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House

Characterful Welsh Farmhouse

The approach to the property is magical, with the drive being about a 1/3mile long, lined with beautiful big, old beech trees. You can catch the views down the valley to the river and across the fields. On the day we moved in to Gelli, I cried driving down towards the house as it was just so beautiful, and I know I’ll cry when I leave!

Built in 1839, the old farmhouse at Gelli is absolutely packed with character and charm. There’s a real Welsh slate floor, a huge Inglenook fireplace and partially exposed stone walls. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms have fabulous wide-boarded old wooden floors. The whole house has a lovely homely feel to it. It’s south-facing and the rooms are large and light, with stunning views.

Downstairs there are three good-sized reception rooms, all with wood-burners, a kitchen and a large utility room. One staircase leads to a large double bedroom and bathroom, and another staircase leads to two more large double bedrooms, (one ensuite) and a smaller fourth bedroom, along with a toilet and separate power shower.

There are four external doors, so in the summer you can wander out into the garden and sit outside the house or up on the terrace, looking down on your valley and the river below. Listen to the low murmur of the river and the fabulous birdsong. There are no near neighbours and it is so peaceful. We have been lucky enough to see a lot of wildlife from the house (check out the Wildlife page).

Services & Further Info

Gelli is double glazed throughout.

It has oil central heating, with a modern external boiler and large oil tank.

There are three woodburning stoves (one in each reception room) and there’s plenty of free wood on the land to keep them burning! Note that the fires are not needed as the central heating heats the house well, but we used the fires to reduce our oil use. It’s also lovely to have the fires lit.

It’s on mains electric (currently Octopus). Despite being so rural, we rarely have a power cut and on the odd occasion we have, it’s come back on almost straight away.

Gelli has its own private water supply, provided by its own borehole, which runs through its own treatment system. It really is gorgeous water, and if we go anywhere we take our own water with us, as all other tap water now tastes horribly chemically! We get the system serviced every 18-24 months. We’ve never had to limit how much water we use and have never had any problems with supply.

Broadband (currently BT) is good, being only about 2 miles over the valley from the exchange. (We’re website designers, so we rely on good broadband.) Mobile signal is mixed, but improving (we have no problem with EE signal).

Note that this is an old, traditional Welsh farmhouse. We’ve recently painted the exterior, but haven’t painted the interior for a while, except for the odd touch up. It’s characterful and quirky, and we love it!

Floor Plan

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