TV feature: £4 Million Restoration


In the Black Mountains, an important piece of Welsh heritage has been saved.

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Llwyn Celyn post-restoration, © John Miller

A grand Medieval residence at its core, Llwyn Celyn was latterly used as a farmhouse, its condition declining to a point of near complete dereliction in recent years beneath a canopy of emergency scaffolding. Since 2016 this entire complex of historic buildings has been the subject of renovation by buildings charity The Landmark Trust, whose work is the focus of a new 2-part TV documentary which began last week.


Interior of the solar wing photographed mid-restoration November 2017, © Duncan Tattersall

I became involved with Llwyn Celyn’s revival in 2018, being commissioned to design and produce bespoke hand-printed curtains for the property’s interiors:


Historic motifs relating to the property create textiles which interpret its history

Once structural stability is re-established, historic plasterwork patched and modern facilities sensitively incorporated, buildings owned by The Landmark Trust are appropriately furnished for holiday occupancy, as a means of generating income towards their ongoing maintenance for generations to come.

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Interiors of Llwyn Celyn showing my curtains, © John Miller

I charted my inspirations and processes behind this project in a blog on the Landmark Trust website, and the results are due to feature in the second episode of More 4’s documentary tomorrow evening.

Watch £4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue on Wednesday 23rd January at 9pm on More4.

Catch up with Episode 1 on the Channel 4 website

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