Llangynhafal, Denbigh

£950,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
AN IMPOSING GRADE II LISTED PERIOD HOUSE OCCUPYING A TRANQUIL AND SLIGHTLY ELEVATED SETTING AMIDST BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED GARDENS, ALL WEATHER TENNIS COURT, STABLES AND YARD AND LAND EXTENDING IT TOTAL TO ABOUT 7.14 ACRES. Commanding far reaching south and westerly views across The Vale of Clwyd some 4 miles Ruthin. 6.5 miles Denbigh and 24 Miles Chester.

LOCATION

The Old Rectory is situated in an elevated position with spectacular far reaching views over the picturesque Vale of Clwyd within an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', renowned for its scenery and micro-climate. It is located within the rural hamlet of Llangynhafal being some four miles from the north of Ruthin.

The Old Rectory occupies a prominent yet private position within a lovely setting and enjoys a south westerly aspect. The village has the benefit of a church and a pub which are both within walking distance pf the larger centres of Ruthin and Denbigh offer a selection of shops, high street banks, supermarkets, doctors' surgeries, pubs and restaurants. The city of Chester is approximately 24 miles away offering a comprehensive range of services and retail parks at Broughton and Ellesmere Port. In Chester there is the recently opened Storeyhouse, to compliment Theatre Clwyd at Mold which is within very easy reach.

On the educational front there are state primary and secondary schools locally including St Brigid's on the edge of Denbigh and Brynhyfryd in Ruthin. For those seeking private education there is Myddelton College in Denbigh, Ruthin School, Fairholme at St Asaph, Rydal Penrhos at Colwyn Bay and the King's and Queen's Schools in Chester which operate a bus service locally.

For those seeking outdoor persuits there is extensive walking along along the Clwydian Range and the nearby Offa's Dyke, fishing on the Clwyd, a selection of local pheasant shoots, mountain biking and sailing an Llyn Brenig. For the equestrian enthusiasts there is open country on the Clwydian Hills together with numerous bridal pathways and lanes for hacking out. There is horse racing at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee, local hunting with the Flint and Denbigh and a wide range of professional equestrian facilities. In Mold an Denbigh there are leisure facilities with all weather pitches and swimming pools and locally there are football, cricket, rugby and tennis clubs. Golf courses include Henllan, Pwllglas and two further courses on the edge of Mold.

COMMUNICATIONS

The area is well served by roads being some 9 miles from the A55 Expressway allowing ease to travel to all areas of commerce along the North Wales coast and to the Chester Business Park, Deeside Industrial Estate and the Wrexham Industrial Estate. Beyond Mold, the A55 connects with the M53 and M56 motorways permitting daily travel to Liverpool and Manchester which are both served by international airports. Travel to London is available from Chester station which offers a two hour service via Crewe to Euston and for those travelling to Dublin there is a ferry from Holyhead off he A55.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCES

Ruthin - 4 miles

Denbigh - 6 miles

Mold - 10 miles

Wrexham - 18 miles

Chester - 24 miles

Liverpool - 35 miles

Manchester - 61 miles

DESCRIPTION

The Old Rectory is approached via a long driveway which widens as it ascends towards the house to incorporate wide mown grass verges with specimen shrubs and trees and a variety of bulbs an shrubs. The drive opens onto a gravelled forecourt leading to a parking and turning areas against the south west front and from which there are delightful views.

The Old Rectory dates from the late 17th century with later additions combing traditional accommodation with more contemporary living spaces notably off the kitchen which extends into informal open plan dining and sitting areas. In architectural terms, it has much to commend it being listed Grade II and in the entry is referred to as a good house in the late Georgian style which has retained its character well .

It is a 3 storey house with symmetrical front facade incorporating a Regency period porch and built in English garden wall bond brick with sash windows beneath a slate roof. The property includes a 2 storey stone wing to the rear and more recently a single storey brick and glazed extension on the south front overlooking the garden. Internally The Old Rectory retains many original features including an impressive 17th Century oak staircase, decorative plaster ceilings, feature fireplaces, panelled doors and deep sash windows with shutters to the principal reception rooms. Within the beautifully mature landscaped gardens and grounds is a traditional stone and brick barn currently used for stabling and a first floor office but with scope to create a self contained secondary accommodation, offices or possibly a separate dwelling subject to the availability of planning permission.

HOUSE

Entrance Hall

Drawing Room

Dining Room

Cloakroom/WC

Open Plan Kitchen with Breakfast and Sitting Areas

Snug

Pantry

Boot Room

Utility

Cellar

Master Suite with Dressing Room & Bathroom

Five Further Bedrooms

Two Bath/Shower Rooms

Office

ACCOMMODATION

A half glazed panelled front door leads to the entrance hall with oak boarded picture rail and arched recess. To either side of the entrance hall there are principal reception rooms comprising drawing room and dining room. The drawing room is elegant and well proportioned, containing an open fireplace with slate inlay an hearth beneath a decorative carved wood surround and mantle. The drawing room has a decorative plaster ceiling, picture rail and deep sash windows with shutters and a south westerly aspect.

The dining room has a sealed fireplace with marble surround and mantle, moulded ceiling cornice, built-in glass fronted display cupboards with storage below, window shutters and at the opposite end of the room a curved wall. Off the entrance hall there is a cloakroom/WC with pedestal wash hand basin, low flush WC, built in cupboard with hanging rail and separate storage cupboard. To the rear of the entrance hall access is gained to the cellar, a utility room with tiled floor, built in shelving, coat hooks and plumbing for washing machine and a large kitchen.

The kitchen contains fitted wall and base units including an island unit and incorporates two stainless steel sink units with single drainer and oil-fired 4-oven AGA in a tiled recess. It has exposed beams, low voltage lighting, shelving, Hotpoint gas hob, Neff induction hob, Panasonic microwave, dishwasher and built-in fridge.

The kitchen extends into a contemporary space with breakfast and sitting area, glazed with bi-folding doors running the full length of the room. These provide a light and airy living space overlooking the walled garden which forms both a visual and practical extension to the room. The dining and sitting areas have a wood boarded floor, wood burning stove on a slate hearth, bi-fold doors which open out partially or fully onto a terrace and garden and a separate external door.

Off the kitchen is newly fitted pantry with built-in base units beneath work surfaces, cold shelf, full depth cupboards, shelving, tiled floors and Velux windows. A cosy winter sitting room access through a door to the kitchen has a cast iron fireplace with carved wood surround, moulded ceiling cornice, concealed cupboard and built-in book shelves.

The back porch is accessed from the kitchen and incorporates built-in cupboards with coat hooks, bench seat with shoe storage below, tiled floor and external door to the rear yard.

The first and second floor accommodation is accessed via an extremely handsome Jacobean oak staircase with ornate slats and newel posts. From the half-landing the stairs divide with steps leading to the master suite comprising bathroom with panelled bath, pedestal hand basin, tiled shower cubicle, low flush WC, heated towel rail, built-in cupboards and connecting door to the principal landing.

Beyond the bathroom is the master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, Barbas wood burning fire with sealed glazed door above a slate hearth, built-in cupboards and deep sash windows with secondary glazing. In the corner of the bedroom a doorway gives access to am en-suite dressing room and having built-in fitted wardrobes and dressing table with drawers to either side. An external stable door opens from here into a porch, giving direct access into the garden.

Off the principal landing are 2 double bedroom s served by a separate shower room, Bedroom 2 has its original cast iron fire grate with slate surround and mantel, built-in wardrobe, cupboards and shelving and double sash windows with secondary glazing with long-reaching views. Bedroom 3 has a cast iron fire grate with timber surround and mantel, pedestal hand basin, built-in bookshelves and window shutters with views and with secondary glazing. The very large shower room has a tiled shower cubicle, hand basin, low flush WC and built in airing cupboard with shelving and hot water cylinder.

On the second floor there are 3 further bedrooms, a family bathroom and office/additional bedroom. Bedroom 4 is a double room having a cast iron fire grate with timber surround and mantle, built-in wardrobe, desk with cupboards and drawers, built-in book case and secondary glazing. Bedroom 5 is a double room with built-in wardrobes, shelving and secondary glazing. The bathroom has a panelled bath, pedestal wash basin, low flush WC, built-in linen cupboard and heated towel rail. Bedroom 6 is a single room with secondary glazing as is the office/bedroom 7.

DOMESTIC OUTBUILDINGS

Boiler House

Stabling/Loose Boxes

Feed Store

First Floor Office

OUTSIDE

All Weather Exercise Yard

Hen House & Run

Part Walled Garden

Formal Lawns

Fruit & Vegetable Gardens

Tennis Court

Summer House

Woodland With Stream

Railed Paddocks

Pony/Field Shelter

In all about 7.14 acres (2.89 hectares)

THE OUTBUILDINGS

Immediately behind the house is small yard with a Belfast style sink, outside tap, lean-to log store and brick boiler house housing a Firebird oil boiler which is one of two boilers, the second being a Warmflow oil boiler located behind the terrace in the opposite side of the house. Below the gravelled forecourt and parking area is a stone and L-shaped brick barn which is part rendered beneath to a slate roof. To the front of the building is concrete apron and railed exercise yard with sand and rubber surface and double stable doors open to 2 stables having concrete floor and hay racks. To the side of the building is a gateway leading to a gravelled are with 3 middens enclosed by concrete block walling.

On the opposite side of the building a 5 bar gate leads into a grassed area accessing the rear of the barn, incorporating an open fronted feed and hay store and separate stable/workshop. External wooden steps lead up to an open fronted landing with mezzanine area leading off one side above the stable/workshop and, opposite, a doorway into a large first floor office with wood burning stove and sink. Within a grassed area to the side of the barn is a stone and timber lean-to/shed coop beneath a plastic coated steel profile sheet roof.

THE GARDENS & GROUNDS

To the side of the house against the south-east elevation is an extremely attractive walled garden with tiered lawn against a terrace, with seating and barbecue area. The lawn is framed by a huge variety of mature shrubs, sub-shrubs and perennial plants, giving low maintenance colour and interest throughout the seasons.

Against the lawn are raised beds containing roses and azalea bushes, above which gravel pathways divide differently planted areas inside a warm brick wall, with climbing roses, quince wisteria, clematis and more. Over the pathway is an arched trellis covered in climbing roses and clematis, which leads through a herb garden containing rosemary, thyme and a selection of soft fruit canes.

At the end of the pathway is an archway within the wall with wrought-iron gate leading into a lawned side garden, which is part walled containing a selection of shrubs to include camellia, magnolia, yew and a spectacular old mulberry tree. From the side garden wide stone steps lead down to the parking and turning area to the front of the house.

A solid arched door leads from the main walled garden to a further informal lawned space with specimen trees and a semi-circular stone bench overlooking a former water feature. Within this part of the garden is an all-weather tennis court and hexagonal timber and felt summerhouse. This houses an open fire with hood for barbecues and has seating all the way round. Externally there is a decked seating area. Beyond this is a grassed area with beech hedging, an expanse of daffodils and an avenue of trees including medlars, soft fruit and mulberry trees. At the bottom of this section of the garden is a five-bar gate leading to two fields for grazing.

Beyond the stables and office building is a grassed area with a selection of specimen trees, including a wellingtonia, and an orchard with a selection of fruit trees, to include plum and both cooking and eating apples. Within this part of the garden against the south-easterly boundary is an area of woodland planted with beech, sycamore, chestnut, holly and silver birch under-planted with bluebells and daffodils bordered by a natural stream. A pathway leads through the woodland up to a secluded and tranquil spot with giant stone table encircled by seven individual upright stones.

Below the gardens and with additional access from the drive, are two grass paddocks divided by post and rail fencing with two sets of double gates connecting both fields. Both fields have troughs with mains water supply. In the top field there is an open fronted timber and felt pony/field shelter. The land is mainly level, laid to grass and stockproofed, being ideal for those wishing to keep horses. The whole extends to 7.14 acres (2.89 hectares).

COUNCIL TAX

Denbighshire County Council - Council Tax Band I.

SERVICES

Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.

DIRECTIONS

VIEWING

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