Dreams can come true
It started with a dream...
The current owner of Warren House grew up in the village of Pentyrch on the outskirts of Cardiff; He couldn’t believe his luck when, a few years ago, that white house on the top of the mountain he had longed to own came on the market. When he arrived to view, he can remember standing in the incredible gardens bursting with wildlife and knew already that this was where he wanted to live, and that is before he had even stepped inside
The astonishing property you see today is much changed from its origins as a small cottage believed to date to as early as 1846, if not earlier. The old cottage, now the living room, is tenderly enclosed by the home’s new additions, but some exquisite period features still remain. The stone wall in the living room is of historical importance as it still has pointing made from mud and horse hair. The house forms part of the old local mining community, and a couple of bell pits still exist in the garden
Bell pits are a primitive form of coal mining where a large hole would be dug and a boy would be sent down to chisel away at the coal from the sides of the hole.
The owner told us, “I love wildlife and the outdoors and the gardens here have to be seen to be believed. There is a woodland, two large lawns which I put in, ponds, beautiful acer trees – there is an array of wildflowers and even what I call the orchard, with apples, pears and raspberries.
And the panoramic views are breathtaking... It is a nature lover’s paradise. So, standing there in the garden when viewing the home for the first time, I was taken aback.
Emotionally, the house had already grabbed me; I didn’t need to look inside. The work inside the house had been done, it was the outside where nature had thrived over the years that had grown, which is what I have focused on since living here”
From a humble cottage this is now a grand and elegant six-bedroom home which includes the top floor annex and is ideal for a teenagers living space or as a potential rental income, furthermore with five-bathrooms and a truly enormous kitchen and large utility room. It was originally extended in the 1970s and then again in the 1980s, and you can tell that the work was always done to take advantage of the stunning, far reaching views.
“My favourite part of the house is possibly the living room, as next to the log burner is an original bread oven. There are also the old stone steps from the original cottage; they are not in use now but are still extremely beautiful. Another part of the old house is what I use as my office, I love sitting there and looking out through the sun lounge to the gardens beyond. I’ve put a bird feeder there and it attracts all kinds of wildlife, I often see woodpeckers.
Another room I love spending time in is the bedroom on the top floor, there are windows on all sides so you never miss a view and can see right over to the Bristol Channel. The kitchen is a grand space; it’s wonderful in the summer as you can open the doors and bring the outside in, as well as enjoy a morning coffee on the patio. There is a set of steps from the patio to the big pond, which has a waterfall. That’s another magnificent place to sit in the evening and admire the wonders the gardens offer.”
Warren House was bought to be the current owner’s forever home, but life, as it often does, had
other plans and it’s time for him to start a new chapter, though he is proud that he has been able to call this dream property his home. “It has been great, the sort of house where kids could bring friends over and yet you couldn’t hear the chaos they were creating. It offers the best of both worlds privacy and a kind of remoteness some dream of, yet you are only a quarter of a mile away from the village”
Pentrych, on the foothills of Garth Mountain and high above the River Taff, is just what you would
expect from a traditional Welsh village. There are two pubs, including the King’s Arms, an ancient
longhouse that originally opened in the 17th century, with a cosy bar and many original features.
As well as a couple of shops, you will discover a bowls club, rugby club, the local primary school and so much more.
It is ideally located close to junction 32 of the M4, around 8 miles from the city of Cardiff, a journey
which takes about 20 minutes depending on the route. It is popular with walkers and is also a
destination of choice for mountain bikers. If you enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, this really could be the home for you.
"What will I miss about living at Warren House? The views and, of course, the gardens. The views
are just breath-taking. There is nothing like the feeling of driving home from the days activities and looking up the mountain and seeing the beautiful home on the hill"
The story of Warren House must be that it makes dreams come true.
This is one of those truly exceptional homes that has to be seen to be believed, only when standing
and soaking up the view does it really feel real.
22' 9'' x 15' 5'' (6.93m x 4.70m)
15' 6'' x 7' 3'' (4.72m x 2.21m)
24' 11'' x 6' 11'' (7.59m x 2.11m)
22' 1'' x 19' 4'' (6.73m x 5.89m)
15' 4'' x 6' 3'' (4.67m x 1.90m)
25' 4'' x 13' 1'' (7.72m x 3.98m)
17' 9'' x 10' 11'' (5.41m x 3.32m)
15' 6'' x 8' 9'' (4.72m x 2.66m)
14' 5'' x 13' 7'' (4.39m x 4.14m)
9' 3'' x 8' 5'' (2.82m x 2.56m)
Bedroom six/dressing room
18' 4'' x 9' 9'' (5.58m x 2.97m)