The Georgian House
Llanfoist House forms a substantial portion of this magnificent historical building, formerly known as Ty Mawr. This Georgian House for sale in South Wales was once the home of Crawshay Bailey, the MP for Newport and a leading Ironmaster and pioneer of the coal industry as well as a keen promoter of the railways.
The house is believed to date back to circa 1690 and was divided in the 1920s. The property is set in approximately 6 acres including formal gardens, a kitchen garden, orchard, paddocks and enchanting areas of woodland with a stream and large pond. The property is accessed through an electric gated entrance along a fine avenue of Scots Fir trees leading past the wildflower meadow into the main parking and garage area.
Llanfoist House retains a wealth of period features including the original entrance, a fine oak staircase rises from a long hallway tiled in the traditional Victorian style which leads right through the house to the kitchen. The accommodation is set over five floors including the substantial cellars and a large studio set in the roof space. A stunning southerly aspect and views over the garden can be enjoyed from the traditional sash windows.
The Location – Abergavenny in South Wales
Llanfoist is close to Abergavenny with excellent services and shops, a Waitrose supermarket is conveniently located in Llanfoist. Locally are some world class restaurants and hotels. The mainline train station in Abergavenny and the easy road access to London, Bristol and South Wales via the A449 and the M4 makes the location perfect for country and family life.
Llanfoist House is within the Brecon Beacons National park which has boundless facilities for walking, riding and water sports. There are many footpaths and bridleways, Llangorse Lake and the Abergavenny/Brecon canal, which is situated just behind the house, are perfect for the more genteel enjoyment of the countryside. There are a number of golf courses including one in Llanfoist and the famous Celtic Manor golf course – home of the Ryder Cup in 2010.
Description of this Georgian House for sale in South Wales
The current owners, being designers, have created a home and garden that follows their ethos of emphasis on the quality of life. They had a blank canvas of a classic period building with large rooms and high ceilings as well as a garden filled with a variety of mature trees and a natural pond and stream. Over the years they have turned this wonderful historic property into a romantic home using their own signature textiles on some of the walls, but still retaining the wonderful historical character of the property. Fulfilling fantasies of romance they created quirky features and follies in the gardens.
Their greatest desire was to have the very best for their child’s early life and the very best education – Llanfoist is excellent for the variety of schools, both state and private schools within easy access in Abergavenny, Monmouth, Hereford, Brecon and Bristol.
The Grounds and Gardens
The more traditional part of the garden is bounded by fine stone walls with flights of stone steps leading to different levels. A paved area surrounds a formal stone pond. Many parts of the garden have been designed for low maintenance. The larger lawn has a windbreak of interesting specimen trees and shrubs.
Magnificent native trees and a large natural pond and stream are enhanced by a folly ruin which has been designed for romantic ‘al fresco’ dining.
The current owners enjoy being self sufficient, there is an excellent well fenced ‘potager’ kitchen garden, a small orchard with soft fruit cages. There is a large greenhouse and cold frames as well as a poly-tunnel which houses a swimming pool. The paddocks and loose boxes are perfect for ponies.
- Grand entrance hall
- Drawing Room
- Victorian Conservatory/Garden Room
- Dining Room
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Family Room
- Six Bedrooms
- Luxurious principal bathroom
- Water Features
- Pony Paddocks
- Grounds extending to c. 6 acres
- Two Garages
- Feature Outbuildings
- Stables and Store Sheds
- Swimming Pool