Extra History

With a castle and its very own legend, Wolfscastle Country Hotel has a fascinating past. It stands on a promontory above the confluence of the Western Cleddau and Anghof rivers next to the Norman motte-and-bailey castle from which the village and hotel take their names.

The castle was one of a chain of fortresses that were built along an old frontier that’s known as the Landsker Line. Like other such fortifications, the castle was built by the incoming Anglo-Normans to protect their South Pembrokeshire colony.

A Welsh landowner from what is now Denbighshire called Owain Glyn Dŵr declared himself Prince of Wales in 1400 and fought a war that saw his forces control most of Wales for a number of years.

After his defeat Wales’s great rebel leader became a fugitive and disappeared from historical record after 1412. What actually became of Glyn Dŵr remains a mystery, but there are plenty of stories and one suggests Hill Field alongside the Wolfscastle Country Hotel as his last resting place.

Folklore also makes a connection between Glyn Dŵr’s birth this part of Pembrokeshire. He is said to have been locally at Little Treffgarne, where his mother’s family held land.