6 bedroom country house for sale
Corwen, LL21 0HN
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Tenure: FreeholdAn imposing country house situated in the picturesque Upper Dee Valley standing in mature grounds with river frontage and fishing
• Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen with Dining Area,
Gun Room, Boot Room, Cloakroom, Wine Cellars
• Master & Guest Bedrooms with En-suite Bathrooms, 4 further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, 2 Store Rooms
• Sweeping Carriage Drive, Abundantly Stocked Gardens, Formal Lawns, Traditional Outbuildings, Fishing on the River Dee, Woodland & Paddock
• In all about 6.55 acres (2.65 ha)
Glandwr (“Place by the Water”) stands in a spectacular setting in the Upper Dee Valley, which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty adjoining the Snowdonia National Park. Occupying a prominent yet private position, Glandwr is conveniently placed for the nearby village of Corwen whilst the larger centres of Bala, Ruthin and Chester, which offer a more comprehensive range of services, are all very accessible.
On the recreational front there is private fishing on the River Dee, numerous local pheasant shoots, sailing at Bala and extensive walking. For the golfing enthusiasts there are several golf courses nearby including Bala and Llangollen. Despite its rural location, the area enjoys good road communications being within a mile of the A5 accessing Chester, Shrewsbury and Wrexham. Both Liverpool and Manchester, which are served by international airports, are within daily travelling distance and there is a regular rail service to London from both Chester and Shrewsbury stations.
Glandwr is approached through a mature woodland setting via a sweeping carriage drive which leads to the east front. The house, which is of handsome proportions, is constructed of brick and stone with white painted elevations under a tiled roof. It stands centrally within beautiful grounds which extend down to the River Dee with far reaching views across the surrounding countryside and hills. Glandwr is believed to date from circa 1630 and was originally built as a farmhouse tending to the surrounding land. Over the years the property has been extended and modified and more recently refurbished between 1982 and 1985 by the current owner to create a substantial family house. In addition to the principal residence, there is a Carriage House which would be ideal for conversion to a variety of uses subject to gaining the necessary planning permission.
Internally Glandwr offers generous family accommodation retaining many original features with handsome fireplaces, elegant staircase, moulded ceilings and window shutters. For those wishing to improve Glandwr further, there remains considerable potential to adapt various aspects of the buildings to capitalise even more on the views and the wonderful setting.
A pillared entrance porch opens into a spacious reception hall off which is a cloakroom and separate w.c. The principal rooms are well proportioned having the benefit of a westerly aspect overlooking the garden with an interconnecting door ideal for entertaining. The drawing room has an open fireplace with decorative wood surround and marble hearth, moulded ceiling cornicing, window seats with original shutters and a French window to the terrace with wonderful panoramic views over the Dee valley and the mountains towards Snowdonia.
The sitting room is a later addition being glazed throughout and has sliding doors to the main terrace. Beyond the principal rooms are the kitchen and a former butler’s pantry with storage cupboards, now used as a laundry area and boot room. The kitchen contains built-in wall and base units under work surfaces with stainless steel sink unit, dishwasher and ceramic hob. Off the kitchen is a dining area with storage cupboard housing an Ideal Concord gas fired boiler as well as a door to a strong room which has been used in the past for storing guns and fishing tackle. From the hall, steps lead down to a substantial wine cellar which is made up of two rooms having solid slate floors and purpose built wine racks throughout.
The first floor accommodation is accessed via an elegant oak staircase onto a landing. The principal bedrooms overlook the gardens and the river, mirroring the reception rooms downstairs. The master and guest bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, whilst the rear bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with shower. From the landing, double doors lead down a small bank of steps to a linen room. The stairs continue and give access to a second floor which is in the eaves of the property yet there are no restrictions on head room. This area is currently used partly as a study but also provides substantial storage and a further twin bedroom.
From the side of the property a secondary drive leads down to a small courtyard setting and The Carriage House. This is constructed of painted stone under a slate roof and incorporates five rooms on the ground floor, including two garages, with staircases at either end and a long room on the first floor split into 3 bays with solid oak beams. This substantial building could be used as an annex to the main house, as a holiday let or as offices, subject to gaining the relevant planning permission. Adjoining The Carriage House at first floor level is a double garage with concertina doors and a further store with kennel to the side. In addition there is a sizeable log store (24’ x 12’) which could also provide a form of accommodation or garaging.
The gardens and grounds are a notable feature of Glandwr. The house occupies an elevated position against a backdrop of mature woodland with formal gardens below extending down to the river. To the front of the house is a gravel forecourt with parking and turning area which extends into a yard against The Carriage House. Below the drive is a small lake which is naturally fed from a stream flowing under a stone bridge into the river. Against the drive is an attractive stone balustrade with pathway extending onto a terrace with seating area from which there is a vantage point overlooking the river and surrounding countryside. Below the terrace formal gardens interspersed with floral borders and mature specimen trees are laid out and an extensive lawned garden slopes gently down to the river bank. Glandwr has the benefit of single bank fishing rights for private use – this stretch of the Dee being known for brown trout, grayling and salmon. Above the house is a grass paddock adjacent to an attractive parcel of woodland containing oak, cedar and fir trees.