House & Family History: The oldest extant core of the House was probably the work of Sir Nicholas de Carew, who died in 1311. In the late 15th century Carew was enormously improved and extended by Sir Rhys ap Thomas. The House was the setting for the Great Tournament of 1507. Sir John Perrot (1530-92) transformed Carew from a medieval fortress to a fine Elizabethan manor house. During the Civil War the House was owned by Sir George Carew, who declared for the king; however, it was garrisoned at different times by both Royalists and Roundheads. In the aftermath of the Civil War the House remained unoccupied for years and was abandoned in 1686. In 1983 the National Park Authority leased the Castle and the surrounding area for 99 years and began an extensive program of restoration.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat of: Sir Nicholas de Carew, 14th century. Sir Rhys ap Thomas, 15th-16th centuries. Sir John Perrot, 16th century. Sir George Carew, 17th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: Owned by the Trollope-Bellew family and operated by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.