If you have the budget to buy this beautiful home then you are buying a slice of Welsh property heritage.
Called Ffynone, the manor house was designed by celebrated and renowned architect John Nash, who was famously appointed by King George IV to extend and transform Buckingham Palace to the iconic facade that can be seen today.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, Nash is widely credited as creating the large U-shaped frontage to the palace by adding wings to the existing structure, plus the triumphal arch at the centre of the palace forecourt.
As with many grand designs, the project went over budget and after the King’s death in 1830 Nash was sacked from his post for spending £496,169 on the transformation.
Ffynone Manor near Boncath in Pembrokeshire is a Grade I listed house that is considered by many historians as Nash’s greatest private work in Wales, but it is unknown what his budget was for this creation and if he spent too much at this property too.
Terence Davis, biographer of John Nash’s life and career says: “Ffynone was perhaps the most successful of Nash’s early houses.
“Inside Ffynone we see for the first time, in plan, details and decoration, an original Nash interior; one which he was to use in the future in a variety of ways and on different scales.”
Designed and built between 1792 and 1799 for Colonel John Colby, according to the website British Listed Buildings, Nash was influenced by the movement of the sun during the day.
So the original house would have had the morning room located in the north east corner, the drawing room in the north west corner, the dining room in the south west corner and an anteroom in the south east corner, chasing the daylight as it moved around the house.
Features from Nash’s original design that have survived downstairs include the main stone staircase thought to have been made in Bristol.
In the library the Corinthian column area and fireplace, recorded as being made in Neath, are original Nash features.
Upstairs most of Nash’s original planned layout survives, including fireplaces and decorative plasterwork.
During the years following Nash’s design and construction of the manor, the property has been remodelled in some areas and additional space created.
The Colby family employed well known architect and the designer Inigo Thomas, who is credited with the design of the gardens at Sandringham House, the private residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
Additions by Thomas included two new wings to create a large dining room and a ballroom constructed in a classic Italian Baroque style.
Thomas is also said to have redesigned the garden by adding elaborate stone terraces, grottoes and water features and planting an extra 60,000 trees thought to have been bought from a nursery in Norwich.
The main house has a total of 13 bedrooms, six reception rooms, and an extensive basement that still features a vaulted ceiling designed by Nash.
The approximate 34 acre site includes extensive outbuildings which would have supported the day to day life of the main manor house.
There is the old kitchen that still has a cast iron range, a coach house, stables, a granary, a clock tower and workshops.
Amongst these extra buildings are three self-contained apartments offering between three and five bedrooms that have been used for staff accommodation and holiday lets in the past.
The gardens of this historic listed house are also identified as being totally unique, and can be found on the Cadw Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales.
Stand-out features within the grounds includes Inigo Thomas’ terraced garden framed by classical stone walling and balustrades and a woodland featuring a variety of species of trees and shrubs and the last remaining water features.
The property and land is on the market with Savills for £1.95m. Give them a call on 029 2036 8930 to find out more