Stepping into the attractive apartment at Cathedral Court for the first time, visitors never fail to comment on its impressive interior and magnificent views. The property sits within the historic former Bishop's Palace and looks out towards the Welsh mountains and 19th century castle Castell Coch. The current owners have renovated the property and successfully married its magnificent original character with contemporary interior design. "We have modified it fairly significantly," one of them explains. "We worked to the original footprint of the property but took it right back and had new wiring and central heating put in. We reconfigured all the spaces, had three en suite bathrooms added and redesigned the kitchen. This was handmade in solid oak, with solid oak work surfaces and a range-style cooker. Like the rest of the house it is wonderful."
A PLACE IN HISTORY
The historic home sits within beautiful Gothic Revival buildings that date back to 1814 and were once owned by the church. It takes up the entire top floor and looks out over the gardens and magnificent tall trees towards the cathedral spire, and, from the side, to the river. "This was the vestry to the cathedral and was where the Archbishop of Wales once lived," he explains. "Then 32 years ago the church decided to sell the building to a development company to convert into apartments and a new Bishop's Palace was built." The property once had a tunnel which led across to the cathedral: this was also transformed to create fabulous storage cellars for the new homes. "And the former stables were converted into garages for the apartments," he adds.
There are now five luxury apartments in the main building and one in the annexe. This particular home is located on the top floor, where it offers three-bedroom accommodation. "We loved the location of the property." Today, the stunning apartment is entered via a private entrance from the communal staircase. From here there is also access to the cellar and a staircase leading up to the accommodation. Inside, the property offers open-plan living, together with a separate dining room and the three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a separate cloakroom.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Every last detail has been carefully considered by the couple, from the high quality, thick carpets to the cutting-edge technology. "We installed LED lighting and dimmer switches, as well as plug sockets with USB connections in them," he continues. "We have a communications room for the television, broadband and other technology, and there is a video intercom." The space has been ideal for them, they admit. "We love the open-plan kitchen and living area - it is such a beautiful big space, where about 16 people can be seated," she says. "There is a lovely breakfast bar and an area of sofas. It is excellent for family living but is also a very social space, where lots of people can sit around and talk. We have Bang and Olufsen speakers wired in and have had some great parties there." The dining room has also been superb for entertaining. "We have a table which seats up to 10 people, making it excellent for entertaining or for when all the family come round."
A WARM WELCOME
The apartment is an inviting and tranquil place, they agree. "There is an area where we have comfortable seating and the television is flush to the wall," he explains. "This is a lovely, cosy place to relax on a winter's evening." The bedrooms are also sumptuous. "They all have beams and en suite bathrooms, so they are all extremely comfortable and yet still full of character. One of the rooms is large enough for a double bed and a sofa."
CITY WITHIN A CITY
The couple have savoured everything about living in Llandaff. Considered to be a city within a city, it is only a couple of miles along green waterside walkways from the centre of Cardiff and it still offers something of a village lifestyle. "It is a great place to live, with some good restaurants and cafés, where it is nice to go for breakfast or lunch," he says. "We can also walk into Cardiff from here in about 20 minutes, heading through the fields and cathedral gardens, and along the river. This location really is wonderful and this apartment is perfect."
Setting The Scene
Located in a quiet corner of Llandaff village green, the building enjoys a secluded position. The apartment benefits from a separate garage and two parking spaces. There is a shared courtyard.
This apartment sits in the heart of Llandaff on Cathedral Green, in close proximity there is Llandaff Cathedral and the high street with an array of boutique shops and restaurants. The village also boasts many popular schools including Cathedral School, Howells School Bishop of Llandaff Secondary, City of Llandaff Primary and Pen Cae Welsh Medium Primary School.
Within Easy Reach
The apartment is situated in the centre of the village and is in easy reach of Cardiff City Centre, a short drive to the A48 and within 20 minutes to join the M4 Motorway and is also served by train stations in the upper end of the village close by Llandaff North, Waungron and Fairwater. Nearby golf courses include Radyr, Whitchurch and Rhiwbina all within a 20 minute drive with ease of access to the Vale of Glamorgan in a short time.
From Junction 34, head towards Talbot Green (A4119) and take the first right towards Groes-Faen (A4119/Llantrisant Road). Continue on the road until you pass through Goes-Faen and approximately 6 miles later you will come into Llandaff village. Just after the Heathcock Public House on your left hand side you will find Bridge Street, turn left up Bridge Street and drive to the end and then turn left onto Cathedral Green. The apartment can be identified by the Chewton Rose 'For Sale' board.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is: CF5 2EB