3 bedroom country house for sale
Pontpren, Penderyn, Aberdare, CF44 0SJ
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A charming country cottage in an enchanting wooded valley.
Located withing the Brecon Beacon National Park Glanyrafon is set in a delightful rural enclave, a parkland setting, above Nant Cadlan in the attractive village of Penderyn.
Penderyn is steeped in history. A church dedicated to St. Cynog was built here in the 6th century AD. Famous inhabitants include David Wynne and Dic Penderyn who was involved in the Merthyr Rising of 1831. It is also the home of The Penderyn Distillery which is a popular tourist attraction
The Brecon Beacons National Park is within a short drive through Cwm Cadlan which is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It has the largest recorded example of Molinia meadows in Wales.
Communications and local facilities are close to hand, with comprehensive shopping centres at Brecon, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. There is easy access to Cardiff both by road and rail. Park and ride facilities provide a regular service to Cardiff, with its BR mainline railway station. The A4059 leads onto the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, east towards the A470 with links to Abergavenny and the West Midlands and south to the M4 at junction 32. The A465 westbound joins the M4 at Neath (J43).
Local recreational facilities are in abundance with a host of rural based activities including cycling, trekking, climbing and a wealth of historic walks within the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding countryside. There are footpaths adjacent to the property leading to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Glanyrafon was built in approximately 1890 adjacent to a much earlier dwelling dating back to 1740, the stone floor is still evident.
The present owners have lived at the property for approximately 18 years and have undertaken sympathetic improvements to include handmade sash windows, new kitchen and bathroom fittings and a wood burning stove in the living room. An extension to the south western elevation incorporates a conservatory offering superb views across the delightful garden and valley. There is also a shower room off the conservatory.
The garden is enchanting, merging with the natural contours of the stream and undulating countryside. There is a large detached work shop. A timber decked jetty protrudes into the stream and a pond thrives with lilies. Clematis clad arbours and trellises, intertwining paths with herbaceous borders and lawned areas complete the idyllic rural environment.
The property is approached from a quiet country lane, across a Ford, through a timber gated entrance into the stunning gardens. A paved path and steps lead up to a southwest facing terrace to an open canopied porch with a part glazed timber door opening into:
A most attractive room with a dual aspect and beamed ceiling, a Little Wentlock free standing cast iron wood burning stove is set in an open fireplace with the original bread oven, dado rail, oak floor, window to front and rear, original spiral staircase to first floor. Door into:
With a south and west aspect allowing for sun most of the day, French doors open onto a paved terrace, beamed ceiling, tiled floor, door into:
Comprising a white suite, wash basin, low level w.c. and step in fully tiled shower cubicle with an electric shower. Obscure glazed window to the rear.
A timber door from the living room opens into:
With a window facing west overlooking the gardens, timber ceiling, Rangemaster gas cooking range, matching wall and floor units with contrasting laminate work surfaces, open shelving in recessed alcoves, timber panelling to dado height, square opening into kitchen with a timber panelled ceiling, matching cream wall and floor units with contrasting laminate work surfaces, space for fridge freezer, inset single drainer sink unit, space for washing machine, window and door opening onto the rear paved terrace.
A door from the kitchen opens into:
With a dual aspect, timber beamed ceiling, feature fireplace with a marble hearth and timber surround housing a coal effect gas fire. Laminate flooring, under stairs cupboard, door with leaded light opens into the front paved terrace with brick paviar.
Stairs lead from the siting room in a straight flight up to the landing.
With a dual aspect, matching twin windows to the front of the property overlooking the gardens and window to the rear. A spiral staircase leads down to the living room, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.
With twin matching windows facing west overlooking the garden, vaulted ceiling, exposed timber beams, built-in wardrobe with open shelving.
With a window to the front, vaulted ceiling, feature fireplace with timber surround, dado rail and door interconnecting with bedroom 1.
A modern light pink suite comprising panelled bath with overhead shower and mixer taps, pedestal wash basin and low level wc, obscure glazed window to the side, vaulted ceiling with decorative timber beams and half tiled walls.
Gardens & Grounds
The gardens have been imaginatively designed and planted to merge with the surrounding natural landscape. They have also been extremely well-tended by the present owners who have created an oasis. There are raised beds for cultivating flowers or a kitchen garden. Paths, ponds, steps, trellises and the natural water course complement each other.
There is a large workshop, a greenhouse? and the interesting partial stone floor to the original dwelling.
Travelling from Cardiff head north up the A470 for approximately 20 miles following the signs to Merthyr Tydfil. Exit at the junction with the A465, Heads of the
Valleys Road, and head west towards Hirwaun and Glyneath. At the roundabout sign-posted Brecon and Penderyn take the last exit towards Penderyn. Proceed along this road
into the village of Penderyn, along Pontpren. Turn right opposite Church Road into a small lane, cross the stream and Glanyrafon is immediately on the right hand side.
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