Property marketed by West Wales Properties
1 Priory Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1BZ
- Grade II Listed Former School
- Three Bed Converted Schoolhouse
- Attached Two Bed Headmaster's Cottage
- Detached Office with Conversion Potential to Annex
- Characterful & Original Features
- Elevated Situation with Countryside Views
- Unique Artisan Kitchen
- Fantastic Open Plan Living Area
- Oil Central Heating
- EPC Rating: EXEMPT
About this property
A wonderful opportunity to purchase this charming, Grade II listed, former schoolhouse, which has been transformed into a welcoming three-bedroom home with unique open-plan living space. There is a further attached two-bedroom cottage, plus within its curtilage is a purpose built, detached two-storey (non-listed) building. Yr Hen Ysgol could be configured in many different ways, appealing to a broad range of buyers including multi-generational families who could use either the cottage or the detached office (subject to planning) as a separate annex. Alternatively, the schoolhouse could be opened up into the cottage and made into an impressive five-bedroom home with income potential from the detached building as a tourism business. The buildings are set within approximately half an acre, mainly comprising of the former playground for the school. There is also a small area of shaded woodland and to the front, a courtyard garden with plenty of off-road parking to the side. It commands an elevated position within the rural village of Aberbanc, and benefits from wonderful panoramic views of a multitude of green fields and a wooded river valley, lining the route of a tributary stream that meets the famous River Teifi.Yr Hen Ysgol, which means “the old school” in Welsh, first opened to pupils in 1847, and has been in the ownership of the current owners for over 20 years. They have carried out the vast majority of the renovations and unique modifications, including re-roofing the whole of the schoolhouse with reclaimed Welsh slates, in the last two years, future-proofing the building for its next custodians. They have transformed the inside space, adding impressive new features including adding a mezzanine level overlooking the whole open-plan space found on the ground floor.
The artisanal kitchen is certainly the heart of this home, with an oil-fired Aga for slow, thoughtful cooking. There are rustic, handmade wooden cabinets, practical reclaimed slate countertops and a walk in pantry with cooler temperatures for food storage. A casual seated area has been created in the corner of this room, inviting you to join in, or at least comfortably observe the creative processes of your fellow cuisine connoisseur!
The original pitched pine wood and glass sliding room divider remains, allowing the kitchen space to be opened up into the fantastic dining room area where there is a vaulted ceiling and wood burner at its centre. Full-length windows with custom built wood shutters, flood this room with light, the whole space is very adaptable to meet your needs, and is welcoming any time of the year.
Leading from this room via separate hallways is the rest of the house and the internal entrance to the attached cottage. One side leads to the formal living room with four large windows which from three aspects has splendid views of the valley, an atmospheric spa-style bath and shower room with a feature mock stained glass window, and two single bedrooms accessed via a delightful spiral staircase, overlooking the living room.
The other hallway is used as a dressing room and there is a fitted wardrobe under the stairs, a shower room and a wooden staircase that leads to the main, double bedroom.
The attached cottage, formerly the headmasters accommodation, has its own front entrance, an open-plan kitchen and living room, a bathroom and two bedrooms overlooking the war memorial to the countryside beyond. The bedrooms have exposed wooden floors and brickwork, continuing the original character of this building. This space could be closed off from the rest of the house and run as a holiday let to supplement your income or modified as an annex for multi-generational living.
The detached, purpose-built office is located next to the former playground and is split over two levels. Sympathetically constructed in the same style as the original schoolhouse and currently used as a commercial office. The ground floor has a kitchenette and a toilet, the first floor mirrors the size of the lower floor with a large open-plan space. This building serves as a blank canvas for a wide range of uses, subject to the necessary planning requirements.
The delightful Yr Hen Ysgol must be viewed to truly appreciate the quality of the workmanship and thought that the owners have put into updating the former school building whilst retaining the personality of its past.
We would recommend taking some time to explore the property virtually in advance, via our 360 – degree virtual tour.
VIEWING: By appointment only.
TENURE: We are advised freehold.
SERVICES: We have not checked or tested any of the services or appliances at the property.
TAX BAND: Ceredigion County Council Band "D"
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Property added 19/05/2023