Royal House (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better version).

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       Here's another of Machynlleth's landmark buildings, Royal House. King Charles I is said to have stayed there in 1643 (he got around a lot, you know) and its legends go back a couple of hundred years earlier, to the time of Owain Glyndwr. Whether or not you believe the stories associated with it, the building deserved far better attention than it had been given over recent years, and at last it was expertly renovated - at considerable expense and superbly. Dendrochronology (see has dated the main roof timbers to 1560/61, and those in the extension to the building from 1576, so it was certainly there at the time of King Charles I. Read more at

It has had a chequered history since renovation, for some time housing Mach'sTourist Information Centre (most regretably closed due to financial constraints), and is currently the home of a deli. Behind it is the excellent Ysgubor Newydd, for self-catering rental.

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