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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Pwllmelin Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2NL

Guide Price £1,750,000

Property Description

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A substantial family house set in approximately one acre with re-development potential.


The Property

The Retreat was built in the 1920s to a very high specification with white rendered elevations, windows with leaded lights set in bath stone casements, buttress walls and decorative timber ledge detail at first floor level.

The interior has period features with Art Deco ceiling finishes, oak, marble and stone fireplaces, a fully fitted kitchen with three cooking stations, en suite bathrooms and en suite dressing rooms.

The Retreat is set centrally on its own land, well back from Pwllmelin Road, entered through wrought iron gates into a private drive which provides parking for many cars. A large lawned area with mature trees and hedgerow boundaries provide considerable privacy. The lawn leads around the property and links with the rear garden and swimming pool with a path leading to the tennis court.


The Retreat is set in the heart of Llandaff, noted for its excellent schools in both the public and private sector. Just a short walk away is the village of Llandaff with shops, restaurants, public houses and a post office. At its centre is Llandaff Cathedral which stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain set in a green and tranquil oasis close to the river Taff. The Castle Park runs alongside the River Taff from Llandaff to the city centre. A cycle path through the park links the three castles of Cardiff, Castell Coch and Caerphilly.

Communications are excellent, with fast and easy access to Cardiff by public transport. The A48 leads onto the M4 and the national motorway network. The inter city mainline station provides fast and frequent services to London in less than two hours.

Cardiff has all the cultural, leisure and domestic facilities of an important capital city.

Ground Floor

An open buttressed porch with quarry tile floor and a raised stone step leads into:

Inner porch through an oak front door with circular glazed insets and bath stone architraves, windows with cast iron leaded lights set in bath stone casements, marble floor, twin oak inner doors with circular obscure glazed insets open into:

Reception hall: with oak flooring throughout, window with cast iron leaded lights set in bath stone casements, feature oak fireplace with a tiled inset, panelling to dado height, striking Art Deco style coved ceiling, oak staircase with a large stained glass stair window leading up to a galleried landing. Oak doors and architraves access the principal reception rooms.


A large cloaks cupboard with open shelving, wash basin set in timber vanity unit, door to outside and internal door into wc with a window to the side.

A timber door with glazed panel and matching windows opens into:

Drawing Room

An impressive principal reception room, south facing with picture windows with leaded lights into a large bay with matching picture windows adjacent, coved ceiling, feature fireplace with marble inset and hearth, timber surround incorporating open shelving and matching alcove.


With a fitted bureau and window overlooking the garden to the side.

Living room

With parquet flooring, L shaped with windows into two large bays, impressive stone fireplace with stone surround mantel and hearth, built in oak cabinet with open shelving, coved ceiling.

Dining room

With a marble feature fireplace, with marble hearth and surround, dual aspect with a picture window overlooking the front garden and a side window with obscure leaded lights, panelled ceiling, unusual semi circular veneered panelling with built in cupboard and door into:


A comprehensively fitted kitchen with three integral cooking stations, matching timber wall and floor units with the contrasting worktop, four oven gas Aga with twin hobs and hot plates, tiled splash back and canopy housing the extractor unit, electric Dietrich oven with microwave above, inset Aeg hob, tiled splash back and canopy housing the extractor fan, central island with built in fryer and griddle,

Store cupboards below, canopy housing a third extractor fan, twin circular inset sink with recess for dishwasher, built in Amana American style fridge with water and ice dispenser, matching tall store cupboards.

A brick archway leads into:

Breakfast room: with UPVC French doors and matching side screens opening onto the rear terrace and swimming pool, dual aspect with a further window overlooking the paved terrace, quarry tiled floor and door into:

Leisure annexe

Comprising gym, sauna, steam room, boiler room, cloakroom, wc, two windows overlooking the rear terrace and swimming pool, ceramic tile floor and panelled walls, door to outside and cast iron spiral staircase leads up to:

Billiard room

With vaulted ceiling, panelling to dado height, dual aspect with a bay window overlooking the rear garden with built in window seats, two further windows to the front and built in bar.

Stairs from the reception hall rise and turn up to a galleried landing with a large stained glass window, panelling to dado height, oak banister and hand rail, galleried landing with the continuation of the Art Deco style coving.


Principal Bedroom

With own suite of dressing room and en-suite bathroom; bedroom dual aspect with windows to the front and side, recessed spot lights, coved ceiling, fitted wardrobes and drawers in a limed oak finish with matching dressing table; dressing room with extensive built-in oak wardrobes and drawers; double doors from bedroom to en-suite bathroom with round Jacuzzi bath and ornate taps, fully tiled recessed shower cabinet with thermostatic shower, twin inset sinks set in a marble top with store cupboards below, bidet, wc, picture window to the side and window to the rear, vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting and tiled floor.

Bedroom two

With picture window to the front, fitted wardrobes and matching drawers with store cupboards above and open shelving either side. En-suite bathroom, a panelled bathroom with open shelving, vanity unit with inset sink, store cupboard and mirror, inset bath with mirrored surround, matching wc and deep store cupboard, window to the side.

Bedroom three

With built in wardrobes, window overlooking the rear garden, part panelled ceiling with recessed lighting, door into en-suite bathroom with limed oak timber panelling to dado height, free standing cast iron slipper bath with claw feet and antique style taps, store cupboard with open shelving, fitted pedestal wash basin and matching high level wc, mirrored vanity unit and window to the side.

Bedroom four

With fitted wardrobes and open shelving, dual aspect with windows overlooking the rear, vaulted ceiling.

Bedroom five

A picture window to the front, fitted wardrobes with storage above, a step leads up to a raised floor with oak balustrades and hand rail with built in desk unit, open shelving and storage.

Shower room

Half tiled walls, matching white suite comprising wc, wash basin, recessed shower cubicle with thermostatic shower and glazed door, window overlooking the rear garden.

Gardens and Grounds

The Retreat is set centrally on its plot with mature gardens and hedged boundaries providing considerable privacy. The gardens are well established with mature herbaceous borders and lawns with extensive paving around a central swimming pool, built in separate jacuzzi, changing/store room and enclosed veranda/bbq area. The swimming pool is screened by the house and mature shrubs with a path leading to an en-tout-cas tennis court. A further path leads to a rear courtyard with a raised pond with stone surround and raised terrace, the courtyard leads through to the private drive and provides additional parking. Timber garden store.


From the City Centre into Llandaff Village along Cardiff Road turn left at the traffic lights into Fairwater Road which leads right handed into Pwllmelin Road. The Retreat is situated on the right hand side prior to The Chantry.

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Added on Rightmove:
26 January 2012


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