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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Maelgwyn Terrace, Aberdare
- SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME
- SIX BEDROOMS, TWO EN-SUITE BATHROOMS
- LARGE DRAWING ROOM WITH STUNNING FIREPLACE
- FAMILY KITCHEN/DINING ROOM
- SEPARATE SITTING ROOM
- SHOWER ROOM AND BATHROOM
- LAUNDRY ROOM
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3326 SQ FT
Heading out on to the balcony for a cup of tea in the morning, the owners of Sunnyview would often find their six children had beaten them into the sunshine.
The large family have enjoyed everything about life at their spacious home, and the balcony, which leads off the master bedroom, has always been a favoured spot.
It is south-west facing and catches the sun from about 8am to 6pm. We often sit out there in the morning and the kids have enjoyed it too, he said.
Drawn to the quiet location, which is just a five-minute stroll from the centre of town, the couple have extended Sunnyview during the 23 years they have been here, giving themselves more bedroom and living space.
It is now very, very spacious, he admitted. There are lots of places for all of us to be together if we choose. In fact, quite often, 22 of us will sit down to dinner together in the dining room.
The family were initially drawn to the location for its seclusion. They liked being within a quarter of a mile of the river, where they could picnic and take walks.
Part of the aim was always to extend it - although at the time we were not planning to have six kids, he laughed.
But the extension has worked out very well. Not only has it given us all this space but it has also been done to a very high standard - from the solid oak floor in the kitchen, and the doors, to the inglenook fireplace.
He added: The front door was originally a door from a church. It is large and quite ornately carved.
Sunnyview now has six bedrooms and a substantial amount of living space, including the roomy kitchen, where they sit round the farmhouse-style table for breakfast, and the generous hallway that welcomes everyone home at the end of the day.
We also turned the loft of the former bungalow into a playroom and bedroom, he added.
The master bedroom, with its glass doors that can be pulled back on to the balcony, where magnificent views can be enjoyed, is now one of the highlights of the house. The room also has an en-suite and has the potential for a dressing room with a room over the garage being adjacent, subject to the usual planning consents and building regulations.
This is a peaceful area, he said. The study is another quiet space, where we can go to read or work.
ROOMS FOR ALL MOODS
At more lively times, however, the drawing room comes into its own. Here the wood-burner can be fired up in the winter, and the whole family can gather together to play games.
It is great. We can all be in there together very easily - there have been times when we have entertained and had 20 people in that room, he added.
In the summer, doors in the drawing room can be opened up on to the garden, once again making it ideal for special occasions when there are lots of visitors.
This house has been perfect for us, he said. We worked on it so it met our needs and it has been wonderful. We will take with us many memories.
This delightful family home is entered through a beautiful solid timber door, leading to a light and airy reception hall which is overlooked by a galleried landing and lit by a roof light. From the reception hall, double doors guide into the impressive drawing room which is dominated by a striking inglenook fireplace with a timber mantle and a wood burner set within. This lovely expanse enjoys a beamed ceiling and has plenty of room for family gatherings and for a large dining table if required. From the drawing room there is internal access to the garage, a serving hatch with an exposed timber beam and a door to the kitchen/dining room. As with the drawing room, the kitchen has lots of space for a dining table and is perfect for either entertaining or for relaxed family meals. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of cabinets, along with an integral electric cooker and dishwasher, while a beamed ceiling and solid timber flooring generate a wealth of character. The focal point of the kitchen is an attractive brick faced chimney with an exposed timber mantle and room for a traditional Aga. Adjacent to the kitchen is the useful utility room with plenty of cupboards and space for white goods, along with access to the rear courtyard.
Returning to the reception hall, the separate sitting room boasts a stone faced fireplace and a second door into the L-shaped hallway. Three inviting double bedrooms can be found off the hallway, which has a useful walk in storage room/pantry. Additionally you will find a bathroom and a shower room, which could be utilised as a third en-suite if required. This area provides flexible accommodation, as any number of the bedrooms could be used to create an annexe. Also, being on the ground floor, the bedrooms are perfect for anyone requiring disabled access and depending on your family size they could simply be used as further reception rooms.
The first floor is accessed via a galleried landing which is lit by a large roof light and overlooks the hall. Doors guide to three bedrooms and there is also a walk-in storage/airing cupboard. The third bedroom has restricted head height, but is perfect for children or guests and has a further room attached to it, which could be used as a study, playroom or dressing room. The guest bedroom is splendid and is served by a full en-suite bathroom, with vistas of the wooded area to the side of the property. Moving on, the master suite is stunning and benefits from floor to ceiling glazed doors allowing an abundance of natural light to flood through while also opening out to the balcony. There are built in wardrobes under the eaves storage space and the room also offers a charming en-suite bathroom which is fitted with a Jacuzzi bath.
SETTING THE SCENE
The property is approached via a five bar gate which leads to a driveway providing parking for several cars. The garden at Sunnyview is over half an acre in size and includes a wooded area, so it has given the growing children a place to run about and explore. Bordered by rhododendrons, it is very leafy, and as such attracts lots of wildlife. At the front is a beautiful lawn, which would be a marvellous site for a marquee, for special celebrations. At the side is a terrace, where many summer lunches and barbecues have taken place.
We have a little woodland area, which is very special. There are bluebells and daffodils in spring, and we often see woodpeckers, he added.
Located to the rear there is a wood store and storage shed, and the whole of this region affords complete privacy with mature trees providing a great feeling of seclusion. Attached to the house you will find a garage which has a room above and offers the potential to be incorporated into the main house (STPP).
WITHIN EASY REACH
Sunnyview is situated on the outskirts of Aberdare, with all the amenities of the town less then 5 minutes away, including a railway station with services directly to Cardiff. The main local schools are less than 2 miles away and Aberdare also has its own hospital (1 mile). For those enjoying the outdoors, the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park can be reached in less than 15 minutes (5 miles), and other local attractions include the Brecon Mountain Railway (6 miles), Llancaiach Fawr Manor House (7 miles), Bryn Bach Country Park (8 miles), Aberdare Park 5 minutes walk away and Dare Valley Country Park is 2 minutes walk.
The property is conveniently positioned for the Heads of the Valley Road, giving easy access to the majority of the towns skirting the Brecon Beacons. There are several golf clubs within easy reach including Merthyr Tydfil Golf Club (4.2 miles), Morlais Castle (8 miles) and Glynneath Golf Club (12 miles). Further amenities can be found at larger towns such as Pontypridd (13 miles) and Caerphilly (17 miles), while the M4 motorway can be reached in 30 minutes (19 miles) at junction 32. The capital city of Cardiff, which boasts the Cardiff Bay Development, can be reached in approximately 45 minutes (24 miles). There are good high speed rail links from Cardiff and Cardiff Airport (34 miles) can be reached in about an hour.
Proceed in a westerly direction along the M4, take junction 32 and then take the fourth exit onto the A470. Continue for 10.7 miles and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4059 New Road, signposted to Aberdare. Continue onto Canal Road and turn left at the roundabout, then take the second exit at the following roundabout. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Cardiff Street and follow the one way system through the town. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Galdys Road and then take second left onto East Avenue. Take the second right onto Maelgwyn Terrace and at the end of the first private drive you will find Sunnyview.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is CF44 8AU.
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