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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23

Guide Price £1,200,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 reception rooms & 7 bedrooms
  • 2 separate cottages & workshops
  • Gardens & Grounds extending to about 6 acres
  • Land extending to 15.9 acres
  • Grade II Listed

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A Grade II Listed Welsh Victorian country house, which has been tastefully modernised, with views over the Rheidol River Valley.


Accessed via a private driveway which sweeps below the house through an array of mature trees, Nantceiro is approximately 1.3 miles from the village of Llanbadarn Fawr. The village is approximately 2 miles from the University and seaside town of Aberystwyth and has a 12th century church, a butchers shop, veterinary surgery, petrol station & local store. On the outskirts of the village is a retail park comprising a range of shops, supermarket and hotel.
Further amenities can be found in Aberystwyth which is home to the National Library of Wales and the Arts Centre. The town has a wide selection of restaurants and shops including delicatessens, book shops, boutiques and supermarkets along with a hospital.

The area is noted for its wonderful countryside and for walking and sightseeing particularly along the coastal path. The scenery of the Rheidol Valley can be enjoyed via a narrow gauge railway, which runs from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge.
Llanbadarn Fawr has a primary school and Aberystwyth has both primary and secondary schools to suit both Welsh and English speakers, including Penglais School, and Penweddig School. Schools in the private sector include Christ College, Brecon and Shrewsbury School.
Aberystwyth Railway Station runs a regular rail service to Birmingham and from there links to London Euston. Regional airports include Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, and Manchester.


Nantceiro is an impressive, Grade II, Welsh Victorian country house dating back to 1847 with later additions in 1878. Nestled within its own grounds and surrounded by mature trees, the property benefits from wonderful views over the Rheidol River Valley.
The house has been in the ownership of the current owner for 43 years. Over the past 20 years extensive restoration works have been carried out, particularly to the northern part of the house. The southern part is largely as it was when originally built. Subject to listed building consent (if required) there is still scope for further restoration, in particular the completion of the cinema room and conversion of the third floor accommodation.
As a result of the restoration work, Nantceiro offers an elegant amalgam of period and modern, providing well proportioned rooms and retaining many of the original features including, original sash windows with shutters, ceiling cornicing, original fireplaces with decorative inserts and wood panelling. In addition there are some new features, many of them using reclaimed materials appropriate to the building, including heated slate floors in the Kitchen and Breakfast Room, polished granite floor in the cloakroom, the parquet and wood block floor and Coalbrookdale fire surround in the Drawing Room, along with the elegant staircase from the master suite to the fourth floor in the southern wing, which has been made using reclaimed pitch pine.

Double plate glass storm doors open into the impressive Vestibule with slate floor and the Entrance Hall with oak flooring. Three original archways lead off to an inner hallway and the formal reception rooms, all of which are mainly south facing. The Music Room has three floor to ceiling French windows offering plenty of light. Double panelled doors provide access into the Sitting Room which is currently used by the current owners as a family room.
The Library is a mirror image of the Music Room with three sets of floor to ceiling French windows leading out onto the gardens and terrace.
To the right of the main staircase a door provides access into the northern wing, the Kitchen and elegant Drawing Room with splay bay window and views over the formal gardens and terrace.
The modern Kitchen is situated in the centre of the house and is fitted with white German units made by Poggenpohl with granite worktops, integrated Miele appliances, a four oven AGA and central island. The Dining Room/Breakfast Room is situated off the Kitchen and is fitted with handmade pitch pine sideboard with a sink fitted with a macerator, a Bosch under-counter refrigerator and a Bosch dishwasher. The kitchen and Dining Room/Breakfast Room are both heated with underfloor heating.
The cellars are accessed via a modern wrought iron staircase, with pitch pine treads, which descends into the office which has a slate floor fitted with under floor heating. The room enjoys natural light from a lightwell, accessed via double oak French windows. Beyond the office is the partially converted cinema room including internet connection and connecting cables for a television aerial and a Sky satellite dish. There is a further wine cellar/storage room and WC.
The Study, Laundry Room and Utility Room are situated in the northern wing of the property.
There is access from the northern wing onto the terrace on one side and the cobbled courtyard on the other and from these areas to the gardens and stables.
The first and second floors can be accessed both from the main staircase and via a staircase in the northern part of the house. Both staircases connect the first floor by a central corridor.

The main staircase splits at second half landing level. To the right, up a short flight of stairs, there is a large landing and off it are two large bedroom suites, to the left the principal suite and to the right a guest suite. The principal suite comprises a vestibule which has a vaulted ceiling and swing doors fitted with bevelled glass, a large bedroom, a bathroom, a dressing room, and, on the fourth floor, a wardrobe room and storage rooms which are accessed from the bedroom suite by a new pitch pine staircase. Access from the storage rooms is available via a lockable and alarmed door to the attic accommodation in the northern wing. The guest bedroom on the right, off the landing, has an ensuite bathroom. From the second half landing there is access to the first floor of the northern wing. On this floor there are three further ensuite bedrooms, two of them double bedrooms (one of which also has an adjoining dressing room) and another a single bedroom with an ensuite shower room.

The Cottages
There are two cottages within the grounds of Nantceiro. Both are let on Shorthold Tenancy agreements.
Tyn Lôn, is a tower house and has a Sitting Room, Kitchen, Bathroom and a Double Bedroom plus cellar rooms accessed externally. (EPC listed).
Porthceiro is the gate lodge to Nantceiro, is Grade II Listed and was extended in the 1970's. The single storey property comprises a Sitting Room, Kitchen, Bathroom and two Bedrooms.
Y Cwch Gwenyn is a Long house in the grounds of Nantceiro which has the potential, with the correct planning permission and listed building consent, to be converted into further accommodation.

There is a range of outbuildings including a joinery workshop and woodstore which have been restored and provide a practical workspace.
The Coach House and stables, situated at the main entrance along with ample parking, are currently being used as a garden store.
In 2002 the current owner was granted planning permission to erect a general purpose agricultural building in the field connected to the house, which is still valid.

Gardens & Grounds
The formal gardens extend westwards from Nantceiro. Immediately to the west there is a large terrace and beyond it a large lawn intersected by a stone path. To the left of the main lawn is a stone flagged sitting area with a Rose garden enclosed by an iron fence.

There are steps up to a further lawn area with deep borders and rockery planted with heather. Situated above the house is a grass tennis court bordered with large, mature trees with wonderful views across the Rheidol River Valley.
A kitchen garden with parterre and orchard is situated on the south west of the garden along with a potting shed and Y Cwch Gwenyn which is Grade II listed. The current owner applied for and was granted planning permission on three occasions to convert into a dwelling. This has now lapsed.
A rear parking area and driveway are situated to the West of the property with access onto Fronfraith lane.

Nantceiro is being jointly marketed with Jim Raw-Rees, Aberystwyth- 01970 617179

Square Footage: 9,690 sq ft
Acreage: 21.29 Acres


From the East or The Midlands:
Continue on the A490 through Newtown, and continue on the A489 passing through the village of Llandinam and bypassing Llanidloes on the A470. Continue over two roundabouts and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto the A44 signposted Aberystwyth, passing through the village of Llangurig. Continue on the A44 for approximately 20 miles, passing through Ponterwyd and Capel Bangor and then the hamlet of Blaengeuffordd. At the roundabout take the first exit, continue for approximately 1 mile on the A44, with the River Rheidol on your left hand side and look out for a Tower house (Tyn Lon) immediately alongside the road on your right hand side. The entrance to Nantceiro can be found approximately 400 yards further on your right hand side.

From the South:
From Aberaeron, continue on the A487 for approximately 14 miles, passing through the villages of Llanfarian and Rhydyfelin before reaching Southgate. At the first roundabout take the second exit, continue down the hill, at the next roundabout take the fourth exit cross over two railway crossings and at the next roundabout take the second exit and immediately at the next roundabout take the second exit onto the A44. Pass Glanyrafon Industrial Estate on your right and the entrance for Nantceiro can be found on your left, a short distance after the next left hand junction.

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