Gwenddwr, Builth Wells, Powys

Farm - land & buildings

£850,000Informal tender



01497 822 522
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A substantial upland livestock farm extending to 90 acres or thereabouts of pastureland plus Hill Grazing Rights. A period three-bedroom farmhouse with potential for further development. A significant range of traditional stone barns and extensive range of modern portal frame buildings. Stunning and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
For sale by Informal Tender To be received in writing to the Hay Office by Friday 14th July 2017 5.00pm


Hirdir farm represents a traditional upland livestock farm nestled in the valley of the Nant-yr-Offeiriad river, enjoying the most terrific views over the surrounding rural landscape. The farm extends to a considerable 90 acres or thereabouts of pastureland, it has an extensive range of traditional and modern agricultural barns plus a valuable hill grazing right on the adjoining Lower Epynt.

The farmhouse is a detached three bedroom residence with a southerly aspect that takes advantage of the morning sunshine. The property is situated in an elevated position and has the potential for further extension and development into the adjoining building. Opposite the residence is a range of traditional stone barns that would ideally lend themselves to residential conversion subject to the relevant planning consents.

The Hirdir farm is situated in the heart of a renowned farming area and has the benefit of being located in a quiet and almost untouched rural landscape. Due to its location and access to the Lower Epynt mountain range this sale provides a very rare and unique opportunity to acquire a property that lends itself to a range of potential uses other than that of purely farming. Due to the range of outbuildings, the versatility of the property is rather significant particularly in terms of holiday lets and equestrian possibilities.


Hirdir farm is situated within the rural parish of Gwenddwr just above the village of Erwood and lies within the Breconshire countryside. Erwood has the benefit of a village shop & post office and a Public House & Restaurant. The village of Llyswen has good basic amenities in the form of two public houses, primary school, village shop and filling station. More comprehensive facilities can be found in the nearby regional towns of Builth Wells and Brecon where there is a choice of supermarkets, convenience stores and general amenities. Both local towns have a leisure centre complex, theatre and cinema etc.
Hirdir farm is situated outside the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Hirdir farmhouse is a period three-bedroom cottage that can trace its routes back to the 17th Century. The property has been sympathetically modernised and refurbished over recent years but still retains a host of character features to include the exposed oak beams and original inglenook fireplace. The front entrance to the property leads into a central hall area which then provides access to the lounge, kitchen/diner and the staircase to the first floor. A particular feature of this property is the potential for extension into the adjoining barn and granary. To the rear of the property is a garden and barbeque area.

Front Door - Inner Hallway Leading to:


Kitchen 2.75mx 5.37 (9'0" x 17'7")

With fitted kitchen units, tiled floor and electric oven and hood

Lounge 3.93m (max) x 5.37m (12'11" ( max) x 17'7")

Covered Inglenook fireplace and exposed oak beams

Door to:
Rear passage and under stairs cupboard

Utility 2.28m x 4.43m (7'6" x 14'6")

Door to rear garden

Office 3.22m x 2.28m (10'7" x 7'6")

Stairs to:

Landing Area 2.74m x 1.79m (9'0" x 5'10")

And airing cupboard

Bedroom One 2.61m x 4.19m (8'7" x 13'9")

Plus fitted cupboard (Oak flooring & exposed oak beams)

Bedroom Two 3.26m x 2.66m (10'8" x 8'9")


Main Bedroom 3.15m x 2.75m (10'4" x 9'0")


Bathroom 1.76m x 2.12m (5'9" x 6'11")

With w.c, handbasin and bath

Outside w.c and woodshed 4.19m x 2.03m (13'9" x 6'8")


Adjoining Granary and Garage 6.40m x 4.61m (21'0" x 15'1")

Two-storey - Offering the potential for extension to the main residence or as a separate holiday let/annex


The Hirdir farm boasts a superb range of traditional stone barns and modern range of agricultural outbuildings. The buildings are currently used for agricultural storage and the housing of the livestock however due to thoughtful planning, the traditional barns could easily be converted without any detriment to the use of the modern buildings as they are completely separate.

The stone barn is a well maintained structure and is ripe for conversion subject to the necessary consents.

New room

Briefly the buildings are as follows:

Traditional Stone Barn (L-Shaped)


Old Cow House 5.39m x 13m overall (17'8" x 42'8" overall)

2 storey with zinc roof and original beams

Stone Lean to 2.55m x 7.25m (8'4" x 23'9")

Single storey

Old Hay Barn 5.82m x 15.52m (19'1" x 50'11")


Stone Pig Sty 3.34m x 3.50m (10'11" x 11'6")

To the rear of this building there is a hard standing silage storage area.

Modern Portal Frame Barn Complex:


Straw and Cattle Shed 7.12m x 22.66m (23'4" x 74'4")

Steel dome frame, half concreted floors with covered feed manger

Cattle Cubical Shed 8.04m x 22.82m (26'5" x 74'10")

Modern portal frame, 14 cubicles and feed passage, concrete floors and yard area to rear. Doors both ends.

Silage Pit 22.78m x 7.63m (74'9" x 25'0")

Concrete floors

Sheep Shed and Calving Pens 22.57m x 12.37m (74'1" x 40'7")

With in-floor dipping tub

Sheep Shed and Machinery Shed 12.88m x 22.65m (42'3" x 74'4")

Soil floor.

All of the buildings have a water and electricity supply and there is a large concrete penning & sorting area to the front of the buildings plus a muck storage area.

The Land

Hirdir farm extends to a considerable 90 acres or thereabouts of pastureland with the added benefit of a significant hill grazing right on the adjoining Lower Epynt for 268 sheep. The land is primarily within one ring fence and is split only for a council maintained single track highway that proceeds to another farmstead. The land is split into conveniently sized enclosures, 15 in all, for the ease of stock management. The land is in good heart with the internal and external boundaries in sound order, currently the pastures are utilised for the purposes of livestock grazing and for the production of hay & fodder crops. In the past, several parcels have produced arable crops which is a clear illustration of the versatility of the farm. The fields range from those good relatively level pastures to those steeper parcels only suitable for grazing. There are areas on the farm that could provide the ideal location for further habitat and additional conservation creation especially in areas adjoining the Nant-yr-Offeiriad brook. All of the pastures have access to a good water supply provided either by the farm spring or by natural tributaries and streams that proceed through the property. There is also a good and private stone road that proceeds through the upper part of the farm which provides access on to the Lower Epynt.

Land Schedule

Field Number Hectares
SO04429572 3.81
SO05421371 3.15
SO0542 3369 2.13
SO05424454 2.00
SO05425151 0.09
SO05425144 0.82
SO05425451 0.18
SO05426740 2.42
SO05429030 3.78
SO06421042 0.03
SO05429445 2.44
SO05428044 1.99
SO05428156 2.03
SO05426455 2.50
SO05426370 1.52
SO05425162 0.45
SO05425257 0.31
SO05425271 2.59
SO05427129 0.17
SO0442 7585 3.75
Total Hectares 36.16
Total Acres 89.35

Please note that the land schedule has been derived from the Welsh Assemblys Basic Payment Maps. The title deed plan denotes the land area of the Hirdir in excess of 90 acres.
Basic Payment maps can be made available upon request. The land plan included within this brochure is purely for identification purposes only and is not to scale. Title Deed plans will be available from the vendors solicitors.


The land lies between 200 and 400 metres above sea level.

Hill Grazing Rights

There are hill grazing rights on the adjoining Lower Epynt mountain range as follows:
Entry CL51/45 79 Sheep
Entry CL106/27 186 Sheep
Entry CL121/11 3 Sheep


We are informed that the property has the benefit of a strong private spring supply and further natural tributaries and streams that run though the property.

Basic Farm Payments

All of the farm is registered with Rural Payments Wales. There are no other agricultural or environmental schemes affecting the property.

Timber, Woodland, Sporting and Mineral Rights

As far as we are aware these are included within the sale.

Council Tax

Powys County Council Band E


The property has mains electricity and telephone connection. The domestic heating and hot water is provided via an oil-fired boiler with an electric hot water immersion heater in reserve. The farmhouse is fully central heated and is double glazed throughout.


Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Method of Sale and Applications

The property will be sold by Informal Tender (Unless previously sold). All tenders must be in writing, with the attached form completed and signed and must be received by Friday 14th July 2017 at 5pm to: Sunderlands, 3 Pavement House, The Pavement, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR3 5BU. Envelopes must be marked "HIRDIR FARM" F.A.O. Matthew Nicholls


Directions to Hirdir Farm will be provided when a viewing is arranged.

Viewing and Contact Details

All viewings strictly by appointment and must be arranged through the sole selling agents Sunderlands.
Contact Tel: 01497 822 522
Office opening hours:
Out of hours:
Matthew Nicholls: 07811 521 267

Health and Safety Notice

Please be aware that this is a fully working and active farm. We advise all viewers to take extra care when making an inspection of the farm. Viewing is undertaken solely at your own risk and neither the agents or the owners of the farm take any responsibility for any injury however caused.

Vendor's Solicitors Details

Mr. Alfons Vanhees of Sydney Thomas & Co Solicitors, 8 West Street, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3AH. Tel: 01982 553 289

Money Laundering

As a result of anti-money laundering legislation all persons offering for the property should include a copy of the following documentation:
1.Photo ID for example Passport or Driving Licence.
2.Residential ID for example current Utility Bill.

Wayleaves Easements and Rights of Way

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, quasi easements, wayleaves and rights of way both declared and undeclared.

Town and Country Planning

The property is offered subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient orders, public rights-of-way, town planning schedules or resolutions which may be or may come into force. The purchasers will be deemed to have full knowledge of these and have satisfied themselves as to the effects such matters have on the property.

Plans. Areas and Schedules

These are based on Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul a sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.

Boundaries Roads and Fences

The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and neither the Vendor not the Vendors Agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries of ownership thereof.

Misrepresentations Act

(a) The property is sold with all faults and defects (if any), whether in good condition or otherwise and neither the Vendors nor
Sunderlands, the Agents for the Vendors, shall be in any way responsible for such faults and defects, or for any statements contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said Agents.
(b) The purchaser shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into this contract in reliance on any of the said statements that he has satisfied himself,
as to the contents of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise, and that no warranty or representation has been made by the Vendors or the said Agents in relation to, or in connection with the property.
(c) Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor give either party any cause for action.
(d) All measurements and distances are approximate. The electrical, drainage, water and heating installations have not been tested by the Agents. (The normal enquiry is carried out by the purchasers Solicitors and the type of inspection undertaken by a purchasers surveyor have not been carried out by the selling agents for the purchase or preparation of these particulars). Interested perspective purchasers are recommended to obtain an independent survey report on this property.


In the event that there are any variance between these particulars and the contract of sale, then the latter shall apply.

Important Notice

These particulars are set out as a guide only. They are intended to give a fair description of the property but may not be relied upon as a statement or a representation of facts. These particulars are produced in good faith and are inevitably subjective and do not form part of any contract. No persons in the employment of Sunderlands has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.
HEAD OFFICE: Offa House, St Peters Square, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 2PQ

None of these statements contained in these particulars are to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. These particulars are not an offer or contract or part of one. Floor plans are provided for guidance as to the layout of the property only. Room sizes and measurements are approximate only. Please note we have not tested the equipment, appliances and services in the property and interested parties are advised to commission appropriate investigation before formulating their offer.

Sunderlands are a member of the ‘Ombudsman for Estate Agents Scheme’ and therefore adhere to their Code of Practise. A copy of the Code of Practise is available on request.

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