A former Victorian school in Powys has just been put on the market with a guide price of £420,000 - and it comes with its own sauna!

A Grade II listed, former school building and schoolhouse in Abbeycwmhir, near Llandrindod Wells is currently up for sale.

The building dates back to the Victorian era, when the house was originally used as a school, and now comes with three bedrooms and three reception rooms. Estate agents Morgan & Co describe the property as “retaining a wealth of character features” in the form of an “impressive” detached house.


The ground floor features a dining hall, double bedroom, breakfast room, bathroom and porch, while the first floor has two bedrooms as well as a lounge as well as an attic studio on the second floor.

County Times: The lounge in  Cross Cottage, Llandrindod Wells.

County Times: A reception room in Cross Cottage, Llandrindod Wells.

In addition there is a private Courtyard, an enclosed yard with a Sauna Cabin, Log Store and oil tank, and a small elevated garden with a lawn.

According to Morgan & Co, the building has a long and rich history, going from a school to a public service for the town.

Describing the history of the property, they said: “The school was built in 1857 and bears the crest on the Eastern gable of Francis Aspinall Philips, whose family re-built the neighbouring St. Mary’s Church and The Hall.

County Times: The dining room in Cross Cottage, Llandrindod Wells.

County Times: The sauna added to Cross Cottage, Llandrindod Wells.

They also built a lake and a water turbine supplied electricity to the Hall and the original street lamp below the crest is believed to be the first in Radnorshire.

“The Philips family found the noise of the schoolchildren distracting so they built a second school in 1868 about half a mile up the valley (this school closed 1969) and the original school was used as a Laundry for the Hall, before being converted by the vendor 30 years ago and it is now known as Cross Cottage.

“This property was Listed in 2004 for its architectural interest as a well-preserved 19th Century school and school house retaining original character and detail, and for its contribution to the historic character of the village.”