Today’s visitors to Weobley can admire one of the few surviving fortified manor houses in Wales. Weobley (pronounced web-lee) was the proud home of the de la Bere family until the 15th century. There aren’t many places left where you can stand at the same window as someone did half a millennium ago and witness the same unspoilt view. The vista from Weobley over the north Gower marshlands and mudflats is one such rare place.
The de la Beres were an elegant and refined family by all accounts. Domestic niceties incorporated into their manor house included a fine hall with fireplace, private rooms, sizeable guest chamber and numerous toilets, or ‘garderobes’, as they were known back then. The decorative windows are also well worth a peek. Their craftsmanship speaks volumes.
It was certainly a desirable residence and one which boasted a plethora of high society owners over the centuries, from Sir Rhys ap Thomas, ally of Henry VII, to the Herberts and the Mansels (who also owned nearby Oxwich Castle in south Gower). Each in turn put their stamp on the place. Sir Rhys is credited with adding a new two-storey porch block. However, when Rhys’s grandson was executed for treason during the rule of Henry VIII, Weobley was returned to the Crown.