On the sunny side of the street
There are many ways to find your new home, and for some it’s a complete accident, like our owners. On a drive back from The Vale in 1998, a sudden case of cramp caused them to pull over. As they got out of the car, they stumbled upon St Anne’s Court, a small development of new-build homes in the small rural village of Talygarn. They fell in love with this little cul de sac of 22 houses that are generously laid out. This spaciousness between the properties creates privacy, and the surrounding countryside meant the garden is not overlooked. Coincidentally they had been looking for a new home and, as fate would have it, two properties were still available. They selected the five-bedroom home at the far end and have spent an extremely happy 22 years there.
These strange times have brought communities and neighbourhoods closer together, yet this charming cul de sac has always been full of spirit. The owners have shared with us some of their wonderful memories of their time there, filled with street parties and family gatherings. Often the neighbours would all bring their garden furniture to the front for a street BBQ where the children would play freely, a marquee was even erected in case our British weather let them down. This sense of togetherness is what many now seek, and is perhaps what you want from your next home?
The owners named the house Heulwen, which means sunny spot in Welsh ¬– because it really is a sunny spot. The garden is one of their favourite places. “From eating breakfast on the patio to watching the sun go down from the decking, I could never tire of looking at the view over the surrounding countryside.” But before we explore this blissful setting, we’re going to take a look inside.
Come on in
One of the most striking rooms has to be the open-plan kitchen diner, with patio doors out onto the garden. Its long bank of cupboards provides you with storage for every kind of gadget, whilst the three built-in ovens mean you can cook for a large number of guests without the stress. You can picture yourself grabbing a bite whilst sat at the breakfast bar, or experimenting with a culinary masterpiece for your family. “We loved entertaining, and had some of the most outrageous parties” the owners tell us, and you can see why it would be the perfect space in which to celebrate with friends and family.
Attention to detail can be seen throughout this property, and as you cast your eye over the kitchen you will notice the cream gloss cabinets by German designer Leicht, including those must-have tall larder units. Why wait for the kettle, when you have a Quooker instant boiling water tap, ideal for a quick cup of tea or cooking. The kitchen is finished off with a granite worktop, just as you would expect in a home of such distinction. You also have the luxury of cosy warm toes even in the winter, as the porcelain tiled floor is heated.
Space is one thing you notice from the moment you enter, and even the hallway and landing are on the large side. The lounge runs from the front to the back of the house, with a bay window at the front and patio doors that give you views up to the garden; light fills this room and, even though it’s 26ft in length, it doesn’t overpower you.
“Our master bedroom spans front to back and includes a generous en-suite, with a bath and separate shower. We fitted the bedroom with Nolte Möbel furniture, they are one of the leading manufacturers of wardrobes and bedroom furniture ranges, all the wardrobes are mirrored. The second bedroom is also very large and you could create a sitting area as well as a sleeping area in this room and is also fitted out with Nolte Mobel furniture. At the middle back of the house is the third bedroom, which is a lovely room that is always warm and sunny, it would make a great child’s or guest bedroom. The fourth and fifth bedrooms can also take double beds and there is a family bathroom upstairs too.”
It’s downstairs where you will find one of the most important rooms, the study. With more people wishing to work from home at least some of the time in the future, we know that a study is one thing that could be on your must-have list. Fully equipped, this room has everything you need as it has been designed to study specifications with fast Virgin media Wi-Fi. “The advantage of this room is that at the end of the day I can shut the door on work and walk into the kitchen and just be home.” The owners describe the location as a commuter paradise, she travels a lot for work and has found it ideal to get all over the country.
• One stop on the train into Cardiff in 14 minutes, enabling access to London.
• 10 minutes’ drive to the M4, west to Swansea and east to Bristol.
• Direct trains to Manchester, Bristol, and Gloucester.
• 30 minutes to Cardiff airport, which opens up international possibilities via KLM to Amsterdam.
With such space you can see instantly why this would make the perfect family home, and being at the end of the cul de sac there is no passing traffic. “It’s been wonderful watching the children play safely in the street, putting on shows, learning to play football and riding their bikes out on the road and wide pavements knowing that there’s no passing traffic. St. Anne’s Court is a place where you and your family feel safe, your neighbours are not too close, not in each other’s pockets, but we’re always looking out for each other. Living here has been masses of fun and we have formed friendships that will last forever.”
The outside space is impressive, “due to the size of the plot we have been able to build a very large patio”, you can imagine enjoying the sunshine here, having lunch and, as the present owners have done, hosting a party or two. They have even placed a marquee on the patio to ensure their guests have stayed dry whilst they have hosted a BBQ or family celebration. “The garden is southwest-facing and is not square or rectangular like most, we have also created a decked area with a pergola to make the most of the last hours of sunshine.”
“Heulwen really is a sun trap, you can relax and play at leisure as you have complete privacy, and two sweeping paths lead from the patio to either side of a gentle undulating lawn.” The garden is bursting with colour thanks to the many different shaped borders of mature plants including three acer trees and azaleas, whilst plants such as roses and lavender add a glorious aroma.
A home isn’t just the property but also what it can offer you locally, and we know you won’t be disappointed. In walking distance, you have the wonderful Talygarn lakes and Talygarn horse riding stables. The village is only a 20 -minute walk away, where you will find everything you need including a bank, Post Office, doctors, optician, chemists, hairdressers, beauticians, delicatessen, coffee shops, convenience food stores and, of course, a pub and churches. There are a number of clubs to keep the children entertained in the village, including rugby and football clubs, as well as several primary and comprehensive schools close by.
In 14 minutes you can be in Cardiff by train, which opens up endless possibilities from Michelin star restaurants, to buzzing nightlife, wonderful boutique shopping and chain stores, and a wealth of history and culture due to the city’s several theatres and live entertainment venues. Families will love Techniquest, the UK’s longest established science centre where your children will have fun with the many exhibits. St. Fagans National Museum of history is only a short drive away; free to enter, it’s a fascinating place to explore people’s history through everyday lives.
When it comes to sport, where do we begin? World-renowned stadiums, including the Principality rugby stadium, which hosts indoor/outdoor concerts as well as rugby and other sporting activities. Celtic Manor Wales Ryder cup golf course is only half an hour away, but in 10 minutes you can be arriving at The Vale Golf Hotel and Resort, home to Wales’ rugby and football teams and offering two wonderful courses.
Talygarn as a small rural village is ideally located and is also just a 30-minute drive away from local coastal areas of Ogmore and Porthcawl. With a reputation as one of the cleanest beaches in the area, Ogmore-by-Sea is on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with stunning costal walks. Porthcawl boasts 7 beaches each one offering something different, Rest Bay is known to be popular with surfers, whereas Sandy Bay is more family oriented.
The sunny side of the street
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street
Heulwen is a special property, one that grabs your attention and quickly works its way into your heart.