ONE of the county’s most historic properties is expected to sell for in excess of £1million after it was put on the market this week.

Derwydd Mansion has played an integral role in the history of the county for more than 600 years – with some claiming it to have been of national importance as far back as the 13th Century and beyond.

The 42-room Grade II* listed building set in seven-and-a-half acres of gardens and woodland is up for sale and is expected to go under the hammer for something in the region of £1,250,000.

According to legend, the mansion has offered shelter to the monarchy on at least two occasions with King John – --of Robin Hood fame – reportedly spending a night there in 1210.

It is also claimed that Henry Tudor stayed at Derwydd on his way to victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field in perhaps the defining moment of British history when the Tudor dynasty replaced the Plantagenet king Richard III and the House of York on the throne.

Remarkably, the estate is said to have changed hands six times between the 16th and 20th Centuries thanks to the marriages of its various heiresses while at the same time maintaining a blood link to its original owners.

With its walled garden, gazebo and servants’ quarters, the three-storey mansion offers an incredible insight into a world now found only in the pages of a history book.

In keeping with the tradition of all worthy stately homes, Derwydd is even said to have its won ghost – a spectral figure who haunts one of the bedrooms but only appears to unmarried men.

Derwydd Mansion is available for sale from West Wales Properties of Ammanford.