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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Gwaelod Y Garth, Cardiff

£725,000

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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

Dining with friends at the table in the beautiful vaulted living space or relaxing on a Sunday morning with the papers in the sunshine, Stan and Roshan Devonish have truly enjoyed their unusual home.
Dating back to 1871, Grade II Listed Salem Chapel is set in a breath taking hillside position in Gwaelod-y-Garth, with spectacular views out across the rolling hills and mountains.
“It was built as a chapel in 1871 and was converted into a home in the late 1960s or early 1970s,” he says. “At the time we were looking for a house, we were running a business from home and it offered us ideal working and living space. It was also in a fantastic position, with the most incredible views: we can see the Garth and Caerphilly Mountain, there is views over to Devon, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff and even the Severn Bridge from the top Garth.”

ANNEXE ACCOMMODATION
Salem Chapel is set over four storeys, with the lower ground floor as a separate self-contained annexe. Although there is a spiral staircase up to the main living area this also has its own entrance via the garden, and comprises a main open-plan kitchen and sitting room, which leads into a study and shower room on one side and a garden room on the other.
“This has bi-folding doors, which can be pulled right back on to the garden in the summer, and is lovely if you are having a barbecue,” says Stan. “We no longer run our business from home and so this is all family space now but it could easily work well as a separate annexe or office, especially as it is on its own zone for heating and electrics.”

AMAZING SPACE
The ground floor of Salem Chapel has been created from the former congregation area. This is now a spectacular, open plan living and dining area, with a high vaulted ceiling and glass block wall leading into the kitchen.
“People often remark upon how large this space is, I’ve had someone jokingly suggest he’d like to open a nightclub in there and someone else saying they’d turn it into a gym! This shows what a flexible room it is too.”
The floor above is home to three of the bedrooms and the family bathroom.
“Then we also put a bedroom and bathroom up on the very top floor,” he adds.

SPACE AND FUNCTIONALITY
Stan and Roshan say they will miss the space and functionality of the house.
“It offers such flexibility and is a comfortable and easy place to live. It is warm in the winter, with the wood burning stove downstairs, and lovely and cool in the summer,” he says. “There is so much space here, we even have a cellar, which we did not know was here until after we had bought the place. We have put a floor down in there and now use it for storage.”

COLOURFUL GARDEN
There are so many different breath-taking views from the house and the garden, vistas that are constantly changing and offer something different to enjoy every season.
“The garden leads on to a farmer’s field, which is conservation land,” Stan explains. “It is a low maintenance garden, which is a very nice size and feels very secluded. We have a beautiful bank, which is really self-maintaining: it has lots of shrubs and bushes on it and bursts into the most beautiful colour in the summer.”
There is also a summerhouse in the garden, which has electricity, water and CAT5 cabling, and so could make a wonderful office.

HISTORIC HOME
From Salem Chapel the family can walk to the shop in 15 minutes. They have good access via the A470 into Cardiff and towards the Brecon Beacons, with its wonderful places to walk.
“Gwaelod-y-Garth also has a lovely pub that serves real ales and been given a number of awards by CAMRA,” he says. “There are buses from here to and from Cardiff and we have train stations within easy reach. There are beautiful places to walk, including up the Garth, which is very popular.”
They admit they will also miss the history of Salem Chapel, which is mentioned in a book of Welsh chapels: “It is an unusual place to live,” he adds. “And it has been a great home to us for the past 12 years.”

Setting The Scene

Salem Chapel has parking for two or three cars on its drive, as well as a detached garage. The garden is laid to lawn with border of shrubs and trees. It features a summerhouse and has fabulous views. Steps lead up from the garden to the driveway and garage.

What's Nearby ()

Gwaleod-y-Gareth is the perfect location set just ten minutes out of the city centre but you feel like you’re in the countryside. There are many historic sites within easy reach, like the Victorian fantasy castle of Castle Coch which is a 19th Century Gothic revival castle. Cardiff Castle dating back to the 11th Century and St Fagans National History Museum. There are numerous opportunities for walking, pony trekking and climbing. Other sporting activities include golf, rugby and football can be found in the City of Cardiff.

Within Easy Reach

The House is perfectly situated within easy reach of the city of Cardiff. The A470 provides easy access to the National Brecon Beacons Park as well as good access to the M4 motorway which provides access to Bristol and Swansea City centres.

DIRECTIONS:

From the A470 take the turning off for Taffswell, at the roundabout turn left, then at the next roundabout take the third right half a mile along turn right into the village, follow the road past the pub and Salem Chapel can be found on the right hand side by our ‘for sale’ board.


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  • Trefforest Estate (1.6 mi)
  • Radyr (2.4 mi)
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