Offers in excess of £798,000
Bryn Hyfryd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd
An elegant Grade II listed, late Georgian 5 bedroom detached house circa 1840 in this historic and sought after location within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
Situated in the foothills of Cader Idris and within convenient walking distance of the town centre it offers impressive accommodation with commanding views over the town and surrounding hillside. Formerly a residence occupied by Her Majesty’s Judges while on circuit it is certainly one of the finest properties in the area.
Bryn Hyfryd stands proudly in approximately half an acre grounds. Comprising a double garage with considerable driveway parking, a ‘Mediterranean style’ courtyard featuring a glorious wisteria cascading over an arbour and attractive mature tiered gardens to the rear.
The property is impeccably presented and retains a wealth of period features including high ceilings with intricate moulded cornices; ceiling rose; chair and picture rails and tall sash windows complete with original working shutters and deep sills. The Dining Room and Lounge boast large Regency style fireplaces and many of the well proportioned rooms are dual aspect affording excellent views. The accommodation spans 3 floors and whilst currently a 4 reception, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom family home there is excellent potential to reconfigure the layout to provide further bedrooms if required. Thanks to its size, accessibility and central location this would make a splendid boutique guest house, or as a commercial holiday let it offers excellent income potential; projected figures from Sykes Holiday Cottages are available upon request.
Grand front entrance hall with double wooden doors with shutters opening into an impressive hallway with attractive tiled flooring, moulded cornice and brass chandelier on a plaster foliar rose. Handsome stairs with a mahogany handrail and brass carpet rods up to the First Floor Landings. Panelled doors lead to the Reception Rooms and the Inner Hallway.
15.1' x 14.3'
Dual aspect full height sash windows with shutters; period fireplace with cast iron grate; chandelier; moulded cornice and painted floorboards. The walls have original deep skirting boards, picture and chair rails and have been embellished with contemporary decorative mouldings.
18.2' x 14.11'
A majestic room; dual aspect with full height sash windows, original shutters and bespoke window pelmets. Elegant Regency style fireplace with cast iron register on a polished slate hearth; intricate moulded cornice; original deep skirting boards, picture and chair rails. Walls embellished with contemporary decorative mouldings. Lacquered wooden flooring with inset flush sockets; chandelier and wall lighting; 2 radiators.
'23.8 x 15.5'
A spacious and superb room. Wonderful large bow sash window with shutters and window seat affording excellent garden views to hillside beyond. Large Regency wooden fire surround with intricate detailing and a cast iron register on a polished slate hearth. Moulded cornice; original deep skirting boards, picture and chair rails. Walls embellished with contemporary decorative mouldings. Painted wooden flooring with inset flush sockets. Chandelier and wall lighting; 3 radiators. Broad central arch recess flanked by panelled doors.
Stairs to Lower Ground Floor; built in cupboard; wall mounted shelf with coat hooks; door to Cloakroom and opening into the Side Entrance Hallway.
7.11' x 7.2'
Full height sash window with shutters. Vanity unit with granite top and inset sink; toilet; heated towel radiator; range of built in cupboards housing consumer units; tiled floor; chandelier; chair rail.
5.10' x 15'
Originally part of the service wing hence a more pared-back feel. Side entrance door opening into a largely enclosed courtyard garden; tiled floor; 2 fluted pendant lights; radiator and cover. Panelled doors into the Study and Kitchen.
15.1' x 14.3'
A spacious room with dual aspect windows; spotlighting and 3 globe pendant lights; carpet; radiator.
Kitchen and Breakfast Room:
14.2' x 22.6'
A handsome and generously proportioned, dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room comprising an extensive range of custom-built and hand-painted units with black granite worktops. A tiled chimney recess with shelf and painted surround, inset extractor and Rangemaster dual fuel range cooker flanked by cupboards. 2 double door walk-in larder units. Large central island with 3 nickel-plated pendant lights over. Built in housing for Fisher-Paykel fridge freezer; integrated Bosch dishwasher; double Belfast sink with mixer tap; bifold countertop cupboard with space for a microwave. Limestone flagstone floor; spotlights; 2 radiators. The rare ‘12 over 12’ sash window is a notable feature and its window seat offers an excellent view of the pretty courtyard garden. The sash window above the sink overlooks the rear garden and provides a superb vantage point for the wide range of feeding birds.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR:
21.10' x 15.1'
This floor has good ceiling height for a basement and spacious accommodation, with the potential to create a self-contained apartment (subject to any necessary consents).
Doors to Playroom, Gymnasium, Laundry Room and Inner Hallway. Tiled floor; radiator.
A large room with bow wall, high level casement window and window seat; original wall panelling; carpet; wall lights; spotlighting; part glazed door with obscured decorative glass.
18' x 13.9'
A generously proportioned room with part glazed door and window light over giving access via slate steps to the rear garden. 2 high level windows (non-opening) in deep reveals; original wall panelling with 2 built in cupboards; laminate flooring; part glazed door with obscured decorative glass.
Fitted with a small range of base, drawer and countertop drawerline units with laminate worktops and space and plumbing below for washing machine and tumble drier. Stainless steel sink and drainer with pull out hose mixer tap. Under stairs cupboard with slate flagstone flooring; wall panelling; tiled floor.
Wall panelling, slate flagstones, space for tall freezer, ledge and brace doors into Store Room and Boiler Room.
14.9' x 15.7'
Rough stone walls and slate flagstones, wall and flush-fit lighting.
Floor mounted Stelrad Ideal gas fired central heating boiler; rough stone walls and slate flagstones; power and lighting.
Approached via an elegant staircase, the spacious landings divide into two distinct areas. The right hand side boasts high ceilings, moulded cornice, picture and chair rails. A large glazed hatch with pull down metal ladder leads to the loft. Walk in storage cupboard with shelving, additional loft hatch and small radiator. 2 built in cupboards; 2 chandeliers; radiator; carpet. Doors to the three principal Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. The left hand side of the landing is in the former service wing and offers a quiet seating area with a sash window overlooking the courtyard and contemporary panelling to dado height. Doors access Bedrooms 4, 5 and Shower Room. Slim loft hatch with skylight over; built in cupboard into chimney recess; carpet; chandelier; radiator. Attached to the Landing is the Walk in Cupboard (10.7' x 3.5')
14.2' x 14.11'
Dual aspect affording stunning views across Dolgellau and the surrounding, beautiful Snowdonia scenery. Full height sash window with shutters and tall sash window with seat. Walls are embellished with contemporary panelling and an original moulded cornice. Chandelier; 2 radiators; door into:
7.10' x 7.2'
Tall sash window affording far-reaching town and hillside views with lift up seat for storage. Merlin quadrant shower enclosure with Mira electric shower and porcelain tiles. Toilet; chrome wash stand with inset basin and mixer tap; heated towel radiator, polished porcelain floor tiling; spotlighting.
14.9' x 11.4'
Dual aspect affording far-reaching valley and hillside views. Full height sash window with shutters and tall sash window with seat. Period decorative fireplace; wall and ceiling lighting; radiator; carpet; door into:
9.10' x 6.2'
Full height sash window overlooking the garden to beautiful hillside scenery beyond. Quadrant shower enclosure with shower wall panels and Mira electric shower. Toilet (with macerator); pedestal wash hand basin; chandelier; radiator.
15.5' x 13.10'
Rear aspect full height sash window with shutters overlooking the gardens to beautiful hillside scenery beyond; carpet; chandelier; radiator.
18.1' x 7.2'
Front aspect with full height sash window and shutters. A traditional style suite with high level toilet and pedestal wash hand basin. Claw foot roll top bath with mixer tap and shower attachment and tongue and groove panelling behind. Airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder; chandelier; vinyl flooring; radiator.
13.5' x 13.4'
Front aspect full height sash window with shutters overlooking the town to a hillside backdrop and a casement window with seat affording courtyard views. Chandelier; 2 radiators; carpet.
14.11' x 11.10'
Rear aspect full height sash window with shutters overlooking the gardens to the surrounding National Park landscape beyond. Built in cupboard; chandelier; carpet; radiator.
Family Shower Room:
10.5' x 8.10'
Sash window overlooking the courtyard with additional skylight. Quadrant tiled shower enclosure with Mira electric shower. Wide porcelain sink with legs and mixer tap; toilet; wall and spotlighting; radiator; vinyl flooring.
At the front of the property there is a shaped lawn edged with cobbles featuring flowering borders and an impressive rambling rose. An extensive tarmacadam driveway provides ample parking for several vehicles with ease. The double garage with twin up and over doors has power and light connected and is a useful workshop. A timber shed and lean-to store offer good storage for garden machinery and tools.
The attractive grounds of approximately half an acre are adorned with flowers, shrubs and trees. They are a haven for a great variety of birds and other wildlife. Bird-watchers will be enthralled to see Hawfinch; Brambling; Siskin; Blackcap; Yellowhammer, Swifts and Woodpeckers amongst other garden favourites. Sparrowhawk and Goshawk visit to check out the numerous garden birds whilst Peregrine, Red Kite and Buzzard are often seen overhead! Also home to a family of Hedgehogs.
The gardens to the rear were landscaped into 3 distinct tiers and are retained by high stone walling with gently sloping pathways between them. The higher level has been left as a wild garden to encourage bees and insects. It looks stunning in early Spring as the profusion of daffodils and bluebells are in full bloom at the base of the plum and damson trees. The central terrace is laid to lawn and has a rose garden and a deep herbaceous border stocked with climbing roses on the rear wall. There is an arched niche with a cast iron lions head water feature, dated 1906. The lower terrace has two apple trees and a large pond which attracts its own arcadia of local wildlife such as dragonflies, damselflies, frogs and a plethora of other pond insect life. A paved patio lets you relax and enjoy nature.
A particularly lovely part of the grounds is the courtyard garden. Fondly referred to by the current owners as the ‘Mediterranean Courtyard’, its high stone walls draped in Jasmine, Hydrangeas and the glorious Wisteria which in turn cascades over the metal arbour showcasing a Romanesque statue water feature creates a special space. The slate flagstones provide a good sized seating area - sheltered, private and a veritable sun-trap. Its excellent position, right next to the kitchen is so convenient for al-fresco dining and Summer entertaining.
Bryn Hyfryd is both historically and architecturally important to the local area and is listed in the Dolgellau Historic Walking Trail. A document advertising its sale at auction at the Golden Lion Hotel in 1846 describes it as “That Capital and Genteel Residence called Bryn Hyfryd” and The House has been chosen and occupied by her Majesty’s Judges while on Circuit, and for situation, convenience, and as commanding fine views of the surrounding beautiful scenery, cannot be equalled". A truly beautiful example of a late Georgian stone built house. The original continuous veranda with its cast iron fluted columns, slate covered canopy and wooden scalloped edging is a unique feature.
For a house of its stature, it is exceptional to the area; combining good privacy, abundant and level gardens, convenient and close proximity to both the town centre and Cader Idris. The Royal gold deposits may lay beneath this notable landscape but here, upon the surface, lies a treasure in its own right.
THE SURROUNDING AREA:
Dolgellau is an historic market town set in the southern Snowdonia National Park, in the foot hills of the Cader Idris mountain range. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offering a good variety of independent and larger shops; Pharmacies; Doctors Surgery; Cottage Hospital; Rugby and Cricket Clubs and a variety of pubs and restaurants. There are Primary and Secondary schools, and the Meirion Dwyfor College for Tertiary education, all within walking distance of the house.
Walkers, tourists, cyclists and outdoor pursuits enthusiasts enjoy this area for the Cader Idris mountain range, with its second highest peak in Wales, the nearby river walks and the excellent Mawddach trail - endorsed by Julia Bradbury - which offers a spectacular ramble alongside the fabulous Mawddach Estuary. Just 8 miles to the west is Barmouth; ‘Where the mountains meet the sea’ with its stunning beach overlooking Cardigan Bay. Driving on leads to Harlech and the dramatic coastline of the Llyn Peninsula beyond.
- * Detached Georgian house
- * Grand period features
- * Beautifully presented interior spanning 3 floors
- * In Snowdonia National Park with far-reaching views
- * 1/2 An acre of landscaped gardens
- * Double garage
- * Large driveway with parking for several cars
- * Generous room sizes with ensuite bedrooms
- * Excellent income potential as a holiday let or guest house