The Stradey estate, on the edge of Llanelli, has been in the Mansel-Lewis family for some 200 years. The present House has remained virtually unchanged since it was built around 1850, and extended in the 1870's.
Owner Patrick Mansel-Lewis will lead the tour of the house, gardens, parkland, woods and woodland garden. We will learn about the history of the estate which dates back to the 1600's and how the family now run the estate to ensure it's sustainability.
The estate runs to some 1,800 acres, which comprise a number of farms and woodland, numerous cottages and town houses, and commercial properties, all of which properties - except for the woodlands - are let to tenants. Dairy farming is the main type of agriculture on the Estate; a number of farms run beef and sheep. Changing patterns of agricultural production have led to the combination of smaller farms which are now run by one family. Some of the other farms have reinterpreted their traditional way of life by diversifying into businesses compatible with farming e.g. market gardening, agricultural contracting and carpentry and joinery.
The family is currently engaged in raising new sources of income in the world of commercial events. Film location, wedding photography, heritage tours, government grants and fees for wedding and other celebrations are all within the frame. In adopting this new approach to fund-raising, the estate is joining the ranks of many other heritage properties and country houses whose families have re-interpreted their way of life in response to changing circumstances.
Following the tour Patrick and Claire invite you to a drinks reception hosted by them.