£1m ‘Escape to the Country’ bolthole with its own Eryri mountain goats

The property's setting - the house is in the centre of the photo
-Credit: (Image: Beresford Adams, Bangor)

By itself, this 19th century house, now fully modernised, ticks all the boxes as a dream rural idyll. But this four-bedroom property on the edge of Eryri offers much more besides stunning views.

Set in five acres within Padarn Country Park, Ger Y Coed’s paddocks and woodland are secluded but they attract the occasional visitor, mostly with two horns and goggle eyes. For two centuries, wild mountain goats venturing out from Dinorwig Quarry have been calling here to say hello.

Built in 1821, the original part of the building was used to house the quarry’s Shire horses. The property still has a tack room and five stables, all with power and fully matted, to go with a cluster of seven paddocks.

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Nearest neighbour is a large mountain hut called Tŷ Powdwr, originally an explosives store for the slate quarry. As the only unlisted property within the heritage site, Ger Y Coed’s owners have been able to extend and convert the property into a must-have rural retreat.

It’s just gone on the market for £1m with agents Beresford Adams, Bangor. Included is a self-contained lodge for six, a large barn, meadows and a small lake. The mountain goats come free.

Needless to say, the house give expansive views of the Eryri mountains and down to Llyn Padarn, Llanberis. On a clear day you can see across to Anglesey and the Irish Sea. In the depths of winter, when snow covers the mountains, the surroundings can be breathtaking.

Small wonder the agents described it as a proper “Escape to the Country” family house. They added: “Look in any direction and you will be met by the most amazing mountain and countryside views that you can only have when living in Padarn Country Park.” Join the North Wales Live WhatsApp community group where you can get the latest stories delivered straight to your phone

Reaching the house involves a half-mile drive along a private track through the country park offering glimpses of Llyn Padarn in the distance. Around the house are clustered the stables, lodge and barn. The lake and a pond are set to the side of the building.

The porch opens up straight into the kitchen, the beating heart of the house. Complete with a slate floor, breakfast bar and cooking range, the kitchen mixes contemporary with traditional.

From here, there are three openings – to a utility room, sitting room and dining area, the latter down two steps. The large dining room, with log burner, wooden floors and recessed lighting, has doors opening to the garden.

Three more steps lead down to more wooden flooring in the living area. There are two standout features here: a French designer log burn and an expanse of bi-fold doors flooding the room with light.

These lead onto a sun terrace overlooking the well-stocked lake and gardens with their to-die-for mountain backdrop. It’s the ideal place to catch sunsets while drinking in the views. The perfect spot for a wood-fired hot tub? There’s one included.

Dinorwig's wild mountain goats are familiar sights in Padarn Country Park
Dinorwig's wild mountain goats are familiar sights in Padarn Country Park -Credit:Beresford Adams, Bangor

Back inside, the main staircase leads from the dining room to a half-landing. One way leads to a family bathroom and two bedrooms, the other takes you past a dressing room to the master bedroom. This has its own fireplace, ensuite and double doors opening to a balcony: another chance to take in the fresh mountain air.

Downstairs again, a second staircase leads from the sitting room to a double bedroom with en suite and shower. Being separate from the other three bedrooms, this could make an ideal guest suite if needed.

The paddocks outside offer plenty of scope for hobby livestock. As well as the self-contained wooden lodge, there’s a single garage and a larger, double garage-cum office with its own bathroom. Sign up for the North Wales Live newsletter sent twice daily to your inbox

All of which is set within what is now a World Heritage landscape of slate quarries, with majestic Dinorwic above and atmospheric Vivian below. As Ger Y Coed’s name suggests, the ancient oak woodland of Coed Dinorwig reaches up to embrace the property.

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