A luxury Snowdonia home once described by the former National Trust chairman and journalist Sir Simon Jenkins as “an outstanding example of British craftsmanship” could soon be home to a new owner.
Entrepreneur and business angel Peter Saunders and his wife Judith plan to move on from their unique home in the foothills of Snowdonia to begin a new chapter in their lives.
Cynefin was always more than a dream project for the couple - it was a family home for them and their three sons. Now though they have put the property on the market for sale.
Designed by award-winning architect and former sculptor Christopher Day in collaboration with Pembrokeshire architect Julian Bishop, this modern house seems as much part of the stunning Welsh landscape as properties built in the area centuries ago.
Located in southern Snowdonia at the head of the magnificent Dysynni Valley, with views to Bird Rock and Cader Idris beyond, the five bedroomed house has a “quirkiness” about it that captivates people. Its unique design fits snugly into the surrounding countryside and environment.
That design blends innovative sloping rooflines with traditional materials of slate, stone and wood. Each window is individually designed and looks out across the mountains or towards the coast. Aberdovey with its harbour, beach and links course is just seven miles away.
“We didn’t have any pre-conceived ideas. We bought a plot of land that already had planning permission for two bungalows and talked to the Snowdonia National Park about what was possible. We brought in Welsh architect Christopher Day,” said Peter.
“He, along with Julian Bishop, captured our imagination with an inspiring design,” said Peter, who with his wife is moving to Cardiff after living in Mid Wales for over 30 years.”
He added: “Christopher’s background as a sculptor is evident in many aspects of the design. In fact, the design process started with a meeting over a cup of coffee and with a lump of clay that Christopher pulled into shape as the conversation progressed. The result is truly amazing.”
Built in 2002, the property and its landscaped terraced gardens are being sold through Mid Wales and Shropshire property surveyors and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole.
The house is built with local stone, Welsh oak and, of course, Welsh slate. A local artisan carpenter has handcrafted each and every door within the house. Even the windows are all individually shaped.
Cynefin has solar panels that generate electricity, some sold back into the National Grid. It also has very comfortable under-floor heating that is powered by LPG.
Sir Simon Jenkins, who is also an acclaimed author on architecture, has written that Cynefin is an “outstanding example of British craftsmanship in wood and recalling the artistry of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.”
Inside the property is very much a family home, with large open and airy rooms which look out over the stunning surroundings.
Each room is unique and the outside area has terraces and a range of “secluded places” in which to seek sanctuary and admire the impressive natural habitat and landscape that surrounds the property.
“We’ll be very sad to leave Cynefin. It’s been more than a home. But our sons and their families, including five grandchildren, live in South Wales and I have growing business interests outside the area. So it makes sense to move at this time,” said Peter.
“The area and the region have been a big part of our working and social lives and we’ll never forget it. But it’s time to pass Cynefin on to others to enjoy and to treasure.”
Property surveyors and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole are marketing Cynefin for £985,000. More details can be obtained by visiting www.morrismarshall.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01654 710 388.
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