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.
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.