Charles meets the Welsh neighbours

Prince Charles and wife the Duchess of Cornwall opened the doors of their new Welsh retreat to welcome neighbours and thank those who refurbished it.

The royal couple invited over 100 guests for canapés and wine into the property, which used to be one of the agricultural barns at Llwynywermod, near Llandovery.

Charles bought the Carmarthenshire estate in 2006 and it has since undergone a major makeover.

One of those involved in the refurbishment was carpenter Tony Smith who worked on the roof, stairs and doors.

He said: “If you go back a couple of months it was in a bit of a state really but it’s come along really good.

“The architect has said he the prince is pleased with it. It’s not very often you are involved in a project like this and the end product is very satisfying.”

Talking about the royal function, he said: “A night like tonight is something I will always treasure and remember for the rest of my life.”

Charles and Camilla made sure the evening was informal and mingled casually with their guests. It is the first week they have stayed at the estate which they bought as a base for their annual summer visits to Wales.