With 20,000 square feet of living space, 50 acres of land and a place for the family helicopter, Coomb Mansion certainly has space to spread out.
Located in Llangynog, a community in Carmarthenshire, Wales, the restored mansion went on the market on Tuesday for £3.95 million (US$5.1 million). It has some 60 rooms total, with 14 bedrooms, eight bathrooms and seven reception areas, according to the listing.
“The property is steeped in history, and has been renovated to the extent that all rooms have their own individuality and importance within the whole property,” said agent Dylan Williams of Rees Richards & Partners.
The original home, a mere 30 rooms, was built by farmer Morgan Davies. He bought the property in 1679 and ran a 5,000-acre farming estate there, the listing said. The Morris family, who were bankers, bought the property in 1806, doubling the house and orchestrating its Victorian Gothic design. Mai Morris inherited it in 1902, and added the main staircase and galleried landing.
“The stairway, being of Canadian Oak and hand carved from no less than three large oak trees, is a thing of beauty,” Mr. Williams said.
The property became a National Children’s Home in 1941, then served as a home for veterans until 2006.
After purchasing property in 2013, which includes 17 acres of gardens, pastures and woodland, plus a 33-acre wooded hillside, the current owners, Robin Cammish, Chairman of QP Group, a consultancy group, and his partner, Pauline Bowers, began restoring Coomb Mansion. They’ve kept the historic look, but modernized it for contemporary living. Now they are looking to sell and start another restoration project.
Their “vision from the outset was to restore the property to its original condition, utilizing as many of the original features as possible,” Mr. Williams said. “French marble fireplaces have been restored along with the oak staircases and panelling, whilst the kitchen and orangery offers a ‘minimalistic’ modern touch.”
Another modern feature: the 100-foot x 100-foot helicopter pad. “The helipad certainly offers means of modern transportation,” Mr. Williams added.
Most of the home melds the old with the new. For instance, on the ground floor, the living and drawing rooms have original oak paneling and large bay windows, while the dining room and kitchen have a modern feel. An octagonal party room, library and orangery, plus the spa and sauna, are on the ground floor, the listing said.
Four en-suite bedrooms are on the second floor, as well as the master bedroom, which has views of the grounds. An additional three bedrooms, plus a kitchen and living room, are just steps away, and could be used as a separate living space. The top floor has three more bedrooms and a study, plus a room that extends the length of the house and is currently used as a gym.
Both the home and the Victorian steps leading into the walled garden are Grade II listed, a preservation designation. The steps, to the east of the mansion, lead to three different gardens, according to the listing: the Orchard, the Terrace and the Victorian Garden. The estate is about five miles from the town of Carmarthen and overlooks the estuary of the River Taf and Laugharne, the former home of poet Dylan Thomas.
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