Bont Dolgadfan, Bont Dolgadfan, Llanbrynmair, Powys


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  • Bedrooms: 5
The perfect property for any buyer looking for a quiet life in rural Powys, where you can enjoy the surrounding countryside from your doorstep. This Grade II Listed medieval former estate house, dating back to the 1300s, has four bedrooms, gardens and an attached two bedroom wing that is currently run as a successful holiday let but could also be perfect for multi-generational living. The property has a wealth of period features throughout and is A MUST VIEW.


Gelli Dywyll, meaning Dark Copse, is a charming detached period property, steeped in history. Dating back to the 1300s in parts, the property has been developed over the centuries with the present-day Edwardian facade added in the early 1900s by the Winteringham Stable Estate. The property is Grade II Listed and boasts many period features throughout, including the original exposed cruck frames and fireplaces. The property occupies a wonderful location, complete with its own dingle in the grounds and tucked away in mid-Wales, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It is perfectly placed for enjoying all the delights and benefits that mid-Wales has to offer. An attached wing, 'The Dingle', gives the option to continue running as a holiday let and provide some income as an additional benefit.

Property description - Gelli Dywyll

Stone steps lead up to the front door, which open into the grand entrance hall with exposed floorboards, elm and oak staircase dating back to the early 1700s and doors leading to the ground floor accommodation. The kitchen/dining room has exposed beams, an Aga, a range of fitted cupboards and space for appliances. It is a really charming space, a wonderful hub for socialising. Across the hall is the living room with exposed beams and floorboards and a fireplace with inset stove. To the rear of the hall is the door leading to the wing, which can be blocked off during guest stays or opened should you wish to incorporate this into the main house. There is also access to the cellar under the stairs.

On the first floor the central landing has exposed beams and floorboards with doors leading off to the various bedrooms and bathroom. There is one main bedroom with an adjacent area that would be ideal for a dressing room or ensuite subject to necessary permissions and plumbing. There are two single bedrooms, one is currently used as a studio, and a generous bathroom with a unique floor that follows the contour of the cruck beam, adding to the charm of the property. All rooms feature Victorian period fireplaces.

Property description -The Dingle

The Dingle is approached via the gate to the side of the house and down a cobbled path to a door that opens into the entrance lobby to the wing where a staircase rises up to the first floor. A door leads into the kitchen, which has a quarry-tiled floor, granite working surfaces, cottage-style sink and cupboards plus space for a breakfast table with chairs. Off the kitchen is a slate-floored inner hall with door leading to the side garden and adjacent is a contemporary shower room with WC. Opposite is the snug, which has a magnificent inglenook fireplace with large exposed beam and inset wood burning stove, all set on the original slate floor. There is plenty of space for a table, chairs and sofas, offering a lovely cosy room for living or for staying guests. On the first floor there are two bedrooms with exposed beams in the ceilings and the cruck frame on display. The main bedroom features a wonderful four-poster bed and both rooms have Victorian fireplaces giving additional period features.

Gardens and parking

The grounds attached to the property comprise a mature garden with a mix of cultivated and wild plants and flowers and the dingle itself. At the top of the garden is an amenity area with raised beds, a greenhouse and a parking area for a vehicle, with double gates onto the lane. There is a balconied terrace overlooking the dingle and a level lawned area complete with a rustic seating feature to enjoy the peaceful setting. At the back of the wing is a patio area where there is currently a hot tub set up which affords views of the surrounding tree canopy. The kitchen and snug overlook a smaller garden at the rear of the house which is a perfect place for watching the birds it attacts.

History and Location

Gelli Dywyll was established by the historian PC Bartram as being the home of Hywel ab Owain of Llanbryn- mair, born around 1400, in whose honour a poem was dedicated by a well-known travelling poet of the time named Guto'r Glyn. The poem talks of Hywel's prowess as a soldier, musician, lawyer and athlete. Gelli Dywyll was a key site for pioneer woman geologist Ethel Wood who studied the rocks the dingle in the early 1900s, found fossils dating back 425 million years and named the type-rock of the area as the Gelli Shales.

Bont Dolgadfan is a small hamlet near Llanbrynmair nestled in north Powys, which is the largest county in Wales and also the most sparsely populated. With over 2,000 square miles of many areas of outstanding beauty with mountain ranges, lakes, forestry, reservoirs, woodlands and historic market towns throughout Powys and with easy access to the Cardigan Bay coastline and Snowdonia, Gelli Dywyll is the perfect location for those looking for an active or slower pace in life or a mix of the two. Nearby Machynlleth, Llanidloes and Newtown are larger market towns that offer a wide range of shops, services and amenities such as health care, leisure and educational.


The property has mains electricity, septic tank drainage, oil fired heating and a private water supply.

The council tax band is G and the local authority is Powys.


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