Gorgeous Georgian country mansion once owned by the Cadbury family could be your tempting new rural retreat

Gorgeous Georgian country mansion once owned by the Cadbury family could be your tempting new rural retreat

Historic Georgian country manor looks gorgeous in any season There are some houses that just glow with the affection that former owners have had for it – where the home feels loved and truly part of the family.

This historic Georgian beauty is a classic stone country mansion nestled within the glorious Snowdonia National Park .

The house can boast a slice of three acres of this beautiful part of Wales as its own, as well as boasting a charming former coach house in the garden, currently being run as a holiday let.

Travelling down a winding country lane that follows the meandering path of the Dwyryd river, within a wide, wooded valley, you happen upon the stone column entrance to the house.

It’s no accident that it has been built in a slightly elevated position to ensure sweeping views of the surrounding countryside of the Vale of Ffestiniog peep through the private hedgerows of this grand abode.

Now called Bron Turnor Mawr, this delightful Grade II listed country home has a well documented past that is hinted at by its former name – The Rectory of Ffestiniog.

Between then and 1891 the mansion was home to a succession of rectors including the first called Reverend John Jones, who lived here from 1826 to 1851.

But by 1887 the property was in need of extensive renovations so it is recorded that the then rector, Cadwgan Powell Price did a rather bizarre property swap. From wildlife and wooded areas to perfectly manicured. It is said that he swapped the mansion with the Oakelely family, mine owners in nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog, for their dower house in Maentwrog, now known as the Old Rectory.

Records suggest that the Oakeley family then rented out the property until the last of the family died in 1961.

Since 1962 the mansion has been in private ownership, with past owners including members of the Portmeirion family and members of the Cadbury family, known for their chocolate production. Plenty of places to sit and watch the natural world go by in peace. According to website British Listed Buildings, the house achieved its Grade II listing in 2005 as ‘a substantial early 19th century house that retains good character’.

Outside the landscaped gardens that surround the house are a reward to see and enjoy and a testament to the decades of work that created them.

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