The House from a circa 1920 postcard
Earlier Houses: There were two earlier houses on the site of the current house: an Elizabethan house (the first house), which was replaced by a Georgian house (the second house), the latter of which was demolished to make way for the current (third) late 19th century house.
Built / Designed For: John Cory
House & Family History: During World War I Dyffryn was a POW camp called “The Colditz of North Wales.” The POWs were exceptionally well-treated, including the son of Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, head of the German Navy, who wrote of his exceptional treatment at Dyffryn. Until 1996, Dyffryn House was used as a police training center; after the police vacated, the House became a conference center. In 2008, after the conference center closed, Dyffryn House and Gardens underwent an £8 million restoration. The National Trust took over operation of Dyffryn House and Gardens on a 50-year lease from the Vale of Glamorgan Council in January 2013; the House was opened to the public in March of 2013.
Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens were selected by the British Tourist Authority as one of the Top 100 gardens in the UK.
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Admiral Thomas Button, 17th century; Button family here from the 16th until the 18th century. Thomas Pryce, 18th century; Pryce family here until the 19th century. Henry Ellis Collins, late 19th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: John Cory, 19th century; Reginald Cory, 20th century. Sir Cennydd Traherne, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Government
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: Owned by Vale of Glamorgan Council and leased to the National Trust.