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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Groesfaen, Cardiff


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This handsome country home stands amid six acres (STMS) of stunning landscaped gardens providing plenty of privacy and seclusion, yet Cardiff and the M4 are within easy reach. Inside there are five bedrooms, four en-suites and five reception rooms while outside there is garaging for six vehicles and plenty of parking. A further 50 acres of gound is also available by separate negotiation.

The Story
Walking through their six acres of land, with its specimen trees and beautiful lake, the owners of Nant Coslech still remember their vision for the home, which means stony brook or stone at the bottom of the brook.
We wanted a house of exquisite character and a delightful family home, they recalled. It was to have uninterrupted views over the gardens from both upstairs and downstairs, as well as high ceilings and well-proportioned rooms that would give a sense of space, emphasised by the large windows.
Great care and attention was given to every detail in order to create a property that was in keeping with modern living yet had character as well.
Each and every room is so different with beautiful views, and each space is so special and relaxing, that the situation dictates our favourite room.


Nant Coslech sits beautifully in its magnificent surroundings. The much-loved home was built between 1991 and 1993 to a design, which was a personal inspiration of the owners.
It was important to us to create a property in keeping with modern living yet we also wanted to introduce a quality of construction and materials that were complimentary to a bygone age, they explained.
Due diligence was paid to every detail - even the gutters and downpipes were designed and constructed to replicate the lead systems of another era.
Now the Cotswold stone and stone roof compliment the beautiful hardwood windows set in Bath stone.


Each room in the house has its own very unique appeal - and every space also enjoys the most wonderful views.
The imposing entrance hall makes a dramatic impression while the handsome drawing room and the elegant dining room have grace and style that makes them wonderful places to entertain.
Bedrooms are expansive and comfortable, places of calm and relaxation, where family members and guests can wake up to a scenic outlook.


Since building striking Nant Coslech, the house and the garden have seen some splendid occasions.
Family wedding, birthday, Christmas and Easter parties - and grandchildren's visits are a special treat where they can enjoy the freedom of space and relaxation, said the owners.
During a year of office as High Sheriff, we have also enjoyed entertaining in excess of 1,000 people. Lords, ladies and gentry - indeed, all guests - commented on both the location and ambience of the property.
The facilities have also been used for many fund raising events for various charities.


Nant Coslech is a house of exquisite character and a delightful family home.
We have enjoyed our time at here but since our family has moved on and we now spend a considerable amount of time abroad, we feel the time is right to downsize.
We will no doubt miss Nant Coslech but will take some wonderful memories with us.


Walking across the carriage driveway, you enter the property through an impressive solid timber door leading into the inner porch, where one of the cloakrooms can be found. From here you proceed into a light and airy central reception hall, at the end of which is a lovely seating area with double doors opening onto one of the rear terraces - perfect for welcoming guests. The seating area has exposed stone walls and lots of natural light thanks to two large borrowed lights. Either side of the reception hall are double doors opening to the drawing room and formal dining room, designed so that when entertaining, this area can become a fabulous large entertaining space. The drawing room is beautiful and boasts views of the stunning gardens, along with ornate mouldings and an antique French marble fire surround inset with an open fire, creating an intimate atmosphere. There is a large square bay with window seat, a favourite gathering place during family events and through a pair of columns are double doors which open onto one of the attractive terraces. The formal dining room easily accommodates a large dining table and chairs, and has ornate mouldings, large picture windows overlooking the grounds and another marble fireplace inset with a period style cast iron fire.

At the far end of the hall you will find the office or library, perfect for those wanting to work from home. This room is versatile and could easily be utilised as a playroom with windows overlooking the gardens and there is space for an inglenook fireplace. Moving on, locate the vast family room which was originally designed to house an indoor swimming pool, the current owners use this as a garden room offering floor to ceiling windows on three sides and doors opening to the rear garden, generating a superb social flow. Additionally, you will find two cloakrooms, a kitchenette and a wine store, while a swimming pool would comfortably fit in this area. On the opposite side of the house, the hall leads to a practical kitchen/diner, fitted with an array of Irish farmhouse style solid wood cabinets, finished with granite work surfaces. Features of this area include a built in larder cupboard, integral plate rack, a range, an integral dishwasher and a viewing window through to the sitting room.

From here you proceed to the inner hallway which has its own vanity cloakroom, and leads to the comfortable sitting room, enjoying an antique Irish marble fireplace with free standing cast-iron wood basket. As with most of the downstairs rooms, there are double doors opening onto another terrace and picture windows providing views over the gardens. A spiral staircase fitted into a circular shaft originally designed to house a lift providing disabled access, rises to the first floor landing. The inner hall also offers front and rear entrances, two large built-in storage cupboards and a unique monks chair, while there is also access to the double garage, boiler room and fully fitted preparation room which is the size of a standard kitchen.

Completing the ground floor is a beautiful bespoke oak staircase rising to the galleried landing, with a unique chandelier reputed to be the last hand blown Waterford crystal chandelier made in the original factories in Ireland. At the mid point of the staircase, etched glazed double doors lead to a balcony which overlooks the rear courtyard and grounds.


Stairs guide up to a wide, galleried landing, which is larger than you would expect and lighter, thanks to the picture windows and doors on the stairs. Four of the bedrooms can be found off the landing, as can the family bathroom which serves just one room, the others have their own en-suite bathrooms. The master suite is truly spectacular. Originally designed as two bedrooms, it now benefits from its own dining area, a gentleman's wardrobe and a lovely en-suite bathroom, not to mention a gorgeous sitting area which has picture windows overlooking the grounds and lake, providing the owners with the perfect place to relax, read or simply enjoy the view. Two of the remaining bedrooms on the first floor have their own en-suites, as well as stunning vistas across the gardens, while the fourth bedroom is nicely proportioned and enjoys similar views. Finally stairs lead off the landing to the second floor, where a further double bedroom can be found, again with an en-suite bathroom.


Nant Coslech boasts three garages and parking for numerous cars and horse boxes. Firstly there is a double garage which is attached to the property and accessed via electric doors. This garage could easily be converted into a further room if required, especially as there are two further garages in the grounds. You will also find a large garage and workshop which has a mezzanine level, a dog shower and space for up to five cars. Beyond this is a dedicated car wash area which has its own soak away, along with a third garage providi

Entering through the electric gates and onto the sweeping carriage driveway, Nant Coslech can be seen in the distance standing proudly on the brow of the hill. The drive up to the property is breathtaking and reminiscent of a stately home. On the right is a lake which has its own island and is home to numerous nesting birds, and on the left you will find acres of rolling lawned gardens. The driveway then leads up to the property through these gardens onto a large carriage driveway, which then continues to the garages and parking area - ideal for those wishing to entertain in large numbers.

The magnificent gardens at Nant Coslech bring something new to enjoy throughout the whole year.
The fabulous house is set in approximately six wonderful acres, which have been fantastic for family use and simply delightful for entertaining.
The grounds, which were created entirely by us, now incorporate a beautiful lake, which attracts many species of wildlife, they said. The many specimen trees and hedging we have here add ambience to our gardens.

The gardens continue along both sides of the property, of particular note being a large expanse of lawn to the right, long enough for the current owner to practice his golf. You will find sizeable kennels and a dog run, which could also be utilised as a chicken coup, as well as a large greenhouse and a boule pitch. The beautiful grounds back onto open countryside giving the house a quiet and tranquil setting, and should the new owners require more land, there is further acreage available via separate negotiation.

The house is a most convenient place to live if you need to travel, the owner said.
It is tranquil and secluded here yet minutes from the M4. We have excellent shopping and fine restaurants within a short distance - we are set on the borders of the Vale of Glamorgan yet within the boundary of Cardiff City with its magnificent shopping, theatre, sports and hotels.

Situated adjacent to open countryside, there are lots of walks and bridal paths to enjoy. There are three golf courses nearby, Creigiau Golf Club (1 mile), Radyr Golf Club (3.6 miles) and the five star Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club and Hotel Resort (2.3 miles), which also has a gym and spa. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, access to the city centre and all its amenities takes approximately 20 minutes (8 miles). There are numerous villages close by, some with local shops and public houses, namely Groesfaen (0.5 miles), Creigiau (1 mile), Pentrych (3 miles) and St. Fagans (5 miles). Two renowned restaurants are also nearby including Caesars restaurant in Creigiau and the Old Post Office in St. Fagans.

There are primary schools at Creigiau (1 mile) and Peterston-Super-Ely (3.3 miles), with secondary schools at Radyr (4 miles) and Bishop of Llandaff School at Llandaff (4.8 miles) - all of which have excellent reputations. Private schools are also close at hand including Howells and Kings Monkton in Cardiff.

Castle Coch (9 miles) and the world famous St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Life (5 miles) are two of the nearest attractions, whilst Cardiff Bay and its many restaurants and cafes, not to mention the world famous Millennium Centre, is approximately 25 minutes away. The Severn crossing can be reached in approximately 35 minutes (31 miles), with Bristol (50 miles) an hour away. For those wishing to commute, the outskirts of London can be reached in two and a half hours (150 miles) and there is a good high speed rail link to London from Cardiff. Cardiff Airport is also within easy reach, just a short 25 minute drive away (11 miles).

Heading west on the M4, take the slip road at junction 34 and then at the roundabout take the third exit onto the A4119. At the lights turn right onto the A4119 and after approximately one mile take the fourth turning right, onto Peterstone Road. The property will then be found on the left hand side.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is CF72 8NU.

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