As Cornwall’s Ollie Williams heads to the Love Island villa – fans of the show have been left curious about the aristocrat’s family title.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s surfing islander Lucie Donlan, viscount-in-waiting Ollie, who will one day inherit Lanhydrock Estate, will be flying the flag for Cornwall while he searches for love.
According to his Love Island profile, the 23-year-old listed his occupation as “land owner” and regularly brags about his booze-fuelled dinner parties, luxury holidays and lavish social life on Insatgram.
Before entering the villa, he explained his position, saying: “My father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock.
“The family title is Viscount Clifden. When my father passes away or abdicates, as the eldest child, I will take on the titles and the estate. I’m the heir of Lanhydrock.”
As he prepares to fly to the villa in Cape Town, Ollie also revealed that he boasts about his family’s wealth to impress women.
He admitted: “Best chat up line I’ve ever used is, ‘Do you know Polzeath beach in Cornwall? I own it’. That’s it. Chat up line, done.”
But what is Lanhydrock and how is Ollie connected?
Lanhydrock House is a Grade 1 listed property near Bodmin, which is set within acres of stunning land.
Richard, 1st Lord Robartes, bought Lanhydrock in 1620 and immediately started work on the house as it stands today.
Richard was regarded as the ‘wealthiest in the west’ after inheriting a fortune and thousands of acres of land from his father in 1614.
Built with local grey slate and granite, the house dates to 1640, though most of the current building was the result of rebuilding after a fire in 1881.
Surviving features from the earlier property are the impressive gatehouse, the two-storey porch, and north range, with a 116-foot long gallery.
Immediately behind the house is the 15th-century church of St Hydroc, where many of the Robartes family lie buried.
Despite being “heir to the Lanhydrock Estate”, Ollie and his family don’t own Lanhydrock House.
The grand property and around 400 acres of land were gifted to the National Trust by the 7th Viscount Clifden in 1953.
The Love Islander also made claims over the ‘family title’ but the peerage became extinct in 1974, following the decline of the family after the First World War and death of the Arthur Agar-Robartes, the 8th Viscount Clifden.
The Lanhydrock Estate however, which owns the land that was kept by the Robartes family, is run by Ollie’s father Andrew, or “the Lord of the Manor”, as his son claimed.
The Lanhydrock Estate’s website states: “The Lanhydrock Estate Company is a family owned private Estate owning, running or managing land retained by the family after the House and grounds were gifted by the Robartes family to the National Trust in 1953.
“The Lanhydrock Estate Company, established in 1934, consists today of a variety of business entities owning, running or managing farm land, buildings, houses and offices over some 2500 acres in Lanhydrock and the surrounding area.
“Historically Lanhydrock Estate simply managed its landholding assets. However, more recently the focus has shifted to a programme of retaining and enhancing Lanhydrock Estate’s assets wherever possible.”
Here’s everything else you need to know about Ollie Williams
What makes you the perfect Love Islander?
I’m an alpha male. Wherever I go, I boss the room, I boss whatever I’m doing. I’ll be the butt of all jokes but I’ll also be the one to make all of the jokes. I’m attention seeking and I like to be the centre of what is going on at the time. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, I’m upfront and let people know what I think of them too.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
I am fun, energetic and traditional.
How would you rate your looks on a scale of 1 to 10 and what would you say is your best feature?
I’m probably a 10. I think my best feature is my body, closely followed by my wit.
What is your worst habit?
My worst habit is that I’m a perfectionist. If something needs to be done, it has to be done my way, the right way.
Describe your ideal woman.
My ideal woman is blonde, athletic and funny.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Lily James is my celebrity crush. She’s pretty gorgeous.
What song sums up your love life?
Dry Your Eyes by The Streets.
How do you tend to meet dates?
I am traditional so I much prefer to meet dates in real life. I won’t normally be the person to slide into someone’s DMs, I’d let it happen organically. Girls do slide into my DMs, it depends what they look like. You’re not going to pick up a book unless you like the cover are you?
What’s been your most disastrous date/dating experience?
The only Tinder date I ever went on was awful. I matched with this girl, she was a 10 out of 10. I arrived at the location we had agreed to meet and messaged her to let her know I was there. A 50-year-old bloke gets up from the bus stop and walks over to the driver’s door of my car. He said, ‘Is it Ollie? My name is Christina, I know I’m not what you were expecting but do you still fancy going for that drink?’ I reported it to Tinder.
Describe the ideal first date?
My ideal first date would be a restaurant in Cornwall on the coast where you can overlook the sunset and have a 12-course taster menu with wines. That’s always a great first date. It could be awkward with 12 courses to go if you didn’t like each other… But it’s a beautiful date.
What’s the best or worst chat up line that someone has used on you, or you have used yourself?
Best chat up line I’ve ever used is, ‘Do you know Polzeath beach in Cornwall? I own it’. That’s it. Chat up line, done.
What’s an immediate turn-off for you in a girl?
Bad breath, it’s the worst. Also if a girl has got her phone out in the middle of a date, it’s probably a sign it’s not going very well.
How far are you prepared to go in the villa to get the girl you want?
I’m fine with competition and the idea of treading on toes. But if I’m really close to one of the blokes, I won’t screw him over to get his girl.
Will you be loyal or do you have a wandering eye?
I have had a wandering eye in the past but I haven’t since I made that mistake. Love Island is a very different atmosphere though, it’s full of temptation…
What’s your definition of the bro code?
Bro code is putting your mates before a girl and prioritising your pal.
What’s your claim to fame?
My father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock. The family title is Viscount Clifden. When my father passes away or abdicates, as the eldest child, I will take on the titles and the estate. I’m the heir of Lanhydrock.
Have you got any New Year’s resolutions?
To win Love Island.
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