Perched high above the motorway outside Cardiff, this fairytale castle is of the "Mad King Ludwig" school of architecture. Built at the latter part of the 19C by the Earl of Bute (then the richest man in the world, and it certainly shows). One really expects to see Rapunzel and her suitors in this castle in the woods. The staff are all really helpful and friendly, the guide book is good value and a very nice tearoom as well. All combine to make this a super and very reasonable visit. Inside the castle doesn't disappoint, decoratively it is wonderful - don't miss the frieze of monkeys around Lady Bute,'s stunning bedroom or Aesop's fables in the drawing room - really high Victorian wacky medieval!! Marvellous!
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