The Clock House is a hidden gem located in the Heart of Llandaff and set in just over half an acre of dream-like gardens. A unique property constructed in 1959, that offers a striking outlook, fronting on to the outstanding Gothic, Medieval architecture of Llandaff Cathedral, that dates back to the twelfth century.
The property is ripe for a transformation and sits in a majestic garden of botanical beauty, well-stocked with an expertly planted display of stunning flowers, shrubs and trees of renowned horticultural interest. If all that isn’t enough, this situation could not be better, placed in the highly sought-after location of Llandaff Village, within walking distance to a significant number of amenities and it even boasts a handy rear gate into the "Bishop’s Field" to where The Cathedral School cricket pitch and playing fields are situated.
Llandaff is a small, historic city to the north of Cardiff’s City Centre. Formerly home to the celebrated children’s author Roald Dahl, the city, with its picturesque village green, crumbling castle ruins and famous 12th-century cathedral, has a unique, rural atmosphere.
A lively hub of community life, Llandaff boasts a popular, thriving High Street with several independent shops, restaurants and cafes in addition to activities for all ages at the redeveloped Insole Court, Rugby and Rowing clubs.
With a special community feel and excellent links to the hustle and bustle of the big city itself, Llandaff has something for everyone with properties ranging from small retirement apartments to large family homes. As a catchment area for some of the capital’s top-rated state and public schools for both English and Welsh medium learners, Llandaff is, in particular, a highly sought-after area for families and offers plenty for everyone.
Storm porch to the front then entered via wood front door with windows to the front, radiator, storage cupboard with gas Vaillant boiler and hot water cylinder.
Obscure glazed window to the side, w.c and vanity wash hand basin, storage, access hatch.
Sliding patio doors leading out to the gardens, two radiators, fireplace with brick surround, walk way through to the rear porch.
Door to hallway, walkway to living room, glazed door to the garden and veranda, glazed window overlooking the rear gardens, wood parquet flooring.
Glazed windows to the front, radiator, coved ceiling, door to kitchen.
Glazed window to the front, kitchen fitted with wall and base units with work tops over, space and plumbing for appliances, space for electric range cooker with cooker hood above, stainless steel sink and drainer, tiled splashback, radiator, stable style door to the rear garden and door to garage.
Glazed windows to the rear and French doors to the side courtyard, built in double wardrobes, radiator, door to:-
Fitted with a four piece suite comprising bath, shower, w.c and wash hand basin, mirrored vanity cupboard, radiator, tiled walls, glazed window to the front overlooking the courtyard.
Glazed window to the front, radiator, shaver point, built in storage cupboard, door to:
Fitted with shower, w.c and wash hand basin, electric heated towel rail, extractor fan, tiled walls.
Glazed windows to the rear, radiator, fitted shelving and storage.
Glazed windows to the front, doors to bathroom and bedroom four.
Obscure glazed window to the rear, four piece suite comprising, bath, shower, w.c and wash hand basin, radiator, shaver point, part tiled walls.
Glazed windows overlooking the courtyard and to the front, radiator, coved ceiling.
With electric double up and over door to the front, storage to roof line, work benches, storage cupboard, power and light, electric fuse board and meters.
The gardens sweep around the property and are stocked with rare and mature shrubs, trees and flower borders, feature garden pond, greenhouse, covered sitting veranda, paved patio sitting areas, courtyard to the side and additional pond, and mature hedges, path leads to a further courtyard and path and get to the front, outside security lights and general lighting, gate to the other side of the garden which leads to the front
Double gates to the front with high rise stone walls, pea gravel driveway with a central stone turning island, outside lights, mature shrubs and flower borders, pedestrian wooden gate and double gates to either side of the gardens, a feature clock design, views towards Llandaff Cathedral.
We have been advised by the seller that the property is freehold and the council tax band is H.
There is an easement in relation to the sewage system and the right to maintain this. There is also a restrictive covenant between the Representative Body of the Church in Wales and the owner of the Clock House. Please contact Hern & Crabtree for further information if required.
“The city garden of The Clock House in Cathedral Close, enjoys an unrivaled air of serenity against its backdrop of the beautiful spire. The land had always been part of the Diocese grounds, and the ruins of the 12th -Century Treasurer’s House, still occupy one corner. Also on the site was a large hothouse, heated by a solid-fuel boiler, thought to be mid-Victorian, in which bananas were once grown. However after a German bomb hit Llandaff Cathedral during WW2, several buildings were destroyed, and the land was left derelict until the 1960s. At that stage, it was sold by the Diocese and The Clock House was duly built. The garden was in fact created before the building, which had to be single story in order to preserve the view of the cathedral from the outlying fields*
With its backdrop of Llandaff Cathedral and ivy-clad stone walls, the courtyard reflects the formality of its setting a clipped box hedge outlines the standard rosa, “Chevy Chase”.
Herbaceous borders overflow with Astrantia, Alchimilla, Pholmis and spires of delphinium, which reach the top of the yew hedge; steps lead up to a Cornus controversa “Variegata”, by the perimeter.
Golded Lysimachia punata flourish in a border by a grass path; favourite shrub roses bloom in nearby beds by the lawned area. A clematis-clad arch draws the eye towards a white dovecote offset by bright red roses.
The lavender walk leads towards a pretty garden seat, flanked by large box calls, beneath a Ginkgo biloba tree.
The garden of The Clock House reflects this all pervasive air of calm, with its sensitive planting.”
Extracts from an article titled, Creative Calm, that featured in 25 Beautiful Gardens magazine. Please note we have not verified the variety of planting included in these descriptions but further information is available on request, including details of over 100 varieties of roses. An up to date full planting scheme is being compiled which will be made available on request (expected early September).
The former owners of The Clock House were so dedicated and passionate about The Clock House gardens that their love for the place can still be felt. The grounds measure circa 0.56 of an acre, and the garden is of special horticultural interest that benefit from many years of loving and diligent care from proud founding members of the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. They also felt it was something to be shared with others: It is fondly regarded locally, having been opened on occasion to the public for over 30 years as part of the National Garden Scheme. This is a rare delight and a truly exceptional garden set in a unique and special position that can only be fully appreciated when visiting in person.
Views from prospective buyers on how the garden might evolve would be welcomed by the vendor/ family.
*A convenant remains in place on the property that includes but is not limited to this following extract, “[… (ii) no building or structure other than those now existing nor any additions or alterations to the same shall be built or erected or by suffered to be build or erected without written permission of the Vendor and in accordance with plans elevations sections and specifications previous approved by the Vendor’s Architect for the time being…]”. We understand the vendor to be the Diocese.
Cardiff Airport (cfr) - 11.6 miles by car
Cardiff Central Train Station- 3.1 miles by car
London Heathrow - 136 miles by car
Principally Stadium 2.2miles by car
Cardiff City Stadium 2.2miles by car
Sophia Gardens (Cricket) 1.5mile park walk / cycle through park
Cardiff Castle - 2 mile walk/cycle through park
*all distances given are from googlemaps