Cartref is beautiful 18th Century house with generous grounds situated in the upper reaches of the Towy Valley at Rhandir-mwyn, Carmarthenshire. The double fronted stone built house has a hipped roof and sympathetically added extensions done by the architect owner. It is also ideally set up for working from home in the independent purpose built studio to the rear. The owner work has been featured on the popular bbc program: Grand Designs. The house was once part of the Cawdor Estate and was the local mine manager residence.
The property is double glazed to the rear and has secondary glazing to the front. Heating is primarily from an oil fired boiler with radiators. There is wood burner and open fire in both downstairs reception rooms. There is main water and a septic tank. The property is south facing and has vehicular access from the rear and parking for up to four cars. Much work has been put into transforming a traditional country house into a modern, comfort-able family home, blending original features and exposed stone with sustainable materials (lime, sheep's wool and Welsh oak).
Accommodation: The House
The main entrance at the back of the house is a wide oak door that opens into a double-height lobby, full of natural light from the glazed wall above the door.
2.00m x 2.00m (6'7" x 6'7")
Built in cupboard with hanging rail, exposed stone wall and oak flooring. To the left is a door to the Family room and a downstairs WC with wash hand basin, further fitted cupboards.
5.90m x 4.20m (19'4" x 13'9")
With staircase leading to the first floor, door into the dining room, south facing front door giving access to the front garden; an original south-facing sash window; fireplace with glass fronted wood burner with mantelpiece, slate flooring and a doorway and opening with exposed timbers into the kitchen.
3.70m x 3.20m (12'2" x 10'6")
With west-facing full-height window giving ample natural light. It features an oil-fired Aga range cooker, large American-made Amana fridge freezer, fitted Bosch dishwasher, ceramic double butler sink with stainless steel mixer tap, numerous fitted cupboards with oak doors, oak floor and oak and beech worktops. Telephone extension socket. Recessed downlighters.
4.30m x 4.20m (14'1" x 13'9")
With original south-facing sash window onto the garden, oak flooring, wood burning stove with slate hearth and period mantelpiece.
3.00m x 2.00m (9'10" x 6'7")
Situated off the kitchen with a north-facing double-glazed window and Velux roof light. The utility room is oak-floored with space for a washing machine, larder, and a large cupboard containing a Worcester Bosch condensing oil-fired boiler.
5.80m x 4.40m (19'0" x 14'5")
With oak-flooring, full height fitted cupboards along one wall, Velux roof lights and double glazed window.
First Floor Landing
From the sitting room the staircase leads to the first floor with half-landing with balcony overlooking the entrance hall. Doors leading to...
4.30m x 3.30m (14'1" x 10'10")
With south facing sash window looking over the front garden and across the valley. Built-in wardrobe with sliding doors. Fitted carpet.
En-suite Wet Room
1.50m x 1.50m (4'11" x 4'11")
With shower and WC; shaver point; shelves; wash hand basin and mirror; tiling to the floor and walls.
4.20m x 3.40m (13'9" x 11'2")
With an original sash window overlooking the front garden. Fitted carpet.
3.10m x 3.00m (10'2" x 9'10")
With an original sash window looking onto the front garden.
3.30m x 2.50m (10'10" x 8'2")
North facing with a view over the mountains to the rear.
2.5m (max) x 4.8m
Off the half-landing is carpeted and has a large bath, separate wet area with shower, wash hand basin and low level WC. Fitted cupboards and a Velux roof light providing illumination.
A separate building at the entrance from the lane, built in 2003 and is timber-framed, lime-rendered, and sedum-roofed. The overall internal area is 50m. With windows to either side of the front door which leads to the entrance lobby with fitted cupboards. The studio provides a large open space with fitted workstations and extensive shelving along one wall. At the rear is a separate WC and a kitchenette with sink and drainer. The studio floor is oak, and the interior walls and ceiling are plastered. There is a roof light ensuring that the space has excellent natural illumination. The walls and roof have sheep's wool insulation, and with the long Bisque radiators, year-round comfort for working at home is assured.
The front of the property is mainly laid to lawn with shrubs and specimen trees with a side garden which is lawned with a magnolia tree. There is a path leading to the county road. The rear of the property provides gated access for the parking of several vehicles and access to the studio. Planted borders and stone steps leading to the entrance door.