Forget renovating a standard terrace or a city suburban semi, if you have ambitions of grandeur then maybe a historic country manor could be a possibility as this nine bedroom property goes under the hammer.
With a guide price of £735,000, the distinctive home boasts Gothic-style upper floor pointed window pavilions, a stucco rendered facade and symmetrical windows throughout that help to give the house a flavour of France.
And if the winning bidder wants some inspiration on how to turn the home and outbuildings into their own French stunner, then maybe watching Channel 4’s Escape to the Château is a good idea.
The popular TV show follows the property journey of British couple Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree as they transform their turreted home in France into a unique wedding venue.
The advantage with this property, called Plas Cilybebyll, is that there is no requirement to learn French, as it’s located just outside Pontardawe .
Not the type of property that regularly graces the list of lots going to auction, Plas Cilybebyll is one of the most unique properties you’re ever like to find going under the hammer .
As well as the distinctive main residence, there is a separate building which is being run as a restaurant, a barn plus a cottage that operates as extra accommodation.
So plenty of opportunity for the new Lord or Lady of the manor to make this historic site their business as well as their home.
The three-storey manor house is believed to be more than 200 years old and currently has nine bedrooms as well as a wealth of reception rooms – oh, and a 10 metre indoor swimming pool and hot tub hiding somewhere inside too.
The mansion has retained many original features that include parquet flooring, impressive fireplaces and wood wall panelling, decorative coving and ceilings and eye-catching stained glass windows.
And if the hammer falls somewhere near the guide price then the new owner might justifiably think they have secured a bargain based on the manor’s recent sales history.
According to property portal Zoopla , the property was sold for £475,000 in 2001 and since then has been on the market for an asking price of £1.9m in 2011 and, after a number of price drops, it sold for £1.05m in 2016.
The website suggests that the property has a current market value of between £1.09m and £1.18m.
Of course, a new owner is likely to want to put their own interior design style on the main house, with potential to maybe upgrade the interiors into a boutique hotel scheme.
The auction house suggests the property could become a regular venue for weddings, with the two-acre gardens and surrounding idyllic countryside the icing on the wedding cake to the home’s distinctive frontage and original features.
Currently the main house is a home for the owners who run it as a bed and breakfast too but there is far more to this property sale than just the manor.
The original Victorian tennis pavilion has been turned into an orangery enjoying views over the garden and is a stand-alone venue called Petit Château.
This cute ‘mini château’ style building contains a bar, a 10-line chill cellar and an on-site commercial kitchen.
The amount of bricks and mortar included in the sale continues with another separate property called The Bakehouse.
According to the auction house, this pretty stone cottage has been thoughtfully renovated in a country style and provides extra accommodation for guests.
There is also a large, insulated barn within the grounds that has connected power.
Of course, any commercial use of any part of the site would need a potential buyer to check with the local planning officer, in case change of use permission is required for part or all of the premises.
As for changes within the main house, the auction house states the property is not currently listed but further details on all aspects of the property can be found within the all-important auction legal pack.
Despite Brexit, this is a very European inspired property, with a flavour of Italy within the grounds.
The property is nestled within approximately two acres of garden and grounds, some of which has been designed to evoke the atmosphere of a Tuscan villa.
The walled garden, two formal ponds and domed folly would not look out of place in a sunny Italian garden.
A more British country garden then unfolds, including an outdoor tennis court, woodland, paddocks and the river Clydach flowing through the grounds.
And just when a potential buyer thinks the site could not reveal any more distinctive features, there is a ruined water mill waiting to be discovered.
Maybe another building to renovate, restore and use as an income generator?
The peaceful location of the property can be found between Pontardawe and Rhos, amongst the hills and streams of the Swansea Valley countryside, yet is only about 10 miles away from the city of Swansea .
The house, additional properties and land are going under the hammer with a guide price of £735,000 (plus fees and costs) with Paul Fosh Auctions on Thursday December 5, 5pm at the Cardiff North Hotel, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff.