Historic Birthplace of Welsh National Anthem Composer James James on the Market for £825,000

A farmhouse with a rich historical legacy, known as the birthplace of James James, the composer of the Welsh national anthem, is now available for sale at £825,000.

This three-storey, seven-bedroom residence is steeped in history, with a significant connection to Welsh heritage. James James, the renowned composer, was born in this property in 1832, which was formerly named the Ancient Druid Inn. It was within these walls that he penned the iconic anthem “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau,” translating to “Land Of My Fathers.”

Located in Hollybush, near Blackwood, just north of Cardiff in South Wales, this property has a storied past as it used to function as a hotel.

The ground floor of the house comprises a living room, utility room, dining room, and a well-appointed fitted kitchen. The first floor hosts the reception rooms, another fitted kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. On the second floor, you’ll find additional bedrooms and office space.

The property boasts a private rear garden and an expansive 14 acres of land, which includes woodland and a river ideal for fishing. There’s also an outbuilding that offers potential for further development, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permissions.

Bettermove is handling the sale of this unique property, and it is listed on Rightmove. The listing describes it as follows:

“We are proud to present this substantial seven-bedroom detached house steeped in Welsh history in Hollybush available with no forward chain. The property benefits from double glazing, gas central heating throughout, and has ample off-street parking available.

“Formerly known as the Ancient Druid Inn, it is the birthplace of James James, composer of the music of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, born in 1832.”

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It continues:

“The interior of this impressive detached home formerly used as a hotel, comprises a spacious living room, utility room, dining room, and fitted kitchen on the ground floor.

“The first floor is used as the main living space and consists of reception rooms, fitted kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

“The second floor has additional bedrooms and office space. The exterior boasts a private rear garden and approximately 14 acres of land, which backs onto a peaceful woodland area with 1.25 miles of river with fishing access and an outbuilding providing plenty of scope for further development, subject to relevant planning permissions.

“Located in the semi-rural village of Hollybush with proximity to local amenities, food/drink establishments, and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital. The area also presents road and transport links both into Merthyr Tydfil town and more.

“This exciting opportunity should not be missed.”

It’s worth noting that the property has seen a price reduction of £750,000 from its original asking price, as no buyer was secured at the initial listing price.