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Ty Uchaf, near Barry, Vale of Glamorgan




by Matthew Pike, 22nd May 2017

A stunningly thatched 15th century farmhouse perfect for those hoping to live a rural life close to the sea yet remain within arm’s reach of the big city

This large family home is a rural retreat without compromise, being close to the ocean and to Cardiff city centre yet feeling a world away from urban sprawl.

Ty Uchaf is a five-bedroom house in the tiny hamlet of Moulton, near Barry, and is one of the oldest inhabited residences in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

It still boasts several charming medieval features and was apparently where Oliver Cromwell once stayed during the English Civil War of the 1600s. 

The farmhouse is laid out in a linear fashion, as that of an old Welsh longhouse, so each of the five bedrooms (two of which are en-suite) has a view over the garden and surrounding countryside. 

James Thomas, from Savills estate agents, says it’s the most attractive thatched home he’s seen in the area: “It’s a gorgeous house. The thatched roof was replaced in 2015. There are a select few thatched houses in the Vale, but I’ve not seen one as pretty as this. 

“It’s in a great position – it’s easy to get to the M4 and the airport, and Aston Martin are moving 15 minutes away so that’ll create a lot of jobs in the area. This end of the Vale of Glamorgan is looking very good at the moment.” 

The medieval features in the L-shaped house include a stone staircase leading from the entrance hall (which also has an inglenook fireplace) to the first floor, and a fireplace that divides the living room and the sitting room (with a two-sided wood-burning stove opening onto both). These rooms boast striking flagstone floors and exposed beam ceilings. 

The fitted kitchen also has a flagstone floor, and a four-oven Aga along with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine, and electric oven. 

Electric gates lead onto a cobbled driveway and a thatched triple garage, which has a stone staircase leading to the first floor. 

There are also spacious lawns outside, a stone outbuilding and a lovely summer house. Trees border the property, adding further to the rural feel. 

Moulton may be no more than a hamlet, but it does have a popular pub, The Three Horseshoes, just a few doors away. 

It’s very close to the sea – a drive to Barry Island will take you just 10 minutes. And, if you need to stay connected, the capital is less than 30 minutes away, while Cardiff Airport is just a 10-minute drive. 

If you’re looking for all the benefits of rural family life while staying within easy reach of the coast, good transport links and the populated centres, this property provides all of the above, plus the additional charm of a beautifully thatched roof and a fascinating history.

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AT A GLANCE...

Ty Uchaf: A large beautifully thatched farmhouse with plenty of history and within easy reach of the coast, Cardiff and the airport 

Bedrooms: Five bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms 

Land: Spacious lawn with summer house, stone outhouse and bordered by trees 

Location: In the village of Moulton, four miles from Barry Island and 10 miles from Cardiff city centre, in the Vale of Glamorgan 

Price: Guide price of £899,950 

Agents: Savills. Tel: 029 2036 8919. www.savills.co.uk

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