Quite a few in the company thought the Glasfryn was one of the less attractive properties in the group, perhaps because, in the absence of mature trees, it didn't sit happily in its environment.
Having said that, the building itself does have its defenders, being an early example of Arts and Crafts architecture. It's possibly the glazed red brick that makes it look a bit cold from the outside, but once you're in, there's a lovely atmosphere.
We've planted lots of climbing plants that will hopefully spread over the building and soften it to the eye, and planted plenty of trees that will help it sit more comfortably in the landscape, but it will take time. There are some great views from the terrace.
The building was originally built as a judges' residence for the circuit judges attending the courts opposite, although no judge ever actually stayed here. There was a brief flurry in the press at the time, as it was the most expensive judges' quarters in the land because although it had never been used, it still had a full-time housekeeper and butler in residence.
They must have had a sweet time of it while it lasted.
The building was subsequently sold and became a farm, which looked very pleasant surrounded by trees and bushes, although these have sadly disappeared in the intervening years. They needed large barns, which have now become our kitchens.
When we bought the building in 1999, however, it was sadly dilapidated, and was being used as bedsits, but with a lot of care and attention, and a deal of money, it is looking as good as ever.
Photos courtesy of Ken Armstrong, Builders