Stone barns ripe for courtyard development

South facing former watermill in tranquil setting

10 October 2016

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An impressive range of stone barns, formerly used as a watermill set near the village of St Brides-super-Ely in the Vale of Glamorgan, is being offered as a prime development opportunity for conversion into an attractive residential dwelling. St y Nyll Barns comprises a mixture of traditional stone and brick buildings with a series of distinctive, semi-circular, high level arched openings and a slate roof. The L-shape structure has full planning permission to provide a large, south-facing residence with five en-suite bedrooms and substantial living space, encompassing a courtyard garden arrangement.

Rhian Howells, Surveyor with Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency comments, “St y Nyll is a rare opportunity for someone to create a generous residential property complete with a landscaped courtyard in a picturesque rural location. When you also consider the relatively close proximity of these barns to Cardiff, they are actually in a lovely setting, representing the best of both worlds. They are a unique and very enticing project for a buyer.”

St y Nyll is located in 1.54 acres in an attractive rural settlement which includes a small area of woodland to the north. It is approached by a driveway leading to a large car parking plot. Larger villages of Peterston-super-Ely and St Fagans are nearby with a post office and pubs, together with a primary school. Cardiff is around 3.5 miles away.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group