Renovating and refurbishing a historic Grade II listed cottage

Work has just been completed on a project handed to us to renovate, refurbish and extend a historic 19th century cottage on the Llanerchaeron estate in Ceredigion, West Wales.

It’s been an exciting challenge as Min-yr-Afon (pictured right before and after completion of work) is a Grade II listed building on what is one of the region’s most historic estates – with the neighbouring house at Llanerchaeron now under the guardianship of the National Trust.

In fact it’s been quite a privilege as the main Llanerchaeron was designed in 1783 by the then relatively unknown London architect, John Nash, who went on to become best known for his Regency architecture, including Buckingham Palace.

Despite its listed status, the cottage needed substantial work to safeguard it and to renovate it to the requirements of our client.

The brief was to project manage from design through to completion, with complete renovation and refurbishment of the two-bedroom property, including an extension to the rear.

As with all listed properties, we had to be sensitive in our approach to the design, ensuring any building work did not damage or affect the property’s historic status. It had been built early to mid 19th century. CADW, the Welsh Government’s agency responsible for historic monuments and buildings, had listed it due to it being a “well preserved 19th century estate cottage.”

Without detracting from the original features, we came up with a design that was sympathetic to the original build and materials used and was within the planning guidelines of Ceredigion Council and the listed status of CADW.

Working closely with our client, the final result has been quite stunning, ensuring what is a historic 19th century home will continue to have many more years of use and safeguarding it for future generations.

From design to planning permission, building work to completion, Min-yr-Afon has been a great project to be involved in.

If you have an existing property in need of renovation or refurbishment, whether listed or not, why not give us a call for a free and no obligation discussion. Or if you’d like us to design a new build, extend your current home, secure planning permission for a plot or identify land for a project, email

We also undertaken commercial and industrial building design and planning services.

Our architectural, planning and design teams are based at Newtown and Welshpool in Powys, at Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, and Cardiff in South Wales and they are on hand to discuss any projects you might have.