Traditional three-bedroom farmhouse with 2.9 acres of land and gardens
Snowdonia National Park
Traditional 16th-century stone farmhouse, 3 beds, 2 baths, 2.9 acres in total, near Dolgellau. Extensive mature gardens. Two paddocks. Large original barn, stabling and woodshed. Stunning views in all directions.
This outstanding traditional stone-built farmhouse with a slate roof was lovingly completely restored by the present owner in 2004, and offers a combination of period features with modern comfort and convenience. The kitchen units, doors, double-glazed windows throughout, staircase, fitted bathroom, window seats and built-in bookshelves were all made to measure in solid oak, and the ground floor features underfloor heating and solid oak floors in all rooms.
Planning permission (now lapsed) for a two-storey extension to the house was granted in 2004. Outside there is a mature and well-stocked garden with flower borders, pond, shrubs, fruit trees, pergola, lawn and vegetable beds. There are two paddocks, each with a natural year-round water supply, totalling approximately 1.9 acres and currently used for horses. The house has mains electricity and water, private sewerage, and oil-fired central heating.
The property is completely private and secluded, with stunning panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park in all directions, including across to Cadair Idris, down the Mawddach estuary and to the Rhinogs and Arran mountains, yet it is only 0.5 miles from the popular village of Brithdir and less than 3 miles from the market town of Dolgellau.
Please note that this is an old house and the walls are very thick, varying between 2’9” (0.84m) and 3’10” (1.17m) in different rooms. The dimensions given here are in general the interior “useable floor space” measurements, but the doors and windows are recessed into the walls and give additional space.
Entrance porch: 6’3” x 6’3” (1.90m x 1.90m)
Half-glazed oak front door leading into porch; oak seating bench, side window, slate-slabbed floor. Oak stable door into kitchen/dining room.
Kitchen/dining room: total 20’0” x 16’4” (6.10m x 4.97m)
Kitchen area measuring 16’4” x 9’5” (6.10m x 2.86m)
plus utility annex of 5’1” x 5’1” (1.57m x 1.57m)
Dining area measuring 16’4” x 10’1” (6.10m x 3.07m)
The two areas are partially divided by a pier of oak units with a granite worktop and feature oak pillar support. Attractive exposed beams and joists.
Kitchen area has handmade oak units with granite worktops throughout; two-and-a-half stainless-steel sink unit with Belfast tap; ceramic hob; space for fridge and freezer. Inglenook fireplace (6’3” x 1’0”, 1.90m x 0.30m), now partly blocked, with flue for Rayburn or other boiler providing oil-fired central heating (underfloor heating downstairs; standard radiators upstairs). Granite breakfast bar with views over paddocks. TV point.
Utility annex using space once occupied by mediaeval spiral stone staircase: granite worktop, oak units, plumbing and wiring for washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.
Dining area with double French doors out to garden, understairs cupboard. Oak door to living room.
Living room: 20’0” x 16’4” (6.10m x 4.97m into inglenook)
Double aspect (east/west), with double French doors to garden and a further character deep-set small window, large inglenook fireplace (10’0 x 4’9”, 3.05m x 1.45m) with Valor Baltimore woodburning stove plus two mediaeval bread ovens and a salt cellar; oak window-seat and built-in shelving. Magnificent exposed beams and feature stone walls in inglenook. Telephone/internet connection, TV point.
From kitchen/dining room, handmade solid oak staircase lit by quirky small window and overhead Velux leads to landing with radiator and hatch to loft space.
Bedroom one 18’3” x 13’1” (5.55m x 4.00m).
Double aspect (east/west), with exposed beams, two built-in cupboards, two radiators, TV point.
En-suite shower room 5’3” x 4’11” (1.59m x 1.50m)
with white suite of low-level WC, power shower in corner cubicle and wash-hand basin, handmade oak cupboard, cork-tiled floor, Velux window.
Bedroom Two L-shaped, 18’3” x 9’5” (5.55m x 2.86m) plus extra leg of 5’6” x 2’9” (1.68m x 0.84m)
Double aspect (east/west), with built-in cupboard, exposed beams and character feature at floor level of small window which once illuminated spiral staircase. Double radiator, telephone/internet connection.
Bedroom Three 8’6” x 8’3” (2.59m x 2.52m)
Single aspect, large built-in wardrobe, exposed beams, radiator.
Family bathroom 8’6” x 6’3” (2.59m x 1.90m)
Handmade oak units, exposed beams, white suite comprising bath with shower attachment, WC and basin; cupboard for toiletries; cupboard housing immersion water heater; heated towel rail; cork-tiled floor.
A private driveway leads to the house and barn, with a gravelled parking/turning area giving plenty of space to park up to three cars and a trailer.
The stone-built barn has a slate roof and measures in total 1,445 square feet (134.2 square meters). It is divided by internal stone walls into a main barn (29’6” x 16’8”, 8.99m x 5.09m), a woodshed (22’3” x 16’7”, 6.78m x 5.05m), storage and old cow byres (29’6” x 12’7”, 8.98m x 3.84m), and a stable (12’7” x 10’1”, 3.84m x 3.08m). The building has lights, power sockets and water supply. The medieval A-frame oak construction, all using oak pegs, is clearly to be seen and adds great character to the barn, as do the high double doors designed to accommodate laden hay wagons. Planning permission (now lapsed) was granted in 2003 to convert the barn into two 2-bedroom holiday letting units.
The grazing is divided into two paddocks surrounded by recently rebuilt stockproof drystone walls and recently erected post-and-rail fencing. Each paddock has a year-round natural water supply. One paddock contains a mobile field shelter which may be available by separate negotiation. There is direct gated access to the paddocks from the stable block at the back of the barn, plus gated access from the paddocks to the drive.
The extensive garden is a particular feature of the property, having been lovingly developed over 15 years. It wraps around the house on all sides and enjoys breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park. There is a large lawned area, mature trees and shrubs, fruit trees (apples and damsons), a vegetable plot, herbaceous borders, a pond, a rockery, and a rose border and rose pergola. The garden backs on to farmland and is not overlooked.
Brithdir is a popular village with a good community spirit: many events and activities are staged at the village hall, there is a thriving nursery school, and the village boasts a famous Arts and Crafts church. There is a bus service to Dolgellau, 2.5 miles away.
Dolgellau itself is a pleasant market town nestling at the foot of Cadair Idris, the second-highest mountain in Snowdonia, and has a very high proportion of Grade II listed buildings. It offers a good range of facilities, including independent shops, two small supermarkets, numerous pubs and restaurants, a post office, a cottage hospital, dentists’ and doctors’ surgeries, primary and secondary schools, a sixth-form college, a leisure centre and a library, plus other recreational and social facilities. There is a weekly livestock market, a monthly farmers’ market and an annual music festival.
The area is renowned for its recreational opportunities: the mountain biking tracks of the Coed y Brenin are just a couple of miles to the north, and the world-famous Red Bull challenge track is sited three miles to the east. There are many other facilities for family cycling, walking, climbing, white-water rafting, horse riding and zip rides, or simply admiring the stunning scenery! The endless sandy beaches at Fairbourne and Barmouth are within a 20-minute drive.
Mains water and electricity
Oil-fired central heating
Gwynedd County Council tax band F
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