This castle by the sea, stands in a lovely spot on the Gower peninsula. Oxwich is, in fact, a grand Tudor manor house built in courtyard style in the peaceful 16th century (though its owners did see fit to add a mock-military gateway, more for show than effect).
This striking testament to family status was begun by Sir Rice Mansel in the 1520s. His son, Sir Edward, added a soaring multi-storeyed eastern wing with all the latest features, including a fashionable Elizabethan long gallery. Oxwichs original stature can be seen in its south-east tower, which still survives to six storeys.