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You may not have heard of this small Welsh market town and its surrounding countryside, but it holds a special place in the heart of the Prince of Wales.

Llandovery, in Carmarthenshire, is much loved by Prince Charles, as he has a simple but stunning £1.2million home there just outside of the nearby village of Myddfai – where he went to privately mourn the loss of his father Prince Philip

So what attracts the Prince to the area? We spoke to some local estate agents and they highlighted its beautiful countryside and clean air, ideal for long walks. Interest in homes in the area is on the rise and many offer plenty of space and land.

Pictured: Llwynywermod is the Welsh home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the village of Myddfai, near Llandovery

Pictured: Llwynywermod is the Welsh home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the village of Myddfai, near Llandovery 

Bought in 2007 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the farmhouse was refurbished using local materials and the skills of Welsh craftsmen and women

Bought in 2007 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the farmhouse was refurbished using local materials and the skills of Welsh craftsmen and women

Mick Gough, of Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, said: ‘The Llandovery area is becoming very sought after, the major appeal being the unspoilt countryside, lower crime levels and lack of traffic congestion and pollution. 

‘I am told by many purchasers who have moved into the area that they also enjoy the tremendous community spirit, where everyone knows each other and get together to put on the village show. A fantastic local hospital and GP practice have also proved themselves beyond measure.’

And Lisa-Marie Moores, of John Francis estate agents, added: ‘It is a beautiful, countryside location, which is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, and has royal connections as Prince Charles and Camilla have a cottage just outside the town.’

We take a look at some properties for sale in the area…

1. Four-bed house in Cilycwm, Llandovery, £795,000

This four-bedroom house for sale comes with outbuildings and 17 acres of land. The house needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home.

The property is on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000. 

This four-bedroom property on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000

This four-bedroom property on the market via Clee Tompkinson & Francis estate agents, with an asking price of £795,000

The house is in  he village of Cilycwm and needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home

The house is in  he village of Cilycwm and needs updating, but it could be transformed into a modern and comfortable family home

A renovation project? The countryside property is being sold with several large outbuildings as well as 17 acres of land

A renovation project? The countryside property is being sold with several large outbuildings as well as 17 acres of land

To the rear of the former storage shed is a patio and seating area, an ideal location for al fresco dining and entertaining

To the rear of the former storage shed is a patio and seating area, an ideal location for al fresco dining and entertaining

2. Four-bed house in Llandovery, £750,000

This renovated house just outside the market town of Llandovery comes with 19 acres of land.

It also has some stone outbuildings that are currently used as workshops and garages. The land leads to 320 metres of fishing rights on the River Tywi. The property is for sale for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis.

The perfect pandemic retreat? This renovated property in Llandovery is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The perfect pandemic retreat? This renovated property in Llandovery is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

What an entrance! The house has some stunning features, including a beautifully renovated hallway with a Victorian quarry tiled floor

What an entrance! The house has some stunning features, including a beautifully renovated hallway with a Victorian quarry tiled floor

No renovation work required: The kitchen includes a Leisure Cookmaster five ring ceramic hob, with a double oven

No renovation work required: The kitchen includes a Leisure Cookmaster five ring ceramic hob, with a double oven

Holiday fishing? The rural property sits in 19 acres of level pasture land with the boundary fronting the River Tywi

Holiday fishing? The rural property sits in 19 acres of level pasture land with the boundary fronting the River Tywi

3. Six-bed house in Cilycwm, Llandovery, £750,000

Henllys Manor House is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres, with fishing rights on the River Tywi. It is on the market for £750,000, via Clee Tompkinson & Francis.

The property was owned from the early sixteenth century by the Lewis family of Morgan Gwal Y Ci. Between 1788 and 1815, it was occupied by Colonel David Williams of the East India Company whose wife is said to have buried her jewels within the grounds of the estate – and to this day, they have never been found.

The estate has since been owned by several other families and was finally split in 2015. 

Henllys Manor House in Cilycwm, Llandovery, is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres with fishing rights on the River Tywi

Henllys Manor House in Cilycwm, Llandovery, is a Grade II listed property set in 3.4 acres with fishing rights on the River Tywi

The property is just two miles outside of Llandovery and is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The property is just two miles outside of Llandovery and is on the market for £750,000 via Clee Tompkinson & Francis

The imposing entrance hall at the property has a beautiful Georgian staircase, some dark oak flooring and feature archways

The imposing entrance hall at the property has a beautiful Georgian staircase, some dark oak flooring and feature archways

Income potential via a bed & breakfast? The property has a two-bedroom cottage that is currently used as a holiday let

Income potential via a bed & breakfast? The property has a two-bedroom cottage that is currently used as a holiday let

4. Three-bed house in Llandovery, £359,950

This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950, via estate agents John Francis

It has some good-sized mature gardens including lawned areas, a wildlife pond, a vegetable garden with raised beds, and a garage. 

Live near royalty: This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950 via estate agents John Francis

Live near royalty: This three-bedroom house in Llandovery is on the market for £359,950 via estate agents John Francis

Some extra money may be required to update parts of the property internally, including this dated - but large - kitchen

Some extra money may be required to update parts of the property internally, including this dated – but large – kitchen

The property has a large family bathroom with a white bathroom suite and wallpaper with a bright and colourful design

The property has a large family bathroom with a white bathroom suite and wallpaper with a bright and colourful design

Outside, the good-sized garden includes a lawned area, a wildlife pond, and a vegetable garden with raised beds

Outside, the good-sized garden includes a lawned area, a wildlife pond, and a vegetable garden with raised beds

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Family of Covid patient who left hospital urges people to follow ‘proper’ medical advice

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The family of a Covid-19 patient who last week left Letterkenny University Hospital after being encouraged by anti-vaccine campaigners has criticised those involved and encouraged people to follow “proper” medical advice.

Joe McCarron, from Dungloe, was the subject of a viral video in which a group of people insisted that he be released from the hospital, despite medical staff stating this would worsen his condition.

He left on Tuesday but returned to the hospital on Thursday in an ambulance. A spokesperson for his family on Sunday said Mr McCarron was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit but was showing signs of recovering despite Covid-19 having caused him “serious lung damage”.

They said Mr McCarron’s wife, Una, “would like to thank the staff and apologise for the actions of Joe’s so-called reckless friends earlier in the week.

“They did not help Joe’s recovery in any way. We would encourage everyone to follow proper medical advice.”

The family offered its thanks to those who had sent messages of support.

In the video, one activist said he was “rescuing” Mr McCarron and falsely claimed that treatment in the hospital would “kill” him.

One staff member told the man that leaving the hospital would risk “endangering” his life, but the activist said it would be better if he were to “die in the house than he dies here”.

Mr McCarron, who appeared to be struggling to breathe in the footage, then agreed to return home and was later shown in a video posted on social media saying that he felt much better and accusing the hospital of mistreating him.

In a statement last week, a spokeswoman for Saolta Hospital Group (SHG) which oversees Letterkenny Hospital, said it could not comment on individual cases, citing its legal and ethical obligations regarding patient confidentiality.

The group has previously said it is “gravely concerned” by a number of recent incidents in which groups of activists have attempted to spread disinformation about Covid-19 at hospitals.

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Could YOU save £140 on energy bills with the Warm Home Discount? Some suppliers have opened applications… but you should act quickly

  • Thousands could save £140 on their energy bills through a Government scheme 
  • We reveal whether you could be eligible for the Warm Home Discount 
  • We also asked suppliers whether their applications are open yet  
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Thousands of households are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill this winter through the Warm Home Discount.

Low income homes and those receiving their pension could see a significant chunk taken off their bills if they sign up to the scheme in the next few weeks.

This will be particularly important as the new energy price cap level is set to kick in at the beginning of October, rising bills for millions of customers.

Customers are encouraged to apply as soon as their supplier opens applications as there is a limited number of discounts to go around. 

Thousands are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount

Thousands are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount

Several providers have said they will offer the discounts on a first come, first served basis meaning eligible households should act fast.  

This is Money has detailed exactly what the Warm Home Discount is, how you can apply and which energy suppliers have started taking applications for the scheme.

What is the scheme?

Eligible households could get £140 off their electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme which officially opens on 18 October 2021.

The money is not paid directly to customers but instead is a one-off discount on a home’s electricity bill between October and March.

Customers may be able to get the discount on their gas bill instead if their supplier provides them with both gas and electricity and should contact their provider to find out.

Am I eligible?

You could be eligible if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’.

If you are in this category, you will receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling you how to get the discount if you qualify.

Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.

If you have not received a letter and think you are eligible, contact your energy provider.  

Customers could also be eligible if they are on a low income and meet their energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’.

If in this category, you will have to apply for the discount through your provider which will decide who is eligible or not.

As the number of discounts is limited, customers are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure they can take advantage of the scheme.

Households can still qualify for the discount if they use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Suppliers will tell you how you will get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

A number of providers have already opened their applications for the discount scheme

A number of providers have already opened their applications for the discount scheme

Which energy suppliers have opened applications?

Ovo, which also looks after SSE, said it doesn’t yet have a firm scheme opening date but it’s likely to be later this month.

It added its advice to customers at the moment would be to register their interest online and it will be sure to contact them with more information as soon as the scheme is open. 

British Gas said its scheme for 2021/22 is now open and customers can apply. 

EDF added its scheme is also now open and customers can apply on their website. 

The supplier said it encourages customers to apply as soon as possible as the scheme will be closed once it hits its maximum number of applications. 

It added it anticipates applying the rebate to eligible customers accounts by the end of February 2022. 

Octopus Energy said it has already opened its applications now. 

There is no specific deadline for applications but it will be mentioning the scheme to customers who might be able to benefit from being in the broader group. 

Bulb said customers in the broader group for the Warm Home Discount can now register their interest on its website and it will email them when applications open later this month.

It added it processes applications on a first come, first served basis so it encourages members to register their interest as soon as they can. 

Eon is now taking applications and is encouraging customers to apply as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Eon Next’s scheme will open in the coming weeks, but customers can register interest on the website now and it will contact them when it opens. 

Scottish Power added its applications had been open since 10 August.  

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Australia made ‘huge mistake’ in cancelling submarine deal – French envoy

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Australia has made a “huge” diplomatic error by ditching a multi-billion-euro order for French submarines in favour of an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, France’s envoy to Canberra said on Saturday.

Canberra announced on Thursday it would scrap its 2016 deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and instead build at least eight nuclear-powered ones with US and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership.

The move caused fury in France, a NATO ally of the United States and Britain, prompting it to recall its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra, and also riled China, the major rising power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Malaysia said on Saturday that Canberra’s decision to build atomic-powered submarines could trigger a regional nuclear arms race, echoing concerns already raised by Beijing.

“It will provoke other powers to also act more aggressively in the region, especially in the South China Sea,” the Malaysian prime minister’s office said, without mentioning China.

Beijing’s foreign policy in the region has become increasingly assertive, particularly its maritime claims in the resource-rich South China Sea, some of which conflict with Malaysia’s own claims.

“This has been a huge mistake, a very, very bad handling of the partnership – because it wasn’t a contract, it was a partnership that was supposed to be based on trust, mutual understanding and sincerity,” France’s ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault told reporters in Canberra before returning to Paris.

France has previously branded the cancellation of the deal – valued at €34 billion in 2016 and reckoned to be worth much more today – a stab in the back.

‘Vital ally’

Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian later described the row as a “crisis” in France’s relations with the United States and Australia.

“There has been duplicity, contempt and lies – you can’t play that way in an alliance,” he told France 2 television.

US state department spokesperson Ned Price said France was a “vital ally” and that the United States would work in the coming days to resolve the differences.

Analysts say that even if US officials hope the crisis will blow over quickly, it could do lasting damage to Washington’s alliance with France and Europe and throws into doubt the united front that the Biden administration has been seeking to forge against China’s growing power.

Australia said it regretted the recall of the French ambassador and that it valued the relationship with France and would keep engaging with Paris on other issues.

“Australia understands France’s deep disappointment with our decision, which was taken in accordance with our clear and communicated national security interests,” a spokesperson for foreign affairs minister Marise Payne said on Saturday.

Mr Thebault said he was very sad to have to leave Australia but added there “needs to be some reassessment” of bilateral ties.

In separate comments made to SBS radio, Mr Thebault said of the ditched agreement: “It was not about selling salads or potatoes, it was a relationship of trust at the highest level covering questions of the highest level of secrecy and sensitivity.”

Low point

The row between Paris and Canberra marks the lowest point in their relations since 1995, when Australia protested France’s decision to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific and recalled its ambassador for consultations.

Public opinion in France, where president Emmanuel Macron is expected to seek a second term in an election due next year, has also been very critical of Australia and the United States.

“You can understand for geopolitical reasons Australia getting closer to other anglophone countries like the United States and Britain,” said Louis Maman, a Parisian surgeon out for a stroll on Saturday on the Champs-Elysees.

“But there was a real contract and I think there was an alliance and a friendship between Australia and France. It’s spoiling a friendship,” he said. “I took it as a betrayal.” – Reuters

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