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Plas y Dduallt, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41

Offers in Region of £795,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic tree ring dated Manor House
  • Private Platform onto Ffestiniog Railway
  • Surrounded by National Nature Reserve and Mountain
  • Positioned in approx 5 Acres of Land
  • Main house with 4 bedrooms
  • Adjoining wing with 2 en suite bedrooms

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated on the south-facing slopes of Moelwyn Bach and standing within its own gardens and grounds, Plas y Dduallt is an impressive Grade II listed Welsh Manor House dating back to the C16th. The property comprises of 6 bedrooms currently configured into a main house, with 2 reception rooms and 4 bedrooms, and an adjoining self-contained 2-bedroom wing. There are spectacular views from just about every window.

The property is approached by a private tarmac drive that winds up the hillside through ancient oak woodland, designated a National Nature Reserve, and mostly owned by the National Trust. Whilst the property is secluded, it is not isolated, having its own private platform onto the Ffestiniog Railway, and a choice of two pubs in the nearby village of Maentwrog.

Plas y Dduallt is of stone construction with a slate roof and most of the rooms have exposed stone walls with access to the first floor by way of spiral stone steps. There is a wealth of features which includes: large oak beams, an impressive four-poster bedroom, stone flagged floors, a minstrels' gallery in the kitchen, a cellar with arrow slits, a balcony, studded and linenfold solid oak internal doors and large inglenook fireplaces.

This is a unique property which will appeal to lovers of heritage railways, history or wildlife and walking, or for those that want a chance to live a different life.

Directions : From Dolgellau follow the A470 and then the A487 towards Porthmadog. Go past the entrance to the village of Maentwrog on the left hand side, carry on over the river and take the first right hand turning (before the Oakeley Arms) and follow the narrow lane for half a mile. On the left hand side Plas y Dduallt is painted on a stone by a gate at the start of the driveway which takes you a further half a mile up to the house.

MAIN HOUSE : From the driveway slate flagged steps leading upto;

Porch : 4.90m x 3.02m (16'1" x 9'11") , Glazed oak double doors, stone lion's head above, 3 oak doors leading into dining room, sitting room and cellar, window to rear with outlook onto the kitchen garden, exposed stone walls, exposed beams, Campbell’s Coat of Arms inset in cobbles surrounded by slate flagged flooring.

From porch solid oak door into:

Sitting Room : 6.38m x 5.05m (20'11" x 16'7") , This attractive and comfortable room has exposed stone walls and heavy beams. A large leaded light window faces southeast with views over the valley to the Rhinogs and three smaller windows face northeast and southwest. An oak glazed door leads out onto a slate flagged balcony that has stone steps winding down a tower to the front lawn. Large stone inglenook fireplace with slate floor surround and inset multi-fuel stove. Linenfold panelled door to spiral stone stairs leading to first floor.

Spiral Staircase : Accessed from the sitting room these stone spiral steps have a rope handrail, threaded through wrought iron holders, winding round the spiral. At the lower end there is a small medieval window looking into the porch with a higher small window looking over the porch roof.

From spiral staircase up to:

Landing : 4.22m x 1.19m (13'10" x 3'11") , Exposed stone walls and beams and a small leaded light window. Five oak plank doors leading to the rooms off and to the linen cupboard.

From landing oak door into:

Master Bedroom : 6.35m x 3.84m (20'10" x 12'7") , Triple aspect bedroom with views through the main leaded light window in a southeasterly direction over the valley. Plastered walls, two smaller windows to the elevations. Built-in character oak wardrobe and small understairs oak cupboard. Exposed fireplace with hand carved mantelpiece.

From landing oak door into:

First Bathroom : 1.85m x 2.16m (6'1" x 7'1") , Window to front, fully tiled walls, panel bath with shower attachment, pedestal hand wash basin, low level WC.

From landing oak door with steep wooden steps up to:

Attic Bedroom : 4.04m x 3.89m (13'3" x 12'9") , A fretted wooden balustrade surrounds three sides of the top of the stairs. Exposed stone walls with insulated vaulted beamed ceiling and substantial old truss beams. Fitted under eaves cupboards, small recessed cupboard providing storage, roof light with views to the Moelwyn mountain.

From attic bedroom a Tudor style door into:

Store Room : 4.09m x 2.39m (13'5" x 7'10") , Exposed stone walls and insulated vaulted beamed ceiling, 2 small medieval side elevation windows. This room houses the main water tanks for the house and provides useful storage.

From landing oak door into:

Cromwell's Room : 3.07m x 2.36m (10'1" x 7'9") , Exposed stone walls, low vaulted ceiling with an attractive carved oak panel to the apex. There are two windows, one being the oriel window overlooking the front door, the other looking out to the kitchen garden. Fixed bed with three legs, the fourth corner resting on a large stone built into the wall with a headboard dated 1663.

From Cromwell's Room door into:

Four-Poster Bedroom : 7.90m x 5.03m (25'11" x 16'6") , Above the dining room in the earliest part of the house with superb exposed roof trusses and upright supports which separate the room into separate sections. A further feature of the room is the built-in four-poster bed with its C19th religious tapestry canopy. Stone walls, large beam above an open fireplace, walk-in airing cupboard with hot water cylinder heated by the Rayburn. Three windows and three roof lights.

Steps down from four-poster bedroom into:

Second Bathroom : 2.51m x 3.23m (8'3" x 10'7" max) , Window to front, exposed beams, partly tiled walls, partly sunken bath with shower attachment, pedestal hand wash basin, low level WC.

From second bathroom steps down to and door into:

Study : 3.10m x 2.82m (10'2" x 9'3") , Exposed stone walls, stone flag floor, vaulted beamed ceiling and stone gargoyles over two doorways. External door leading to and window overlooking the cottage style garden. Two other doorways, one leading to the adjoining wing and the other at the bottom of stone steps to the ground floor of the house.

From study down steps leading to door into:

Dining Room : 8.89m x 5.03m (29'2" into inglenook x 16'6") , An impressive and imposing room of medieval character forming the heart of the main house. Exposed stone walls, slate slab floor, a wealth of beams, inglenook fireplace and an open fire set within a chimney built inside the original and much larger chimney. Leaded light window overlooking the approach to the front door, two smaller windows looking into the cottage style garden. Small window incorporating the post box in the inglenook fireplace. Heavy oak doors lead to the kitchen and the porch.

From the dining room, oak door to the rear into:

Kitchen : 3.86m x 5.18m (12'8" x 17'0") , Part painted stone walls, a tall vaulted and beamed ceiling and quarry tiled floor. A particular feature of this room is the minstrels' gallery with its medieval linenfold panelling and supporting 'Man o Green' beam, accessed by a steep flight of wooden stairs and with a rooflight. A large arched window with deep sill looks onto the kitchen garden and the two-storey barn reached by way of a large external door. A short flight of stone steps leads to a second external door of studded oak construction opening onto the cottage style garden. There is a range of floor mounted kitchen units and worktops with inset double bowl stainless steel sink and drainer, plumbing for a washing machine, double wall mounted glazed cupboard, large wall-fixed pine cupboard and traditional 'cold cupboard' with slate shelves inset into the wall. Multi-fuel Rayburn for cooking and hot water.

From the porch oak door with steps down into:

Cellar : 4.52m x 4.45m (14'10" x 14'7") , Accessed either from the porch or by an external door and passageway running beneath the balcony. Exposed stone walls, stone flag floor, beamed ceiling and two small windows to the southwest elevation.

From cellar into:

Passageway : 7.11m x 1.02m (23'4" x 3'4") , Three arrow slit windows, door to front.

ADJOINING WING : The adjoining wing can be accessed either by the study or from the driveway stable door. From the driveway stable door into:

Vestibule : 2.11m x 1.37m (6'11" x 4'6") , Internal window to kitchen area, quarry tiled flooring.

From vestibule stable door into:

Kitchen/Dining Room : 5.54m x 4.06m (18'2" max x 13'4") , French doors to rear leading onto patio garden area, exposed beams, stainless steel sink and drainer, 2 base units with granite effect and timber effect worktops, tiled splash back, space for fridge freezer, electric storage heater, quarry tiled flooring. Wooden stairs leading up to loft room which is a useful storage area.

From kitchen/dining room door into:

Sitting Room : 5.51m x 4.29m (18'1" x 14'1") , Painted stone walls, high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, stone fireplace with inset electric coal-effect free-standing stove. There are two windows, one looking out onto the hillside towards the railway, the other looking into the cottage style garden. There are two glazed doors, one leading to the kitchen and the other to Bedroom 1.

From sitting room door with steps up into:

Bedroom 1 : 4.09m x 3.84m (13'5" x 12'7") , Painted stone walls, vaulted beamed ceiling. En suite low level WC with wooden door and opaque glazed window. Within the room is a white pedestal wash basin and a large tiled shower cubicle. An especially attractive feature is the double patio door that leads into the Garden Room. A further window provides views towards the railway.

From bedroom 1 patio doors into:

Garden Room : 4.57m x 3.86m (15'0" x 12'8") , Three arched windows to rear, door to side leading into the cottage style garden, glass roof, planted borders, slate flagged flooring.

From kitchen/dining room door into:

Bedroom 2 : 3.38m x 3.23m (11'1" x 10'7") , White painted walls and a low beamed ceiling. Window to cottage style garden. A trap door in the ceiling gives access to a loft storage area and to the water tank for this part of the property. Wooden doors lead to the en-suite bathroom and to the study in the main house.

From bedroom 2 door into:

En-suite Bathroom : 3.45m x 2.08m (11'4" x 6'10") , Window with view towards the railway, partly tiled walls, panel bath, free standing shower tray with shower above and shower curtain, hand wash basin, low level WC, airing cupboard.


Two-Storey Barn : Ground floor 4.98m x 3.91m (16'4" x 12' 10") is a wood store room with window to side, exposed beams and stone flooring. Upper floor 4.80m x 4.22m (15' 9" x 13' 10") is a workshop and storage area with timber flooring. An adjoining stone and slate single-storey extension is used as a space for a chest freezer and other storage. A lean-to corrugated roof shelter provides additional log storage. Outside the Barn is a patio area with a babbling brook which is believed to have worked the original mill wheel to the rear of the Barn.

Boiler and Water Filtration House : A small building outside the kitchen of the adjoining wing housing the Worcester oil-fired boiler, circulation pump, motorised control valves and also the water filtration plant. The 2500 litre polythene oil tank is located near the garden room door. The water filtration unit comprises two sediment filters, an ultra violet light filter and a PH correction vessel. Water is extracted from a small stream via a leet on the hillside, stored in an 800-gallon polythene tank and fed into the filtration house.

Garden and Land : The property sits in approx 5 acres of which 1 1/2 acres are freehold and 3 1/2 are on a 50-year lease from the National Trust.

The freehold land around the buildings includes the cottage style garden, the kitchen garden, the front lawn and the walled vegetable garden. The cottage style garden has a lawn with borders of shrubs and plants and a series of 5 cascading ponds fed by a mountain stream. The kitchen garden is a sheltered seating area between the house and the old barn with herbaceous border and herbs. The extensive vegetable garden benefits from all day sunshine and produces crops of fruit and veg as well as many flowering plants; it looks like a scene from 'The Good Life'.

The leasehold land includes about an acre of formal garden adjacent to the cottage style garden with lawn, trees, shrubs and a stream. There is a flat area at the top for football and basketball. The other main section of leasehold land is the hillside pasture and woodland between the house and the railway line which is currently grazed by sheep. There is a private footpath to Campbell's Platform for the exclusive use of the owners. The Platform includes the signal box built by Colonel Campbell.

Services : Mains Electric (running underground to the property) ,Private Water, Septic Tank, Oil Fired Central Heating.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
19 April 2017

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