Byline: Marsya Lennox
'Rural properties don't come much better than this one,' believes David Price of the Shrewsbury office of Lane Fox, newly-instructed to sell Blaen-y-Cwm near Corwen in North Wales.
And neither do valleys, even Welsh ones, often come more picturesque and atmospheric than those in this part of the country, a landscape of woods, rivers and hills.
This is also stone country, its older buildings taking a solid silvery look that's the perfect foil to the deep greenery of the backdrop. And in terms of value, such an unsung and little exploited area offers compelling packages with land - real opportunity for buyers without big city ties.
Blaen-y-Cwm is in fact a two-in-one residential chance with more than enough acreage for most purchasers, 49 in all, with river, grazing and woodland.
Not only is there the main, six bedroom house, there is also a converted barn - hardly a cottage with its own five bedrooms. The whole property makes an unusual property combination, perfect for extended families or buyers with an eye on income potential. The nearest village is Llandrillo, not one the average motorist passes through if he's intent on the fastest route to the Irish ferry at Holyhead. It is one and a half miles away with a country house hotel, stores, post office, school, pub, church and two chapels. Many more people will know Corwen, eight miles away on the A5, an improved and busy small town between Llangollen and Bala.
The property has the distinct advantage of being up a no through road, at the head of a valley on the edge of the Berwyns, perfectly secluded in beautiful surroundings.
The house dates to 1726 with some later additions, built in local stone with tall brick chimneys, slate flooring, exposed beams, open fireplaces and oak joinery.
There is an impressive run of reception space with a generous staircase hall, three extremely good reception rooms and Georgian-style sash windows letting in plenty of light.
The dining room has a real period look with a big stone fireplace, raised for greater and baronial effect. And a glance at the sills reveals the mighty depth of the traditional stone wall construction. …