Tretower Court, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire (Powys)
This entrance Gatehouse, with the main door of the house visible on the other side of the courtyard, would have been added to the original 14th century building in the late 15th century.
This gatehouse looks pretty chunky and you'd be hard pushed to batter your way through that.
Around the back of the house we get a good view of the West Range which was added in the 15th century.
Can you see the little open doorway? That's where we went in.
The interior is impressive with the Great Hall being just one of the rooms and is laid out as it would have been in the 1400s.
This shows the entrance courtyard main door on the left with the rather picturesque first floor open gallery on the right as seen from the other wing of the gallery.
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A short distance behind the house is the old Norman Tretower Castle which dates from the mid-12th century although the large circular tower wasn't built until the early 13th century.
Within the keep each of the floors formed a single room with a fireplace and windows. The building detail is carefully finished and the structure was clearly intended for residence and not just as a military base.
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