This handsome detached house is a bit of a rare find.

It's not just its distinctive facade with red and yellow brick detailing, although that does make it stand out from the property crowd.

It's not just the potential to add value to the property via a comprehensive renovation project, although this opportunity clearly exists.

The fact that it is located on the edge of a popular seaside town in the Vale Of Glamorgan is surely a strong selling point too.

But the most significant factor about this house is behind it - a huge garden where a new owner can create a mini housing estate for the rest of their family, if they want to.

The period home has a distinct kerb appeal
The garden is vast, about half an acre

Llantwit Major is a small town on the coast popular with families, just a short walk to the Glamorgan Heritage coastal path and beaches in one direction, and the countryside, market towns and rural pubs in the other.

Coupled with the location being commutable to Cardiff and Bridgend, the town continues to be an attractive out of urban setting destination for house hunters; it's an escape to the country, but not completely.

According to the property portal Zoopla, the current average value of property in the town is £255,641 with 100 property sales completed within the last 12 months.

Finding this detached home for sale for £395,000 that needs a complete update might not seem like much of a bargain then, until you wander around the back of the property and see the vast garden, approximately 0.5 acres in size.

Now the price tag makes sense.

The front garden is very spacious too
The rear of the house is crying out for two storey, full width extension if the house is to be renovated

If planning could be achieved, the estate agent selling the property suggests that the plot could accommodate up to four semi-detached houses if the current building was to be demolished.

This suggestion is, of course, currently speculative and obviously needs full investigation and design leading to securing planning consent and this all takes time and money and is not guaranteed.

However, standing on the lawn and looking out over the plot and the fields beyond, the potential at this site is obvious.

And a new owner has a number of obvious options for this property.

Original floor tiles and staircase brings character to the entrance hall
The front reception room has what looks like an original wooden mantel and surround

They could renovate the old house and build a couple of new abodes in the garden, or demolish the old house and build a new home plus extra homes for the family or to sell, or demolish the old house and build an incredible, luxury dream home.

And demolishing the home would also free up the considerably large front garden as extra construction space too.

Or maybe a new owner will fall in love with the period home, restore it to its former glory, add an impressive extension full of glass to maximise the views and enjoy the vast garden all for themselves.

So if the period property, most likely dating back to the 1930s, is going to survive a potential bulldozer, it's going to need to shout about its selling points.

Called The Lyddens, the house has a fairly typical layout inside that you might expect from the symmetrical look of the outside.

The other reception room has a built-in cupboard that is probably original and the floorboards would look stunning when stripped
The kitchen is a good size but could be a 'wow' if part of an extension transforming it to a huge kitchen diner

There's a central hall that still has the original quarry tile floor and decorative staircase in place; both would bring back the character and charm of this property once restored.

Either side of the hall is a reception room each with a bonus bay window.

Adding a set of French doors to the centre of either or both of these bay windows would allow the space to directly connect with the large front garden, the perfect place to build a sunny patio to watch the world go by.

One of the reception rooms can still boast a period wooden fireplace mantel and surround plus the picture rail remains.

But there is much scope to add even more period details to the space, including coving, the restoration of the wood floor and a period insert to the fireplace more age appropriate for the property.

Take a quick slideshow tour around the property:

The other reception room has a gas fire that needs removing safely but the room can offer what looks like an original built-in wood cupboard and floorboards that would visually sing once restored.

At the rear of the property there is a rather temporary looking garden room that most lends itself to being a dining area once rebuilt, combined with the adjacent kitchen to bring some connection to at least a few of these totally separate rooms.

The kitchen, of course, like the rest of the house needs totally renovating but it's a generous enough room to add a table for informal dining plus doors out onto the rear garden.

If the budget allows and the future of this abode is to be a wonderful family home then the oodles of outside space is surely inviting a huge and impressive two-storey, full-width impressive extension demanding to be built, subject to achieving planning consent.

The period staircase continues to the first floor landing
Lovely period fireplace in the master but with an extension room could be so much more

Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, two of which have a period fireplace, all of which have views of the town's rooftops to the country or the coast beyond.

But the master could be spectacular if an extension goes ahead.

Imagine a mastersuite with a full glass wall including doors out onto a balcony that has uninterrupted, panoramic rooftop and country views.

Place the bed in the centre of the room, on an elevated platform, and the views can be appreciated directly from the pillow; a new owner might struggle to ever leave the bed.

Of course a new mastersuite would need a dedicated walk-in wardrobe and ensuite too.

There are three double bedrooms upstairs, two with fireplaces
The upstairs shower room is probably the most modern space in the house, but definitely the brightest and happiest

Currently, and back to reality, the house has a shower room which is maybe surprisingly the most modern space in the house, with a white suite and decorated in a sunny orange colour.

Whatever happens, new construction or a house with a new extension, advice from the local property experts is advised when considering budgeting and the re-sale price.

It's unlikely you will want to go through many, many months of planning and building to end up with a property way above the ceiling price of the location, unless you plan to live here and enjoy living here for many, many years.

Whatever the future holds for this plot, start thinking about what you would do with it even if you don't plan to buy it.

What would you do; restore or demolish?

To register your interest in this property with a huge plot and potential guided at £395,000, contact estate agent Chris Davies and talk to their staff on 01446 792020 or email [email protected]