Are you dreaming of a beautiful family home just a stone’s throw from the glorious Welsh coastal path? On the outskirts of Cardiff and boasting dramatic sea views across to Sully Island, this 5–6-bedroom detached residence is a wish come true.
Built in 1900, the property was originally the gatehouse and servants’ quarters for Spinney Mansion but has since been converted into a unique and adaptable home designed with entertaining and modern family life in mind.
Take A Peek…
Extending over approximately 2,250 square feet, Glandwr’s fantastic features include an open plan dining kitchen and 2/3 further reception rooms, a master en suite, a Jack-and-Jill suite and two separate bathrooms, and a landscaped wrap-around garden.
The house has been upgraded throughout while preserving the original dimple glass windows to the dining room and the concealed quarry tiles in the hallway and lounge. French quarry tiles have recently been laid to the porch, with oak floorboards, stripped latched doors, and 100 per cent wool carpets to the interior.
Oil-fired central heating, including a new oil tank and a large combination boiler, easily accommodate the property’s four bathrooms, while double-glazed windows promote a warm and peaceful atmosphere.
You’ll find Glandwr on a quiet corner plot surrounded by fencing and a boundary wall, where climbing plants frame a handy post box. Double gates open to a block-paved driveway with security lighting and ample parking for up to seven cars. There’s also a garage with an electricity supply and useful outdoor storage.
Follow the winding path skirting the charming redbrick and mock-Tudor exterior, arriving at a solid wood door opening into a bright dual-aspect porch with leaded windows.
Step through into an inviting hallway with soft cream carpet to the floor and the white-painted turning staircase. Head left into a spacious living room where cosy, neutral décor reflects the natural light from a canted front bay and a side window with diamond-shaped leaded panes.
The Social Hub
Straight ahead from the hallway, oak flooring begins in an L-shaped dining kitchen that forms the heart of the home. Illuminated by original dimple glass windows, glazed double doors to the conservatory, and a chandelier fitting, the formal dining area is big enough to seat eight alongside a dresser, display cabinet, or a few antiques.
After dinner, usher your guests into the conservatory – with private bar and tile flooring – and out onto the extensive terrace.
Back inside, you’ll discover a casual breakfast area by the floor-to-ceiling integrated pantry cupboards. Lit by spotlights and two big side windows, the galley kitchen comes fitted with Shaker-style off-white wall and base cabinets with plenty of worktops.
Integrated appliances and features include dual convection ovens with a warming drawer, dual induction hobs with overhead extractor, a combi-microwave, stainless-steel sink, convenient waste disposal units and space for a fridge-freezer.
To the rear of the property lies an impressive reception hallway accessed from the kitchen or a stable door from the terrace. Here you’ll find a second carpeted staircase leading directly to the master suite and fourth bedroom.
The hallway also connects to a lounge or a big double bedroom, which features oak flooring, windows to the side and French doors to the garden. Also benefiting from a part-tiled, three-piece shower room with underfloor heating, this section of the home could be used as an annexe for family members or separate guest accommodation.
And So to Bed…
Take the rear staircase to the first-floor landing, which reveals a generous dual-aspect master suite with double doors to a Juliet balcony and a walk-in dressing area. This airy, oversized principal also boasts a part-tiled Villeroy & Boch en suite bathroom with underfloor heating, panelled bath and separate shower enclosure, chrome heated towel rail, mirrored cabinet, vanity basin and loo.
Return to the landing to find bedroom four straight ahead – another double that shares an underfloor heated Jack-and-Jill en suite shower room with bedroom three.
Continue into the front landing to discover bedroom two, where you can hole up on the deep windowsill and watch the tide moving across the causeway to Sully Island. The views are especially spectacular during the autumn.
From the front landing, you can also access the fifth bedroom and a fully tiled three-piece family bathroom with a corner bath and screened overhead shower.
Glandwr’s pretty, wrap-around garden is enclosed by walls and fencing, with mature shrubs, plants and flower borders edging the lawns on either side of the driveway. Relax in numerous seating areas or on the huge paved terrace – perfect for parties, barbeques and al fresco dining. House a hot tub under the pergola to soak up some bubbles and breathe in the lingering sea air after a long day.
Out & About
Located on the Welsh coastal path, Glandwr is only moments away from dreamy strolls along the beach, and rambling country walks – venture towards Penarth’s clifftops, passing the WWII lookout posts along the way. In the warmer months, why not pick the children up from school and head to the beach for an evening of rock pooling, paddling and picnicking?
Just a couple of minutes down the road, The Captain’s Wife public house, On The Rocks bar, and the Seafood Grill Café all serve great food and drink to savour in-house or outside.
Sully’s village centre offers a range of sports for children and adults – from cricket, rugby, and football teams to bowling and pétanque. You’ll also find a nearby sailing club and a community centre, more pubs, a doctor’s surgery, post office and a convenience store.
Well-regarded educational facilities include Sully Primary School, which feeds to Stanwell School in Penarth, while the independent Westbourne School consistently gains top exam results regionally.
Penarth itself is a lovely Victorian seaside resort complete with a pier, a range of interesting shops and boutiques, and various bars and restaurants. Penarth train station is only 7 minutes by car and will deliver you into Cardiff Central within 12 minutes, where excellent retail, dining, and theatre options await.