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2 Bedroom flat Hensol, Mid Glamorgan £450,000

Crawshay House is set in the grounds of Hensol Castle, where it offers stylish apartment living and spectacular views

The Story
A PLACE IN HISTORY Grade I Listed Hensol Castle is a striking building, which dates back to the 17th century. Its first owner was Judge David Jenkins, a famous lawyer and supporter of Charles I during the Civil War. In 1790, the castle was owned by Samuel Richardson, known for introducing the threshing machine. It was later purchased by Benjamin Hall, who was married to Charlotte Crawshay: their first son was another Benjamin Hall, who became an MP and as chief commissioner of the Metropolitan Board of Works, oversaw part of the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament, including the installation of clock tower bell Big Ben. Folklore has it that he was a tall man whose nickname was given to the famous tower. AMAZING SETTING In more recent times, explains the owner of the apartment, the castle became a hospital. “This was when the stone buildings in the grounds were built as ward blocks,” he says. “Although they were newer than the castle they were carefully designed in stone to have character and blend in with their surroundings.” Approximately 10 years ago, the estate was sold for development and the blocks were converted into luxury apartments. Today the castle and grounds remain steeped in history. The main building still boasts beautiful turrets and gothic towers, and is a wedding and conference venue. It has been used as a set for television series Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Torchwood. “The apartment blocks were all named after the famous people who lived here,” he adds. PRIVATE TERRACE The conversion work was sensitive to the character of the setting yet also ensured the apartments were stylish and ultra-modern. They were given sleek interiors and great glass doors to contrast with the attractive stone and bring the views right inside. “Because this one is on the ground floor it benefits from a private terrace, where you can sit outside in the summer to have a barbecue or just enjoy the warmth and the views,” he says. “You share the access to the incredible, private, gated communal grounds but it is also nice to have your own outside space.” WOW FACTOR Inside, the home is bright and spacious, he explains. “All the apartments are very generous and individually designed. This was originally a three-bedroom home but I decided to lose one of the bedrooms so I could have a separate kitchen. I had a marble floor laid in the drawing room, hall and kitchen, and a wood-burning stove installed to bring a little character and history to the interior.” The apartment, which has air-conditioning, is warm in winter and cool in summer. “It has a wide entrance, with a curved wall which sweeps round; this gives it a nice feel as soon as you walk in,” he adds. “There are double doors into the large drawing room, which has immediate ‘wow factor’ as soon as you step inside.” REST AND RELAXATION The apartment is a comfortable place to live and a great for entertaining. “The drawing room has a conservatory area at one end, which captures the superb views and is where you can open the doors on to the terrace,” he says. The master bedroom and the guest room each have an en suite shower room, making it easy to accommodate overnight guests. “One of the benefits of living here is that you also have access to a concierge service from the hotel,” he explains. “You can order food or have milk and newspapers delivered.” As well as being within easy reach of Cardiff, Hensol Castle is just five minutes’ drive from the Talbot Green retail park and close to charming Cowbridge. “I moved out here originally because I wanted to be in the country and it has certainly given me that,” he says. “We see all sorts of wildlife, including birds and otters, and it is so peaceful. As soon as you pull in through the gates you start to have that holiday feel – you know you can switch off and just relax.”
Setting The Scene
Crawshay House is set in the breath-taking parkland grounds of Hensol Castle. This communal area extends to some 650 acres and includes a magnificent lake. The apartment also benefits from its own private terrace for outside dining and relaxation.
Whats Nearby
The Vale of Glamorgan Hotel & Spa are within walking distance, you will also find two championship golf clubs just a short distance away that can also be walked to. Situated just off Junction 34 of the M4 you can be in Cardiff within 15 minutes and the Bay within 20 minutes. It’s also very close to the out of town department store in Llantrisant which offers an array of shops, restaurants, cafes and many more facilities.
Within Easy Reach
Cardiff can be reached in 15 minutes and the bay within 20. It is ideally located for commuters due to its locality to the M4, being just 5 minutes’ drive away, providing access to Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, and London.
Location Details
Junction 34 of the M4, take the turning for Hensol and then take the first right following the signs for the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel & Spa. Once you see the signpost for the WRU (Welsh Rugby Union) and Cardiff City Football Club turn right where you will find the electronic gates that lead down to the development. Once inside the development turn left and park by the lakes.
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