64 acre farm/smallholding, 2 bed cottage, traditional outbuildings, stunning views, huge potential
Ty Nant (translates as 'House by the Stream') is situated on a hillside at approx. 1000ft and has superb views overlooking its own land, and beyond. Located on the outskirts of Ponterwyd, in the foot hills of the Cambrian Mountains. The 64.5 acres of land contains a mix of improved/semi-improved and mountain grazing. A stream intersects the land, and there is a large pond close to the track.
The farmhouse is part renovated, but in need of further improvement to the rear, and there is obvious scope for extension.
4.25m max X 4.1m (13' 11" X 13' 5")
New UPVC front door into Living room. Exposed stone fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove, stairs to first floor, under stairs cupboard, original slate flag floor, beamed ceiling, Double glazed wood window to front. Alcove cupboard containing electric meter and B.T. telephone point (Broadband available). Five double electric sockets.
4.1m X 2.05m (13' 5" X 6' 9")
Double glazed wood window to front, beamed ceiling, open fire place with wood surround (not currently in use, but chimney does draw) with slate hearth. Pine floorboards. Four double electric sockets.
4.15 m X1.85m (13' 7" X 6' 1")
Range of base units and 1 double wall unit, LPG cooker point, slate flag floor, stainless steel sink, beamed ceiling, stable door to side, window to rear.
8'1" X 6'
White traditional style 3 piece bathroom suite with free-standing roll top bath with shower mixer taps, slate flag floor, built in airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and immersion heater. Window to side.
LANDING with doors to:
3.8m x 4.15m max.(12' 6" X 13'7" max.) narrowing to 2m (6' 7")
An L-shaped room with partly vaulted ceiling. Two double glazed wood windows with low wide slate cills and stunning views to the front. Loft access. Four double electric sockets. New Carpet.
4.15m x 2.9m (13' 7" x9' 4")
Double glazed wooden window to front with low wide slate cill, wall lights above the bed, Five double sockets. New carpet.
23' X 6' max.
Built under the eaves with limited head room. Natural light, with a window either end. Electric Light, Cold Water Tank.
The property is approached over its own 1/4 mile stone track from the council maintained road (B4343). The stone track could be improved, although it is fine for most vehicles, it is not suitable for vehicles with low ground clearance or HGVs. It leads up to the front of the house, where there is a turning area and parking space for several vehicles.
The house is partly renovated - the lounge, dining room/office, and both bedrooms have been re-wired and newly plastered with lime render, and decorated. The house has been re-roofed (completed in 2015), with the front elevation being in new slates with new ridge tiles, and the back roof being re-done using the original welsh slates. There is a new Upvc front door, and the replacement softwood windows are double glazed and filled with Argon gas which further reduces heat loss.
The property is in need of some further improvement at the back, where there is obvious scope for extension (subject to necessary consents, although Ceredigion County Council has permitted development rights which means that the house can be extended by up to 50% of the original building footprint and up to 2 storeys without planning permission being required). The ground level at the back of the house comes up to the level of the existing window sills which means that the back wall suffers with some damp, and the wall does lean into the hill, although it has done so for at least the last 50+years! It is the primary area where the property needs further improvement. The back of the house needs to be cleared to allow air flow to the wall, and whilst doing so it would be very sensible to extend at the same time by rebuilding the back wall further back.
The house is two storey at the front, but drops to one and a half storeys at the back, with a long low sweeping roof. This creates the large attic room under the eaves that had limited headroom. It is a common feature of Ceredigion cottages, and many others have had the back wall built higher and had the roof altered to create two extra rooms upstairs. it could be made much bigger by re-building the rear wall further back, and creating a much larger kitchen and rooms above. There is certainly no constraint on space or chance of objection from neighbours!
ATTACHED STONE OUTHOUSE/UTILITY ROOM
3.25m X 2.4m (10'8" X 7' 10")
This stone outbuilding originally contained a large bread oven and is attached off the back corner of the house adjacent to the kitchen door. It is currently used as a utility and storage room, and it houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. It was re-roofed in 2012.
To the other side of the property is a range of stone outbuildings, and stone walls forming a courtyard. These are part renovated and have huge potential for development.
9.9m X 3.4m (32'6" X 11'2")
Stone walls and corrugated sheeting construction with large double doors. Power and light connected.
WORK SHOP/STORE SHED
Stone walls with a new timber A frame and corrugated roof. Power and Light connected. Outside Light. Part cobbled floor.
OUTBUILDING FOOT PRINT
The stone walls remain of another outbuilding attached to the shed. This could be renovated and re-roofed to provide another useful outbuilding.
The property is approached over its own 1/4 mile track from the council maintained road (B4343). The track is made of compacted stone with a loose stone surface and grass in the middle. The track has proved fine for most vehicles, but it is not suitable for very heavy vehicles or those with low ground clearance (ie sports cars!) due to the height of the grass ridge in places. HGV vehicles can not get traction on the stone track, and if they do manage it, will then will have difficulty turning round by the house. The track could be improved with a hard tarmac/concrete surface. When there has been a delivery with a large vehicle, they have pulled alongside or turned into the quarry to unload.
The large disused quarry (1/2 acre) at the end of the track is next to the road and entrance gate. There is currently a 40ft shipping container in the quarry by the road side, used for dry secure storage, and very useful for unloading deliveries into. This large level sheltered site would provide excellent parking for large vehicles, HGV's and agricultural and plant machinery, and would be a good site for an agricultural shed.
The 64.5 acres of land is mostly classed as permanent grassland in that it has not been ploughed or re-seeded for many years. It contains a mix of improved/semi-improved and hill grazing with areas of flat land, some gently sloping and some quite steep. It is currently used for sheep grazing, but has in the past had cattle and horses.
Please note that this is agricultural land that must be used for agricultural purposes.The land is only suitable for livestock/grazing purposes, being hill land between approx. 700ft and 1000ft above sea level, it is not productive arable land. There are permitted development rights to put up an agricultural shed of a certain size, details of this are available on Ceredigion County Council website.
For any other activity such as a caravan/log cabin/camping business ideas, off-road 4x4 driving or even as a large garden, planning permission for change of use would be required.
A mountain stream runs past the house and intersects the land, providing not only fresh water for livestock, but also a beautiful water feature as it tumbles down the hill in a series of small rocky waterfalls and pools. The stream flows into a large pond, before continuing its course down to the gate. The pond is a lovely feature in the summer, beautifully clear water and large enough for swimming (the dogs love it!), and even for drifting about on a small boat!
There are some interesting historical features on the land. There is a mine shaft (fenced and maintained by the crown) and associated spoil heap, and the remains of the waterwheel pit and water channels left from the days of lead mining. There is approx. 1km of roadside boundary, and there is a small plantation of mixed trees along the road near the gate.
BASIC PAYMENT FARM SUBSIDY ENTITLEMENTS
The farm is a registered holding and holds full Basic Payment Subsidy entitlements. The Entitlements will be transferred to the new owner if required. In order to claim the farm subsidy, you must be able to demonstrate that you are an 'active farmer' and that you are producing an agricultural crop and income. The land is permanent grassland suitable for grazing sheep, cattle, alpacas, poultry etc but is not suitable for arable use. If you intend to keep livestock then you will be an 'active farmer' or you can still claim if you rent the land to another farmer for grazing purposes, you are then selling the 'crop' of grass which the animals take directly. There are strict Cross Compliance rules regarding the land use which must be adhered to in order to claim the subsidy. Details of these are available on the Rural Payments Wales website.
The subsidy can not be claimed if the only animals kept are horses or pets, as they are not considered an agricultural product. The subsidy is not in place to support a lifestyle!
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