Mr Clarke thinks :
This historic family home with thatched roof is absolutely dreamy, and the contemporary interior…wow. Just wow
Dating back to the 17th century, Upper Porthkerry Farm has all the charm you would expect of a Grade II listed, thatched farmhouse. Its character and period features are juxtaposed with 21st-century contemporary living and is beautifully curated throughout.
Before you even approach the farmhouse, you know you’re in for a treat. The sweeping, wrap-around driveway can comfortably accommodate up to 8 vehicles and there’s a double garage to boot. No squabbles over parking here. Ahead stands Upper Porthkerry Farm with its water-reed thatched roof and gorgeous deep eyebrows framing the windows. There’s even a sweet bonnet porch to match.
Once inside the spacious hallway (featuring a historic blue pennant standing stone), you could be stepping into the pages of an interior design magazine. It’s absolutely stunning, well designed and thought out and the décor is exceptional. This home oozes style.
The beams in the living room are reclaimed from an old shipwreck and steeped in history. But there’s no banging your head here, or remembering to ‘duck’ as the ceilings are loftily high and the rooms wonderfully airy. If you like your toes nice and toasty, fear not as you’ll find a log burner inside an original inglenook fireplace, surrounded by dressed blue pennant stone. The original stable door – with 500 years of history is an absolute gem and leads right on through to the farmhouse kitchen.
The bespoke kitchen is an absolute dream, it’s been handcrafted by the current owner and painted in a lovely soft French grey. The curved central island is a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. The range-style cooker is ideal for a good old farmhouse breakfast and there are plenty of built-in appliances (with no less than two dishwashers!) and a plethora of storage. From here, the kitchen flows effortlessly into the family room which is situated at the heart of the home, a fabulously sociable space, there’s even a really useful boot room off the kitchen too that's light and airy and filled with integrated cupboards and full size fridge freezer.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The fabulous heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Need I say more?!
The sitting room is elegant and bright, again with a large, period fireplace. The dining room makes the perfect entertaining space, with its exposed wooden floor and space for the largest of tables. Both rooms are dual aspect, so you can step out to the garden with a glass of wine and soak up the views.
Upstairs, you’ll find five exceedingly well-proportioned bedrooms, no less than three en-suites and a luxurious family bathroom.
The master bedroom is sumptuous; dual aspect and flooded with natural light. You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to Narnia as you step through a hidden doorway, concealed within the antique French wardrobe and through into the en-suite. A freestanding, roll-top bath demands attention in the centre of the room, there is also a walk-in shower and a pretty vanity sink unit in here too, It really is rather magical.
But back to the room itself. Even with a super-king bed and generous furniture, the master bedroom is still, well…huge! With its curved ceiling exposed beams and Emma Shipley wallpaper, it’s jaw-droppingly fabulous.
The second bedroom again is dual aspect, has a shower room; triple vanity unit with basins and mirrored subway tile wall complete the look. There’s an ample dressing room to keep all your clothes well organised.
The other three double bedrooms, (one with an en-suite) are all large, bright and airy, with their individual quirks. They all share the same sense of openness and style, and glorious views, of course!
The family bathroom is beautifully designed and utterly sublime. It’s all in the detail here. The freestanding, cast iron slipper bath even has the original plug!
Outside, a separate annex with a mezzanine offers a myriad of possibilities for multi-living. With its own fitted kitchen and shower room, it would make an amazing home office, teenage den, guest accommodation, dedicated gym studio or a wonderful writing retreat.
The garden is equally as impressive as the interior. There’s a large social space with decking and sunken seating area for entertaining and - the star of the show - a covered, heated swimming pool. Just the place for a refreshing dip or leisurely lap or two. With its retractable cover, you can throw a pool party no matter what the weather. There’s a positively Scandinavian vibe in the sheltered courtyard with its hot tub and Cedar barrel sauna. Film buffs aren’t forgotten either in the clubhouse with cinema room and home bar. Cocktails, anyone? All you need to bring is popcorn.
On a practical level, there’s access to the farmhouse’s utility room and downstairs cloakroom with a shower from the courtyard, which is perfectly placed for your pool towels and rinsing off the dogs after a long walk. The neighbouring 220-acre country park is the perfect place for an amble and leads to a lovely pebble beach.
- Three words : Stunning. Period. Home.
Our favourite part
We can't decide on just one! We're completely in love.
Around Upper Porthkerry Farm
With an uninterrupted vista across Porthkerry Country Park, the views are simply stunning and extend across to the Bristol Channel. There’s a wealth of coastal and countryside walks right on the doorstep, along with historical sites, and the Grade II listed Romilly Park to enjoy. Explore the rugged trails along the Glamorgan Heritage Coastal path and the golden sands of Whitmore and Jackson’s Bay.
Just a stone’s throw away from vibrant Barry. Whether you’re in the mood for Michelin-starred cuisine at ‘The Shed’ by James Sommerin, or a low-key supper, you’ll find it all here. Cardiff City Centre is a mere 30 minutes away, either by car or by hopping on the train at Rhoose.
Be sure to stop off at Cocoa Therapy for the best hot chocolate in town!
The semi-rural dream
- Supermarket: Everything you need in nearby Barry
- Pubs: Head to 'The Blue Anchor' dating back to 1380 with it's inglenook fireplace and real ales
- Walks: The Glamorgan Heritage Coastline for it's dramatic scenery, and inland from rolling hills, country lanes and bustling market towns
- EPC Rating - D
- Council Tax Band - G
- Total Internal Size - 284 sq.m.
- Land - 0.8 acre approx
- Listed in CADW as a designated architectural and historic place of interest to Wales
- Local Council Authority - Vale of Glamorgan
- Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property including gas
- The swimming pool is heated with an Air source heat pump
- what3words - ///splash.steam.lands
- Dating back to the 17th century, Upper Porthkerry Farm has all the charm you would expect of a Grade II listed, thatched farmhouse. Its character and period features are juxtaposed with 21st-century contemporary living and is beautifully curated throughout.
- The bespoke kitchen is an absolute dream, it’s been handcrafted by the current owner and painted in a lovely soft French grey. The curved central island is a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up with friends.
- The sitting room is elegant and bright, again with a large, period fireplace.
- The dining room makes the perfect entertaining space, with its exposed wooden floor and space for the largest of tables.
- The master bedroom is sumptuous; dual aspect and flooded with natural light.
- The second bedroom again is dual aspect, has a shower room; triple vanity unit with basins and mirrored subway tile wall complete the look.
- The family bathroom is beautifully designed and utterly sublime.