The principal part of a magnificent Grade II* listed country mansion in glorious countryside.
Llanerchydol was the seat of David Pugh, Esquire, a wealthy tea trader who built the present house in 1776 on the site of an original house which is thought to have been destroyed by fire. It remained in the Pugh family for 136 years during which time it underwent considerable alterations and adaptations, the most notable being in 1820 when the house was rebuilt introducing the romantic turrets and castellations and later in 1848 renowned architect Thomas Penson was consulted on the drawing room.
The family also placed great importance on landscaping the surrounding parkland by employing John Repton. The gardens, including a Japanese water garden and parterre, were introduced along with bold planting of trees in a grand style, the benefits of which can only now be truly appreciated. It was noted that during the Victorian era, the three great houses in the area, Powis Castle, Vaenor Park and Llanerchydol vied with each other for the most varied and gorgeous collection of flora and garden produce.
Towards the end of the Pugh family ownership parts of the estate which had amounted to some 2,000 acres within a ring fence had to be sold off to maintain the house and their lifestyle and with the onset of the first world war the family had to make the decision to sell the house in 1912. It was bought by a wealthy cotton trader from Liverpool and was succeeded by his three unmarried daughters who lived their lives out in the Hall and were well know characters in the local community. Eventually the house was put up for sale in 1986 for only the second time in its two hundred year history.
The house has since been owned by several families and was sub-divided with two substantial houses being created and known as the East and West Wings.
Llanerchydol Hall, which The East Wing is a principal part of this, is a glorious Grade II* listed mansion house of picturesque Gothic Revival style, commanding immense views of the Montgomeryshire and Shropshire Hills. A house of great stature, it stands surrounded by mature gardens and beautiful Repton parkland established during the 19th century.
The principal facades of the house are ashlar faced under a slate roof recessed behind parapets and small towers. The East Wing houses the original formal entertaining rooms and bedroom suites with beautiful high moulded ceilings, wide mullion windows, stunning marble fireplaces and polished floors. The rooms to the ground floor have an easy flow centred round an impressive hallway where a cantilevered staircase is lit by a stained glass window depicting the Pugh family crest. The drawing room is particularly notable, being light and elegant with a central dividing arch with octagonal pilasters with capitals. The dining room has an ornate ceiling and cornice and has a listed wallpaper above a lincrusta dado.
Upstairs the elegant bedrooms include the Lady Angela, The Pugh and Peacock suites. Each room retains its former character with original fireplaces while offering the comfort of bathrooms and shower rooms. They all benefit from stunning views. The main bathroom has a cast iron 6' bath especially commissioned for a particularly tall member of the Verden family.
The driveway winds up through glorious rolling parkland before entering the gardens of Llanerchydol Hall and passing through banks of rhododendron, azalea and sweeping lawns. To the front of the house is a large parking area above the Parterre and from where magical views of the surrounding hills can be enjoyed.
Agents Note: The driveway through the parkland is shared by other residential properties.
Photos taken: May 2019
Brochure prepared: June 2019
A truly historic gem.Tony Morris-Eyton