A striking fairytale, late C19th Grade II, Gothic tower set within a Victorian castelated
mansion, recently converted to an extremely high standard, with stunning panoramic views
across the Wye Valley to the Black Mountains from all four floors.
Kitchen/Dining Area, Living Room, 3 Double Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (1 Ensuite), Cloakroom
Large Garage, Communal Wood Chip Central Heating System
Mains Electricity, Mains Water Supply, Private Drainage
Private courtyard garden, access to woodland walks
Unfurnished for a period in the region of 1 to 3 years on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy
At a rental of £995 per Calendar Month
VIEWING – Strictly by appointment through the Sole Letting Agents
The property is located in an elevated south facing position overlooking the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains near Glasbury on Wye. It is situated within a residential courtyard development of converted Grade II listed buildings, forming part of the Maesllwch Castle.
Glasbury is approximately 4 miles from Hay-on-Wye, 12 miles from Brecon, 25 miles from Hereford, 56 miles from Cardiff, 76 miles from Birmingham and 155 miles from London.
The location of the property is ideal for individuals, who have jobs or lifestyles involving an abundance of travelling, as it is set within easy distance of three train stations giving effortless access to the north, east, south and west, without jeopardising the luxury of living in the glorious countryside and enjoying a breath-taking view from almost every window in your home.
Maesllwch Castle is a large C19th castellated mansion designed by the architect Robert Lugar. The main part of the house was built between 1829 and 1839 with the service wing, of which the Tower is part, built in 1872. The Tower was known originally as the ‘Bachelor’s Tower’ and was built to provide separate accommodation for the family’s bachelor guests. During the war the Castle was requisitioned for the Radnorshire War Agricultural Committee (RWAC) and the local Women’s Land Army were billeted in it. Evidence of the use of the Tower by the RWAC is still present on the kitchen door.
The Tower is a unique 4 storey residence set within a recently converted courtyard development, that has recently been converted to an extremely high standard. Its elevated position and four floors ensures it enjoys stunning panoramic views over the Wye Valley and of the Black Mountains beyond.
(All measurements are approximate)
The front door leads from the terraced courtyard area into a Hallway with a stairwell to the first floor, a radiator, an understairs cupboard (with plumbing for a washing machine) and doors to:-
Cloakroom (1.90m x 1.26m)
With a W.C, wash hand basin with mirror over, vinyl flooring and an extractor fan.
Kitchen/Dining Area (5.19m x 4.68m)
With 3 large south facing windows, slate effect tiled flooring, a fully fitted handmade bespoke kitchen (with granite worktops, a Bosch double oven, ceramic hob and a integrated dishwasher, a double bowl Belfast sink, an extractor hood and freestanding large cupboard and drawer unit with room for a microwave), BT telephone point, TV double socket, Broadband booster, 2 no. wall mounted radiators, 7 no. double electric points and door to a Walk in Cupboard with shelving for storage. A opening into: –
the Former Gunpowder Room (a circular Larder with a Bosch stainless steel fridge/freezer and shelving for storage).
The stairs lead up to a:
With room for a small table or desk,a north facing window, a recess shelving unit, 2 no. double electric sockets, 5 no. ADSL sockets, 1 no. BT telephone point and two steps up to a passage with doors to:
Drawing Room (6.55m x 4.42m)
With a large south facing bay window, carpet, 2 no. wall mounted radiators, a TV double point, BT telephone point, 5 no. double electric points and an traditional fireplace (blocked off).
The Tower Turret
With a stone Spiral Staircase, a radiator at the bottom and a number of slit windows on the way up to the upper floors:-
From the spiral staircase a short passage leads to the:
Main Bedroom (1) – (5.31m x 5.80m)
With a 2 no. south facing windows, 2 built in wardrobes with 3 storage cupboards over, a double TV point, 4 no. double electric points, a BT telephone point, further storage cupboards and a door to an :-
Ensuite Bathroom (3.13m x 1.44m)
With W.C, wash hand basin, vinyl floor, bath, wall mounted radiator, a shaving light and a wall mounted shaving mirror.
From the stone spiral staircase a short passage leads to a small landing with a south facing window, a radiator and doors to:
Bedroom 2 (3.52m x 3.04m)
With a south facing window, a wall mounted radiator, a built in cupboard, a double TV point, a telephone point and 3 no. double electric sockets and a door to Bathroom 2 (see below)
Bedroom 3 (2.72m x 3.22m)
With an east facing window, a wall mounted radiator, a double TV point, a telephone point and 3 no. double electric sockets and a door to:
Bathroom 2 (1.11m x 3.09m)
With a shower unit, a wash hand basin with tiles and mirror over, a W.C, a strip light with shaver point, a radiator, an extractor fan and a door to Bedroom 2.
The spiral staircase leads up to a door to the flat roof of the Tower. Due to health and safety concerns access will not be available to this area without the landlord’s consent.
Electricity and water supply – mains
Drainage – private – a monthly service charge will be added to the rent as a contribution to the annual emptying.
Telephone – subject to BT regulations
Central Heating – wood chip fired central heating system
TV Satellite – all TV sockets are wired to receive Freeview or satellite TV – they are located in each room expect bathrooms.
CENTRAL HEATING & HOT WATER
The hot water and heating is provided by a renewable energy wood chip boiler via a heat main. The hot water and heating supplied to the property is metered and prospective tenants will be charged for what they use at a rate of 6.34p/kWh. For ease of administration the rent will include an extra £160 to £240 pcm charge to cover the property’s hot water and heating useage. This will initially be reviewed after 3 to 6 months and thereafter every 12 months, at the end of the tenancy or otherwise by agreement. At each review the amount of hot water and heat used will be checked by taking meter readings and the tenant will be reimbursed (if they have paid too much) or charged extra (if they have paid too little).
The heating controls for the property are inside a cupboard in the Kitchen and there are various room thermostats elsewhere in the property. The hot water tank and the heat meter are located in the Plant Room adjacent to the garage.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Whilst the property is to be let unfurnished all fixtures and fittings will remain the property of the Landlord and will be listed on an Inventory that will be included within the Tenancy Agreement.
ALLOTMENTS, GARDEN & WOODLAND WALKS
The property benefits from a small private courtyard garden (accessed from the garage), and a large communal garden area. The communal garden will be maintained by the landlord.
Tenants will also be able to use various woodland walks through the Castle wood and for keen gardeners; allotments will be available in the Castle’s walled garden.
Tenants will be able to use the Castle’s tennis court subject to availability on request.
The property has secondary glazed windows throughout and the property has an EPC rating of C.
The Tenant will be responsible for paying all outgoings including the Council Tax (Band C – £1217.40 2017-18), electricity, water rates, telephone, hot water and private drainage charges (see details above) and for minor internal repairs and decorations.
The property benefits from a large lockable garage with room for one car.
There will be 1 parking space allocated to the property in the courtyard and another one in the overflow parking area just outside the courtyard.
The property will be offered, subject to contract, on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a period, in the region of, 1 to 3 years. The Tenant will also be required to reimburse the Landlord for half the cost of preparing the Tenancy Agreement (£120) inc VAT.
The rent will be £995 per calendar month is payable by standing order. An additional monthly charge will be added to the rent to cover the cost of the hot water and central heating provided by the estate. See the section above on central heating for further details. A monthly service charge will be added to the rent as a contribution to the annual emptying of the sewage treatment works, this is currently £4.46/month (based on the number of bedrooms in each property).
A deposit of £1,500 will be payable on signing the tenancy agreement and will be returnable at the end of the tenancy provided the terms of the Agreement have been complied with fully.
Prospective tenants will be asked to provide information to the Homelet reference checking agency as part of their application for the tenancy. To cover the reference agency costs a cheque of £41 will be requested from each prospective tenant applying for the property. This will not be refundable if the tenant’s application is unsuccessful.
LOCAL FACILITIES & AMENITIES
Schools – The property is well located for both primary & secondary schools.
Primary – situated at Clyro and Hay-on-Wye.
Secondary – Gwernyfed High School in Three Cocks, Brecon High School and Christ College, Brecon. The latter offers private education for boys and girls.
Supermarkets – Co-Operative and Londis in Hay-on-Wye, Waitrose in Abergavenny, Morrisons in Brecon and a range of choice in Hereford. Deliveries are available from most supermarkets to the property.
Sport & Other Recreational Activities –
Fishing & canoeing on the River Wye and Usk.
Golf – Brecon Golf Course (9 hole) and 18 hole course, Cradoc Golf Course, near Brecon (18 hole).
Sailing & other water sports – Llangorse Lake.
Pony trekking and walking in the Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains.
Cinemas – Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema in Hay on Wye and the Coliseum, in Brecon
Theatre – Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon
Restaurants & Pubs – The Harp Inn, The River Café, Foyles Restuarant (Glasbury-on-Wye), The Three Cocks Hotel, The Barn (Three Cocks), The Baskerville Arms (Clyro), Llangoed Hall (Llyswen)
Festivals – Hay Literary Festival (May), Brecon Jazz Festival (August)
Garages (with Convenience Stores) – Glasbury and Three Cocks
Post Office – incorporated within Glasbury Garage Convenience Store
Train Stations – 26 miles to Leominster (free parking) with access to the North. 25.5 miles to Hereford to travel towards Birmingham and Oxford. 25 miles to Abergavenny to access South Wales, the South West and London.
FINDING THE PROPERTY
Entering Glasbury on the B4350 from Hay-on-Wye or on the A438 from Brecon, cross over the river Wye on the A438 heading towards Llowes and Clyro. As you drive out of Glasbury you will pass a farm on your left. After the farm take the next turning on the left signposted to Maesyronnen Chapel. After 0.2 miles take the next turning on the left into the Maesllwch Castle front drive. Follow the drive for approximately 0.4 miles until you reach on the left the entrance to the courtyard bounded on both sides by a stone wall. Turn into this courtyard and the Tower is the right hand property on your left next door to the garage.
The postcode for those with Sat Nav is HR3 5LQ
 Originally the room used to store gunpowder
 This equates to an oil price of circa 55p/litre assuming an oil boiler of 80% efficiency
 Depending on the number of occupants etc