux beams.




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Penrhos Court fell into severe disrepair but in 1971 Martin Griffiths and Daphne Lambert bought it and painstakingly restored the buildings, turning the Court into a hotel that became the first in this country to gain the Soil Association Symbol.

There have been many celebrities using Penrhos Court as a bolthole, and Queen spent a fortnight there rehearsing  A Night at the Opera  – an album which included Bohemian Rhapsody

During his time at the Court, Martin Griffiths co founded the Penrhos Micro Brewery  with Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) which opened on 16th July 1977, and which was fairly successful locally, but certain events forced the brewery to close in 1983.

Penrhos Court was sold in 2012, and the new owner spent a great deal of time improving the buildings and surroundings before selling it on again in 2015.  It is now, like so many other country houses, a venue for weddings.

F.S. Blakely

Going back in time, Penrhos Court was owned in the 19th century by Mr. F.S. Blakely, a farmer with a love of horses, and who bred not only thoroughbreds for the race track but also the glorious Clydesdales.  I suspect that once he became successful with his stallions he concentrated on these rather than general farming.

Possibly his most famous and celebrated stallion was Lochinvar (or Young Lochinvar) – the son of Languar out of Marciana.  He was a beautiful red chestnut, standing at 16 hands with short legs, immense bone and muscular power.  He was described as being unequalled and was frequently advertised for stud duties, for the price of five guineas for thoroughbred mares, and two guineas for half bred mares.  Grooms fee was 2s 6d.

Lochinvar was sold on in 1856 to H.D.T. Grewecke of Portway Cottage near Kington.

Mr. Blakely also had another stallion, Bubastes – sire Blacklock, dam by Whisker out of Miss Cranfield.  This bay horse stood sixteen and a half hands high, and had a good temperament;  his progeny regularly won flat races around the country.


1851 – Penrhos Court Household

Frederick Blakely 35 Farmer b. Kington, Herefordshire
Mary Ann Blakely 27 Wife b. Kington, Herefordshire
Charles Blakely 2 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Richard Germain 21 Wagoner b. Old Radnor, Wales
George Baysham 17 Cowman b. Kington, Herefordshire
Matilda Davos 24 Cook b. Kington, Herefordshire
Mary Ganner 16 Housemaid b. Kington, Herefordshire

1861 – Penrhos Court Household

Frederick Blakely 44 Retired Farmer b. Kington, Herefordshire
Mary Ann Blakely 36 Wife b. Kington, Herefordshire
Charles Frederick Blakeley 12 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
William Blakely 8 Son b. Lyonshall,  Herefordshire
Alfred Noble Blakely 3 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Augustus George Blakely 4 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Jane Wolf 14 House Servant b. Kington, Herefordshire

1871 – Penrhos Court Household

Edward Jones 40 Farmer b. Shropshire
Ester Ann 43 Wife b. Herefordshire
Hedley 8 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Sidney 2 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Esther Ann 4 Daughter b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Watching 39 Cook b. Abbeydore, Herefordshire
Charlotte Gough 18 General Servant b. Radnorshire
John Jones 19 Farm Servant b. Radnorshire

1881 – Penrhos Court Household

Edward Jones 50 Farmer b. Wales
Margaret Jones 33 Wife b. Herefordshire
Emily Jones 19 Daughter b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Hedley J. Jones 17 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Howard H. Jones 15 Son b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
John Price 55 Indoor farm servant b. Knighton, Herefordshire
Sarah Dalley 17 Domestic Servant b. Herefordshire
Page Traylor (?) 14 Indoor farm servant b. Herefordshire

The following family appear on both the 1891 and 1901 censuses in Lyonshall, but their address is given as “New House”.  Although I can find no sign of a Penrhos Court, I cannot assume that it is one and the same building.

1911 – Penrhos Court Household

Thomas Boore 80 Farmer b. Radnorshire
Mary Ann Boore 66 Wife b. Radnorshire
Whittaker Boore 39 Son working on farm b. Radnorshire
Phoebe Boore 35 Daughter, working at home b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Arthur Boore 33 Son working on farm b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
James Boore 31 Son working on farm b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire
Herbert Boore 29 Son working on farm b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire

1921 – Penrhos Court Household

Mary Ann Boors b. Radnorshire, Wales 1845 Head, House Duties
Whitaker Boors b. Radnorshire, Wales Son, Farmer
Phoebe Boors b. Lyonshall, Herefordshire 1871 Daughter, Home Duties
Arthur Boors b.Lyonshall, Herefordshire Son, own account
James Boors b. Herefordshire 1878 Son