There are some houses that can claim to be a once in a lifetime property purchase, cherished for a generation but ready to welcome a new owner for a new chapter. But this pretty thatch in the most peaceful yet perfectly placed spots in Vale of Glamorgan is more like an opportunity once in every three lifetimes to grab yourself a truly special abode that offers you the best of all worlds.

Full of character and charm yet fully renovated to give the home the modern twist within a historic setting, the cottage can also claim to sit in one of the county’s most wonderful locations; no wonder it is rarely on the market.

The current owner says: “Woodside Cottage has been in my husband’s family since the late 1800s. It was originally the tithe cottage to the family funeral and building business. The whole area is just so beautiful with woodland across the way and countryside all around. There are countless incredible walks to choose from, including down to the beach and along the coastal paths. Fonmon, which consists of just 14 houses where no new buildings are permitted, so the hamlet has been kept just as it was years ago.”

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Wrapped in a lush green blanket of rolling fields, quiet lanes and dappled woodland areas, with the coast nearby, Fonmon is a slice of rural bliss. But this ‘best of both worlds’ home can offer a peaceful, idyllic rural existence but at the same time is close to amenities such as shops, doctor surgery, pharmacy and eateries just down the lanes at Rhoose and St Athan, with Barry, Cardiff and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast all easily accessible.

And it’s this blend of simply gorgeous countryside with convenience that has made Woodside Cottage a perfect family home for years. The owner says: “Rhoose has one of the best primary schools in Wales, feeding into Cowbridge Comprehensive school, which operates a school bus service from the village. The county bus service takes you right into Barry and Cardiff, and the train station is within walking distance down a quiet country lane.

“Local children’s clubs are excellent too, our daughter having enjoyed being part of ballet and tap classes and football and swimming clubs when she was younger.”



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Centre of the hamlet of Fonmon bustling only with ducks in the pond



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
The cottage has a prime pond view

Arriving at the tiny hamlet of Fonmon is like arriving into a fairytale world where there’s a castle further along the lane and a sprinkling of thatch cottages and dream homes clustered around the most delightful of central duck ponds, where the cottage owners love to feed the ducks every day; it’s all so magical.

And what the owners have done to the Woodside Cottage, which overlooks the duck pond, is magical too. It presents another ‘best of both worlds’ scenario – a characterful cottage that has been extended into a family home with the perfect blend of old and new.



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Classic country cottage welcome



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Fully renovated and fully gorgeous

The current owner says: “We have opened up the living accommodation to create an L-shaped open plan kitchen, dining and living area, which with its orangery ceiling is wonderfully light and airy – ideal for dinner parties and Christmas gatherings.

“My favourite room, however, is the dual aspect second bedroom, for its low windows looking out to the pond. Decorated in similar colours to the pond, entering this room almost feels like walking out into the water.”



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Welcoming first room is a characterful lounge to start the tour



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Full of cottage charm and ample space for a piano too

The home has an interior design that is instantly worthy of the cover of a glossy interiors magazine, with timeless and sophisticated furniture mixed with tactile textures and splashes of contemporary tones.

Exposed stone walls, the use of natural materials like wood and limestone, soft plant foliage and smooth, cool metallics, plus oodles of natural light, is a visually feast for the eyes.

The front door opens into the living room and it is instantly a joy to step inside. White-washed beams and stone walls ensure the room feels light, while the wood flooring, exposed stone fireplace and log burner ensure it feels so warm and inviting.



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Kitchen is a design triumph both visually and practically



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Contrast of dark and light, tactile and smooth, matt and shiny, vintage and new = lush



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
L-shaped kitchen diner and lounge seamlessly adds the new extension into the old cottage

This sociable space with a welcoming ambience flows into the vast L-shaped kitchen diner and lounge seamlessly blends in the more recent extension to perfection. In the lounge area there’s a stunning stone fireplace flanked by wonderful beams, and the white-washed ceiling beams ensure this room feels part of the overall space.



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Definitely a place to cosy up by the stone fire and enjoy the period character



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Glossy magazine standard interior design

There are doors out onto the garden and out here the owners haven’t been idle either. The owner says: “The outside space belonging to the cottage is lovely and we have worked hard to transform what was near wilderness into the low maintenance, heavily planted cottage garden we have today.

“The front garden is dedicated to plants and wildlife, with another borrowed vista of the pond, while to the rear, we have landscaped the outdoor space into different ‘rooms’ so we can follow the sun around the garden throughout the day.



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Patio area is demanding alfresco dining



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Years of hard work creating a cottage garden

“We can enjoy the morning sun over breakfast on the patio, walk up the steps to the swinging seat to catch the afternoon rays, and have dinner in the late sun on the patio, all in complete privacy and not overlooked by any neighbours.”

Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, the master has an ensuite, plus there’s a family bathroom. And of course, all the spaces are absolutely stunning, decorated and renovated to a five-star boutique country retreat standard.



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Stunning interiors continue upstairs in the master bedroom



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Three beautiful bedrooms in total

It’s probably likely that the family of the new owners Woodside Cottage will want to hang onto it for 150 years too, and who could blame them – it is truly something special.

The love the owners have lavished on this lucky home is evident throughout, both inside and out, and it will be a wrench for them to hand the keys over, but they leave with the best of memories for themselves and the best of renovation projects for the cottage so it can be enjoyed long into the future.

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The owner says: “We have absolutely loved living at Woodside Cottage, not only for its phenomenal rural-coastal location, but also because over the years we have made the house exactly how we want it; contemporary amenities within a picturesque old building.”



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
Every bedrooms has an absorbing view



Woodside cottage, fonmon, vale of glamoran for sale for first time in 150 years for offers ovef 750k with Fine & Country Cardiff
The view in the bathroom at the decor is something to get excited about too

And if the next owner feels like adding more space and adding even more value to the property, the estate agent says the sale also comes with planning approved and pics drawn up for a car port to rear with home office.

Woodside Cottage is on the market with Fine & Country Cardiff for offers over £750,000, call them on 029 2169 0690 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.