Gower is a marvel. Heritage buffs and beach bums alike love this beautiful peninsula. In years gone by, the wealthy built wherever the view suited. The Mansel family chose a lovely spot on a wooded headland above Oxwich Bay to build their dream home.

Proper ‘des res’ – although not a proper castle – equipped with the latest luxuries, including inside toilets. Built in courtyard style, Sir Rice gave his manor a mock-military gateway complete with the family’s coat of arms proudly cut in stone. His son Edward went on to create the much grander style multistoreyed range.

An elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan feature – was added, positioned high up, taking full advantage of the panoramic sea views. The Mansels were a showy lot who liked to keep up with the latest building techniques and fashions.

The family however moved out after only a few decades. With the grandiose Margam Abbey and Old Beaupre
Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan also in their possession the family was probably spoilt for choice.

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c/o Oxwich Castle Farm Oxwich Swansea SA3 1NG Wales
phone: 01792 390359 fax:

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opening hours
Last admission 30 mins before closing.
1 Apr-30 Sept 09 daily 10am-5pm
This monument is closed at all other times.

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