This property is without doubt, exceptional! Lochturffin is a handsome and impressive combination of an original 17th century farmhouse that was enlarged over the years to include an adjoining gracious manor house that has been completely renovated by the current owners. It is in fact two dwellings within one – the old farmhouse on three floors to the rear with an impressive manor house built in 1835 when the top level of the farmhouse was added, creating an 8 bedroomed home of yesteryear charm and elegance, redolent with character features, and up-dated to include contemporary design elements and modern-day comforts and conveniences.
It took great vision to restore Lochturffin which was in a poor state of repair when the current owners purchased the property 20 years ago. Refurbishment included new plumbing, updated electrics, added insulation, new timber windows - replaced as originals, three boilers, underfloor heating to a new shower-wet room, a gourmet farmhouse kitchen/dining room with family seating and log burner, as well as being totally re-decorated throughout. The décor is respectful of the historic provenance of the home, yet contemporary and timelessly elegant. The additions and renovations to the property reflect thoughtful design, superior workmanship and quality fixtures and fittings throughout, marrying old with new seamlessly. The old coach house, stable block and corn barn have also been renovated retaining as many of the original features as possible whilst creating storage areas, a workshop and gym. The walled garden and Victorian Greenhouse are a sight to behold, with all external areas beautifully landscaped.
The Lochturffin Old Farmhouse holiday let which can accommodate 8 is adjacent to, but completely separate from the owner’s historic manor house, with its own private access and an enclosed garden, patio and hot tub. The accommodation set over 3 floors, is tastefully furnished, fully equipped and decorated to a high standard throughout and boasts a 'Visit Wales' 5 Star accreditation.
The grounds of the estate are captivating. A stone pillared entrance to the property sees a long tree lined driveway through the meadows and paddocks culminating in a circular turn and park area in front of the elegant home. The tennis court and orchard are alongside with the surrounding gardens of stone walled beds and borders are stocked with hardy shrubs and perennials. There are manicured lawns, and a glorious walled garden with fully restored Victorian greenhouse and charming potting shed.
A second laneway owned by the property leads to the rear where there is access, private parking plus a private lawn and garden for the Old Farmhouse section of the home – perfect for the privacy of the both the holiday makers and the property owners.
The views from both the old farmhouse and the manor house over the gardens, tennis court, orchard, walled garden and stunning rural countryside beyond are truly beautiful. Thoughtful planting over the years has resulted in a range of specimen trees, shrubs and plants around the property that provide seasonal interest and scenic beauty all throughout
Lochturffin Farmhouse was originally a one storey dwelling built in the 16th - 17th century. Over the years a second and third floor was added and in the mid-18th century the large Georgian 4-bedroom house was built adjoining and adjacent to the old farmhouse creating a new elegant presence and new ‘front’ to the property. It was declared a Grade II listed building due to special historic interest as the building was 100 years old, and because of the architectural significance of the grand staircase and some of the fireplaces.
The closest village is Mathry approx. 2 miles away, an ancient site on a hilltop with pub serving good food, a tea room and small church. A short drive away the village of Letterston provides amenities that include a newsagent and general shop, small supermarket, grocery store and butchers shop, post office, primary school, pub, restaurant, petrol station, award winning fish & chip shop and farmers’ co-op.
Nearby are many picturesque coastal communities in hamlets, harbours, villages and towns including St Davids -the smallest city in the UK. St Davids was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the quite magnificent Cathedral. In reality it’s a small attractive village with all the necessary amenities: Food shops, doctor, chemist, dentist, hotels, boutiques, art galleries, excellent pubs and fine restaurants
A short drive will take you to wide sandy beaches along the Pembrokeshire coastal path -Newport, Poppit Sands, and Whitesands in St Davids, as well as small harbours, quaint villages and secret coves for which this part of the world is famous. Rock pooling, paddling, swimming, surfing and co-steering are all nearby.
The coastal towns of Fishguard is 9 miles distant and provides the necessary local amenities, excellent restaurants, tea houses & coffee shops, butchers, bakers and fishmongers as well as doctors surgeries and dentists: Fishguard also has regular trains to London Paddington, and a secondary school, while there’s a primary school in the valley. Cardigan, the largest local community has a wonderful theatre and cinema and St David’s Cathedral holds concerts and exhibitions; there are lots of creative activities in the area.
The manor house
Approached via a quiet country lane, two entrances lead to the property. One provides access via a tree lined small laneway to the rear of the old farmhouse, with the second private driveway entrance along a tree lined driveway leading to the spacious circular parking area, lawns and gardens to the front of the manor house. Immediately one is impressed by the stately elegance this substantial home exudes, and the beauty of the surrounding grounds, tennis court, orchard and beautiful Victorian greenhouse.
A handsome portico provides shelter before entry between two large columns with slate flagstone floor. An original, very solid timber door provides access to the manor house.
Typical period style geometric-design floor tiles grace the hallway, with elegant Grade II listed stairs featuring wrought iron balusters and a polished handrail rise to a half landing boasting a gorgeous original leaded glass window which has been beautifully restored.
This lovely room is decorated in elegant contemporary tones blending traditional features with modern decor. Features include: Original wood floors, original central lighting an original period fireplace, picture rails, and two long windows with lovely garden views.
Snooker Room/Formal Dining Room
Presently used as a snooker room this spacious former carpeted dining room features two windows with lovely views across to the orchard, tennis court and side garden. Features of the room include: High ceiling, picture rail, cornice work, centre original light, original curtain poles and period fireplace.
A welcoming and sunny study – formerly a garden room with the windows to two sides which overlook the Victorian Greenhouse and walled garden. Period fireplace and storage cupboard.
Completely re-designed and refurbished, this luxury farmhouse kitchen with beamed ceiling and spotlights, features plenty of storage in upper and lower cupboards, as well as two spacious Welsh dressers. Lovely period quarry tile floor.
Other features include an integrated 4 oven aga, a suspended drying rack, an integrated dishwasher, Original Belfast sink and drainer with mixer tap, two south facing windows and a half-glazed door leading out to the garden and providing plenty of natural light. A truly delightful historic feature is the ancient washing machine with washing basin and old timbered lid that sits in the original stone-built alcove alongside the Aga which also sits in the old stone recess with weathered timber lintel - that was once an inglenook fireplace.
Dining /Family Area
The open plan layout of the kitchen spills seamlessly into the dining/family area and providing an area to dine casually, and relax in the comfort of a cosy room environment enjoying the log burner set on a slate hearth on cool Pembrokeshire evenings.
Located off the kitchen this handy utility room is well equipped with a wall of upper cupboards and open shelves, Belfast sink with copper swan neck mixer tap, space for a washing machine and tumbler dryer, space and plumbing for an American style fridge/freezer, and a suspended drying rack. Beamed ceiling with spot lights, quarry tile floor, side and front facing window along with a stable style door to the side pathway and log store. Quarry tiled floor.
Extra-large shower, hand basin and toilet. Quarry tiled floor.
A spacious landing with typical period archway, deep skirting boards, and beautiful chandelier, leads to four bedrooms.
A large carpeted bedroom with high ceiling, picture rail, and dual aspect windows with glorious views that include the walled garden and Victorian greenhouse, period tiled surround fireplace.
A spacious front-facing, carpeted master bedroom with long front window overlooking the circular drive, orchard and rural countryside beyond, with a second window permitting delightful views of the walled garden. High ceiling with a period fireplace.
Presently used as a nursery / child’s room. Carpeted floor, centre light, and front facing window with lovely rural views.
A generously sized double bedroom with carpeted floor, high ceiling and centre spotlights, picture rail, painted period fireplace and the advantage of dual aspect windows featuring lovely views to the front and side of the property.
Recently re-designed this spacious wet room has a tiled floor with underfloor heating, fully tiled walls, spotlights, a large glass screened shower area with Mira 360 Power Shower, a wall mounted hand basin with glass shelf and mirror over, wall mounted toilet with concealed cistern, contemporary chrome towel radiator. A side window overlooks the stunning walled garden.
A very characterful original toilet suite with small wash room containing a period hand basin with brass tap in a wooden vanity, a ‘Thunder Box’ toilet room alongside, plus a bath and shower room which features an original long roll top bath and faucets, wooden floor, pedestal hand basin and large shower recess.
Eaves Storage Room
Handy storage room with Velux roof window and electric light.
The old farmhouse
Timber framed with a slate roof and light above a solid timber entrance door.
Beamed ceiling with spotlights, exposed stone walls, quarry tiled floor, fitted kitchen cupboards with open shelves and a glass cabinet, tiled splash backs, integrated AEG electric oven, hob and pull-out extractor fan, a space for dishwasher, stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap, 2 large windows overlooking the patio and 3 paned windows overlooking the private lawned garden and a walk through to the utility room.
Space for a washer and separate tumble dryer beneath work surfaces with tiled splash backs, spotlights, space for a fridge/freezer and microwave. Paned window overlooking the private garden.
A spacious room with cosy carpet underfoot, spot lights and beams to the ceiling, 2 south facing paned sash windows, exposed stone walls, built in shelves and storage cupboard.
A lovely, carpeted double bedroom presently furnished with two single beds, spotlights and exposed stone wall. Window facing south.
Rear facing carpeted twin bedroom with two windows, storage cupboard, spotlights and cast-iron period fireplace.
Fully tiled walls and floor, extra-large glass sided shower with rainfall head and hand spray, wall hung toilet with concealed cistern, wall mounted hand basin with mixer tap, and LED mirror over, glass and chrome shelf, chrome ladder style towel radiator, glass and chrome shelf and spotlights.
Dog leg stairs to the top floor are carpeted and benefit from ample natural light via a Velux roof window.
Bedroom with En suite Shower Room
A lovely carpeted double sized bedroom with window overlooking the walled garden and centre light.
En suite Shower Room
Fully tiled with extra-large shower equipped with a monsoon head and hand spray, toilet with concealed cistern, wall hung hand basin with mixer tap and LED mirror over, glass and chrome shelf, spotlights and chrome ladder towel radiator.
A generously sized carpeted room with side sash window overlooking the greenhouse and garden, cast iron period fireplace, integrated shelves, deep closet and painted original wood ceiling.
Top floor landing area leads to a curtained fire door, two doors thick into the Manor House
Original roof beams, tiled floor, bath, pedestal hand basin, tiled splash back and mirror with light above, and toilet.
A delightful old corn barn situated to the rear of the house and has been beautifully restored as a gym/entertainment facility on the upper level - benefitting from central heating and featuring a wonderful re-claimed wooden floor once underfoot at St. Davids Hall. Of stone construction with slate roof and containing some of the original workings and an ancient fireplace.
The Old Stables
Below the Corn Barn is an extensive storage area with heating if required that also houses the original ‘listed’ stable boxes.
The Carriage House
Now equipped as a comprehensive workshop with plenty of power points and lighting as well as a mezzanine level for additional storage.
This delightful original Victorian greenhouse has been fully restored and features the original tiled floor and an old well. In its day it even had central heating!
Ben’s House - Potting Shed
Still affectionately called Ben’s house – as Ben was many years ago the head gardener who lived in the stone shed stoking the fires to keep the central heating going in the greenhouse alongside. Now a handy potting shed alongside the greenhouse within the walled garden.
Grounds and Gardens
The grounds and gardens are nothing short of stunning! A tree lined driveway and pretty laneway, well maintained lawns and hedges, mature trees, raised stone beds filled with established shrubs and plants, borders of herbaceous flowers – all soothe the senses and give a feeling of peace and tranquillity pervades when absorbing the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Two grazing fields are rented to local farmers generating income, and a part of the larger field is designated to become a partial woodland later in 2020 with the support of The Woodland Trust who have provided a grant.
A minute walk leads to a nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary with two small lakes – one of which is stocked with trout with the vendors holding fishing rights. This is a beautiful sanctuary which is co-owned and shared with the six neighbouring cottages that once were outbuildings to the farm that have been restored and renovated by the vendors and sold on to individual homeowners.
Birdlife is everywhere, darting over the ponds and soaring above the grass and woodland, with a wide diversity of species including rare Red Kites, Buzzards, Dippers, Tree Creepers and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers to name but a few.
Main supply electricity with private water and private drainage. Oil central heating and hot water (via two boilers to the main property and another in the storage area of the Corn Barn), oil fired aga.
Band H 2020/21 £2845