In the time he was here Sir Benjamin made enormous changes to the land surrounding Hammet House. He built his magnificent mansion & created extensive pleasure grounds on the surrounding estate, constructed a new road & 2 bridges between the villages of Llechryd & Cilgerran. Both of these bridges still stand today, & both have commemorative plaques which bear Sir Benjamin’s name. ‘Castle Malgwyn’ Bridge is immediately to the right of the hotel gates & bears plaques on both sides, & the Hammet bridge is en route to Cilgerran from the hotel & bears a plaque on the west wall.
Sir Benjamin died in 1800 leaving his wife Louisa & son John at the estate. John Hammet died at the age of 44 in 1811, the estate remained in the Hammet family until Louisa’s death in 1824, at which point it was purchased by Abel Anthony Gower.
The Gower family already owned the neighbouring Glandovan estate, Abel Lewis Gower who inherited Hammet House in 1837 developed the estate significantly, including building the courtyard stable block that still stands at the end of the drive today, currently a privately owned holiday cottage complex. The house passed through several generations of the Gower family, including being the home of Lily Gower, a highly skilled & famed croquet player who in 1899 became ‘Lady Champion of England’, a title which she retained for the next 3 years. She also regained this title nearly 30 years later in 1928. Hammet House has many photographs of the Gower family including Lily Gower at leisure within the house & grounds dating back to 1898.
The last Gower to own the estate split up & sold the land in 1948. Part of the original estate is now home to Llechryd cricket club, which is perhaps fitting as famous former England cricket captain David Gower is a descendant of James Gower, brother to Abel Anthony Gower who bought the estate from the Hammets way back in 1824.
The house was converted in to a hotel in 1960 & has been functioning as a country house hotel ever since. In 2012 the estate is rechristened Hammet House in honour of Sir Benjamin Hammet, & given a rebirth as a luxury destination hotel with contemporary furnishings & facilities, all housed within the magnificent Georgian building which retains many beautiful original features.