Property of the week: A wonderfully handsome, Grade II listed family home

Church Lane, Welsh St. Donats, Near Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7SS. Offers in excess of £1,400,000


By Nub News Reporter

25th Aug 2022 | Property of the Week


A handsome, Grade II listed property is a wonderful family home located to the very heart of Welsh St. Donats Village offering extensive and adaptable accommodation.

Brought to the market by https://www.wattsandmorgan.co.uk/

Entrance hallway, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen-dining room and further reception rooms including a music room, a library with garden room off. Principal bedroom with a wonderful en suite bathroom; second, en-suite guest bedroom; 4 further bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms. A south facing, sheltered/private garden space fronts the property and features off-road parking, car port and Summer House.

SUMMARY Entrance hallway, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen-dining room and further reception rooms including a music room, a library with garden room off. Principal bedroom with a wonderful en suite bathroom; second, en-suite guest bedroom; 4 further bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms. A south facing, sheltered/private garden space fronts the property and features off-road parking, car port and Summer House.

SITUATION The Village of Welsh St. Donats is positioned within gently rolling countryside and includes St. Dunwyd's Church - parts of which date back to the 15th century and a Village Hall, with regular community social events. Convenient to the Vale of Glamorgan Country Club. To the east of the Village, Hensol Forest, provides the facility for very pleasant walks and horse riding. The neighbouring Village of Pendoylan includes a public house / restaurant and a well regarded Primary School.

The nearby Historic Market Town of Cowbridge has a range of quality individual shops and services including Health Centre, Leisure Centre, various sporting clubs, Public Library and Old Hall Community Centre. There are also local Primary schooling at Pendoylan and Secondary Schools well regarded in Cowbridge. Access both east and west is via the A48 which by-passes the Town. The City of Cardiff, which has the usual amenities of a Capital City, lies some 13 miles to the east with a main line rail connection to London in around two hours. The M4 motorway lies to the north of Cowbridge and junctions 33, 34 and 35 service "The Vale". There are several golf courses within the area and the Heritage Coast with its cliff top walks and mixture of sandy and stony beaches lies to the south and west.

* It is one of a handful of "Great Houses" within the Vale of Glamorgan and has been noted by Pevsner for being of architectural interest and understood to date from the late 18th century but may have earlier origins.

* The property retains a huge wealth of character and soul yet has the modern amenities favoured by families.

* A Georgian six-panel door with period fanlight over opens into a central ground floor hallway with 'Mandarin Stone' tiled flooring.

* Staircase leads to the first floor while doors lead into the kitchen and to the drawing room with further accommodation beyond.

* The drawing room is to the heart of the house, having characteristically Georgian high ceilings with shuttered sash windows looking to the front elevation. It has, as a focal feature, a simply carved marble fire surround with decorative plaster work frieze over and cast iron dog grate within.

* Painted wooden floorboards add period charm to this principle reception room.

* Adjoining the drawing room is an equally large yet cosier family sitting room, again with shuttered windows looking over the garden and with a wood burning stove recessed within a marble surrounded fireplace and resting on a slate hearth.

* Like the two principle living rooms, the kitchen is positioned to the front of the property looking out in a southerly direction over the garden.

* It features a bespoke kitchen including a great range of fitted units with granite work tops. A fully integrated dishwasher is included; space remains for a fridge/freezer. A 'Lacanche' range cooker is available by separate negotiation.

* Resting on the handcrafted, oak floorboards - sourced from Merthyr Mawr Saw Mill - is a freestanding, matching island unit. There is ample space for a large family size dining table.

* Additional heat is provided from a wood burning stove resting on a flagstone hearth.

* A doorway to one corner leads to a staircase from which there is access to the first floor of this western wing of the property.

* From the hallway a doorway leads down to the basement while an additional door from the hallway leads, to the rear of the drawing room, to a multi use music/piano room and through to a further staircase and with a library and garden room beyond.

* Adjacent to the library is a utility room with space/plumbing for washing machine, Belfast sink and central heating boiler with adjacent hot water cylinders.

* The library area itself includes a range of fitted bookshelves whilst the adjoining garden room which looks over, and opens into, a sheltered courtyard garden. There is a side entrance doorway from this suite of rooms which could, potentially, be used as a separate living area / annex.

* To the first floor there is extensive bedroom accommodation, the principle bedrooms enjoying views in a southerly aspect over the garden.

* The master bedroom suite is especially impressive, having high ceilings and including a feature fireplace. It links into a luxurious en-suite bathroom including a cast iron, claw and ball footed enamel bath and twin basins with columned pedestals.

* Beyond the master bedroom is a sixth bedroom currently used as a study which could very easily be used as a walk-in wardrobe or dressing room.

* A second en suite bedroom looks to the rear of the property (the garden area to the adjoining 'Great House Court'.

* The other bedrooms offer a range of options for the family with the western wing and bedrooms having its own shower room whilst, to the eastern wing, there is a more traditionally styled bathroom suite.

* The basement area with its flagstone floors, exposed brick / stone walling would be most ideally suited for use as a wine cellar and for additional cool storage.

* A pillared entrance to the rear of the property leads onto a graveled driveway parking area with ample space for a number of vehicles.

* A car port (approx. max 5.6m x 2.9m) is adjacent to the entrance-way whilst, to the opposite side, a former garage is now used as a contemporary Summer House (approx. max 5.5m x 5.0m) with power connected. Bi-fold doors to its southern elevation look out over, and open to, the garden.

* The gravel driveway itself sweeps around to the front of the property and to the principle entrance doorway; a pedestrian, gated entrance leading onto the village lane adjoining the western boundary wall.

* The southern garden itself is wonderfully sheltered and edged by mature specimen trees and shrubs, lush planted beds and an ornamental fishpond with adjacent paved seating area.

* To the rear of the property and accessible directly from the garden room is a neat, sheltered courtyard garden.

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