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A Georgian mansion fit for a king.

NESTLED amid conifers in the Aeron Valley, off the main road by a stone conversion, is a driveway to another world. Cwrt Mawr, Welsh for 'big courtyard', is a Grade II listed property and the elegant Georgian facade conceals a luxurious abode that's steeped in history.

Dating from around 1770, and given a substantial extension about 100 years later, the house has recently been given an imaginative and comprehensive refurbishment programme. The result is a beautifully presented and comfortable country house of distinction that has retained its delightful period features.

In the private, secluded setting near Llangeitho, Tregaron, Cwrt Mawr is available with around 25 acres of land, including pastures, small area of woodland and barn used as stable accommodation.

Once you get inside the house, the imposing reception hall with its flagstone floor, offers a wide staircase rising to the first and second floors. A side entrance hall also has a secondary staircase.

The morning room boasts a grand marble fireplace, while the south-facing French drawing room has another with its own ornate surround.

The kitchen/breakfast room is functionally fitted with handmade pine kitchen units including a dresser unit, Belfast sink, dishwasher and L-shaped units with Welsh slate worktops. It also offers Electrolux cookers and a cream-coloured oil-fired Rayburn.

A connecting door leads through to the courtyard hall and a cloakroom with WC and hand basin, while a pine panelled study on the same floor has a staircase leading to the workroom.

Back on the ground, the pantry/wine store is floored with slate slabs and fitted with wooden shelves. The rear hall offers access to the utility room with its terracotta coloured tiles, the home's second Belfast sink and two oil-fired central heating boilers, zoned to heat various parts of the house.

Upstairs, the first floor has a large drawing room with a with two south-facing windows, making the most of the far reaching views.

This floor houses the first of the eight bedrooms, including the substantial master suite, with an en suite - complete with whirlpool bath - and dressing room. The family bathroom has a charming free-standing claw-footed bath, but the remainder of the bedrooms on the floor also have their own en suite shower rooms.

Stairs from the second bedroom lead to a fourth bedroom which is currently being used as a relaxed teenagers' sitting room with pine panelling and unusual cast fireplace with wood surround.

Up yet another flight of stairs, bedrooms have alternately a cast iron fireplace, an entrance vestibule and more en suites.

Outside a terrace adjoins the garden room on the north side of the house, sharing the grounds with a greenhouse and a heated swimming pool.

The gardens and grounds extending to about 4.5 acres are a breathtaking feature of Cwrt Mawr, providing a peaceful setting for the house, incorporating extensive lawns with shrub borders and magnificent mature trees and Rhododendrons.

A natural garden in-cludes a bluebell wood.

The stone coach house in the grounds is a recently converted detached two bedroom, two bathroom building to provide extra accommodation to the house, while the barn complex, accessed by a separate driveway, has had planning consent for conversion into one residential and six holiday cottages.

* Cwrt Mawr is for sale with Morgan and Davies for pounds 1,350,000, including 25 acres of land. The house and six acres are available for pounds 995,000. Call 01570 423623
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 19, 2011
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