Simon Baynes grew up in Montgomeryshire where his father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge After a career at stockbrokers Cazenove & Co. and as Managing Director of the merged JP Morgan Cazenove investment bank, Simon moved back to Montgomeryshire where he now focuses on writing and the local community. He ran a second-hand bookshop for five years, is founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and co-author of Lake Vyrnwy Hotel: The Story of a Sporting Hotel. Simon has stood for parliament in Mid-Wales and is Mayor of his local town, Llanfyllin. His wife, Maggie, is an architect and he is Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust; together, they have restored Bodfach Hall and its gardens where they live with their daughters, Clemmie and Francesca.
Histories of lost country houses involve sophisticated detective
work. Simon Baynes' new book is impressive for its wide ranging
research and his absorbing text illustrates just how many stories
these houses have to tell. -- Marcus Binney
The Forgotten Country House is a fascinating history of a colourful family and a remarkable building told with passion and authority. -- Simon Thurley
This book is a comprehensive record of a notable country house in Wiltshire. Many long lost photographs and personal family details have been documented under one cover by Simon Baynes and his late father to create this excellent publication. -- John Girvan