Glyn Abbot is situated in a stunning wooded valley, in a tranquil location on the fringe of the town of Holywell, a short distance from the open expanses of the Dee Estuary. The property enjoys an enviable location, a short distance from the historic town of Holywell whilst within a short daily commute to the commercial centres of the North West including Liverpool, Manchester and the Roman city of Chester.
The magnificent scenery and countryside of North Wales and Snowdonia is also on the doorstep. Holywell takes its name from the famous St Wilfred’s Holy Well and the town is rich in history and culture with many fine buildings. Whilst most shopping needs can be satisfied in Holywell, Chester and Wrexham provide more a comprehensive offering.
The nearby A55 provides access to the North Wales coastline but also provides a link to the M56 and M53 giving access to Liverpool and Manchester. Both Chester and Flint stations offer direct services to London, Euston within 2 hours and 2 hours 45 respectively, and both Liverpool and Manchester have international airports.
There are several highly regarded independent and public sector schools within range of Glyn Abbot, including King’s and Queen’s Schools in Chester, Ruthin School and Rydal Penrhos School in Conwy.
Glyn Abbot is believed to date Circa 1832 and was built by Thomas Mather, a Liverpool businessman who had mining interests in the area. Most original architectural features remain including magnificent marble fireplaces, delicate plasterwork, panelled doors with carved architraves, exposed wooden floors and a beautiful Regency staircase.
The property has elegance in abundance with grand reception rooms and the rear of the property incorporates a superb open plan family kitchen with a magnificent atrium which floods the family kitchen with natural daylight. In 2007, the property was extended with addition of a two-storey extension to the eastern elevation incorporating a twin garage and a home office/additional living space.
The gardens and grounds provide a striking contrast between the formal areas adjoining the house and informal lawns and woodland walks. Whilst the gardens undoubtedly present an exciting playground for the younger generation, there are also more formal areas for entertaining or enjoying the peacefulness and the wildlife of the woodland valley. Raised and extensive vegetable beds are featured in an allotment area off the gardens.
An open portico with double doors with a glazed fanlight opens into an outer reception hall with parquet flooring and high ceilings with intricate plasterwork, which runs throughout much of the accommodation. Part glazed double doors open into the reception hall with exposed floorboards and an elegant staircase rises to the first-floor accommodation.
Off the hallway is a superb light and airy drawing room with full length windows to the front elevation, with original shutters, providing views over the wooded valley. This room incorporates an elegant timber framed surround with marble insert and hearth incorporating an open dog grate fireplace. Double doors provide a link to the sitting room, also featuring an open dog grate fireplace within a marble surround with decorative tiled hearth. Across the hallway is a magnificent formal dining room with full length windows, with original shutters, to the front elevation overlooking the front lawns. A further open fireplace enjoys a fine marble surround and hearth. The ceiling is particularly noteworthy with its fine plasterwork along with a decorative dado frieze.
Occupying the rear of the property is a superb family kitchen having full height windows to the rear incorporating two sets of French doors and a central glazed atrium providing plenty of natural daylight. The whole of the kitchen and breakfast room is tiled with travertine limestone. The kitchen itself is fitted with a bespoke range of hand-painted cabinets under granite work surfaces including a housekeeper’s cupboard and central island unit. The focal point of the kitchen is a “Lacanche” electric and LP range cooker within a tiled recess with extractor over. The kitchen features a Belfast sink, integral dishwasher and a recessed alcove housing an American style fridge freezer. The kitchen also incorporates a “Jotul” multi fuel stove fireplace. To the rear of the kitchen is a utility room with further door providing a useful access to the formal dining room.
Glazed concertina doors open to the family room, also enjoying a glazed atrium roof light providing plenty of natural daylight. Steps lead up to the garden room presently used as a home office which forms part of the extension carried out in 2007. This superb room has double aspects providing wonderful views and features ceramic flooring warmed by underfloor heating which runs through to the adjoining family room. This room also features a marble fire surround with open fireplace. Twin glazed French doors give access to a flagged rear courtyard with terrace. To the rear of the house is a useful boot room, also enjoying underfloor heating.
With access from both the family room and inner hallway, steps lead down to an extensive lower ground level. The lower ground accommodation is arranged around a central reception hall with shower room with WC off. An exposed brick barrel vaulted area is currently used as an exercise room, and other rooms include a large cinema/games room with original cast iron open fireplace, a hobby room featuring the original Regency wash facilities. In addition, there is a laundry room with plumbing for laundry appliances, a general store and an elaborate brick, barrel vaulted wine cellar with a 1,000-bottle capacity, on original stone shelves.
From the reception hall, an elegant Regency staircase leads to a half landing giving access to the useful mezzanine with gallery over the breakfast kitchen and views through the atrium to the rear garden. From here, steps lead up to a spacious central landing with picture window. The master bedroom sits to the front of the house with dual aspects and enjoys a superb walk-in wardrobe, along with an en suite shower room. There are four further double bedrooms, some having fitted furniture and all enjoying superb views through elegant sash windows. The family bathroom is particularly noteworthy, with a centrally positioned twin ended roll top bath, a walk-in shower cubicle with marble tray and wall tiling, a low-level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, partial wall panelling and travertine marble flooring, warmed by electric underfloor heating.
Gardens and Grounds
Glyn Abbot is approached along a surfaced tree lined driveway leading to an expansive gravelled forecourt to the front of the house, leading to the garaging to the side of the house.
The gardens and grounds are a particular feature of Glyn Abbot, extending to approximately 4.80 acres and providing an appealing mix of formal and hard landscaped areas in the immediate vicinity of the house, with wide open lawns, mature borders/orchard and woodland walks.
To the front of the house is an expanse of lawn which falls away down to the boundary, which is well screened with mature trees from the road. To the rear of the house is an extensive paved courtyard, ideal for al fresco dining, which benefits from an outbuilding comprising a general garden store and fuel stove.
Wide stone steps rise to a noteworthy illuminated walled garden, mainly laid to lawn with two further paved patios which acts as a wonderful suntrap. The walled garden incorporates a variety of espalier trees, a grapevine, fig tree and numerous rose and other herbaceous borders. Beyond the walled garden there is a productive fruit orchard including apple, pear, plum and mulberry trees and berry patch with numerous currant canes and gooseberry plants. From the orchard and old, now grassed over drive runs back towards the house alongside a beautiful well-stocked herbaceous border including hydrangea and rhododendrons. To the west of the house is a flat, former grass tennis court bordered by oak and red fir trees which could easily be fenced off to form a paddock.
From the lower driveway a gravel track bears off giving access to a hardstanding, ideal for garden machinery, a motor home or boat storage. This area incorporates a kitchen garden with nine raised beds, a polytunnel and a wooden potting shed.
The gardens are characterised by many fine and mature trees including numerous oaks, a magnificent sweeping ash, eucalyptus trees, twisted hazel, olive, yew and fir trees.
House For SaleGlyn Abbot, Bagillt Road, Holywell, Flintshire
Guide price £975,000 Sold
A magnificent Regency property situated in a beautiful wooded valley setting, within formal gardens extending to approximately 4.8 acres
- Reception hall
- 6 principal reception rooms
- Superb open plan family dining kitchen
- Cinema room, hobby room and gymnasium
- Utility room, laundry room and wine cellar
- 5 double bedrooms
- 4 bath/shower rooms and separate WC
- Extensive courtyard parking and double garage
- Landscaped gardens including a walled garden & orchard
- In all extending to approximately 4.8 acres