Plas Nant is a rather beautiful 3 bedroomed cottage just 200 yards inside the Snowdonia National Park; we have lived here for 10 years and in that time have been endeavouring to grow a forest garden. Look at us on WWoof and HelpX to see who we are
The gardens slope down from the front and side of the house, with 2 streams running through.
Plas Nant takes its water from the larger stream from above the house (so no water rates) the second stream waters the polytunnel and garden. We have often thought of generating electricity from the larger stream and with that in mind purchased a 1 kilowatt new generator which is stored in the shed awaiting the next owners.
There is a chalet/hut in the garden where we have wwoofers and family stay with a double bunk and wood stove, there are also 5 sheds.
Plas Nant is 1 mile out of the village of Abergwyngregyn. We can’t see our neighbours, who are approx ¼ mile away on both sides, both are sheep farms and good neighbours. The house is about 4 miles from Bangor, a university city boasting the longest High Street in the UK! The North Wales coast path runs above the house about ½ a mile up the hill and the cycle path uses the lane 200 yards below the house.
Either way out of the house we are about a mile from the A55 so have easy access to Bangor, Anglesey, Conwy and Llandudno and on to Chester. The main London-Holyhead railway line is also easily reached.
Parts of the house were built around 300 years ago and it was added to in about 1924, so the main walls are thick and of stone construction. The conservatory is double-glazed and was renewed in 2014. The utility room/porch tends to be the most used entrance but the front door is through the conservatory.
Double doors into
Conservatory 12’0 x 5’9 (3.66mx1.75m)
Double-glazed throughout with sea views leads to an attractive oak rustic door into the
Double-glazed window (side aspect) with slate window sill, radiator, quarry tiled floor, under stairs cloaks cupboard and window.
Kitchen and dining room 15’0x14’10 (4.75m x4.52m)
Two windows overlook the conservatory, two further windows (rear aspect), window (side aspect) quarry tiled floor, range of pine base cupboards and drawers with wooden work surfaces over single drainer one and a half bowl sink unit with mixer tap, chimney breast recess with brick to both sides and large slate lintel housing a multi-fuel (wood and / or coal) Rayburn fitted new in October 2014 set on a thick slate hearth. Rayburn heats water and central heating radiators and is a great cooker too. Kitchen has ceramic hob and modern double oven. Telephone/broadband sockets. Oak rustic door through to
Lean-to Utility Room 11’4 x 5’8 (3.45m x 1.73m)
Double-glazed window (side aspect) oak rustic (front) outer door, single drainer stainless sink with mixer tap, base cupboard and drawer, space for freezer etc and plumbed for washing machine.
Lounge 15’2 x 12’7 4.62m x 3.84) (max into bays)
Two double-glazed bay windows (one side aspect, one front aspect) taking in superb views across Menai Straights and Anglesey. Slate feature fireplace containing Villager multi-fuel stove on slate hearth, built-in bookcase to one wall and infra-red heat panel to ceiling and two radiators, recently fitted solid pine planks and insulated floor.
Stairs to first floor landing
Double-glazed window (rear aspect) three access hatches to loft, built-in double airing cupboard with insulated hot water cylinder with immersion heater and shelving.
Bedroom One 14’3 x 8’7 (4.34 x 2.62)
Double-glazed window (rear aspect) overlooking stream (lie in bed and you can see it!!), large Velux window, exposed varnished floorboards, feature revealed brickwork to part of one wall, disused fire place and radiator.
Bedroom Two 12’3 x 11’5 (3.73 x 3.48)
Double-glazed window (front aspect, magnificent views) two Velux windows exposed varnished floor boards, built in wardrobe and shelving, radiator and ceiling spotlights.
Bedroom Three 11’1 x 6’2 (3.38 x 1.88)
Double-glazed window (front aspect, grand view) large Velux window, exposed varnished floorboards, feature revealed stone wall and radiator.
Double-glazed window (side aspect) timber clad walls and ceiling, white suite, comprising large modern panelled bath and wash basin, radiator/towel rail and slate shelf.
Double-glazed window (side aspect) with fine view of garden to enjoy in those quiet moments! Pine clad ceiling and radiator.
The garden extends to just under one acre sloping away from the house to the front and side with two mountain streams bubbling through. The garden is split into sections containing a variety of mature trees and shrubs including: Rhododendron, Azaleas, Evergreens, Fuchsias, apples , plums and pears and more recently, in our tenure, lots of currants, red, white and black, Josta berries and gooseberries, raspberries etc..
The garden is partly laid to stone steps and paths and contains a large (drained) pond (was going to reinstate but alas!) to the lower section as well as the aforementioned chalet (wwoof hut as we call it). There are 5 other sheds, one a bit of a workshop, another a garden shed and compost toilet! And a couple just storage. The shed at the side of the house is useful as an extra, close-at-hand log store.
At the front of the house there is a stone-based bench on the patio which is a brilliant suntrap to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and the incredible sunsets over Anglesey.
There is also a good level area at the bottom of the garden where over the years we have had friends stay in their caravan that has stunning views over the fields, the Menai Straights and on to Anglesey. To the west side of the garden we have a gate going into an ancient oak forest, great to walk and exercise the dog.
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