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Fire-ravaged Gilbert Scott masterpiece up for sale

The ruined Grade I-listed Hafodunos Hall in Wales, which was torched by arsonists nearly two years ago, has been put on the market.

Burned down in October 2004 (AJ 28.10.04), the George Gilbert Scott-designed mansion in Llangernyw, Denbighshire, is regarded as one of the most important buildings in the principality.

However, its owner, Colwyn Bay developer SFJ, has decided to offload the Venetian-inspired Gothic hall - which was not insured for fire damage - and has slapped an £800,000 price tag on the property.

A keeper's cottage and entrance lodge are also included in the sale package - as well as walled gardens and 18.2ha of land.

It is understood that around £8 million worth of damage was caused by the fire, which scuppered SFJ's controversial plans to redevelop the already neglected site.

In the weeks following the fire two men were arrested and subsequently jailed after pleading guilty to the attack.

The much-loved country house was built between 1861 and 1866 for the Sandbach family and is the only example of Gibert Scott's domestic architecture in Wales.

The sale is being handled by St David's Commercial estate agents in Colwyn Bay.

by Richard Waite

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