A glorious Grade II* listed Gothic Revival style mansion in need of refurbishment.
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 a fire. It remained in the Pugh family for 136 years during which time it underwent considerable alterations and adaptations. 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, Vaynor 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, areas of the estate which had amounted to some 2,000 acres had to be sold off to maintain the house and their lifestyle. The family made 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.
Llanerchydol 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 extending to about 5.5 acres. The house is noted in its listing as being a house with a fine interior and now requires refurbishment and updating to bring the property back to its former glory.
The principal facades of the house are ashlar faced under a slate roof recessed behind parapets and small towers.
The main house also known as the East Wing, houses the formal entertaining rooms and bedroom suites, with beautiful high moulded ceilings, wide mullion windows and marble fireplaces. This part of the house has an easy flow of rooms centred round an impressive hallway from 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 suites 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. A charming three bay orangery connects to the two parts of the house containing a kumquat tree dating back to the Victorian era. The West Wing is more informal but still has the benefit of large rooms with high ceilings and a
Victorian kitchen containing a fine Coalbrookdale Company Range.
To the back of the house is a staff apartment with a separate access.
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 stables can be available by separate negotiation
A sublime country home set in glorious rolling park landPeter Daborn