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4 bedroom detached house for sale
- BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED 18TH CENTURY WATERMILL
- CHARMING KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM
- FORMAL DINING ROOM; STUDY
- SPACIOUS DRAWING ROOM
- FOUR BEDROOMS, INCLUDING THREE EN-SUITES
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3168 SQ FT
- GROUNDS OF APPROXIMATELY 1 ACRE (STMS)
- INDOOR SWIMMING POOL AND GYM
Chatting in the hot tub, out on the sun terrace, Chris and Sue Norman look up at their spectacular home and consider its great attraction.
The impressive old mill building, which dates back to 1816, and still features its original water wheel outside and has cogs incorporated into its interior design, is set in an acre (STMS) of beautiful grounds and has an indoor swimming pool.
The first thing we loved was its seclusion - if you did not know where it was, you would not find it, said Chris. We also loved the fact it had the scope to be given a contemporary style inside - one that worked well with the original features.
And he added: It is a lovely home. I enjoy standing on the balcony, looking out at the land and the forest.
FROM PAST TO PRESENT
It was nearly eight years ago now that the couple first spotted the home, which was once a working water mill that belonged to a nearby farm and was used to grind corn.
The property had been converted and extended back in 1990 and was ready to be given a personal touch by the Normans.
We went through the house and worked on every room, using high quality materials and fittings throughout, he said.
Today, there are many favoured spots in which to relax and enjoy the fabulous old building. There are areas, with space for entertaining large numbers of friends, and others, where the couple can spend quiet time.
The swimming pool is marvellous for daily exercise or parties with friends. The enormous sun terrace features comfortable seating, eating areas and the hot tub.
I love the drawing room, where the television is, admitted Chris. And Sue likes the kitchen, with its Aga.
The dining room has been marvellous for welcoming friends into on special occasions and for enjoying Christmas dinner against the backdrop of a roaring fire.
The kitchen incorporates original features such as a large metal cog and revealed stonework which bring a rustic appeal, while the table and chairs and breakfast bar are ideal for casual family meals.
With four bedrooms, this is a great family house, he said. But it has also been fun for entertaining too.
He added: We are known for putting a lot of effort into entertaining - we have had more than 200 people here when we have entertained outside, and it has been awesome.
Many of the rooms make the most of The Old Watermill's superb location. The master bedroom, for example, enjoys superb views.
We have the balcony leading from the master bedroom, and can go out and enjoy the view in the morning - it is great, he said.
And he continued: A lot of people like the guest bedroom too. Here a lot of the old water mill features can still be seen.
A SENSE OF SECLUSION
The couple relish the comfortable lifestyle their home offers them - and the easy balance of character and history combined with style and space.
But more than anything, they still savour its picturesque location and the serenity they wake up to every morning.
We are in a valley where there is a forest and a stream that runs past, with trout in it, and where we often see herons. It is wonderful, he said.
I like living somewhere that feels so secluded. It is actually very convenient for everything but it is very private and it is always so quiet.
Lower Ground Floor
This impressive old building has been beautifully decorated by the current owners with a contemporary style that works well with its character and many retained features. The living accommodation is set over three floors and can be entered on either the ground floor or lower ground floor levels. The lower ground floor is accessed via a stone terrace with double doors that open into a central reception hall. From here stairs rise to the upper ground floor and doors reveal the kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, laundry room and formal dining room. Beautiful rich oak flooring spans through to the kitchen which is presented in a traditional farmhouse style with an extensive range of painted kitchen cabinets and solid wooden work surfaces. The room has an abundance of character, including the original mill machinery, exposed stone walls and a beamed ceiling. The oil-fired cream Aga, large central island with integral Neff electric hob and microwave, plus a walk-in larder complete the working area and there is plenty of space for a dining table. The modern cloakroom is fitted with a WC, glass wash hand basin and contemporary tiles to the floor and walls, whilst the laundry room has been fitted with a range of kitchen cabinets. Moving on, the formal dining room has, like many of the rooms in this home, been beautifully designed to create an impressive and luxurious room, simply perfect for entertaining friends and family. With views of the adjoining fields and woods, a beautiful oak floor and feature stone fireplace with wood burner, this is a stunning room. From the dining room, you find a useful third reception room which is presently being used a study but could serve many uses such as a library or playroom perhaps.
Upper Ground Floor
From the hallway there is access to the front drive and it can therefore be used as the main entrance to the property, depending on the new owners' preference. An attractive staircase rises to the first floor, whilst doors lead to the main drawing room, family bathroom, two bedrooms and a built-in storage cupboard. Oak flooring continues through the hall to the drawing room, which proves to be a light and airy space with a double height ceiling and windows to three sides that frame elevated views across the grounds to the woodland and fields beyond. The original mill workings have been retained and provide a striking architectural feature, whilst working well with the exposed stone walls, ceiling beams and open fireplace. The contemporary family bathroom has been tiled throughout and incorporates a bath, separate shower cubicle and basin. The third bedroom enjoys countryside views and is served by another generous and modern en-suite shower room, while the fourth bedroom enjoys similar views and benefits from a built-in wardrobe.
The guest suite, which also retains some of the original mill workings, has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and vistas across the gardens and woodland beyond. A good sized dressing room has been added which also has a vaulted ceiling, as well as fitted cupboards and shelving, while the en-suite bathroom is a stunning room with vaulted ceiling and a contemporary suite including a feature free-standing circular bath, double shower, hand basin and WC. The master suite is breathtaking with its glazed gable wall providing an uninterrupted view of fields and woodland. The sliding doors can be opened to enjoy the peaceful surround and the soothing sound of the stream running alongside the watermill. The large dressing room is fully fitted with 'his and hers' wardrobes, drawers and shelving, and the luxury en-suite has a double width shower and modern contemporary tiling to the floor and walls.
Swimming Pool and Gym
Attached to the rear of the property, and accessed across the large terrace, is the indoor heated pool. The pool is approximately 7ft in depth, adjacent to which is a cloakroom/WC and a changing room. There is also a separate room which is currently used as gym but could also be used as a bar or pool room, depending on your preference.
Setting the Scene
Set on an acre (STMS) of grounds, the property is approached via electric gates off a quiet rural lane. A driveway sweeps down to the property and finishes in two generous parking areas, to the front and rear respectively. The garden has been beautifully landscaped by the couple and the leafy area attracts lots of wildlife. Now, when the weather is good, they can often be found strolling outside with their dogs or relaxing in the sunshine out on the terrace. The elevated terrace, which has a Peruvian slate floor and Romanesque balustrade, enjoys lovely views of the garden, woodland and the trout-filled stream, while steps lead down to a further more extensive terrace area. Laid with attractive stone slabs and stone chippings, it is a completely private zone that lends itself well to entertaining, alfresco dining, and of course the hot tub. Adjacent to the garden is a stable block, which generates its own electricity thanks to the roof mounted PV solar panels.
Within Easy Reach
While feeling rural, the house is in a good position for reaching Cardiff and the M4, both of which are about 15 minutes away, said Chris.
The historic Maen Llwyd Public House and Restaurant is within walking distance, while nearby Caerphilly (3.5 miles) is ideal for shopping, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get into Llanishen (4.2 miles).
I find it very easy to travel from here - it only takes 40 minutes to reach Bristol, he said.
And he added: This is also a good place to live if you like walking, horse-riding or playing golf. We have lots of good golf courses within half an hour's drive of the house.
The golf clubs nearby include: Caerphilly (3.8 miles); Mountain Lakes (5.3 miles); Llanishen (4.2 miles) and Whitchurch (8.8 miles). The University Hospital of Wales (6.6 miles) is also just a 20 minute drive away.
Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, the amenities in the centre of the capital, including the Cardiff Bay development, can be reached in 20 minutes (8 miles). The Severn crossing can be reached in 30 minutes (22 miles), with Bristol (40 miles) just beyond, and for those wishing to commute, the outskirts of London can be reached in less than 2 1/2 hours (130 miles). There are good high speed rail links to London from Cardiff, and Cardiff Airport (22 miles) can be reached in less than 45 minutes.
Proceeding in a westerly direction along the M4, exit at junction 30 and take the third exit onto Maes Y Bryn Road. Continue into Cefn Porth Road, and at the T-junction turn right into Rudry Road. Proceed for approximately 1 mile and turn right at the bottom of the hill where the property can be found on the right hand side through electric gates.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is CF83 3EB.
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