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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, LL33

Guide Price £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Reception hall
  • sitting room
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • utility
  • study
  • 5 bedrooms
  • cottage
  • gardens
  • about 3.2 acres

Full description

An impressive Grade II * listed country house with stunning uninterrupted views over the Menai Strait


Pen y Bryn Manor is a fascinating property with a long history; it stands on a raised promontory in approximately 3.2 acres of land on the fringe of Snowdonia National Park. There are stunning, uninterrupted views over the Menai Strait to the island of Anglesey and beyond. The property overlooks Beaumaris, Llanfaes and Penmon Point on the opposite shore, and the tiny Ynys Seiriol ('Puffin Island'), then across the Irish Sea. Part of the day the Lafan Sands are visible, which were the walkway across the Strait until the bridges were built.

The property is between Conwy (9 miles) and Bangor (5 miles). The A55 trunk road links to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester and offers easy access to Bangor and Llandudno Junction railway stations, with a main line direct service to London Euston. There are several marinas in the vicinity.


Historical note

According to longstanding tradition and claims, Garth Celyn, the promontory on which the property stands, is believed to have been the site of the 13th century royal Palace, the home of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the first Prince of Wales, and his ancestors. King John (whose daughter Princess Joan was married to Prince Llywelyn's grandfather), invaded and occupied the Palace in 1211. King Edward I invaded and occupied the Palace in 1283. It remained Crown of England property from 1283 until 1553 when it was granted to Rhys Thomas and his wife Jane. There is a tunnel reputed to run from the house towards the sea, which was blocked in by the then owner in about 1970. The property is Grade II* Listed, being architectural and historic importance.

Pen y Bryn is a fine stone built property incorporating the main manor house, including a medieval tower, and a cottage that stands on the site of the former royal court chapel. It is approached via a long sweeping drive through private grounds which leads to a turning circle at the front of the house. The house is of substantial proportions with stone elevations beneath a slate roof. The accommodation is arranged on two principal floors with an undercroft, and attic rooms and a tower
rooms above. Stone steps lead to a studded oak front door beneath a stone arch which open into a hallway.

Beyond is an impressive dining hall with a carved oak staircase and a fine inglenook fireplace. There are steps down to an inner hall serving a WC, utility room and back hall again with an inglenook fireplace. On the other side of the dining side of the dining hall is an elegant drawing room with a fireplace with a marble chimney piece and a Georgian sash window with wooden window shutters, and a door to a study at the base of the tower. At the rear of the house is a kitchen / breakfast room, with a good range of storage units.

On the first floor there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom, and stairs leading to a second floor with four attic rooms and a tower room. Stairs from the tower room lead to a viewing room above offering a spectacular outlook across the Menai Strait.

The Cottage

The Cottage is adjacent to the main house, and is in need of renovation. It comprises a living room with inglenook fireplace, with a seperate toilet annex on the ground floor, and there are two rooms above.

Gardens and grounds

The delightful private grounds have a variety of mature trees, shrubs and plants and a terrace at the rear of the house. There are parcels of land to the front and rear of the house which could be used for the grazing of horses or other livestock. There is a wooded hillside that slopes down to the river. The total area is in the region of 3.2 acres.

Square Footage: 4,439 sq ft

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
24 July 2014

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