Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RD, Wales

Set against the beautiful background of the Brecon Beacons, a visit to Tretower Court and Castle is a unique journey through history that dates back to Norman times. The great 13th century stone keep surmounts a small mound, the remains of Tretower's original earthwork castle built around 1100 to control a strategic route through the Black Mountains.

For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time.

By the early fifteenth-century however the castle had been partially abandoned in favour of a new building. In the 1450s, Roger Vaughan began the transformation of this into the glorious house we now see before us, a fine example of a substantial late medieval country residence.

The Picards and the Vaughans who lived at Tretower were rich influential Welsh families; the movers and shakers of their time. They needed a place to impress. And the sumptuous accommodation they created reflected their high status as Welsh gentry.

When the Vaughans left in the 18th century Tretower Court became a working farm and where ladies and gentlemen lived, lambs and geese moved in!

Now, in the 21st Century we’ve recreated a suite of rooms as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society. Discover a sophisticated way of life: from intricately carved furniture right down to the pots and pans of a working kitchen. Experience 15th century living at its best.

The painstaking restoration work programme at Tretower has included the renewal of the stone tile roofs and the replacement of timber screens on the ground floor of the west range. Colourful textiles, room furnishings and striking furniture designs complement the impressive Welsh gentry house.

Visitors can enjoy a colourful evocation of the house in the time of Sir Roger Vaughan as well as recreating the Court’s medieval garden. Tretower Court effectively evokes the gracious style of life enjoyed by the favoured few during the Middle Ages.

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