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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Ystrad Meurig, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY25

Under Offer £620,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Handsome Grade II Listed Country House
  • Substantial living accommodation
  • 2 reception rooms. 5 bedrooms (1 en suite)
  • Delightful attached studio/office & gallery
  • Courtyard with outbuildings
  • Idyllic landscaped gardens & ponds
  • Peaceful & private setting
  • In all, set in about 111 acres (stms) with
  • Large woodland adjacent

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Handsome Grade II Listed Country House. Substantial living accommodation. Over 3 floors & cellar. 2 reception rooms. 5 bedrooms (1 en suite). Delightful attached studio/office & gallery. Courtyard with outbuildings. Potential for conversion (STP). Idyllic landscaped gardens & ponds. Private & peaceful setting. Enjoying far reaching views. In all, set in about 111 acres (stms) with large woodland adjacent.


Brynmeheryn is situated in an idyllic and private location near the local hamlets of Tynygraig and Ystrad Meurig. The larger village of Lledrod is about 3 miles to the west with the A485 road providing quick access to the coastal University town of Aberystwyth to the north-west (about 13 miles) with high street shops, national railway service, General Hospital, National Library of Wales etc.


Brynmeheryn is a delightful property with strong literary and artistic connections that include include the present owner's "A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse"(Bloomsbury 2011) based on a series in Country Living and the previous owner Monica Rawlins, artist and friend of Augustus and Gwen John who had a strong friendship with poet R.S. Thomas (dinner with Monica at Bryn is mentioned in his biography).

The original property was an old stone farmhouse with a Georgian rectory added in c.1799. Unusual features include original slate-floors and black-and-red floor-tiles. Disused peat-cuttings and a natural spring in the woodland suggests that long before any formal structure was built, it was a hafod, where shepherds pastured their flocks above the snowline through the summer months. There is evidence that the original roofing of the 1799 rectory was thatch. The main house offers substantial accommodation space over 3 floors together with a large studio and gallery that is attached to the house via a glass walkway. The property enjoys peace and tranquillity amongst its own landscaped gardens and grounds. A number of useful outbuildings are arranged around a traditional courtyard. The property also has the benefit of a large woodland that lies adjacent. In all, the property extends to about 111 acres (stms - subject to measured survey).

Main House Ground Floor
A columned entrance porch leads into the large main reception hall with slate floor and doors leading off to the main reception rooms. The first reception room on the left is the dining room overlooking the front gardens and with an old fireplace with wood surround and a wood burning stove providing a warm focal point. Adjacent is the drawing room again overlooking the front and with an open fire with an elegant period fireplace. At the far end of the hall is a downstairs bathroom/ laundry room. An inner hall leads off to the right to the kitchen breakfast room with beamed ceiling and an old decorative cooking range. A useful pantry lies off the kitchen on one side while French doors open off on the other side to the side garden. A further door opens off from the kitchen to the glass walkway that leads to the studio (see below).

A useful cellar is accessed off the reception hall. The cellar is divided into 2 areas. One part was originally the old dairy while the second is currently the pump room.

First Floor
The staircase rises up from the main reception hall to the first floor accommodation. Four bedrooms are situated on the first floor. The master bedroom and bedroom 4 are at the front of the house overlooking the front gardens. Bedroom 2 and 3 are situated at the side of the house overlooking the side garden areas. These bedrooms share the use of a family bathroom.

Second Floor
Stairs continue to the second floor where a large bedroom suite is situated with dormer windows, exposed beams and a dressing room with a separate en suite bathroom.

Attached Studio & Gallery
Accessed from a glass walkway that connects it to the main house is a superb studio and gallery. This substantial building offers excellent space for a variety of uses including a studio with gallery library area as is the case now. French doors lead off to the courtyard.

A traditional courtyard area is situated at the rear of the house and includes old stone barns that are currently used for storage and garaging but have potential for conversion (subject to planning).

The property enjoys generous landscaped gardens and grounds with lawned areas, mature trees, bushes, shrubs, flowerborders, ponds, stream, patio areas for alfresco dining, seating areas, raised vegetable garden and adjacent woodland. In all, the property extends to about 111 acres (stms - subject to measured survey).

The Woodland - Coed Bryn Meherin
A significant feature and benefit to the property is the adjacent woodland that is a 10-year-old mixed deciduous woodland with woodchip pathways managed by Sustainable Forestry. The woodland is currently rented out as a rough-shoot (woodcock). The following information on the woodland is provided by Suatainable Forest Management who currently manage the woodland.

"Bryn Meherin is a large wild wood in mid-Wales that overlooks the upper Teifi valley and the Tregaron Bog, Cors Caron, The area on which the wood was planted was formerly poor agricultural ground that was used for grazing and for peat cutting. A small dam across one stream flooded part of the area to provide water to power the wheels in the nearby mine. The land was leased by the Forestry Commission who planted 43 hectares of Sitka spruce in 1955. They clearfelled the entire block in 1998. Following felling the lease reverted to the freeholder and the land came back to Bryn Meherin.
One of the owners at the time, who has since died, was one of the founders of the John Muir Trust and was passionate about rewilding. The clear objective was to re-wild the devastated clearfell site and to establish a natural, native broadleaved woodland in the upper catchment of the Afon Teifi. This has resulted in a unique example of a phased transition from clearfelled plantation monoculture to diverse site adapted native woodland.

Assisted with a number of Forestry Commission grants, the entire site has been enriched by direct seeding with native species using the seed collected from local seed sources. The broadleaved regeneration is however growing up beside large amounts of conifer regeneration that grew up from the seed bank left behind by the conifer crop that was felled. The tension between rapid re-wilding and cost-effective management has led to the temporary retention of parts of the new conifer crop in order to maintain forest conditions and to enhance the growth of the broadleaved elements. The harvested conifer may also provide early commercial returns to offset the costs of long term establishment. The owner's objective is that the conifer element will be phased out as the broadleaves become established and are allowed to take over the site.

The present work involves thinning of semi-mature conifer crops and respacing the patches of dense regeneration. Thinning criteria are to favour broadleaves and respacing ensures native species diversity and early selection of quality broadleaved trees. Throughout the transition to native broadleaved woodland the conifers will be managed as a component within a mixed irregular forest as part of a cost effective solution towards the transition to irregular native woodland.

Forest management has ensured that the owner's long term objective to re-wild the site, by establishing natural woodland that will enhance the landscape and provide valuable wildlife habitat, is reconciled with a cost-effective work program. Coed Bryn Meherin is registered with the Welsh Assembly Government to receive grants under their Glastir Woodland Management (GWM) scheme until 2018. A network of access tracks has been established using quantities of waste woodchip following the issue of a waste disposal licence by the Environment Agency. The tracks provide access to previously unreachable parts of the site and are now used by a small local shoot that is let. A footpath and a bridleway cross the property. Coed Bryn Meherin has grown into a very special wild upland native woodland that is likely to develop the qualities of resilience and robustness required by adaptive 21st century woodlands.

The wood is currently managed by Sustainable Forest Management Limited, Plas y Wenallt, Llanafan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4AX. Telephone: 01974 261688. Their Mr Phil Morgan will be pleased to discuss future management with prospective purchasers..

General Remarks and Stipulations
Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water, and electricity supplies and any other rights and obligations, easements and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether referred to in the Conditions of Sale or not. Please check with the Highways Department at the local County Council for the exact location of public footpaths/ bridleways.

Plans, Areas and Schedules
Any available plans are for identification and reference purposes only. The purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul a sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.

Square Footage: 3,511 sq ft
Acreage: 111 Acres

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