This “rare and unique” Georgian house comes with the original stone keep of an ancient castle steeped in history. 

Bronllys Castle, in Bronllys, was originally constructed in approximately 1100 by Richard Fitz Pons, and was later given to his son, Walter de Clifford by the Earl of Hereford, Roger Fitzmiles. 

The tower sits on a motte that is approximately six metres high. (James Dean Estate Agents)

Walter rebuilt the castle in stone, and in 1165 the tower caught fire, with a stone falling from the battlements killing the Earl’s last surviving brother, Mahel de Hereford. 

The castle passed down through the family for the next century, and in September 1233, Walter’s grandson, also called Walter de Clifford, employed a force of more than 200 men to defend the castle against his father-in-law. 

When the de Clifford family died out in 1311, King Edward II gave the castle to Rhys ap Hywel as a reward for loyalty to the crown. 

Rhys later rebelled against the crown, and the king took back Bronllys - but when Rhys helped depose Edward, he regained Bronllys. 

Inside the original stone keep. (James Dean Estate Agents)

Bronllys was inherited by Rhys’ son, Philip ap Rhys, but the Lord of Brecknock, Humphrey de Bohun, convinced King Edward III to transfer the castle to him. 

When Humphrey’s nephew, also named Humphrey, inherited the castle, he had two daughters - one of whom, Mary de Bohun, married Henry Bolinbroke, who would later become King Henry IV. 

The view from the tower. (James Dean Estate Agents)

After Humphrey’s death, Henry used his royal authority to transfer the lands to himself and Mary in 1399. 

After this, the castle was never again occupied, but was fortified against Owain Glyndŵr's forces during the Glyndŵr Rising. 

The house itself dates back to the Georgian era. (James Dean Estate Agents)

Anne of Gloucester, who was Mary de Bohun’s niece, petitioned for the castle to be returned to her, and her son Humphrey inherited the Earldom of Buckingham. 

The castle remained in the family, but when Humphrey’s grandson, Edward Stafford, was suspected of plotting against King Henry VIII, he was executed for treason and Bronllys was forfeited to the crown in 1521. 

The castle has remained a crown property, and is currently in the care of Cadw. 

The sitting room in the main house. (James Dean Estate Agents)

The property is Grade II* listed, and comes with five separate dwellings, including the main house, a cottage, a coach house and a converted barn, as well as 13 acres of riverside grounds. 

The coach house is a large stone barn with a gallery and stables, above which is the coach house apartment, which is a one-bedroom dwelling. 

The property sits in nearly 13 acres of lawned gardens and grounds, which include a vegetable garden, paddocks to the River Llynfi, a parking area and a circular drive. 

One of the property's bedrooms. (James Dean Estate Agents)

There is also a wood store and cart shed, an iron shed, a small hay barn, a shed/workshop and a garage. 

The property is being sold by estate agents James Dean for a price of £1,700,000. 

Emily James, of James Dean, commented: “Bronllys Castle is one of the most unique properties we have had come up for sale. 

“It’s situated in a wonderful spot and enjoys glorious countryside views. With large lawned gardens, plenty of parking and a number of properties on the complex, as well as the Castle Keep, it offers the potential for someone to either have a wonderful family home, holiday lets or it would make a fantastic event venue, particularly weddings.”