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Glandyfi, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20

  • 10 beds
Detached house


  • 10 beds
Detached house
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The Property: Built in the Regency Gothic style in the early 19th Century, Glandyfi Castle stands high on a beautifully wooded hillside from where it enjoys far reaching, awe inspiring views across the glorious Dovey Estuary to the Mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Externally the castle is complemented by mature gardens, grazing land and woodland with a range of versatile outbuildings.

The Castle, built of local stone and slate with mullion windows, square, round and octagonal towers and impressive chimneys, has been comprehensively renovated throughout. It has striking accommodation that is elegant, gracious and grandiose while comfortable and contemporary. Its superb architectural detail has been meticulously restored throughout with a focus on ?future proofing? with the utmost attention to detail and embraces modern day comforts including an efficient bio-mass zoned heating and hot water system (with an oil fired ?back up? system in place), luxurious bathrooms and a contemporary styled kitchen.

The historic stone courtyard with its immense stone walls, now has a glass roof creating a stunning glazed atrium ideal for dining, sitting and large- scale entertaining.

The wide and impressive front door opens to a panelled hall and inner hall from where an imperial staircase rises to the first floor, lit by a deep mullion window. The double height drawing room is elegant and light and the dining room is oak panelled with a Regency moulded ceiling. The delightful octagonal library has a Nash influenced coved ceiling, a pink marble fireplace and four Gothic style windows framing the magnificent views up, down, and across the Dovey Estuary. Along with a comfortable family sitting room, a highly practical and striking contemporary kitchen, the atrium is a superb addition to living space within the castle.

Upstairs the house has been renovated to create nine double bedrooms, all complimented by their own bathrooms. These are attractively decorated and individual in style. Most notable is the principal suite with its high ceiling, deep windows, fireplace and superb octagonal bathroom with a circular bath in the centre. The estuary views from the roof are breath-taking. The tenth en suite bedroom is independently accessed from the courtyard.

Glandyfi Castle, the only castellated building in Ceredigion, was built in the early 19th Century by an unknown architect for the Shrewsbury solicitor George Jeffries and his wife Justina when a picturesque castle on the Dyfi in Regency Gothic style would have spelt the height of fashion and taste. Indeed the house was visited by fashionable society of the day and it?s reputed that Shelley, Thomas Love Peacock, Coleridge and Byron were all guests at one time. Justina Jeffries was born in Jamaica in 1787 and adopted by Edward and Louise Scott of Bodtalog, Tywyn. It has long been believed that she was the model for Anthelia the heroine of Thomas Love Peacock?s first novel Melincourt. Built on a beautiful wooded hillside known as Garreg, the land was bought by Edward Jeffries of Shrewsbury during the 18th Century when he became an investor of silver and lead mines, a resource which was proving valuable to some local landowners. The castle was built by Edward Jeffries' grandson, George, and his choice of location exploited the historical romance associated with castles of antiquity, being situated on a hillside overlooking the original Aberdovey Castle on the wetlands of the estuary below. The castle and surrounding estate is said to have remained in the Jeffries family until the estate was dispersed in 1906 by the grandchildren of George and Justina Jeffries. Since that time it has had a series of owners including Sir and Lady Docker in the 1950s.

Services: Oil and biomass central heating. Mains electricity. Mains water and private drainage.
Fixtures and Fittings: Only those items known as fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale. Certain items such as carpets and curtains may be available by separate negotiation.
Wayleaves and easements: The property is sold subject to any wayleaves or easements, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
Planning: Prospective purchasers are advised that they should make their own enquiries of Ceredigion Council.

Glandyfi Castle stands high on a hillside above the small village of the same name and with its own railway. Standing in a stunning location with the backdrop of rolling hills, it looks towards the popular seaside and sailing village of Aberdovey and is situated above the RSPB Ynyshir Bird Reserve. The cry of curlew, geese, duck and oyster catchers can be enjoyed while standing in the grounds and nature abounds with sightings of otters and seals. Just a five mile drive from the pretty market town of Machynlleth and eleven miles from Aberystwyth, both with a range of excellent amenities, the castle is also well placed for walking, cycling, riding and sailing. There are a number of nearby golf courses and most notably at Borth, Aberdovey and Harlech. The area is noted for its beautiful countryside and stunning coastline with sheltered harbours and sandy beaches. There are excellent pubs and restaurants nearby including Ynyshir Hall, considered to be one of Wales? finest country house hotels with a highly rated restaurant. There is a regular train service to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth from London and the Midlands.

Gardens and Grounds
Glandyfi Castle is approached up a long driveway which meanders between wooded hillside with a profusion of rhododendrons and in the spring, carpets of bluebells, daffodils and primroses. The castle stands in the privacy of its landscaped gardens and grounds with sweeping lawns, well stocked borders with flowering plants and mature shrubs, walkways and paved terraces from where the breath taking views can be enjoyed. Within the grounds is a hidden walled former kitchen garden, along with various paddocked areas.

Estuary access
The land to Glandyfi castle extends to the Dovey Estuary to the front and includes vehicle access to a level gravel parking area, storage barn and a serious of tidal coves. There is an ancient jetty that was historically used to transport iron to the village of Furnace. This waterside access offers an exciting opportunity for nautical use.

Beyond Glandyfi Castle is a traditional court yard with a range of well-maintained and versatile buildings, garaging and workshop. There is a range of former barns set away from the main residence which have the potential to be converted to residential or other usage, subject to the necessary permissions being obtained. A further range of agricultural barns are accessed down a track leading away from the castle and provide substantial storage for plant machinery and equipment.

The Lodge
Recently renovated, with a new electric heating system, The Lodge is found with its own private garden at the entrance to the driveway. The accommodation is pleasantly finished and comprises a sitting room, kitchen, study/bedroom, double bedroom and shower room.
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