Draethen, Near Cardiff
City of London
Nestling in its riverside setting on the banks of the River Rhymney, Ironbridge provides a stunning opportunity to acquire a contemporary home which has been totally refurbished and extended by the occupying Vendors within the last eight years. It would be quite easy to run out of superlatives to describe this executive spacious beautifully appointed home which has many unusual and unique features which the Agent feels can only be fully appreciated by an internal inspection.
Standing in fourteen acres of grounds, the property is ideal for country pursuits having the benefit of fishing rights and the stable block having been previously separately registered as a Riding School. The iron bridge adjacent to the property was built by Lord Tredegar in 1829 and was constructed to provide access for horse drawn vehicles from Ruperra Castle to and from the church at Lower Machen. Well situated for country pursuits and walks with the majority of the ground as pasture and paddocks, there is also small woodland with formal gardens and lake plus a further lake situated within the woodland which could quite easily be described as a Secret Garden. The main lake has six geese in residence and every winter is visited by flocks of Canada Geese thus enabling the excellent decking entertaining area within the garden to be used as a vantage point for watching wild life.
The property has been remodelled to a particularly high standard and in a contemporary style having a unique turret as the main entrance hall with large expanses of glass making the entrance hall and first floor landing particularly light and airy. Internally the property has the top-of-the-range sound and vision system with the surround-sound also extending to the outdoors. A main feature of the ground floor is the quite outstanding open plan kitchen/breakfast/fa mily room and conservatory with a beautiful bespoke walnut and granite kitchen designed and created by Alexander Bullock of Cardiff. Throughout the ground floor is a diamond flecked ceramic tiled floor which has the benefit of under floor heating. Also to the ground floor is a particularly spacious drawing room that you step down into from the hallway with large arched floor to ceiling windows as well as bi-folding doors to the garden. From the drawing room through to the family room within the kitchen is a wonderful two-way wood-burner. A large well appointed dining room which can seat up to fourteen people enables the property to be utilised as a fabulous entertaining home. To the first floor there are five double bedrooms, the master bedroom having the benefit of an en-suite dressing room plus huge shower with double shower head and seating either end which also doubles as a steam room. Off the master bedroom is also a private roof terrace enjoying the peaceful surrounds and the soothing sound of the river. There are five bedrooms in total with two further en-suites, the second bedroom having a most attractive and unusual snail shower. All bedrooms have excellent views and the property, whilst certainly being of excellent proportions, is also a particularly comfortable family home which is splendid for parties and entertaining, etc.
A footpath over the recently renovated iron footbridge is part of a beautiful walk through the grounds. There are several other enjoyable walks close by and two small villages of Draethen and Lower Machen are located within a mile. The village of Rudry also has a renowned local gastro pub just two miles away. Whilst sitting in a tranquil setting, the city of Cardiff is just five miles away and the city of Newport can be reached in approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. Despite its seclusion and privacy, major motorway links are approximately fifteen minutes away at junction 28 for the M4, with Cardiff city centre offering all the amenities of a modern city plus mainline rail travel to London which can be accessed both at Newport and Cardiff. Private schooling can be found at Rougemont in Newport and St John's College in St Mellons.
The property is approached via a pair of electric wrought iron gates and a long sweeping driveway which leads to a large stone chipped circular parking area. Towards the lower part of the driveway on the right hand side is a detached Coach House consisting of a double garage above which is a one bedroom apartment with Planning Consent. It should be noted that the current owners have gained Planning Consent for this outbuilding to be redeveloped as a three bedroom detached house with a double garage.
The driveway also provides access to the equestrian facilities which includes stable block with feed store, tack room and wc and we understand this is separately registered as it was previously used as a Riding School, indeed, the block paviour yard still has a brick built mounting block. There is also a useful machinery/storage shed and log store. The land to the front is used as a paddock which lends itself to the equestrian use mentioned. There is a superb large pond/lake which provides a lovely vista and to the rear of the property is a large and attractively laid terrace immediately adjacent to and overlooking the river. There are a plethora of mature trees and shrubs plus small area of woodland in which is a small lake which provides an excellent peaceful escape whilst overlooking the river. A large decking area is situated adjacent to the river which is excellent for entertaining particularly given the exterior is also served by the sound system. The rear of the property overlooks the original iron bridge which in recent years has been refurbished and reinstated and there is a public right of way across the iron bridge from Draethen which proceeds through the grounds of the property. The new footpath which goes behind the stable block has of late been adopted by the Local Authority and has signage accordingly.