among beech woods on a steep hillside overlooking the River
Tan, CasteIl Coch (pronounced COE) lying just five miles
from the center of Cardiff, South Wales, is one of the most
romantic buildings in the British Isles. The original castle
on this site, built in the 13th century by Gilbert the Red,
Earl of Gloucester, was to guard the plain of Cardiff against
the Welsh. Some time in the 15th century CasteIl Coch, the
Red Castle, was destroyed, apparently by mines and fire.
In 1871, the owner of CasteIl Coch, Lord Bute, reputedly
the richest man in the world at that time, arranged for
his architect, William Burges, to survey the ruined site
with the idea of reconstruction...