A unique art deco house that was sold in the year the Second World War broke out and is still brimming with original features has gone on the market for £230,000.
The keys to this time capsule home called Heol Bryngwili in Cross Hands near Llanelli, in Wales, were handed to the first owners in the autumn of 1939 – and it has remained in the same family until now.
Even most of the furniture is original and can come with the property, which is the most distinctive on the street, if wanted.
The property has panelled crittall windows and a symmetrical feel to the design, which is broken up by a curved wall and window and the inclusion of a first floor balcony.
The house called Heol Bryngwili is in Cross Hands near Llanelli, Wales, has been owned by the same family since 1939
The bathroom on the first floor still has the original green tiles with horizontal dark accent tiles creating an art deco effect
Originally the house may have had a flat roof in the art deco style, but the current pitched roof is a bonus, avoiding any possible flat roof problems in the future.
Once inside the house it’s like stepping back in time and very little has changed.
The bathroom on the first floor has original green tiling including horizontal dark accent tiles and is really a 1930s sight to behold. It is rare to find a bathroom with tiling untouched by time.
The arched canopy over the bath is a delight, as is the ceiling coving and 1930s style basin and taps. The toilet is in a separate room, resulting in the main room feeling spacious.
Downstairs there is a glass panelled front door and the hall still has all the original woodwork, including a built-in telephone seating and storage area.
The stair rail, wood block flooring and door pelmet all promote the classic dark wood interior design look of the era. Deep coving and skirting boards, and solid wood panelled interior doors throughout the home add to the 1930s display.
In the front reception room there are two crittall windows. Multi-panelled and including a leaded classic ‘arrow’ design in one panel, these windows are an absolute ‘must-have’ in an authentic art deco home.
Over the windows are decorative window pelmets incorporating the classic ‘stepped’ art deco design. This attention to detail illustrates how important the design of the home was to the builder and the family who then owned it.
The kitchen was refitted in the 1980s but great care has been shown to the house over the years to maintain original features
Heol Bryngwili has three bedroom and some of the windows (pictured) have the classic ‘arrow’ design in the panels, these windows are an absolute ‘must-have’ in an authentic art deco home
Downstairs there is a glass panelled front door and the hall still has all the original woodwork, including a built-in telephone seating and storage area
Keeping art deco features, such as the feature tiled fireplace and arched alcove above, was very important to the designer of the house and the family who lived in it
The feature tiled fireplace with accent black horizontal tiling is straight out of a 1930s design book and has surely been the main gathering point for the family and visitors through the decades.
The arched alcove above the fireplace again shows that art deco design was, and still is, an important aspect of this home.
As was common decades ago, this front room would have probably been considered as the parlour, the posh room reserved for visitors and important family gatherings.
The most used room by all family members would most likely have been the rear sitting room.
In this family room the atmosphere is more relaxed. The room still has the crittall windows, pelmets and decorative coving but the fireplace is arguably less flamboyant than the front room and the built-in cupboards suggest a multi-functioning family room with the need for storage and bookshelves.
This warm and cosy room still emanates the atmosphere of yesteryear and the life of a busy family using the space. Decades ago this room would have been the heart-of-the-home, not the kitchen/diner as it is today.
Updated during the 1980s the kitchen in this house is small by today’s standards. Although perfectly usable, there is scope for a new owner to create a spacious kitchen/diner at the rear of the property.
There are a number of small rooms behind the kitchen that could be incorporated into the space and luckily few art deco features remain here to destroy.
There’s a boiler room, side entrance hallway and pantry that could all become part of a modern kitchen/diner.
The carpeted sitting room has crittall windows and decorative coving as well as built in storage. Much of the furniture is also from the 1930s era and can be sold with the house
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, with the master at the front of the house having direct access on to the curved balcony
Heol Bryngwili’s current owners are selling as they’d like to downsize and the property is surrounded by a lawn and garden
The family home near Llanelli also has a large garden at the back and a workshop (pictured) as well as a garage
Upstairs there are three good sized bedrooms, with the master at the front of the house having direct access on to the curved balcony.
Outside there is a rear garden which could be considered large for a suburban property, plus a lawned area at the side. There is a garage and workshop at the back of the land.
This frozen in time property has always been owned by the same family and ideally the vendors are looking for a buyer that will love the original art deco features and 1930s style as much as they have.
There’s even the possibility of some of the original furniture being included in the sale by negotiation.
The house is on the market for £230,000 with estate agent Clee Tompkinson Francis Carmarthen branch.