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Turn back time at home; The steadfast nature of the Welsh castle is iconic, but how would the style suit you to live in? Kirstie McCrum selects historic homes with a courtly appearance.

WHERE? Carew Cheriton, Tenby WHAT? The Fortified Rectory is set back from the road through a stone arch, and it's easy to see why it's Grade II listed. Parts of the home date back to the medieval period, and a two-storey wing, including vaulted cellar, was built in the early 19th century. Accommodation includes six bedrooms, large living room, dining room and kitchen.

There is also an outdoor swimming pool and the grounds extend to around four acres.

WHO SHOULD I CALL? Fine and Country on 01834 862138.

WHERE? Lower Machen, Newport WHAT? Although not quite habitable in its current state, Ruperra Castle is officially recorded as an ancient monument, so it's something special. An opportunity exists for a discerning purchaser to acquire a dramatic fantasy castle and surrounding buildings and stables now in need of total restoration. The property is set in 15 acres and offers panoramic views. This is a great development opportunity, subject to planning consents. WHO SHOULD I CALL? Jeffrey Ross on 029 2034 3499.

WHERE? Welshpool, Powys WHAT? Llanerchydol Hall was the seat of David Pugh, a tea trader who built the present house in 1776. A Grade II listed mansion house of picturesque Gothic Revival style, it does require some updating. There are four reception rooms, 13 bedrooms, an orangery, observatory and study as well as a two bedroom apartment. Outside there's a courtyard and outbuildings and about 73 acres, with parkland of about 61 acres let to a long term agricultural tenant.

WHO SHOULD I CALL? Savills on 01952 239500.

WHERE? Newport WHAT? Kemeys Folly is a Grade II listed former hunting lodge dating back to circa 1712. There are three high quality bedrooms within the main body of the folly, including a master suite with dressing room, en-suite and large sun terrace. The two remaining bedrooms also have en-suite facilities. There are 24 acres of historic woodland and pasture, including equestrian facilities, formal gardens, terraces and a swimming pool complex that requires some attention. WHO SHOULD I CALL? Savills on 0117 9335800.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 27, 2012
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