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Prince's plan for his Welsh home
Back of Home Farm
Llwynywormwood is Prince Charles' first Welsh home
Tourists may soon be able to stay at a country retreat owned by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchy of Cornwall has applied for planning permission to allow parts of the couple's Carmarthenshire farmhouse to be used as occasional holiday lets.

The prince bought Llwynywormwood, set in 190 acres of countryside near Llandovery, for 1.2m in March.

The royal couple intend to use the three-bed farmhouse as a base when they are visiting Wales.

Carmarthenshire council said the application was for a bathroom extension to the farmhouse and to convert the adjoining farm building to create a dining room, reception and dwelling.

It is also hoped the farm will serve as a venue for the various charities associated with His Royal Highness, such as The Prince's Trust.

The Duchy hopes to take advantage of local expertise when renovating the property and restoring the parkland
Clarence House spokeswoman

Plans for two new dwellings and a replacement barn and yard have also been submitted.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: "The application outlines plans for minor refurbishment to be carried out on the existing farm house.

"Some conversion work is planned to the north range to create business meeting facilities and to enable the three-bedroom cottage to be let as part of the Duchy of Cornwall holiday cottage portfolio.

"Additionally the west range will be re-built, following the historical footprint of the structure, to provide further living accommodation."

The spokeswoman added that the site will be redeveloped in a "sustainable way" with features such as a wood chip boiler fitted to heat the dwellings and lime plastering and sheep's wool used for insulation.

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Wales earlier this year
The couple will use the home as a base when visiting Wales

As at a number of other Duchy-owned properties, a reed bed sewage system will be used to treat waste matter from the property.

"The Duchy wishes to continue the work done by the previous owners on restoring the historic parkland," added the spokeswoman.

"The Duchy hopes to take advantage of local expertise when renovating the property and restoring the parkland.

"It is also hoped that renovation work on the property could be used as an opportunity to train young people."

The property is a former coach house set in the grounds of a ruined mansion.

Overlooking an 18th Century county park, it includes 40 acres of woodland, a walled garden and the remains of a lake.

The prince visited the nearby village of Myddfai in March to meet some of his new neighbours.


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