At the Safehouse we wanted to create an atmosphere where you can really be yourself.
We love chatting to each and every guest and sharing what we love about Cardiff and the surrounding area, if you are on a longer adventure and looking for the best places to visit or the tastiest food to eat just drop into reception and have a chat.
The hostel is here to accommodate everyone; from the weary backpackers seeing the world to the curious local seeing Cardiff from a new perspective.
We can provide free walking tours, bicycle hire, bed and breakfast and many other services that will help you see more during your time in Cardiff.
If there is anything you think we could add to make your stay more comfortable just let us know and we will do what we can to help!
The history of the building
Lord Windsor commissions a new city centre office building to be built overlooking the city centre cricket pitch. The building is designed by architect H. Snell (Penarth) and overseen by Robert Forrest, agent to the Windsor Estate.
Building is complete
Windsor Chambers is completed.
The Windsor Estate begins operations from the premises, they also take on Messrs Richards & Gethin (Sydenham Richards & John Gethin) who occupy the second floor offices, used as a base for the architects.
Mr Frances V Bruce also takes residence as land agent for the Windsor Estate.
Departure of Mr Richards
S. L. Richards leaves Richards & Gethin, John Gethin continues in the same premises.
R C Roper, Collector
Mr Robert Charles Roper begins employment with the Windsor Estate as ground rent collector, based in Windsor Chambers. Utilising the basement vault and strongroom to store cash payments.
Mr Wallis, Architect
John Gethin takes on a new partner- Messrs Gethin & Wallis. The duo take on many projects around Cardiff and many of the buildings they designed are still standing today.
16 June 1896
John Gethin's wife visited Cape Town in the hope that the warmer climate would help her recover from the flu, and Mr Gethin sailed out to join her and the rest of the family on their return journey back to Great Britain on the HMS Drummond Castle.
HMS Drummond Castle was a passenger- and mail-carrying ship powered by both steam and sail, linking the British colony at Cape Town (South Africa) with London. There were 143 passengers and 103 crew aboard that night when the Drummond Castle hit a rock-reef called ‘les Pierres Vertes’ near Molène island, due to an error of navigation. The impact was not very violent, but the hull damage was such that the ship sank in four minutes, without a single lifeboat launched. In the morning, fishermen from Molène and Ouessant found three survivors clinging to debris.
Despite an intensive search, no other survivors were found. The Molénais and Ouessantins took care of the survivors, and many bodies were fished from the sea in the following weeks. Twenty-nine bodies from the tragedy are buried in Molène cemetery; the area where they are buried is called “the graveyard of the English”. Queen Victoria thanked the Molénais and Ushant islanders by providing a fresh water tank for Molène and financing the spire of St Aurélien’s Church on Ushant.