8 bedroom country house for saleAberedw, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2
Offers in Region of £795,000
- Summer house
- Family Bathroom
- Off street parking
- South Facing Garden
- Possibility to extend (Subject to planning)
- Development Opportunity
*All the Land, River & Buildings outlined in red in the AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH. Approximately 5.5 Acres. (An option to purchase, a further substantial detached cottage and a further 10 acres. There is also an opportunity to purchase Plas Gwyn & its river packaged with less land at a reduced price.)
*A renovated country house, ideal for outdoor living, entertaining, family and tourism. The house, services, landscaping and garden have all been designed with a view to enable easy access, reduced maintenance and worry free remote/absent periods of occupation.
*3 generous reception rooms, 7 double bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, utility room, porches, large wine/storage cellar and spacious glazed verandas that overlook & enjoy the tranquillity of river and garden. IN ADDITION An independent, ground floor, fully serviced annexe, Ideal for couple, housekeeper or relatives.
*A very desirable & well maintained quarter mile of the river and a noted private fishing beat, with wide grassed bank, is a unique amenity and ensures Plas Gwyn’s total privacy.
* An all weather hard tennis court. Built to LTA design standards; including a delightful detached pavilion with veranda.
*Gardens/grounds. In total about 5.5 acres of land, in a unique river setting, dry stone walls, orchard, well maintained greenhouses. Paddocks.
*Substantial outbuildings, including a 4 car garage, incorporating a first floor workshop.
*The property lends itself to use as a beautiful fishing lodge, guest house, family home, possible equestrian use. A very rare opportunity to invest in a residence, and beautiful private stretch of river close to good services and amenities.
As well as a delightful family home, Plas Gwyn is also used successfully for tourist lets to activity/ sporting groups, attendees at The Royal Welsh Showground, (3 miles away), fishermen, small management retreats etc.
The property is extremely versatile and desirable, and could be developed further in several aspects subject to relevant permissions.
LOCATION of PLAS GWYN
Dramatically located in the foothills of the beautiful Mid/Upper Wye Valley, directly on the banks of The River Wye, south of Builth Wells in Powys, Mid Wales, west of Hereford and a half mile north of the pretty & historic village of Aberedw, with a Medieval Church, pub, village hall, and vibrant local community.
The B4567, serving the property provides easy flat access, to the major road network. Builth Wells (4 miles) and Llandrindod Wells (8 miles) are attractive market (Victorian Spa) towns with good facilities; Builth is the venue for The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show and numerous events throughout the year. Brecon & Hay on Wye, the notorious book town, are not far. Hereford about 30 minutes; Cardiff and Bristol are an hour to the south. The locality is noted for its beauty and high scenic value: The Aberedw Rocks, The Wye Valley, The Ellan Valley with its breath taking lakes, Llandeilo Hill, The Brecon Beacons etc. The property itself enjoys outstanding views of forest, river, hills, valleys and nature: it takes on a ‘rugged’ guise in winter, softening to daffodils and ‘baas’ of little lambs at Easter, followed by the tranquil melody of river, streams and wildlife through summer, to awe inspiring hues from the overlooking hills through Autumn. Plas Gwyn sees The ‘Wye’ in winter as a river fit for ‘white water rafting’ and in the summer a meandering flow that can be crossed on foot and waded by game fishermen.
DESCRIPTION of PLAS GWYN
THE HOUSE: Over three floors, plus a basement/wine cellar, has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, very generous living/reception/kitchen accommodation, that is superb for entertaining, plus a substantial independent conservatory, in addition to the listed accommodation above ( Approx 500 sq ft, used currently as an annexe as separate & independent living accommodation, built 2013, with kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedroom),
A glazed entrance porch encloses the main substantial oak front door, which has ironmongery and locks of the Georgian era and leads to an imposing beamed central reception hall with a chandelier, an attractive period oak staircase to the first floor, and doors to a generous covered veranda that overlooks the river. There is a dramatic inglenook fireplace and wood burner and a further oak door leads to a second substantial reception room with an oak carved surround to a period fireplace and French doors to a second, private, partially covered veranda also overlooking the river. There is also a further smaller, reception room, also river viewing, it has an en-suite shower room, lobby and toilet.
The well sized kitchen/breakfast room, fully fitted, with oak worktops, AGA, large/deep double drainer stainless steel sink, washing up machine and oak floor, also has French doors to the veranda. The ground floor has additionally, a utility area comprising a boiler room, bathroom and second separate entrance porch; this arrangement conveniently services the accommodation, from the opposite side of the kitchen to the main entrance and reception rooms.
The beautiful covered veranda (glazed & slated over, with flagstone floor), overlooks the River Wye and is a wonderful additional living space (accessed from both kitchen and reception rooms). The veranda is to some extent the fulcrum point of the dwelling’s unique opportunity to harbour an 'outdoor ' living style. The proportions and layout of the ground floor accommodation make the residence at Plas Gwyn, together with its unique landscaped, walled garden, lawn, and riverside tranquillity an amazingly flexible and impressive space for entertaining, barbecues, friends and gatherings.
A recent substantial addition, (500 sq ft approx.) comprises a self- contained ground floor conservatory, with separate external access, built in the last two years, serving as additional, independent, open plan living space with kitchen area, bathroom, living and bedroom accommodation, also enjoying beautiful and wide views over the river, valley and hills. The conservatory, which also has a modest, covered, private riverside veranda, offers an opportunity for extended family, an office or tourist let.
Comprises 4 large/double and very comfortable bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. One bathroom has an original restored 'art deco' suite. 3 bedrooms enjoy a river aspect/view. One has a veranda with an awning, and glazed handrail, and enjoys an awesome south/west aspect and direct views to the river.
Served by two independent staircases, comprises 3 further large bedrooms and a bathroom. (One room doubles as a family kitchen area/lounge, with a fully fitted attractive kitchen). All these rooms have fascinating beamed ceilings and features, roof lights, and all have a river view/aspect.
The house has been modernized and renovated, with double glazing, and modern, efficient services throughout. It is fully centrally heated, and hot water is via a modern amply sized (300 litre) Megaflow, which has 3 diverse heating sources, ensuring all water storage is safely at ground level. An AGA, is not only a feature of the kitchen, it also, provides a back up hot water supply and heats radiators in the annex/utility area to the north of the kitchen.
There is a large BASEMENT beneath the kitchen that provides a wine cellar and useful storage space, with shelving. A separate utility room on the ground floor houses the boiler and services. These two spaces enable the services, electrical, water, heating and boiler to be easily serviced and inspected.
The house is nestled close to the river & bank, a unique and impressive juxtaposition; there is intrigue, tranquillity and an abundance of wildlife. Otters have been seen on the river and swans, herons, cormorants, swifts and swallows are amongst other bird varieties that are regular visitors.
The formal garden, between house and river, has a large lawn, established flower beds, an attractive water feature, and wide winding stone steps leading to ornamental wrought iron gates to the river bank. There are beautifully constructed dry stone walls that divide the different areas of the garden, and a walled orchard with two working greenhouses, a vegetable garden, many fruit trees, and red/black current and gooseberry bushes. The gardens are bordered by ornamental flowering shrubs, bushes and trees with many unusual varieties and species some dating back decades.
An all weather hard tennis court and pavillion was constructed about 5 years ago. The surface of the court is porous macadam; ensuring an all year round playing surface, that has deliberately not been ‘coloured’ so as to preserve its superb drainage qualities. The court is built to exacting LTA Association Standards and is founded on over 500 tons of drainage stone.
There are two sheds and a substantial garage/workshop large enough for four cars with a full height ‘loft’ area, acting as a tool & store room covering half the garage area.
To the south of the residence is the main car park (at least 10 plus cars) and a small grazing field, that adjoins the tennis court. (ideal for a horse)
The privately owned Fishing Beat, incorporates ownership to mid way across the River Wye, and River Banks for a quarter mile stretch. Noted for Salmon, Trout and Grayling, as well as many species of coarse fish including an abundance of Chub. This asset represents a very rare and unique opportunity to acquire a notable fishing beat on the Upper Wye together with a lovely residence and all trimmings. The river enjoys good access, a good reputation for both game and coarse fish. The banks are well maintained.
To the North of the House, beyond the orchard and formal garden and 'divided' by a tall dry stoned wall is a further 2 acres of grazing land. It includes a 'picnic' area, specially designed and used for camping, a parking area, a recently built fishing hut, and a renovated, clean, tidy and spacious 4 berth caravan, presently utilized for fishing/tourist lets, (This can be incorporated in the sale); beyond is a flat paddock ideal for grazing, or indeed hitting a golf ball from a recently landscaped golf ‘tee’. There is an old stable block of dry stone construction with a corrugated iron roof in the paddock, but it is in need of repair.
HISTORY of PLAS GWYN
PLAS GWYN, (Formerly White Hall & Lower Glyn), is steeped in history, intrigue and myth. Located in The Historic Parish of Aberedw, (lit: mouth of the River Edw where it adjoins The River Wye) with its ancient Church. The Village has a connection to the last Prince of Wales, Prince Llewellyn, who was slaughtered on 5 December 1282. So the story goes Prince Llewelyn tried to escape his fate by hiding with his horse in a cave for several days on Aberedw Hill by ‘shodding’ the horse at the ‘local’ blacksmith with shoes ‘front to back’ to fool his captors ‘of his comings and goings’.
The present owner purchased at auction in June 2002 and has completed a sympathetic, yet unpretentious restoration that retains features redolent of bye gone eras.
Plas Gwyn has been described as a ‘Gentleman’s residence’. The house has dramatic exposed timber work, fireplaces, oak roof beams, carvings and other period features.
For 80 years the Mid Wales Railway ‘steamed’ by, with a ‘halt’ bringing tourists, goods and activity, until 1963 when closed by Lord Beeching.
There have been several notable owners including the Greener family in the 1970’s, ‘Gun Makers’ since the 1700’s. Their esteemed shotguns, incorporated The Springfield trapdoor action, (a hinged breech action), known as a ‘Martini’ action.
Mr and Mrs Judge Evans: Judge Evans was a notable character and Judge in The High Court, and his wife, who died on a cruise ‘Roberta Ida Freeman Evans’, is buried in woods (not part of the sale) ‘overlooking’ the River, close to the grave of another owner Harry Noel Bates described on his gravestone as a ‘pioneer’. Alphonsus George Lavertine, a Frenchman, made many alterations to the property in the 1930’s, he is also buried in the same wood. In the 1960’s the property was owned by Sir Robert Edwin Mcalpine, prominent building and Civil Engineering Contractor. The penultimate owner was Major Flint; records indicate connections to a notable Naval family.
The local towns of Builth Wells, and Llandrindod Wells were famous ‘spa towns’ in The Victorian age, and the legacy is splendid Victorian buildings and architecture.
" The title to the estate is now registered under The Land Registry System, but I have all the many original parchment deeds, some dating back 300 years or more and will be passed on with the sale.’’
" When I purchased this remarkable real estate at auction in 2002, the house was near derelict, the grounds had been abandoned. It has taken over fourteen years of love, toil, sweat and funding to restore the buildings, gardens & walls and bring the property to a modern, desirable and maintainable ‘Country Residence’. Everything has been done with care, professionalism and diligence, and I have a complete, understanding and knowledge of the structure, services and specifications, mainly documented, and will be delighted to pass on relevant details to a new owner.”
THE DESCRIPTION OF PLAS GWYN, HAS BEEN GIVEN AS AN OVERVIEW, ALL INFORMATION SHOULD BE VERIFIED FOR COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY
Close to transport links
ROOF TERRACE,with panoramic views
Lots of storage space
Outskirts of village
Oil central heating
UPVC double glazed windows
South facing garden
North facing garden
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
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