The site of the castle was the location for several earlier buildings, the first of which is said to have been built by Arnold Le Boteler (Butler) in the mid-12th century. By the 16th century, a manor house owned by the Vaughan family stood on the site, its existence recorded by John Leland. In 1642 it was sold to the Wyndham family. It passed into the hands of Edwin Wyndham-Quin, 3rd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, MP for Glamorganshire 1837-1851, through his wife Caroline, and was lived in until after the Second World War, having been used as a military hospital.
The castle's walled garden survives and is in the care of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
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