In an incredible location between mountains and sea, this historic property has been renovated and restored into an elegant home that is a money generator too.

The Grade II* listed mansion is nestled within a peaceful corner of Snowdonia National Park and is only about a mile away from the glorious Cardigan Bay coastline and its beaches between Barmouth and Aberdovey in Ceredigion.

But if a gentle stroll to the seaside sounds like too much trouble, there's a very inviting heated swimming pool to be found in one of the estate's converted former outbuildings.

The charming house and its luxury holiday accommodation cottages is called Llanfendigaid Estate, which is said to originally mean 'parish of the blessed'.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Redesigned in the 18th century into an elegant country estate
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
The outbuildings are now luxury holiday accommodation
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
For a swim, the swimming pool is closer than the nearest beach

The site has been a home since as early as 1241 when records began and was, and still is, in the ownership of the Nanney-Wynn family.

The current property, that simply oozes character, dates back to the 13th century but was renovated to boast its Georgian style in 1746.

A map of the whole estate from 1780 reveals that the family, at that time, owned the land from Harlech in the north, right down to Aberystwyth further south; a simply vast section of stunning Welsh coastline estimated to be more than 16,000 acres.

According to the estate agent selling the property, present day sees the grand house owning a much smaller parcel of private land of about 15 acres of lawns, gardens, pasture and woodland.

A stroll around the grounds reveals secret pathways through woodland and undulating fields, opening out into sweeping rural vistas and sea views.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Up the sweeping drive to the mansion through about an acre of land that used to be about 16,000 acres
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Strolls through the country, strolls to the coastline
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Plenty of lawns to choose for al fresco dining options

It has been reported that the Nanney-Wynn family tree includes descendants from Owain ap Gruffudd the King of Gwynedd from 1137 to 1170, so there's also a connection to Welsh royalty.

In 2015 owner Will Garton-Jones told WalesOnline that his family represents the 40th recorded generation of his family and the property may even be the oldest property continuously lived in by the same family in Wales.

At its height, between 1890 and up to the First World War, the family’s estate had stretched even further up to 50,000 acres from north of Harlech to Talyllyn.

The family, which must have been one of Wales’ richest, built their wealth on farming, shipping timber and wool exported from Porthmadog to America.

Mr Garton-Jones maintains they are descended from the same family that produced the Princes of North Wales, the English Tudor Kings and could ultimately trace their roots to Cunedda, Duke of Britain in 450 AD.

The family’s wealth had gone by the time Mr Garton-Jones inherited the estate at the age of 23, when he borrowed £250,000 and then spent the next 30 years restoring the house and the cottages.

Approaching the three-storey home along its private driveway, the charm of the stone facade embraces you immediately.

The distinctive and elegant Georgian style of symmetry and large, multi-paned windows raises the expectation of a classic country manor from the era waiting inside.

And the hard work of the owners in preserving, renovating and restoring the interior of the manor does not disappoint.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
The grand hall sets the tone for the whole house
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
The house oozes character in every space
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Drawing room will draw you in to one of the sociable spaces in the main house

The square entrance hall is suitably grand, with Minton floor tiles and a sweeping staircase, joined by an ornate ceiling and wall panels, to set the period property atmosphere.

These charming features persist throughout the main house, joined by fireplaces, fancy coving, deep skirtings, huge windows and classic Georgian proportions in most rooms including ample head height.

Each space feels grand and atmospheric, with the ancestors of the family looking down at you from ornate gold framed portraits.

The dining hall is large enough to seat at least 14 people and the drawing room is a space to admire the integrated and intricate paneling on all walls, as well as the large fireplace.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Dining room sits at least 14 people
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Kitchen features flagstone floor
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Even the landings are loaded with period features

The room has an understated elegance, flooded with light, inviting you to sit on one of the squishy sofas and soak up the history and charm of the space.

In total, the ground floor has an additional sitting room, utility room, breakfast room and a cloakroom.

Upstairs, the main house has nine bedrooms over two storeys as well as a fully-equipped kitchen featuring period flagstone floor.

Each bedroom has character and period features with the family's former sleeping quarters all having panelled walls, or original floorboards, or a fireplace and the fanciest bedrooms can boast all three.

Whatever the status of each bedroom, they all have views of the beautiful surrounding land through the large windows.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
There are nine bedrooms in the main house
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Every bedroom has period character and its own personality

As you might expect from a house updated during the Georgian period the communal areas such as landings are spacious and have not been ignored when interior design features were considered.

There are internal archways with decorative carving and coving, and wall panels throughout, keeping the substantial staircase company as it ascends to the second floor and the former servants' quarters.

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But this property is about so much more than the main house, land, location and history as it is also currently a successful business, according to the estate agent.

Next to the main house is a complex of former outbuildings now renovated into three luxury self-catering cottages.

The cow shed was transformed into the gorgeous cottage it is today back in 2015.

It has gone from an abode for the cows to a sleek and contemporary pad to impress any human visitor or guest.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Cow shed is now a luxury holiday home too lovely for the herd
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Impressive open-plan living space in the former cow shed

Being mindful to keep and restore as much of the original stone building's charm as possible, arguably the cow shed's crowning glory is the open-plan living space.

The windows are huge, there's a long wall of glass doors to connect completely to the landscape outside.

The original and robust roof rafters are in place and painted a contemporary grey to ensure they stand-out against the white decor and also balance out the space opposite to the warm wood flooring.

The corner of exposed stone wall where the log burner nestles is a clever design addition.

It not only provides warmth and a cosy spot to linger but it anchors the corner as a destination, physically and visually, from each end of the room and also connects these two spaces within the large L-shaped design.

The corner would disappear into a non-distinct area without the charming sections of feature stone wall.

The kitchen continues the open feeling with a large double width and height doorway opened up between the dining and kitchen spaces.

This open doorway coupled with units hugging each wall provide a long and engaging sight line from one end of the kitchen to the log burner in the distance and it's breath-taking.

This sight-line through this part of the cottage is also assisted by the use of wood flooring in planks that keep running from the kitchen through the dining room, also helping to guide the eyes along the space to the end. Genius.

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The addition of a very soft heather tone on the walls and a lower ceiling ensures the kitchen has its own visual personality and also makes it a slightly cosier space.

The soft heather and grey tones continue into the three bedrooms.

The master double bedroom has an ensuite and doors out onto a private courtyard.

There is a second double bedroom and a twin plus a family bedroom meaning this former farm shed can accommodate up to six people, but not sure how many cows.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Dove cottage has the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Dove cottage upside accommodation means character beams are the star of this space

The second holiday cottage is called Dove cottage, so no prizes for guessing who used to live in this former outbuilding.

This charming pad is an upside house, with the open-plan living area on the first floor to make the most of the partial sea view and also to admire the original exposed roof rafters and beams.

On the ground floor there are two bedrooms, one twin and one double, and a family bathroom.

There is also a private outdoor space featuring an inviting firepit and then access to three acres of shared guest grounds beyond.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Stable cottage has no horses now but plenty of remaining character
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Log burner is essential for a classic country cottage

Next door is stable cottage, and no horse would be complaining about the accommodation here, although now it's just for the humans.

Renovated using high quality local materials where possible, this luxury cottage has an open-plan living area on the ground floor with feature log-burner and charming cottage interiors.

Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom and outside there is a private BBQ and al fresco dining area.

Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Plenty of areas outside the main house for al fresco dining
Historic country house and portfolio of properties within the Snowdonia National Park near the coast south of Barmouth for sale for guide price of £2m with EA Finest Properties
Plenty of walks to discover from the cottages as a base

Maybe the most popular addition to the estate is the indoor heated swimming pool, and even this feature oozes character, with a stripped wood ceiling and roof beams to admire as you practice your backstroke.

There are further buildings on the site, one houses a table tennis table at the moment, as well as paddocks so there is the potential to expand the holiday business further, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission.

Llanfendigaid Estate is for sale for the first time in centuries for a guide price of £2m, contact estate agent Finest Properties for further details on 01434 622234.