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Hidden gem

Having lived in the area for many years didn't realise that there was castel near me. Lovely guided... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
sandrajones100
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
Fascinating glimpse into a stately home

I recently enjoyed the heritage house tour conducted by the owners, Patrick and Claire who have... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
Lainey5
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Toronto, Canada
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A private Victorian house, set in a secluded location on the outskirts of Llanelli, virtually unchanged since the 19th century. Still under restoration, the house contains a fine collection of paintings by the current owner's great-grandfather and...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Cwmbach road, Llanelli SA15 4PL, Wales
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Was given a surprise gift tokeni by our son and daughter in law to visit Stradey Castle.And were we surprised to think that we have lived in Llanelli for 66years and knew nothing about its history .There was 12 others in the tour which I...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you so much for writing about the tour held here when Stradey was being prepared for a film project the following week, and your understanding and sensitivity about this! We are so pleased that, in spite of the above, you both enjoyed the tour....More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 May 2015

most of this virtually delapadated house is not even open to the public as it has been so badly neglected over the years by its owners that it is unsafe to show visitors the whole house.More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

I believe that there haven't been any castles built in Wales for well over 500 years so you are quite right to point out that Stradey is a house and not a proper castle. We hope this is evident from the photographs our visitors will...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Having lived in the area for many years didn't realise that there was castel near me. Lovely guided tour well worth a visit

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thankyou for writing this review and we’re glad you found your visit to Stradey worthwhile. Being called a ‘Castle’ is something of a mixed blessing because we are, of course, a large Victorian House with an imposing, crenellated tower

Reviewed 9 September 2018

I recently enjoyed the heritage house tour conducted by the owners, Patrick and Claire who have graciously opened their home to the public. Besides the history of the house, Patrick very engagingly shared his passion for the extensive art collection gathered by his ancestors. We...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

We enjoyed having you here that afternoon and I’m glad the weather was fine for you to enjoy our lovely woodland garden as well. We do indeed have a fascinating collection of Victorian art which - in many ways - helps to tell the story...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018

A really interesting tour and wonderful walk in the gardens. The family were very interesting with the stories they told of growing up in this wonderful castle. The tours and events are advertised as they are planned tours and not open daily. Well worth looking...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

We are really glad you came when the bluebells were out and that this added to your enjoyment of the tour of the house. Patrick’s tours are appreciated for the very personal touch they give of growing up here. Thankyou for taking time to tell...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018

Was given a surprise gift tokeni by our son and daughter in law to visit Stradey Castle.And were we surprised to think that we have lived in Llanelli for 66years and knew nothing about its history .There was 12 others in the tour which I...More

3  Thank _liannahugh
ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you so much for writing about the tour held here when Stradey was being prepared for a film project the following week, and your understanding and sensitivity about this! We are so pleased that, in spite of the above, you both enjoyed the tour....More

Reviewed 3 May 2018

Our garden society visited today. We had a tour of the castle, refreshments and a tour of the grounds. The owners were very welcoming and we throughly enjoyed the initial tour of the house,learning about the history of the family.We were then given a guide...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to write about your visit this week. Garden tours, especially at this time of year, are a great treat for us. We love sharing Stradey’s wonderful collection of flowering trees and shrubs which thrive in the mild climate...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

We have had a Xmas charity lunch here in this historical castle. The original features and fire places with a great ornamental large staircase. It is such a fantastic venue especially for a wedding and photo shoot with beautiful views. It's a must to bring...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience of being here recently. We’re so glad you enjoyed seeing this wonderful Victorian ‘Castle’ decorated for Christmas. The staircase is indeed magnificent; it is amazing to think that it was actually made in Cambridge in...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the 5k colour splash run through the grounds of Stradey Castle last weekend. The castle is set beside a wonderful woodland with mature oaks and looks upon a meadow which leads the eye to a view of the Gower beyond. The Castle...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

It's great to read such a nice review of our first organised run through the grounds. I am so glad you enjoyed the lovely setting here with the variety of woodland, streams and parkland. We look forward to showing you the interior on one of...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from an unique evening at Stradey Castle involving a murder mystery event which included the whole vintage regalia - with drinks and dinner - it was excellent. However it's not the event that I want to highlight but the castle and...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for such a generous review. Your private family celebration was a pleasure for us to host and I am really glad you all enjoyed it so much. Stradey has only ‘opened its doors’ fairly recently but we look forward to many more occasions...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our tour, it's a totally unique experience that I can highly recommend. We were a family group of 11, that spanned 5-76 years and there was something for everyone. Claire Mansel Lewis warmly welcomed us and conducted the tour, she had even baked...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you for describing one of our Family friendly tours in such warm and generous terms. We're so pleased it was a successful outing for your all-age group and that you enjoyed the extra exploring that you did in the gardens after tea. Come again!

Reviewed 7 July 2017

We went on a guided tour conducted by Clare, who was very knowledgeable of the family history . Toured the grounds first, then back to have tea/coffee and cake (homemade) on the lovely terrace with fab views. This was followed by a tour of the...More

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ClaireMLewis56, Owner at Stradey Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

It was a great pleasure to conduct your private tour of the gardens followed by the House. I valued the opportunity to show you the sites where a number of the artworks in the House were painted, and then view these through other painters' eyes....More

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Charlotte K
17 August 2016|
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Response from ClaireMLewis56 | Property representative |
Hi Charlotte, we hold tours on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month April-September inclusive, at 2.30pm. Price for adults £10 which includes tea. Children £5. See our website for further details. Regards Claire Mansel Lewis
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