A magnificent Mid Wales mansion, which is used as a venue for exclusive use, corporate events and large bookings, is aiming to attract more classic car clubs to stay during 2016.
Eldrydd and Tyson Lamp, who returned from Australia three years ago to breathe new life into Plas Dinam, situated in the village of Llandinam, near Newtown, believe the historic property is ideally suited to car clubs, having hosted the TVR Car Club this year.
Eldrydd is a descendant of famous Victorian railway and mining entrepreneur David Davies and Plas Dinam has been home to five generations of the Davies family for 129 years. The impressive, Grade II Listed mansion, which has 15 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, is surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful gardens, lawns and woodland overlooking the scenic upper Severn Valley.
She and Tyson, a former motorsport club racer, said Plas Dinam is able to accommodate up to 32 people and provide tailor-made road trips for them either in either midweek or at weekends.
“The winding, scenic roads leading to Plas Dinam are a driver’s delight and we can put together a custom made road book for a rally,” said Eldrydd. “This road book will take them from Plas Dinam along the best driving roads and mountain passes and can be in the form of a fun competition, perhaps incorporating pub lunch and coffee stops.
“We can also organise rallies for the days during the club’s stay to show off the stunning scenery and picturesque towns. Tyson is a keen car enthusiast, having raced in club motorsport in the UK and in Australia.”
The gardens at Plas Dinam are now open under the National Garden Scheme and 36 species of flowers and grasses have been recorded in the wildflower meadow, including huge areas of wild orchids.
Just one weekend remains available to book in June next year, when the meadow is at its best. Weekends in January, July and August are already fully booked. February, April, May and October each have two weekends available, while March has just one weekend free.