A handsome Grade II listed hall, standing in delightful gardens and grounds.
Aber Artro Hall is a fascinating Grade II Listed hall, dating from 1910 and built to an Arts and Crafts' design with astonishing attention to detail throughout. The current owners have continued to make the most of the magnificent home, whilst allowing the accommodation to work on a practical level for modern and everyday family living.
The hall is approached through an arched entrance, leading into a courtyard at the front of the house, where there is facility for plenty of parking and access to the 3 car garage, stables and store rooms.
An attractive entrance door, which contains 3 pieces of original William Morris glass, leads into the lobby which in turn leads into the main hall. This is undoubtedly the heart of the house and an extremely impressive room with oak panelling and William Morris hand blocked wallpaper. There is a large stone fireplace with wood burning stove, and doors giving access to the cellars and outside tea terrace.
The library (with separate WC) is located off the main hall, and takes on an art nouveau' style in its design. Oak beams, large windows and a wood burning stove make this the perfect spot in which to retreat.
To the other side of the main hall is a delightful drawing room. Finished in William Morris golden lily' fabric, this bright and charming space has spectacular views over the gardens. Adjacent, and with similarly impressive views, is the dining room, another striking room with Austrian oak panelled walls.
From the inner hallway, there are a number of useful store rooms and cupboards, and access on to the kitchen, breakfast room and day nursery. The kitchen is well-equipped with plenty of units, an AGA and a number of additional, integrated appliances. Centred around two island units, this spacious kitchen, finished in William Morris sweet briar' paper, is a fantastic family area and gives access onto the gardens.
From the main hall, stairs lead to the impressive galleried landing on the first floor. The owners have paid particular attention to the various styles of the bedrooms, each one taking on a different design from the Arts and Crafts' period.
Bedroom 1 (with en suite bathroom) has been modelled on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's drawing room in Hill House, Hellensburgh. It is a wonderful, large space with feature fireplace and triple aspect windows looking over the grounds of the hall.
The second bedroom is a William Morris Rose' bedroom, based on the detail of his rose' wallpaper. This is another generous room with an en suite shower room and in-built cupboard.
The third bedroom, currently used as the main suite, is based on the works of Pugin, a pioneer in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. The walls are finished in gothic lily' hand blocked wallpaper, as was used in the House of Commons. This striking room leads onto a dressing room with fitted wardrobes, and further onto an impressive en suite bathroom with dual aspect windows.
The fourth bedroom is, again, a generous size, with a Dutch tiled fireplace and large window overlooking the formal gardens. There is access back onto the galleried landing, and a second door leading onto a Voysey' style dressing room with fitted wardrobes and bathroom area.
Further along the landing is bedroom 5, an Ambrose Heal' bedroom in its design. A door leads onto the nursery (separate access means this could also be used as bedroom 6). This suite is complemented by a substantial bathroom and useful nursery kitchen, with fitted units and space for various appliances.
Back in the main part of the galleried landing is bedroom 7, a delightful space with dual aspect windows and finished to reflect the design of William Morris' The Strawberry Thief'. Adjacent is a powder room with a separate WC, basin and shower.
On the south side of the hall, a secondary staircase leads to the second floor where there is a laundry room and WC, as well as a separate apartment ideal for those wishing to have their own private space. The apartment features an open plan kitchen and sitting room, two bedrooms and a separate bathroom.
Back at the first floor galleried landing, an attractive staircase (added in 2000) leads to the second floor where there is a large billiards room and play room, perfect for recreational activities or as a separate area for teenagers.
At the south side of the hall, split over two levels, is a self-contained lodge, also accessible from the main hall. The accommodation incorporates a kitchen and sitting room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
The Gardens and Grounds
The formal gardens at Aber Artro Hall are truly magnificent. There are several different garden rooms' to the grounds, all of which have been carefully considered in their design and representation.
These impressive areas include a William Morris Rose garden (based on the design of the tulip frieze' wallpaper), an Italian courtyard garden with a fountain (which focuses on the elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal), a walled kitchen garden with fruit arbour, a Japanese garden (which represents the world from sky down to sea), an adjacent rock and pond garden, terraced around the world' borders, a riverside walk, rockeries and a Way of the Cross' woodland walk.
In addition to these remarkable feature gardens, there is a cottage tea room (seats 40) at the side of the upper lawn. Elsewhere in the grounds are a workshop and a tennis pavilion/summerhouse overlooking the beautiful rose garden.
In total, the grounds of Aber Artro Hall are made up of about 4 acres of the formal gardens, about 8 acres of paddocks and a further 18 acres of woodland and river.
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This is a magnificent Grade II listed estate hall set within beautifully landscaped grounds. Set in the Snowdonia National Park, there is easy access to the coast.Charlie Kannreuther