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Find out more about Brig-y-don in Llangrannog
Brig-y-don has a rich history and an interesting story of how the property has been passed through the Jones family for generations, since its construction in 1912.
The family roots
The family originate from a farm called Cilie, just outside of Llangrannog. The farm is a well-known name in the area as the Jones family notoriously won all the poetry and Bardic competitions in Wales during the 20th Century and were regularly spotted on television. They were affectionately known as Bois Y Cilie (The Cilie Boys).
One of the 9 children, Tom Jones, settled in the heart of the village at the end of the First World War until the 1950s as publican of the Pentre Arms, which stills serves the community today. He was the first person to purchase a car in the area and used it to provide a taxi service for guests to visit.
In 1922, Tom Jones and his wife welcomed one of their 9 children into the world. They named him Ewyndon, a made up name translating to ‘foam of the sea’, due to his birth taking place on a very rough December day, when a stormy sea was casting its foam against the pub.
Cowboys and bank managers
Most of Ewyndon’s brothers and sisters left home to explore the world. His brother Ellis emigrated to America and became a cowboy, returning only in the late sixties as a stranger. Two of the sisters, Beryl and Anne-Jane, stayed in the village moving from the ‘Pentre Arms’ to ‘Angorfa’, the large house next to ‘The Ship’ pub, where they ran another Bed and Breakfast for over 50 years.
Ewyndon returned to Llangrannog after the Second World War and joined the bank. This was a respectable career at which he was very successful, rising to top managerial level. He later met his wife Peggy and they had two children, Simon and Judith.
Purchasing Brynmorfa and Brig-y-don
In 1967, the couple purchased two properties in the village, Brynmorfa and Brig-y-don. They were bought from a retired Merchant Seaman, Captain Evans, for what was then a princely sum of £3,650.
The family spent many school holidays in Llangrannog. With Ewyndon’s career leading the family to move every three to four years, it meant that the village once more became the next generation’s stable family base.
Brynmorfa was always rented out to holidaymakers when the Jones family were not in residence, its stunning location making it a firm favourite year after year.
Ewyndon passed away in 2010 and his ashes were scattered over the limekiln in front of Brig-y-don, always to be in Llangrannog, his home, the place he loved.
His wife, Peggy, who is a fit 90-year-old, moved to Jersey to live with her daughter Judith.
The latest generation of owners
The Llangrannog property was passed on and now Simon and his wife Jane, who also live in Jersey, own this small part of Llangrannog, maintaining the close family ties to the Jones’ roots for future generations.
Simon’s love of Llangrannog was cemented in his teenage years with long summer holidays by the beach, steadfast friends and pretty much coming and going as he pleased.
Simon and Jane realised that the property required much renovation to bring it into the 21st century, having been largely untouched since 1912.
The properties today
Extensive work has been carried out at Brynmorfa and the adjoining cottage Brig-y-don, enhancing both properties sympathetically. Possibly the most successful part of the work to date was the construction of an additional en suite bedroom in Brynmorfa’s attic.
When the gable end was opened up to create a balcony, the vista over the bay and coastline was breathtaking. Truly a crowning glory! A place to sit, relax and be content.
Simon and Jane visit regularly with their two children, Morgan and Katie, and Peggy still comes along with them too! Because Brynmorfa, Brig-y-don and Llangrannog are still home to them, continued improvement and investment is planned for the future, ensuring a great place for them and their holidaymakers to relax and enjoy the stunning coastline and Llangrannog’s unique village life.