From the fabulous grounds of Tyn Y Pwll Farm the owner likes nothing better than to drink in the stunning views of the Rhondda Valley and the mountains surrounding it.
"This is a beautiful part of Wales," he said. "The River Ely cuts across the farmland for about half a mile and from the back of the house you can see the valley and mountains about five miles away.
"As you drive up to the front of the house there is a beautiful lake where the ducks like to swim and on a summer's day it is like paradise here."
Struck by its idyllic location, the owner bought the property, which is situated on 100 acres of land and comprises a four-bedroom farmhouse with outdoor swimming pool, stable block, separate gymnasium and various outbuildings, 40 years ago.
"Although I was in the business of coal, in the past I have kept 70 or 80 beef cattle here," he explained. "I have also had horses here for many years as the brick-built block has something like seven stables in it."
The house itself is believed to be some 200 years old, but after moving in the built a two-storey extension, providing a large drawing room and master bedroom with en suite bathroom above.
There is also a separate dining room, study and farmhouse-style oak-bespoke kitchen equipped with Neff appliances.
"I have maintained the farmhouse style: there are beams in the dining room where we also have hung a large steel chandelier," he said.
The sumptuous home features many luxurious touches, especially in the bathrooms where Villeroy & Boch pieces have been brought in.
"The upstairs bathroom is quite special because it has gold-plated fittings shaped like swans, which shoot the water out into a large circular bath we bought from Harrods of London when we first moved here."
The drawing room boasts a coal fire, which, through the winter months, is kept alight 24 hours a day.
"I like to sit in the drawing room in the evening and it is beautiful and romantic when the fire is burning."
BY THE WATER
Across the terrace and lawn the inviting swimming pool has its own changing rooms and is adjacent to a bar perfect for entertaining friends and families.
"We have had held a lot of parties here over the years; my late wife used to organise an annual charity event when we would put up a marquee next to the pool and have about 100 people here," he said.
Other facilities include a fully-equipped gymnasium and games room in a separate annexe to the main house. This used to be a farmworker's cottage and could easily be utilised as a granny annexe or holiday let.
Also in the grounds are a large barn and an orchard with a variety of fruit-bearing trees, including apple, plum, pears and cherry.
"It is beautiful walking country and I like nothing better than to take my sheep dogs for daily walks through the farm, along the river and back up which is about three miles," he said.
WHERE THE HEART IS
Not only does Tyn Y Pwll farm benefit from a rural setting, but it is also one a mile away from the villages of Peterston-Super-Ely and Pendoylan.
"Both villages have pubs and restaurants and then we are only five miles from Cowbridge, which has some nice boutique shops, and only five miles from Cardiff and the city airport.
"I have apartments in London, Marbella in Spain and Monte Carlo, but now the children have grown up and left, this place is too big for me," he admitted. "I will be very sad to let it go."
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
The Rhondda Valleys, comprising the two valleys of Fawr and Fach, are probably the most well-known of the South Wales valleys.
They are notable for their outstanding scenery - visitors are often stunned by the beauty of the area, which includes steep-sided forest and heather clad hills.
With the arrival the mining in the area came the Baptist chapels and the Rhondda Valley become strongly connected with the nonconformist Christian movement.
It is also renowned for the singing voices of the strong male voice choirs that sprung up as a result of the mining industry.
GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Off the welcoming entrance hall their is a study that looks over the frontage of the property, A ground floor a bathroom, country farmhouse kitchen, two large reception rooms and a conservatory with stunning views.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
On the first floor there four spacious double bedrooms and two family bathrooms.
There are seven American style stables plus a tack room, two large barns, a stone cottage that is ripe for conversion subject to planning
Setting The Scene
Enter the property via the gated access and continue to the parking area in between the stables and the property, there is a lovely open garden to the front with stream and duck pond with a large centre island.
What's Nearby ()
The house is a most convenient place to live if you need to travel, it is tranquil and secluded here yet minutes from the M4. Fairoaks is set on the borders of the Vale of Glamorgan yet within the boundary of Cardiff City with its magnificent shopping, theatre, sports and hotels."
Situated adjacent to open countryside, there are lots of walks and bridal paths to enjoy. There are several golf courses nearby, Creigiau Golf Club, Radyr Golf Club and the five star Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club and Hotel Resort which also has a gym and spa, The Cotterel Golf resort is on your door step. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, access to the city centre and all its amenities takes approximately 20 minutes There are numerous villages close by, some with local shops and public houses.
There are primary schools at Creigiau and Peterston-Super-Ely, with secondary schools at Radyr and Bishop of Llandaff School at Llandaff - all of which have excellent reputations. Private schools are also close at hand including Howells and Kings Monkton in Cardiff.
Within Easy Reach
Castle Coch and the world famous St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Life are two of the nearest attractions, whilst Cardiff Bay and its many restaurants and cafes, not to mention the world famous Millennium Centre, is approximately 25 minutes away. The Severn crossing can be reached in approximately 35 minutes with Bristol an hour away. For those wishing to commute, the outskirts of London can be reached in two and a half hours and there is a good high speed rail link to London from Cardiff. Cardiff Airport is also within easy reach, just a short 25 minute drive away.
How To Get There
Exit Culverhouse Cross and proceed along the A48 heading towards Bovilston, at the lights imeadialtly after the Cottrell Park Golf Resort turn right, follow the road bearing right as the road folks onto Gwern-Y-Steeple Road, take your first available left turning, follow road for 600 yards property is on your right-hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is CF5 6LG