Possibly the most romantic home I have ever visited, Ty Fry, in Pentraeth, has been called one of the most important seventeenth century buildings on Anglesey Cheshire Life: April 2019
Without doubt, Ty Fry has a fascinating history – and it’s all still waiting to be discovered, says owner Kate Veale, who has done her bit to bring this glorious country manor house back to life.
Kate moved to Ty Fry with her husband Anthony in the summer of 2005 and immediately set about much needed renovations, bringing the very beautiful but somewhat impractical home up to 21st century standards.
‘It was structurally sound,’ says Kate. ‘But it did need work. We redecorated the whole house, put in new bathrooms and a new kitchen. In many of the rooms the fireplaces had been closed up, or made smaller. We opened them all up to their former size and put wood burning stoves in every room bar one. They are so much more efficient at heating rooms than open fires.’
I can attest to that. We visited on a bitterly cold and windy February day, yet the house, despite its 500 year old construction, was very cosy.
Kate, up until quite recently, was a full-time animation designer, creating children’s characters and the worlds they live in for TV companies, including Disney Playhouse, who picked up her Mr Moon series. The attic room is a treasure trove of her work, including drawings and prints and gorgeous stuffed toys of her characters.
‘Because I could work from home, and Anthony travelled a lot in his work as a QC, we could live