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6 Bedroom detached house Cardiff, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan £875,000

The oldest house in Bonvilston, this beautifully presented six bedroom home is picture perfect

The Story
Ever since they have been at Old Village Farmhouse, the current owners have discovered something wonderful and exciting almost every year. Their attractive thatched home is believed to be approximately 400 years old and is something of a treasure chest when it comes to revealing its fascinating features, one of them explains. "This house has so many hidden treasures," he says. "My wife and I often say we find something new here every year, whether that is another cubby hole that has been covered up or the original holes where a piece of wood would have been put across to lock a door. We have enjoyed restoring some of these." WARM AND WELCOMING Grade II Listed Old Village Farmhouse is thought to be the oldest house in Bonvilston, with the rest of the village growing up around it. "It was originally built as a Welsh long house and is thought to have been home to the manager of the Mackintosh hunting estate at some point in the past," he says. "We loved it because it had such magnificent character and features, including two original bread ovens. We wanted a home that was different and as soon as we walked in we realised this one was unique. There was a fire roaring and the whole house was warm and welcoming - it felt like home immediately." ALL IN THE DETAIL After moving in, the owners renovated the house, carefully updating it in keeping with its character while also ensuring it became a home suitable for modern day living. "We have made huge changes to the place since moving here in 1999," he explains. "The floors were dug up by about 4ft or 5ft and then built up again with membrane and tanking to ensure they were damp proof; the whole house was also made much lighter and brighter throughout to give it a much more open feel." Old Village Farmhouse has also been beautifully decorated in carefully chosen colour schemes and given new flooring and soft furnishings. "Every last detail was carefully considered - even the light switches, which are from Jim Lawrence, were bespoke," he adds. OUTSTANDING HOME Accommodation at Old Village Farmhouse is arranged over three levels. On the ground floor, it includes large drawing and sitting rooms, each with an abundance of character and an inglenook fireplace. There is also a farmhouse-style kitchen, with a range cooker, as well as a utility room and boot room. There are six double bedrooms in the property in total, including the magnificent first-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own dressing room and mezzanine study or dressing room, together with a beamed, pitched ceiling. "The whole house is comfortable to live in and extremely inviting," he points out. "Our children were born five years after we arrived here and this has been a wonderful place for them to grow up. There are so many different rooms for people to spread out into and it has also been excellent for entertaining - having dinner parties with friends and birthday celebrations for the children." A SPECIAL FEEL The character of the house was enhanced with carefully chosen new bathrooms and kitchen fittings: these were chosen to bring modern levels of comfort while also tying in with the style of the property. "The kitchen is bespoke," he explains. "It was handmade by a company in Edinburgh and has a country style, with wooden and granite work surfaces." He adds: "This is one of our favourite rooms - we love sitting round the table together as a family, playing games, with a fire lit in the wood-burning stove. We also love our bedroom, however, with its lovely high ceiling and stairs up to the smaller room above, it has a very special feel." GREAT LOCATION Set back from the road, the charming house has a pretty front garden, as well as space at the back. "The children used to play football and rugby in the garden, and we could eat outside. Because we lived on a cul-de-sac, the children could also play out safely with their friends or ride their bicycles." The family enjoyed proximity to local
Setting the Scene
The picture postcard pretty thatched house is set back behind an attractive front garden and picket fence. The property has a low maintenance plot and rear garden, together with off-road parking and a detached garage.
Whats Nearby
The property is conveniently situated on the outskirts of the historic market town of Cowbridge. Particularly convenient is the highly rated and sought after Cowbridge School. Cowbridge is the main town in the sought after Vale of Glamorgan area and has the amenities to satisfy all requirements. Several excellent public houses, including The Bear Hotel, can be found on the high street as well as several good bistros and restaurants. The town is served by a leisure centre, medical centre, library, child care nursery, antique shops and a delicatessen. There is a recently opened Waitrose store and a farmers' market is held in the town twice a month. Bovillston has a convenient village shop and several local pubs within walking distance with The Aubery Arms, The Post and The Red Lion on your doorstep.
Within Easy Reach
For anyone wanting to be close to the sea, there are two excellent beaches within 10 miles, namely Southerndown and Ogmore, the latter river being particularly good for trout and salmon fishing. There are two excellent golf courses less than 4 miles away including the prestigious Vale Golf and Country Club in Hensol and Cotterel Park. In addition, within easy reach are Southerndown Golf Club, Wenvoe Castle and the famous Royal Porthcawl. Atlantic College is an internationally renowned sixth form college and cultural centre of excellence at St Donat`s The Princess of Wales hospital is just 10 miles away, and canbe reached in twenty minutes. There are Tesco and Marks and Spencer superstores located on the edge of Cardiff, just 8 miles away and the centre of the capital can be accessed in 25 minutes The M4 can be reached in 10 minutes at Junction 34, giving access to major cities, including Newport, Swansea and Bristol. The Severn crossing is 40 minutes away and for those wishing to commute there are good high speed rail links to London less than half an hour away, from both Cardiff and Bridgend. Finally, for international and regional air travel, Cardiff Airport can be reached in just 20 minutes and Bristol Airport is just over an hour away.
How to Get There
Heading west on the M4, take the slip road at Junction 33 and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4232. Proceed for approximately 3.6 miles and take the slip road to Culverhouse Cross. At the roundabout take the fourth exit, passing Tesco and Marks & Spencer on the right, and proceed over the lights onto the A48 (Cowbridge Road). Proceed for approximately 5 miles passing by Cottrell Park Golf Resort. Turn Right onto Maes-Y-Ffynon and first left on Village Farm Road and bear to your left. The property will be on your left hand side.
Sat Nav
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is: CF5 6TR

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