A CARMARTHENSHIRE manor, which acted as a getaway for rock legends including Black Sabbath, Freddie Mercury, and Genesis, is up for sale for over £1 million.
The remote setting of Glaspant Manor – surrounded by rolling Welsh hills near the village of Capel Iwan – made it an ideal retreat for bands to rehearse for their upcoming albums and tours.
The studio of Glaspant Manor was also where Genesis wrote and recorded their sixth album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, in 1974. It was their final album featuring lead vocalist Peter Gabriel before his departure from the band in 1975.
Formerly owned by Tate and Lyle heiress Angela Lyle, who had the soundproofed studio built due to her love of rock music, the eight-bedroom Georgian manor went on to host Freddie Mercury, Black Sabbath, Meat Loaf and Hawkwind during the 1970s.
Angela Lyle went on to sell Glaspant Manor, with the Grade II-listed building having since been renovated and rented out, along with its accompanying cottages, as a five-star holiday let.
Now it is once again up for sale, with a price tag of £1.1 million.
Current owner Philippa Sibert said: “It is steeped in history and I think it was popular with musicians who wanted to get out of London and away from the fans for a while.
“In the 1970s, it was very remote and would have been perfect for bands rehearsing for albums or tours.
“Angela had musicians come and stay with her and she would cook for them and look after them while they would rehearse.
“Island Records then installed a mobile recording studio for Genesis to record The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”