Llyswen, Brecon, Powys


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  • Bedrooms: 4
A delightful riverside idyll in the heart of the Wye Valley comprising a detached deceptively spacious substantial stone house with a further detached cottage. Accompanied by 443 yards of River Wye fishing rights, in a stunning location.


The Shrubbery has much to offer in a beautiful location. The property is approached from a private road alongside the River Wye and is private while still being in walking distance of local amenities. It was built as a fishing lodge in the 1960's, replacing a much older building, possibly a lodge to nearby Llangoed Hall Estate. It is a light and airy property with a peaceful feel. In all, the gardens and grounds including the river bank and bed amount to around 6.4 acres. Very importantly, there are some 443 yards of right bank fishing rights to the River Wye (to the middle of the river) which could be income producing. The current owners also rent a further approx. 300 yards of river bank (rent negotiated annually). Both banks of the River Wye are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Finally, there is a detached two bedroomed cottage which is currently used for holiday rentals and usually brings in income between March and November.

The Shrubbery has an impressive reception hall which gives access to all the reception rooms and bedroom accommodation. It contains an airing cupboard and three large store cupboards with hanging rails and shelving with further cupboards above. The dual aspect drawing room has large windows letting in lots of light and is of an excellent size, with a wood-burning stove and two sets of fitted bookshelves and cupboards.

The large, bright dining kitchen is fitted with a very good range of kitchen units incorporating a dishwasher, fridge and a four-oven oil-fired Aga. There is a door to outside, a larder and a walk-in cupboard and ample space for a large dining table. The good- sized utility/study is a versatile room with a door to the outside and is fitted with a sink, kitchen units and space with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble drier, fitted book shelving and has a large cloakroom off with a w.c., wash hand basin and a store cupboard.

The master bedroom has fitted bookshelves, a dressing area with cupboards and an en-suite bathroom with panelled bath, wash hand basin, w.c., bidet and w.c. This bathroom is shared with bedroom two. There are four bedrooms in total, all being well-proportioned doubles. Bedroom four is currently used as a study and is particularly well-fitted with shelving. There is a family shower room with a large walk-in shower, wash hand basin and w.c.. Finally there is a large loft which is part boarded and well insulated.


The villages of Boughrood and Llyswen straddle the River Wye with the A470 passing through the village of Llyswen. The local facilities offered between the villages comprise a petrol station, a recently built primary school, village stores, village hall, a café, public house and two churches.

Overall this is a thriving community with lots of recreational activities. Both Brecon and Hay-on-Wye are approximately a twenty minute drive away, both of which have a wide range of services and facilities.

Hay-on-Wye is a bustling market town being very popular with tourists and is renowned as the town of books for its wealth of second-hand book shops as well as other individual boutiques, shops, restaurants, cafés and range of public houses and is known the world over for its annual literary festival held in the Spring each year. The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons offer excellent walking and riding whilst the Offa's Dyke is a popular route for walkers.

The nearest railway station is located at Abergavenny, which is 23 miles and the nearest motorway link to the M4 can be found at Newport (42 miles). Hereford station is approximately 50 minutes drive.

Shrub Cottage

A detached cottage currently used as a holiday let to accompany the fishing. It was converted some years ago as a Ghillie's cottage. It offers a Sitting Room, large Kitchen, a Ground Floor Bedroom with an En-Suite Shower Room. On the First Floor there is a bedroom with an En-Suite Bathroom.


The Shrubbery was originally created as a magnificent fishing lodge but is in fact much more than that. It is not only a delightful place to live but is planned in such a way as to be perfect for entertaining. It has handsome, well-proportioned rooms and the doors have a distinctive maple wood veneer which add an elegant touch. The well-planned accommodation includes a large kitchen/dining room, beautiful spacious sitting room with a wood-burning stove, four bedrooms, two large bathrooms and a cloakroom and a utility/office formerly the Rod Room.

The property has never been flooded and is unlikely to do so as it is situated 30 - 40 feet above the river and the far bank is lower. There are stone steps leading down to a grassy area by the river with a bothy and fishing croy. Wildlife abounds, otter, herons, swans and ducks as well as kingfishers.

There are fishing rights to approximately 433 yards of freehold salmon and trout fishing. The Wye and Usk Foundation control most of the remaining fishing on the river.

There is ample parking around the house and a garage block including two store rooms.

A pretty garden surrounds the house and cottage including a thatched children's play house, an outside lavatory and toolshed. There is also a small vegetable garden and woodland area behind the garage. The properties are well maintained and the exteriors painted this year.


Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Council Tax Band

Powys Council Band G .


Mains electricity is connected. Oil-fired Aga. Road is owned by Welsh Water. Private Drainage. The water is a private supply.

Agent's Note

The private road is owned by Welsh Water and The Shrubbery has an easement over it for access. The agent understands there is no requirement to contribute towards maintenance or repair.


Approaching from Hereford to the west, take the A438 Brecon Road and at Glasbury-on-Wye turn right onto the B4350. Follow the road and after approximately 4.5 miles, soon after passing the village shop on your left, cross the river bridge and turn right into a private road. The Shrubbery is the only residential property about mile along the lane.

Viewing and Contact Details

All viewings must be arranged through the selling agents Sunderlands or Joint Agents Andrew Grant Country Homes.

Sunderlands Hay Office Contact Details: Tel: 01497 822522. Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm Sat 9.00-1.00pm

Out of hours contact: Harry Aldrich-Blake 07717 410757.

None of these statements contained in these particulars are to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. These particulars are not an offer or contract or part of one. Floor plans are provided for guidance as to the layout of the property only. Room sizes and measurements are approximate only. Please note we have not tested the equipment, appliances and services in the property and interested parties are advised to commission appropriate investigation before formulating their offer.

Sunderlands are a member of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents Scheme and therefore adhere to their Code of Practise. A copy of the Code of Practise is available on request.

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