The houses had all been solid, dressed stone
structures; most of them were ploughed through and through by cannon balls--unroofed and sliced down from eaves to foundation--and now a row of them, half a mile long, looks merely like an endless procession of battered chimneys.
It was smooth, and compact, and clean, and the side next the precipices was guarded all along by dressed stone
posts about three feet high, placed at short distances apart.
At the point of that angle a short arm joined it to a hexagonal islet with a soil of gravel and its shores faced with dressed stone
, a perfection of puerile neatness.
This vast gulf was actually filled in with huge blocks of dressed stone
, having arches pierced through them at the bottom for a waterway, over which the road went on sublimely.
The construction is of an attractive dressed stone
with elegant sash windows, arched at ground floor level under a hipped slate roof with central gable.
The entrance is made with dressed stone
and is very narrow.
Head a little further along the cloistered hallway and you reach a lobby area that leads to a study; drawing room with oak flooring and dressed stone
fireplace; and dining room with feature fireplace and leaded-windows and doors that open on to the garden.
Designed in 1783 for banker George Smith, the Grade II-listed building is finished in fabulous dressed stone
and has a magnificent double height central archway which leads off to single-storey wings at either side, finishing in pavilion double height ends.
Built from mostly dressed stone
and complete with a slate roof, you enter the house into a long hallway which leads off to the ground-floor rooms.
The listing posted on South Wales property company Seel and Co's website reads: "The property comprises a detached single storey; slightly irregular shaped building of dressed stone
masonry elevations with a mix of upvc and wooden sash fenestration beneath a pitched slate roof covering.
It was surrounded by an elegant arch and a dressed stone
wall which I remember before it fell down or was removed.