... in 1915 it was bought by the Aluminium Corporation on the west side of the valley for Henry Joseph Jack, their managing Director, who changed the name to Maenan Manor. Jack lived on a grand scale entertained lavishly, inviting village children to the manor for a Christmas Party in the best squirearchial tradition. Corporation workmen were appropriated to work on the house (entered in the account as ‘the Maenan Alterations) although the men were instructed to hide if a board member turned up unexpectedly. The driveway to ‘Plas Jack’ (as the locals called it) was built down to the station and a small quarry was opened to provide stone for the construction.
On the 2nd November 1925 the Eigiau Dam above Dolgarrog built by Jack and his men (none of them structural engineers) to provide water for the factory and the homes of the workers, burst due to defective foundations and the water hurled down the mountain on to the village below. 32 people lost their lives as well as their houses and this put paid to the extravagance of Plas Jack, just as work was started on another driveway down to the Abbey. The house was offered for sale in 1930 but stood empty until it became a school of evacuee children during the war. Many of the children were extremely happy in such an idealistic spot and at least three books have been written about their time at the Manor.
The house became a Hotel in the 1950’s and was a popular restaurant and location for functions and weddings. Various owners came and went until in 2005 James and Caroline Burt carried out a major restoration and developed the property as The Leading Wedding Venue in The Conwy Valley. With the recent purchase by Mark and Amanda Richards the property has received restoration and refurbishment of all function, dining and accommodation areas.
The property has once again opened its doors with its newly opened ‘Restaurant on the Rock’ open in Plas Maenan Country House which offers Luxury guest Accommodation in its Luxury Suites. The Restaurant is open Thursday through till Sunday for residents and non-residents to enjoy high quality locally sourced food in the stunning location of Plas Maenan Country House. Available for Family and Private Functions along side the Restarant any weekend and the property will still maintain its tradition as a popular venue for Afternoon Teas open Wednesday to Sunday.
There is a Tunnel Complex beneath Plas Maenan which are believed to be Medieval which are host the the largest population of Lesser Horseshoe Bats in the United Kingdom. Also built in part of the Tunnel Complex is a Vast Safe which during the Second World War was used to store National Treasures from the British National Museum.