Built in courtyard style, Sir Rice gave his manor a mock-military gateway complete with the family’s coat of arms proudly cut in stone. His son Edward went on to create the much grander multi-storeyed range. An elegant long gallery – a fashionable Elizabethan feature – was added, positioned high up, taking full advantage of the panoramic sea views.
The Mansels were a showy lot who liked to keep up with the latest building techniques and fashions. The family, however, moved out after only a few decades. With the grandiose Margam Abbey and Old Beaupre Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan also in their possession, the family was probably spoilt for choice.
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