Charles and Camilla savour idyllic home in Carmarthenshire countryside
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have their own home in Wales on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.
Charles and Camilla will be staying at Llwynywermod near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire during their annual summer visit to Wales.
The former coach house and farm buildings are at the centre of 192 acres of idyllic rolling countryside.
Llwynywermod was bought for £1.2 million by Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate on behalf of the prince in March 2007 after he spent 40 years searching for the right place.
The original owner, William Williams in the 13th or 14th century, was related to Anne Boleyn.
The old house and the disintegrating concrete and corrugated iron farm buildings, where there was also an abandoned slurry pit, were restored by Welsh craftsmen using traditional methods and local materials.
Charles also planted climbers including Albertine roses, jasmine and honeysuckle up the walls.
Six of the English field maples which formed the avenue of trees at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding were later rehomed at the prince’s Welsh retreat.
The idea was Charles’s, and with William and Kate’s approval he set them in the soil at the front of the house, along a rustic wooden fence.
Clarence House tweeted in 2013: “The trees from the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey are thriving at Llwynywermod.”
The prince has spoken of the “enduring landscape of Wales” and how “its mountains, patchworked fields and woods; its coastline, castles, villages and market towns” play a vital role in attracting visitors.
He told Visit Wales: “It certainly cast its spell on me a long time ago.”
Camilla is a member of the Llandovery Women’s Institute, the closest WI to the home where the couple stay during their summer visit and at other times of the year.
Two barn conversions on the grounds are available to rent when not in use by the royals.