Former boarding house at prestigious West Wales school up for sale could put new owner in Hogwart’s heaven

The former home of a housemaster and boarding house for scholars at prestigious Llandovery College dating back to the early part of the nineteenth century is to be sold.

The Grade II listed property overflowing with bedrooms, dormitories and bathrooms: imposing Llandingat House, at 23 Broad Street, Llandovery,  is splendidly situated in 1.2 acres of its own grounds.

The awe-inspiring house, a short distance from Prince Charles’ country home in the quaint village of Myddfai, is for sale through Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

The Carmarthenshire property has a guide price of £252,000-plus.

Founded in 1848 co-educational Llandovery College is a independent boarding and day school charging boarders fees of up to £28,350 a year.

Angie Davey, of Paul Fosh Auctions said: “Set in a prestigious position within the town of Llandovery  this substantial Grade II listed Georgian Town House, which is in need of sympathetic renovation, offers more than 7,500 sq/ft (700 sqm) of accommodation.

“The building dates from the early nineteenth century, probably 1813 to 1814, with some original features remaining including fireplaces, arched window and window shutters, a curved cantilevered stone staircase and 16-stack chimney.

“It was most recently used as a boarding house and housemaster’s residence for Llandovery College and as such has more than a passing resemblance to the legendary Hogwart’s. The large grounds include outbuildings, courtyard, parking area and grounds extending to approximately 1.2 acres.

“The property lends itself to multi uses apart from being returned to a glorious family home, it could be converted into luxury apartments, boutique hotel or business/residential premises, subject to the necessary planning consents.

“The house was built for David Lloyd Harries who had been an attorney in the town since 1808. In 1870, it passed into the hands of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Pryse Lloyd, who changed his name to Lloyd Harries, as a condition, when he came into his inheritance. In the 1890s his brother Tudor Lloyd Harries became the owner.

“Llandovery is an ancient market town often described as the gateway to West Wales situated at relatively low level at the foot of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. The village of Myddfai, famous for its folklore,  is nearby and is where Prince Charles has his Welsh home.

“The A40 trunk road running through Llandovery gives good access to other towns with Brecon only twenty miles to the east and Cardiff being within sixty miles. The M4 is within easy reach to the South.

“Llandovery has a railway station on the Heart of Wales line which links Shrewsbury to Swansea with connections on to the main line network. Llandovery benefits from a range of shopping facilities which includes a variety of shops, supermarket, post office, butchers, doctors surgery, public houses/restaurants, junior school and Llandovery College in the private sector.

The property has three reception rooms, grand entrance hallway, bedrooms, ancillary W.C’s and shower rooms, store rooms, boiler room, housemasters apartment with one bedroom on the ground floor.

On the first floor there are bedrooms,, dormitory rooms, W.C’s, bathrooms and shower rooms, housemaster’s apartment with three bedrooms. On the second floor there are a further eight bedrooms, ancillary bathrooms and W.C’s. Outside the grounds extend to  approximately 1.2acres, with several dilapidated outbuildings, parking area and gardens.

The next Paul Fosh Auctions sale, when this property will be offered for sale, starts at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 26 ends from 5pm on Thursday, July 28.