Stunning John Nash gem enjoying far reaching views.
Ffynone is a magnificent Grade I listed mansion designed by the renowned architect John Nash. Most famous for the eponymous terraces that surround London's Regents Park. Nash also spent a number of years working in Wales where Ffynone is widely considered to be his finest private work across the border, which he completed in 1799. He was commissioned by Colonel John Colby, and designed the house on a classical Georgian model. The Colby family subsequently employed the architect and garden designer Inigo Thomas at the beginning of the 20th century. Thomas adopted an Italian classical design when building the two wings. He decorated rooms in both the wings in Italianate baroque style and embellished the exterior with rusticated quoins and heavy keystones above each window. Outside, Thomas exerted his impressive talent with an elaborate belvedere long stone terrace with grottos and water features. It is understood that 60,000 trees were brought in from a nursery in Norwich, some of which survive to this day.
Main House Accommodation: Ground Floor
Ffynone is approached via a long and magical drive through imposing gate pillars. The drive leads to a gravelled courtyard and a striking stone entrance flanked by classical columns. The front door leads to the Nash reception hall with its moulded fluted ceilings, classical fan lights and its central octagonumbrella. This hall features a lime stone floor and an imposing open fireplace with marble slips and a carved Nash surround. The staircase hall with its fine stone cantilevered staircase has further Nash mouldings to the ceiling. Doors lead off the reception hall to the principal reception rooms.
The Drawing room with 3 west facing sashes includes an 18th Century fireplace. The adjacent Library has south facing sashes leading to a terrace with classical balustrades and far reaching countryside views. This room incorporates a handsome Georgian fireplace and extensive book shelving. Steps lead down to the breath-taking Music room. This was originally Inigo Thomas' ballroom and features an impressive vaulted ceiling with its extravagant plaster work and an imposing fireplace. At the opposite end of the Library is the Morning room with an open fireplace that in turn leads to the adjoining Inigo Thomas Dining Room. This panelled room again features a stunning vaulted ceiling with elaborate plasterwork. A door leads off to the modern fitted kitchen with a 4 oven AGA, central island unit and integrated appliances. A pantry, laundry and further store rooms are situated off the kitchen.
The majestic cantilevered staircase winds up to the first floor accommodation that includes the principal landing with Nash arches and plasterwork. The main bedroom enjoys the use of a bathroom suite. Four further bedrooms are located off this landing together with another bathroom suite. A half landing from the main staircase connects to two large wings that include further bedrooms, bathrooms, store rooms etc.
Stairs continue to the second floor where there are a further 4 bedrooms and a bathroom.
Lower Ground Floor
At basement level an imposing vaulted hall connects directly with the south facing Belvedere terrace. Within the basement are a Billiard room, the old wine cellars and further various store rooms, plant rooms etc.
Outbuildings and Apartments
The outbuildings surround the old enclosed Kitchen, Coach House and Stable Courtyards and include the original kitchen with its cast iron range, the Old Coach House, garaging, original stables with loose boxes and stalls, old granary, clock tower, workshops and store rooms.
Amongst these Courtyards are 3 self-contained apartments that have been used for staff and holiday letting in the past.
The Cook's (North) Apartment - 3 bedrooms
The Garden (South) Apartment - 3 bedrooms
The Stable Apartment - 5 bedrooms
Gardens, grounds, pastureland & woodland
The stunning gardens are on the Cadw Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales. On the south side of the house the sun terrace with its classical balustrades leads down to a Belvedere adjoining the lawned areas. To the west of the house Inigo Thomas' Garden is framed by classical stone walling and balustrades. Ffynone also enjoys a magical woodland to the west that flanks the entrance drive and provides woodland garden areas with walkways amongst beautiful specimen trees, mature shrubs, bushes and old water features. To the south east is an area of pastureland bisected by an attractive lime grove which leads to an impressive obelisk. In all the property is set in about 34 acres (stms subject to measured survey).
Please see the brochure on the Savills website or ask us to send you one.
Rare opportunity to own a piece of Welsh history.Daniel Rees