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Beaupre Castle, Cowbridge

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Old Beaupre Castle is a ruined medieval fortified manor house located in the community of Llanfair, outside Cowbridge in Wales presently under the care of Cadw. It is known in historic documents under the names Beawpire, Bewerpere, Bewpyr and Y Bewpur.Although called Old Beupre Castle the structure is seen as a fortified manor house. The original house was an L-shaped building, now located within the inner courtyard, built circa 1300 and from this period until the 18th century it was owned by the Basset family. During the 16th century intensive remodeling was undertaken, started by Sir Rice Mansel, continued by William Basset and completed by William's son, Richard. This additional work added the impressive outer gatehouse, completed in 1586 and a storyed Renaissance porch, completed 1600, along with the buildings around the middle court.Beaupre Castle has few outwardly looking windows and appears like a series of fortified barns. The main entrance is via the gatehouse reached via a low walled outer courtyard. The gatehouse is a three storey structure surrounded by a curtain wall. The inner porch stands out from the rest of the courtyard with smooth ashlar stonework in comparison to the rough local stonework surrounding it. The porch, designed by Richard Twrch, consists of varying architectural styles including a Tudor arch, strapwork decoration and three tiers of flanked columns. The columns rise in ascending order from Doric to Ionic to Corinthian and the second tier bears the Basset family heraldic set on panels.
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  • As I had read the reviews below I actually found it easy to find! (Thanks Trippie!) A nice walk across fields to find, as said below about an hour in total. Don't go in the rain (it's totally exposed ...  more »
  • called here after reading reviews was hard find and was made worse by fact that layby where you can park had JCB in it so went passed few times looking for somewhere else park couldn't find anywhere s...  more »
  • Great Atmosphere wandering around these ruins. The Entrance Porch is wonderful. It screams a statement of power and wealth. If you had money in days gone by you could flaunt it, and this porch does th...  more »
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  • I lived there between 1994-2006. Beautiful Norman castle with green surrounding area. Excellent for star-gazing on the battlements. Cold in winter. A few steps so wheelchair access is tricky. Excellent hide and seek venue or Halloween ghost walk. Sadly no toilet facilities or food unless you live there. Brilliant backdrop for photoshoots. Cannot recommend it enough.
  • This is a must see for anyone in the Cowbridge area. It's free to enter and offers an amazing glimpse of history.
  • Supposed to open at 10am but was locked and nobody about to ask. A wasted walk.
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