Parc le Breos near Parkmill was a medieval
Around 1860 a substantial farmhouse was built about 1,200 yards north-east of Giant’s Grave, on the Duke of Beaufort’s land. In 1865 it was rented by Edward Barton, who became a churchwarden at
In 1869 workmen digging for road stone uncovered Parc Cwm long cairn, just south of Cathole cave. This early Neolithic cromlech, also known as Giant’s Grave, is evidence of human settlement from earliest times. John Aubrey Vivian, only child of widower Hussey Vivian’s second marriage to Flora Cholmeley, had been born in 1854 in
Later that year Parc le Breos was purchased by Aubrey’s uncle, Graham Vivian of Clyne Castle, who maintained the house just for shooting parties – the estate was known for woodcock, with as many as 52 having been shot in a single day.
Descriptions from that time describe Parc le Breos having a terrace, with parterres and rose-gardens, and kitchen gardens having cucumber and melon houses, with a photographic dark room inside the house itself. The Home Farm had a tramway for moving dung, with a water turbine for driving the machinery. After Graham Vivian died in 1912 it passed to his nephew Admiral Algernon Heneage-Vivian, who lived there for a few years after the First World War with his first wife and their three daughters, before they moved into
It was purchased in October 1953 by Tom and Gladys Edwards, who used the land for market gardening, and parts of the house for rearing chickens and turkeys, breeding finches, and even a pig sty! By the early 1960s their son John and his wife Olive began a pony trekking business, with Robbie, a wedding gift, being the first horse to work there. The house has been gradually renovated, with run-down parts rebuilt in a tasteful manner, restoring old features and uncovering even older ones during restoration. A 1912 postcard showed the original Victorian weatherboards, so these were remade to bring the house closer to how it used to look.
This former hunting lodge has been converted into a guest house of character now offering home-cooked food in superb surroundings.