An astonishing, iconic and magical family home in a glorious setting on the Mawddach Estuary, just metres from Snowdonia National Park border
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The history of the Coes Faen Estate dates back to around 1865, when the railway first came to the area and started the transformation of Abermaw (Barmouth) from a shipbuilding, fishing and trading rural community to a Victorian seaside resort destination in North West Wales. Coes Faen Hall, known far and wide as The Clock House, a Grade II Victorian Gothic home, sits in a majestic position near the mouth of the Mawddach estuary, between the Snowdonia peaks and the Cader Idris Range. The Clock House was acquired by the Lowe family in the Victorian era. They were originally mill-owners, who added the main central section including the clock tower itself and the veranda. Aberystwyth University academics dated one of the walls in the boot room as medieval, back to the times of Henry II. Whilst an iconic building, The Clock House is first and foremost a family home.
From every room are stunning views of the estuary, the mountains - or both! The main reception rooms are filled with light, with wonderful high ceilings. In particular, the drawing room has different sea views from three windows. The veranda wraps around the ground floor, a wonderful place from which to enjoy morning coffee with spectacular sunrises, to a cool drink with the sunset over the historic railway bridge crossing the mouth of the estuary. The kitchen was hand built and is perfect for the keen cook. There is a sizable study, a cosy sitting room, useful and stylish utility room, and large coat and boot cupboard.
The lower ground floor houses a self-contained family suite with two bedrooms and a bathroom and access to the terrace, a cloakroom, a cinema/playroom, and a wonderful sitting/dining room with an 'outdoor' kitchen which leads out onto the terrace which adjacent to the stone wall of the estuary boundary.
On the first floor are four double bedrooms, one with en-suite cloakroom, a beautifully fitted bathroom and shower room.
The Clock House has plentiful level parking at the rear of the house, giving easy access to the main door the property. The gardens, with their naturalistic planting, wrap all around the house and feature in particular some prolific hydrangeas and fuchsias.
The terrace is, in essence, a wonderful outdoor dining room, the perfect place for entertaining, with views up and down the estuary, as well as over to the mountains of Snowdonia.
There is private slipway into the estuary with moorings by the house, and a private pontoon with steps up to the Clock House gardens. The estuary, and waters beyond, lend themselves to an amazing lifestyle of outdoor activities: sea fishing, dolphin and seal watching, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle-boarding.
Abermaw, or Barmouth, is a sea-port and market-town on the North West coast of Wales. The town itself is beautifully situated on the northern side of the river. The view from the beach is magnificent: the hills on the opposite shores of Caernarfonshire are seen in the distance to the west and, towards the north, the view of the sea is bounded by mountains. Snowdonia National Park is just 500m away, with all the outdoor activity that it has to offer. There are many North Wales attractions within easy reach: Dyfi Nature Reserve, Zipworld, BounceBelow, the Italianate village of Portmeirion, and numerous castles.
Follow your SatNav directions for LL42 1TE and The Clock House can be seen as the road narrows.Read all
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