Camden Road, Brecon, Powys

£640,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 5
DESCRIPTION Cae Prior, a hidden gem on sought-after Camden Road, is a spacious and elegant detached house of approx. 422 sq m (over 4,500 sq ft). The core of the house with its thick stone walls was built over 400 years ago. As its name implies, it was a farmhouse serving the priory, now the Cathedral, and the earliest maps of the area show it surrounded by its fields, the sole remnants of which are Cae Prior Fields above Camden Crescent. A late Victorian extension gave the house the elegant proportions typical of the period while the present owners added substantially to its floor area in 1984/6, restoring extensively and reorganizing. The original thick, stone walls remain, exposed in the entrance hall and the huge chimney breast in the family room. During the alterations an old floor was exposed, extending from beneath the staircase. Strewn with straw and clearly predating the Victorian extension, it was thought to be the floor of a dairy or animal stall. These enormous stone slabs now form the floor of the verandah beside the drawing room.

This delightful, historic property offers unusually spacious accommodation over 3 floors to include 5 double bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms plus an ensuite to one of the bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, guest cloakroom, fitted kitchen, separate utility room and integral double garage. All bedrooms have fitted cupboards. The central heating is gas-fired with Nest Learning Thermostats. The Victorian sash windows have been renovated and updated to eliminate draughts and rattles and reduce heat loss, noise etc. Other windows are double-glazed. There is a security alarm system. The garden areas are private, sheltered by stone walls, fencing and mature shrubs and trees and include a courtyard and extensive patio area.

Cae Prior is a wonderful family home that wraps itself around you and welcomes you in. It flows very well and is marvelous for family gatherings and for entertaining. It is in excellent decorative order throughout employing neutral colours.

LOCATION Enjoying views to the Brecon Beacons and just a short walk from Brecon town centre, Cae Prior occupies a very private corner position on Camden Road, with off-road parking. All of the amenities Brecon has to offer are easily accessible on foot, the Memorial Hospital around the corner, schools, leisure centre complex, supermarkets, cinema, theatre, restaurants etc. The very popular public school, Brecon Christ College, is no more than short walk away. The surrounding countryside includes the magnificent Brecon Beacons and provides opportunity for miles of enjoyable walks, cycling etc.

WALK INSIDE A broad entrance pathway leads to an open fronted porch and half-glazed front door. Inside, the spacious Entrance Hall with wooden flooring and original exposed stone wall leads to the reception rooms, a cloaks cupboard, a Guest Cloakroom with washbasin and the staircase to the upper floors. Period, mahogany, double doors access the Drawing Room. This is a beautiful, light room with two floor to ceiling sash windows and patio doors to a covered verandah and garden. The fireplace with its log effect gas fire has a bespoke limed oak mantelpiece with supporting corbels. Two recessed bookshelves with traditional, arched surrounds incorporate concealed under-shelf and top lighting. Glazed oak double doors lead into the very large Family/Breakfast Room featuring the original, floor to ceiling, stone fireplace with its inset coal effect gas fire. Perfect for winter evenings. Recessed ceiling lights are digitally and remotely controlled to differentially illuminate areas within the room. This room is the central hub of the ground floor. An engineered oak floor leads directly into the Kitchen past double, glazed doors opening onto the Courtyard. A single door accesses the Entrance Hall, another the stair up to the Double Garage. It has two separate doors to the Dining Room that encourage a pleasing flow on social occasions.

The Kitchen is amply fitted with Sheraton Buttermilk Classic units and incorporate a Neff double oven with large warming drawer, a 5 burner Neff hob with overhead extractor hood, a Neff dishwasher and a double Franke sink. Through a doorway, the Utility Room has plumbing for a washing machine, a stainless steel sink, storage units and spaces for an upright freezer, small fridge and tumble drier.

The Dining Room, another large, light room, has two double, glazed doors opening into the patio garden and a further door into the fourth large reception room. With useful under stairs storage, this could be used in a variety of ways: study, gym, playroom, storage or cinema room.

The Double Garage, accessed by stairs from the Family/Breakfast Room, has multiple power points, fitted cupboards, a stainless steel sink with hot and cold water plus a further cold water supply to a hosereel. A retractable ladder leads to loft storage above. The up and over garage door opens onto off-road parking.

On the First Floor a short passageway with cupboard leads off the landing to the Master Bedroom and its ensuite. Fitted wardrobes on two sides of the room leave plenty of space for a 1.8m (6ft) kingsize bed and a sitting area. Windows look out towards the Beacons. The ensuite bathroom overlooks the rear garden, has a bath with shower over, WC and bidet, plus washbasin with cupboards below and to the side.

Bedroom 2 is a large, beautifully proportioned, high ceilinged room with two full-length sash windows and views to the Beacons. There is a fitted wardrobe within the room and in the short entrance passage that also contains a washbasin.

Bedroom 3 is a double bedroom with window overlooking the patio garden. There is a fitted wardrobe and a desk/dressing table with bookshelves above in an alcove.

The Family Bathroom overlooks the rear garden and has a bath with shower over, WC and bidet, plus washbasin with cupboard below and to the side.

On the Second Floor landing there is storage space behind the fitted door adjacent to the Family Bathroom in which there is a bath with shower over, WC, washbasin with cupboard below plus a storage cupboard for towels etc.

Bedroom 4 is impressively large with exposed roof timbers, fitted cupboards, views to the Beacons and a generous ante room, useful as a study or dressing room, overlooking the rear.

Bedroom 5 is the fifth double bedroom with large fitted cupboards and original oak roof beams on display.

OUTSIDE The mature gardens are planted with a wide variety of shrubs and trees. Stone retaining walls are a feature in the side and rear gardens. The large side patio is decoratively paved with Indian sandstone, has a covered verandah and is accessible directly from both Dining and Drawing Rooms. Facing southwards, it has the sun from morning through to early evening and is ideal for al fresco entertaining. The decked courtyard off the Family Room is a quiet, shady area to sit and enjoy a coffee or light lunch amongst the pots of flowers and shrubs. The paved area to the rear of the house enjoys the last of the afternoon sunshine. Both garden areas are gated to the outside, providing flexible access around the property.

ACCOMMODATION The property comprises the following accommodation (measurements are provided for identification only):

Entrance Hall

Family/Breakfast Room – 7m max x 5.6m (23'0" max x 18'6")

Drawing Room – 6.31m max x 5.66m max (20'8"max x 18'7"max)

Dining room – 5.08m x 5.32m (16'8" x 18'7")

Study/Gym – 5.8m x 5.32m (19'0" x 17'6"

Kitchen – 5.67m x 2.3m (18'7" x 7'7")

Utility – 2.75m x 2.3m (9'0" x 7'7")

First Floor Landing

Master Bedroom – 5.5m x 4.9m (18'0" x 16'1")

Ensuite Bathroom – 3.04m max x 3.02m max (10'0" x 9'11")

Bedroom 2 – 5.24m x 3.91m max (17'2" x 12'10" max)

Bedroom 3 – 3.88m max x 2.78m max (12'9" max x 9'2" max)

Family Bathroom – 2.65m max x 2.28m (8'8" max x 7'6")

Second Floor Landing

Bedroom 4 – 5.15m x 4.96m (16'11" x 16'3")

Ante Room – 3.43m max x 2.8m (11'3" max x 9'2")

Bedroom 5 – 5.18m x 3.45m max (17'0" x 11'4" max)

Family Bathroom – 2.2m x 2.21m (7'2" x 7'3")

Double Garage – 6.5m max x 5.58m (21'4" max x 18'4")

EPC Rating = E

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