Trevor Hall's Georgian elegance - and 'showbiz bling'
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen goes on a tour of stately Trevor Hall
By Jo Haycock
It is hard to believe that just two decades ago an impressive mansion, once owned by Welsh nobles and country squires, was used by a local farmer as a cowshed.
In the TV series, Hidden Houses of Wales, former Changing Rooms presenter Laurence Llewelyn Bowen takes a journey through the grand corridors of Trevor Hall, Trevor, near Llangollen, where he uncovers its colourful history going back to the 1700s with owner Louise Parker.
After being restored to its former Georgian glory during the late 1980s and 90s, Trevor Hall was bought by Louis and Louise Parker, who together were responsible for building up an international pop empire.
The rooms in Trevor Hall are a picture of pure regency elegance. But the gold pillars, gold discs and general showbiz bling gives a dirty great big clue to the Parkers' impressive pop pedigree
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
They left their London lifestyle behind and the Hall became home to them and their young daughter Daisy.
"When we walked through the gates for the first time this stupendous house was in front of us," says Louise.
"The sun was shining, it was freezing cold and we just couldn't believe our luck," she adds. "We needed a lifestyle change, Louis was from Wales and we just knew that this was the place we wanted to be."
Sadly, Louis, originally from Rhyl and who worked with bands such as The Prodigy, Nirvana and Boyzone to name a few, lost his battle against cancer and died in 2000.
His widow Louise has continued to transform their grand home into a legacy of pop, as well as remaining true to the Hall's strong Welsh family history before her.
For the first time in more than two centuries she has managed to buy back the 150 acres of land that originally came with the house.
Trevor Hall facts
Site was home to Bishop John Trevor, who built Llangollen Bridge in 1345
In 1742, the Hall became the seat of the Trevors
House reconstructed to present form in 18th Century
In 1987, surveyor Michael Tree began 10-year restoration
In 1998, Hall acquired by the Parkers who continue to restore it
Although Louise still works in the music industry, she's also now a farmer and horse breeder and she lives with her daughter Daisy and grandson Leo in the Hall which she also rents out for special occasions.
"The rooms in Trevor Hall are a picture of pure regency elegance," says Laurence Llewelyn Bowen. "But the gold pillars, gold discs and general showbiz bling (in one particular room) gives a dirty great big clue to the Parkers' impressive pop pedigree," he adds.
During the programme Louise explains the stone-carved Latin motto Dum Spiro Spero - Whilst I Breathe I Hope from three centuries ago - sitting poignantly in a plaque on an outside wall of the house.
"This motto was very relevant to me 10 years ago and will be relevant to me always," she admits. "I believe you need hope in whatever you do, and I hope for other people and that this house will live through a next generation of family," she adds. "Or whoever moves in after me."
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