LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010

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Reached by walking along the muddy quay, Landshipping House is superbly situated over looking the start of the Cleddau Estuary, incidentally just a few miles down stream from the Systerne / Sisters House.

The house has been a shell for decades with one of the front bays slowly crumbling away. The current owners have had a long battle with the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority who are unwilling to buckle their overall ban on new builds in the National Park – surely each case should be judged overall on its merits and leniency used where appropriate – Landshipping House and its outbuildings would doubtlessly add to the character of this part of beautiful Pembrokeshire.

A short row of service quarters at the rear show evidence that these were once stables (a curved brick arch has been filled in).

A pig snored in its pen during my visit. The sky began to brighten with an intense orange luminosity as the morning hue revealed tiny spider webs across the lawns in front of the house. The birds had finished their morning chorus and had begun their daily chores. This mansion, on this morning, had an explicit air of positive assurance that soon it would regain its full height and its four walls and once again become a family home.

‘Old Landshipping’ was built in the 1670’s but was dismantled and the stone used to build ‘New Landshipping’ in the late 18th century a few hundred yards down the estuary in a more prominent place where it could be overlooked by visitors to Picton Castle and Slebech Park. ‘New Landshipping’ was also has castellated in response to Picton.

Landshipping or has it is also known as 'Big House' (Ty Mawr) has now been restored with the left facing bay and entrance near to full restored.
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LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010


Photo comment By Sarah Hoss: I saw your excellent photographs and commentary and felt that I needed to correct the impression that the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority had been unwilling to award planning permission to save this derelict structure. This is a tad unfair and inaccurate: the previous owners did in fact successfully obtain planning permission back in the 1990s for the Big House to be renovated as a 7 bedroomed private home and then sold the property when personal circumstances prevented them moving forward with the project. The current owner applied for permission to construct two new build cottages to the rear of the house (using the footprint of an old barn/granary) - with the intention of, (alongside the renovation of two pre-existing cottages) letting the four properties out as holiday cottages, to fund the renovation of the main building. I have to declare an interest: I was a party to this application at the time, though I am no longer involved. The Pembrokeshire National Park Planning Authority in fact awarded permission for these new-builds in 2004 (planning ref NP/04/159) despite their agreed policy to generally resist such new development in sensitive locations; the awarding of this permission undoubtedly significantly increasing the value of the site overall (known as a 'planning gain'.) To date, the new build and cottage refurbishments have not materialised and instead the main house has been the focus of the current development. The previous planning permission regarding the main house was renewed by the planning authority in 2004 (ref: NP/04?579) with 'strings attached' (a detailed Section 106). The fallen-down bow to the right was reconstructed in the Autumn of 2011 but there's a long way to go. Apparently the latest idea is to develop the house as a 9 bedroomed B&B.

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