Led Zeppelin: Bron-Yr-Aur Cottage, Where “Stairway To Heaven” Was Born
Machynlleth, Wales, United Kingdom.
This 18th century privately owned cottage was used in the 1950’s by the family of Robert Plant as a vacation retreat. In 1970, Plant returned to the cottage with Led Zeppelin band mate, Jimmy Page, to write songs for their third album, Led Zeppelin III. At the time, the cottage had no running water or electricity. Several songs have their origins at the cottage including many that would end up on Led Zeppelin III and later albums. Among those are “Over The Hills And Far Away,” “The Crunge,” “The Rover,” “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” (SIC), “Down By The Seaside,” “Poor Tom,” “Friends” and “That’s The Way.” However, probably the most famous song to come out of the stay at Bron-Yr-Aur was “Stairway To Heaven.” According to Page, he wrote the music “over a long period, the first part coming at Bron-Yr-Aur one night.” Plant would later finish the lyrics while recording the song at Headley Grange. The eight-minute song was recorded from December 1970 – March, 1971 and included on the album Led Zeppelin IV. “Stairway to Heaven” is often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
The cottage is now owned by a family who inherited the property from a family member, who bought the house in 1970, shortly after the band moved out. The family says they are constantly hassled by fans wanting to take pictures and see the inside of the cottage. A story about the couple appears here.