A beautiful, historic house nestled within idyllic gardens that meander down to a river bank in a pretty rural village sounds like an ideal combination for the best life in the country, and this Georgian gem called Parc Gwynne can offer it all.
No wonder this gorgeous country home in Powys hasn’t been on the market for over 50 years – who would want to leave this remarkable and stunning house and classic country location unless they had to?
Add a converted coach house for guests, paying visitors or another member of the family, and a famous river bank with your own fishing rights, and surely the perfect property picture is complete?
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The attractive house was built around 1800. In 1922 it was bought as a vicarage for All Saints Church and then reverted back to private ownership in 1940.
The house was awarded a Grade II listing in 1960, amended in 1996, for being ‘one of a group of late 18th century – early 19th century substantial houses in the centre of Glasbury and of group value in the conservation area’.
The attractive red, blue and yellow brick coach house that looks out over the village eco-friendly and is part of the entrance of the house, along with an impressive brick columned gateway, was listed Grade II in 1996 for its ‘group value with the listed Parc Gwynne, and with other listed buildings in the Conservation Area around the green’. It was renovated plus converted into a dwelling in 1975.
From the outside, surrounded by its own delightful country cottage garden and cute courtyard with flagstone patio and boasting round and arch windows for extra impact, the coach house alone is a building that you can’t wait to explore, before you even get to the main home.
And inside, the coach home doesn’t disappoint – this oozes all the character which you would hope for from the pretty outside facade. There’s an open-plan sitting room that is a comfortable and cosy space, with a fireplace in the corner and light flooding in from the main arch window at the rear that appears out over the charming village green.
Off this central room is a galley kitchen on one side and a cloakroom on the other, joined by stairs up to two double bedrooms and a bathroom. All rooms carry on the classic and timeless interior design encased within a mini-stately home vibe that is found in the main house. And if this does become a granny annexe, that’s one very lucky granny.
Then to the main house, and it’s a stunner. From the classic symmetrical Georgian facade of the main home to the truly idyllic landscapes that roll down to the banks of the river Wye, the setting is an ideal companion to this rural retreat.
The grounds include a collection of mature trees and immaculate lawns hidden behind a high hedge with only a glimpse from the beauty beyond allowed through an archway cut into the foliage. It’s as tempting to explore through here as it is to push open the front door.
And it is worth the detour, as this slice of garden heaven includes a perfect, blissful place to park yourself – the bench placed under a tree, on a terrace, next to a charming stone wall, with uninterrupted, panoramic views of the river and rolling landscape beyond.
The house has, as you’d expect from a property that commands attention, a large area at the front to add to its grand first impression, where you can step back and peruse the two sections of the home – the particular three-storey Georgian mansion and the service wing to the right, set back slightly and once dedicated to the servants of the house.
Into the main house and the corridor has the features hoped for and found in other rooms too – simple, elegant Georgian classics such as a ceiling arch, statement staircase, panelled internal doors, deep skirtings and feature fireplaces – all lit by huge windows.
Stepping into the hall it’s immediately apparent that this is a warm and welcoming space and it sets the tone for the whole home – it does not alienate with grandness and over-the-top opulence but embraces as a comfortable cocoon of traditional colours, patterns and furniture peppered with period functions.
Either side of the hall is a reception room. To the left is a delightful and traditional drawing room, with the furniture focused around the period fireplace and a bonus set of French doors in the corner leading out to the gorgeous garden.
The other reception room is a study with a desk placed at the windows, maybe unwisely with the backyard views to distract you, and an armchair by the fire for cosy moments of contemplation away from work or studying.
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To the rear of the ground floor is a formal dining room that can boast a large windowpane that invites the garden in to join the dinner party, plus parquet flooring and space for at least 10 guests.
Then into the servants’ wing to find the substantial kitchen breakfast room, a country-style area with quarry tiles plus exposed beams, with the fairly garden views appearing again at the kitchen sink. The ground floor also offers a cloakroom, utility room and a garage next door, before the grand stairs get you to five bedrooms spread more than two floors.
The first floor is where the master bedroom sits above the drawing room and can boast a big ensuite as well as a duet of delightful arch windows either side of the bed to add to the large multi-paned window that is part of the home’s front facade.
Bedroom two is located over the kitchen and offers a huge ensuite with statement bath and a walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom three is another double and also found off this first floor landing is a separate dressing room and a family bathroom with a pretty pink, roll-top bath tub.
The final ground houses a shower room and two further bedrooms, one a double and one the cute space that, with the statement arch window that crowns the home’s characterful facade, might be the perfect place, special space, for a den or home office.
The island of classic country living on offer at Parc Gwynne in Powys, next to the particular village green at Glasbury is on the market for offers over £1. 25m along with estate agent Knight Frank, call their Worcester branch on 01905 723438 to find out more. And don’t miss the best dream homes in Wales, auction properties, renovation stories, plus interiors – join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter , sent to your inbox twice a week.