"A Noble Mansion. It occupies a commanding situation from whence are surveyed some of the most interesting scenes in Monmouthshire . Over the entrance is a stone square with the armorial bearings of nine different noblemen and other characters of high rank in this County.
A correspondent dignity pervades the whole of the interior. A staircase two yards wide, of 72 steps, with balustrades, the newels on the quarterspaces two feet round, the whole in solid oak, which still remains perfect, stands unrivalled in the Kingdom."
Antiquarian Charles Heath's glowing description, written in 1787, of the Grade I listed Treowen, Monmouthshire's most unusual historic house, remains as true today as when it was written.
Panelled rooms, magnificent staircases, delightful gardens, breathtaking views, private woodland walks and a lofty position in one of the most beautiful corners of Wales offer atmosphere, privacy and a very different adventure holiday for the discerning visitor. A step back into the 17th century in one of the finest unspoilt mansions in South Wales, four miles from the historic market town of Monmouth.
Treowen was built about 1620 by William Jones after he inherited a fortune from his uncle, a London merchant. The money helped to pay for what is a very large house by local standards.
It has been a family home from the very start and in the 17th century, a catholic and royalist one - the priest's hole on the first landing bears evidence to the dangers of its recusant past. The present owners, the Wheelock family, lived and farmed here until 1993. Despite its imposing architecture, Treowen's halls and galleries have rung to the boisterous sounds of playing children over the centuries.
The mansion is surrounded by a 400 acre estate of farm and woodland with sweeping views to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. You can fish for trout on the pretty Trothy, a tributary of the Wye, running through the estate or for coarse fish in the historic fish ponds. There are a wealth of fascinating places to see within a short drive: charming towns like Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye, the ruined abbey of Tintern, an abundance of castles in this borderland region, the scenic delights of the Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains and the industrial history of the Forest of Dean and the South Wales valleys.
But be reminded Treowen is an utterly unspoilt architectural masterpiece. It is a robust and beautiful example of another age. The facilities are comfortable and the rooms magnificent but they are as they were in William Jones' day. Though all rooms except the third floor have central heating, Treowen is still a place for sensible clothes and warm fires in winter and cool, airy summer holidays.