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Dating back to 1840, Gwern Borter Manor has a long-established royal history. It was most famously used as a hunting retreat by King Edward the VII of England.

Thomas Evans Esquire built and owned Gwern Borter Manor for almost half a decade, before it was auctioned off with other parts of his estate. It was then bought by George Barker in 1889 and passed down to his son, who owned the it until his death. The family had close ties with Lord Leicester and the Prince of Wales, who later went on to become King Edward the VII of England. During the duration of Queen Victoria's reign the Prince was mostly excluded from political power and duties, so spent his time pursuing leisure activities, in particular hunting. During this time Gwern Borter Manor became one of his favourite country retreats.
 
Stories suggest the Prince had a deeper connection with the manor and that it was a haven for his infamous mistress, Lille Langtry. At the time, the Prince was married to Princess Alexandra of Denmark and had 6 children but was a well know philanderer, so it came as no surprise when he pursued Lille and became infatuated. Lille was a British-American actress and socialite but was well known for relationships with other noblemen such as the Prince Louis of Battenberg and the Earl of Shrewsbury. Lile garnered widespread media and public interest due to her affairs.
 
The ownership of then changed several times before it was finally bought by Air Commodore Robinson in 1956. He was Europe's leading fur producer and turned it into a mink farm. After his death in 1977, it was left vacant for years and fell into disrepair.
 
Finally, in 1986, it was purched by the Powell family who spent 7 long years restoring it to its original glory. The restoration was executed using local craftsmen and traditional materials. An atmosphere of timeless relaxed grandeur has been created and once again, it has become a favourite country retreat of many guests.