Set on the low-lying northern coast of the Gower Peninsular, the castle overlooks a bleak expanse of saltings and marshland.
Weobley was built by the de la Bere family and dates from the late 13th and 14th centuries. Although called a castle it was more of a fortified manor house than a fortress.
The site is well preserved and reveals plenty of evidence of the owners’ desire for creature comforts. Domestic necessities such as a fine hall and fireplace, private rooms, sizeable guest chamber and ‘gardrobes’ or toilets along with decorative windows demonstrate de la Bere’s regard for elegance and craftsmanship along with convenience.
Sir Rhys ap Thomas, an ally of Henry VII, acquired it in the late 15th century and improved the entrance to the hall and private apartments with the addition of a two-storey back porch block.
Visitors today can but admire one of the few surviving manor houses in Wales and visit an exhibition on its history and other ancient monuments also on the Peninsular.
B4721 or B4295 to Llanrhidian Village, then minor road
Telephone: 01792 390012
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