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Country life could have been invented for this mansion, which has been tastefully upgraded along the way, as CHRIS PEREGRINE reports
THE presence of original servants’ bells gives a clue. This a house of substance.
The seven-bedroom Georgian residence can be found in an elevated position in around 11 acres of gardens and grounds and comes with far-reaching views over the Towy Valley.
It has got a bit of history, but a tasteful modernisation has brought it up to 21st century specifications. The grade II-listed barn has planning permission for holiday use with a swimming pool.
The property starts with double iron entrance gates in front of a sweeping driveway, which offers ample parking and turning areas. There are formal front gardens with a range of specimen trees.
Although renovation work has made a welcome mark, the home still contains an abundance of original features, including original panelled doors, solid mahogany doors, oakboarded floors, Georgian sash windows and those servants’ bells.
Three miles from Llandeilo, the house is set out over three floors, with four reception rooms and three bathrooms, including a wet room, and has oil-fired central heating.
Highlights include the kitchen/ breakfast room, which has a range of built-in units, timber work surfacing, a built-in washing machine, a dishwasher and an electric Aga double range and, in the breakfast room, matching base units and wall cupboards. The living room has three radiators with covers, two sash windows with window seats, a wood-burning stove in stone surround and the servant bell pull. The dining room has an oak ceiling beam, a quarry-tiled floor, a radiator, built-in shelving, an original ledged door with Suffolk latch and a large open fireplace with wood-burning stove. The master bedroom has an en-suite with a timber-panelled bath.
There are six other bedrooms, and other features include a utility room, three cellars and a study with a boarded floor, a brick fireplace with a wood-burning stove, a radiator and double French doors to the rear porch with climbing shrubs.
Outside a cattle grid greets you at the entrance, and there are front and side lawns, semi-mature and mature trees within a hedge surround and climbing shrubs.
A tree house can be found in a sheltered part of the garden around a mature chestnut tree, with steps up from the garden, and there is also a stone constructed shed under a tiled roof and an enclosed kitchen garden with timber fence surround and the original walled garden with fruit trees.
There is also the barn, and the outdoor scene also includes two rear paddocks and two fields. Details:
Pentre Parr, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, SA19 6YA.
Clee Tompkinson Francis, Llandeilo, 01558 823601.