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Great House

A Grade II Listed Building in Welsh St. Donats (Llanddunwyd), Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4763 / 51°28'34"N

Longitude: -3.4012 / 3°24'4"W

OS Eastings: 302786

OS Northings: 176187

OS Grid: ST027761

Mapcode National: GBR HM.LC5P

Mapcode Global: VH6F9.0594

Plus Code: 9C3RFHGX+GG

Entry Name: Great House

Listing Date: 28 January 1963

Last Amended: 21 December 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13642

Building Class: Domestic

Location: In the centre of the village of Welsh St Donats about 50m south of the Church of St Donat.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Cowbridge

Community: Welsh St. Donats (Llanddunwyd)

Community: Welsh St. Donats

Locality: Welsh St Donats

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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C18, but said to be of two builds, the Kitchen in the left hand block dating from the early C18 and the rest with the overall finish dating from c1800. The off-centre entrance forms a cross-passage terminating in the staircase. The house does not appear to have been significantly altered since but there may have been changes in detail.


Faced with roughcast cement render, quoins, some stone dressings, stone coping, Welsh slate roof. Consists of a two storey three window centre block with lower height two storey three window wings on each side; centre block breaking forward slightly. Centre block has left-hand 6-panel door, raised-and-fielded panels, but with the bottom two panels flush, arched fanlight with interlaced glazing bars, wooden doorcase with open pediment on reeded pilasters. Windows are sashes with 6 over 6 panes, keyed stone architraves to centre block and right hand block, left hand block has windows with plain cement architraves. End gables to both the higher centre section and the wings, stone stack with moulded caps to each gable.
The rear elevation, which is more varied, does suggest that the house is of more than one build (see History). The central section has two C19 tripartite sashes and a taller sash to the right for the stairs. The roof slopes lower than on the front and there is a tall central stack half way up the rear slope. The wing to the left has an additional stack and a dormer window, the wing to the right has an altered gable and C20 widows. The house has a large stone water tank sunk against the rear wall to collect the rainwater off the roof.


Interior not available at resurvey, but it is shown by RCAHMW as having an entrance hall divided off from the Hall by a thin partition with a straight-flight-with-half-landings stair at the rear of the entrance hall. The older left hand block has the Kitchen with large fireplace and firestair and an opening broken into the entrance hall. Large lateral fireplace in Hall. There is a service room in the outshut behind the Hall. The right hand block has the Parlour and a narrow one bay room entered from the rear. It is not known if these arrangements have been altered since inspection.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as a well proportioned and preserved C18 and c1800 house.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Churchyard Wall of Church of St Donat
    Surrounding the Church of St Donat in the centre of the village of Welsh St Donats.
  • I Church of St Donat
    In the centre of Welsh St Donats village.
  • II Pigsty at Ty-draw
    In the south-east corner of the Community in the yard at Ty-draw Farm.
  • II Llwyn Rhyddid
    Substantial detached farmhouse set within landscaped parkland with serpentine driveway, now sub-divided into two dwellings. Mid C19 farmyard ranges to east.

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