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Llwynywermod

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Llwynywermod, near the village of Myddfai, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in November 2006, with completion in April 2007.

His Royal Highness, as both Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Wales, was for some time keen for the Duchy to purchase a property in Wales.

Llwynywermod is used by The Prince and The Duchess when they are in Wales on their regular visits and annual summer tour.

The land comprises of around 192 acres, 150 acres of which is grazing and parkland and around 40 acres of woodland.

The property will be used as occasional holiday lets when The Prince and The Duchess are not there and it will also be used by some of The Prince’s Charities, many of which are very active in Wales.


Renovation


Llwynywermod was renovated using the expertise of skilled Welsh craftsmen and women.

After the property was purchased, the Duchy of Cornwall worked closely with local craftsmen and contractors to renovate the house. These include Ty-Mawr Lime from Brecon who provided the lime plaster, Coe Stone Ltd stonemasons from Neath and Camillieri, roofing contractors from the Vale of Glamorgan.

Materials were sourced from within Wales wherever possible. Some of the stone and Welsh slate used in the renovation had been recovered from the site.

The interior was furnished with local Welsh textiles (including Welsh shirting flannel to line the curtains), blankets and quilts and early 20th Century Welsh pottery. Rugs from Solva Woollen Mill, which Their Royal Highnesses have visited, have also been used.

An early Welsh Dresser which was given to The Queen on Her Majesty’s wedding day by the people of Meirionnydd has been placed in the farmhouse and in the North Range there is an 18th Century Carmarthenshire dresser that includes Ewenny pottery.


The environment


The cottage was built using local skills and traditional building methods to help keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cob walls and natural sheep’s wool insulation help retain heat while still letting the building breathe.



Hot water and heating are provided by a wood chip boiler which uses local timber, reducing fossil fuel use and long-term carbon dioxide emissions. Wherever possible, low-energy lighting and energy-efficient appliances have been fitted.

A smart meter is used to monitor electricity use closely helping staff to reduce it even further, and the electricity itself comes from 100 per cent renewable sources.

The cleaning products used are designed to minimise their impact on the environment and a reed-bed sewage system provides a natural way to filter wastewater.

The gardens and grounds are managed under organic principles without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

There are just under 200 acres of grounds which are a mix of woodlands, rough ground and meadows providing a variety of habitats for wildlife.

The meadows are being managed to promote the growth of wildflowers including orchids.

Sheep which are kept on the meadows help out by acting as selective lawnmowers that fertilise the ground as they graze.

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