Capel y Ffin, Abergavenny

  • Ref: 11188777
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 14
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Reception Rooms: 5
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • An historic and unique Grade II listed former Monastery
  • Set amongst stunning countryside with magnificent views
  • A much loved family home with holiday accommodation
  • Circa 8,000 square feet / 725 square metres of flexible accommodation
  • Steeped in history with a wealth of features and character throughout
  • Surrounding gardens and grounds of crica 8 acres
  • EPC Exempt

Property Summary

The Monastery at Capel y Ffin, is a unique and historic property built by Father Ignatius (Joseph Leycester Lyne) circa 1870. This magnificent property was designed by the architect Charles Buckeridge and is set amidst stunning countryside with the most magnificent views. A rare opportunity to acquire a property with character, style and a rich history which has been a much loved family home for many years.

Full Details

Rarely do properties such as The Monastery become available on the open market, the size and flexibility of accommodation, the wealth of character, the rich history and abundance of features complemented by a spectacular setting with magnificent views. For this reason, we are going to keep the description to a minimum and allow potential buyers to enjoy watching the video, viewing the photographs and exploring the floorplan. The area around Llanthony is well known for its beauty and religious connections, The Monastery is located a few miles further along the valley in the hamlet of Capel y Ffin set within the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog), an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Monastery is surrounded by picturesque gardens, woodland and fields and has a pretty stream running through the grounds, not to mention the most breathtaking mountain views.

Original features include beautiful arched leaded windows, decorative plaster work, wooden panelling and a stunning ruined church. The Monastery is currently used as a family home together with holiday lets. The size, space and flexibility of the property, with self-contained wings, offers ample opportunity, subject to any necessary planning consents to create a home for multi generational living, further holiday lets, a retreat or perhaps even a wedding or event venue.

The Monastery has been a draw for artists with former residents including : Eric Gill, the sculptor and typographer, Edgar Holloway a painter and print maker and David Jones a Welsh poet, artist and illustrator all having spent time in this beautiful area.

The front of the house is located off a driveway with ample parking and a carport. To one side of the driveway is the religious statue and beyond that the ruin of the original church which is owned and maintained by the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust. The Monastery is arranged around a central, private courtyard or ‘garth’ and to the rear, a beautiful level lawned garden with mature plants and trees. Within the private grounds of The Monastery is an area of woodland with its own stream and direct access to the mountain and fields with stables, perfect for equine/livestock grazing.

Located just outside the ancient and beautiful hamlet of Capel y Ffin. The areas of Llanthony and Capel y Ffin are popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The priory at Llanthony is a well known local landmark. The village of Llanthony has a public house, The Half Moon, and a bar and restaurant at The Priory. The famous Offas Dyke path is accessible nearby and is a very popular area for hill walkers all year round. Hay-on-Wye is approximately 8 miles away, and is renowned for its selection of books shops and holds an annual Book Festival, that attracts many celebrities and visitors to the area. The historic market town of Abergavenny is approximately 14 miles, and has excellent amenities, including hospital, primary and secondary schools, vibrant shopping centre and has links to the the A449/A40 and A465. These A Roads lead to the motorway networks of M4/M5 and M50.

The cities of Bristol and Cardiff are approximately 50 miles and 40 miles respectively from Abergavenny. The railway station in Abergavenny connects to the larger stations of Newport, Bristol, Cardiff and Hereford.

Agent's Notes
Rights of access to the statue and the ruin. The ruin is not owned by The Monastery (area shaded red on the illustrative map).
Several years ago, on the banks some distance from the house Japanese Knotweed was discovered, this has been managed over the years by the owners and there is very little growth now.
Just before The Monastery is a pony trekking centre. The Monastery is beyond the trekking centre and the horses have no rights of access over the land. Occasionally, the riders will be mounting their horses at the bottom of the driveway which adjoins the lane.
Aside from the access to the front of the house and the ruin, The Monastery grounds are very private and not overlooked, the courtyard is a beautiful, tranquil setting as are the woodlands.


We are advised that the property is connected to mains electricity. Private spring fed water and septic tank drainage.

Standard broadband available subject to providers terms and conditions. Please make your own enquiries via Openreach.

Mobile: Please make your own enquiries via Ofcom.

Energy Performance Certificate
To view the full EPC please visit the GOV website.

Local Authority
Powys County Council.

Council Tax
East Wing Band F.
The rest Band H.
Please note that the Council Tax banding was correct as at date property listed. All buyers should make their own enquiries.

Fixtures & Fittings
Unless specifically described in these particulars, all fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale though may be available by separate negotiation.

Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, easements and proposed wayleaves. Please check with the Highways Department at the local County Council for the exact location of public footpaths/bridleways.

Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
All measurements are approximate and quoted in imperial with metric equivalents and are for general guidance only. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure to accuracy, these sales particulars must not be relied upon. Please note Fine & Country have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures and fittings or services and, therefore, no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Contact the numbers listed on the brochure.