If a properly posh pad in the country is your perfect property daydream, then pull up a comfy chair and dive into this gorgeous Georgian stunner.
It comes with a hefty slice of land within a national park that means a new owner can surely claim to own a classic country estate.
Imagine galloping across 18 acres of your own land, wandering through the dappled shade of your own woodland, and admiring the myriad of ancient plants that inhabit your grounds including magnolias, acers, rhododendrons and azaleas.
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At this truly stunning country mansion there is, of course, a classic walled garden, croquet lawn and tennis court, and if you are lucky enough to be the new owner and want to put in a swimming pool the main challenge will be trying to decide where it should go within the 18 acres.
And all this activity is keenly overseen by the flocks of sheep that graze in the meadows, unaware of the wonderfully idyllic location they are also lucky to call home.
There are outbuildings to explore too, including garages, a wood store, a tractor shed, and a summerhouse. There is also a timber log cabin that could make an ideal home office away from the main house.
But the cabin is not the only spot to grab for your work space. The house has 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and four reception rooms, so the choice is abundant as to where to plug your laptop or PC into the wall socket.
The house is Glangrwyney Court and it’s an example of a Georgian beauty that rarely comes onto the market.
As you drive or stroll up the long, impressive driveway towards the property that is located in the Brecon Beacons National Park between Crickhowell and Abergavenny, you get the sense that once you spot the house through the trees it’s going to be breath-taking.
And if your heart sings at seeing the classic designs that the Georgians brought to British architecture it’s time to get humming and then breaking out into song at the sight of the Grade II listed Glangrwyney Court.
According to Cadw the mansion gained its listing in 1963, amended in 1998, for being a ‘large, late Georgian house retaining original character and fine setting’.
The listing states that the house was originally known as Sunny Bank, Glangrwyne Court and was built by Charles Craycroft during the early 19th century, replacing an earlier house on the site.
A subsequent owner, Mr Thompson, is said to have made substantial alterations, including the addition of wings to the right and left, and the addition of bow windows to the front. He sold it in 1847, by which time the present parkland and driveway had been established.
But now the beautifully detailed porch with a transom window above the substantial, multi-paned glass double doors is tempting you inside immediately.
The central hallway sets the tone of elegant grandeur, demanding you notice the impressive vaulted ceiling as the first of mine fine features to gush over.
Every posh manor deserves a sweeping staircase and this Georgian version can boast a gently curving, smooth banister rail accompanied by fancy iron balustrades that add the more intricate detailing.
Look up and the extra special details continue with carved ceiling cornicing that stamps this house from the very first room as a mansion of stature.
The interior design within the hall also sets the tone for the rest of the home; classic, elegant pieces of traditional and timeless design against a palette of understated neutrals, natural materials and surfaces.
It gives the home a sophisticated ambience and is what this home deserves; joined by antique pieces and accents of fancy metallics such as huge mirrors, paintings and accessories, and an array of tactile textures that add the finishing touches and an extra layer of warmth.
It’s a posh pad with history but it is welcoming and comfortable – grand with a splash of homely.
More visual warmth via the wood flooring takes your eyes to the rear door at the end of the hall and glimpses of the garden beyond, but there’s so much to see over three-storeys inside before going back out to say ‘hi’ to the sheep.
To the right is the sitting room which can boast one of the added bay windows that give the front facade of the manor house extra personality to the strict Georgian symmetry and straight lines.
There’s more period character to mesmerise you in this space too. The cornicing and ceiling rose are joined by a very visually engaging fireplace, and panelled shutters hang at the huge sash windows.
Across the hallway is the drawing room, currently a children’s playroom and surely one of the grandest in Wales? How many children can boast a marble and carved fireplace, a huge gold gilt mirror, fancy cornicing and again, a very impressive bay window?
A door in the corner of the drawing room gets you to the library and it’s yet another beautiful space, with slightly simpler, less fancy features, probably explained by the fact it was a later addition to the main house.
It is still a stunning space, not at all a poor relation to the rooms next to it.
There is a bay window with shutters too, a marble fireplace, and wood flooring as well as a delightful, chunky panelled internal door complete with original door furniture.
Behind the drawing room is a formal dining room that continues the impressive interiors of this fine house.
The room is triple aspect so you will definitely be able to see what you’re eating during the day at the massive table.
The symmetry of the two of the windows either side of the very ornate fireplace is visually very appealing, as is the charming carved fireplace that is maybe the grandest so far.
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Back across the hallway to the right side of the mansion is where you will find the kitchen, and it’s come a long way since the days of Downton Abbey’s Mrs Patmore.
It can sometimes be a challenge to install a recent kitchen into a centuries old manor house without it jarring, but most people will surely think the kitchen at Glangrwyne Court has achieved success, assisted by clever and appropriate design choices?
The continuation of the muted and classic colour palette sets the period tone and the choice of a more traditional Shaker-style design adds to the period-style homage occurring in this kitchen.
Add in open shelving and a rustic table that could have been picked up from Downton Abbey itself and dropped off at Glangrwyne Court and the room visually works well as an ensemble piece.
The kitchen for modern living can, of course, boast integrated appliances that would make Mrs Patmore weep with envy, plus there’s a four oven Aga and walk-in pantry.
This area of the house is more bustling than the calm and serene stately rooms. The busy former servants’ area is where you will find a laundry and utility room with butler’s sink, and a spiral staircase to bedrooms above and the cellar below.
The ground floor can also offer two boiler rooms, a cloakroom and two boot rooms – one next to the rear door at the end of the hall and one adjacent to the library.
Back to the beautiful, cantilevered staircase, and it’s not a surprise to learn that this period feature is specifically mentioned in the Grade II listing.
It sweeps around within a curved wall that ascends with you and includes arched alcoves to display your finest wares for people to admire, but hopefully not break, as they climb.
About half way up the stairs there’s a curved window that will mesmerise you with magnificent views over the walled gardens and the Black Mountains beyond.
There are six bedrooms on the first floor and they are all unique in their shape, space and views of the countryside but are all united in their elegant decor.
They all have the benefit of an ensuite bathroom or shower room too, that have been renovated and updated to be modern but with simple, unfussy design and high-end fixtures and fittings that easily flow with the interior design of the whole house.
The principal bedroom is deemed to be the one situated above the lower left wing extension as it not only has an ensuite but also access to a dedicated dressing area plus a feature box bay window.
Up to the top floor, sweeping up that grand staircase again or using the servants’ back stairs, and there are a further four bedrooms plus a separate office and a more intimate living room to discover.
This extra living room isn’t the grandest reception space at the manor, but being at the top of the house means it probably has the best views of them all.
Glangrwyney Court is on the market with a guide price of £2m with Savills, call their Cardiff branch on 029 2036 8919 to find out more. And if you never want to 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.