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Derelict Gower farmhouse has new future as tourist accommodation

AN isolated and derelict Gower farmstead which could date from the 17th Century has a tourism future ahead after five new holidays units were approved.

Newton Farm lies close to the hamlet of Pilton Green, between Rhossili and Port Eynon, and forms part of the Penrice Estate.

The main farmhouse is flanked by gardens, outbuildings and barns, and is around 270 years old, although some stonework may be from the century before that.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the holiday let planning application to Swansea Council said: “Occupation of the area dates back to prehistoric times, apparent from flint tools found along with a henge monument of the Neolithic period when Newton was an expansive moor, along with nearby Pilton Moor and Kimley Moor.”

Since its last occupation the farmstead has been left vacant and fallen into disrepair. The north wing has collapsed.

Services like electricity and drainage will have to be installed.

But the design statement described the farmhouse as structurally sound, with the chimney stacks and fire places at each end worth preserving.

The farmhouse will have a new slate roof, and lime rendered external walls.

The interior will comprise three ensuite bedrooms, a separate toilet, kitchen-dining room and lounge.

Three of the surrounding buildings and barns will be converted into four holiday units.

Access will be off the B4247, which runs between Scuralge and Rhossili.

Planning permission has come with a number of conditions, and the holiday  units must be occupied as holiday accommodation only.

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