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Wonderfully presented 4 bed 16th/17th Century farmhouse with a host of original historical features
Ground floor: Double kitchen, pantry, living room, sitting room, office
Extensive equestrian facilities and outbuildings suitable for private or professional use
4 large stables in converted traditional buildings with scope to create further stabling
Grooming box with solarium, heated tack room, external washing-down, feed room, storage buildings
Set within a picturesque rural valley, Rhos Fawr commands truly spectacular views in addition to fabulous air and light quality. The property is located at 700 feet with surrounding hills approximately 1200 ft. Rhos Fawr is approx. 7 minutes from the local town of Llanfyllin and 25 minutes from Oswestry and Welshpool. Shopping amenities are plentiful in Llanfyllin with a supermarket, organic grocery, butcher and weekly fishmonger. There is also a pharmacy, medical centre, community cinema, school, restaurant, several pubs, laundrette and gift shop.
Oswestry is a much larger town with extensive shopping and businesses. Both Oswestry and Shrewsbury offer a range of excellent independent preparatory and senior schools. The area is rich in culture with many annual events and festivals including a literary festival, chamber music events, food, folk and arts festivals. Snowdonia National Park is approximately 15 minutes offering excellent recreational opportunities, Lake Vyrnwy is 25 minutes and Ynyslas beach an hour and a half. For commuters, the M45/M6 interchange at Birmingham is one and a quarter hours drive.
From an equestrian perspective the property is well placed, with affiliated/unaffiliated competitions and clinics run locally at Radfords and others centres within reach being Bow House, Kensall Hall, Tushingham Arena and Berriewood. There are excellent trainers, farriers, vets, and physios locally. Hunting is with The Tanatside Hounds, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s, The South Shropshire and The United Packs.
Rhos Fawr stands at the bottom of a private hedge-bound drive of some 300 metres. Access is shared with a neighbouring property (at the top of the drive) and a farmer owning adjoining land. The property is deceivingly spacious. The back door which is off the concrete stable yard provides the most used access. Adjacent to the back door is an outside boot/coat room with space for recycling boxes, lawn mower, garden tools, a clothes dryer and has scope for conversion to a downstairs shower-room/WC/cloakroom, if required subject to planning. Through the boot/coat room, there is a door leading to the garden, which is south-east facing and commands excellent views of ‘The Globe’ hill opposite. The garden enjoys all day sunlight which allows for outdoor eating during the summer months. The accommodation is arranged over two floors, featuring a wealth of exposed beams, timbers and original features.
The farmhouse kitchen has been recently refitted and is in two sections but used as one large kitchen. The front kitchen features an oil-fired Rayburn (with glass shelf above and mirrored recess) for cooking and hot water and there is a new biomass boiler/cooker in the back kitchen (which runs on wood pellets) with glass shelf over.
The biomass boiler provides central heating and hot water, if required. The front kitchen looks out onto a small courtyard and stable yard beyond and the back kitchen looks up the drive. New skylights make the back kitchen very light. The back kitchen also has an adjoining traditional walk-in pantry with large slate cold slab and it houses a freezer. The front kitchen has a walk-in cupboard/larder. Both are fitted with bespoke wooden worktops, a range of cupboards and quarry tiled floor. The front kitchen has a washing machine and the back kitchen a fridge.
The front kitchen leads to the first living room, a large room with an abundantly beamed ceiling and substantial fireplace with wood burning stove. The room looks onto the garden and enjoys uninterrupted views of the hills beyond. The room is big enough for a large table and sofa and provides excellent space for entertaining. This room leads to a small office equipped for home working, which also commands excellent views. Broadband is sufficient for home-working and video streaming. A video website has previously been run from the property. There is satellite back-up for broadband and a mobile phone booster provides full signal.
A second large living room features a masterpiece of historical woodwork including original plank and muntin wall timbering and another large fireplace with stove. A porch leads off this room to the front door. There is a vinyl wood (oak replica) floor through both living rooms and office.
From the second living room, an old wooden staircase leads to the landing. Immediately off the landing is a small bedroom which has a wealth of woodwork and displays a section of wattle and daub, as well as original handmade bricks (referred to as the Museum Room). Up a short flight of stairs from the landing is a large insulated loft, an apex shaped space with headroom in the centre offering scope for possible conversion into further living space.
Along the landing, there are three more bedrooms; a master bedroom, a large double room with built in wardrobes and a smaller bedroom, currently used as a dressing room. The newly restored corridor features a ‘sun-tube’ in the ceiling which brings in daylight, in addition to new LED lighting. A spacious family bathroom is located at the end of the corridor off another small landing. The bathroom is newly refurbished and has a skylight from which part of the turnout arena and yard is visible. A second stairwell from the small landing leads to the back kitchen. The stairwell features a Sycamore bannister cut from a tree at the property.
EXTERNAL AND EQUESTRIAN FEATURES
The property includes a 15th century Grade 2* listed barn which is “the most complete example of a hall house in Wales” and was the original dwelling. The large barn has exceptional woodwork and is currently used as hay store, feed room and wood store. (For clarification, none of the other buildings, or the house are listed).
Opposite the barn is a former Granary (with cobblestone floor and timber cladding) which has scope for conversion to ancillary accommodation/holiday accommodation.
There are three extremely large stables (one of which was originally two stables and has two entrances and could be converted back, if required). All are concreted and matted and the walls lined. A large heated tack room offers ample storage space and there is also a large solarium/grooming box. Outside the solarium is a washdown area and at the bottom of the yard is hardstanding for lorry/trailer parking, adjacent to a fully programmable Claydon horse walker, wide enough for horses to turn themselves when the walker changes direction.
Further external facilities include a woodchip turnout arena (35m x 19 m) constructed by Pegasus Arenas which can also be used for lunging. This is behind the stable block. At the bottom of the land is a 20 × 40m riding ménage (with full length mirrors on a short side) built by Charles Britton It has an ‘Equisand’ and PVC surface with carpet/upholstery shreds on top so as to be robust in cold temperatures. There is also a grass gallop on an incline up the full length of the land which offers the opportunity for interval training in situ, in addition to school work.
LAND AND OUTRIDING
The land at Rhos Fawr comprises approximately 9.5 acres of beautifully maintained organic pasture, divided into 7 paddocks with mains powered electric fencing and mains water troughs throughout. Outriding from the property is quiet and offers plenty of hill work for fitness with a network of country lanes and bridleways and spectacular views. The current owner has permissive use of some large fields for further fitness work.
Mains electricity plus a generator for backup. Solar panels as back up for hot water. Private borehole water supply and private drainage. Biomass boiler central heating and hot water, oil-fired Rayburn for hot water. Two wood burning stoves for optional heating of the living rooms. The property is double-glazed throughout and the loft is insulated.
The currently registered energy performance certificate is 43 (E) however, this is likely to be incorrect and will likely have improved considerably since the installation of the Biomass Boiler and insulation.
Powys County Council.
Sat nav may not bring you exactly to the property so please follow directions. Go through Llanfyllin and and head west. Pass the turning to Lake Vrynwy on your left in about a mile (but don’t take it); go over a small hump back bridge shortly afterwards and 100 yards after the bridge, take the lane on your left. Stay on this lane for three miles and you will eventually come to a white bungalow on your left on a sharp right hand bend. You will also see two black refuse bins and a row of stones. Go through the gate at bungalow and down drive about 300m to Rhos Fawr. The property is not visible from the road and the name is not marked at the top of the drive.
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