An idyllic coastal retreat overlooking Whitesands Bay and featuring:
- An immaculately-presented 4/5 bedroom farmhouse
- A charming upside-down 2 bedroom barn conversion cottage
- Land extending to approximately 10.3 acres
- Stunning panoramic sea, country and mountain views
- Underfloor heating and PV solar panels
- A range of...
The Farmhouse offers 4/5 inviting bedrooms and generous, warm and comfortable living space. It is decorated in a character-filled yet contemporary style, with all the convenience of modern-day living.
Tan y Garn, an attractive and quirky two bedroom converted barn, lies behind the main house with its own garden and parking. Both properties are currently run as highly successful ‘up-market’ 5-star holiday lets.
Surrounded by approximately 9 acres of fields, and including a range of undeveloped stone barns (with planning permission), Upper Porthmawr offers considerable further potential for development as a holiday complex with the possibility of installing yurts / shepherd huts which would increase the potential income stream (subject to planning consent if used for more than 28 days per year), if required, but would also be a ‘seventh heaven’ second property or a delightful family home.
Whitesands Beach, well-known to the surfing community, carries the prestigious European Blue Flag Award, while the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which runs alongside the farmstead, leads up to the impressive Carn Llidi outcrop and the St David’s headland, offering spectacular sea and coastal views. Both properties overlook the Bay below and the Atlantic beyond, dotted with rocky islands, while inland are the blue shadows of the Preseli Hills. On a clear day, Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains can be seen out to sea. Carn Llidi provides a truly stunning backdrop to the Farm and is practically on the back doorstep! Both properties enjoy one of the best ‘back gardens’ anywhere: wild ponies, bluebells, heather, rare birds, and distant glimpses of dolphins, porpoises and even whales out to sea.
The charming city of St David’s lies approximately 2 miles away on the extreme south-westerly tip of Wales. Granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II due to the presence of its cathedral, St David’s is in reality a small attractive village with all the necessary amenities: shops, doctor, chemist, dentist, hotels, boutiques, art galleries, excellent pubs and fine restaurants. A thriving community, St David’s has a diverse range of groups and activities run for and by local residents, creating a vibrant and welcoming small city with a sense of belonging and one of the lowest crime rates anywhere.
St David’s Cathedral, a dominant presence since the 12th century and a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the Middle Ages, remains so to this day. Its internationally-acclaimed choral tradition and annual music festival further enhance its popularity. Adjacent to the cathedral stand the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace, with a peaceful ford running between the two.
With underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, (apart from the kitchen which has its own heating system), the downstairs rooms also feature oak beams, doors and windows custom-made by James of Ratford Bridge, a prestigious local joinery firm.
The stable-style wooden front door opens into the:
A fabulous space for entertaining, this room’s character feel is enhanced by its oak-beamed ceiling and flagstone floor. A wonderful focal point is the original brick-lined fireplace which features an inset log burner on a stone hearth, providing warmth and atmosphere on cooler evenings. The magnificent bespoke oak table (for sale separately) seats 16! Panoramic views of the golf course opposite and the stunning expanse of coast and sea are visible from the sash window to the front.
The staircase to the first floor houses a large storage cupboard beneath.
A real ‘throne room’ featuring a WC with high-level cistern, oak-beamed walls, flagstone flooring and a Victorian-style wash-hand basin.
SECOND SITTING ROOM / ENSUITE BEDROOM 5
A flexible room currently used as a snug or for additional sleeping accommodation, this cosy space can easily be set up as a ground-floor bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom. A sash window to the front provides stunning coastal views.
BATHROOM / ENSUITE
A well-equipped bathroom with a large shower cubicle featuring a power shower, an enameled steel bath, a Victorian-style wash-hand basin, a heated towel rail and a WC. The shower walls have ‘Aqua Mura’ covering, the floor is durable flagstone, there are recessed ceiling lights.
Another fantastic living space with a double-height vaulted A-framed ceiling, this large, comfortable and airy room is packed with character features, including oak beams and lintels, an exposed stone feature wall, and original high-level windows. Double French doors with multi-panel sections either side provide ample natural light and glorious views over Whitesands Bay and the islands beyond, and give access to a large south-facing terrace at the front of the house. This looks out over unrivalled panoramic and spectacular views of the sea, coast, islands, golf course and countryside – possibly one of the best-sited terraces in Pembrokeshire! When the weather is cool, comfort and warmth are created by a log burner, which is set into the magnificent inglenook fireplace and chimney breast with a large oak beam lintel. A room for all seasons, with space for a crowd but cosy enough for two!
A practical galley-style kitchen, recently praised by a celebrity chef who stayed at Upper Porthmawr as being ideal for the keen cook! Base & eye-level units provide ample storage and feature deep pan drawers and a range of ‘hidden’ comforts such as under-unit fan heaters. Oak worktops enhance the quality finish and luxury feel, while stunning views of Carn Llidi make washing-up almost a pleasure! There is plumbing for a built-in dishwasher and space for an American-style fridge/freezer.
An impressive Rangemaster Excel range cooker with five gas hobs can cope with a crowd for dinner, and includes a wok burner, griddle plate, two electric ovens and two grills. A contemporary-style extractor system efficiently manages ventilation, while two sash windows provide additional air and light.
A stable-style back door gives easy and practical access from the parking area to a back lobby with doors to the kitchen, boot room and a second cloakroom. The lobby features a lightwell above it with the outline of two footprints - during renovations one of the workmen accidentally went through the ceiling, and the vendor thought it would be an interesting and light-enhancing trademark fixture! (This fun feature has also been replicated in Tan Y Garn’s living room).
The perfect place to leave damp outdoor wear, walking boots and wet dogs, with its large exposed stone wall, extensive coat hooks, Belfast sink and Velux window above. A stable-type door leads outside to an:
Outside the boot room there is a useful outdoor shower, ideal for washing away sand from the beach, or to warm up after a bracing dip in the sea.
Next to the boot room is a WC with low-level cistern and wash-hand basin.
All the internal doors are original reconditioned pine and feature brass fittings, as do the windows. All the upstairs rooms apart from the Bunk Bedroom benefit from wash-hand basins, and all rooms have recessed lighting and slate sills.
ENSUITE MASTER BEDROOM 1
A superb king-sized bedroom with en-suite bathroom. A key feature of this lovely room is the wonderful view from the sash window to the front, with a panoramic vista including miles of beautiful countryside, the golf course, Whitesands Bay and Ramsay Island beyond. The window recess reveals the depth of the stone walls.
BATHROOM / ENSUITE
This well-equipped en-suite has a shower unit with curved door and power shower, a steel enameled bath, a Victorian-style wash-hand basin, and a heated towel rail. A lovely light room, its ‘loo with a view’ through sash windows allows glimpses of Ramsay Island and the Bishop Rocks lighthouse, as well as towards St David’s Head. With its travertine-style floor tiles and ‘Aqua Mura’ walls, it is wonderfully easy-clean.
BUNK BEDROOM 4
This single bedroom, currently furnished with bunk beds, is a perfect child’s room. A sash window offers country views and glimpses of the magical seascape beyond.
A spacious king-sized or twin room, with sash window to the front, again offers the same glorious panoramic vista of the golf course, farmland and bay.
A comfortable king-sized double bedroom on the east side of the property, this room enjoys the early-morning sun over the Preseli Hills from the sash window to the side.
This spacious bathroom, with bath, shower cubicle, WC, wash-hand basin and heated towel rail, also has easy-clean travertine-style floor tiles and Aqua Mura walls. A sash window to the side provides ample natural light and lovely country views towards Carn Llidi.
Underfloor heating is enjoyed throughout the ground floor with the exception of the kitchen. An extension to the side of the property houses the oil-fired boiler and pressurised hot water tank, with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer. The farmstead enjoys mains water and private drainage.
Agents’ Note: The contents of both properties are available by separate negotiation, as are the offers of continued property management by the current owner as holiday lets and/or new project management for further development.
Both Upper Porthmawr and Tan y Garn are accessed via a private track off a no-through road. The graveled parking areas surrounding both properties allow plenty of space for numerous vehicles. The front of the farmhouse is set to lawn and features a large wildlife pond. Enormous local stones from the surrounding land are dotted around to create an impressive and interesting feature, as well as giving children the opportunity to claim a vantage point to sit and watch the sea. The south-facing terrace along the front of the farmhouse enjoys spectacular views, and the large patio area provides plenty of space for sun loungers, a large outdoor table seating 8, and a BBQ for ‘al fresco’ dining. A six-person Hot Tub is a real attraction to enjoy at any time, possibly relaxing with a cold drink while taking in the scenery below, the twinkling lights of St David’s beyond, or the clear skies and starry canopy above.
Behind the farmhouse is a range of stone barns with planning consent for conversion into four further holiday cottages and an office. What an opportunity! Currently used for storage and laundry facilities, they are conveniently grouped around the farmyard.
The land around the dwellings and barns extends to approximately 10.3 acres and includes five grass paddocks, which could be used for silage, hay, or crops such as Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes. The far end of the field below and to the side of the main house would be perfect for camping, ‘glamping’, yurts or shepherd huts (subject to planning consent if used for more than 28 days per year), providing additional income.
Behind the property there is a secluded area housing PV panels which generate 6kw of electricity for Upper Porthmawr and 4kw for Tan y Garn, meaning that the properties are self sufficient during daylight hours. Tan y Garn also benefits from solar heating panels on the roof which supplement the hot water system.
To the rear of Tan y Garn is a static caravan, currently serving as an office for the holiday let business, which is available if required by separate negotiation.
TAN Y GARN
With underfloor heating throughout, the cottage offers a delightfully cosy living space.
Stone steps wind up to the first floor stable-style door, which opens into the:
OPEN PLAN KITCHEN / LIVING ROOM
With its efficient use of space, perfectly designed for holiday living, this casual seating area offers plenty of room and comfort. A log burner with metal flue sits on a slate hearth within a brick fireplace under a slate top. Picture windows and the stable door all offer stunning views of Whitesands Bay and the ever-changing seascape. A dining area with table and chairs allows a family to eat, cook and sit together in one room. A glazed door to the rear gives access to a walkway above a storage area, leading to car parking space and the cottage’s own private garden.
The creatively-designed kitchen has numerous base units providing useful storage, topped with a high-quality oak work surface with shelving above and a one-and-a-half bowl enamel sink with drainer. There is space for a cooker with extractor above, a washer/dryer and an American-style fridge/freezer, together with plumbing for a dishwasher. Natural light pours in through the Velux window overhead with its dramatic views up towards Carn Llidi.
A wooden staircase leads down to a:
With useful storage provided by three understairs cupboards.
This double bedroom is currently used as a twin room, and is perfect for children. The window to the front is west-facing and enjoys the afternoon and evening sun.
ENSUITE BEDROOM 1
A superb king sized bedroom features French doors leading out onto a small terrace at the front – morning coffee heaven! Double doors open into the:
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
With curved power shower unit, Victorian-style wash-hand basin, WC with high-level cistern, and a heated towel rail. The walls feature easy-clean ‘Aqua Mura’, while a row of LED footlights softly show the way for early-morning risers.
With shower unit, enameled steel bath, WC, wash-hand basin and heated towel rail, ‘Aqua Mura’ walls and recessed ceiling lights.
From the rear entrance walkway, gravel steps lead down to a private and secluded garden, mainly laid to lawn with a small paved terrace ideal for the BBQ. The garden, with its enormous feature stone ‘table’, faces south and west and provides an idyllic and peaceful setting for ‘al fresco’ dining.
The path continues through a lockable gate to the Farmhouse, allowing ease of access for guests who book both houses together, as well as for management.
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