Sometimes properties are named something that is not very accurate to their location, but this spacious two bed duplex apartment at The Knap is definitely not one of them.
The two-storey home is one of 26 apartments within a contemporary building called The Water’s Edge, constructed in 2007 and offering its select group of residents uninterrupted and panoramic views of the beach and sea at one of the area’s most prestigious locations.
The Water’s Edge is the only adjacent frontline buildings to be found at The Knap near Barry and one of only a small collection of properties perched on the sloping cliff line behind it.
The uninterrupted, expansive sea views are mesmerising from every window, the balcony and the huge private terrace that is over a third of the home’s total floor space – it’s that vast.
This pretty spot by the sea, with the closest neighbour the pebble and sand beach and the water is a popular place for home hunters to lay their bucket and spade, but that’s not just the case since The Water’s Edge was built.
This spot in Vale of Glamorgan has been a popular place to visit and stay for almost 2,000 years.
And next to this more recent luxury apartment construction there are the remains of a Roman courtyard.
In 1960 building operations revealed and later destroyed the walls of a sunken rectangular structure of dressed stone that measured up to a height of about 1.2 metres.
It is reported that inside the structure was a cobbled floor and even some remains of Roman tiles and externally some fragments of Roman pottery.
As there were also fragments of samian ware – pottery seen as fancy, luxury, high quality that usually originated from Ancient Rome.
It is even reported that human remains were found at the site in 1866, so it seems The Knap hasn’t always been a peaceful coastal cove.
The Roman site was excavated by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust in 1980 and dated the stone building as being late 3rd century.
It is thought the location of the Roman building was chosen due to its closeness to the small, natural harbour along the coast to the east.
Experts at the time believed the structure to be a mansion, that’s a Roman guesthouse, to service the small port.
The building has 22 rooms clustered around a central courtyard but it doesn’t look like they have an ensuite facilities, so hardly the equivalent of today’s 5 star hotels!
The theory of a port side guest house is further supported by the fact a road to the structure has never been uncovered, although there might still be one buried underneath the surface, and guests to the ancient B&B probably arrived via ship and boat.
So not only does this home for sale have a unique location, the neighbour is pretty unique too, not many people living in Wales can say they live right next door to a Roman hotel.
But the neighbour on the other side of the apartment complex is pretty unusual too!
First the sunken garden with a central fountain immediately adjacent to the apartments is a pretty place to perch and enjoy the sunshine if the pebbles opposite look too challenging.
Next along the wide seafront promenade is a heart-shaped lake and both attractive aspects to this location are part of the green flag awarded Knap Gardens which also boast swathes of vibrant flowers during spring and summer.
There are local cafes and shops within strolling distance and Barry Island and the town centre can be found around the eastern headland.
According to the local council the area around The Knap was designed and developed ufe the influence of the English Garden City Movement.
This innovative method of urban planning was based on building self-contained communities surrounded by green belts and consisting of equal segments of homes arranged in ways to include nature, industry and agriculture.
The movement was established in 1898 by English urban planner Sir Ebenezer Howard and went on to influence and inform urban planning across the world.
So the location is special, surrounded by nature, landscaping and history, but how special is the duplex apartment currently for sale?
This premier flat in a premier location is surrounded by pebbles and sea, amazing ancient history and Barry’s equivalent to an English garden city.
On the third and fourth floors of the complex, this apartment has ample outdoor space to enjoy the special surroundings as well as ample space inside.
On the lower floor can be found two double bedrooms, the master with an ensuite, a family bathroom and a large storage room in the hall.
Up the stairs and there is a substantial open-plan living area that drinks in the views from all angles.
The kitchen can be found in the corner, complete with breakfast bar, but it is by no means tucked away – there are fantastic sea views from the preparation counter out through the picture windows and glass door that lead out onto a private balcony.
Step outside and it’s not only the sea breezes that will take your breath away, but the panoramic views of sea, beach, coast and parks. On a clear day you can even see England in the distance.
The living area is easily large enough to accommodate a dining area and a comfortable lounge area.
In the corner of the living room there is arguably the jewel in this property’s crown – a sun terrace so large that it covers roughly the same floor space as the whole of the open-plan living area on this upper floor.
Being on a corner plot, the terrace has sweeping views out to sea and up the coastline and also looks directly down into the Roman guest house next door, although almost 2,000 years too late to be disturbing anyone there.
The more recent rooftops of the collection of detached houses and apartments can be seen, up to the top of the cliff and beyond.
This exclusive waterfront development can offer the new owner of the apartment two allocated parking spaces under the croft behind electronic secured gates.
The sun terrace apartment on the sunny side of this sea front street is for sale for £400,000 with estate agent Peter Alan, call their Barry branch on 01446 733224 to find out more.