Motte and Bailey Castle Site with Farmhouse Cottage Property, Snowdonia
Sale price: £399,995.00 make an offer
Last update: 04.04.2016
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Specifications, photos and description:
|Sort By:||For Sale|
|Property Type:||Freehold property, with listed castle ownership|
|Building Feature:||Detached, character cottage|
|Construction Year:||300 years old|
|Radius:||Walking distance to Bala, next to lake|
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Motte and Bailey Castle Site with Farmhouse Cottage Property, Snowdonia for sale
This property has been significantly reduced in advance of becoming available in 2016 due to owners retiring. A truly unique opportunity to proudly own your personal listed castle (Coflein site ref 303420) with fabulous lake views. which is situated in the grounds with a lovingly and beautifully renovated cottage farmhouse with gardens. stream and small wood.
Pen Y Bont Farmhouse is a well appointed. detached. 300 year old farmhouse of immense charm and character. set within the SnowdoniaNational Park at the edge of LakeBala. with large gardens and a CADW listed historic ancient monument (Castell Gronw) within the grounds. from which there are spectacular views across the Lake and to the mountains beyond. The castle mound is dated to 1202 and Pen Y Bont Farmhouse has origins dating back some 300 years and is bursting with charm and character. situated within the SnowdowniaNational Park. The farmhouse retains many original features including a wealth of exposed beams and with real fires in wood burning stoves housed in inglenook fireplaces. It has been fully renovated to a high standard including efficient oil central heating system. rewired and replumbed. The farmhouse is situated in a superb location just a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Bala. yet within just a few minutes walk of Bala town with all its amenities including leisure centre with swimming pool. quaint local shops. award-winning restaurants and numerous cosy and friendly pubs. Whilst providing a fabulous family or retirement home. Pen Y Bont Farmhouse is currently run as a successful holiday letting business. and can be sold as a going concern if required. which is well established with marketing already set up. web domain name. registration & hosting. goodwill and much repeat business. In this case it can be purchased fully furnished including 5 settees. 7 beds. 1 bed settee; large flat screen TV. sound system. wifi etc; all kitchen equipment (cooker. microwave. fridge. freezer(s). dishwasher etc); oak dining table (seats up to 10); numerous pieces of furniture including antique dressers. cupboards. writing desk. sideboards; garden equipment including three lawn mowers. strimmers. garden furniture and chiminea etc. All carpets. floor coverings and curtains. Thus would make an ideal holiday home (Chester 1 hr. Manchester/Birmingham 2 hrs) which pays for itself and provides additional income from holiday lettings.
· A substantial detached property within the SnowdoniaNational Park
· At the edge of LakeBala. easy walking distance to Bala town
· Comfortably sleeps up to 9 guests in five first-floor bedrooms (plus 2 more if required)
· Fully renovated to a high standard in 2010-2012 including central heating
· 2 / 3 reception rooms. two with wood burning stoves
· Modern kitchen
· Games room / bedroom 6
· Downstairs Shower room
· 5 upstairs bedrooms. en-suite shower room to Bed 1
· Family bathroom
· Barns. Garage
· South facing garden
· Grounds with wooded area and Motte and Bailey (Castell Gronw)
· Lake views from the castle mound. Chiminea and seating
· Wooded area with stream. in all set in approx just under an acre of grounds
Kitchen with original Oak beams (some still with original 300 year old bark visible). This is a fully fitted modern kitchen with double sink. hob with extractor. oven. microwave oven. built in dishwasher. fridge and freezer. Fully equipped with everything required for self-catering guests. Dining table with seating for up to ten.
Snug with wood burning stove in small Inglenook Fireplace. Original Oak beamed ceiling. Children love to discover the "Secret" staircase up to the first floor rear landing from this room (Note: this rear staircase is steep. narrow and winding).
Spacious Hallway with master staircase to first floor.
Downstairs shower room with spacious shower. toilet and sink.
Third living/games room. Currently used as occasional additional Bedroom (bedroom 6).
Lounge with magnificent Inglenook Fireplace with original slate mantel. Original Oak beamed ceiling. The room is large with comfortable furnishings. Large wood burning stove. Three settees. television (satellite with freeview). DVD player. Video player and CD player.
Full modern central heating system with radiators in all rooms.
Bedroom 1 - large comfortable bedroom with king size bed. En-suite shower room. Lake views from two windows.
Bedroom 2 - comfortable single bedroom. overlooking the front and with lake views.
Bedroom 3 - comfortable single bedroom. overlooking the front and with lake views.
Bedroom 4 - character twin bedroom with original exposed beams. window to the rear grounds.
Bedroom 5 - large comfortable bedroom. with king size bed and single bed. Window facing the castle mound. This bedroom can be accessed either via the rear staircase or via the main staircase and bedroom 4.
Main landing and Rear landing. Bookcase with selection of books.
Main Bathroom - with sink. and including bath and shower. Separate Toilet.
There is a listed historic monument - Castell Gronw (GronwCastle) - within the grounds.
The owner of Pen Y Bont becomes the owner of Castell Gronw.
Stunning views of LakeBala and open countryside from the castle mound.
Shady woodland area and stream.
Ample parking within the grounds for 6 cars. plus boats etc.
Enclosed private gardens. South facing. with patio area. garden furniture and BBQ.
Barns with ground and upper floors. Garage.
Fibre Optic Broadband is available at the property providing up to a huge 76Mb.
Holiday Letting Business
Currently run as a holiday letting business and can be sold as a going concern (if required).
The Property is for sale complete with all fixtures and fittings and its own website. or if you are looking for a fabulous family or retirement home it can be left empty. exchange of contracts would then have to take place after existing holiday bookings this year have been honoured.
Fully established. operating over the last 3+ years.
Substantial repeat business and goodwill.
Existing turnover/profit please contact us for details. Scope for further development.
Accountants audited accounts available for serious interested parties following successful viewing.
Local support established and available for cleaning and maintenance.
Presently marketed “hands-on” and easily run entirely by the owners – full details and support will be provided.
Has previously been let completely hands-off via an agency and this is an option for prospective purchasers who do not wish to do it themselves. or who for example live abroad or some distance away.
Website included in the sale. including web domain name. registration & hosting.
Proven marketing routes and all arrangements with external sites (over 12. including listing on Trip Advisor) included.
Can be bought as seen complete with all furniture and fittings.
Has previously been run as a B&B and easily run as such.
Planning permission previously granted (FULL planning permission. ref NP5/70/L39A) for conversion of the barns into further Holiday Let accommodation. Whilst this has now lapsed. the original detailed plans and application will be provided which can easily be resubmitted providing the potential subject to the consent for providing owner's accommodation plus self-catering units.
Also potential business as a tea-room (subject to consents etc. )
Castell Gronw (GronwCastle)
Within the grounds of Pen Y Bont Farmhouse by BalaLake (Llyn Tegid) in Snowdonia. lies the listed ancient monument of Castell Gronw (GronwCastle).
Castell Gronw is a scheduled ancient monument with CADW (the Welsh Government's historic environment service). See “Coflein” for the listing. also listed on historicwales. gov. uk and archwilio. org. uk. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and HistoricalMonuments of Wales lists Castell Gronw as a medieval castle which dates back to approx 1202. Whilst nothing remains of the original 800 year old castle structure. the "Motte" or mound is roughly 20-23m in diameter and some 4. 5m high. with a level summit about 9. 0m across. There is a curving boundary ditch to the south-west which is thought to represent a bailey enclosure roughly 25-35m deep. From the top of the Motte there are fine views over the North end of BalaLake. also across to the charming town of Bala and of the surrounding countryside.
At present the owner allows access to members of the public each year on the 1st March (St David's Day). however there is no obligation on the new owner to continue this practice.
It has been linked to Gronw Pebyr of Penllyn and as such is shrouded in the mysterious ancient folklore of the tales of the Mabinogion. The Mabinogion is the title given to a collection of stories collated from medieval Welsh manuscripts. The tale of Blodeuwedd and Gronw Pebyr is told in the Mabinogion. Blodeuwedd is the Welsh goddess of spring created from flowers. and turned into an owl. Read the tale of Blodeuwedd the flower maiden. as told in the fourth of the Four Branches of the Mabinogion. on the website.
During the restoration of Pen Y Bont. an unusual set of dinner plates was found in the loft. bearing a curious pattern which appeared to be flowers around the rim of the plates. On closer inspection the flowers appeared to resemble owls. Around this time was also discovered a mysterious painting bearing the image of a beautiful woman. surrounded by flowers but with owls feathers. on the inside door of one of the barns. Soon after this. images and likenesses of owls started to appear around Castell Gronw and Pen y Bont Farmhouse. We have kept them and added to them over the years. and now there has grown a tradition of discovering how many owls can be found around the house and grounds – the “Pen Y Bont Owl Hunt”.
Castell Gronw Reference Details (CADW)
Castell Gronw. Bala
Historic Env Record
Ordnance Survey ref
More information at PenybontFarmhouse. co. uk
Serious buyers only please contact us on 07874 268673.
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