Stunning Grade II listed former vicarage retaining a wealth of character
Swiss Gables is a striking former vicarage that has stunning architectural features and an interesting history. It has been in the ownership of the present owners for over 52 years and been a memorable home for their family.
According to the listing description (from the British Listed Buildings website), Swiss Gables is the Former vicarage to Dyffryn church built 1881-4 to designs by Henry Ward of Stafford for Howel Gwyn of Dyffryn. The vicarage is said to have cost the exceptional sum of £7,000, more than the church which cost £4500, and was built for the first vicar, the Rev J.L. Thomas who moved in in 1884
The property retains many character features and is listed for its special architectural interest as an elaborate half-timbered house of late Victorian date, with original interiors.
The property is in need of sympathetic renovation and modernisation but offers new owners an exciting opportunity to purchase a piece of local history to preserve and enjoy.
Accommodation Main House
A stunning entrance porch with ornate windows and tiled floor leads through to the reception hall. Above the main door to the house is a Latin phrase Pax Intrantibus and another above the porch door Salus Exeuntibus Together these are translated as Peace to those who enter, good health to those who depart.
The large reception hall again features an ornate tiled floor with doors leading off to the principal reception rooms. The first room on the left is the drawing room with a fine fireplace and double aspect with a large bay window looking across the gardens towards the church. On the right is the breakfast room that features built in base cupboards and a cooker with hob and extractor hood over. Further down the hall beyond the drawing room is the light dining room with fireplace and views across the garden. Stairs lead off the hall to a cellar. Past a side hall to outside and bathroom is a rear hall that leads to the kitchen and adjacent utility area at the rear of the house.
An impressive staircase rises up from the reception hall to the first floor accommodation of the main house. The principal bedroom with a pretty fireplace and bedroom two, both with bay windows, overlook the gardens towards the church while bedroom three with bay window and fireplace and the smaller bedroom four/study overlook the front courtyard. The floor is completed by a shower room with WC.
Annexe Wing First Floor
The annexe wing has its own external ground floor access from a side entrance that leads to a staircase to the first floor accommodation. This first floor has a living room and separate kitchen area both with fireplaces and a bathroom.
Annexe Wing Second Floor
Stairs continue to the bedroom accommodation of the annexe wing that is located on the second floor and comprises two large attic bedrooms.
The property enjoys stunning landscaped grounds and gardens with a smart entrance drive leading to the generous forecourt with ample parking and turning area. Mature trees line the boundary with bushes, shrubs, flower borders, large lawned areas and seating areas. There is ample room to keep a small pony and/or enjoy all manner of ball games from tennis to football. Outbuildings comprise an old stable block and garage.
The architecture and features of this house really caught my eye.Daniel Rees