Heritage and History


Haulfryn translates as "sunny hill": a reference to the south east facing aspect that Haulfryn House enjoys, and to the Gulf Stream induced mild climate of Abersoch and the Llyn Peninsular. Haulfryn House and estate was established in 1908 by Frank Charles Minoprio, a cotton merchant of the city of Liverpool, founder member and first commodore of the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (1924), and High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire (1934). His vision and imagination led to the the creation of Haulfryn House and gardens in the period 1908-1929. A series of photographs of Haulfrun Hause and Gardens from this early period have been archived here. Examination of the plaster work in the house (above), and wall mounted plates in the conservatory (below) give an insight into the pastimes and pleasures of the family at this time - largely unchanged in the modern era. 

Haulfryn remained a much loved retreat for the Minoprio family for the best part of the 20th century, until it was bought by the current owners (MacLennan family) in 1994, who lovingly maintained Haulfryn House and gardens for the enjoyment of all.

The distinctive house and garden stone work are granodiorite, a warm granitic rock which forms the prominent headland between Llanbedrog Village and The Warren. The long abandoned quarries used to build Haulfryn are easily visible from Abersoch village and beach. The distinctive sun patio table and chairs, and tennis pavilion, are even more locally sourced, being cut from a Macrocarpa Pine in the house gardens. Curious children will also find a "Giant's Chair" cut from the same tree in the gardens........but where.............?

The gardens themselves contain an exotic sub-tropical flora unique to the UK mainland, and have as such been recognized by the European Palm Society as a unique floral treasure. To those interested the range of exotic and rare flora at Haulfryn includes Trachycarpus fortunei, Chamaerops humilis (some of the biggest in Britain), Echium piniana, Cordyline banksii ‚Purpurea`, Cordyline australis, Cordyline australis ‚Albertii.‘, Acacia verticillata, Grevillea juniperina, Melianthus major, Sophora microphylla, Nerium oleander, Pelagonium sp., Agave americana, Oscularia caulescens, Osteospermum ‚Nairobi Purple‘ (syn. ‚Tresco Purple‘), Carpobrotus edulis, Carpobrotus acinaciformis, Lampranthus aureas, Sedum dendroideum, Euphorbia mellifera, Drimys winteri, Crinodendron hookerianum, Leptospermum lanigerum.

Below - Photomontage of Haulfryn House and Gardens in the 1920's and 1930's. For higher resolution images see here.