The Edwinsford Estate in Carmarthenshire has been developed into a superb sporting estate extending to about 539 acres of freehold land and river, as shown on the sale plan. Slatehill Farmhouse stands in a central and elevated position within the Estate, offering stunning views to south and west, whilst Lethr-Llwyd ‘Mountain’ above the farmhouse runs up to 278m (913ft) and is a spectacular vantage point from which to view the glorious landscape. During the spring and summer the valley comes to life with an abundance of rhododendrons and bluebells, and the estate offers a delightful variety of changing colours throughout the year.
The Estate is renowned for its exciting sea trout and salmon fishing on the River Cothi. The Catch Records show that careful management of the river in recent years has paid off with good runs of fish. A summer evening with a fly rod on one of the named pools and catches is an opportunity that most fishermen would find memorable.
The plantations and ancient woodland provide the ideal terrain for a magnificent high bird pheasant shoot on the steep valley sides. In addition, there is rough shooting for duck, woodcock and snipe over some 316 acres of adjoining sporting rights which are held in perpetuity.
Following the construction of ponds and the establishment of a riverside corridor, together with the planting of hedgerows and many other trees and shrubs, the Estate provides a thriving habitat to abundant wildlife and a great variety of birds. Its management has been the subject of considerable effort and expenditure by recent owners, producing a well-rounded estate in good heart with immense conservational appeal.
The Edwinsford Estate offers the rare opportunity for the keen countryman on an October weekend to go duck flighting, pheasant shooting and have a realistic chance of catching a salmon.
Slatehill Farmhouse This comfortable stone and slate farmhouse is located right at the heart of the Estate and is reached over a long private drive which has recently been extensively repaired. Originally created from a barn conversion, the house was extended and modernised about 10 years ago, and features many exposed timbers, stone floors and an impressive double height dining hall with galleried landing.
The accommodation benefits from double glazing and underfloor heating, and comprises 3 main reception rooms, fully fitted kitchen, utility & cellar, garden room and 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. A double garage is attached to the west, and the gardens surround the house with a south-facing terrace to enjoy the far-reaching views, lawns, mature shrubs and a garden pond. To the north of the house, a large area of hillside was planted with a vast array of specimen trees to create an arboretum that will grow to be very special in future years with careful maintenance.
Keeper’s Cottage and Bothy Located near to the centre of the Estate and to the east of the farmhouse is an excellent period cottage, built of stone, recently refurbished with double glazing and central heating. It has living room, large fitted kitchen, utility, three bedrooms and a bathroom, together with an outside store room.
Adjoining Keeper’s Cottage is an open-plan Bothy comprising a living room / kitchen, cloakroom with shower cubicle, and an entrance lobby with generous hanging space. With double glazing and central heating, and a large patio ideal for warm summer evenings, this Bothy could be let as a holiday cottage for fishermen or those wanting a retreat in beautiful surroundings, whilst during the shooting season, it can be arranged as a meeting room and for lunch.
Modern Barn & Outbuildings On the hillside behind Slatehill Farmhouse stands a recently erected 6-bay steel-framed general purpose barn clad in Yorkshire boarding, with an array of solar panels on the roof. Attached to the Bothy is a Workshop which could possibly provide further accommodation, subject to planning permission, whilst an open barn and various smaller buildings (including the game larder and pump house) complete the yard.
Cwm Cottage A most attractive stone building close to the river provides a wonderful opportunity for re-instatement as a fisherman’s or holiday cottage, subject to the necessary planning consents
This property has 539 acres of land.
The Fishing • Edwinsford is renowned for its top quality sea trout (Sewin) and salmon fishing. Over the past 5 years the stretch of river has not been fished as intensely as before but the catch records remain admirable and May 2017 was a record month for the current owner.
• The Cothi is the principal tributary of the River Towy (one of the best sea trout rivers in the British Isles), and enjoys splendid runs from May to October given the right water. Fly fishing has been encouraged as opposed to bait, and the Catch Records reflect this.
• The Fishery comprises a stretch of nearly 5 miles of mainly double bank fishing, and there can be few beats which enjoy such beautiful surroundings. With about 70 pools and catches this secluded and tranquil stretch of the Cothi provides delightful ‘fly water’ through most of its length, with a series of classic runs, glides and pools. There is a mix of open banks and parts ideal for night fishing for sea trout, and deep faster water providing fascinating sport and a haven for bigger fish.
• A map of The Fishery showing the various beats, pools and catches is available.
The Shoot • Recent owners have developed an enviable high bird pheasant and partridge shoot in beautiful and scenic surroundings at Edwinsford. There is a variety of different drives, and the spectacular topography of the land means that the estate has the ability to show top quality birds from many of the drives. Few teams have been able to better a ratio of 4 shots per bird. The shoot is served by miles of stoned tracks, making for well-organised days and accessible drives.
• The shoot has been operated on a low key basis providing on average 10 days in the recent season, based around 6 release pens. Bags have been gauged to the guns’ requirements, with between 150 – 200 in general. The number of days and the intensity of the shooting is of course, entirely up to the buyer but there is no doubt scope to increase the number of days if one wanted.
• Several ponds have been created in recent years close to the River, adding to the overall amenity and giving opportunities for duck drives or flighting.
• In addition to the owned woodland, the estate incorporates shooting rights over a further 318 acres or thereabouts (shown coloured in yellow on the sale plan) with some wonderfully varied rough shooting for mallard, teal, widgeon, woodcock and snipe. There are also rights to stand guns on some adjacent land, and there is an exciting flight pond at Dolbont.
The Woodland • Extending to about 400 acres, the woodlands are a feature of Edwinsford, with many blocks flanking the River Cothi and others growing on the hillsides as shown on the sale plan. There is great variety in age and species, and the broadleaf woods associated with the river have an extremely high conservation value.
• The commercial woods have been well managed, in recent years by Tillhill Forestry, and provide considerable opportunities for long term tax planning. many have been felled and replanted since 1997, and a parcel of spruce near the entrance drive was clear-felled and replanted in 2016, as well as a parcel of larch this Spring. Further thinning operations will be required in the next 5-10 years.
• The woods were selected in 2007 to join the pilot scheme “Better Woodlands for Wales”, designed to deliver a greater area of commercial forestry throughout Wales by adopting the best ecological practices. A management plan was established with useful grant aid from Tir Gofal, which ended in 2011.
• Beside the main estate tracks, there are various extraction routes and rights of way connecting the woodland to the public highway, as shown in green on the sale plan.
Grazing and Cricket Bat Willows • There are several areas of grazing le to local farmers, and about 120 cricket bat willows were planted in early 2017 on wetland near the river.
• The estate woodlands and tracks offer wonderful opportunities for riding and walking, with idyllic picnic places and stunning scenery.
Location The Edwinsford Estate enjoys a spectacular rural location in the glorious Cothi Valley, bounded by wooded hillsides that run from Edwinsford to Abergorlech. The countryside in this part of Wales remains completely unspoiled and timeless, and provides the ideal contours and landscape for a fine Sporting Estate.
The village of Talley with its famous ruined Abbey is about a mile away, and the market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery provide everyday amenities.
The thriving centre of Carmarthen offers extensive shopping and recreational facilities, while the M4 provides excellent access to the rest of the country. Port Talbot (about 55 minutes) offers an hourly train service to London Paddington in about 2 hours 45 minutes. There are charter flights from Pembrey Airport (40 minutes) and scheduled short-haul flights from Cardiff.
To the west, the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline and National Park offers breath-taking scenery, and great opportunities for wildlife watching, walking, sailing, surfing, diving, swimming and beach holidays.
From Llandeilo, take the B4302 to Talley, and proceed through the village and after about a mile turn left onto the B4337.
Cross the River Cothi, go past the two pillared entrances on the left, and take the next straight drive on the left between two fields.
At the T-junction, turn right and follow the long drive uphill to Keeper’s Cottage and Slatehill Farm.