Some houses are so impressive from the outside but then you step inside and it doesn’t deliver on that promised grandness.
Not so at Llandingat House; the imposing, pleasing symmetrical Georgian facade is matched by the entrance hall for breathtaking original features.
Arrive at the manor house, which is located in the centre of a Carmarthenshire town rather than nestled into the Welsh countryside, and the column porch invites you in to explore the three-storeys of historic house.
The house is maybe surprisingly found in the centre of the popular and pretty market town of Llandovery, on the doorstep of the Brecon Beacons National Park and Cambrian mountains, handy for facilities just down the road from this beast of a building.
The town is steeped in history. When you arrive the huge statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan greets you.
The Carmarthenshire landowner was executed in the town by King Henry IV for his support of Owain Glyndŵr’s, the prince and leader of the long running war of independence during the late Middle Ages. Immortalised in steel he now overlooks the town like a protective figure from the past.
The location is known as a drovers town, a sight to behold when herds of cattle were gathered and then driven by the drovers to markets across the country.
One of the town’s most famous neighbours is Prince Charles, and the town can also boast Norman castle ruins as well as boutique shops and eateries.
But this manor house can bring its own slice of past stories to the town’s colourful jigsaw of history.
The house is said to have been built in the early 19th century, around 1813, according to website British Listed Building for local attorney David Lloyd Harries.
The house changed hands after Harries’ death into the Lloyds family of Glansevin on condition that they took the name Lloyd Harries.
By 1890 the house was being rented to Llandovery College as a boarding house.
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The property sits on a plot that’s about 1.2 acres and has a myriad of outbuildings at the rear, all in need of a renovation project to be revived, as does the main house.
According to the Cadw’s Grade II listing, awarded in 1981 and amended in 2004, Llandingat House was listed as a ‘very substantial late Georgian detached town house with good surviving interior detail’.
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And arguably the most impressive of those, beating the huge sash windows and numerous fireplaces that can be found inside, is the staircase.
After walking through a small inner porch area and under an arch the space opens into the hall and the staircase makes its entrance.
The structure is a curved cantilevered stone stair with scrolled handrail that sweeps down from the first floor, accompanied by a curved wall that mimics its shape and an arch window that brings even more soft, curved visual lines to the space.
It is a staircase that you can’t walk down, you need to sweep down it in dramatic style, hair and dress billowing as you grab and hold the attention of your guests awaiting your arrival in the hall below.
How very Bridgerton, like a scene out of the colourful and dramatic period drama on Netflix that became so many people’s Covid-19 lockdown distraction, based on the series of books written by Julia Quinn.
Of course, you can just skip down it in jeans and a tee but whenever the opportunity grabs you to step up the glamour and the drama, this staircase can tempt you to do it.
But who is most likely to be the next person to sweep down the stairs?
The estate agent selling the 10-bed, 7,500 square foot property and all of its outbuildings states it is an ideal development opportunity down a number of avenues, all subject to achieving planning permission of course.
The agent states that the building is currently occupied under C2 Residential Institutions of the use classes order, however is considered ideal for adaption as a fine family house with additional letting potential, boutique hotel or guest house or someone with commercial needs to work from home.
The house can offer six reception rooms on the ground floor, plus an ancillary kitchen, utility, toilets and shower rooms.
There nine bedrooms spread over the two upper floors as well as a three-bed master’s apartment and multiple bathrooms.
Externally the dilapidated outbuildings, offer a good footprint for redevelopment as do the sizeable grounds which are mainly laid to grass with tarmacadam parking area and multiple vehicular entrance gates to the roads on three sides.
The agent states that the sizeable grounds are considered extensive enough for separate residential and commercial development taking advantage of its enviable and convenient town centre location.
Llandingat House is for sale with a guide price of £400,000 with estate agent McCartneys, call their Brecon branch on 01874 610990 to find out more.
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