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Royal architect John Nash's 18th century Welsh masterpiece mansion is for sale for £2million

An 18th Century mansion designed by a royal architect has gone on the market for £2million. 

Ffynone in the village of Boncath near Cardigan, west Wales, was designed by John Nash, architect to King George IV who designed extensions to Buckingham Palace and the original plans for Trafalgar Square.

He is also well-known for his work on the terraces that surround Regent's Park in London and was also behind the redesign of Brighton Pavilion.

Nash drew up the plans for Ffynone in the 1790s and it is considered to be his 'finest private work' in Wales. 

18th Century mansion Ffynone, pictured, in the village of Boncath near Cardigan, west Wales, has gone on sale for £2million. It was designed by royal architect John Nash and completed in 1799

Nash was one of the finest architectural minds of his time and was frequently used by King George IV, designing extensions to Buckingham Palace and features in and around Regent's and St James's parks in London. Pictured here is a music room featuring high-vaulted ceilings and a huge fireplace 

The property was commissioned by Colonel John Colby and it was eventually redesigned by his family 100 years later in an Italian style by architect Inigo Thomas. Pictured is one of the reception rooms 

Ffynone, a Grade I-listed property, features grand spiral staircases and has 13 bedrooms, including a master with an en-suite and separate dressing room

A grand dining room, pictured, also allows plenty of space for company and large parties 

The high ceilings are also a callback to the era of John Nash and are lavishly decorated with floral patterns

The property contains 13 bedrooms including a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

There are also seven bathrooms, three self-contained flats, a stables and greenhouses spread around almost 35 acres of grounds.

Other features include a drawing room, a library and a music room designed with a high-vaulted ceiling and huge fireplace. 

Colonel John Colby commissioned the build and it was based on a classical Georgian model.

The Colby family later employed architect and garden designer Inigo Thomas at the beginning of the 20th century to remodel the property in the style of an Italian palazzo with two new wings - while 60,000 trees were planted in the gardens.

The mansion is set among almost 35 acres of the Welsh countryside, pictured, and also features several greenhouses 

Along with the 13 bedrooms, pictured, the property also has three self-contained flats containing another 11 bedrooms

The current owners of the mansion bought it in 1988 and have spent 30 years restoring it but are now leaving the country for work and trying to find someone who will live there full time, according to Savills. Pictured is another of the reception rooms

John Nash designed several properties in Wales alongside his famous works such as Trafalgar Square and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and Ffynone is considered his finest work across the border

The property also comes with a stables while its structure has been reinforced against the Welsh weather several times over the years. Pictured is another of the reception rooms

One of the seven bathrooms, pictured, is decorated with wall markings that show the house as it was originally built

A spokesperson for estate agents Savills said: 'Ffynone is a magnificent Grade I listed mansion designed by the renowned architect John Nash.

'Most famous for the eponymous terraces that surround London's Regents Park.

'Nash also spent a number of years working in Wales where Ffynone is widely considered to be his finest private work across the border, which he completed in 1799.'

The current owners bought the house in 1988 and have spent 30 years restoring it.

The Regency architect whose fingerprints are found on Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Regent's Park: Who was John Nash?

John Nash, pictured, was a prominent royal architect in the late 1700s and early 1800s, working on Buckingham Palace, Regent's Park and Trafalgar Square

John Nash, remembered for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent's Park and Regent Street in London, is one of the most famous architects of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

He was born in January 1752 and after an early education received training from the architect Sir Robert Taylor before launching his career as a surveyor and builder in the city of London. 

In 1777 Nash established his own business and later inherited £1,000 from an uncle which he decided to risk on the building of houses in Great Russell Street and Bloomsbury Square. The buildings failed to rent out and Nash was declared bankrupt in 1783. 

Returning to London in 1797, Nash then designed a number of Gothic castles around the country, in places such as Luscombe Castle in Devon and Caerahays Castle in Cornwall.

Nash soon came under the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. In 1806 he was appointed Surveyor General of Woods, Forests and Parks and from 1810 onwards worked solely for the prince. 

By 1813 he had been appointed official architect to the Office of Works, which meant advising parliamentary commissions on things such as new church buildings. This was when he designed Regent's Park, Buckingham Palace and two theatres in Haymarket.

He also drew up the original plans for what is now Trafalgar Square, although he died before the project was completed and it was taken over by Charles Barry.

Among his other works were changing a canal in St James's Park into the lake it is today and he also redesigned the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

When George IV died in 1830, Nash lost his royal protector amid a backlash about the extravagance of the King's reign. 

Buckingham Palace had cost thousands, millions in today's terms, and Nash ultimately retired. He died a few years later in May 1835.

John Nash, remembered for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent's Park and Regent Street in London, is one of the most famous architects of the 18th and early 19th centuries

John Nash was an English architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and during his reign as George IV. Pictured: Nash's Park Crescent, near Regent's Park. It consists of elegant stuccoed terraced houses

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