Some homes are so impressive from the outside, but you walk inside and it doesn’t hold up to the grandeur promised.
This is not the case at Llandingat House; the imposing and pleasing symmetrical Georgian facade matches the entrance hall for breathtaking original features.
Arrive at the mansion, which is located in the center of a Carmarthenshire town rather than nestled in the Welsh countryside, and the column porch invites you to explore the historic house’s three floors.
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The house is perhaps surprisingly in the center of the popular and pretty market town of Llandovery, on the doorstep of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, convenient for facilities just down the road from this beast of a building.
The city is steeped in history. When you arrive, the huge statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan greets you.
The Carmarthenshire landowner was executed in the town by King Henry IV for his support of Owain Glyndŵr, the prince and leader of the long War of Independence in the late Middle Ages. Immortalized in steel, he now towers over the city like a protective figure of the past.
The place is known as a herdsman’s town, a sight to behold when herds of cattle were rounded up and then driven by herdsmen to markets across the country.
One of the town’s most famous neighbors is Prince Charles, and the town also boasts the ruins of a Norman castle as well as shops and restaurants.
But this mansion can bring its own slice of past stories to the colorful puzzle of the city’s history.
The house is believed to have been built in the early 19th century, around 1813, according to local lawyer David Lloyd Harries’ British Listed Building website.
The house changed hands after Harries died in the Lloyds family of Glansevin on the condition that they take the name Lloyd Harries.
In 1890 the house was let to Llandovery College as a boarding house.
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The property sits on approximately 1.2 acres of land and has a myriad of outbuildings to the rear, all in need of a renovation project to revitalize, as does the main house.
According to Cadw’s Grade II list, awarded in 1981 and amended in 2004, Llandingat House was listed as a “very significant late Georgian detached town house with good surviving interior detail”.
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And arguably the most impressive of these, beating the huge sash windows and numerous fireplaces that can be found inside, is the staircase.
After passing through a small interior porch and under an arch, the space opens onto the hall and the staircase enters.
The structure is a cantilevered curved stone staircase with a scrolling handrail that descends from the first floor, accompanied by a curved wall that mimics its shape and an arched window that brings even more visual lines soft and curved to space.
It’s a staircase you can’t descend, you must sweep down it in dramatic style, billowing hair and clothes as you attract and hold the attention of your guests awaiting your arrival in the hall below.
How very Bridgerton, like a scene from the colorful and dramatic period drama on Netflix that has become the distraction from the Covid-19 lockdown for so many, based on the series of books written by Julia Quinn.
Sure, you can just walk down it in jeans and a t-shirt, but whenever the opportunity strikes to step up the glamor and drama, this staircase can inspire you to do so.
But who is most likely to be the next person to sweep the stairs?
The estate agent selling the 10 bedroom, 7,500 square foot property and all its outbuildings says it is an ideal development opportunity on a number of avenues, all subject to obtaining approval. a building permit of course.
The agent states that the building is currently occupied by C2 residential establishments in the order of use classes, but is considered ideal for adaptation as a fine family home with further letting potential, a boutique hotel or guesthouse or someone with business needs to work from home.
The house can offer six reception rooms on the ground floor, plus an annex kitchen, a laundry room, toilets and shower rooms.
There are nine bedrooms spread over the two upper floors as well as a three-bed master suite and several bathrooms.
Outside, the dilapidated outbuildings provide a good footprint for redevelopment, as do the expansive grounds which are mostly grass covered with tarmacadam parking and multiple vehicle entrance gates to the roads on three sides.
The agent says the sizable land is considered large enough for separate residential and commercial development, taking advantage of its enviable and convenient town center location.
Llandingat House is for sale with a guide price of £400,000 from estate agent McCartneys, call their Brecon branch on 01874 610990 to find out more.
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