History of The Yat
The Yat is an ancient house, dating from the 15th century. However, there may have been a house on this site long before then. Some believe that the site of the monastery, set up by St. David in the 6th century, was exactly where The Yat now stands. Some believe it is where the church, dating from the 13th century, across the road from The Yat, now stands. The house has a long history connected with things spiritual, which is why Krystyna and Derek, the current owners, thought it would be an ideal place for a retreat, a place of peace and relaxation.
Baptists ministers once lived in it and preached their sermons from the house. The ruins of what was once a Baptistry stand in the garden. Later it was the home of Squire Bevan, mentioned by Kilvert in his diary. He renamed the hhouse and on old maps it is known as The Court though a later ownr reverted to the original name. The house once owned much of the local land, which was once part of the Cwm Mawr Estate.
The Yat has had many international connections, belied by the apparent back-water peace and quiet of its local countryside. Glascwm was once on the main drovers' route between Builth Wells and London. One of the Vaughan children, Octavius,who was born in the house, went on to fight in the Boer wars, where he won medals for bravery. Much later, in the 60s, it was an English language school, to which an Arabian princess came to learn English, putting all Radnor police of red alert! One of the current owners is of Polish descent, the other is Scottish.
The house itself has been much changed and modified over the centuries, though it still retains much of its character. It now benefits from underfloor heating, solar panels and a conservatory built in oak and leaded lights, with a heated flag stone floor.