18th Century – Penllyn Castle – Wales

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Added to OHD on 5/7/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   30 Comments

Penllyn, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71

  • £1,000,000
    $1,269,164 USD
  • 8 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 72 Ac.
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Penllyn Castle sits in a dominating position above woods and the River Thaw with far-reaching views over the Vale of Glamorgan to the Bristol Channel and Somerset Hills beyond.

Approached up a long drive, the Castle is, naturally, built of stone with a rendered brick front facade. Once one of the grandest houses in Wales, time has not been kind and it is in a tired condition. Internally there are fine reception rooms including the splendid drawing and dining rooms with ornate plasterwork, decorative carvings, panelled doors, shuttered sash windows and wooden floors. Further reception rooms and domestic offices are approached off various corridors with the original servants' bells. The recent kitchen has a solid fuel Aga.

The extensive rear of the property is in a poor condition, but includes the impressive old kitchen with its meat hooks and the enormous boiler room behind. A semi-circular cantilevered staircase beneath a large roof light leads up to a galleried landing with the principal bedrooms off. These mirror the reception rooms downstairs with the two principal bedrooms, one formerly a library having stunning views out to the south. There are 4 more bedrooms and 3 bathrooms whilst to the rear 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom are in a state of disrepair.

Adjoining the Victorian house to the rear is the Courtyard that comprise of the unused cottage, coach houses, stables and a water tower. 200 metres to the south-west lies the walled kitchen garden and the gardener's cottage, Erw Wen.

The combination of gardens, woodland and park runs to about 72 acres and provides both privacy, enjoyment and firewood.
Contact Information
Anthony Clay, Knight Frank
029 2227 8767
OHD Notes
From British Listed Buildings:
"Late C18 house, possibly very close to 1800 (said to have been built by Miss Emlia Gwinett (or Gwynette) between 1789 and 1804), attached to and perhaps also embodying remains of the medieval Penllyn castle, but also with work of the Tudor period, vide the base of the water-tower. The Regency house was further altered in the Victorian period, vide the chimney stacks, but a far more elaborate scheme for rebuilding signed by one of the Wyatts, the drawings for which survive in the house, was not built. The tithe map of 1839 shows it as a simple square block. It was described in 1852 (Lewis) as a ruined castle with 'adjoining it or in place of it, a fair house'. The chimneys, water--tower and north service wing would appear to date from about 1860-70 and may be designed by M D Wyatt, the east tower is said to be dated 1875; this work done by the Homfray family. The house appears to have had little alteration since then."
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30 Comments on 18th Century – Penllyn Castle – Wales

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Home Sweet Home for sharing. All kinds of links up top under the links section to check out. 🙂

  2. Michael Mackin says: 3388 comments

    Wow! What a great place to explore. Sounds like there would be some projects to restore as well. I would have still liked to see the areas that they deemed unsafe though.

    • JFlo says: 2 comments

      The rear of the house is in such poor condition that it’s not safe to go in and take photographs because of all the mold and rot. You can see the onset of water/moisture infiltration damage in the dining room and drawing room. It’s such a shame that the owners didn’t repair the damage before it got so bad. It seems OK to own a listed house and let it fall into ruin, I wonder why these homes aren’t protected more. It would cost a fortune to remediate the damage – far more than the asking price. With all that mold the house isn’t healthy to live in in its present condition.

  3. Karen I says: 169 comments

    This is the place I have dreamed of since I was a young girl! Go ahead, show me the derelict parts of the place. I can handle it. Oh, why, oh why can’t I inherit something like this?

  4. Randy C says: 438 comments

    How grand would it be to actually live in a castle? The pics shown are beautiful, but I too, would like to see the less pretty parts.

  5. Brett Chapman says: 1 comments

    There is a particular beauty in entropy. It would be wonderful to see the dereliction.

  6. TGrantTGrant says: 1124 comments
    OHD Supporter

    New Orleans, LA

    For those who enjoy this sort of thing, Penllyn served as the filming location for Torchwood House in the Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

  7. dkzody says: 227 comments

    One can just imagine a BBC program being filmed here. Delightful perfection for just such a fictionalized murder mystery.

  8. Mary-Jo Wiese says: 31 comments

    Do the furnishings Stay??? Filling something THAT big would rally take some work if you come from ACROSS THE POND to buy it !! It would sure be a fairy tale life at least until you get started on the necessary projects!!

  9. hearsetrax says: 247 comments

    if ever thar was reason to have dual citizenship jejeje

  10. Karen I says: 169 comments

    What are those long white things on the exterior? I don’t think they are downspouts because I don’t see any gutters leading to them. Whatever they are, they are unattractive and should at least be painted the same color as the exterior walls.

  11. Stephanie Brielmaier says: 130 comments

    Magical! Would love to explore the countryside! Truly hope someone takes this castle to heart, loving and restoring it.

  12. Krystal says: 68 comments

    So I found this on the listing brochure: “Only those items specifically mentioned in these sales particulars are included within the sale. All other items known as fixtures and fittings, such as fitted curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc. are specifically excluded, but may be made available by separate negotiation.”

    As I can’t find any mention of any of the furnishings or other “extras” (other than that Aga in the kitchen) in any of the listing information on any of the various sites linked above, this leads me to believe that any of the furnishings shown in these photos are not included in the sale. Though I imagine the owners would be more than happy to negotiate their sale because honestly, where else would you put some of those things? That dining room table is huge lol.

    Anybody else come to the same conclusion about the furnishings?

    • JimHJimH says: 5662 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Furnishings are never included anywhere unless specified. Major appliances are handled differently depending on local law. Fixtures attached to the house are included in the US but apparently not in Wales!
      I agree that sometimes certain pieces belong with the house and should be made available. For a buyer the best way to handle it is to make an offer with A, B, and C included, and go from there. If you want a family heirloom of the seller, you may not get it but rarely will that be a deal-killer.

      • TimothyTimothy says: 140 comments

        I was researching a massive Country House which was for sale about 20 years ago and was surprised (shocked) that so much of what Americans take for granted in a home sale are not always (more often than not) included in a home for sale in England. To think that the fixtures and fittings and sometimes even fireplace mantles may only be available though separate negotiation seems . . bold.

        Especially considering that it appears that this castle needs extensive, really extensive renovations.

        Also, I found out that just because you would “own” +/- 72 acres does not mean that you control that acreage. If though out years, the property has walking trails or short cuts across the property that have been used by neighbors or others, you are not allowed to stop that practice. No fences blocking those paths, trails or shortcuts.

        Yes, I would dearly love to own this wonderful home but as is often commented by others throughout the various homes that Kelly has made available for our daydreams. This would take a jackpot win from a major lottery.

    • FergusFergus says: 228 comments
      1705 Queen Anne

      In the average UK house sale the owner would normally take all of the furniture and white goods whilst leaving behind the lighting and plumbing fixtures and fittings. But then in homes of this nature it’s not uncommon for the owners to also take the light fixtures, fireplaces and internal doors too as they can be very valuable in their own right and difficult to find replacements for in the owner’s next home if it happens to be a home of this scale too. But it can also be a case of inheritance and so those objects will be passed on to the vendors’ children/grandchildren if they are downsizing into a much smaller property.

      However, in some parts of Europe it is even customary to take your entire kitchen with you too, sink and all!

  13. Anne Hamilton says: 201 comments

    Um,,,,,you may not want some of those furnishings,,,old and moldy probably. That is typical of Uk sales, much is not included. And they have radically different laws and issues with easements etc. Buyer needs to make sure they hire a sollicitor(mandatory). And careful due dilligence is a must.
    But keep the dreams alive, one of these maybe your’s for a lot less than you think! Some actually come onto auction. There was a beauty, close to Ochardton Castle, which is now on raffle for a 5 GBP pound (about 7 bucks usd) entry:

    It was named Culgruff House in Dumfries and Galloway at Crossmichael:(https://www.google.com/search?q=culgruff+house&oq=culgruf+house&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.4505j0j4&client=ms-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8) which was just auctioned for 400 GBP pounds.
    Another, Chesterhill House, a baronial mansion in Fife, Scotland:
    Was just sold for around 200 GBP pounds

    So keep your dreams alive, and keep Old House (and Castle) hunting! Good Luck!

  14. Cynthia Lambert says: 21 comments

    Considering that something like this is a teardown in the Hamptons, it’s a heckuva deal. It has a lot to recommend it, and doesn’t look that bad. Would probably take another mill to fix it up, but it’s still a bargain at that price. Wonder how the taxes are?

  15. Annette Nolley says: 3 comments

    Wow, so impressive! I oogle at all these beautiful homes, churches, barns…… Which I had lots of $ to fix them up. I get so sad when people can’t keep up with these places, don’t want the beauty & history lost. I would love to live here.

  16. Jayne Hill says: 1 comments

    Sold to Terry Edgell, owner of Premiere Forest Products, South Wales, U.K. married to my sister-in-law Judith.


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