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Great House

A Grade II Listed Building in Penllyn, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4743 / 51°28'27"N

Longitude: -3.4799 / 3°28'47"W

OS Eastings: 297312

OS Northings: 176074

OS Grid: SS973760

Mapcode National: GBR HJ.L9DZ

Mapcode Global: VH5HS.M6NN

Plus Code: 9C3RFGFC+P2

Entry Name: Great House

Listing Date: 15 September 1986

Last Amended: 30 April 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13420

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the south end of the village of Penllyn on the other side of the road from the entrance to Penllyn Castle.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Cowbridge

Community: Penllyn (Pen-llin)

Community: Penllyn

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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C17 in origin with a much larger probably mid to late C18 range added to the east. This is now the main house with the earlier house as the service wing. The earlier wing has a clearly defined batter to the wall base. The porch was added in the C19 but otherwise there has been little alteration to the exterior.


Cement rendered with stone quoin strips to main range, rendered over plat band at first floor level; Welsh slate roofs, with stone gable copings and end stacks. Two storeys and attic to the main range with two storeys to the older range on the left. Main elevation of four windows, sashes with 6 over 6 panes in keyed architraves, attic windows are three small ogee-headed 'Gothic' casements, with 3 x 2 panes. Square head door opening with fanlight in the second, Victorian panelled door and large Tuscan porch. Steeply pitched roof, with attic window in the right gable.
Two storey, two window lower height wing to left-hand. This is the C17 house which was entered from the right gable. Two over 2 pane Victorian sashes in keyed architraves. Steeply pitched roof with left gable stack and an attic window beside it. Additional lean-to extension to left.
Rear elevation not seen but said to include a bake-house.


Interior not available at resurvey. It is said to have an elaborate timber staircase in a rear projection in the main range, while the service range has a stone firestair and stopped chamfered beams.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as an C18 house and for its group value with the well designed Victorian estate buildings at the entrance to Penllyn Castle.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Gatepiers, Gates and Boundary Walls at entrance to Penllyn Castle Main Drive
    At the south end of the village, immediately to west of Penllyn Church and Lodge Cottage.
  • II Lodge Cottage
    At the south end of the village, at the end of the main drive to Penllyn Castle and opposite the church.
  • II Church of St. John the Evangelist
    At the south end of the village of Penllyn at the entrance to Penllyn Castle.
  • II Penllyn Cottage
    At the south end of the village, at right angles to Lodge Cottage and opposite the church. Facing the main drive to Penllyn Castle.
  • II The Old School House
    At the south end of the village of Penllyn facing the drive to Penllyn Castle but approached from the road on the north.
  • II Village Farmhouse
    Towards the north end of the village of Penllyn; facing south at right angles to the road.
  • II Penllyn Castle
    At the south end of the village, down a long drive and set on the cliff above the valley.
  • II Easternmost Salmon Well
    One of a group of three wells to north of village of Penllyn, near the road junction to south of Penllyn Court with the minor roads. This well is the closest to the road.

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