ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO RELAX & ENJOY
Flat 2 (completed by 1810) and the more recessed Flat 3 (added in 1872) occupy the right-hand side. It used to be one long family house – there were 6 children and Flat 3 was added on in anticipation of a 7th, at last a boy, but, alas, stillborn. Now the house is divided vertically into three, the divisions coming where build-ons began so that nobody gets to be above or below anybody else like the word ‘flats’ might suggest.
Flats 2 and 3 have their own first-floor landing with their separate entrances facing each other. Their spacious rooms are characterized by interesting windows and variously-shaped ceilings giving them a huge amount of character. Both flats have oil-fired central heating and open log fires.The ground floor comprises laundry room, store rooms and passageways where bikes and outdoor gear can be secure.
Should the flats be used in conjunction with the extra loft bedroom or with either of the cottages, the aerial view below shows where they all are in relation to each other.
Here is a place to combine gracious country house living both indoors and out with focused activity. Looking down straight onto the garden and to hills across the valley, Flat 2 enjoys the best views of anywhere here. The kitchen in particular brings the garden into the house justifying the tag ‘garden kitchen’! The kitchen and living-room/diner are usefully interconnected for large number meals, enough cutlery and crockery being provided for a total booking of both cottages and both flats. The oil-fired combi-boiler heats the radiators and gives instant and limitless hot water as well as mains pressure to the shower over the cast-iron bath.
The flat has ready laid-out bed space for 11 which is extendable to 14. It has three large bedrooms. On the first floor is the master bedroom with a double and a pull-out single bed. On the top floor are the family bedroom (with double, single and one or two single divans) and the partially divided bedroom (with twin beds to either side of the division)
If none of the smaller lets are available for smaller numbers (even 1!), Flat 2, if available, is offered at the price of the let appropriate to the number staying.
This end wing of the house (an 1872 extension of it) is ideal for singles or couples. It is very private, nearly a full floor up with nobody underneath and only the roof and the sky above. You pass its kitchen and bathroom (with power shower over the bath) to enter its studio-type main room with barrel-vaulted ceiling. This room’s sleeping area, with double bed and bedroom furniture is up one end of its 25′ length below a high-set round window which gets the sun. Half-way down is the fireplace with open log fire and two easy chairs.
The settee (convertible to a 4′ single bed) and oak dining table face the tall arch-topped window with its views straight ahead onto colourful shrubs, up half-left through Scots pines to mountains and hills across the valley, and down half-right over the garden. At the opposite end of the room, the round window also brings colour into the room from up on the facing bank.
Two large radiators ensure adequate warmth in the coldest of weathers and you can retire to bed to the flickerings of logs if that is preferred to the electric radiant fire The quiet kitchen-model oil boiler with timer gives warmth there, heats the flat’s 3 radiators, and provides lashings of hot water.
This can be used to make another bedroom with any of the four lets. It is furnished as a bedroom with two adjacent 3’ divan beds. It is not en suite, but, if used with either of the cottages whose gardens it overlooks, is literally only a few yards away from their facilities which can be reached without going through any room used to sleep in.
If used with either of the flats in the house which is only 100 yards away, a downstair toilet there is available, and an extra key to the appropriate flat would be provided. You could think of it as an upmarket stone tent! It is entirely private, being accessed only by its original outside flight of stone steps, yet is not isolated, being part of the cottages complex. The steps are lit by electric light. The room is heated by a 1kW time-controlled oil-filled electric Dimplex radiator and by a 2kW fan heater.
Its features include the original oak A frame (with wooden pegs), and a round port-hole picture window which looks across the valley to the nearer mountains overlooking the Mawddach estuary. Its other, venting window looks over the cottage gardens to the roofs and chimneys of the house, and away to the Aran mountains 15 miles distant – the best view in the place, especially at sunrise!
It is suitable for adults or teenagers many of whom like it as being a bit ‘different’. Access can be either by a garden path running along the back of the cottage gardens, or on the tarmac drive along the front of the cottages.