Three to go wild for in Wales

There may be drag­ons – and pos­si­bly even the oc­ca­sional bus – but Wales can cer­tainly of­fer great sport, says Ru­pert Bates, with three top estates to choose from

The Field - - PROPERTY -

Not sure that ru­ral Wales is over-blessed with buses, un­less there is a re­quest stop in the Pum­lu­mon moun­tains or a Car­marthen driver goes rogue in pur­suit of a salmon, but three crack­ing sport­ing estates are on the mar­ket at once in the Prin­ci­pal­ity. Take your pick: the lakes of Bugeilyn Moor; the war­rior sea-trout of Golden Grove, which would hold their own in a Cardiff rugby pack; or the Cothi Val­ley pheas­ants at Ed­wins­ford.

Bai­leys & Part­ners, sell­ing Bugeilyn at Pum­lu­mon, is of­fer­ing a “try be­fore you buy wilder­ness im­mer­sion week­end”.

You need to be se­ri­ous about a pos­si­ble pur­chase of this up­land moor­land, rather than just af­ter a free fly-fish­ing tu­to­rial. You can also do some clay-pi­geon shoot­ing; camp un­der the stars on the 1,040-acre Mid Wales sport­ing es­tate, with your wilder­ness week­end washed down with enough lo­cal ale to make you ca­pa­ble of pro­nounc­ing Aberys­t­wyth cor­rectly.

Plenty of bio­di­ver­sity on the es­tate means an in­formed walk with a lo­cal ex­pert is part of the ex­pe­ri­ence, too, with bog and heath to ne­go­ti­ate. The es­tate sits at a high point in the Cam­brian moun­tain range, with the Welsh Marches to the east and the Cardi­gan Bay coast­line and the Ir­ish Sea to the west. The sources of both the River Sev­ern and Wye are nearby.

Ed Bai­ley, a di­rec­tor of Bai­leys & Part­ners, says of the sale: “Bugeilyn is a place that is far re­moved from the hum­drum pre­dictabil­ity of life, a land­scape where you can em­brace the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of the nat­u­ral world and all its glo­ri­ous po­ten­tial. Brochures, videos and vir­tual re­al­ity could never ad­e­quately con­vey its char­ac­ter. This is a liv­ing, breath­ing en­tity that com­mu­ni­cates di­rectly with our in­stinct for free­dom, beauty and open space.” Bai­ley wants £500,000 – that’s for the whole es­tate, not the week­end.

Mean­while, one of our most renowned sports­men, Sir Ed­ward Dash­wood, is sell­ing the sea-trout mecca that is the Golden Grove es­tate in Car­marthen­shire, with plenty of wild and wet shoot­ing to be done, too. There are 649 acres to buy but sport­ing rights ex­tend across a fur­ther 3,366 Towy Val­ley acres. Knight Frank is ask­ing £5 mil­lion.

The third Welsh won­der is the 539-acre Ed­wins­ford Es­tate in Tal­ley, Car­marthen­shire, on the mar­ket with Strutt & Parker at £2.2 mil­lion. Ed­wins­ford has about five miles of dou­ble-bank sea-trout and salmon fish­ing on the River Cothi, while the plan­ta­tions and an­cient wood­land pro­vide ter­rific ter­rain for a high pheas­ant shoot on the steep val­ley sides. There is also rough-shoot­ing for duck, wood­cock and snipe over a fur­ther 316 acres of ad­join­ing sport­ing rights held in per­pe­tu­ity. I al­ways thought Per­pe­tu­ity was a small vil­lage just out­side Aberys­t­wyth. No idea if it has a bus stop.

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