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Coed-y-Mwstwr Bridgend Wedding Photography

Nicky & Steve had a beautiful day with thier wedding ceremony with family and friends at The Vine Christian Centre in Bridgend. They had thier wedding reception at the stunning Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel in Coychurch.

Coed-y-Mwstwr is a beautiful and unique Victorian mansion built of Cattybrook bricks and local stone dressings for A.J. Williams (1830-1911) Barrister and Member of Parliament for South Glamorgan. It is beleived he chose the site for its beautiful scenery overlooking the Vale of Glamorgan and beyond – which remains one of the defining features of the hotel today. The mansion takes its name from the Coed-y-Mwstwr woods it is settled in, which it is believed to be correctly translated as “whispering trees”. He built the mansion to provide a suitable home for his beloved wife Rose Harriette and two sons. After Williams passed away his wife Rose constructed a nearby community hall in Coychurch to her husband’s memory. The Williams Memorial Hall is still an important part of the local community to this day. After Rose passed away the estate was sold and the buildings were used as a girls school for a time before it was converted to a hotel in the 1960’s.

There is a cave in Coed y Mwnster wood which is associated with Saint Illtyd. Historians Wilson and Blackett have claimed that this cave was used to secretly bury King Arthur for fear that his death would lead to in-fighting between the Celtic tribes at the time. Their theory then points to King Arthur being moved to a permanent burial place at Saint Peter’s Church, which now lies ruined above Brynna. There are of course many historical claims related to King Arthur, but Wilson and Blackett’s books offer a fascinating prospect that this area of South Wales was really at the heart of the Arthurian legends that are known throughout the world.

There is also some evidence of prehistoric activity in the limestone caves in Coed-y-mwstwr woods at a place called Ogof y Pebyll where a Bronze Age flint flake was also found. There is also a fairly large univallate Iron Age hill fort on the summit behind the house.

With such a love seeped, romantic history, Coed-y-Mwstwr hotel is the perfect venue for you wedding day!