Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Powys


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A beautiful upland farm extending to 124 acres or thereabouts of lush pastureland and woodland. A spacious three bedroom residence dating back to the 17th Century, plus adjoining 2 bedroom holiday cottage. Workshop Studio and potential holiday let, an extensive range of farm buildings plus a former farmstead ruin known as The Pentre.


Pen Y Caeau Farm represents a beautiful 124 acre, or thereabouts, upland farm that is nestled in the heart of the impressive Brecon Beacons and enjoys some of the most panoramic and stunning views that would rival any in the country. The property comprises an impressive and spacious three bedroom farmhouse with an adjoining two bedroom holiday cottage which could easily be incorporated as part of the main dwelling. The farmstead is situated in an elevated scenic position and has undergone extensive renovation works in recent years. The property also has the benefit of an additional detached workshop/studio that could be easily be utilised as a further holiday cottage.

The land has the benefit of extensive hill grazing rights on the adjoining common which offers the potential for excellent outriding. Pen Y Caeau also has a very good range of traditional and modern portal frame outbuildings that are ideal for any farming or equestrian enterprise.

The farmhouse represents a spacious residence that has undergone significant restoration in recent years and has been completed to an exceptionally high standard.

A particular feature of the property is the existing ruin known as The Pentre. Originally this was a separate farmstead that consisted of a dwelling with traditional adjoining barn plus a series of other nearby stone buildings. The shell and gables of the property are largely intact and it is our consideration that this property offers further development potential subject to Planning Permission.

The property has the benefit of a separate access which is gained only a few hundred yards off the main A479.


Pen Y Caeau Farm is approached via a council-maintained tarmacadam road and is the last property to be found up this valley. Cwmdu is a popular village located between the historic market towns of Crickhowell and Talgarth set in beautiful scenery in the foothills of The Black Mountains which lie along its eastern flank.

The village has good amenities in the form of public house, cafe, local garage and a community village hall whilst the historic town of Crickhowell, approximately 5 miles away, offers a good choice of local shops with Abergavenny a short distance further having a variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment, Nevill Hall hospital and a railway station.

Cwmdu affords good access to the local road networks connecting with the M4 near Newport and a series of good trunk

roads giving access into South Wales, the Midlands and southern England.


Pen Y Caeau Farmhouse is in a superbly situated position, overlooking the surrounding valley. The residence is of traditional stone construction dating back to the 17th Century and many of the original features of the property can be seen today. Particular features of the property are the exposed oak beams and original oak panelling which is a theme that is continued throughout the property. The central hallway provides access to the stone staircase leading to the first floor as well as into the kitchen and main lounge that has the original Inglenook fireplace. The property is particularly spacious throughout and provides for a wonderful family home.

Briefly the accommodation comprises the following:

Hallway (1.8m x 3.55m) Tiled Flooring

Kitchen (4.45m x 4.51m) bespoke oak wall and floor units, built in fridge and dishwasher with Clearview stove, granite worktops and tiled floor

Downstairs shower room (2.48m x 1.79)m with w.c. Shower handbasin with tiled floor

Dairy (4.04m x 2.14m)

Utility (2.53m x 1.53m) with bespoke maple units with worktops, butler sink, built in cupboard, removable trolley work surface, Oil boiler and water filtration system

Lounge (5.53m x 3.90m) with original oak panelling dated 1642, oak flooring, Inglenook fireplace with exposed stonework, stone floor and Clearview stove.

Dining Room (2.58m x 5.44m) with oak floor, exposed oak beams and open fireplace

Stone circular staircase leading to:

Landing (7.29m x 6.81m) with oak flooring

Master Bedroom (3.33m x 4.62m) with fitted wardrobe and Ensuite (1.68m x 3.10m) with handbasin, shower, w.c. And airing cupboard with immersion tank

Bedroom Two (2.55m x 5.73m)

Bedroom Three 4.18m x 3.96m with built-in cupboard

Bathroom (3.13m x 3.03m) with handbasin, free standing bath and w.c.

Holiday Cottage

Adjoining the main farmhouse is a two bedroom holiday cottage. Whilst this is a separate unit and has it own external access this property could easily be incorporated back into the main residence as there is an internal doorway allowing this. The cottage makes terrific use of the surrounding views with a double door from the living room opening on to a patio area that looks towards the Mynydd Troed. The property has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard and provides a valuable income source.

Briefly the accommodation comprises the following:

Kitchen/Diner (5.30m x 2.39m) with bespoke oak wall and floor units and space for white goods, granite worktop

Living Room (4.47m x 5.34m) with Clearview stove

Oak stairs leading to first floor

Bedroom One (3.17m x 4.44m) with built in cupboard

Bedroom Two (2.91m x 2.86m) with airing cupboard

Shower Room (1.90m x 2.41m max) tiled with shower, handbasin and w.c.

Boarded Attic Space (6.56m x 3.44m)

Workshop Studio/Potential Holiday Cottage

This is a separate stone building on the yard that has been used as part of the current owner's wool spinning business and provides ideal accommodation to work from home or could easily be converted into another holiday cottage.

Briefly the accommodation comprises the following:

Living area (6.22m x 3.90m) with tiled floor

Staircase leading to first floor (4.22m (max) x 6.32m) to include Kitchenette and cloakroom with handbasin and w.c.

The Pentre- Former Farmstead

The Pentre Ruin represents a former farmstead that can be found on the eastern edge of the holding. This property has the benefit of its own private access if required, off a single track council maintained road that gains immediate access off the main A479. The main walls, gables and window openings are clearly visible, and it is considered that this property may offer some future development value subject to planning consents.


Pen Y Caeau Farm has an excellent range of modern portal frame and traditional timber frame buildings. These have been mainly utilised for the farming enterprise but could easily be converted for other potential uses such as that of equestrian. The buildings have been well maintained and all have the benefit of an electricity and water supply.

Briefly the farm buildings comprise the following:

Modern Portal Frame (17.93m x 11.48m) with concrete floor including manger and water trough, breeze block and Yorkshire boarded sides

Dutch Barn (5.83m x 19.32m) Soil floor

Steel Frame Shed (10.12m x 6.42m)

Stone Bull Pen (5.07m x 5.798m)

Modern Portal Farm Barn (24.3m x 17.72m) with breeze block and Yorkshire boarded sides, water trough and concrete floors

Adjacent Steel Frame Barn (6.09m x 23.46m) including timber 5 tonne feed bin. Concrete floor throughout

The Land

The land at Pen Y Caeau Farm extends to a considerable 123.79 acres which surrounds the main farmstead largely in one ring fence except for a separate off lying block of 10.77 acres that is situated only a short distance down the lane as shown on the attached plan. The land is split into 25 enclosures of mainly lush pasture land, however there are a couple of parcels of woodland that provides for an increasingly valuable commodity and important area of shelter for livestock. On its most easterly aspect the land borders a strong and reliable stream that is surrounded by a pretty woodland glade. The land is with its gently sloping pastures is capable of producing good fodder crops and even an arable crop if so required. Whilst there are a couple of steeper enclosures on the farm these are all easily accessible. The land has been well maintained and farmed to a high standard and appears to be in good heart and the majority of enclosures have individual access to water from the stream or piped to troughs. The land also has significant hill grazing rights for 530 Sheep (BCL 22 Entry No. 59).

Land Schedule

OS Number Field No Size (Ac)

SO1626 9945 2.36

SO1726 1942 7.44

SO1726 0932 6.96

SO1726 3855 5.83

SO1726 4449 3.65

SO1726 3136 3.69

SO1726 4032 4.89

SO1726 4420 0.41

SO1726 4826 3.21

SO1726 5342 3.83

SO1726 5620 4.56

SO1726 6731 8.23

SO1726 6908 7.22

SO1726 6817 1.37

SO1726 8720 3.38

SO1726 8417 5.72

SO1726 8101 1.26

SO1826 1021 11.29

SO1826 0612 3.49

SO1826 0301 4.50

SO1725 9989 4.56

SO1725 7796 0.51

SO1726 9001 6.64

Farmstead 0.86

SO1725 6894 1.95

SO1725 8585 5.21

SO1825 0327 10.77

TOTAL 123.79

Please note that all land schedules have been derived from the Welsh Assembly's Basic Payment Maps. The land plan included within this brochure is purely for identification purposes only and is not to scale. Title Deed plans will be available from the vendors' solicitors.


The land lies between 200 and 300 metres above sea level.


The property has the benefit of a strong natural spring supply which is filtered through a UV and sediment system and is tested on a regular basis. The ground water pipes have all been recently renewed. The property has the benefit of private septic tank drainage, mains electricity and telephone connection. The property has a high speed broadband system provided by Riverside Internet which is a microwave line of sight system. The heating and hot water are provided via an oil-fired Worcester Bosch boiler.

Basic Farm Payment

All of the farm is registered with Rural Payments Wales and the Basic Payment Entitlements may be available through separate negotiation. We are informed there are no other agricultural or environmental schemes affecting the property.

Timber, Woodland, Sporting and Mineral Rights

As far as we are aware these are included within the sale but are to be confirmed.

Council Tax

Powys County Council Band F.


Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, quasi easements, wayleaves and rights of way both declared and undeclared.

Town and Country Planning

The property is offered subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient orders, public rights-of-way, town planning schedules or resolutions which may be or may come into force. The purchasers will be deemed to have full knowledge of these and have satisfied themselves as to the effects such matters have on the property.

Plans, Areas and Schedules

These are based on Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul a sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.

Boundaries Roads and Fences

The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and neither the Vendor not the Vendors Agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries of ownership thereof.


Directions to Pen Y Caeau Farm will be provided when a viewing is arranged.

Viewing and Contact Details

All viewings strictly by appointment and must be arranged through the sole selling agents Sunderlands.

Matthew Nicholls: 07811 521 267 or

Harry Aldrich-Blake: 07717 410 757 or

Health and Safety Notice

Please be aware that this is a fully working and active farm. We advise all viewers to take extra care when making an inspection of the farm. Viewing is undertaken solely at your own risk and neither the agents or the owners of the farm take any responsibility for any injury however caused.

Money Laundering

As a result of anti-money laundering legislation all persons offering for the property should include a copy of the following documentation:

1. Photo ID for example Passport or Driving Licence.

2.Residential ID for example current Utility Bill.

Misrepresentations Act

(a) The property is sold with all faults and defects (if any), whether in good condition or otherwise and neither the Vendors nor

Sunderlands, the Agents for the Vendors, shall be in any way responsible for such faults and defects, or for any statements contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said Agents.

(b) The purchaser shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into this contract in reliance on any of the said statements that he has satisfied himself,

as to the contents of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise, and that no warranty or representation has been made by the Vendors or the said Agents in relation to, or in connection with the property.

(c) Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor give either party any cause for action.

(d) All measurements and distances are approximate. The electrical, drainage, water and heating installations have not been tested by the Agents. (The normal enquiry is carried out by the purchaser's Solicitors and the type of inspection undertaken by a purchaser's surveyor have not been carried out by the selling agents for the purchase or preparation of these particulars). Interested perspective purchasers are recommended to obtain an independent survey report on this property.


In the event that there are any variance between these particulars and the contract of sale, then the latter shall apply.

Important Notice

These particulars are set out as a guide only. They are intended to give a fair description of the property but may not be relied upon as a statement or a representation of facts. These particulars are produced in good faith and are inevitably subjective and do not form part of any contract. No persons in the employment of Sunderlands has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.

HEAD OFFICE: Offa House, St Peters Square, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 2PQ

These particulars are set out as a guide only. They are intended to give a fair description of the property but may not be relied upon as a statement or a representation of facts. These particulars are produced in good faith and are inevitably subjective and do not form part of any contract. No persons in the employment of Sunderlands has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.

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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