‘It’s an important part of the title’: Prince Charles says that he bought a house in Wales ’40 years too late’
Prince Charles has said that he bought a house in Wales “probably 40 years too late” and that doing so was “an important part of holding the title” of the Prince of Wales.
The Duchy of Cornwall bought the Llwynywermod estate in 2006. In an interview with the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage on BBC Radio 4, he said that he enjoyed spending time in Wales. particularly during the winter.
“I now at last have somewhere in Wales to base myself, from time to time. Rather 40 years too late, probably. It’s been a wonderful opportunity at last to have somewhere in Wales. I come whenever I can.
“It’s an important part of holding this particular title. It took me years to establish somewhere – it wasn’t through want of trying. But it was difficult to find the right place.
“I used to go to various other houses, and it was very kind of people to lend them for a week or so, but it wasn’t the same thing obviously – until finally, we found this. Which has been a Godsend really.”
He added that the house was “incredibly cozy” because he had “some marvellous Welsh objects and Welsh quilts that I’ve managed to collect”.
“The house is called Llwynywermod, and it’s in Camarthenshire, not far from Llanymddyfri, the wonderful old market town that’s down below in the valley,” he said.
“We’re in that area of the Brecon Beacons national park. It is rather wonderful, I think. So the views from here are fantastic.
“It is wonderful coming down here. And I love coming in the winter when I can at a weekend.
“And I stump about in the Brecon Beacons and explore, which is magic, and fight my way through large numbers of sheep all over the place. It is very special because it’s more of a cottage.
“For me the joy has been in getting to know the local people. Some wonderful characters in this part of the world. Who are very special I think.
“The grass grows quite well here as you can imagine because it rains a lot of the time. I quite like rain, I don’t mind rain at all.”