Wrought iron gates for the Welsh home Lan Sor
Welsh Homes – Lan Sôr
Each week we will be looking at the most gorgeous homes for sale in Wales. This week, Kirstie McCrum profiles Lan Sôr, an Elizabethan manor with grace and style in Monmouthshire.
Stepping into the impressive hall of Lan Sôr, it’s easy to feel like history is all around. From the solid stone floor, up through the ornate oak panelling and across the original stone fire place with a cast iron grate, the Elizabethan manor house is one which matches its vintage with its breathtaking style.
Situated in a Special Landscape Area, Grade II-listed Lan Sôr overlooks the Sôr Brook in the rural parish of Llandegveth. Noted for its early medieval church dedicated to St Tegfedd, the parish is four miles north of the historic town of Caerleon, the site of one of Britain’s most famous Roman towns.
Noted for its historical and architectural interest with features from different periods, Lan Sôr reputedly dates back to the 15th century, with a ninegabled, south-facing elevation comprising two wings at right angles to each other. The property has stone mullioned windows with diamond leaded lights, tall chimneys, two turrets and a dove cot to the gabled west end. The interior has some fine features including open fireplaces, carved oak panelling and several built-in matching coffers.
The property is approached from a quiet country road through electric, wrought iron, double entrance gates that lead into a private drive. This sweeps around to the principal south east elevation and also up a gentle incline to the stables, garaging and outbuildings.
Above the entrance is a chevron carved in stone between three wolves’ heads, the arms of the Meyrick and James families, who were owners from the 17th century. A priest’s hole is reputed to have existed there in the days of the Catholic persecution.
From the entrance hall, doors lead to the smoking room, with mullioned picture windows and leaded lights, and the drawing room, with a triple aspect overlooking formal gardens, and an Adam-style fireplace.
Alongside, the dining room features a stunning stone fireplace with carved oak surround of Flemish origin, with dates inscribed in the iron work of 1744 and 1780, and an ornate carved over mantle depicting profile heads and a Pelican feeding young in its nest. The over mantle is inscribed with a Welsh motto which reads ‘Gwell yw pryd o ddail lle byddo cariad, nag ych pasgedig a chas gydaf ef’ – a quote from the Book of Proverbs which translated means ‘Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith’.
to be continued