This week’s residential property of the month is one-of-a-kind and a real gem.
Henblas, situated in the pretty village of Llanasa is a historic country house, full of of immense charm and character standing in large picturesque gardens with outbuildings, garaging and a further detached cottage.
The building dates back to 1645 and is a listed Grade I building, of architectural merit and historical importance. Properties of this style and character rarely come on the open market and this property is a fine example of the late Elizabethan architectural style and is predominately constructed of stone under a slate roof, with copped gables and ball finials, together with stone chimney stacks. The property is listed in P. Smiths “Houses of the Welsh Countryside” and this provides the detailed account of the properties history. Available by separate negotiation, within the grounds of the property stands Henblas Lodge, which is a detached two storey property listed Grade II and dates back to the late 17th Century, originally of stone under a thatched roof, the property was improved in the 19th Century with the addition of sash windows and a slate roof.
The property occupies an extremely private position in the centre of this much sought after village and stands behind a high stone wall.
About the area
Llanasa is in a conservation area and is regarded as one of the best villages in the area and has won the “Best Kept Village Award” for the county on several occasions together with the “Prestigious Best Kept Village in Wales”. Llanasa boasts a village hall, public house and church which dates back to the Norman period. It also has historical significance – the tomb and relics of Saint Asaph were enshrined here before they were moved to the larger St Asaph Cathedral sometime before 1281.
The Village’s Red Lion Pub has a 4 star visitor rating on trip advisor, and offers a good selection of food to suit all ages.
The coast is easily accessed at Prestatyn and Talacre, just three miles away and the A55 expressway is easily accessed at Caerwys, which makes for commuting to Chester about 25 miles, Liverpool 35 miles and Manchester 60 miles.
About the accommodation
The accommodation is arranged over three floors and offers versatile accommodation, which is well suited to the family buyer. The property was restored in the late 1960’s early 1980’s and the interior retains many original features with deep window sills, mullioned stone windows, exposed ceilings and wall timbers, impressive fireplaces particularly to the Dining Room with quality Oak joinery throughout, and there are unusual lozenge pattern stone flags to many of the floors. The vaulted gallery on the second floor with arched raised roof and pre-exposed trusses is an impressive room. The kitchen, which is to the front of the house, includes a range of ‘Smallbone’ pine wall and floor units, integrated oven and grill with four-ring hob and a red two-oven oil fired “Aga” set in a stone fireplace. The first floor provides two double bedrooms, one with a dressing room, and one bedroom/drawing room, bathroom and the second floor with a further double bedroom with a child’s bedroom and the impressive galleried room.