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SDL Auctions Cheshire and North Wales offers the chance to ‘live like a Lord’

The Duplex SDL Auctions Cheshire & North Wale

A posh apartment that was once part of the 17th century stately home of the most powerful families in Welsh history is set to be sold in SDL Auctions Cheshire and North Wales’ first auction of 2018.

The Grade II-listed Wynnstay Hall Estate, at Ruabon, near Wrexham, was the mansion house of the Watkin Williams Wynn dynasty, the closest known living heirs of the ruling families of Gwynedd, and at one time Wales’ biggest landowners.

Now The Duplex apartment, split over two floors via a central spiral staircase in the property, is one of 54 lots in the catalogue for the auction at Chester Racecourse on 27 February, with a *guide price of £120,000 to £130,000.

Edward Feather, senior valuer and auctioneer at SDL Auctions Cheshire and North Wales, said: “This is a wonderful apartment within a converted Grade II-listed former hall steeped in history and affording elevated views over the tendered lawns towards the Vale of Llangollen.

“The bright and spacious flat has been fitted with contemporary fixtures while retaining much of its character and charm, including two stone mullion bay windows with splendid views.”

Another star lot in the auction is a one bedroomed flat by the seaside on the first floor of a converted Victorian building close to Colwyn Bay town centre.

Some refurbishment works have already started at Flat 3, 23 Belgrave Road, although further work is needed before it’s suitable for occupation. It has a guide price of £20,000 to £25,000.

Mr Feather said: “The flat offers the promise of a lucrative rental yield and would make an ideal addition to a local landlord’s rental portfolio.”

Other lots filling the pages of the auction catalogue include the former Mount Gilead Chapel at Greenfield, Holywell, which has full planning permission for conversion to a single residential dwelling. Its guide price is £60,000 to £80,000.

Also in Holywell is a parcel of land at Rose Cottage, Llanerch Y Mor, extending to approximately 0.6 acres with development potential subject to planning permission. Its guide price is £20,000-£40,000.

And what’s been described as a dilapidated single-storey cottage is also for sale in a remote location at Y Coed in Tan Lane, Ffynnongroew, Holywell with a guide price of £20,000+.

Mr Feather added: “We’ve got a great range of properties to suit the needs of all buyers, and we’re expecting a busy day in the auction room.”

The SDL Auctions Cheshire and North Wales auction takes place at Chester Racecourse on Tuesday 27 February. The full catalogue can be viewed here and is combined with the lots from the SDL Auctions North West auction the day after at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester.