Stunning 14th century country home near the sea is perfect lockdown retreat – but hides a deep secret

THIS beautiful 14th century country house could be the perfect lockdown retreat as it’s set in green fields and near the sea but it also holds a deep secret.

Glebe House is a charming and substantial Grade II-listed historic home that can boast a number of incredible features.



There's an ancient well in the conservatory and medieval curved, vaulted ceilings in a number of rooms, a rare sight for a Welsh property.

Take a walk of about a mile from the house and through the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and you will end up at Newgale Beach or Nolton Haven Beach.

Add about 1.5 acres and a detached coach house in the grounds to this property bundle and it can genuinely be seen as a unique opportunity to live by the sea within a slice of Pembrokeshire's countryside and history.

The house was once the original rectory in the hamlet of Nolton, overlooking the ancient church of St Madoc with the sea on the horizon, creating a picture perfect position to enjoy the country, coast and local history.

According to the estate agent selling the property, rector Moses Grant lived at Glebe House between 1767 and 1810 with Moses' grandson, Sir Benjamin Hall, becoming Lord Llanover.

Sir Ben is believed to have been involved in the rebuilding of Parliament and is widely acknowledged to be the source of the name 'Big Ben', arguably the world's most famous clock.



Website parliament.uk states that Big Ben, the clock's hour bell, is indeed named after Sir Benjamin Hall who was the commissioner of the office of works at the time the bell was commissioned.

The home has been the subject of an extensive renovation project by the current owners to reveal and restore the original features.

Minton floor tiles on the ground and an arched medieval ceiling in the hallway top and tail this space and cement the home's unique and historic character from the outset.

The medieval, curved vaulted ceilings continue into some of the reception rooms of the house, denoting the oldest section of the property.

Move into the sizeable dining room and there's another unusual curved ceiling to notice as well as a fireplace and mesmerising rural views out of the large, multi-paned window.

As with all of the spaces in this house, period features such as window shutters, floors and coving have been revealed, restored or reinstated to create a charming home.

From medieval to Victorian to modern day, the rooms each have their own personality featuring classic country interior design, a warm and welcoming colour palette and pops of pattern interspersed with traditional furniture.

This property has three spacious sitting rooms to choose from and this is handy as currently the owners are running part of their home as a bed and breakfast, so the guests can have their own dedicated space.

The cosiest of the sitting rooms has arguably the best medieval ceiling in the building, it's low and cocoons the space, with the room's window carved into the thick wall.

The addition of a log burner at the end creates a cosy space that oozes charm and is an area that demands you linger and lounge on one of the comfy sofas.

The kitchen awaits through the next door and is a vast room that easily accommodates a large dining table and chairs and has a charming stable door out onto the garden.

But again there are unique features, including a double Aga standing within a feature fireplace.

The spiral staircase in the corner not only creates a double height space that makes the room feel even bigger but also creates a sense of intrigue.

Up the stairs reveals what could be the owners' bedroom with a large ensuite featuring a free-standing bath.

This master suite is separated from the remaining four ensuite guest bedrooms by a study and so easily creates a separate, dedicated space of living, sleeping and bathing away from any guests.


All five ensuite bedrooms on the first floor continue to feature the period character of this pretty property, with exposed oak ceiling beams, roof rafters, window shutters, fireplaces and oak flooring dating back to around the Victorian era.

Again the interiors chosen whilst updating the property are a relaxing, country style with the emphasis on classic traditional designs including roll-top baths, cast iron bed frames and chunky and original wood furniture.

In one of the bedrooms the incredible 'wobbly' fireplace chimney breast has been painted white to ensure this fantastic feature is not missed.

Back down the spiral staircase and into the kitchen and there are double doors out into a garden room conservatory.

In the centre of the floor is a solid glass panel and below is an ancient well that disappears down into the earth.

The remaining sitting rooms are beautifully-presented featuring engaging views out to the garden and rural vistas and a continuation of period features abundant within this unique home.

Surrounded by about 1.5 acres of land, wander across one of the lawns and you will discover another building of character.

A stone former coach house nestles amongst the greenery.

It has been converted into a self-contained, detached cottage that offers an extra holiday let business or a perfect pad for a teenager or granny.

Inside, the cottage has been renovated to the same high standard as the main house.

The stone walls have been whitewashed, wood floors bring warmth and the bedroom is a mezzanine 'crog-loft' allowing the living area below to enjoy a double-height space.

There is the expected cottage log burner at one end of the coach house adding to the warm welcome assured at this cute property.

This bonus building even has its own, part-walled and private garden, so a perfect and peaceful retreat for a guest or a granny.

Estate agent JJ Morris is expecting offers in the region of £999,000.





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