Some cottages are pretty and some are ready for a ‘chocolate box’ and that achingly country appeal thatch could easily be on the cover photo of any box of shortbread or candy box.
Perhaps add a climbing rose around the front door and a white picket fence around the garden and the cottage will go straight to the top of the list of character dream homes for sale in Wales.
The chalet has been built on the brow of a rolling hill and the benefit of this is immediately apparent; spectacular and panoramic views. Looking in one direction, chalet occupants can marvel at the Ceredigion countryside stretching to the coast of Cardigan Bay and, in the other direction, the majestic Cambrian Mountains.
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The cottage is well placed to take full advantage of all that the country and coast has to offer, from rural hikes to water sports, coastal walks to surfing the Welsh waves.
Local amenities are available in the nearby villages of Cross Inn and Llanrhystud which include general stores, primary school, crèche and public houses.
The pretty Georgian port town of Aberaeron is around seven miles away for a livelier evening or an afternoon pint or cream tea. And the cottage is also centrally located to the major university towns of Lampeter and Aberystwyth, both just 11 and 13 miles away.
The cottage is called Brynhyfryd and it may look cute, but it actually punches above its perceived weight of ownership as it can offer you a home plus a potential vacation rental, subject to the necessary planning permission, and all of that is somehow hidden under that thatched roof.
But Brynhyfryd isn’t the only charming cottage for sale that might capture your heart. There is a truly unique stunner in Dolgellau called Lion Cottage which was once two cottages but is now a beautiful home which has been lavished with care and attention when it comes to interior design. Take a tour around “one of a kind” Lion Cottage here.
Back to thatch near the coast and it’s hard to handle the idea of two houses hidden within the thick stone walls, but that’s exactly what Brynhyfryd gives you.
The main part of the property is a charming one bedroom house on one level, with the front door entering directly into the kitchen open to the dining room and living room.
There is the expected wood-burning stove but not in a cantou but rather on a slate hearth and next to the probably original chalet oven and the bread oven dug into the mantel of the fireplace. A new owner may want to dig into the wall themselves, just to see if a cantou is hiding behind the whitewashed masonry.
No need to worry about restoring the original kitchen facilities for dinner, as the cottage comes with a cooker and a lovely kitchen in the corner which includes open shelving and countryside views.
This open-plan space is cozy but also feels light and spacious, thanks to the use of mostly white as the decor, a ceiling that’s been raised into the roof to some degree, as well as light flooring. The remaining thick and sturdy ceiling beams are a joy to behold and add to the charm of the space.
Through the door next to the kitchen and the bedroom and then the bathroom await you. Tactile whitewashed stone walls and wood paneling flank garden views from the bedroom’s pretty window, and the adjoining bathroom is surprisingly spacious for a period cottage — even accommodating a full-size tub.
And thinking of the next door, there is an additional door at the front of the chalet which opens onto the bonus this chalet can offer a new owner – a single storey annex which shares the pretty thatch roof.
Inside is a fabulous space raised up to the roof line to create a double height living area, so it feels spacious. The annex also includes a lovely mezzanine loft as a sleeping area.
The rafters and exposed roof beams give this annex its own charm, and climbing the stairs and being surrounded by them before falling asleep on the mezzanine is like snuggling up to the core of the chalet.
And the loft isn’t a small, cramped platform, the roof is high, the beams are nice, and there’s room to navigate the whole of a double bed.
From this mezzanine, the view down to the open-plan living room below and the beams that surround the space are a joyful first sight each morning before the rural views through the windows can catch your eye.
Nestled below the crog loft is the kitchen which brings brushed stainless steel and a contemporary shade of blue to add more texture and visual interest to the already in-situ exposed stone wall, wooden worktop and floor in slate.
Next to the kitchen, and also below the mezzanine, is the annexe shower room and it is an attractive space, obviously recently refurbished to a high standard. The main feature here is a double-wide walk-in shower with gray subway tiles that complement the continuation of slate floor tiles in this space.
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According to the agent, the chalet has electricity and water, private drainage and the main thatched roof section was replaced in 2021.
Brynhyfryd is set in a good sized plot with pretty cottage style gardens, a summer house and well placed seating areas to take in the fabulous views.
But there’s no escaping the fact that the cottage is next to a country road but it’s not the M4, and if it’s a holiday rental as well as a home then maybe this easy access is a bonus; the road easily takes you or your guests to Llanrhystud beach in just a few minutes.
Brynhyfryd is for sale with an indicative price of £295,000 with estate agent Aled Ellis & Co, call the Aberystwyth branch on 01970 626160 for details. And to make sure you never miss the best dream homes in Wales, renovation stories and interiors, join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter, delivered to your inbox twice a week.