Ty Gwyn is situated in Lisvane, one of South Wales most prestigious locations. Secluded within its own grounds and enjoying spectacular views across the city to the Bristol Channel, Ty Gwyn combines privacy with the convenience of being just five miles north of the capital city. Lisvane village is within walking distance and has an ancient church, a comprehensive general store and a public house. Nearby Llanishen village offers further amenities including banks, a post office, a selection of shops, a church and a public house. A Park & Ride commuter rail station provides frequent services into town in less than 10 minutes. Communications are excellent with the M4 (J30) national motorway link within three miles and the BR mainline station in Cardiff offering fast and frequent services to London in less than two hours.
Cardiff is one of Europes youngest capital cities. It combines the advantages of a small and friendly city with the cultural and recreational amenities of a successful and modern capital. Recently named the sixth best shopping destination in the UK, Cardiff has the whole spectrum of shopping, with charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades and ultra-modern shopping centres. The city also has world class sport and music venues. Recreational opportunities are in abundance. There are numerous golf courses (including the world famous Celtic Manor Resort, Newport), a choice of leisure centres, cycle paths and lovely walks through the neighbouring countryside. Further afield are the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Ty Gwyn offers an opportunity, seldom found, to acquire a substantial Edwardian home which is an integral part of the history of Cardiff at the turn of the century. Situated in an elevated, south facing position to take full advantage of natural light, the principal elevation and veranda face due south encompassing the fine views over the formal gardens and across to the Bristol Channel.
There is a magnificent two-storey oak panelled reception hall with a six-by-four leaded-light window and an imposing fireplace. The original oak panelling and ornate plasterwork enhance the principal reception rooms. The former service rooms include a living room, kitchen, utility room, laundry, store and second staircase.
A six-bay, first floor timber arcade leads to the first floor corridor, accessing eight bedrooms. The principal en-suite bedrooms have restrained classical detailing including panelling, moulded beams, running-dog cornices and Jacobethan chimney pieces. Some of the bathrooms have inter-war vitrolite glass panelling.
On the second floor (the former servants quarters) is a large landing, five further rooms, two bathrooms, a very large store and access to the observatory.
Within the grounds are three further houses: at the entrance to Ty Gwyn is The Lodge, a single storey detached house with three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom and ancillary stores; and also the Coach House, which has been converted into two self-contained dwellings, namely Rose Cottage and Orchard Cottage.
Both are two-storey properties. Orchard Cottage has three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen/dining room, bathroom, cloakroom and utility room. Rose Cottage has three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen/dining room, bathroom and cloakroom. A very large, canopied courtyard links the two properties and also accesses a substantial three-roomed workshop (the former Edwardian laundry with the original open fire grate and sliding drying chambers).
The manicured gardens and grounds extend to about 5.05 acres (2.04 ha). They are of an exceptional quality and have matured to provide privacy and colour throughout the year in a subtle blend of differing styles. The sweeping circular drive leading up to the five-bay entrance creates a stunning first impression.
Ty Gwyn is Grade II Listed, as an imposing mansion with strong historical connections to major architectural designs in Cardiff city, for example the City Hall. The property was built in 1906 as the residence of James E Turner, senior partner of E Turner and Sons, craftsmen builders of Cardiff. They were responsible for many of the civic buildings in Cathays Park, Cardiff. Of Portland stone construction with furnishings of Austrian Wainscot Oak, a one-storey rear extension with Gothic detailing was added in 1932. J E Turner spent his life in the building trade and taught building and machine construction, later holding positions of responsibility in public life, including serving as a magistrate. The property was bought by Mr and Mrs Doug Smith of the Reardon Smtih Shipping Company in 1937. He allegedly built the observatory in order to see his fleet of ships in the Bristol Channel. In 1961 Ty Gwyn was bought by Sir Julian Hodge, who founded The Bank of Wales and later the Julian Hodge Bank in Cardiff. He was well known as a philanthropist, using much of his fortune for charity work.
Ty Gwyns architecture is late Victorian Jacobethan style (revivalist architecture of C19 and early C20 in which Elizabethan and Jacobean elements were freely mixed) of finely jointed pale Portland stone with some dressings of contrasting hue. The Welsh slate roof has terracotta ridge tiles and a large lead cupola (dome) with a weathervane.
The principal entrance has a five bay frontage approached from a broad flight of steps flanked by urns and leading to a recessed Tudor-arched doorway. All the windows have mullions and transoms with hood moulds and leaded quarries. To the right and centre are three-storeyed projecting gabled bays, two-, three- and four-light windows to each floor, also with side windows to the bays; contrasting ashlar coping and ball finials to the kneelers and at the apex, with a deep cornice separating first and attic floors, the latter with gabled half dormers. A two-storey, four-window range is
The drive sweeps across the frontage to the porch bay at the far end left, which has three round arches with capitals creating a loggia, with balustraded parapet above forming a first floor balcony, and decorative stone panels at the base.
To the rear, a two-storey entrance bay is stepped forward with a moulded, round-arched doorway and a prominent keystone rising to an entablature with a blind keyed oculus to the first floor above and a pierced parapet to the flat roof. Stepped forward to the right is a single-storey canted bay with heavy balustrade and ball finials. To the centre on the main flat roof is an octagonal observation tower with wrap-round top storey windows.
The triple south-facing porch with stairs up to a hall leads into the main staircase reception hall, which connects by inner halls to the principal reception rooms and former service rooms. The two-storey reception hall has Jacobethan character with tall, fine oak panelled walls and a triple-timber arcade with classical columns and key blocked arches.
A six-bay, first floor arcade leads to the first floor corridor with similar detailing, reached by an open staircase with a platt-baluster handrail. There is a very large chimney-piece to the wall adjacent to a magnificent six-by-four-light window, part of the north facing wall. The Jacobethan ribbed false ceiling has floral patterns and large pendants.
To the centre of the southern elevation, at the front, is a dining room with large bay window, linenfold dado panelling and Bathstone chimney with an upward swept-out chimney breast. The drawing room to the south west angle has a substantial Portland stone chimney-piece in a Tudor style.
The library is accessed from the inner hall to the reception hall which has thin foliage bands to the plaster ceiling and full height panelling with round-arched detailing, all integrated with the chimney piece. On the opposite side is a snooker room with a big Jacobethan chimney-piece incorporating a mirror and attached to dado panelling with a coffered ceiling over.
The first-floor spinal corridor has Jacobethan timber detailing to open arcades and fielded panel doors in pulvinated architraves (bulging out in a convex profile).
The principal en-suite bedrooms have restrained classical detailing including panelling, moulded beams, running-dog cornices and Jacobethan chimney-pieces. Some bathrooms have inter-war vitrolite glass panelling.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds extend to about 5.05 acres (2.04ha) and are of an exceptional quality. The gardens are a subtle blend of differing styles. To the front are formal gardens with a sweeping drive, central lawn, large circular flowerbed and a sundial set on a dwarf stone column. Ty Gwyn is set well back from the road with a high degree of privacy. An eclectic variety of specimen trees were planted when the property was built and now, more than a century later, provide a most attractive tall natural screen along the boundaries, and in particular the southern boundary to the front principal elevation.
To the rear is a wide balustrade bordering a very large formal lawn with stone paths, steps and terraces leading to various parts of the garden, each with their own distinct identity. A raised south facing terrace laid to lawn with stone balustrades overlooks the grounds, the rear of the property and the observatory. There is a large fountain enclosed by a circular pond to the south western boundary approached from a broad flight of steps. Fine classical glasshouses are adjacent to the eastern elevation. A stone bridge with balustrades crosses a stream and merges with the Japanese garden, which leads to the Edwardian garden that has the original stone summer house and matching stone seats. Mature herbaceous borders are in abundance.
A path runs along the perimeter of the garden. Adjacent to the north eastern boundary is a tennis court (which requires resurfacing). The walled garden is approximately 0.48 of an acre (0.19 ha) which has been well tended for many years. A mature orchard produces a variety of fruits. Adjacent to the orchard is the former coach house, now 2 self-contained dwellings with the Lodge at the entrance.
Listing - Ty Gwyn is Grade II Listed, Listed Building Reference: 26942.
Services - All mains services are connected to the property.
Local Authority - Cardiff Council.
Council Tax - The property is split according to use.
The principal house is currently listed as a commercial building.
The Lodge = Band G
Rose Cottage = Band F
Orchard Cottage = Band F
Fixtures and Fittings - Only those items known as fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale. Certain items such as carpets, curtains and electricals may be available by separate negotiation.
Wayleavers, easments and rights of way - The property will be sold subject to and with the benefit of all wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
Tenure - Vacant Possession of the Freehold.
Viewing - Strictly by appointment with the agents.
Directions - Ty Gwyn is accessed from Lisvane Road. At the entrance is a red brick Lodge.