The original farmhouse was built in the sheltered village of Middleton in 1742 and is the second oldest building in rhossili. About 30 years ago it was extended considerably; it’s now a spacious house with up-to-date comforts yet retains a strong feel of the past. The attached barn was converted into a cottage and is let separately throughout the year.
The main house at Riverside is occasionally available for 4 weeks in the month of August. Please enquire if interested.
Riverside is a family home and has spacious accommodation. With views to the sea in the distance and bounded by fields on one side, there’s a large, beautiful garden with a patio and barbecue for eating outside and a large grass area with a rotary clothes drier. There is a small ‘orchard’ at the far end and the area is ideal for kicking a ball and other lawn games. Gwyn, who helps me in the garden, will come and mow the grass from time to time.
There is ample parking space at the back of the house approached by a long driveway.
If we start from the back of the house, where you would park, you enter though the conservatory. This is spacious, light, and an ideal place to eat in summer. Leading from it is a small lobby with a Belfast sink and beyond, a cloakroom with toilet, sink and walk-in shower.
The conservatory leads into the large kitchen/dining-room. The lovely, recently refurbished kitchen has both a multi-function and a main oven whilst the island has an induction hob. There’s also a dishwasher, a large American style fridge/freezer and, over the sink, an instant boiling water heater. The dining area looks out over the garden and bird table. Near the dining table there’s a comfy window seat, great for drinking coffee while watching everyone else work in the kitchen area.
The beautiful antique oak ‘abbatante’ or Bible Chest, as it is known in the family, is where we store extra china, tea-towels etc and there’s also another family heirloom, the oak settle.
The lounge is the original ground-floor of the 18th Century farmhouse. In addition to the log-burning stove and comfortable seating there is a piano, television with DVD player and a VHS recorder (for those who have grandchildren who still play old VHS tapes). There is also a stereo unit and throughout the house a large collection of books. The front door and lobby are accessible from the lounge.
Beyond the lounge lies the utility room with the oil-fired boiler, providing central heating and hot water, a washing machine and drier.
Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms. The children’s bedroom with bunk beds and room for mattresses on the floor if necessary (when my grandchildren come there are often 5 sleeping in this room!) leads through to a large double bedroom with a sink unit. The room is pine clad and there is a lovely view out to sea from the window. The third bedroom, part of the original house is small but accommodates one or two single beds. The fourth bedroom is large with a double bed and wardrobe and a sink unit. Next to this bedroom is the bathroom which has a shower over the bath and a sink unit. The toilet with wash basin is separate.
The overall feeling is one of a relaxed but beautiful family home.
As I write, we’re in the process of having the ancient Bake house restored. It probably dates back to the 18th Century. This is outside and opposite the front door. There are two ovens, one built of stone and the second, more modern, of firebricks, in a domed shape. When it is finished and if I am still solvent, (!) I hope to be able to bake bread in the more modern one and bring alive again an old tradition. No doubt I shall be selling bread and pizzas at the gate and make my fortune!!!
Hopefully you will be able to use the Internet. By the summer, high speed broadband will be with us. Hooray, at last! We’re hoping that all will work smoothly as the controls are in my office and will not be available. (I plan to pile up loads of stuff in there out of your way!). Land-line telephone calls within the UK are free at all times but after 59 minutes you must ring off and then redial if necessary or it costs me a fortune.
I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time at Riverside - even if it rains occasionally, you’ll find DVDs, jigsaws (on top of the wardrobe in the small bedroom), boardgames, Lego and lots of goodies for children under the window seats. Anyone who is addicted to gardening will be most welcome and tools etc are in the potting shed.
The house will sleep 8 (two double rooms, one room with two singles, one with bunk beds) and then there’s the option of mattresses on the floor and a travel cot.
The price will be £1500 per week to include power, telephone, internet, all facilities and bedding (but excluding personal towels).