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Is this Swansea's most expensive house ever? Beautiful home of Chivers jam-makers and occasional prime ministers on market for £1.9m

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

  • Ailsa Craig, the Caswell home which is on the market for £1.9m

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IT does have, you might say, a room with a view!

Actually, several of them. And very good views they are too.

Now one of Swansea's grandest homes could be yours if you have £1,950,000 to spare!

A navigational landmark for seafarers, the former luxury home of the jam-making Chivers family has also been a one-time visiting spot for the occasional Prime Minister. Ailsa Craig overlooks Caswell Bay from a secluded and private spot. Its price is thought to be one of the heftiest ever commanded by a property in the area.

Owner Grant Sibbald said it would be hard to let go.

"I expect it to be a wrench and I suspect I will regret letting it go as soon as we sign the papers,'' he said. Sometimes I stand here and look out of the windows, with those views of the sea on each side, and I think why would I bother selling it?"

But he and his wife Maggie are rattling about the place since their children flew the coop, and are now looking for a change.

"It was the most expensive house in Swansea when we bought it 30 years ago," said Mr Sibbald. "It is not quite the most expensive now - there is another on the market for £1,990,000, but the beauty of this one is the views, the land around the place and the fact that you can get to the wine bars and restaurants of Mumbles from here for a £3 cab ride. It is very convenient."

Named after a small island in the Firth of Clyde which is best known for its puffins and for its blue granite - quarried to make curling stones, the imposing house was built in 1919.

In 1921 it won European House of the Year award for the architect.

Five spacious bedrooms, 2.5 acres of neat lawns, woodland, gardens, a tennis court, a heated swimming pool, a sun terrace, a gated entrance along a long tree-lined drive, all help to boost that price tag.

And being perched upon the hill means the only noise you are likely to encounter will be the rhythmic roll of waves, the wheel of seagulls and the faint sound of beach-lovers enjoying the sand.

But, as grand as it is, in the end it has been, said high-performance car firm owner, Mr Sibbald, a "real family home".

"My favourite feature is the hall. The architects who designed this house, Jones and Atkins, also designed the old Langland Coast Hotel and our hall is a miniature version of that."

Interested? Call Fine and Country on 01792 367301; swansea@fineandcountry.com

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  • cymroun  |  June 18 2014, 9:33AM

    I don't think i'd buy a house in Swansea if I had £2 million to spend, somewhere in the sun would be more my taste...

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  • Langlandboy  |  June 18 2014, 9:25AM

    According to this advert - which is current - whilst the price has gone down so has the amount of land - But it is all available for £2,500,000! http://tinyurl.com/om8ecu4

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  • BossHogg  |  June 17 2014, 9:42PM

    It has cone down in price since it first went on the market in 2012. First went up for £2.5m See Wales On-Line article http://tinyurl.com/ltzh3bf

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  • boggis  |  June 17 2014, 4:53PM

    Which Taxi firm will do that run for £3?

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  • RosemaryBush  |  June 17 2014, 1:43PM

    Ailsa Craig - also a variety of tomato

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  • Langlandboy  |  June 17 2014, 12:56PM

    I'm not sure why this is news, this property has been on the market since late 2012, fine&country are the third agents to have a go at trying to sell it.. http://tinyurl.com/ltzh3bf This is with Gower Coast in 2012, perhaps the owners could make the connection between "most expensive house" and "not sold in almost two years".. I would suggest the two are connected... Also, perhaps have a word with your current agent about the phrase in their brochure which I really can not take seriously... "...you can hear the muted laughter of the families enjoying a day at the beach, along with the gentle whisper of the waves washing rhythmically to shore..." Still, I wish you all the best in trying to sell your house..

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  • Jiffy  |  June 17 2014, 10:44AM

    I'm certain that prospective purchasers of this property won't be reading this article.

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