Llys Uchaf | Llanfechain, Powys

A 17th century Grade II timber framed residence in an elevated position with detached barn set in approximately 12 acres (4.86 ha) of mixed grounds
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Ambience, Location, Conversion, Potential,
Main Cottage, Porch, Hall, Snug, Inglenook Room, Dining Room, Kitchen Day Room, Ground Floor Guest Bedroom 5, Ground Floor Bathroom, Cellar, Interconnecting Bedroom 1 and 2 with Independent Staircase, En Suite Shower Room, Bedroom 3 with Independent Staircase, En Suite Bathroom, Bedroom 4 with Independent Staircase, En Suite, Cloakroom, Barn, Stable Area, Hayloft, Rear Store and Pig Sty, Garage with Electric Door, Cattle Byre, Log Store, Small Garage

Llys Uchaf is 1.1 miles from the village of Llanfechain, approached via a country road. With an absolutely breathtaking position, 194m (637 ft.) above sea level, the property has numerous vistas and skyscapes across its own land to the distant Welsh Hills and across to Shropshire, creating a most wonderful ambience of Little Switzerland and Tuscany dependent upon which part of the gardens you are in.

The current owners purchased Llys Uchaf in 2010 as a derelict cottage; they then embarked upon a staggeringly detailed programme of renovation and landscaping,

which took two years in its entirety. The end result is a true testimony to their labour of love and strikes a remarkably beautiful balance between the property's original character and an exacting specification of modernity. A brief summary of some of the work undertaken includes: new floors, damp proof course, plumbing, electrical wiring, bespoke carpentry, bespoke oak windows, plastering and extensions.

Some of the period features, retained and sympathetically restored, include exposed internal timber framework, wattle and daub features, Inglenook fireplaces, bread oven, ledged and braced doors and exposed trusses.

The front porch is centrally placed with an oak door and opens into the hall. Branching off to the left is the kitchen day room with slate tiled floor, Inglenook with Esse 'Iron heart' range/log burner, locally sourced handmade oak cabinets including base, wall, larder, glass fronted, plate racks and storage, Samsung American fridge/freezer, Neff oven, microwave, Siemens induction hob with extractor fan over and Neff dishwasher. There are Velux windows in the shaped ceiling. The dining room has a double height ceiling, continuation of the slate flooring, oak door opening to side patio, oak panelled staircase with cupboard providing utility space with plumbing and provision. The stairs ascend to bedroom four with chimney breast and cloakroom en suite incorporating hand basin, WC, and tiling.

Leading off the hall are the first of two reception rooms, aptly named the 'Inglenook Room', with deep illuminated Inglenook feature, large Clearview log burner, bread oven, cupboard and discreet TV cupboard, two front windows with views. To the rear is an inner hall with access to: bedroom five with wardrobe, shaped ceiling and Velux window, a bathroom with Travertine tiles, stand-alone bath with waterfall tap, shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC, towel rail, illuminated shaving mirror, airing cupboard with radiator. From the Inglenook room, staircase number two ascends to bedrooms one and two (with small built-in wardrobe), which interconnect by a central door frame set into unusual truss framework. Bedroom two would be suitable as a young child's room, dressing room or an office and has a wardrobe, eaves cupboards and window with view. En suite: tiled floor and walls extending into the shower cubicle, WC, circular hand basin, towel rail and illuminated shaver mirror. Bedroom one has exposed original framework, window with view. The Snug leads off the Inglenook room and has dual aspect windows (the front incorporating a seat) with views, Clearview log burner set on slate hearth, period tiled back, recessed book case. The cellar is accessed from the snug: brick floor, oil boiler, UV water filtration system and pump. Bedroom three has dual aspect windows with views, cathedral ceiling, built-in wardrobe and cupboard and radiator. En suite with mini bath, tiled surrounds, WC, wash basin, illuminate shaving mirror and sloping ceiling.

The property stands in approximately 12 acres (4.9 ha) of mixed grounds made up of streams, low lying woodland, paddocks, terraced landscaped gardens, an orchard, patio and terraces and bluebell woodlands. It has its own micro climate to parts and sees specimens not normally associated with these parts of the country. To the left-hand side of the driveway is a natural area of wooded copse 1.55 acres (0.63 ha) with a strong stream and wildlife pond. The shale drive ascends and is flanked by two paddocks, left-hand side is 2.52 acres (1.02 ha), and right-hand side is 0.88 acre (0.36 ha), both are ring fenced with mature hedges/trees to boundaries. The drive reaches an open expanse of parking with low stone walling and boundary wall to the front.

Stone pillars adorn the wrought iron vehicular gates with matching pedestrian gate. The drive and stepped path continue on and turn to the front of the Barn with raised beds and parking. The barn has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining its original integrity but offers massive scope for further development (subject to the necessary permissions). The garage (below the hayloft) has an electric door and lights. On to the main stable area which has two doors, full height ceiling, wealth of original timber work, access to hayloft, rear access to passage and door, rear storage store with further external access and pig sty. The cattle byre, log store and small garage are positioned to the barns southern elevation. There are stepped pathways which lead around the barn and give access into the orchard (0.74 acre/ 0.29 ha) which is planted with a variety of fruit trees. A terraced garden sits above the barn and is enveloped by mature plants and flowering shrubs creating a private level lawn retreat. The driveway continues up to the side and in front of the main house. To the right side of the property is a brick tool shed. A slate terrace extends the full width of the property and provides a wonderful front vista which with its true southerly aspect basks in sunshine the whole day. The terrace continues to a side patio with a parapet dry stone wall with coped pathway which contours around the rear of the property and has log store and lower path. Leading off the left-hand side is a grassed hillside providing the highest vantage point. Pathways continue on to the west side and into a magical bluebell and orchid woodland, 3.35 acres (1.36 ha), which provides natural walks through it.

From Llanfechain, go past Plas Yn Dinas restaurant, the shop and church. As soon as you have passed over the small bridge, passing over the River Cain, turn immediately left and drive along for exactly 1.1 miles (you will pass a sign on the right-hand side attached to a tree with the house names: 'Llys Uchaf, Ty Du, Cae Dafydd, & Brookfield'). Where the road forks, at the 1.1 mile marker, take the right fork (post and rail fence), and follow this driveway track to reach the property.

Acreage: 12

Contact The Agent:

Duncan Scobie

Phone: 01743 353511

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Contact The Agent:

Agent: Duncan Scobie
Phone: 01743 353511
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