The interior is laid out as the traditional defensive manor of medieval times with all the main living rooms on the first floor and above. The vaulted undercroft is on the ground floor, being used originally as a work and storage area. Some of the doors on the ground floor still have their massive draw bars to keep the house well protected against unwelcome visitors.
vaulted undercroft
banqueting hall
banqueting hall
On the first floor, the finest room is now known as the banqueting hall which has a fine Tudor moulded plasterwork ceiling and 17th century oak panelling. The stone fireplace is decorated with six carved heraldic shields, whilst the coat of arms of Elizabeth 1 adorns the doorway leading to a comfortable panelled parlour. High on the opposite wall is a stone grill through which the lord of the manor could keep an eye on what was going on in his absence. This room was used as a court room in the 16th century for the local assizes for the sheriff of Glamorgan. It is believed that prisoners were kept in a room known as 'the prison', downstairs in the undercroft.
From the banqueting hall, a lobby leads to an old flagstone floored kitchen with its enormous fireplace and beehive bread oven. Alongside is the old cheese room, now used as an extra kitchen.
turret bedroom
The house has thirteen staircases and some of these lead to various bedrooms, some with their original 16th century toilets still in place. The bedrooms are cosy rather than grand and all contain period furniture.