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dusky november| the welsh gatehouse

I promised myself when I started this tiny blog that I would never apologise for any times it fell quiet, because of course no one really cares, but I can’t stop myself here we go I’m sorry it’s been so quiet! The winter gloom has sat heavily on me this year and I’ve found it hard to gather enough brightness from the short days to sit down and write with. But here I am now, ready to talk about how beautiful grey and dusk can be.

welsh gatehouse from the front

We went on our usual historical-building-weekend-away in November (previous years here and here), this time to the converted gatehouse of a country manor in Monmouthshire, Wales.

the welsh gatehouse door

the welsh gatehouse from inside

roof of the welsh gatehouse

The Welsh Gatehouse is an outbuilding of Moynes Court, which dates from the late thirteenth century, being first mentioned in historical records in 1307. It was built by the beautifully named Bogo de Knoville, who received some favours including a lordship from King Henry III for his military service, and passed it to his son on the aforementioned date. It is definitely the oldest place we’ve stayed, and certainly the most imposing, with a high vaulted roof and heavy old doors with impressive keys.

Once through the heavy wooden gate underneath the gatehouse itself, you can see main house, all grey medieval grandeur. It looks imposing and comfortable at the same time, and I’m so charmed by the three triangular gables.

the main house

window view at the old gatehouse

We were more than a bit envious of our hosts who got to live there all the time! Though that soon wore off once we were inside our own set of medieval stone walls.

We also visited some other stone walls, of course, in the form of Chepstow Castle, Caerwent Roman Town, Tintern Abbey…

and Raglan Castle…

You’ll have to excuse the rainspots on the lens – I did try to keep it dry! Though in a way I kind of like going to castles in the rain – it makes them seem much more real, as things that have had to endure and stand against countless days and nights of wind and weather. We got very soggy though, and I was so happy to have our own medieval fortification and cosy fire to go back to and shelter in against the night and the rain, just as people must have been grateful for it centuries ago.

You can find more about the Welsh Gatehouse here.

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One thought on “dusky november| the welsh gatehouse

  1. What a lovely place to stay 🙂


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