Through recent history, when influential and wealthy people have wanted a home built to impress, the location and position of the future property was arguably as important as the design.

Some dream homes across the decades, if not centuries, have been built on plots that are chosen to be impressive and commanding, many in elevated positions to see amazing views but also to ensure the luxurious property be seen.

Maybe this was the idea when the unique Edwardian mansion called Glynhir was built around 1910 for industrialist John Cleland Napier.

Through its history, the home has welcomed many influential owners struck by the property's elevated location ensures an amazing view across the Clyne Valley to the coast and Mumbles Head.

The garden was even clearly designed to ensure that the view was the focal point when looking out, an avenue of trees flanking the immaculate lawn as it descends and guides your eyes to the impressive view beyond.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The pretty and symmetrical facade looks out over the garden and views from an elevated position

The house was awarded a Grade II listing by Cadw in 1999, along with its stable and cart-shed, as a house of exceptional style and quality, retaining its original character and designed (probably) by a prominent Swansea architect and a good physical reflection of the movement of successful industrialists into this part of Swansea.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The private grounds are full of mature trees, immaculate lawns and multiple areas for alfresco dining

According to website British listed buildings, Scotsman Napier owned a number of colliers in the area, including Clyne Valley Collieries and Brickworks.

The website goes on to suggest that the house was actually first called Grainaig and probably designed by Swansea architect Glendinning Moxham.

Whoever did design this distinctive abode was obviously influenced somewhat by French design, with the prominent window shutters and hipped swept roof detailing both more likely to be seen on a chateaux or grand house in France than a Gower mansion.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
It's no accident that the garden has been designed around the incredible, far-reaching view

Another unusual detail is the insertion of a glass bottle into the apex of each ridge, said to be of champagne.

Surely the next owner of this grand home will certainly want to be popping a few corks in congratulations of joining a list of successful owners.

According to the estate agent, the second owner of this fabulous house was Gerald Michael, managing director of Glynhir tinplate works in Pontarddulais.

It was during this era that this wonderful home became known as Glynhir.

The mansion was later passed on to Roger Bellingham, a Swansea solicitor and then to the current owners who have loved and cherished this spectacular home for the last 52 years.

Seems people love living here and find it hard to leave, with the home only having had four owners in its 110 year history; will you be lucky owner number five if you have £1.25m budget to spend?

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Impressive house deserves an impressive entrance
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Attractive and welcoming first impression, especially if you love symmetrical houses

Of course, a house of this local prominence deserves and demands an impressive entrance - and the charming stone walls that lead to an electric gate, canopy of accompanying trees and sweeping and substantial driveway arguably delivers.

The symmetry of the front of the property is visually pleasing, with arched detailing over the substantial oak front door, flanked by generous multi-paned sash windows that ooze character thanks to the addition of those incredible shutters.

The house welcomes you with a most attractive facade and beckons you inside; it seems almost rude not to peek inside then.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Period features welcome you in the light and spacious hallway

Straight into the hall via a set of inner glass doors and the statement that the house instantly presents is elegant grandeur but comfort and warmth too as a much-loved home.

The sweeping staircase is the central feature and boasts its period heritage, including a smooth and tactile banister, an abundance of fancy spindles, and carved detailing and panelling below.

The addition of a window on the half-landing above ensures that the whole space is flooded with cascading light.

The interior design is classic and tasteful as befitting this grand period property and continues into the vast drawing room.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The drawing room, also known as the billiards room, is brilliant
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The room is large enough to accommodate break-out seating areas

Stretching the entire depth of the house, this drawing room is a statement space designed to impress and it certainly does that.

Feature ceiling beams above and a fancy feature fireplace, wooden flooring and huge windows all add to the grandeur of the space and yet create a warm and welcoming ambience that surely attracts guests to its door.

This room has probably witnessed many an after dinner heated discussion or debate that has extended long into the night.

The room is large enough to accommodate break-away areas such as the comfy armchairs clustered around the huge picture window, inviting pretty garden views to fill the glass as you look out and relax.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Sitting room has huge windows and a door to the garden as well as a feature fireplace
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The formal dining room has some fancy features

The house can also boast a number of additional reception spaces including a sitting room which also allows light to cascade in from oversized windows and can also offer direct access to the beautiful garden via a French door.

In the winter the charming fireplace provides a cosy corner to park with a good book and in the summer, next to it, the garden door provides an entrance for summer breezes and floral scents to waft in.

Between the drawing room and the sitting room, a formal dining room is arguably the gold medal winner of the reception rooms.

Boasting a distinctive bay window area that includes a central door that opens out onto the sunny garden terrace - what a fabulous addition to this very attractive space.

The wooden flooring adds the visual warmth to the room and the wall panel detailing and very fancy cornice adds the period character.

Able to accommodate a huge table, the size of the furniture depends on the size of the new owner's family and circle of friends, but this room looks able to take it, at least the whole of the local football team including subs and support staff.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Large kitchen diner looking for someone to put their own stamp on it
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
That's a 'wow!' for the metallic cooker hood

The sociable spaces just keep coming within this house, with the kitchen diner again a generous room to encourage congregation in numbers around the kitchen table.

The new owner may want to put their own interior design style on this room, but one feature that is surely a huge talking point and that arguably deserves to remain a feature for years to come is the metallic cooker hood; simply unique.

The discovery of the original pantry off the kitchen will please many potential buyers as a very popular aspect of a modern kitchen, despite its vintage credentials.

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The room could easily take an impressively generous island unit too, currently even more popular within a kitchen design scheme than even a pantry.

Again this room has high ceilings and is bathed in light, two structural design themes that continue throughout the home.

To the rear of the ground floor are what could be considered the service rooms, including boiler room, cloakroom and utility room.

There are even dedicated rooms for wood and wine storage, although both need to be accessed from outside.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Generously proportioned galleried landing
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
There are five bedrooms in total
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The pretty and classic interior design continues into the bathrooms

The original staircase sweeps you up to the galleried landing on the first floor and access to currently five bedrooms, one of which is being used as a study.

There's also a family bathroom and a surprising laundry room, a nod to the past when all the linen is likely to have been organised and stored up here, adjacent to the bedrooms.

The master suite has masterful sea views of the Gower coast and Mumbles Head through the large windows and dappled tree tops.

Again, light and space are offered in abundance, with a seating area clustered around any of the three windows sure to produce a place perfect for lingering and relaxing in peace.

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This principal sleeping wing of the house also boasts a dressing area with a range of fitted wardrobes and the spacious ensuite easily accommodates a bath and separate shower.

The calm and classic interior design from downstairs into the bedrooms with soft pastel colours and pretty florals referencing the multitude of colours nature is constantly producing outside in the garden that surrounds the home.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The master bedroom is surrounded by stunning views
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Master ensuite is spacious and the feature arch mirror is a pretty addition

The peaceful grounds offer secret pathways through mature trees, expansive lawns and an array of inviting dedicated areas perfect for alfresco dining.

And, as is a common theme at this amazing house, the grounds are hiding a few extras - the former stable and cart-shed.

According to the estate agent this duo of bonus buildings is where the property's two horses and their carts would have been housed.

The stable still has in-situ the wooden stall partitions and iron rails and posts, plus the hayloft on the first floor.

The cart-shed now houses a more modern form of transport - it's a garage for two cars.

Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
The garden is a tranquil sanctuary of lawns and mature trees and shrubs
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Secret pathways lead through trees offering peaceful strolls through the garden
Five bed historic home built around 1910 with sea views towards Mumbles Head for sale for £1.25m with Fine & Country Swansea
Original stable, and a cart-shed too, are handy bonus buildings

Killay is a popular village community, situated roughly equal distance from Swansea city centre, the village of Mumbles and the heart of Gower peninsula.

So city, coast and country surround this beautifully positioned and impressive historic home, enjoying its elevated position looking down on the mesmerising views of the sparking sea and distinctive coastline at Mumbles.

The next chapter in the history of this much-loved home is now ready to begin, will it be you who takes the next ownership of this slice of Welsh property history?

Glynhir is on the market with an asking price of £1.25m with Fine & Country, call their Swansea branch on 01792 367301 to find out more.