As I was paging through the Guardian’s Houses & Gardens section, I stumbled across a listing that captured my attention for three reasons:
- It was an old castle
- It was in Wales
- It was featured on Grand Designs, my favourite UK TV show
An 1720’s castle with a modern addition. Hmmm… I am not sure what to think. First, how did they ever get planning permission to do this, and then how did they merge the two styles and make it not look like a frightening mash-up.
It looks like some of the original detail is remaining in the library, but the bookshelves don’t look very original to me, nor do the shutters. This could have been an amazing dining room, especially when you realize there’s a huge view, but they’ve gone and put a TELEVISION in the dining room! Apparently, the husband designed the table, whose legs are far too fat for the delicate Ghost chairs. The inspiration must have come from the Michelin man.
I managed to find a brief clip of Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs going through the castle with the owners. This is from 2009, when they’d just finished it. The husband is clearly Welsh. Click here to view it (I had trouble embedding it.)