Grand Designs-style dream home with sweeping views across the estuary

News at John Francis | 04/04/2022


A brilliant article in Walesonline showcasing one of our properties being sold by the Cardigan Office 

  https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/welsh-homes/grand-designs-style-dream-home-23559396 There are amazing views to delight you at many different homes throughout Wales offering rolling rural vistas, coastal glimpses and a patchwork of urban rooftops. All have a breath-taking aspect to keep you lingering at a window and gazing out in awe. But this house in Pembrokeshire can arguably claim to have one of the best panoramic, sweeping views that includes all three elements, plus a meandering river estuary too. This property is greedy and wants a view that has it all. And why wouldn't you want to feast your eyes on this incredible vista every day and at every possible moment at this beautiful Grand Designs-style dream home? This architect designed, bespoke luxury home perches above the popular Pembrokeshire village of St Dogmaels and from its amazing elevated position it can command a view that stretches out over the village and the estuary, as the Teifi river winds its way slowly to the sea on the horizon. Flanked by a patchwork of fields within the undulating countryside, the view really does have something for everyone - country, coast, village, river and sea. From the first floor living room with its Juliet balcony, first floor bedroom and the ground floor kitchen diner, the view is a staggering distraction, perfectly framed by vast swathes of glass that ensure the connection to it is optimised. So on a bad weather day there's still the opportunity to enjoy that remarkable vista from the inside, but on a bright and sunny day, slide those triple glass doors open in the kitchen, wander out and park yourself on the substantial, sunny terrace or the lawn below and drink in the remarkable location of this dream home. Or you could wander down to the detached garden room currently used by an artist for painting that would also suit a writer or musician - who wouldn't get inspired to get creative by that all encompassing view? Enter the home at the central front door and the glass atrium space is flooded with light from the glass door and roof of glass above it. The entrance setts an exciting tone of anticipation to explore the rest of the home as soon as you enter. To the left is the hub of the home - at least on this floor - a spacious, light and view filled kitchen diner with the most inviting of seating areas right next to the triple glass doors to the garden terrace. The space is a sociable area that flows from the fully equipped Shaker-style contemporary kitchen, which surely has an island unit with the best view in Wales, to the seating area and then the garden beyond - from kitchen or wine fridge to alfresco dining or a squishy sofa inside in less than 10 seconds. The space then flows seamlessly into a dining zone that looks out over the garden through a large picture window, although there's plenty of fabulousness to see inside too, especially the attractive, modern version of a traditional Welsh dresser on the opposite wall. The interior design in these spaces is comfortable with understated elegance, with soft shades, darker and contrasting accents, and welcoming tactile and natural textures to be found in every room that effortlessly visually connect the spaces within a consistent decor scheme. Climbing the stairs that are nestled in a space between the kitchen and dining area, it's not really a surprise to discover that this well-thought out home is a partial upside down house, with a separate lounge found on the first floor. From this elevated position the view is truly breath-taking, suitably assisted by the choice of a wall of glass at the end of the space. But this is no ordinary window, it slides open to reveal a Juliet balcony that can let the sea breezes and sounds of the coast into the room to tickle your senses. Why should just your eyes get all the benefit of the view? The balcony allows you to be immersed in it as much as possible via sound, touch and maybe even taste, and all from your sofa. The addition of a large log burner and the stormy green sea colour choice behind it gives this room a cosy feel inside that beautifully balances out the expansive view outside. There are views to glimpse on three of the four walls in this inviting lounge, so feeling like you are embedded in the location and the nature that surrounds you is elevated to an even higher level. Very few rooms can boast a triple aspect, but this house is stuffed full of bonus features. There's a bedroom up on this first floor too. But should four bedrooms be one too many for a new owner, this one would make an incredible home office. Imagine the envious faces of colleagues on Zoom calls or Google hangouts when they see that view as your real-life background. But as a bedroom it is a self-contained room, with ensuite at the back and built-in wardrobes that could make it the perfect guest bedroom, or the perfect, peaceful adult bedroom if the remaining three bedrooms on the ground floor are given to the children of the household. Back on the ground floor, the three bedrooms on this level occupy the single-storey stone section of this characterful home called Cam Yr Afon. Through the snug area that links the two wings of the house, and past the beautifully decorated family bathroom, and the first of these bedrooms is a pretty double, with a stable door that opens out onto the garden terrace. The next bedroom is currently being used as a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, which makes sense as it is directly next to the master bedroom. The master bedroom is extra special because, as well as an ensuite, it can boast its own set of floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors that also open onto the terrace. Imagine breakfast in bed with the sun streaming in and the coastal, refreshing air wafting in to the room to gently remind you of the special location that this special home occupies. At the end of this wing of the house is a garage that can be accessed via the stone chip driveway that sweeps around the rear of the house between the terrace and the lawn. This section of the garden is done in such a way that it is not at all obvious that this area is a drive to the garage as well as an extra place to sit and admire the view. If the garage is not needed it could become, subject to planning permission, neighbours' consent, and availability of a conversion budget, a spectacular master bedroom, extra lounge or games room. Keeping it single-storey but raising the ceiling right up to the roof to create a double-height space will make an immediate impact. And because it is located at the end of this wing of the house, the whole of the end wall could be glass to ensure the view is appreciated to the maximum. Maybe add a mezzanine level for the bed area too as a way of avoiding the interruption of the roof of the house below and then the views can flood in.