This property is without doubt, exceptional! The Old Vicarage is a handsome and impressive four bedroomed property that has been totally renovated, extended and improved by the current owners to create a home of timeless elegance redolent with character features, up-dated to include contemporary design elements, and benefitting from modern-day comforts and conveniences.
It took great vision to restore The Old Vicarage which was in a poor state of repair when the current owners purchased the property 25 years ago. Refurbishment included new plumbing, updated electrics, added insulation, new timber windows - replaced as originals, a new Grant external boiler, underfloor heating to tiled areas, new luxury bath and shower rooms, a new gourmet kitchen with family room extension, as well as being totally re-decorated. The additions and extensions to the property reflect thoughtful design, superior workmanship and quality fixtures and fittings, marrying old with new seamlessly – even to the extent of matching the new external mouldings of the family room extension with the original period style mouldings of the main house.
The décor throughout is respectful of the historic provenance of the home, yet contemporary and timelessly elegant. The new gourmet kitchen with combined family room is the hub of the home, providing a well equipped place to cook, dine casually and relax in a room filled with light during the day, with the comfort and cosy ambiance of a contemporary wood-burner to enjoy on cool evenings. The large sitting room is ideal for social occasions with plenty of room to mingle, relax in front of the wood-burner, or enjoy the panoramic garden views from the large bay window. A more formal, traditionally styled dining room is large enough to seat a crowd for dinner, with the option of spilling into the comfortable garden room equipped with a wood-burner on slate hearth, where beautiful views of the gardens and grounds can be enjoyed to three sides. Four large bedrooms are graciously decorated and enjoy glorious views, two of which have luxury bath/shower rooms with a third shower room serving the two other bedrooms.
The landscaped grounds are captivating – stone walled beds and borders brimming with shrubs and perennials, sunny patios, extensive decking with a covered BBQ area alongside the entertainment centre. A path winds through the woodland alongside the Pontfaen Brook which encircles the western side of the property, gurgling over age-old rocks between fern and wildflower clad banks. A wonderful, large spring fed pond occasionally has visiting trout and otters finding their way to visit from the stream, and an impressive tiered deck nestled into the hillside with sunshine from noon ‘til night, overlooks the pond and beautiful managed woodland.
The Gwaun Valley – an ancient glacial melt water valley is an area of outstanding beauty running inland from Lower Town Fishguard towards The Preseli Mountains, and was created by torrents of meltwater from the retreating ice during the last Ice Age, leaving a verdant, steep-sided valley now part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The valley has a unique atmosphere and an abundance of wildlife and prehistoric sites. Also special is the peace, the quiet, the darkness and the stars – a true haven of tranquillity.
Birdlife is everywhere, darting over the ponds, at the edge of streams, soaring above grassland and thick oak woods, with a wide diversity of species including rare Red Kites, Buzzards, Dippers, Tree Creepers and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers to name but a few.
Nearby the Preseli Hills - a spectacular mountain range popular with walkers and cyclists features a web of winding lanes, bridleways, moorland and footpaths bright with all the vivid yellows and purples of gorse and heather. Carningli (Mountain of Angels) is a mystical mound above nearby Newport, with the nearest mountain Cerrig Lladron, rising up above the headlands with panoramic views of the whole of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
A short drive will take you to wide sandy beaches along the Pembrokeshire coastal path -Newport, Poppit Sands, and Whitesands in St Davids, as well as small harbours, quaint villages and secret coves for which this part of the world is famous. Rock pooling, paddling, swimming, surfing and coasteering are all nearby.
The coastal towns of Newport and Fishguard are less than 5 miles distant and provide local amenities, excellent restaurants, tea houses & coffee shops, butchers, bakers and fishmongers as well as doctors surgeries and dentists: Fishguard also has regular trains to London Paddington, and a secondary school, while there’s a primary school in the valley. Cardigan, the largest local community has a wonderful theatre and cinema and St David’s Cathedral holds concerts and exhibitions; there are lots of creative activities in the area.
A former vicarage of 1903-4, built to designs by George Morgan & Son of Carmarthen for Percy Arden of Pontfaen. The design with Arts and Crafts elements is clearly the work of J. Howard Morgan, bearing similarity to his chapels such as local Jabez of Pontfaen where the same design in the vicarage hallway was used when laying the encaustic floor tiles in the vestibule. They also share the same portico design.
An affixed metal plaque recording the building date, vicar and donor still adorns the portico proudly recording the property’s historical provenance. The Church sold the property to a private owner in 1978.
The Old Vicarage was declared a Grade II listed building in 2003 due to special historic interest as the building was 100 years old, and because of the architectural significance of the portico and the staircase.
THE OLD VICARAGE
Approached via a quiet valley lane, two pillared and gated entrances lead to the former vicarage. One provides access to the rear of the house, the coach house and entertainment centre, with the second entrance leading to the spacious parking area, lawn and gardens to the front of the house. Immediately one is impressed by the stately elegance this substantial home exudes, and the beauty of the landscaped gardens with the woodland backdrop.
Providing shelter on entry between two large columns with low side walls, curved cornice and tiled floor this handsome porch is a Grade II listed portico with a bronze plaque recording the building date, vicar and donor proudly displayed on the pediment. The original door is half-glazed with an attractive leaded feature.
Typical period style geometric-design floor tiles grace the hall through to the main hallway under a gracious Edwardian archway. Open-well carpeted stairs with turned balusters, fluted newels and a polished handrail rise to a half landing which features a large leaded glass window with delightful views across the grounds out towards Mynydd Melyn (Yellow Mountain).
Formerly two rooms, this now very spacious area has been recently redecorated in elegant contemporary tones blending traditional features with modern decor. Features include: half wall wainscoting, luxurious carpeting, picture rails, a canted bay window with lovely garden views and two east facing windows benefitting from the morning sun. Two chandeliers adorn the ceiling, and a wood burning stove sits atop a reinforced glass hearth inset into the fireplace recess.
Polished pine floor and a canted bay window with lovely views of the manicured hedges, a rose garden, manicured lawn and raised stone-walled flower beds beyond the sunny flagstone terrace. Features of the room include: high ceiling, 2 arched alcoves, picture rail, cornice work, centre chandelier and contemporary polished steel fireplace on a slate hearth with cast iron fire basket and wooden mantel. A part glazed door with transom panes gives entrance to the Garden Room.
A welcoming, spacious and sunny garden room with the comfort of underslate heating when needed. There are windows to three sides and two sets of French doors, a Mendip contemporary log burner, ceiling spotlights, and part glazed doors to the dining room.
A charming and elegant room that invites one to sit at the dinner table and enjoy the warm characterful ambience of a space perfectly suited to entertaining friends or dining with the family. Stained pine floor, coving, centre chandelier, polished steel fireplace in an angled wall, and full length shutters closing off – if need be, the glazed doors to the garden room.
Newly re-designed and refurbished, this gourmet kitchen features clean lines with curved corners, plenty of storage in upper and lower cupboards, with banks of drawers, pot drawers, pull out baskets, glass cabinets, wine storage and larder cupboards beneath a combination of solid beech and granite work surfaces, a rectangular Reginox stainless steel sink with surface mounted mixer tap, and a bespoke breakfast bar/counter designed to be the perfect height for pastry making! A drinks station with sink, additional storage cupboards, wine chiller and counter space for the coffee maker is conveniently located between the kitchen and family room. Other features include an integrated oil-fired Rayburn stove, LG American style fridge/ freezer, Siemens fan oven plus oven and grill, Siemens induction hob, Siemens top of the range dishwasher which projects the cycle stage onto the floor, black ceramic 1 ½ bowl sink and drainer with mixer tap, inset spotlights, centre chandelier and underfloor heating beneath highly stylised black tiles, as well as retractable power columns. Two east facing windows with fitted blinds provide morning sunshine and plenty of natural light.
The open plan layout of the kitchen spills seamlessly into the family room providing an area to dine casually, and relax in the comfort of a spacious, yet cosy room with heightened central apex windows permitting natural light to flood into the area. Two walls of windows overlook the stunning grounds, and French doors open to the patio, decks and entertainment centre across the courtyard. Other features of this popular room include a richly coloured, highly polished oak floor, Mendip cylindrical stove on an oval slate hearth, contemporary anthracite coloured horizontal radiator, ceiling spotlights and a central chandelier.
A part frosted door leads to the rear porch where a handsome timber door with a frosted transom window bearing the inscription ‘The Old Vicarage’, gives access to the rear parking area, the coach house and the entertainment centre.
Located off the kitchen this handy utility room is very well equipped: second dishwasher, a wall of storage areas with curved corner cupboards, a vacuum cleaner corner cupboard, cupboard housing the stacked washer and dryer, black 1 ½ bowl sink and drainer with mixer tap, integrated 2 ring electric hob and microwave, pull out recycling cupboard, Velux roof window, rear facing window, LED spotlights and centre light.
Fully tiled walls, black and white tiled floor, period style sanitarywear from The Imperial Bath store Co. that include a large hand basin on a scrolled wrought iron stand, matching mirror with lamps, toilet with high level, wall mounted cistern and rear facing window.
A very spacious landing with typical period archway, deep skirting boards, and beautiful chandelier, leads to four large bedrooms. Loft access to an expansive, full height attic area that could be developed into a large additional bedroom with ensuite.
A large bedroom with high ceiling, carpeted floor, period fireplace, built in cupboards and centre light. East facing windows provide early morning sun and attractive views. Unobtrusive swivel spotlights are a nice feature above the entrance to the ensuite bath and shower room.
Ensuite Bath & Shower Room
A luxury bath and shower room featuring period style sanitarywear with contemporary décor and conveniences. Comfortable underfloor heating beneath tiles, part tiled walls, a large corner shower with rainfall head and hand spray, beautiful freestanding, steel slipper bath with claw feet and floor mounted telephone taps and hand spray, cupboard vanity unit with large hand basin and mixer tap with lighted mirror above. Toilet with high level cistern and pull chain, large storage cupboard, period fireplace, large white and chrome towel warmer/radiator, and paned window.
A spacious front-facing master bedroom with triple, south facing windows permitting delightful views of the front garden, woodland and valley as far as Mynydd Cilciffeth in the distance. Carpeted, high ceiling and centre light, as well as a period fireplace.
Ensuite Bath & Shower Room
A superb bathroom with oak floor, front window, fitted wall cabinetry with vanity unit, hand basin and mixer tap, mirror with three spot lights above, tall cupboard, glass shelves, and wall hung toilet with concealed cistern. Fully tiled walls, Mira Platinum shower with 360 degree swivel head, which is digitally controlled to include a warm-up mode feature and accurate temperature control, plus an oval bath with centre taps, and a chrome electric towel warmer.
A generously sized double bedroom with carpeted floor, high ceiling and centre light, picture rail, and the advantage of dual aspect windows featuring lovely views to the south and west.
Presently used as a dressing room/office; carpeted floor, fitted wardrobes with sliding doors (one mirrored), cast iron fireplace with tiled hearth, and west facing window with woodland views.
Styled in black and white this well equipped shower room has a tiled floor with underfloor heating, fully tiled walls, a vanity cupboard with large hand basin, mixer tap and mirror over, co-ordinating wall cupboard above the toilet, heated towel radiator, and luxury shower featuring an Aqualux Steam Cabin featuring body massage jets to refresh and relax along with steam to nourish and detoxify, leaving a feeling of wellbeing.
A delightful old coaching house situated to the rear of the house once housed the coach and horses as well as provided accommodation for the stable boy. Of brick and stone construction with slate roof and cobblestone floor, this attractive building may be suitable for conversion. ( subject to planning).
A conservatory was added to an existing garden room resulting in a complete upgrade of the building and the creation of a very appealing space that now serves as an entertainment centre. It is fully insulated, has its own boiler providing hot water and central heating, plus a toilet/shower room. It’s a wonderful place to sit and relax with a book and a cuppa, entertain a crowd after a BBQ, or providing overspill accommodation. Laminate oak floors, built in storage cupboard, space for a large dining table and chairs, French doors to each side, and a high ceiling with spotlights in the conservatory.
Grounds and Gardens
The gardens and grounds are nothing short of stunning! Well maintained lawns and hedges, raised stone beds filled with mature shrubs and plants, Rose gardens, well set sunny patios and sun terraces surround the house. The sound of water surrounds the entire property from the Pontfaen Brook, numerous water features and an attractive slate and stone rill separating the terrace from the driveway outside the family room, all creating a cool and calming effect. The scent of flowers, plants and the woodland soothe the senses and a feeling of peace and tranquillity pervades when absorbing the sheer beauty of the surroundings.
The views over the pond to the woodland garden and paths below are truly beautiful and thoughtful planting over the years has resulted in a range of specimen trees, shrubs and plants that provide seasonal interest and scenic beauty all throughout the year. Particularly lovely is a distinctive Wedding Cake Tree alongside the pond where the path passes underneath and a seating area has been created under the bottom tier looking out over the pond.
A quite magnificent deck sits to the front of the house built into the high ground above the pond that is a feature unto its own! Steps down to, and a path over a glass topped walkway with a water feature beneath, lead to a sun drenched deck that benefits from the southerly aspect from noon until night. Designed to maximize the pond views and provide a sheltered, sunny area to entertain, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local wildlife which includes dippers, tree creepers, woodpeckers, with soaring buzzards and kites. Occasionally an otter is spotted in the pond having ventured in from the brook and it’s not uncommon to see trout darting to and fro.
There are also wonderful sights and sounds of the brook babbling by, the song of the birds and lovely views of the paths through the woodland from multi-level, wrap around decks around the entertainment centre. The top deck has a covered BBQ area and integrated seating in a large elevated outdoor area, with steps leading down to a sheltered lower deck where a swing is set into the decking.
Main supply electricity, oil central heating and hot water, oil fired Rayburn and private drainage.
Band F 2019/20 £1957.37
Approaching on the B4313 from the South East, pass through the village of Maenclochog and continue on the B4313 towards Fishguard. You will come to a crossroads where you will cross the Haverfordwest to Cardigan road. Continue straight on following the B4313 towards Fishguard.
There are three turnings on the Right hand side, all signposted Pontfaen.
Take the THIRD turning (approx. 3 miles from the crossroads), follow the lane down the hill, cross the bridge and as you come up the hill you will see The Old Vicarage on the left.
(If you are using a Sat Nav please note the last part of the directions, otherwise it will take to the house next to the church!)
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