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If you’ve ever taken a trip to the seaside at one of Wales’ popular coastal resorts, it has probably included the experience of trying to find a parking space, rushing to find your own little stretch of sand on a crowded beach, and queuing for an ice cream or bag of chips.
All part of a memorable day out beside the seaside. But around a coastal corner, it’s likely that every bustling beach has a quiet and hidden neighbour offering an island of idyllic living away from the noise and the visitors.
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And Barry, fondly called Barrybados by local residents, is no exception, offering peace as well as a seaside playground. Around the corner from the main seaside centre of this Vale of Glamorgan town there’s a huge modern mansion with 4.5 acres of land now for sale that probably no-one even knows exists.
It’s also likely that any substantial coastal property nestled within its own land looking out to sea is going to be demanding a premium price should it ever come to market. Again Barry delivers, as this vast abode and yummy slice of land overlooking a country park is now for sale for £1.5m.
Adding to the special location of this modern mansion for sale is the much-loved Porthkerry Country Park, literally found on the doorstep via a winding lane from this hidden house to the gorgeous fields and woodland beyond.
From this house it’s easy to wander through Cliff Wood, or stroll down to the pebble beach via the designated path, with views of Porthkerry Viaduct as your historic backdrop, as it has direct access to the park.
Driving through the main lane on the edge of the country park, you would not know that through the thick woodland at the side of the road and via a small rural track, there’s a large house nestled into a gently undulating slope.
This elevated location means not only the best position to get access to the best sea views but also the chance to design a house that uses the shallow slope to its advantage. Called Westridge, this house certainly enjoys using the local topography to its advantage, with the slope allowing the construction of a lower ground floor. This additional level of the property includes a leisure suite that includes a swimming pool, gym and sauna; all very sizeable to match the proportions of the whole house.
This lower floor also offers the owner a wonderful sun room, cloaked in luxury tiles, as a special spot to relax and find some peace away from the two storeys of accommodation above it. The arched glass doors beautifully frame the absorbing country landscape outside, a mesmerising connection from the house, come rain or shine.
Up to the ground floor and this connection to the sweeping views continues on this level too, with all major reception rooms looking out over this big beauty’s parcel of land and Porthkerry Country Park stretching out to the coast. From the entrance hall, the front of the house on this level offers a study and a separate, quiet sitting room, as well as a cloakroom, utility room and double garage.
But it’s at the rear of this special abode that the sociable magic happens. The main lounge is central to the design and can boast proportions of over eight metres (29 feet). Of course, if the landscape and view is your constant and most welcome close neighbour, a more modern built home needs to make the most of this special aspect, so the external wall of the lounge can boast two sets of triple doors leading out to an elevated terrace that sits above the garden room.
But this isn’t the most spectacular viewing room on this level, because next to the lounge is an amazing conservatory. And such is the proportions of this property, this conservatory is bigger than some apartments found in the centre of Cardiff. There’s room for playing games, eating, lounging and thoroughly enjoying being immersed within the landscape thanks to the expanse of glass surrounding you and above you.
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At the other end of the house on this floor is a kitchen diner that also connects to the outside via a set of French doors. It is the sunniest of spots to do the cooking, assisted by a range of integrated appliances but maybe hindered by a constant panoramic distraction out of the window. The units are oak, the worktops are granite and the sink is ceramic and reinforces the interior design in the home as being based on natural materials with wood, stone, brick and wood-style laminate a constant feature.
One extra bonus to this room, shared with the lounge next door, is the log burner nestled into the dividing wall, providing heat and adding character to both spaces. Next to the kitchen diner is a more formal dining room, again a generous size and again connected to the outside world via picture windows and a door to the terrace.
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The table might only currently be set for four people, but this substantial room can take far more for dinner at a larger table if required. Up to the top floor and there’s oodles of space up here too. The master suite can be found at one end and is a wing that consists of a four piece ensuite bathroom with double sinks and a separate dressing room.
A Juliet balcony ensures this master bedroom space doesn’t miss out on the connection to the view either. The next three double bedrooms along the landing can also boast a Juliet balcony each, plus two family bathrooms across the corridor.
Bedroom five is another substantial slumber space but as this house is being sold as a six bed, isn’t it missing some space? The lower ground floor of this house might have been a hidden surprise to most visitors, but the top floor is hiding its own secret space. Only accessed via the ground floor and not via the first floor landing of the main house, there’s a separate annexe adding a bonus feature to this abode.
The annexe’s private staircase is found next to the formal dining room on the ground floor, and even has its own front door next to the double garage. Ascend this surprise staircase and you get to the self-contained wing of lounge and kitchen at the front of the house, a shower room in the centre and then that elusive bedroom six at the rear, also enjoying the sea views of its five bedroom neighbours.
This handy annexe is a perfect accompaniment to the house, offering independent living for the older or younger generation of a family while still being under the same roof as everyone else. The bonus additions continue outside at this house too.
Within the approximate 4.5 acres you will find, as well as multiple terraces, patios and lawns, a sociable BBQ area, stables and paddocks and a galvanised-style structure offering a range of storage options or extra parking. There is parkland and woodland at the property too, making it a private country park for the owners within Porthkerry Country Park; a double delight.
Westridge is for sale for £1.5m with estate agent Peter Alan, call their Barry branch on 01446 733224 to find out more.
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