Dave’s Bridgend home has a whole lotta history

MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I moved to Wales from London in 1986, and it’s such a small place. I’ve never been shopping in Cardiff without bumping into someone I know.

I wanted to buy land and build my own house, but I couldn’t get what I wanted, so I turned my attention to something that was old and unique, a one-off. We have Coity Castle in the back garden, so when we’re in the conservatory it’s all lit up. The oldest part of my house is probably one of the first dwellings built outside the castle, we think it dates back to the 14th or 15th century.

Some people would say the conservatory is special because of the view, but the stone staircase and fireplace is what caught my eye.

The house was probably one up, one down originally, but it’s been extended – the second part is probably Georgian. The kitchen was the stables, then the village post office.

PUTTING MY STAMP ON IT…

We spent four months doing some renovation work and moved in April 2002. It was in good order – we spent £1,000 on emulsion in 2004, it took about three coats to get coverage – but we haven’t done too much. We’ve decorated, and the conservatory is being renovated at the moment.

THE PERFECT SPACE FOR…

It’s a fairly sizeable home for two of us. I live with my wife, Nicola – she’s a Porthcawl girl – and the cat. We inherited the cat, I found him in the garden in December 2004. We think he was feral, so we called him Oscar as in Oscar Wilde, and he’s been a member of the family ever since. We also inherited another cat, Portia, so I’ve grown to like cats now.

I’m a managing partner of Future Asset Management and I worked from home for three years – the best three years of my life. But it got to the stage where Nicola wanted he house back, so we bought new offices in Waterton Park. It took me about 12 months to adjust because I missed working from home so much.

IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING…

I installed a log burner in the fireplace in 2010, and that’s made a massive difference. It’s stunning, it’s a lovely fireplace.

I LOVE IT BECAUSE…

I think we’ll stay here. It’s a big property for the two of us, there are four bedrooms, the garden’s nice. I’m very privileged to live here.


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