Owning and living in one of Tenby’s pretty cliff-hugging townhouses is surely very special and a privilege too. The pastel properties that flow down the main street above the beach and down to the harbour have become a landmark view that is arguably one of the most famous in Wales.
Photos of the properties and the seaside below at this lovely location in Pembrokeshire is a shot that so many visitors aim to capture and Visit Wales quite rightly use as part of a package of perfect photos to lure people to our beautiful nation to spend their tourist time and money.
Being able to secure one of these iconic properties is going to be a challenge – not often on the market their rarity is the first hurdle. The second is the budget; lack of supply, high demand and the charm and space these houses offer mean you need a bulky buying budget to secure one.
Wandering down Cracknell Street towards the harbour or climbing up The Norton and The Croft which overlooks Norton Beach, the view of the colourful property facades are almost as engaging as the sea, beach and coastal views.
An address along one of these streets is surely one of the most unique and sought-after in Wales, so if a property does come to market, the price tag is going to be all about location, location, location.
At the crossroads of The Norton and The Croft, with the most picture perfect vista of the harbour from the pavement, the houses are substantial period properties with mainly three or four-storeys. They are houses that command their place on this special street scene but, as space is tight, they are mainly terraced homes that hug their neighbours on both sides.
On a road crowded with as many properties as possible, so as many as possible are able to drink in that delicious sea view, is space sacrificed for location?
No, not at Castle View House on The Norton, a terrace that not only thrills with its minty green facade but can boast a bay window too – not every house on Tenby’s seafront can claim this bonus feature.
From the outside, if you can bring yourself to stop staring at the sea view, the house looks like a good-sized three storey home – but it is so much more than that.
If you track down the floorplan online on the estate agent’s website, the rear of the property goes on and on and on; it has a ‘tail’ at the back called The Longhouse that is self-contained, two-storey annexe totally hidden from the front.
It can be accessed from a separate entrance at the rear or by an adjoining door from the main house via the utility room. The main house itself is currently an eight bedroom, eight bathroom holiday let and would make the most amazing family dream home by the sea.
The ground floor of the annexe was formerly the manager’s apartment and is in need of some upgrading and offers four rooms and a shower room on the ground floor. The first floor of the annexe comprises three ensuite bedrooms which with some renovation work could provide additional letting rooms.
An application for planning consent to convert The Longhouse into a self-contained three bedroom unit has been submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council under the planning application reference NP/21/0822/FUL.
So, bonus space you probably weren’t expecting when you arrived to have a nose around Norton House, but the extra facilities hidden from view don’t stop with The Longhouse.
Incredibly, this terrace in Tenby can also offer two commercial units within a large warehouse; unexpected but very welcome extra buildings that add even more value to this surprising property.
A large steel framed and blockwork building, the warehouse has two remote controlled roll-up doors, one opening onto Wallsfield Lane and the second opening into the private car park.
The building is currently informally rented out for storage and has great potential for a variety of different commercial uses subject to planning consent.
Draft plans are available to view with the estate agent for one possible option of ground floor parking and two storeys of flats above.
The commercial unit has previously accommodated a local engineering company and a past local owner rented out space for wintering boats. Inside the warehouse you will find two cloakrooms, an office and a mezzanine floor.
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So with so much extra space at the rear of the house – an annexe and a warehouse – surely the garden has been sacrificed, or at least compromised, to accommodate these surprise additions.
Any green-fingered potential future owner or anyone who just loves to relax in their own outdoor space will be thrilled to find out that there is a back garden and it’s a pretty space, glowing in the sunshine with a palm tree swaying in the coastal breezes.
There are decks and patios and a lawn to choose from for your daily alfresco experience, and you can invite your friends to the feast too as there is parking for up to six cars, accessed through the warehouse.
With so much to see and contemplate at the rear of the property it’s potentially distracting you from the main, front section of the site, but not for long as this unique house is a gem of a property.
Firstly, the plot it occupies is in a perfect position, literally across the road from the walkway leading down to the superb North Beach and North Walk to the beautiful harbour. The bustling historic walled town, with its array of shops and restaurants, is just a very short and level stroll away.
Secondly, the house is literally bursting with ensuite bedrooms – eight in total, so the new owner will be benefiting from the property’s more recent past as a holiday business if they are planning to bring multiple generations of the family with them on the move to Tenby.
The warren of rooms means space is not an issue at Castle View House but until you get your bearings, maybe getting lost is, but that wouldn’t be a hardship inside this characterful house. Look up – there are ceiling roses and fancy cornicing to delight you, but inevitably you end up wandering to the window in every sea facing space and looking out.
The ground floor is dominated at the front by a large dining room and games room that are two large reception rooms joined by the removal of the dividing wall and a reminder that this house is set up for visiting guests to fully enjoy the spaces.
On the ground floor there’s also the large kitchen set up as a commercial and practical space rather than a sleek and shiny version, but has a sociable dining area and oodles of space. There’s also a sunroom, cloakroom, office, storage area and utility room leading to The Longhouse annexe on this level.
Up the stairs to surely the main event in this amazing house – the first floor lounge that can boast a floor-to-ceiling bay window that provides the best spot in the property to soak up this iconic Tenby view.
Because the house is located in a more elevated position than many further down the street, the armchairs in the bay window provide a brilliant view of the harbour and Tenby Castle, as well as the panoramic vista of the sea.
If you can bring yourself to vacate the comfy chair that’s hugging you and spoiling you with that landmark Tenby view, this level of the property has two of the eight ensuite bedrooms, a TV room and a nursery, and the upper floor of The Longhouse annexe at the rear, before wandering up to the second floor reveals six more ensuite bedrooms and a bathroom.
Castle View House is a handsome, spacious abode that has a unique collection of added extras that no other Tenby home can offer in a town where extra space within its packed streets is a rarity.
According to the Cadw site, the house is Grade II listed ‘as part of an early to mid 19th century terraced row of great townscape importance’, and who’s going to argue with that?
The house is on the market for offers in the region of £1,150,000 with estate agents John Francis, call their Tenby branch on 01834 740051 to find out more. And to make sure you never miss the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories and interiors, join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter, sent out to your inbox twice a week.