A unique property of significant historical importance with a substantial grade II* listed 15th century Tudor mansion.
The mansion house is set in about eight acres within a beautiful, secluded valley. There are seven reception rooms and fourteen bedrooms in the property and it offers a unique opportunity as many historical features remain.
The mansion is grade II* listed and its listing describes the house as:
a substantial Tudor mansion, albeit reduced from its original ambitious scale, retaining 17th century interiors of exceptional quality and completeness, and with 19th century additions which reinterpret the architectural theme.
The property has a rich and interesting history including the belief that Henry Tudor stayed here on the way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The listing describes some of the history as below:
Derwydd may incorporate remains of, or stand on the foundations of, a 15th century or older house; it was here, in the house of the Tudor knight Sir Rhys ap Thomas, that Henry Tudor was said to have sheltered on the way to Bosworth. In 1550 Derwydd was the house of Rhydderch ap Hywel ap Bedo. The existing house, however, is essentially a later Tudor mansion, a house with a main range north-south and at one time possessing two wings to the west side, towards the road; in 1670 it was described as a house of 18 hearths, making it one of the largest in the County."
Accommodation Ground Floor
The front entrance leads into the grand main hall. Further quotes below are taken from the listing description:
The room is dominated by the large (Jacobean) fireplace with its segmental stone bressummer and the fine overmantel of 1644: this displays the Vaughan arms on an oval.
Double archways lead off to an inner hall. Off the inner hall on the left is a sitting room (old library) with
coffered plaster ceiling in four square panels with copious floral enrichment; guilloche ornament to the beam soffits;... This room also dominated by its fireplace: a fine Jacobean surround and overmantel, partly restored, in dark wood."
Off the sitting room is a useful store room/cellar. Again off the inner hall is a cloakroom and bar with barrel ceiling. An impressive Tudor style staircase rises up to the first floor hallway with wood burning stove and doors leading off to the other reception rooms.
Above the library is the room known as 'the King's Room', otherwise the Drawing Room. Late 17th century ceiling and fireplace. Deep frieze and cornice to the ceiling with cartouches and heraldry at intervals, with linking floral trails and little modillions under the cornice.
On this floor are two further large sitting rooms, a study, conservatory, the old kitchen and pantry, a later impressive modern kitchen with bespoke cabinets and an adjacent utility room. There are two bedrooms with a sitting area on this floor together with a small kitchenette giving with adjoining bathroom with shower over bath and separate cloakroom giving flexibility for use as a small self-contained apartment.
The larger bedroom at the south end of the older part of Derwydd is entered by a Jacobean door with an arch-headed top panel above the lock rail and two panels below. This room is plain apart from a ceiling with large coffers, the sides of the beams moulded but not enriched, and a fine Jacobean fireplace."
A fine feature of the 1888 alterations to Derwydd is the Tudor style staircase. This rises from the inner hall, the space behind the arcade at the north of the main hall. At the head of the main flight is a quarter landing, with a lesser flight ahead to the upper hall on the first floor and a side flight to the corridor of the older part of the house....Integral with this design is panelling to staircase dadoes and cupboards, in similar wood, arcading on the upper floor, and stone arcading in Perpendicular style forming a side lobby to the lower staircase.
On the second floor of the main house are a further eight bedrooms of varying sizes that overlook the grounds and gardens. These share the use of family bathroom with a deep cast iron old bath, separate shower room and separate cloakroom.
Attached to the main house (with access doors internally if required) with its own separate entrance is an annexe/west wing that has been used as a separate self-contained cottage for family, guests and holiday letting. An entrance hall (first floor on floorplan) with cloakroom and store room off also provides access to two ground floor bedrooms. Stairs rise up to the floor above (second floor on floorplan) where there is fitted kitchen, living room, two further bedrooms and a shower room.
Further details below Local Information.
One of the most historical houses I have seen and an exciting opportunity to own as a home or explore other uses.Daniel ReesProperty agent