The Rhoserchan Project, Blaencastell, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, SY23 3EX

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Auction sale - Monday 13th July 2015


Sold for £435,000.

Upon the instructions of

  • Freehold
  • Residential centre/hostel with 20 bedrooms
  • Secluded rural location with extensive views
  • Set in grounds of 11.5 acres
  • Long private drive
  • Suited to various uses



Aberystwyth is a busy market town, administrative centre, major tourist destination and university campus situated on the west coast of Wales, with a resident population of some 16,000 which more than doubles during the university term time.
Shrewsbury lies some 75 miles to the east and Wrexham 80 miles to the north-east with Cardiff 100 miles to the south. The town benefits from rail connections to Shrewsbury, Birmingham and the north. Aberystwyth is a popular traditional seaside holiday resort with long sandy beaches, a grand promenade, Victorian pier and other attractions and it is also the administrative centre for the region with a number of Government departments located there. The property lies in a secluded rural location, some 4 miles to the east of Aberystwyth, just east of Penyrn-Coch off the junction of the A487 with the A4159 link to the A44. The property is hard to find and is approached via a long hard surfaced private driveway through Forestry Commission woodland which leads to a gated large parking area.


The property occupies a secluded hillside location enjoying extensive views over open countryside and two lakes, with the rolling hills of mid and north wales as a backdrop as well as sea views. The property was until recently used as a clinic, and prior to then an outward bound hostel. The property sits in some 11.5 acres within which sits the principle modern and purpose built two storey building with the main access at first floor level via a bridge. On this floor the accommodation includes a reception, offices, meeting room, a large communal lounge, catering kitchen, a canteen seating 22 and four bedrooms with WC/bathroom facilities. On the self-contained lower ground floor there are ten bedrooms and bath/WC facilities including disabled.
There is also a separate two storey stone cottage with an office, AGA kitchen, lounge and dining area on the ground floor, with six bedrooms on the upper floor. There is an attached disused section which may provide the opportunity to change the configuration or create a separate unit.
Within the grounds are situated a large class room/workshop building, two commercial poly tunnel frames as well as ample parking and circulation space.



Planning Authority

Ceredigion County Council (01545 570881)

Prelim - Auction Date

For Auction July 2015

Accommodation Summary

The property has electricity and telephone services. Water is from the site, foul drainage is collected from a tank, broadband is via satellite dish and there are two back up generators. The furniture and contents are scheduled in the legal pack and may be available by separate negotiation for £30,000.


VAT is not applicable to this lot.

Energy Performance Certificate

For EPC Rating please see website.


The property was last used as a clinic and prior to then a residential hostel and outward bound. Subject to planning consent the property may be suited to a range of private or public outdoor leisure or residential uses including medical, retreat or training. Its isolated location set within beautiful surroundings may also offer potential for additional camping or yurt style accommodation subject to consents.

Floor Use Accommodation
Main Building - Ground: Bridge to communal rooms: Lower ground: Reception Seven offices Bedroom Bedroom Bedroom Bedroom Showers/WC's Office TV room Lounge/dining room (seats 20 plus) Industrial kitchen and store/freezer room Laundry room and cellar Nine bedrooms Showers and WCs (inc disabled)


Seller's solicitor

Rollits LLP

(David Hextall)

01482 337254

* Guide price

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* Reserve price

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