Looking out from the front of their commanding home, towards the National Trust land opposite, they stand and watch the ponies for a while.
They love the serenity of their former mill home, as well as its privacy and leafy surroundings.
The couple bought the property, which dates back to between 1865 and 1885, as an investment project but, after living here for several months, realised it would be a wrench to leave.
"We loved all the space here. The house has a total of 24 rooms and is set in over five acres of land," she said. "There are stables and paddocks, where you can keep up to five horses, and we have about an acre, which is effectively an island, between a river and a stream."
The couple renovated the property, which is thought to have been a working mill, from top to bottom.
"We wanted to keep as many of the original features as we could, while also making it into a family home. It still has its attractive cornicing, exquisite fireplaces and period shutters."
Some of the original sash windows reach to the ceiling - and bring the sunlight streaming in.
"It is lovely to stand and enjoy all the beauty through the enormous windows we have here - we watch the birds in the trees and the ducks out on the pond," she added.
The beautiful home has so much to offer both inside and out. Its rooms can be bright and airy, as well as cosy and inviting.
"We are often in the drawing room or the dining room," she said. "With its multi-fuel stove, the drawing room is wonderful in the evening - but the light that comes through its windows in the daytime is also superb."
She added: "We have a large Christmas tree in there every year by the window, looking shiny and twinkly from outside."
The Mill, which was built on a slope, has four storeys at the back and three at the front.
"The master bedroom is on the third storey. It is light and spacious and has a working open fire, which can be lit," she said.
The property still has so much potential, she said. It would make a marvellous bed and breakfast, or guest house. Its location would render it highly appealing to birdwatchers, walkers and others who enjoy the great outdoors.
"We also have a lower ground floor, with four rooms, which could be used for anything. It would be ideal as a gym or games area - or as an annexe for a teenager perhaps," she said.
"This is such a large house. There is so much that someone else could do with it.
"We are very sad to be leaving but my husband retired recently and it is time for a move. But we are very happy living in this area and we certainly do not want to go far."
This delightful home is accessed via an attractive pillared portico, which has slate steps rising to a pair of solid oak original church doors, opening into the central reception hall. The reception hall has a staircase ascending to the first floor, while a beautiful arched window on the landing allows an abundance of natural light to flood through. Two charming period doors with ornate panelled architrave are located on either side of the hall and lead to the drawing room and formal dining room. The drawing room is wonderful and is dominated by two stunning floor mounted sash windows with original fold away shutters, bathing this expanse with light. These, along with all of the windows within the property have been refurbished over the past year and all are in full working order. Additionally the drawing room boasts a grand marble fireplace with a modern multi-fuel burner, whilst the high ceilings and coving add a real opulence. An archway guides to the rear of the room, originally part of the servants hallway, from which doors move to a hall giving access to the central staircase which flows down to the lower ground floor and to the original servants hall. A further staircase from the hall rises to the upper floors.
Moving on, a door with panelled architrave opens into a panelled study, which benefits from floor height sash windows and entry to the servants hall. The formal dining room mirrors the drawing room in shape and is simply exquisite with sash windows, ornate coving and a feature marble fireplace creating a warm and cosy ambience, along with a richly coloured exposed timber floor. From the dining room you will find the rear hallway and the current galley style kitchen, which is fully fitted and has another sash window.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
Accessed by a wide central staircase from the rear hall, the lower ground floor is used as a storage area by the current owners but is large enough to have potential as a kitchen and dining/family room. There are currently two spacious rooms with tiled floors, both of which lead out to the rear terrace which overlooks the ruin of the old mill. One of the rooms has a fixed table built around a well along with storage cupboards to one wall, one housing the oil fired boiler. There is also a walk in storage room with a separate wine cellar, as well as a laundry room. The second room was believed to be the location of the original kitchen, as the chimney and built in panty cupboards still adorn this expanse. Adjacent to this is the second utility room or 'gardeners' room and a separate WC, along with a hall which has terrazzo tiled flooring.
The first floor landing is split level and has a central staircase rising to the second floor and to the servants landing which is lit by three windows, including one which is arched. The central landing is also lit with a further picture window. Off the landing are two period doors with panelled architrave, leading to the master and guest bedrooms. The master suite is fantastic with high ceilings, an exposed timber floor and two picture windows. The room is adorned with a handsome slate fireplace and is served by a well presented en-suite, offering period style fittings and plenty of space for a dressing table. The guest bedroom has a separate dressing room, is similar in size to the master, and could be used a generous fourth reception room.
Rising to the second floor landing which is again lit by a picture window, five inviting bedrooms and a large family bathroom are waiting to be explored. There is also access to a loft space which offers potential for further development if required. All of the bedrooms located on this floor are of a good size and offer a wealth of character. Two of the bedrooms share a striking curved wall, while one of the bedrooms is light and airy thanks to its three windows. In addition each of the rooms has lovely vistas over the extensive grounds.
SETTING THE SCENE
The property is set in grounds of over five acres (STMS) and is accessed by a pair of wrought iron remote electric gates and a long sweeping driveway. Immediately adjacent to the gates is an ornamental pond with a fountain. The driveway meanders through extensive gardens to a circular planter, from where it splits to continue along both sides of the property. On one side it continues to the rear of the house and to the large stone built stable block which has the scope to be converted to a holiday let if desired (STPP). The stable block features its own alarm system and houses two double stables, a single stable, a potential tack room and a large workshop, believed to have been the original 'piggery' to the mill. Adjacent to the stables and separated by post and rail fencing is a half acre paddock, in which the ruins of a miller's cottage can be found. At the rear of the house is the ruin of the original mill, while a timber bridge crosses a stream to the 'island'.
To the other side of this home, the drive passes a parking area and eventually leads to another large gravelled parking place along with a detached triple garage. Adjacent to this is a detached 'manger' which offers further storage space with a workshop above. A further lawned garden and paved terrace is situated to the front of the house. For peace of mind, large parts of the gardens are adjacent to land owned and looked after by the National Trust and for the security conscious, infrared cameras are in place at nine points throughout the grounds.
"It really is very pleasant, and it means the land is protected," she said.
"There is a formal garden at the front of the house and two big fields, which we keep as lawns."
WITHIN EASY REACH
The local village boasts a couple of good public houses and there is a post office within walking distance, as well as the local Church in Wales primary school. Several other popular villages are within a 10 minute drive including St Brides-Super-Ely, while the popular Cottrell Park Golf club is just a 5 minute drive away. The sought after Cardiff suburb of St. Fagans, home to the Welsh National History Museum, can be reached in just 5 minutes (3 miles) and with access onto the A48 less than 3 minutes away (2 miles), the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff is close at hand. Out of town shopping at Culverhouse Cross is very convenient, where stores such as Marks and Spencer can be reached in less than 15 minutes (4 miles).
All the amenities of Cardiff City Centre (7.3 miles) and the Cardiff Bay development (8.5 miles) are just a 20 minute drive away. The historic market town of Cowbridge is easily accessible in just 15 minutes (6.7 miles) whilst the spectacular heritage coastline at Ogmore-by-Sea is just a 30 minute drive away (18 miles). The M4 can be reached in under 15 minutes (7 miles) and the Severn crossing is less than 45 minutes away (35 miles). For those wishing to commute, the outskirts of London can be reached in two and a half hours (145 miles). There are good high speed rail links to London from Cardiff, whilst Cardiff Airport (8 miles) is under 20 minutes away.
Proceeding in a westerly direction along the M4, take Junction 33 and take the first exit onto the A4232. Take the slip road signposted Culverhouse Cross, and at the roundabout take the first exit onto Cowbridge Road. Take the first left onto Michaelston Road and then take the fourth left onto Drope Road. Continue for approximately 2.5 miles and at the t-junction turn left onto St. Brides Road. Proceed for 1.5 miles into the village of Peterston-Super-Ely, passing The Sportsmans Rest public house on the right. Move through the village, continue over a small stone bridge and the entrance to the property can be found immediately on the right hand side, marked by our For Sale board.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is CF5 6LH.