Charming property with one bedroom cottage and indoor heated pool in an idyllic semi-rural setting
· Spacious six bedroom main house
· One bedroom holiday let and indoor heated swimming pool
· Beautiful gardens in a quiet semi-rural setting
· Less than five minutes' drive from the village of Narberth
· Range of outbuildings with huge scope for conversion
Situated in the peaceful hamlet of Llanmill, Ashdale is a truly charming property in an idyllic semi-rural setting. This tranquillity masks the fact that the property is only five minutes by car to the thriving market village of Narberth and is in the centre of this stunning county. With its original structure believed to date back to the 1700s, Ashdale has been transformed over the years with a large extension in the 1920s bringing fine Art Deco features and character to this impressive property.
To complement the six bedroom, four reception room main house, there is an additional one bedroom cottage, a range of outbuildings, and indoor heated swimming pool. The unconverted outbuilding provides an ideal canvas for further conversion with historic planning permission already having been granted. In front of the main house is a lovely mature garden with a wide range of established trees, bushes, and planting.
The front of the property is covered with beautiful climbing clematis and wisteria which frames the striking casement windows that flood the principal rooms with natural light. Entering the impressive central hall, the property unfolds around you with a large sitting room and formal dining room to either side. The sweeping wooden staircase rises from this hallway to the first floor, with a doorway leading back to the original part of the property. The sitting room has a beautiful Art Nouveau fireplace with handsome Art Deco mouldings and architraves that characterise the formal front portion of the property. From the sitting room the current owners have added a tasteful conservatory which runs along the eastern side of the property and overlooks the very private gardens.
A door to the rear of the entrance hall leads back into the original 18th century farmhouse with a flexible breakfast room providing a hub for the rest of the ground floor accommodation. Two studies, a cloakroom, versatile utility/sunroom and the spacious kitchen complete the ground floor accommodation. The kitchen provides a wonderful family space with a more relaxed and informal feeling to complement the grandeur of the formal sitting and dining rooms. An ideal workspace for any chef, the kitchen also houses the oil fired Aga which heats the water. A second staircase leads up to the first floor from the study that adjoins the kitchen space.
On the first floor, the property has a similar separation between the three formal bedrooms at the front, which includes the ensuite master, along with three further double bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms to the rear. The space on offer in this expansive property is very impressive with all six double bedrooms providing ample space for a large family and their visitors.
Alongside the main property the well-presented one bedroom cottage provides additional accommodation or, as it is currently used, a successful holiday let unit. Separate from the main house and with its own gardens, this cottage provides yet another highlight to this truly special property. For the owners and guests at Ashdale, the property also boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, a fantastic asset whatever the season.
Ashdale sits just outside the popular village of Narberth with its range of artisan shops and high quality independent restaurants and cafes. The village has been regularly included on lists of the UK's best high streets and has been recently voted as one of the top villages to move to by the Sunday Times.
Combining this fabulous position with a welcoming and elegant property, Ashdale is a true joy to visit. The sense of peace and tranquillity found in its beautiful gardens is matched by the warmth and character of its internal accommodation. For those looking for a spacious property in a quiet, yet convenient, position, Ashdale may just be your perfect home.
Porch – The main property is accessed via a covered external porch which leads you into the property through a glazed wooden front door. This vestibule opens into the grand entrance hall with a useful nook to your right hand side for coats and boots.
Entrance hall – The impressive entrance hall forms the hub of the 1920s extension to the property with a stunning handmade wooden staircase rising to a galleried landing on the first floor. The Art Deco mouldings and architraves give a taste of the style and elegance found throughout the property. Doorways lead into the sitting and dining rooms and back into the original part of the property. This room is finished with Travertine floor tiles, a practical and attractive choice to complete this reception area.
Sitting Room – The grand, formal entertaining space occupies the south eastern corner of the building. With a large casement window facing south and overlooking the front gardens along with a wide glazed door leading to the conservatory, this large room is flooded with natural light. The Art Deco mouldings that were present in the entrance hallway continue in this space, with a beautiful Art Nouveau fireplace complementing the hallway with its decorative finish. The fireplace also includes one of the original servants' bells that can be found throughout the property. An ideal space for any gathering, this charming reception room would be the perfect room to retire to in the evening.
Conservatory – Off the sitting room the owners have created a wonderful conservatory which runs along the eastern side of the property. Keeping all the style and character of the property, this wooden conservatory overlooks the gardens and provides another reception area. Double doors open out to the front garden with a mature lilac tree providing shade from the midday sun.
Dining Room – Opposite the sitting room across the entrance hall is the formal dining room of the property. This elegant room would be the perfect venue for a dinner party or family gathering. A large casement window to the front allows in natural light with a large wooden fireplace surrounding another open fire. Exposed floorboards have been finished to a high polish with the same Art Deco mouldings retaining the grandeur of the other reception spaces.
Breakfast Room – To the rear of the entrance hall a door leads into the original 18th century heart of the property. The first room serves as a hub for the property with doorways to the kitchen, study, and rear hallway. Currently utilised as an informal dining space, this room could serve a variety of purposes. It has its own charm and character with several built-in cupboards providing perfect storage for crockery and glassware. Tiled flooring runs through into the kitchen and the rear hallway which provides another exit to the side of the property.
Cloakroom – Off this rear hallway is a useful cloakroom providing a lavatory, hand basin, and window to the side of the property.
Study – A door from the breakfast room leads into a useful study space with a door and window out into the north/western facing utility/sunroom. One of the two possible study spaces on the ground floor, this room provides a well-placed workspace.
Utility/Sunroom – A hugely flexible space, this room provides a utility area to the main house along with the perfect space to overwinter any delicate plants. Stylish wooden windows overlook the lane to the side of the property with a composite roof bringing in additional natural light. There is a sink and connection for a washing machine in the corner of the space, and both ground floor studies have access to the room from exterior doors.
Kitchen – A lovely space which would be a joy to cook in. There is enough space in this large L-shape room to provide a sitting/dining area alongside the kitchen space. A mixture of solid wood counter tops and duck egg blue units invokes the feeling of the original farmhouse and wonderfully reflects its rural setting. Twin butler sinks, plumbing for a dishwasher, a fitted American style fridge freezer, electric cooker and hob, are all complemented by the two-oven Aga which forms the heart of the kitchen. The room is illuminated by two windows and a half-glazed door, with the more modern concession of spotlights adding to the plentiful natural light.
Study/Playroom - Off the kitchen is a second study which has also been used as a children's playroom in the past. This room also houses the second staircase which leads up to the rear of the first floor. This flexible space would suit a variety of uses and allows easy access to the kitchen, bypassing the grand staircase at the front of the building. From here there is access to the utility/sunroom via a stable door.
First Floor Landing – From the main entrance hall you climb the sweeping formal staircase to the first floor landing. A large casement window overlooks the gardens and brings in plenty of natural light to the landing and the hall below. Doors to the first three bedrooms lead off from this space along with a door to the rear of the property which houses three further bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms.
Bedroom 1 – The master bedroom is found on the left of the landing and overlooks the front of the property from two large casement windows. A feature fireplace provides a visual focal point for the room with two large built in cupboards providing excellent storage. A door leads off the bedroom to the ensuite bathroom.
Ensuite Bathroom – With a bath, separate shower, lavatory, bidet and hand basin, this well-equipped bathroom also benefits from a window to the northern side of the property and a large cupboard at the far end.
Bedroom 2 – Mirroring the master bedroom at the other side of the landing, this large double bedroom would be ideal for house guests. It overlooks the front of the property from its full height casement window and would be sure to impress any visitor.
Bedroom 3 – Next door to the second bedroom is another double room. This bedroom looks out on the eastern side of the property and is flooded with light from the morning sun.
Rear Hallway – This hallway runs back from the main landing and is divided by a further internal door with three roof-lights. Off this hallway are doors to the final three bedrooms and two family shower/bath rooms. At the far end of it you also access the second staircase which leads down to the kitchen via the study.
Family Bathroom – The first room you come to in the hallway is a spacious family bathroom. This room retains much of the original sanitary wear of the house, which includes the bath with shower above it, lavatory, and hand basin. Two windows to the eastern side bring in natural light with a charming nautical theme brought in with the feature wallpaper.
Bedroom 4 – The largest of the three bedrooms in this wing of the property is found at the far eastern end with a window overlooking the side of the property. A working fireplace provides a charming focal point with ample space for freestanding bedroom furniture.
Family Shower Room – Situated between bedrooms four and five, this shower room has been recently updated with a shower cubicle, lavatory, and hand basin, and benefits from a window to the northern side of the property.
Bedroom 5 – Overlooking the western side of the house, this double bedroom is positioned next to the second staircase which leads down to the ground floor.
Bedroom 6 – The final bedroom in the property is also a good sized double, a testament to the space on offer in this expansive property.
Main Living Area – The cottage has a charming open plan living space which opens out onto a private garden at the front. This bright space provides a seating and dining area which provides a pleasant living space for the occupants of the property. There is a well-appointed kitchen off the main area with an electric oven and hob, under-counter washing machine, and fridge with freezer compartment.
Bathroom – Off the main living area, the tiled bathroom provides a bath with shower above it, hand basin, and lavatory, with a small obscured window to the side.
Bedroom – The main bedroom looks out to the side of the property with views of the side garden. A decent-sized double this bedroom has been tastefully decorated and is sure to be a hit with any guests.
The main property is accessed from the country lane that runs along its western border, either by a secure pedestrian gate which leads to the front of the property or the large walled courtyard at the rear. This rear courtyard offers ample parking for both the main house and the cottage along with giving access to the impressive array of garaging on offer. The outbuildings that stretch around the rear of the property include the swimming pool complex, the one bedroom cottage, a double garage, and the separate garage block.
This building has previously held planning permission to be converted into an additional office space but it would make an ideal second letting cottage, subject to the relevant planning. This large brick building could offer accommodation over two floors and would not infringe on the privacy of the main residence.
The gardens that lie to the front of the main house are stunning, tranquil and very private. Thoughtfully planted and maintained by the current owners, they contain a wide variety of mature shrubs, flowerbeds, and trees. Several productive fruit trees dot the garden with a wooded area at the far corner providing a haven for wildlife and a carpet of snowdrops and bluebells in the spring. The large lawn area to the front of the property would be ideal for children with the property having the huge advantage of a wall running around the entire boundary for added peace of mind.
To the front and side of the cottage there are separate walled gardens which gives guests a secure garden with privacy from the main property.
If you are approaching Narberth from the east along the A40 from St Clears or from the west from Haverfordwest, proceed until you reach the roundabout as it crosses the A478. Take the first exit onto the A478 heading south, signposted for Narberth and Tenby. As you pass the 30 mph signs, take the left hand turning signposted for Princes Gate. At the end of this road turn left on the B4314.
Proceed on the B4314 until you see a left hand turn signposted for Llanmill. Take this turning and follow it until you reach the village.
When you enter Llanmill, Ashdale will be the last property you come to on the right hand side, barely visible from the quiet roadway. There is ample parking in the courtyard past the main house.
If approaching from the south, proceed through the village of Narberth and take the A478 heading north before turning immediately right onto the B4314 signposted for the swimming pool and station. Then follow the instructions as above.