Indulge in Elegance and Comfort at Caer Beris Manor

Pasgent ap Gwrtheyrn, King of Beault and Gwrtheyrn, established his court here in 406 A.D.. After he was killed at the Battle of St. David’s by Uthyr Pendragon, his son Bragaid was allowed to keep the family lands and stayed with them until at least 745 A.D. when Ffernfaeil ap Tewdwr was King.
The Vikings ransacked the area in 896 A.D. but with the coming of the Normans another castle was built at Caer Beris in 1093 A.D. by Phillip Brewys. The castle was re-fortified in 1210 A.D.. It was besieged many times over the years and all that now remains are the earthworks and approaches. These are now classified as an Ancient Monument by CADW.

Many centuries later in 1896, Captain Charles Gam Harcourt-Wood of the 15th Hussars, turned Caer Beris into a sporting estate.  He had married Lina Styleman and this was to be the family home.  An extension, housing, a library and billiard room with master bedrooms above, was built using adze cut elm.  The dining room was rearranged to accommodate the oak panelling which dates from about 1570. 


The third Lord Swansea bought the house in 1923 and developed the grounds and gardens.  Many of the trees and shrubs growing on the property were brought from their estate at Singleton Park.  In 1922 he gained the title of 3rd Baron Swansea on the death of his half brother, Ernest Vivian. He later died at his country seat at Caer Beris on 16th November 1934. 


The main Manor was being used as a clubhouse when in the 80’s, Peter and Katherine Smith, began the task of restoring the building and making it into a country house hotel.  Rooms that had once been the butler’s pantry, servants’ hall, boot room and orangery are now letting bedrooms.  The original swing bridge over the river has been rebuilt and an orchard of old English varieties of apples has been planted.  More importantly, a historic house which had fallen into a bad state of repair was well on the road to recovery. 


In August 2023, the hotel was taken over by Group Retreats Limited and is now thriving as an exclusive hire, private residence.