Tribute to a great man...
Towards the end of the 18th century Amroth Castle, as it had now become known, was bought by Captain James Ackland, a retired naval officer. He re-built the castle into what was described at the time as a “commodious castellated villa boasting every modern convenience”. This is the building you see today. In 1802 Captain Ackland played host to Lord Nelson during his tour of Pembrokeshire’s naval depots. Nelson’s companion during his stay at Amroth Castle was his famous mistress Lady Emma Hamilton. Following Nelson’s death at the battle of Trafalgar three years later Captain Ackland installed a plaque in the ceiling of the dining room in tribute to the great man.
Captain Ackland himself died in 1820, after which Amroth Castle passed through several owners, mainly businessmen connected to the flourishing local coal mining industry. In 1897 it was purchased by Sir Owen Cosby Philips, later to become Lord Kylsant, and then passed to his daughter the Countess of Coventry.
The family spent less and less time at Amroth Castle over the years and finally sold the estate in the 1950’s, after which it was developed first as a hotel and then into the West Wales holiday park you see today.