THE OWNERS of a luxury plush log cabin in Gower have won a planning  battle to prove they have been renting it out lawfully.

Kerry Edwards, of Parc-le-Breos Ltd, had to provide evidence to Swansea Council that the cabin had been let continuously to holiday-makers for more than 10 years.

And at the second attempt Mr Edwards has done so, thereby gaining a lawful development certificate.

Set near a trout pond on the Parc-le-Breos estate, Parkmill, the two-bedroom cabin has a covered veranda and large outdoor fireplace.

Chef Jamie Oliver rustled up a rabbit bolognese there for one of his television series.

In his first application to the council, Mr Kerry said the cabin had been rented out from 2006 onwards following a revamp of the building.

His evidence included booking diary extracts and individual testimonies, but planning officers felt there too many gaps to prove continuous use.

The log cabin at Parc le Breos in Gower

Mr Kerry’s latest application included a statutory declaration in the presence of a solicitor and a decade’s worth of booking diaries.

Planning officers said in a report: “The planning authority considers that the submitted supporting statement and evidence are sufficient to prove that on the balance of probability, the building has indeed been used as a holiday let for a continuous period of time exceeding 10 years.”

The cabin lies south of the main house at the Parc-le-Breos estate, and was used on location by the producers of Set Fire to the Stars – a film based on an account of a tour of America by Swansea poet Dylan Thomas. It starred Elijah Wood and Ceyln Jones.

The Parc-le-Breos estate is said to originate from the hunting park of the Breos family.

In 2010, an engraving of a reindeer at the rear of a cave at Par-le-Breos was unearthed.

The engraving was later found to be at least 14,000 years old, and the oldest rock art to date in the British Isles.

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