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11 bedroom detached house for sale
Waterwynch, Narberth Road, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenure: FreeholdIn the late 1810s, the artist Charles Norris was given a plot of land by the Burgesses of Tenby, in recognition of his work in promoting the town. Norris used the land to construct Waterwynch House, a building that he lived in until his death in 1858. In 1920 Waterwynch House became the residence of Lord and Lady Risdale into whose family Stanley Baldwin was married and who spent many holidays here. Waterwynch House was converted into a hotel during the 1980s before being lovingly restored to its former residential glory by the present owners over the last ten years.
Accessed down a quiet country lane, shaded by woodland, the private gated entrance provides an opening vista to the beautifully tended formal gardens of the valley in which Waterwynch House sits. With its wooded flanks elevating gently above it, glimpses of the sandy beach and blue water tantalise from behind the house.
Throughout the very extensive accommodation, great care has been taken to use materials of the highest quality and there are many nautical influences to reflect the property's marine and beachside location. Due to the contour of the site, the accommodation is laid out over three floors with each of the principal rooms arranged to take advantage of the sea views. There is a substantial terrace across the seaward side of the house and french doors from the main hall, living room and sitting room share access out here. Four of the bedrooms have balconies on this side too. In addition to the generous living accommodation, the scale of the house has allowed an entertainments side currently boasting a billiard room and games room with bar. On the opposite side of the house, a suite of rooms incorporates a gym and offices which, with access available away from the main house, can suit receiving business visitors. There are eleven bedrooms each served by its own designated bathroom, arranged over the first and second floors. There is also a deep water mooring in front of the property for the owner's vessel. The property is set in grounds of about 30 acres including beautifully laid out formal gardens comprising extensive lawns and very well stocked beds. Waterwynch features private access onto a delightful sandy beach and includes its own slipway where the present owners launch a rib which takes them to their main mooring around the headland at Saundersfoot.
The Hunting Lodge is avaiable as a separate lot and is situated near the gated entrance to the property and is sufficiently away from the main house for their respective privacies. The property has a great deal of comfortable charm and features three reception rooms, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The Hunting Lodge holds a separate title and has been successfully let for short term holiday rentals over the last few years.
Tenby is a town steeped in ancient history surrounded by an imposing medieval stone wall. Through the passages of time Tenby has seen many changes but it has been on the leisure map for nearly 200 years. Tenby did not become a popular tourist destination until after the Victorians began visiting the town for the health benefits they believed the resort offered. It was popularised by Sir William Paxton, and in 1863, The Industrial revolution arrived in the form of railways and shipping lanes and the tourist industry truly boomed. It forms an important part of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Britain's only truly coastal National Park. A spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, exceptional sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife.