A magnificent Grade II* Jacobean mansion
Gwysaney Hall has a colourful and well-documented history; links to Rhodri Mawr the King of all Wales in the 9th Century, and continuous family ownership since 1550, are just some of the highlights, say joint selling agent Strutt & Parker.
The house is recorded in the Doomsday Book in the 9th Century and the present Hall was built on the current site in 1603 by Robert Davies. Perhaps Gwysaney’s most notable moment was in 1645 when the Hall was besieged and taken by Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads: all that remains from the scars of the battle is damage to the front door caused by a cannon ball!
Joint agent, Savills go on to say that this magnificent country home is one of North Wales’ finest and most historic residential houses, in an accessible location about 8 miles from the Cheshire border. At its heart is much of the original Hall, built in 1603, which has seen many changes over the years, including a partial rebuild in the mid-19th Century. The Hall has been in the present owner’s family for over 450 years and is very much a family home with the potential to be the perfect home for multi-generational living.
The property stands in a superb elevated location with far reaching views and is surrounded by 27 acres of traditional gardens, formal lawns, an award-winning Pinetum, and four paddocks. To the south are views to the Clwydian Hills, and of Cheshire to the east.
At its heart is much of the original Hall, built in 1603, which has seen many changes over the years, including a partial rebuild in the mid-19th Century. The Hall has been in the present owner’s family for over 450 years and is very much a family home with the potential to be the perfect home for multi-generational living.
The historic front door is believed to have been damaged by a canon ball in the English Civil War.
It opens to a fine panelled reception hall, and a central corridor.
The inner halls gives access to much of the ground floor, including: a panelled drawing room with a wide square bay window showing extensive views over the parkland;
The sitting room (The Smoking Room) with very large carved stone chimneypiece,
and a study with ornate carved chimney piece, both with wonderful views; a dining room with fine stone arched recess;
A charming inner hall has a magnificent stone arch leading to the staircase hall and to the panelled billiard room/library.
A staircase rises through a series of half landings dividing towards the top onto the principal landings. The central landing leads to a large bedroom with a date stone of 1603 and a window seat overlooking the front park.
The master bedroom suite is accessed through a large oak door and comprises an inner landing, large bedroom with imposing views of the park and Cheshire Plains, an en-suite bathroom, and a dressing room.
Also accessed off this landing are five further bedrooms, three bathrooms, a separate cloakroom, and a linen cupboard.
The central staircase continues up to the top floor, which has potential to be an integrated apartment: current configuration is four bedrooms, a shower room and separate WC, a drying room, ironing room and walk-in attic, all with lift access.
At the western end of the Hall is the former staff wing, accessed directly from the ground floor and comprising laundry, boiler room and garage with a sitting room/office, kitchen, bedroom and shower room on the first floor.
Included in the sale of Gwysaney Hall are two 3 bedroom cottages.
The drive leads to the back of the Hall to a parking and turning area, and there is a gravelled sweep forking along the front facade. Grass lawns lead down to the ha-ha with views across fields and woods beyond.
A gravelled path leads through the Listed wrought iron Davies gates to the east front and Chapel Garden.
There are dramatic views over the parkland and beyond. The Chapel Garden includes a former chapel once attached to the Hall, with original walls and stone mullioned windows; features of the gardens include a Yew arch, Rose Garden with paths and box hedges, flower borders, stone walls and a backdrop of specimen trees, a dramatic water garden on the side of the hill below the Hall, an award-winning Pinetum with a wide variety of specimen trees under-planted with spring bulbs.
The Hall enjoys kitchen gardens within the former walled garden, with fruit cages, a potting shed, two greenhouses and brick walled cold frames. From here, a gateway leads to a grass courtyard flanked by Garden Cottage, Stable Cottage and through to garages and outbuildings, and a large parking area to the rear of the house flanked by flowering borders.
Within the parkland approach to the house are paddocks which have been used for the grazing of horses. An all-weather arena adds to the attraction for those with equestrian interests.
Gwysaney Hall is around 1.5 miles from the centre of Mold which is a thriving traditional market town with an excellent range of retail, educational and commercial services as well as the renowned Theatre Clwyd.
The property is well situated for many leisure activities such as walking and riding at Offa’s Dyke and Moel Famau, fishing, and Snowdonia National Park is also about an hour from the property. Padeswood Golf Club is approximately 5 miles away and there are further golf courses a little further afield.
Despite its semi-rural location, Gwysaney Hall is only approximately 5 miles from the A55 Expressway with its transport links to the North Wales Coast, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.
The commercial centre of Chester is approximately 14 miles away, which provides a superb range of shopping and leisure facilities and some excellent schools including Kings and Queens. Chester also gives access to the motorway network providing a link to other North West and Midlands conurbations and to Liverpool and Manchester airports.
People commute daily from the area to Liverpool (about 24 miles) and Manchester (about 50 miles) via the motorway network and the location is allso popular with those requiring good access to the North Wales coast.
Square Footage: 16,961 sq ft
Acreage: 27 Acres
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